Sisira Sarma, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

The University of Western Ontario

London, Ontario N6A 5C1

Tel: (519) 661-2111 x 87583

Fax: (519) 661-3766

E-mail: ssarma2@uwo.ca

URL: http://publish.uwo.ca/~ssarma2/

 

Incoming Students: I am interested in supervising graduate students at the MSc and PhD levels on topics related to health economics, especially the economics of primary health care, economic evaluation in personalized medicine, analysis of health care costs and health outcomes, and economics of the social/environmental determinants of health. Interested applicants with strong quantitative skills are encouraged to e-mail me at ssarma2@uwo.ca to discuss potential projects.

 

 

Teaching

Fall 2017:

Introduction to Health Economics (4600A)

Introduction to Health Economics (9572Q)

           

Winter 2018:

Health Economics (4615B)  

Cost-effectiveness Analysis (9574S)

Health Economics Research Methods (9574T)

 

 

Education

            Ph.D. (Economics)

M.Phil. (Economics)

M.A. (Economics)

B.A. (Economics Honours)

 

 

Research Interests

Health Economics

Health Econometrics

Cost-effectiveness

Health Policy

Health Services Research

 

Graduate Students Supervised (initial placement):

Qi Zhang, 2008 (Co-supervisor), M.A. in Economics, University of Ottawa. (PhD Student)

 

Rukia Owusu, 2008 (Co-supervisor), M.A. in Economics, University of Ottawa. (PhD Student)

 

Rick Chan, 2010 (Supervisor), MSc in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario. (Nursing Student)

 

Kalaivaani Sundararajan, 2012 (Supervisor), MSc in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario. (Analyst, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Ontario)

 

Simon Hollands, 2012 (Supervisor), MSc in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario. (Analyst, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto)

 

Emmanuel Ewara, 2012 (Supervisor), MSc in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario. (Health Economics Analyst, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario)

 

Michael Lebenbaum, 2013 (Supervisor), MSc in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario. (Epidemiologist, Public Health Ontario, Toronto)

 

Samantha Larose, 2014 (Supervisor), MSc in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario. (Quality and Evaluation Specialist, Alberta Health Services, Calgary, Alberta)

 

Nathalie Metzer 2014 (Joint Supervisor), MSc in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario (UWO-RDC Analyst, London, Ontario).

 

Ciara Pendrith 2014 (Supervisor), MSc in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario. (Biostatistician, Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care, Toronto, Ontario).

 

Jagraj Pandher 2015 (Supervisor), MSc in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario (Medical Student, Keele University, UK).

 

Ashna Jinah 2016 (Supervisor), MSc in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario (Research Assistant, Lawson Health Research Institute, London, Ontario).

 

Thaksha Thavam (Principal Supervisor). Working Title: The impact of the diabetes management incentive on hospitalizations and mortality risk in Ontario (MSc thesis in Epidemiology & Biostatistics work-in-progress; expected completion: August 2018).

 

 

Graduate Student Thesis Committee:

      Malek Bassam Hannouf (Committee Member). Economic evaluation of potential applications of gene expression profiling in clinical oncology (PhD thesis in Epidemiology & Biostatistics completed: May 2014).

     

      Chong Sung Kim (Committee Member). Survival Analysis of Cancer of unknown primary (CUP) and non-CUP patients in Ontario (MSc thesis in Epidemiology & Biostatistics completed: December 2015).

     

      Dorian Murariu (Committee Member). Testing the interpersonal theory of suicide in community-residing older adults (MSc thesis in Epidemiology & Biostatistics completed: March 2016).

     

      Calvin Yip (Committee Member). The Association between social cohesion and physical activity in communities across Canada: A Multilevel Analysis (MSc thesis in Epidemiology & Biostatistics completed: June 2016).

     

      Sebastian Przech (Committee Member). Financial costs incurred by living kidney donors: finding from a Canadian multi-centre prospective cohort study (MSc thesis in Epidemiology & Biostatistics; expected completion: 2017).

     

      Steven Habbous (Committee Member). Research to improve living kidney donor evaluation process (PhD thesis in Epidemiology & Biostatistics work-in-progress; expected completion: 2018).

