Christopher M. Pitoscia, MPH, CSP

Roles and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President, Chris is responsible for leading the Research Safety Operations and Occupational Safety Teams and establishing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders from the University community, including Principal Investigators, Department Chairpersons, Deans, Facilities Operations and Compliance teams, Capital Project Management, Public Safety and others to ensure the consistent delivery of Environmental Health and Safety services and guidance across the University's research enterprise, at all campuses and affiliated locations. Chris provides leadership, coaching and support to all Environmental Health and Safety staff, and strategic input to the overall direction of Environmental Health and Safety programming, and the safety culture of the organization, at large. In his capacity as a senior member of the Research Safety Program, in partnership with managers and leaders of each of  Environmental Health and Safety’s program areas, Chris, facilitates the initiation and execution of safety-related operations and projects across all disciplines, promoting best practices within the organization. Chris serves as a primary communicator of Environmental Health and Safety initiatives and services on behalf of the organization.


Chris joined Columbia EH&S in 2004 and worked in a variety of roles in the Research Safety and Biological Safety programs before being named Director.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont and a Master of Public Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He earned his Certified Safety Professional accreditation through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals in 2016, and has been a guest instructor in the Mailman School’s Environmental Health Sciences Methods course, focusing on risk assessment, since 2015.  His current professional interests include advancing measurable safety criteria in Columbia’s laboratories and improving the overall safety culture of the University.

Chris enjoys playing golf, spending time with family and friends, seeing live music and traveling.