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Shirley Lake (nee Chow)

Affiliate scientist

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave., Room M1 400
Toronto, ON
M4N 3M5

Phone: 416-480-4580, ext. 1
Fax: 416-480-4233

Administrative Assistant: Jennyfer Lim
Phone: 416-480-4580, ext. 1


  • B.Sc. (Hons), 2002, biochemistry – genetic engineering and biotechnology option, McMaster University, Canada
  • MD, 2006, University of Western Ontario, Canada
  • FRCP(C), 2010, internal medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • FRCP(C), 2011, rheumatology, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • M.Sc., 2015, quality improvement and patient safety, University of Toronto, Canada
  • RhMSUS, 2019, American College of Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Certification in Rheumatology, U.S.

Appointments and Affiliations:

Research Foci:

  • Medical education
  • Quality improvement and patient safety
  • Point-of-care musculoskeletal ultrasound

Research Summary:

Dr. Lake's research interest is in the field of quality improvement and patient safety. This includes finding novel and innovative methods to provide safe and effective care to people with arthritis and autoimmune diseases.

Selected Publications:

See current publications on PubMed.

  1. Zhou LL, Tait G, Sandhu S, Steiman A, Lake S. Online virtual cases to teach resource stewardship. Clin Teach. 2018 Jun 11.
  2. Chow SL and Shojania K. ‘Rheum to improve’: Quality improvement in outpatient rheumatology. J Rheumatol. 2017 Sep;44(9):1304–1310.
  3. Mandel A and Chow S. Impact of health portal enrolment with email reminders at an academic rheumatology clinic. BMJ Qual Improv Rep. 2017 Mar 7;6(1):1.
  4. Chow SL, Thorne JC, Bell MJ, Ferrari R, Bagheri Z, Boyd T, Colwill AM, Jung M, Frackowiak D, Hazlewood GS, Kuriya B, Tugwell P, on behalf of the Canadian Rheumatology Association Choosing Wisely Committee. Choosing wisely: The Canadian Rheumatology Association’s list of 5 things physicians and patients should question. J Rheumatol. 2015 Apr.
  5. Chow SL, Mahendira D, Herman-Kideckel SM, McDonald-Blumer H. Immunology for rheumatology residents: Working toward a Canadian national curriculum consensus. J Clin Rheumatol. 2015 Jan 21;21(1):10–14.

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