     

      Vinusha Kalatharan (Committee Member). The epidemiology of upper urinary tract stone management in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. (PhD thesis in Epidemiology & Biostatistics work-in-progress; expected completion: 2018).

 

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Dr. Shammima Jesmin 2011 (Initial placement: Independent contracting).

 

Dr. Mohammad Hajizadeh 2013 (Initial placement: Post-doctoral Fellow at McGill University (Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University since July 1, 2014).

 

Dr. Koffi-Ahoto Kpelitse 2015 (Initial placement: Senior Analyst, Canadian Institute for Health Information).

 

Dr. Nibene Habib Some:                                                         June 2017 – 

 

 

Research Grants as PI/Co-PI

1) Richard Kim (PI); Jeffrey Alfonsi, David Barrett, Aleksander Essex, Amit Garg, Daniel Lizotte, Sisira Sarma, Ute Schwarz, Rommel Tirona (Co-PIs). Pharmacogenomics technologies and patient-centred approaches for enhancing drug safety and effectiveness. Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, Ontario Research Fund (Research Excellence Round 8): $1,457,274 (October 2016 – September 2021)

My Share: $111,956 (October 2016 – September 2021)

 

2) Sisira Sarma (PI). The Impact of Physician Mode of Remuneration on Healthcare Utilization, Costs and Quality of Care in Ontario. Early Researcher Award, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation: $140,000 (March 2015 – March 2020).

 

3) Sisira Sarma (PI). Doctoral Supervision Internal Grant (DSIG), University of Western Ontario: $8,000 (February 2014 – December 2020).

 

4) Sisira Sarma (PI); Rose Anne Devlin, Amit Garg, Salimah Shariff, Amardeep Thind and Gregory Zaric (Co-Is). Do primary care reforms influence physician performance and patient outcomes? Econometric analyses of Ontario’s primary healthcare delivery models. Canadian Institutes of Health Research Operating Grant: $525,970 (Funding Reference Number: MOP-130454, October 2013 – September 2018).

 

5) Sisira Sarma (PI). Start-up Funding, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario: $25,000 (July 2008 – December 2014).

 

6)  Sisira Sarma (PI) and Amardeep Thind (Co-I). Physician supply at the intensive margin: The case of Canadian family physicians. SSHRC Internal, University of Western Ontario: $7,000 (October 2008 – September 2009).

  

7)  Sisira Sarma (PI); M. Karen Campbell, Yun-Hee Choi, Jason Gilliland and Gregory Zaric (Co-Is). Research to prevent adult obesity. Private donation from the Estate of Margaret May Dodge (through the University of Western Ontario): $25,000 (January 2011 – December 2017).

 

8) Sisira Sarma (PI); M. Karen Campbell, Yun-Hee Choi, Jason Gilliland and Gregory Zaric (Co-Is). Econometric analyses of adult obesity in Canada: Modifiable risk factors and policy implications. Canadian Institutes of Health Research Operating Grant: $281,027 (Funding Reference Number: MOP-97763, October 2009 – September 2012).

 

9)  Sisira Sarma (PI). Understanding the impact of practice settings on physician behaviour and patient outcomes: The implications for health and human resources planning. MOHLTC Career Scientist Salary Award: $200,810 (July 2009 – September 2011).

 

10) Sisira Sarma (PI) and Gregory Zaric (Co-Applicant). Canadian Health Economics Study Group Conference 2011. Canadian Institutes of Health Research: $12,817 (Funding Reference Number: KDE-112517, February 2011 – January 2012).

 

Research Grants Received as Co-I:

11) Piotr Wilk (PI); Saverio Stranges, Kelly Anderson, Stephanie Frisbee, Sisira Sarma, Amardeep Thind, Dan Lizotte, Robert Petrella, Stewart Harris (Co-Is). Multidisciplinary Initiative for Population Health Research in Chronic Diseases. Collaborative Research Seed Grant, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Western Ontario: $48,596 (April 2017 – March 2019).

