Faculty Member

Lawrence C. Loh MD MPH CCFP FRCPC FACPM

Email Address(es)
lawrence.loh@peelregion.ca
Curriculum Vitae
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Division(s)/Office
Clinical Public Health Division
Office of Global Public Health Education & Training
Position
Adjunct Professor
SGS Status
Non Member
Admin Faculty Appointment
Residency Program in Community Medicine

Research Interests

  • Environmental health
  • Vaccine safety and vaccine preventable disease control
  • Tobacco control
  • Urban health
    • Healthy built environments
  • Medical education
    • Physician specialty training in public health
    • Advocacy in medical education
  • Global health
    • Global health careers and workforce
    • Short-term volunteering abroad – ethics and guidelines

Education & Training History

BSc, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Western Ontario ’02
MD, University of Western Ontario  ’06
MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health ’10

CCFP, Family Medicine Residency Program, St. Michael’s Hospital ’08
FRCPC / FACPM (Diplomate ABPM, PH&GPM), Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program, University of Toronto ’12

Other Affiliations

Current: 

Associate Medical Officer of Health, Peel Public Health

Director of Operations at The 53rd Week

Department of Family Medicine, Queen’s University

Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health (COMOH)

World Medical Association

Fellow, American College of Preventive Medicine

Public Health Physicians of Canada

American Public Health Association

Canadian Society for International Health

Former (incl. training affiliations):

Public Health Physician at Public Health Ontario

Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia

Medical Health Officer at Fraser Health Authority (Burnaby. the Tri-Cities, Anmore, and Belcarra)

Office of Public Health Practice, Public Health Agency of Canada

Vaccine Safety Division, Public Health Agency of Canada

Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research

Healthy Environments, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Office of the Medical Officer of Health, Peel Public Health

Health Workforce Unit, World Health Organization

Communicable Disease Control Directorate, Toronto Public Health

Environmental and Occupational Health Team, Public Health Ontario

Human Resources for Health Unit, Pan-American Health Organization

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

Supervision of medical students and residents on public health rotations

Facilitator for pre-departure training and preparation for 53rd Week student experiences

Faculty advisor, University of Toronto Global Brigades

Visiting lecturer (various courses)

University of Toronto Public Health and Preventive Medicine residency program

Honours & Awards

  • Jay S. Drotman Memorial Award, American Public Health Association
  • Sadok Besrour Grant Award for Global Health, College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • Honorary Life Membership, International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations
  • Dr. Chandrakant P. Shah Field Research Award, University of Toronto Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program
  • Peer Educator Award, University of Toronto Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program
  • Dr. Bart J. Harvey Service Award, University of Toronto Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program
  • Dr. Jim Silcox Award, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario

Current Research Projects

Global health careers: motivations, barriers, relationship to specialty choice, ethical considerations

Volunteering abroad: improving outcomes, minimizing harms, ethics, guidelines

Trans-national comparisons of public health and preventive medicine physician training

Representative Publications

Peer-reviewed 

Lasker J, Aldrink M, Balasubramaniam R, Caldron P, Compton B, Evert J, Loh L, Prasad S, Siegel S. Guidelines for Responsible Short-term Global Health Activities: Developing Common Principles. Global Health (in press)

Dueck K, Morrison R, Brown K, Lobo D, Loh L. Innovative public health response to an event on the fringe of regulatory changes. Can J Pub Hlth (in press)

Reves J, Loh LC. The role of medical students in short-term experiences in global health: a perspective from São Tomé island. Acta Med Port (in press)

Logan, D, Huang VV, Loh LC. The ‘Triple Win’ Practice: The Argument for the Development and Implementation of Long-Term Volunteering Programs for Healthcare Professionals. J Global Health (in press)

Yiu KC, Dimaras HD, Valdman O, Franklin B, Prochaska J, Loh LC. Characterizing a community health partnership in the Dominican Republic: Network mapping and analysis of stakeholder perceptions. Can Med Educ J. (in press)

Evans T, Akporuno O, Owens KM, Lickers B, Marlinga J, Lin HC, Loh LC. Using Maslow’s hierarchy to highlight power imbalances between visiting health professional student volunteers and the host community: An applied qualitative study. Educ Health (Abingdon). 2017 May-Aug;30(2):133-139. doi: 10.4103/efh.EfH_175_16.

Dainton C, Chu CH, Lin H, Cherniak W, Loh LC. A Protocol to Develop Practice Guidelines for Primary Care Medical Service Trips. Ann Glob Health. 2016 Sep – Oct;82(5):678-685. doi: 10.1016/j.aogh.2016.10.001

Peik SM, Mohan KM, Baba T, Donadel M, Labruto A, Loh LC. Comparison of public health and preventive medicine physician specialty training in six countries: Identifying challenges and opportunities. Med Teach. 2016 Nov;38(11):1146-1151.

