Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Achilleas Thoma

BSc (McMaster), MD (McMaster) FRCS (C), FACS

Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery

Associate Member, Dept of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics


101-206 James Street South
Hamilton, ON
L8P 3A9

Administrative Assistant: Angela Barbas

Academic Interests

Research Interests: Evidence based surgery, cost-effectiveness analyses and mapping utilities, health related quality of life in patients who undergo plastic surgery procedures.

Research Activities: Dr. Thoma's current research activities include randomized control trials in Breast reduction and Hand surgery; measuring utilities and quality of life post- plastic surgery procedures.

Selected Publications

  1. Thoma A, Ignacy TA, Li YK, Coroneos C. Reporting the level of evidence in the Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery: Why is it important? Can J Plast Surg 2012; 20(1): 12-16.
  2. Thoma A, Ignacy TA. Health services research: the impact of quality of life instruments on craniofacial surgery. J Craniofac Surg 2012; 23(10): 283-7.
  3. Chuback JE, Yarascavitch BA, Eaves F, Thoma A, Bhandari M. Evidence in the aesthetic surgical literature over the past decade: How far have we come? Plast Reconstr Surg 2012;129(1): 126e-134e
  4. Thoma A, Cornacchi SD, Farrokhyar F, Bhandari M, Goldsmith CH. Users’ guides to the surgical literature: How to assess a survey in surgery. Can J Surg 2011;54(6): 394-402.
  5. Coroneos CJ, Ignacy TA, Thoma A. Designing and Reporting Case Series in Plastic Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg 2011; 128(4): 361e-368e.
  6. Cano S, Klassen AF, Scott A, Thoma A, Feeny D, Pusic A. Health outcomes and economic measurement in breast cancer surgery: challenges and opportunities. Expert Rev Pharmacoeconomics Outcomes Res 10(5): 583-594, 2010
  7. Thoma A, McKnight L. Quality adjusted life year (QALY) as a surgical outcome measure. A primer for plastic surgeons. Plast Reconstr Surg. 125(4): 1279-1287, 2010.
  8. Thoma A, McKnight L, Knight C.  The Use of Economic Evaluation in Hand Surgery.  Hand Clin 25:113–123, 2009
  9. Thoma A, Rockwell G, Strumas N, McKnight L. The Use of Cost-effectiveness Analysis in Plastic Surgery Clinical Research.  Clin Plastic Surg. 35(2):285, 2008.
  10. Thoma A, Cornacchi S, Lovrics P, Goldsmith C.  User’s Guide to the Surgical Literature: How to Assess an Article on Health-Related Quality of Life.  Can J Surg. 51(3):215-24, 2008.

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