 

12) Richard Kim (PI); Ute Schwarz, Rommel Tirona, Sisira Sarma, Dan Hackam, Yun-Hee Choi, Sharon Taylor, Robin Legan and Sara Morgan (Co-Is). Implementation of Pharmacogenomics Guided Warfarin Dosing and INR Monitoring for Hospitalized Patients: Focus on Health Economics and Adverse Event Rates. Academic Medical Organization of Southwestern Ontario (AMOSO): $200,000 (May 2014 – March 2016). 

 

13)  Marnin Heisel (PI); Sharon Moore, Gordon Flett, Ross Norman, Paul Links, Sisira Sarma, Norm O’Rourke and Rahel Eynan (Co-Is). Enhancing psychological resiliency in older men facing retirement: Testing a meaning-centered group intervention. Movember Canada: $575,255 (November 1, 2013 – October 31, 2016).

 

14) Michael J. Rouse (PI); Greg Zaric, Charlice Hurst and Sisira Sarma (Co-Is). A meta analysis of Canadian workplace wellness programs and the impact of Sunlife Financial’s Healthy Returns program on employee wellness, productivity and 2-year healthcare costs. The Sun Life Financial: $482,142 (May 2011– April 2015).

 

15) Gregory Zaric (PI); Muriel Brackstone, Jeffrey Hoch, George Rodrigues, Peter Rogan and Sisira Sarma (Co-Is). Economic evaluation of tests to reveal the source of cancers of unknown primary. Canadian Institutes of Health Research: $173,829 (April 2011 – March 2013).

 

 

Refereed Publications

(Names of trainees underlined)

1) S. Habbous, S. Przech, J. Martin, A.X. Garg and S. Sarma. Cost-effectiveness analysis of first-line phosphate binders for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia in patients with chronic kidney disease. Value in Health, forthcoming (Accepted, August 2017).

2) M. B. Hannouf, E. Winquist, S.M. Mahmud, M. Brackstone, S. Sarma, G. Rodrigues, P.  Rogan, J.S. Hoch and G.S. Zaric. The clinical significance of occult gynecologic primary tumours in metastatic cancer. Current Oncology, forthcoming (Accepted, March 2017).

3) M. B. Hannouf, E. Winquist, S.M. Mahmud, M. Brackstone, S. Sarma, G. Rodrigues, P.  Rogan, J.S. Hoch and G.S. Zaric. The clinical significance of occult gastrointestinal primary tumours in metastatic cancer: a population retrospective cohort study. Cancer Research and Treatment, forthcoming (Online Publication, March 2017). DOI: 10.4143/crt.2016.532

4) S. Tam, H. Sun, S. Sarma, J. Siu, K. Fung and L. Sowerby. Medialization Thyroplasty versus Injection Laryngoplasty: A Cost Minimization Analysis. Journal of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, 2017, 46(1):14.

5) S. Habbous, S. Przech, R. Acedillo, S. Sarma, A.X.  Garg and J. Martin. The efficacy and safety of sevelamer and lanthanum versus calcium-containing and iron-based binders in treating hyperphosphatemia in patients with chronic kidney disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, (2017), 32 (1): 111-125.

6) M.B. Hannouf, E. Winquist, S.M. Mahmud, M. Brackstone, S. Sarma, P, Rogan, J.S. Hoch and G.S. Zaric. Cost-effectiveness of using a gene expression profiling test to aid in identifying the primary tumour in patients with cancer of unknown primary. Pharmacogenomics, 17, 2017, 286-300.

7) V. Kalatharan, Y. Pei,  K.K. Clemens, R.K. McTavish, S.N. Dixon, M. Rochon, D.M. Nash, A. Jain, S. Sarma, A. Zaleski, A. Lum, A.X. Garg. Positive predictive values of international classification of diseases, 10th revision coding algorithms to identify patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Diseases, 3, 2016, 1-7.

8) C. Yip, S. Sarma and P. Wilk. The association between social cohesion and physical activity in Canada: a multilevel analysis. Social Science & Medicine - Population Health 2, 2016, 718-723.

9) C. Pendrith, A. Thind, G. Zaric and S. Sarma (Primary Supervisor). Association between financial incentives and cervical cancer screening in Ontario’s primary healthcare delivery models. Healthcare Policy, 12(1), 2016, 116-28.

