Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Achilleas Thoma

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

Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery

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


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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