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Why working at PHO is important to me

"A PHO appointment allows me to advance public health evidence and knowledge through studying antibiotic use in Ontario. Our research program will provide evidence to support a community antimicrobial stewardship program that will improve antibiotic use and slow the development of antimicrobial resistance."

Kevin Schwartz, Physician
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    • Assistant professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
    • Adjunct scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
    • Infectious disease consultant, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto

    Academic degrees and accreditations

    • Doctor of Medicine, University of Toronto
    • Master of science (Epidemiology),  University of Toronto
    • Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (Topical Medicine), The Gorgas course in Peru
    • Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians of Canada (Pediatrics),  University of Calgary
    • Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians of Canada (Infectious Diseases),  University of Toronto

    Areas of expertise

    • Antimicrobial stewardship
    • Administrative data
    • Epidemiology
    • Vaccines

    PHO research interests

    • Dr. Schwartz is a paediatrician and infectious disease specialist in Toronto as well as an academic infection control and antimicrobial stewardship physician at Public Health Ontario. His research interests include vaccine preventable diseases and antimicrobial stewardship with a particular focus on improving community antibiotic use to slow the emergence of drug resistant infections.

    Current PHO research activities

    • Evaluating community antibiotic use with administrative datasets
    • Examining predictors of physician variability in suboptimal antibiotic prescribing
    • Investigating community antibiotic appropriateness through the Ontario Program To Improve AntiMIcrobial USE (OPTIMISE)
    • Collaborating on antibiotic peer-comparison feedback trials
    • Collaborating on the PHO long-term care urinary tract infections program

    Top publications

    1. Tan C, Graves E, Lu H, Chen A, Li S, Schwartz KL, Daneman N. A decade of outpatient antimicrobial use in senior residents of Ontario. CMAJ Open (in press)
    2. Kwong JC, Schwartz KL, Campitelli MA, Chung H, Crowcroft NS, Karnauchow T, Katz K, Ko DT, McGeer AJ, McNally D, Richardson D, Rosella LC, Simor A, Smieja M, Zahariadis G, Gubbay JB. Acute myocardial infarction after laboratory-confirmed influenza infection. New England Journal of Medicine (in press).
    3. Schwartz KL, Kwong JC, Deeks SL, Campitelli M, Jamieson F, Marchand-Austin A, Stukel TA, Rosella L, Daneman N, Bolotin S, Drews S, RIlkoff H, Crowcroft NS. Effectiveness of pertussis vaccination and duration of immunity. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2016 Sept 26; PMID: 27672225
    4. Schwartz KL, Jembere N, Campitelli MA, Buchan SA, Kwong JC. Using Ontario Health Insurance Plan physician billing claims to ascertain individual influenza vaccination status: An updated analysis. CMAJ Open 2016 Aug 22;4(3):E463-E470.
    5. Schwartz KL, Tu K, Wing L, Campitelli MA, Crowcroft NS, Deeks SL, Wilson SE, Wilson K, Gemmill I, Kwong JC. Validation of infant immunization billing codes in administrative data. Human Vaccine and Immunotherapeutics. 2015 Jul 3;11(7):1840-7. PMID 26075651 


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