10) J.C. Jacobs, S. Burke, M. Rouse, S. Sarma and G. Zaric. Cardiovascular disease risk awareness and its association with preventive health behaviors: Evidence from a Canadian sample of workplaces. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58(5), 2016, 459-65.

11) C. Pendrith, A. Thind, G. Zaric and S. Sarma (Primary Supervisor). Costs of cervical cancer treatment: Estimates from Ontario, Canada. Current Oncology, 23(2), 2016, e109-e115.

12) S. Larose, K.A. Kpelitse, M.K. Campbell, G. Zaric and S. Sarma (Primary Supervisor). Does obesity influence labour market outcomes among working-age adults? Evidence from Canadian longitudinal data. Economics and Human Biology, 20, 2016, 26-41.

13) M. Hajizadeh, M.K. Campbell and S. Sarma (Primary Supervisor). A spatial econometric analysis of adult obesity: Evidence from Canada. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, 9(3), 2016, 329-363.

14) C.S. Kim, M. B. Hannouf, S. Sarma, G.B. Rodrigues, P. Rogan, S. Mahmud, E. Winquist, M. Brackstone and G.S. Zaric. Identification and survival outcomes of a cohort of patients with cancer of unknown primary in Ontario. Acta Oncologica, 54, 2015, 1781-1787.

15) S. Sarma, R.A. Devlin, J. Gilliland, MK. Campbell and G. Zaric. The Effect of leisure-time physical activity on obesity, diabetes, high BP and heart disease among Canadians: Evidence from 2000/01 to 2005/06. Health Economics, 24(12), 2015, 1531–1547.

16) E. Ewara, G. Zaric, S. Welch and S. Sarma (Primary Supervisor). Cost-effectiveness of first line treatments for KRAS wild type metastatic colorectal cancer. Current Oncology, 21(4), 2014, e541-e550.

17) S. Hollands, M.K. Campbell, J. Gilliland and S. Sarma (Primary Supervisor). Association between fast-food and full-service restaurant density and BMI: A cross-sectional study of Canadian adults. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 15(3), 2014, e172-e178.

18) S. Sarma, G. Zaric, M.K. Campbell and J. Gilliland. The effect of physical activity on adult obesity: Evidence from Canadian NPHS panel. Economics and Human Biology, 14, 2014, 1-21.

19) M. Hajizadeh, M.K. Campbell and S. Sarma (Primary Supervisor). Socioeconomic inequalities in adult obesity risk in Canada: Trends and decomposition analyses. European Journal of Health Economics, 15(2), 2014, 203-221.

20) K. Sunderajan, M.K. Campbell, Y-H. Choi and S. Sarma (Primary Supervisor). The relationship between diet quality and adult obesity: Evidence from Canada. Journal of the American College of Nutrition 33(1), 2014, 1-17.

21) S. Hollands, M.K. Campbell, J. Gilliland and S. Sarma (Primary Supervisor). A spatial analysis of the association between restaurant density and body mass index in Canadian adults. Preventive Medicine, 57(4), 2013, 258-264.

22) S. Sarma, M. Hajizadeh, A. Thind and R. Chan (Primary Supervisor). The association between health information technology adoption and Family Physicians’ practice patterns in Canada: Evidence from 2007 and 2010 National Physician Surveys. Healthcare Policy, 9(1), 2013, 97-117.

23) S. Sarma, R.A. Devlin, A. Thind and M. Chu. Canadian family physicians’ decision to collaborate: Age, period and cohort effects. Social Science & Medicine, 75(10), 2012, 1811-1819.

24) S. Jesmin, A. Thind and S. Sarma (Primary Supervisor). Does team-based primary health care improve patients’ perception of outcomes? Evidence from the 2007-08 Canadian Survey of Experiences with Primary Health Care. Health Policy 105(1), 2012, 71-83.

25) A. Sepehri, S. Sarma, U. Oguzoglu and T.M. Pham. Does the financial protection of health insurance vary across providers? Vietnam’s experience. Social Science & Medicine 73(4), 2011, 559-567.