Loiseau B, Benedict D, Sibbald R, Raman SA, Loh LC, Dimaras H. How can a Theory of Change framework be applied to short-term international volunteering? Int Health. 2016 Sep;8(5):310-2. doi: 10.1093/inthealth/ihw036. Review. PMID: 27620921

Miller AS, Lin HC, Kang CB, Loh LC. Health and Social Needs in Three Migrant Worker Communities around La Romana, Dominican Republic, and the Role of Volunteers: A Thematic Analysis and Evaluation. J Trop Med. 2016;2016:4354063. doi: 10.1155/2016/4354063.

Loh LC. Autocomplete: Dr. Google’s nefarious assistant? Can Fam Physician. 2016 Aug;62(8):622-3.

Loh LC, Dacso MM, Valdman O. Coalicion de Salud Comunitaria (COSACO): using a Healthy Community Partnership framework to integrate short-term global health experiences into broader community development. Global Health. 2016 May 2;12(1):15. doi: 10.1186/s12992-016-0155-y.

Russell C, Zandberg J, Wong B, Martinez D, Lin H, Marlinga J, Loh L. Sexual Health Knowledge in a Vulnerable Population: A Survey of Adolescents in the Bateyes of La Romana, Dominican Republic. Int J Adolesc Med Health. 2016 Feb 27. pii: /j/ijamh.ahead-of-print/ijamh-2015-0104/ijamh-2015-0104.xml. doi: 10.1515/ijamh-2015-0104.

Dainton C, Chu CC, Lin HC, Loh LC. Clinical guidelines for Western clinicians engaged in primary care medical service trips (MSTs) in Latin America and the Caribbean: An integrative literature review. Trop Med Int Health. 2016 Feb 26. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12675. [Epub ahead of print]

Loh LC, Cherniak W, Dreifuss BA, Dacso MM, Lin HC, Evert J. Short term global health experiences and local partnership models: a framework. Global Health. 2015 Dec 18;11(1):50. doi: 10.1186/s12992-015-0135-7.

Loiseau B, Sibbald R, Raman S, Benedict D, Dimaras HD, Loh LC. Don’t make my people beggars: a developing world house of cards. Community Dev J 2015 doi: 10.1093/cdj/bsv047

Sur AH, Loh LC. A 38-year-old man who uses crack cocaine. CMAJ. 2015 Dec 8;187(18):1383-4. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.150491. Epub 2015 Sep 28. No abstract available.

Sibbald R, Loiseau B, Darren B, Raman S, Dimaras HD, Loh LC. Maintaining Research Integrity while Balancing Cultural Sensitivity: A Case Study and Lessons from the Field. Dev World Bioeth. 2015 Sep 11. doi: 10.1111/dewb.12089. [Epub ahead of print]

Melby MK, Loh LC, Evert JE, Prater CW, Lin HC, Khan OA. Beyond ‘medical missions’ to impact-driven short-term experiences in global health (STEGH): ethical principles to optimize community benefit and learner experience. Acad Med. 2015 Dec 1. [Epub ahead of print]

Bhate TD, Loh LC. Building a Generation of Physician Advocates: The Case for Mandatory Advocacy Training in Medical Undergraduate Programs. Acad Med. 2015 Dec;90(12):1602-6. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000841.

Chae SR, Heckman JE, Rhee DS, Loh LC. Ethical considerations of physician career involvement in global health work: a framework. J Bioeth Inq. 2015 Mar;12(1):129-36. doi: 10.1007/s11673-014-9591-7. Epub 2015 Feb 12

Ferrara BJ, Townsley E, MacKay CR, Lin HC, Loh LC. Short-term global health education programs abroad: disease patterns observed in Haitian migrant communities around La Romana, Dominican Republic. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2014 Nov;91(5):871-5. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.14-0012. Epub 2014 Sep 8.

Rhee DS, Heckman JE, Chae SR, Loh LC. Comparative analysis: potential barriers to career participation by American and Canadian physicians in global health. Int J Family Med. 2014;2014:728163. doi: 10.1155/2014/728163. Epub 2014 Oct 27.

Loh LC, Brieger WB. Suburban sprawl in the developing world: duplicating past mistakes? The case of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Int Q Community Health Educ. 2014 Jan 1;34(2):199-211. doi: 10.2190/IQ.34.2.g.

Day K, Loh LC, Ruff RR, Fischer S, Rosenblum R, Lee KK. Does Bus Rapid Transit Promote Walking? An Examination of New York City’s Select Bus Service. J Phys Act Health. 2014 Apr 11. [Epub ahead of print]

Loh LC, Rao RV, Ng DM.An uncommon, sinister vertebral fracture: early-onset multiple myeloma. Can Family Physician 2013 Nov; 59(11):1195-1199

Loh LC, Friedman SR, Burdick WP. Factors promoting sustainability of education innovations: A comparison of faculty perceptions and existing frameworks. Educ Health 2013;26:32-8

Loh LC, Ugarte-Gil C, Darko K. Examination of the relationship between private sector health care predominance and physician outmigration. Bull World Health Organ. 2013;91:227-233. doi: 10.2471/BLT.12.110791

Loh LC, Harvey BJ. A look to the past as we look ahead: the specialty of public health medicine in Canada. Can J Public Health. 2013 Jan 8;104(2):e108-10.

