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Rob Fowler
Robert Fowler, MDCM, M.Sc.

Senior scientist

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave.
Toronto, ON
M4N 3M5

Phone: 416-480-6100 ext. 67471
Fax: 416-480-6191


  • B.Sc., 1991, biology, University of New Brunswick, Canada
  • MDCM, 1995, McGill University, Canada
  • M.Sc., 2002, epidemiology, Stanford University, U.S.

Appointments and Affiliations:

  • Senior scientist, Evaluative Clinical SciencesTrauma, Emergency & Critical Care Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute
  • Physician, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Professor, department of medicine and interdepartmental division of critical care medicine, University of Toronto
  • Director, clinical epidemiology and health care research, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, U of T

Research Foci:

  • Epidemiology, outcomes and care for critically ill populations across the globe
  • Infection and outbreak-related critical illness
  • End-of-life care comparisons and quality improvement

Research Summary:

Rob Fowler is critical care physician and H. Barrie Fairley Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Chief of the Trauma-Critical Care Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He is a past Director for the Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation Clinical Epidemiology Graduate Training Program and immediate past Chair of the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group.

Rob’s clinical and academic focus includes access and outcomes of care for critically ill patients and infection-related critical illness. Rob is the lead for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research - funded COVID-19 Network of Clinical Trials Networks, co-principal investigator of the Canadian Treatments for COVID-19 (CATCO) Trial and the international multicentre Bacteremia Antibiotic Length Actually Needed for Clinical Effectiveness (BALANCE) Trial. He has assisted or worked with the World Health Organization during SARS, pandemic and avian influenza, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, Ebola outbreaks in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Selected Publications:

See current publications list at PubMed.

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