26) S. Sarma, A. Thind and M. Chu. Do new cohorts of family physicians work less compared to their older predecessors? The Evidence from Canada. Social Science & Medicine 72(12), 2011, 2049-2058.

27) R.A. Devlin, S. Sarma and Q. Zhang (Co-Supervisor). The role of supplemental coverage in a universal health insurance system: some Canadian evidence. Health Policy 100(1), 2011, 81-90.

28) S. Sarma, R.A. Devlin, B. Belhadji and A. Thind. Does the way physicians are paid influence the way they practice? The case of Canadian Family Physicians’ work activity. Health Policy 98(2-3), 2010, 203-217.

29) S. Sarma, R. A. Devlin and W. Hogg.  Physician’s production of primary care in Ontario, Canada.  Health Economics 19(1), 2010, 14-30.

30) S. Sarma. Demand for outpatient health care: Empirical findings from rural India. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy 7(4), 2009, 265-277.

31) A. Sepehri, S. Sarma and J. Serieux. Who is giving up the free lunch? The insured patients’ decision to access health insurance benefits and its determinants: evidence from a low-income country. Health Policy 92(2-3), 2009, 250-258.

32) S. Sarma, G. Hawley and K. Basu. Transitions in living arrangements of Canadian seniors: Findings from the NPHS longitudinal data. Social Science & Medicine 68(6), 2009, 1106-1113.

33) R.A. Devlin and S. Sarma. Do physician remuneration schemes matter? The case of Canadian family physicians. Journal of Health Economics 25(7), 2008, 1168-1181.

34) A. Sepehri, S. Sarma, W. Simpson and S. Moshiri. How important are individual, household and commune characteristics in explaining utilization of maternal health services in Vietnam? Social Science & Medicine 67(6), 2008, 1009-1017. 

35) A. Sepehri, S. Moshiri, W. Simpson and S. Sarma. Taking account of context: How important are household characteristics in explaining adult health-seeking behaviour? The case of Vietnam. Health Policy and Planning 23(6), 2008, 397-407.

36) S. Uppal and S. Sarma. Aging, health and labour market activity: The case of India. Journal of World Health & Population 9(4), 2007, 79-97.

37) S. Sarma, K. Basu and A. Gupta. The influence of prescription drug insurance on psychotropic and non-psychotropic drug utilization in Canada. Social Science & Medicine 65(12), 2007, 2553-2565.

38) S. Sarma and W. Simpson. A panel multinomial logit analysis of elderly living arrangements: Evidence from Aging in Manitoba Longitudinal Data, Canada. Social Science & Medicine 65(12), 2007, 2539-2552.

39) S. Sarma and H. Rempel. Household decisions to utilize maternal health care in rural and urban India. Journal of World Health & Population 9(1), 2007, 24-45.

40) A. Sepehri, W. Simpson and S. Sarma. The influence of health insurance on hospital admission and length of stay – The case of Vietnam. Social Science & Medicine 63(7), 2006, 1757-1770.

41) A. Sepehri, S. Sarma and W. Simpson. Does public health insurance reduce financial burden? Empirical findings from the VLSS panel. Health Economics 15(6), 2006, 603-616.

42) S. Sarma and W. Simpson. A microeconometric analysis of Canadian health care utilization. Health Economics 15(3), 2006, 219-239.

 

Selected Conference/Seminar Presentations

N. Mehta, K.A. Kpelitse, R.A. Devlin, L. Li and S. Sarma. “Primary care access and emergency department utilization: theory and evidence from Canada,” presented at the 2017 iHEA Conference (World Congress on Health Economics), Boston University, Boston, USA, July 8-11, 2017.

S. Sarma, L. Li, R.A. Devlin, N. Mehta, G. Zaric, A. Thind, S. Shariff, A. Garg. “Pay-for-performance incentives and cancer screening: Evidence from Ontario,” presented at the 51st Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association, St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, June 2 - 4, 2017 (Presenter: Lihua Li).

S. Sarma, R.A. Devlin, N. Mehta, G. Zaric, A. Thind, S. Shariff, A. Garg. “Primary care reform and avoidable hospitalization: Results for Ontario’s congestive heart failure patients,” presented at the 51st Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association, St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, June 2 - 4, 2017.