Friedman SF, Loh LC, Burdick WB. Educator perceptions of the relationship between education innovations and improved health. Med Teach. 2012 Oct 30. [Epub ahead of print]

Loh LC, Peik SM. Public Health Physician Specialty Training in Canada and the United States. Acad Med. 2012 July;87(7):904-911, Epub 2012 May 22.

Letters, commentaries, invited papers, reflections

Gardner C, Simon L, Sutcliffe P, Loh LC, Noseworthy L, Salvaterra RP, Young-Hoon K. A comprehensive approach needed to address regional variation. CMAJ. 2017 Jun 19;189(24):E840. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.733075.

Tan C, Loh LC. Bridging the information gap between physician and patient perspectives on health. CMAJ Blogs. 2017 Apr 21. Available at: https://cmajblogs.com/bridging-patient-physician-gap/

Loh LC. For patient involvement in clinical research. CMAJ. 2017 Feb 21;189(7):E285. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.732506

Loh LC. Let’s stop calling it a “health system”. Can J Public Health. 2016 Aug 15;107(2):e219. doi: 10.17269/cjph.107.5656.

Loh LC. Vaccine Hesitancy: What Medical Students (And Others) Should Know. The Doctus Project (invited.) 2016 Aug 10. Available at: http://www.doctusproject.com/2016/08/10/vaccine-hesitancy-medical-students-others-know/

Bhate TD, Loh LC. In Reply to Pivalizza et al. Acad Med. 2016 Apr;91(4):450-1. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000001127.

Kim JH, Schwandt M, Loh LC. Popular Media, Outbreaks, and Parallels with Key Themes in ‘Contagion’ Policies for Equitable Access to Health () 2016 Mar 1. Available at http://www.peah.it/2016/03/popular-media-outbreaks-and-parallels-with-key-themes-in-contagion/

Loh LC, Sur AH. Acknowledging rural context, local and generalist care. CMAJ. 2016 Mar 1;188(4):286. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.11500884.

Loh LC. Spontaneous rib fracture: consider other neoplastic causes. CMAJ. 2016 Feb 2;188(2):141. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.1150079.

Loh LC. “Taxes”, “Antes” and “Bonuses”: More on the Realities of Global Health Careers. Acad Med. Acad Med. 2016 Feb;91(2):161-2. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000001037

Loh LC. The dark side of the Star’s Gardasil episode: when doctors and regulators are painted as the enemy. CMAJ Blogs. 2015 Apr 17. Available at http://cmajblogs.com/the-dark-side-of-the-star-when-doctors-and-regulators-are-painted-as-the-enemy/

Loh LC. Health versus Healthcare: Lessons from Transport Planning. Policies for Equitable Access to Health (invited). 2015 Feb 11. Available at http://www.peah.it/2015/02/health-versus-healthcare-learning-from-transport-planning/

Friedman A, Loh L, Evert J. Developing an Ethical Framework for Short-Term International Dental and Medical Activities. (invited) J Am Coll Dent 2014; 81: 8-15.

Loh LC. Clarification required: FOBT or not? Can Fam Physician. 2014 Oct;60(10):889.

Yuen MK, Carlos CM, Phan L, Wiener AA, Lin HC, Loh LC. More than just the T-shirt: Reflections from first-time participants in global health service. Can Fam Physician. 2014 Jun;60(6):556-7

Loh LC, Lin HC. Potential benefits of collaboration in short-term global health learning experiences. Acad Med. 2014 Apr;89(4):529-30. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000178

Loh LC. Whither the Endgame of the Anti-Vaccine Movement? Policies for Equitable Access to Health (invited). 2014 Mar 26. Available at http://www.peah.it/2014/03/whither-the-endgame-of-the-anti-vaccination-movement/

Loh LC. Evidence versus expectations. Can Fam Physician. 2014 Mar;60(3):224-5.

Loh LC. Driving: the other half of the equation. Can Fam Physician. 2013 Oct;59(10):1049-50.

Harvey BJ, Loh LC. Authors’ response (re: primary care – public health interface). Can J Public Health. 2013 Apr 4;104(2):e117.

Loh LC, Lin EC, Lin HC, Heckman JE, Rhee DS. Collaboration: another global health rule of engagement? Am J Med. 2013 Mar;126(3):e15. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2012.07.028

Loh L. The power of academic relationships. CMAJ. 2013 Feb 5;185(2):184. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.121199. Epub 2013 Jan 7.

Loh LC. It’s more than “just” a year. Can Fam Physician. 2012 Dec;58(12):1332-1334Loh LC. Obesity prevention is a continuum. Can Fam Physician. 2012 Jul;58(7):738-9

Loh LC, Rhee DS, Heckman JE, Chae SR. Not just more global health—smarter global health. Can Fam Physician. 2012 Apr;58(4):376-8

Loh L. The SCAR project: compassion through reality. Lancet Oncol. 2012 Feb;13(2):132-133