Claire Gervais, MD is a family practice physician and is a Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Wisconsin Department of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Wisconsin. She actively works on a number of environmental issues including pest management policy, climate change, eliminating triclosan use, and fragrance sensitivity policy.
She is one of the founders of Healthy Lawn Team, a non-profit organization which educates communities about the risks of lawn care pesticides. In the last decade, Dr. Gervais worked with both UW Health and the City of Madison on pesticide policy to reduce the aesthetic use of pesticides. She often give talks on the health risks of pesticides to both community and professional groups.
Dr. Gervais has also spoken to medical and other groups about the health implications of climate change. She has also been involved in efforts to stop the Enbridge line 61 tar sands oil pipeline from increasing its capacity. Additionally, she has supported fossil fuel divestment efforts by urging the UW Medical Foundation Retirement Planning Committee to offer investment options that exclude fossil fuels.
In 2014, she worked with Meriter UnityPoint Hospital and UW Health on environmental risks and other issues regarding the use of triclosan-containing antimicrobial soap, which lead to each entity phasing out such soap.