N. Mehta, K.A. Kpelitse, R.A. Devlin, L. Li and S. Sarma. “Primary care access and emergency department utilization: theory and evidence from Canada,” presented at the 16th Annual Canadian Health Economics Study Group (CHESG) Meeting, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, May 31 – June 1, 2017.S. Sarma, N. Mehta, R.A. Devlin, Lihua Li, K.A. Kpelitse. “Family Physician Remuneration Schemes and Referrals to Specialists: Evidence from Ontario,” presented at the the Primary Care Reform Symposium: Economic Analysis of Recent Changes in Ontario, University of Toronto, January 15, 2016.

N. Mehta and S. Sarma. “The Impact of Primary Health Care Reform on Population Health: Theory and Evidence,” presented at the the Primary Care Reform Symposium: Economic Analysis of Recent Changes in Ontario, University of Toronto, January 15, 2016 (Presenter: Nirav Mehta).

S. Sarma, N. Mehta, R.A. Devlin, Lihua Li, K.A. Kpelitse. “Family Physician Remuneration Schemes and Referrals to Specialists: Evidence from Ontario,” presented at the the Canadian Centre for Health Economics, University of Toronto, November 27, 2015.

S. Sarma, N. Mehta, R.A. Devlin, Lihua Li, K.A. Kpelitse. “Family Physician Remuneration Schemes and Referrals to Specialists: Evidence from Ontario,” presented at the Department of Economics seminar series at the Wayne State University, United States, October 29, 2015.

The effect of leisure-time and transportation physical activity (LTTPA) on health: Evidence from Canada,” presented at the 11th iHEA Conference (World Congress on Health Economics), Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, July 12-15, 2015.

Association between financial incentives and cervical cancer screening in Ontario’s primary healthcare delivery models,” presented at the 11th iHEA Conference (World Congress on Health Economics), Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, July 12-15, 2015.

“Family Physician Remuneration Schemes and Referrals to Specialists: Panel-data Evidence from Ontario,” presented at the 49th Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association, Ryerson University, Toronto, May 28 –May 31, 2015.

“After-Hours Access to Primary Care and Emergency Department Visits: Comparison of Ontario’s Family Health Groups and Family Health Organizations,” presented at the 49th Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association, Ryerson University, Toronto, May 28 –May 31, 2015.

“The effect of leisure-time and transportation physical activity (LTTPA) on health: Evidence from Canada,” presented at the 48th Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, May 29 –June 1, 2014.

“The effect of income on obesity among Canadian adults,” presented at the 48th Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, May 29 –June 1, 2014.

“The effect of income on obesity among Canadian adults,” presented at the 13th Annual Canadian Health Economics Study Group Meeting, Victoria, British Columbia, May 26 –27, 2014.

“The effect of leisure-time physical activity on obesity, diabetes, high BP and heart disease among Canadians,” paper presented at the CRDCN National Conference, University of Waterloo, Ontario, October 3 – 4, 2013.

“The effect of leisure-time physical activity on obesity, diabetes, high BP and heart disease among Canadians, presented at the 47th Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association, HEC Montréal, Quebec, May 30 – June 2, 2013.

The Effect of Physical Activity on Adult Obesity in Canada: Evidence from Panel Data,” presented at the 46th Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, June 7-10, 2012.

“Socioeconomic Inequalities in Adult Obesity Risk in Canada: Trends and Decomposition Analyses, ” presented at the 46th Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, June 7-10, 2012.

Does Spatial Heterogeneity Influence Adult Obesity in Canada? Spatial Panel Data Analysis, ” presented at the 11th Annual Canadian Health Economists’ Study Group Meeting, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, June 6-7, 2012.

“Team-based Primary Health Care (PHC) Practice and Patient Perceptions of Health Care Outcomes: A Propensity Score Matching (PSM) Analysis using data from the 2007-2008 Canadian Survey of Experiences with Primary Health Care (CSCPHC),” presented at the 8th iHEA Conference (World Congress on Health Economics), Sheraton Centre, Toronto, Ontario, July 10-13, 2011.

