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Robert Fowler

Adjunct Scientist (Full Status) ICES Central Primary Care & Health Systems Research Program


Rob Fowler is a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto, director of research for the Department of Critical Care Medicine and chair of the Department of Medicine Research Committee at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He received his medical degree at McGill University, his residency training at the University of Toronto, and completed a critical care fellowship and Master of Science (Epidemiology) degree at Stanford University. He is a past clinician-scientist of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care and a current clinician-scientist of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Dr. Fowler's academic interests include the access, outcomes and economics of care for critically ill patients. Dr. Fowler is the lead investigator of a multi-country economic evaluation of venous thromboembolism prevention in the ICU. He was the critical care lead for the American Thoracic Society statement on the association between health insurance status and access, care delivery, and outcomes for patients who are critically ill. He has investigated differential use of critical care resources according to gender and age; and, has highlighted how selective patient inclusion in clinical trials leads to decreased generalizability of all our research findings. During the 2003 SARS epidemic, he helped provide the first descriptions of critically ill patients and modes of disease transmission. In 2009-2010, working with colleagues throughout North America, Asia, Europe and Australia, Dr. Fowler helped international research programs to study clinical characteristics, treatments and outcomes of patients with H1N1-related critical illness. Currently he is focussed upon improving end-of-life care for patients and healthcare systems, and advancing the care of critical ill patients in under-resourced settings. Dr. Fowler's work is funded by CIHR, the Heart and Stoke Foundation, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, the Public Health Agency of Canada, among others, and has been published widely in the peer-reviewed medical literature.

  • MSc, Epidemiology, Stanford University
  • MDCM, McGill University
  • BSc, Biology, University of New Brunswick
  • Palliative care/End-of-life care
  • Intensive care medicine
  • Health services research
  • Equity in healthcare
  • Professor, Department of Medicine and Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Senior Scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute
  • Director of Research, Department of Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Physician, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Clinician Scientist, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario
  • Consultant, World Health Organization, Department of Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases

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