Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Forough Farrokhyar

BSc (Pahlavi), MPhil (Aston), PhD (Wolverhampton)

Professor, Departments of Surgery & Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Director, Surgical Research Services, Department of Surgery

Director, Surgical Research Methodology, Department of Surgery

Associate Member, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

905-522-1155 Ext: 34194

Office location:
McMaster University
Room 107
39 Charlton Avenue E.
Hamilton, Ontario
L8N 1Y3

Academic Interests

Dr. Farrokhyar is an epidemiologist and research methodologist with a specific interest in clinical research. Her areas of interest mainly include the design of comparative studies including randomized controlled trials, cohort and case-control studies, registries, surveys, and systematic reviews/meta-analysis. She also has research interests in the application of statistical modelling to adjust for prognostic differences, evaluation of short-term and long-term outcomes of chronic conditions, and examination of relationships between risk factors and outcomes. Specific areas of interests cover design and methodological aspects of surgical trials, and teaching evidence-based surgical workshops.

Recent Graduate Students
Benjamin Lo
Kim Hadden
Laura Schneider

Selected Publications

    1. Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Levels and Stress Fractures in Military Personnel: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.Dao D, Sodhi S, Tabasinejad R, Peterson D, Ayeni OR, Bhandari M, Farrokhyar F. Am J Sports Med. 2015 Aug;43(8):2064-72.
    2. Prevalence of vitamin D inadequacy in athletes: a systematic-review and meta-analysis. Farrokhyar F, Tabasinejad R, Dao D, Peterson D, Ayeni OR, Hadioonzadeh R, Bhandari M. Sports Med. 2015 Mar;45(3):365-78.
    3. Endovascular Thrombectomy for Acute Ischemic Stroke: A Meta-analysis. Badhiwala JH, Nassiri F, Alhazzani W, Selim MH, Farrokhyar F, Spears J, Kulkarni AV, Singh S, Alqahtani A, Rochwerg B, Alshahrani M, Murty NK, Alhazzani A, Yarascavitch B, Reddy K, Zaidat OO, Almenawer SA. JAMA. 2015 Nov 3;314(17):1832-43
    4. Impact of the Surgical Research Methodology Program on Surgical Residents' Research Profiles. Farrokhyar F, Amin N, Dath D, Bhandari M, Kelly S, Kolkin AM, Gill-Pottruff C, Skot M, Reid S. J Surg Educ. 2014 May 9.
    5. Standardized methodological assessment of research presentations (SHARP): development of a new instrument. Farrokhyar F, Dath D, Amin N, Bhandari M, Kelly S, Kolkin A, Gill Pottruff C, Reid S. Am J Surg. 2014 Jun;207(6):964-73. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2013.08.053. Epub 2014 Jan 4.
    6. What are the levels of evidence on which we base decisions for surgical management of lower extremity bone tumors? Evaniew N, Nuttall J, Farrokhyar F, Bhandari M, Ghert M. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2014 Jan;472(1):8-15.
    7. Practical tips for surgical research. Why perform a priori sample size calculation? Farrokhyar F, Reddy D, Poolman RW, Bhandari M. Can J Surg. 2013 Jun;56(3):207-13.
    8. Practical tips for surgical research. Confounding: what is it and how do we deal with it? Braga LH, Farrokhyar F, Bhandari M. Can J Surg. 2012 Apr;55(2):132-8.
    9. Practical tips for surgical research. Ensuring balanced groups in surgical trials. Farrokhyar F, Bajammal S, Kahnamoui K, Bhandari M. Can J Surg. 2010 Dec;53(6):418-23.
    10. Randomized controlled trials of surgical interventions. Farrokhyar F, Bhandari M, Thoma A, Simunovic M, Karanicolas PJ, Adilli A, Guyatt G, Devereaux PJ. Ann of Surg; 2010 Mar, 25(3): 409-416.

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