Dr. Patrick Parsons

Dr. Patrick Parsons, Wadsworth Center Division of Environmental Health Sciences and University at Albany


Dr. Patrick Parsons is Chief of the Laboratory of Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry and Deputy Director of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center, Albany NY. He also holds an academic appointment with the University at Albany’s School of Public Health, where he is Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1983 from the University of London, and he was a Visiting Fellow at NIH from 1984 to 1986.

Dr. Parsons oversees the New York State Department of Health’s Proficiency testing program for trace elements in body fluids, which includes cobalt and chromium in whole blood. He also directs the Wadsworth Center’s clinical trace elements laboratory. Dr. Parsons’ research interests have focused on monitoring human exposure to trace elements; coupling separation techniques with inorganic mass spectrometry for characterizing metal species in biological tissues and fluids; and measuring human exposure to the long-lived actinides by Sector Field ICP-MS. NIH grant funding currently supports his research, and his lab also receives support from the CDC. He has authored or coauthored more than 130 papers and book chapters. Dr. Parsons is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London, a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC).