Dr. Richard Perez is currently a staff scientist with the Populations & Public Health Research Program and affiliated with the ICES McMaster site. He completed his MSc and PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa. His doctoral thesis explored novel methods of generating lifetime burden estimates by combining health surveys linked to administrative data with advanced imputational techniques. He first joined the ICES network in 2010 as part of the newly launched ICES uOttawa site. As a research methodologist for the ICES uOttawa site, he supported multiple influential ICES reports and the development of several online health calculators. His research at the time was primarily focused on the impact of social determinants of health on mortality, healthcare utilization, and healthcare system costs.
In 2016, he was recruited by McMaster University and influential in the establishment of the ICES McMaster site in Hamilton. At ICES McMaster, he has supervised numerous significant studies across various diverse disciplines. He continues to oversee the various research initiatives and projects conducted at the site, while also performing a critical role in outreach activities and management of the site. He is also an assistant professor with the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, & Impact within the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. Within this academic capacity at the university, he is developing and teaching various graduate courses that focus on applied epidemiology, health services research, and data science.