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Faculty Member

Alejandro (Alex) R. Jadad MD DPhil FRCPC FCAHS

Email Address(es)
Office Phone
416 340-4800 x6903
Office Address
Centre for Global eHealth Innovation 190 Elizabeth Street, Toronto General Hospital, Fraser Elliott Building, 4th Fl. Toronto, ON M5G 2C4
Centre for Global Health
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Appointment Status
Non budgtry Crss
Admin Position
Director of the Institute for Global Health Equity and Innovation

Research Interests

  • Global eHealth Innovation
  • Information Technology
  • Youth and Public Engagement
  • Evidence-Based Decision Making
  • Health Services Research
  • Health Informatics
  • Knowledge Transfer
  • Pain Relief
  • Palliative Care
  • Supportive Care for people living with complex chronic diseases

Education & Training History

Year Particulars

MD : Doctor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Javeriana University,

Bogota, Colombia


Clinical Fellow in Neuroanaesthesiology and Intensive Care,

Dept of Anaesthesiology, Santa Fe de Bogota Foundation, Bogota,Colombia


Specialist in Anesthesiology, San Ignacio Hospital & Faculty of Medicine,

Javeriana University, Bogota, Colombia

1990 Member, Colombian Society of Anesthesiology

Research Fellow in Anaesthetics and Pain Relief, Nuffield Department

of Anaesthetics and Oxford Pain Unit, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

1991-92 European Community Technical Cooperation Fellow

DPhil: Doctor of Philosophy, Balliol College & Faculty of Clinical Medicine,

University of Oxford, UK (Doctoral Thesis: Meta-analysis of randomised

clinical trials in pain relief. University of Oxford, 1994.

Supervisors: Henry J. McQuay, Clinical Reader in Pain Relief,

University of Oxford; Iain Chalmers, Director, UK Cochrane Centre, Oxford, UK)

1993-94 Visiting Research Fellow, UK Cochrane Centre, Oxford, UK

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics,

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada

1999 Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
2014 Fellow of the RSA

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

Professional Summary & Appointments

Founder, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation

Canada Research Chair in eHealth Innovation

Professor, Department of Anesthesia, Faculty of Medicine; and Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Senior Scientist, Centre for Health, Wellness and Cancer Survivorship

Staff Physician, Princess Margaret Hospital

Principal Investigator, Techna Institute

University Health Network and University of Toronto

Honours & Awards

1997 Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award (awarded in April 1999)

1999-2004 Premier’s Research Excellence Award, Ontario Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology

2002 New Pioneers Award in Science and Technology [Presented by Skills for Change, Canada]

2003 American Academy of Pain Medicine/Pfizer Visiting Professorship Award, Johns Hopkins University

2005 One of the Best of the Best, as selected by fellow Top 40 Under 40 in Canada, in the category of Health and Science

2006 Chief Scientist’s Distinguished Lecturer Award, Health Canada

2007 Honorary Governor, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

2008 Bicentennial Medal, Antonio de la Torre y Miranda, City of Monteria (Dr. Jadad’s home town), Colombia (equivalent to the Keys of the City)

2008 Great Cross Medal, Government of Cordoba (Dr. Jadad’s home state in Colombia; equivalent to the Order of Ontario in Canada)

2008 Gold Medals for Lifelong Achievement, Universities of Cordoba and Sinu, Colombia (equivalent to honorary doctorates)

2008 Order of the Congress, Government of Colombia (equivalent to the Order of Canada)

2009 Felix Restrepo Medal for Contributions to Science and Society, Universidad Javeriana, Colombia

2012 Felix Restrepo Medal for Contributions to Learning and Education, Universidad Javeriana, Colombia

2012 Honorary Fellow, School of Clinical Sciences & Community Health, University of Edinburgh

2012 ‘Pioneer for Change Award’, from Skills for Change, as one of five extraordinary Canadians who were born abroad and who have contributed to building a strong and diverse nation

