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Why working at PHO is important to me:

"Working at PHO is important to me because it is the hub that brings together public health practitioners, researchers, and educators for all of Ontario. As a public health researcher in Ontario, it is simply the place to be."

Jeff Kwong, Scientist
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    Appointments

    Academic degrees and accreditations

    • Doctor of medicine, University of Toronto
    • Master of science (Epidemiology), University of Toronto
    • College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP), Family Medicine
    • Fellow, The Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC), Public Health and Preventive Medicine

    Areas of expertise

    • Epidemiology
    • Vaccines
    • Influenza
    • Public health
    • Health services

    PHO research interests

    • Infectious diseases epidemiology and health services research using linkable data.
    • Influenza vaccine and vaccination program evaluation (vaccine coverage, vaccine effectiveness, vaccine safety, vaccination program strategies [e.g., universal, school-based]).
    • Assessing the health and economic burden of infectious diseases.

    Current PHO research activities

    • Estimating influenza vaccine effectiveness against laboratory-confirmed serious outcomes in high-risk populations (older adults, young children, individuals with chronic conditions).
    • Examining the association between laboratory-confirmed influenza and acute cardiovascular events (myocardial infarctions and ischemic stroke).
    • Evaluating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of health care worker vaccinate-or-mask influenza prevention policies Canadian Immunization Research Network (CIRN) Provincial Collaborative Network (PCN): assessing pertussis vaccine effectiveness.
    • Estimating longitudinal health care costs for infectious diseases using administrative data.
    • Provide expertise in epidemiological study design and analysis, and facilitate access to the extensive population-based data holdings at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, for studies on the health impacts of air pollutants, the epidemiology of mycobacterial infections, and the epidemiology and economic burden of viral hepatitis.

    Top publications

    1. Kwong JC, Vasa PP, Campitelli MA, Hawken S, Wilson K, Rosella LC, Stukel TA, Crowcroft NS, McGeer AJ, Zinman L, Deeks SL. Risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome after seasonal influenza vaccination and influenza health-care encounters: a self-controlled study. Lancet Infect Dis. 2013;13(9):769-76.

    2. Kwong JC, Campitelli MA, Gubbay JB, Peci A, Winter AL, Olsha R, Turner R, Rosella LC, Crowcroft NS. Vaccine effectiveness against laboratory-confirmed influenza hospitalizations among elderly adults during the 2010-2011 season. Clin Infect Dis. 2013;57(6):820-7.

    3. Kwong JC, Pereira JA, Quach S, Pellizzari R, Dusome E, Russell ML, Hamid JS, Feinberg Y, Winter AL, Gubbay JB, Sirtonski B, Moher D, Sider D, Finkelstein M, Loeb M, Public Health Agency of Canada/Canadian Institutes of Health Research Influenza Research Network (PCIRN) Program Delivery and Evaluation Group. Randomized evaluation of live attenuated vs. inactivated influenza vaccines in schools (RELATIVES) cluster randomized trial: pilot results from a household surveillance study to assess direct and indirect protection from influenza vaccination. Vaccine. 2015;33(38):4910-5.

    4. Kwong JC, Ratnasingham S, Campitelli MA, Daneman N, Deeks SL, Manuel DG, Allen VG, Bayoumi AM, Fazil A, Fisman DN, Gershon AS, Gournis E, Heathcote EJ, Jamieson FB, Jha P, Khan KM, Majowicz SE, Mazzulli T, McGeer AJ, Muller MP, Raut A, Rea E, Remis RS, Shahin R, Wright AJ, Zagorski B, Crowcroft NS. The impact of infection on population health: results of the Ontario Burden of Infectious Disease Study. PLoS One. 2012;7(9):e44103.

    5. Kwong JC, Campitelli MA, Rosella LC. Obesity and respiratory hospitalizations during influenza season in Ontario, Canada, a cohort study. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2011;53(5):413-21.

    Other publications

    1. Kwong JC, Crowcroft NS, Campitelli MA, Ratnasingham S, Daneman N, Deeks SL, Manuel DG, Ontario Burden of Infectious Diseases Study Advisory Group. Ontario Burden of Infectious Diseases Study (ONBOIDS): An OAHPP/ICES Report. Toronto: Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences; 2010.

       

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