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Jeff Kwong, Scientist
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."


Academic degrees and accreditations

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

Areas of expertise

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

PHO research interests

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

Current PHO research activities

  • Research involving ecological analysis of laboratory and health administrative data, specifically, estimating influenza vaccine effectiveness against laboratory-confirmed serious outcomes in elderly adults.
  • PHAC/CIHR Influenza Research Network (PCIRN) Program Delivery and Evaluation Group:
    • Randomized Evaluation of Live Attenuated vs. Trivalent Inactivated influenza Vaccines in Schools (RELATIVES)
    • Parental perceptions of school-based influenza immunization 
    • Exploring public perceptions of vaccination based on comments in the social media
  • 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.

Selected publications

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.

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.

Chen H, Burnett RT, Kwong JC, Villeneuve PJ, Goldberg MS, Brook RD, van Donkelaar A, Jerrett M, Martin RV, Brook JR, Copes R. Risk of incident diabetes in relation to long-term exposure to fine particulate matter in Ontario, Canada. Environ Health Perspect. 2013;121(7):804-10.

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 diseases study. PLoS One. 2012;7(9):e44103.

Quach S, Hamid JS, Pereira JA, Heidebrecht CL, Deeks SL, Crowcroft NS,  Quan SD, Brien S, Kwong JC, Public Health Agency of Canada/Canadian Institutes of Health Research Influenza Research Network Vaccine Coverage Theme Group. Influenza vaccination coverage across ethnic groups in Canada. CMAJ. 2012;184(15):1673-81.

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