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Faculty Member

David N. Fisman MD (Western Ontario), MPH (Harvard)

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Division of Epidemiology, Dalla Lana School of Public Health 155 College Street Toronto, Ontario M5T 3M7
Epidemiology Division
Institute for Pandemics
SGS Status
Full Member
Appointment Status
Currently Accepting Doctoral Students?

Research Interests

  • Epidemiology of infectious diseases
  • Mathematical modeling and simulation
  • Decision analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis
  • History of infectious diseases

I have a number of active projects and prospective PhD students are encouraged to ask about potential available projects. I am no longer able to supervise students who wish to work on research topics outside my areas of focus.

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • On sabbatical (2023-2024), visiting colleagues and mentors at the Yale University Public Health Modeling Unit (
  • Teaching assignments upon return TBD.

Professional Summary & Appointments

I am a Professor in the Division of Epidemiology. I am a Full Member of the School of Graduate Studies, and co-lead the Readiness Stream at the University of Toronto Institute for Pandemics with Prof. Jeffrey Siegel (

Honours & Awards

  • 2020 Maclean’s Magazine Power List
  • 2022 Laureate Award, Ontario Chapter, American College of Physicians
  • 2022 Citizenship Award, University of Toronto Faculty Association
  • 2019 John Hastings Award for Excellence in Service to the University and the Community. Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Current Research Projects

  • Current work is focussed on epidemiology and modeling of infectious diseases, with a focus on respiratory viruses, pathogen-pathogen interactions, emerging infections, and attributable fractions.
  • I am increasingly interested in the interface between epidemiology and engineering for prevention of airborne infections like SARS-CoV-2 and influenza.

Representative Publications

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