Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics


John N. Lavis

MD (Queens), MSc (LSE), PhD (Harvard)

Professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Associate Member, Department of Political Science

Director, McMaster Health Forum

Director, Program in Policy Decision-Making

Associate Director, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA)

Adjunct Professor of Global Health, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health

905.525.9140 x 22521
lavisj@mcmaster.ca

McMaster University
CRL-209
1280 Main St. West .
Hamilton, ON, Canada
L8S 4K1

Office location: CRL-209

Administrative Assistant: Liza Thong
905.525.9140 x 22521
thong@mcmaster.ca

Academic Interests

John N. Lavis, MD PhD, is the Director of the McMaster Health Forum (www.mcmasterhealthforum.org), Associate Director of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, Professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Associate Member of the Department of Political Science at McMaster University. He is also Adjunct Professor of Global Health, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health. His research focuses on how to support the use of research evidence in health system policymaking, both in high-income countries like Canada and in a number of low- and middle-income countries. He led the creation and oversees the continuous updating of Health Systems Evidence (www.healthsystemsevidence.org), the world’s most comprehensive, free access point for high-quality evidence about how to strengthen or reform health systems, and how to get cost-effective programs, services and drugs to those who need them. Health Systems Evidence is also now home to the Intergovernmental Organizations’ Health Systems Documents Portal, Canada’s Evidence-Informed Healthcare Renewal Portal, and the Ontario Health System Documents Portal. He also led the creation and oversees the periodic expansion of Health Systems Learning (www.healthsystemslearning.org), an online learning opportunity for health system policymakers and stakeholders seeking to make evidence-informed decision about how to strengthen or reform health systems, and about how to get cost-effective programs, services and drugs to those who need them. He directs the Program in Policy Decision-Making (www.researchtopolicy.org) and oversees the Policy Liaison Office of the Canadian Cochrane Centre. He teaches an undergraduate course on the politics of health systems for the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) programme at McMaster, a simulations course in the same programme, and the doctoral seminar for the PhD in Health Policy programme. He teaches a week-long module on ‘Using and supporting the use of research evidence in healthcare organizations and systems’ for Canada’s Executive Training for Research Application (EXTRA) program and runs one-day and two-day workshops on using research evidence for governments and international agencies. He is Co-Chair of the World Health Organization (WHO)-sponsored Evidence-Informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) Global Steering Group, President of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Advisory Committee on Health Research, and a member of the WHO Advisory Committee on Health Research. He holds an MD from Queen's University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from Harvard University.

Current Health Policy Graduate Students
Daniel Patino Lugo, Ph.D.
Edward Gariba, PhD
Liz Alvarez, Ph.D.
Jaime Ardila Salcedo, Ph.D.
Maria Bargeman, Ph.D.
Cristina Mattison, Ph.D.

Recent Health Policy (and HRM) Graduate Students
John McLennan, Ph.D. (2005)
Martha Paynter, M.Sc. (2008)
Jonathan Sachs, M.Sc. (2009)
Jennifer Boyko, Ph.D. (2010)
Michael G. Wilson, Ph.D. (2010)
Jessica Shearer, Ph.D. (2014)
Kaelan Moat, Ph.D. (2014)

Selected Publications

    1. Lavis JN, Røttingen JA, Bosch-Capblanch X, Atun R, El-Jardali F, Gilson L, Lewin S, Oliver S, Ongolo-Zogo P, Haines A. Guidance for evidence-informed policies about health systems: 2) Linking guidance development to policy development. PLoS Medicine 2012; 9(3): e1001186. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001186.
    2. Lavis JN, Oxman AD, Lewin S, Fretheim A: SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP). Introduction. Health Research Policy and Systems; 2009, 7(Suppl 1):I1 doi:10.1186/1478-4505-7-S1-I1.
    3. Lavis JN. How can we support the use of systematic reviews in policymaking? PLoS Medicine 2009; 6(11): e1000141. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000141.
    4. Lavis JN, Oxman AD, Moynihan R, Paulsen E. Evidence-informed health policy: 1. Synthesis of findings from a multi-method study of organizations that support the use of research evidence. Implementation Science 2008, 3:53.
    5. Lavis JN, Lomas J, Hamid M, Sewankambo N. Assessing country-level efforts to link research to action. Bulletin of the World Health Organization; 2006; 84(8):620-628.
    6. Lavis JN, Research, public policymaking, and knowledge-translation processes: Canadian efforts to build bridges. The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions; 2006; 26(1):37-45.
    7. Lavis JN, Davies HTO, Gruen RL, Walshe K, Farquhar CM. Working within and beyond the Cochrane Collaboration to make systematic reviews more useful to healthcare managers and policymakers. Healthcare Policy; 2006; 1(2):21-33.
    8. Lavis JN, Davies HTO, Oxman A, Denis J-L, Golden-Biddle K, Ferlie E. Towards systematic reviews that inform healthcare management and policymaking. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy 2005; 10 (supplement 1): 35-48.
    9. Lavis JN, Becerra Posada F, Haines A, Osei E. Use of research to inform public policymaking. The Lancet 2004; 364:1615-1621
    10. Lavis JN, Robertson D, Woodside JM, McLeod CB, Abelson J and the Knowledge Transfer Study Group. How can research organizations more effectively transfer research knowledge to decision makers? The Milbank Quarterly, 2003;81(2):221-248.

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