“Does it matter how obesity is measured in social science literature? Some new findings from Canada,” presented at the 45th Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, June 2-5, 2011.

“Team-based Primary Health Care (PHC) Practice and Patient Perceptions of Health Care Outcomes: A Propensity Score Matching (PSM) Analysis using data from the 2007-2008 Canadian Survey of Experiences with Primary Health Care (CSCPHC),” presented at the 45th Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, June 2-5, 2011.

“Do New Cohorts of Family Physicians Work Less Compared to their Older Predecessors? The Evidence from Canada,” presented at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Economics Association Conference, the Université Laval Québec City, Québec, May 28-30, 2010.

“Does Decline in Smoking Lead to Rise in Obesity? Panel Data Analysis from the Canadian NPHS,” presented at the Canadian Health Economics Study Group Meetings, McGill University, Montreal, Québec, May 26-27, 2010.

“Does the way physicians are paid influence the way they practice? The case of Canadian Family Physicians’ work activity,” presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Economics Association Conference, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, May 29 – 31, 2009.

“Transitions in living arrangements of Canadian seniors: Findings from the NPHS longitudinal data,” presented at the Canadian Health Economics Study Group Meetings 2008, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, May 15-16, 2008 and the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Economics Association Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 6 – 8, 2008.

“Physician’s production of primary care in Ontario: Evidence from the 2004 National Physician Survey, Canada,” presented at the Canadian Health Economics Study Group 2006, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, May 11-12, 2006 and 2006 Health Canada Science Forum, Ottawa, Ontario, October 30-31, 2006.

“Determinants of elderly living arrangements: evidence from Aging in Manitoba Longitudinal data, 1971-96,” presented at the Canadian Health Economics Study Group 2005, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, May 25-26, 2005.

“Does public health insurance reduce financial burden? Empirical findings from the VLSS panel,” presented at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Economics Association Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, June 4 – 6, 2004.

“Demand for outpatient health care in rural India: a nested multinomial logit approach,” presented at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Economics Association Conference, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, May 30 – June 1, 2003.

“A Microeconometric analysis of health care utilization in Canada: evidence from NPHS data,” presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Economics Association Conference, University of Calgary, Alberta, May 31 – June 2, 2002.

“Numerical methods for the solution of a human capital model,” presented at the 7th International Conference of the Society for Computational Economics, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, June 28 – 29, 2001.

 

Reviewer for the Granting Agencies (year(s) reviewed):

Canada Research Chair Tier 2 Application, External Reviewer (2016)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Foundation Scheme Stage I Committee Member (November 2014, November 2015, January 2016).

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Health Policy and Management Operating Grant Committee Member  (Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014).

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Meetings, Planning and Dissemination Grant Committee Member (Spring 2011, Fall 2011).

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), Review Panel Member (2013).

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), External Reviewer (2016).

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) External Reviewer (2009).

 

Journal Reviewer

Journal of Health Economics (2010, 2013, 2015); Health Economics (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013); European Journal of Health Economics (2014, 2015); Economics & Human Biology (2015, 2016, 2017); Applied Health Economics and Health Policy (2009); Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy (2012); International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics (2010, 2015); Health Policy (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014); Social Science & Medicine (2010, 2011, 2013); Canadian Medical Association Journal (2011, 2015, 2016); Healthcare Policy (2016); Canadian Journal of Public Health (2016); Current Oncology (2017); Journal of Public Health (2016); Canadian Public Policy (2013); Simulation: Transactions of the Society for Modelling and Simulation International (2014); Contemporary Economic Policy (2013, 2016); BMC Cancer (2016); Nutrition and Food Science (2014); Health Policy and Planning (2010, 2011); International Journal for Equity in Health (2010); Empirical Economics (2010); Health Services Research (2007); Demography (2008); Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety (2008, 2010); Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy (2011); Indian Journal of Community Medicine (2009, 2009, 2010); National Medical Journal of India (2008).

 

Memberships/Affiliation:

Canadian Economics Association, 2001 -

Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, 2009 -

Canadian Health Economists’ Study Group, 2004 -

International Health Economics Association, 2007 -  

American Society of Health Economists, 2013 –

Population Health Intervention Research Network, 2011 -