Dr. Sarah Wilson

Medical Epidemiologist
Health Protection

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"I am a passionate supporter of immunization. Through vaccine coverage assessment, program evaluation and providing scientific support to PIDAC-I, my goal is to help protect the greatest number of Ontarians against vaccine-preventable diseases."

Areas of Expertise

  • immunization coverage assessment
  • immunization program evaluation
  • vaccine-preventable diseases
  • outbreak investigation

Academic Degrees and Accreditations

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Master of Science (Public Health), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Certificant, Canadian College of Family Medicine (CCFP)
  • Fellow, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC), Public Health and Preventive Medicine
  • Canadian Field Epidemiology Program

PHO Research Interests

  • Data sources and methodologies for immunization coverage assessment.
  • The use of administrative data to study the burden of vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization program delivery.
  • Public perceptions of immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases.

PHO Research Activities

  • Provide medical and scientific support to Ontario public health units and the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee on Immunization (PIDAC-I) in the areas of immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases.
  • Assessing the impact of rotavirus immunization on acute gastroenteritis in Ontario using administrative data.
  • Examining the uptake of rotavirus vaccine in Ontario and factors (infant, family and provider) associated with rotavirus immunization.
  • In a mixed methods study involving key informants, capturing information on immunization information systems and the methodology used to compute vaccine coverage estimates in Canada.

Selected Publications

  1. Wilson SE, Chung H, Schwartz KL, Guttmann A, Deeks SL, Kwong JC, et al. Rotavirus vaccine coverage and factors associated with uptake using linked data: Ontario, Canada. PLoS One. 2018;13(2):e0192809.
  2. Wilson SE, Quach S, MacDonald S, Naus M, Deeks SL, Crowcroft NS, et al. Methods used for immunization coverage assessment in Canada, a Canadian Immunization Research Network (CIRN) study. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2017;13(8):1928-36.
  3. Wilson SE, Quach S, MacDonald SE, Naus M, Deeks SL, Crowcroft NS, et al. Immunization information systems in Canada: attributes, functionality, strengths and challenges. Can J Public Health. 2016;107(6):e1–8.
  4. Wilson SE, Rosella LC, Wang J, Le Saux N, Crowcroft NS, Harris T, et al. Population-level impact of Ontario’s infant rotavirus immunization program: evidence of direct and indirect effects. PLoS One. 2016;11(5):e0154340.
  5. Wilson SE, Seo CY, Lim GH, Fediurek J, Crowcroft N, Deeks SL. Trends in medical and non-medical immunization in Canada’s largest province: 2002/3 to 2012/13. CMAJ Open. 2015;3(3):E317-23.

View more publications by Dr. Sarah Wilson on PubMed.gov

Public Health Ontario Scientist Profile: Sarah Wilson

Dr. Sarah Wilson discusses what excites her about her work, the impact of her research and why she chose Public Health Ontario.

Duration: 2 min

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Updated 10 Sep 2021