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Faculty Member

Chandrakant P. Shah MBBS, FAAP, FRCP(C), SM (Hyg.)

Email Address(es)
Office Phone
416 360 0686
Office Address
Dalla Lana School of Public Health 155 College Street Toronto, ON M5T 3M7
Epidemiology Division
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Professor Emeritus
Appointment Status

Research Interests

  • aboriginal cultural safety initiative
  • aboriginal health
  • social class and health
  • hunger and health
  • unemployment and health
  • homelessness and health
  • health of marginalized groups
  • spirituality and health
  • community health centers
  • Diversity and health

Other Affiliations

2001 – Staff Physician, Anishnawbe Health Toronto, Toronto

Honours & Awards

  • The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals for being Pioneer in Public Health Education and being advocate for Aboriginal Peoples, the homeless, the jobless and poor children in Canada, Office of the Governor General of Canada, June 2012.

  • Profiled in Bureaucracy Today, December 2010 for his contribution to Indigenous Population in Canada.

  • 2010 J. S. Woodsworth Award, for outstanding Commitment and Excellence in the Fight For the Elimination of Racial Discrimination particularly for Aboriginal People through his teaching, research, clinical service and advocacy work by the New Democratic Party of Ontario.

  • Listed in Power List of 30 influential Indo-Canadian, The Power List, India Abroad, 2009.

  • Outstanding Physicians of Ontario in 2007 by the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario for the physicians who have demonstrated excellence and come closest to meeting society’s vision of an “ideal physician.”

  • Establishment of C. P. Shah Alumni Award of Excellence in Public Health in 2007 by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (formely known as Department of Public Health Sciences) at the University of Toronto. It will be awarded annually to a graduate who has advanced the field of public/population.

  • CAPIH Medal of Service in 2007 for the outstanding contribution to healthcare and education from Canadian Association of Physicians of India Heritage.

  • Grant’s Community Achiever Award in 2006 for his outstanding contribution in the field of public health.

  • Order of Ontario in 2005 by the Government of Ontario awarded for being a pioneer in public health education in Canada and in developing innovative healthcare programs, being an advocate for Aboriginal Peoples, the homeless, the jobless and poor children in Canada.

  • May Yoshida Award in 2005 by Centre for Equity in Health and Society to an educator who has worked to promote issues of health, equity and diversity in professional faculty development by creating Visiting Lectureship Program on Native Health and being instrumental in establishing Endowed Chair in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing at the University of Toronto.

  • Lifetime/Outstanding Achievement Award in 2005 by Indo-CanadaChamber of Commerce for his lifetime work for improving health and wellbeing of aboriginal people, homeless, unemployed and other marginalized group as well as his contribution in public health education in Canada.

  • Certificate of Recognition in 2005 by the Jain Society of Toronto for his achievement from Jain Community of Toronto.

  • Profile by Desi an Indio-Canadian Magazine as a Community Achiever who made a difference in the community; vol. 9:11, 25-26, 2005. <>

  • Establishment of C. P. Shah, Government of Ontario/Public Health Sciences Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology by the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto at the time of his retirement for his outstanding work. This endowed scholarship will fund $15,000 per year for a doctoral stream student in Public Health Sciences. July 2001.

  • Certificate of Recognition by the City of Toronto Public Health Department for outstanding commitment and dedication towards the pursuit of Access and Equity at the University of Toronto, March 2001, Toronto.

  • The 25th Anniversary Race Relation Award – by Urban Alliance on Race Relations for creating a positive race relationship in community through Aboriginal Lectureship Program and Promotion of Employment Equity, September 2000, Toronto.

    “Eagle Feather” Award: Awarded by First Nations House, University of Toronto for development of the Visiting Lectureship Program in Native Health at the university. It is one of the highest recognition awarded to non-aboriginal person by aboriginal community. Oct. 1999.

    R. D. Defries Award and Honorary Life Membership: Highest Award of the Canadian Public Health Association for outstanding contribution in the broad field of Public Health and particularly for the Canadian Contribution, at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Public Health Association, Winnipeg, June 1999. The Defries Award carries with it an Honorary Life Membership.

    The John Hastings Award for Excellence in Service to the University and the Community, The Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, 1997.

    The C.P. Shah Award ‑ established by the Division of Community Health, University of Toronto to recognise the services to the Community Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto 1988. To be awarded annually to the resident for the best research or fieldwork report.

    Profiled in The Weekly Voice on Line, Indo-Canadian Weekly, Shah Pioneers Public Health, April –May 2000, <>

Current Research Projects

  • 2011 – Development of Aboriginal Cultural Safety Initiative in Ontario Colleges and Universities, Health Sciences Programs.
  • 2011 – Root Cause Analysis of Premature Deaths in Urban Aboriginal People.
  • 2008 – Development and application of diversity lens in public health programs;

Representative Publications

  • Shah CP, Kahan M and Krauser J. The Health of Children of Low-Income Families. Can Med Assoc J 1987; 137:6:485-490.
  • Shah CP, Johnson R. The Health of Canadian Indians, Australian Aborigines and New Zealand Maori. Can Fam Phys 1992; 38:1205-1219.
  • Jin R, Shah CP and Svaboda T. The Health Impact of Unemployment: A Review and Application of Research Evidence. Can Med Assoc J 1995; 153:5:529-540.
  • Shah CP, Svaboda T and Goel S. The Visiting Lectureship on Aboriginal Health: An educational Initiative at the University of Toronto. Can J Pub Hlth 1996; 87:4:272-274.
  • Shah CP. Public Health and Preventive Medicine in Canada. Fifth Edition. Elsveir Canada, 2003, pp. 1-595. For further information
  • Shah CP, Hodge M. Homelessness and Health; Position Paper. Can Public Health Association.
  • Shah CP, Moloughney B, A Strategic Review of Community Health Centre Program, Prepared for Community and Health Promotion Branch, Ontaria Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, May 2001,
  • Shah CP, Ramami F: Health Status of Aboriginal Peoples in Ontario, 2005:
  • Shah CP.: Aboriginal Cultural Safety Initiative, 2011: Go to Cultural Safety