Current Research Projects

Health eConcierge A.R. Jadad J. Bender, A. Cortinois Green Shield Canada Foundation 450,000.00 $ 2012-2015
Inclusive Design Institute J. Treviranus A. R. Jadad, S.Diamond, D. Fells and others Canada Foundation for Innovation 8,070,236.00 $ 2009-2014
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategic Training Program on Health Care, Technology and Place (renewal) P. C. Coyte G. Andrews, R. Upshur, RM. Baecker, A.Bayoumi, K. Boydell, A. R. Jadad, and others Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) 1,950,000.00 $ 2009-2015
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategic Training Program in the Social Aetiology of Mental Illness (New) K. McKenzie N. Samuel, A. R. Jadad, M.A. Barwick, and others Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) 1,783,890.00 $ 2009-2015
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategic Training Program on the Health Applications of Cell Signalling in Mucosal Inflammation & Pain (renewal) R.P. Ellen C. McCulloch, A. R. Jadad and others Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) 1,950,000.00 $ 2009-2015
Developing Practice Transformation Capacity in a Family Medicine Academic Administrative Unit (AAU) J. Borkan A. R. Jadad, W. Miller, L. Adams, P. Grundy, C. Eaton HRSA-10-231 – Academic Administrative Units in Primary Care, Family Medicine 1,400,000.00 $ 2010-2015
Assessing the impact of healthcare facility design on health outcomes: Implications for strategic investments in design. C. Alvaro, C. Alvaro, H. Clifford, C Atkinson, P. Gardner, A.R. Jadad, R. Lyons, S. Wilkinson. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) 252,009.00 $ 2013-2016
Transforming Primary Health Care in Remote Northern Communities K. Young K. Young, A.R. Jadad , A. Brown, S. Chatwood, A. Cortinois Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) 2,455,600.00 $ 2013-2016
Public eHealth Innovation and Equity in Latin America and Caribbean (eSac) A. R. Jadad A. R. Jadad, A. Cortinois IDRC 1,500,000.00 $ 2010-2014

Representative Publications

  • Jimenez-Marroquin MC, Deber R, Jadad AR. Information and communication technology (ICT) and eHealth policy in Latin America and the Caribbean: review of national policies and assessment of socioeconomic context. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2014;35(5/6):329–36.
  • Cortinois A, Glazier RH, Caidi N, Andrews G, Herbert-Copley M, Jadad AR. Toronto’s 2-1-1 Healthcare Services for Immigrant Populations, American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2012; 43: 475-482.
  • Huber M, Knottnerus JA, Green L, Horst H, Jadad AR, Kromhout D, Leonard B, Lorig K, Loureiro MI, Meer JW, Schnabel P, Smith R, Weel C, Smid H. How should we define health? BMJ 2011 343:d4163
  • Jadad AR., To M.J., Emara M., Jones J. Consideration of Multiple Chronic Diseases in Randomized Controlled Trials. JAMA. December 2011; 306: 23
  • Borkan J., Eaton C.B., Novillo-Ortiz D., Corte P.R., Jadad A.R. Renewing Primary Care: Lessons Learned From The Spanish Health Care System. Health Affairs 2010, 29:8
  • Shachak A, Jadad AR. Electronic Health Records in the Age of Social Networks and Global Telecommunications. JAMA.2010; 303:452-453 (doi:10.1001/jama.2010.63)
  • Smith R, O’Grady L, Jadad, AR. In search of health. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 2009; 15:743-4
  • O’Grady L, Witteman H, Bender J, Urowitz S, Wiljer D & Jadad A. Measuring the Impact of a Moving Target: Towards A Dynamic Framework for Evaluating Collaborative Adaptive Interactive Technologies. Journal of Medical Internet Research 2009; 11: e20
  • Desphande, A., Jadad, A.R. Trying to Measure the Quality of Health Information on the Internet: Is It Time to Move On? Journal of Rheumatology. 2009;36:1–3; doi:10.3899/jrheum.081101
  • Moeinedin F., Moineddin R., Jadad A., Hamid J.S.,To T., Beyene J. Application of biomedical informatics to chronic pediatric diseases: A systematic review. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making Journal. MS: 1238810745242496. April 2009
  • Gospodarowicz MK, Jadad A, Cazap E. Cancer in the world – a call for international collaboration. Salud Pública Méx 2009; Vol. 51(sup 2):305-308.
  • Jadad AR, O’Grady L. A global conversation on defining health. BMJ Group Blogs. December 10/08
  • Jadad AR, O’Grady L. How should health be defined? BMJ. December 10/08.
  • Whitton AC, Green E, Evans WK, Fitch M, Golden B, Soman D, Gutierrez E, Holowaty E, Jadad AR. The utility of publicly reported cancer treatment wait time information for patients and health care providers. Clinical Oncology. 2009, dai:10.1016/j.clan2008.12.003
  • Desphande A., Jadad A. The impact of polyol-containing chewing gums on dental caries. A systematic review of original randomized controlled trials and observational studies. JADA, Vol.139. December 2008.
  • Briceno AC, Gospodarowicz M, Jadad A. Fighting cancer with the Internet and social networking. The Lancet Oncology, Volume 9, Issue 11, 1037 – 1038, November 2008
  • Bender JL, O’Grady L, Jadad AR, Supporting cancer patients through the continuum of care: a view from the age of social networks and computer-mediated communication. Current Oncology. Suppl 2: s 107. es42-7. August 15, 2008