Scientist profiles S-Z
Sunnybrook Research Institute
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave., Room A1 00
- BA (Hons), 1982, philosophy, University of Winnipeg, Canada
- MA, 1983, philosophy, Queen's University, Canada
- MD, 1986, McMaster University, Canada
- M.Sc., 1997, epidemiology, University of Toronto, Canada
- Fellow, 1997, community medicine and public health, University of Toronto, Canada
Appointments and Affiliations:
- Senior scientist, evaluative clinical sciences, Brain Sciences Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute
- Staff physician, department of family and community medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
- Professor, departments of family and community medicine and public health sciences, University of Toronto
- Adjunct scientist, Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences
- Affiliate, Institute of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto
- Member, Centre for Environment, University of Toronto
- Adjunct associate professor, School of Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster University
- Associate member, Institute of Environment and Health, McMaster University
- Member, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
- Member, College of Family Physicians of Canada
- Canada Research Chair in Primary Care Research, Tier 2
- The concept of evidence in health care, medical epistemology, clinical reasoning
- Chronic disease and aging
- Public health ethics
- Philosophy of medicine
- Global health ethics
- Empirical approaches in bioethics
- Primary care research methods
- Time series applications in health services research, communicable disease and environmental epidemiology
Dr. Upshur has more than 300 publications spanning his diverse research interests, including more than 160 peer-reviewed publications. At the University of Toronto, he has designed and taught courses for graduate, postgraduate and undergraduate curricula in ethics, epidemiology and the philosophy of medicine. He has supervised or co-supervised more than 70 graduate and postgraduate research students. He is a clinical supervisor in the postgraduate family medicine residency program; he has been the core supervisor for 14 postgraduate trainees.
Dr. Upshur has been active on advisory boards for the International Joint Commission, Doctors Without Borders, Scidev.net and several medical journals. He has consulted with the World Health Organization and the Grand Challenges in Global Health. In 2008, he was named academic family physician of the year and researcher of the year by the department of family and community medicine, University of Toronto, and received the John Hastings Award for excellence in service from the department of public health sciences.
- Upshur REG, Lavery JV, Tindana PO. Taking tissue seriously means taking communities seriously. BioMedCentral Medical Ethics. 2007;8:11.
- Singh JA, Upshur R, Padayatchi N. XDR-TB in South Africa: no time for denial of complacency. PLoS Med. 2007;4(1):e50.
- Jaakkimainen L, Upshur REG, Schultz SE, Maaten S, editors. Primary care in Ontario: ICES atlas. Toronto (Canada): Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, 2006.
- Upshur REG, Faith K, Gibson JL, Thompson AK, Tracy CS, Wilson K, Singer PA. Stand on guard for thee: ethical considerations in preparedness planning for pandemic influenza. A report of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics Pandemic Influenza Working Group. November 2005.