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Dr. Ross Upshur, Scientific Director

Ross Upshur headshotBridgepoint welcomed Dr. Ross Upshur as the new Scientific Director of the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation in July 2014.

"Bridgepoint has been a committed leader of this increasingly important area of healthcare," said Dr. Upshur. "As a physician and a scientist, Bridgepoint presents the opportunity to work in a living laboratory where we can model, test and evaluate our research in a way that we see our results in action."

The Collaboratory, a first-of-its kind research institute has the goal of being the world leader in developing, testing, evaluating, and teaching approaches to address the needs of the growing number of people living with complex health conditions. Email Ross

Brief biography

Ross Upshur received BA (Hons.) and MA degrees in philosophy before receiving his MD from McMaster University in 1986. After seven years of rural primary care practice, he completed his MSc in epidemiology and fellowship training in Community Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto. He was a staff physician at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre from 1998-2013.

Dr. Upshur is the Canada Research Chair in Primary Care Research, and was the first family physician to be awarded a Canada Research Chair. At the University of Toronto he is a Professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health. He is an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences, and Associate Member of the Institute of Environment and Health at McMaster University.

His research focuses on the intersection of primary care and public health, particularly with respect to the interrelationship between ethics and evidence. Current interests include: managing complex chronic disease in aging adults, clinical measurement, the concept of evidence in health care, philosophy of medicine, public health ethics, global health ethics, and empirical approaches in bioethics. He has held numerous grants from the CIHR. He has over 300 publications including more than 180 peer reviewed publications spanning these domains.

Dr. Upshur been active on Advisory Boards for the International Joint Commission, Doctors Without Borders, and Scidev.net, several medical journals, and consulted with the World Health Organization (most recently on Ebola) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges in Global Health

Recent work

Dr. Ross Upshur discusses some of the challenges faced by patients and physicians, and some of the innovative approaches being explored in videos that help you have a more rewarding visit with your family physician.

Recent publications with the Collaboratory

Watch Dr. Upshur discuss Bridgepoint's bold vision

Watch Dr. Upshur on complexity being the rule, rather than the exception