Fahad Razak


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


My research focuses on two main areas:

Domain 1: Randomized Control Trials (RCT) of health interventions in low-income settings.
I am co-leading two trials:

1. A household-level RCT of solar-powered lighting as kerosene replacement in a rural region of Odisha, India that has no reliable access to on-grid electricity. Our primary outcomes cover multiple domains related to health and economic productivity.
(Co-Principal Investigators: Anura KurpadSV Subramanian)
2. A village-level RCT in Tamil Nadu, India that will provide the first direct experimental evidence for the impact of Microfinance on maternal and fetal health outcomes.
(Co-Principal Investigators: Lisa BerkmanErica FieldRohini Pande).

Domain 2: Big-Data Development and Analytics.
I am co-leading two projects:

1. Methodologic Research Around Rising Variance in Population Measures of Health Using Large Datasets. (Co-Principal Investigator: SV Subramanian)
2. General Internal Medicine Inpatient (GEMINI) Clinical Data Research Network, a research platform across seven hospitals that extracts electronic patient data on all general medicine admissions. (Co-Principal Investigator: Amol Verma)

I completed an undergraduate degree in Engineering Science-Biomedical EngineeringMedical Doctorate, Residency and Fellowship in General Medicine all from the University of Toronto. My research training was in the Health Research Methodology Program at McMaster (MSc), and a David E Bell Fellowship at Harvard where I remain a Visiting Scientist.

Recent Publications

  1. Verma, AA, Masoom, H, Rawal, S, Guo, Y, Razak, F, GEMINI Investigators et al.. Pulmonary Embolism and Deep Venous Thrombosis in Patients Hospitalized With Syncope: A Multicenter Cross-sectional Study in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177 (7):1046-1048. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.1246. PubMed PMID:28492876 .
  2. Razak, F, Davey Smith, G, Subramanian, SV. The idea of uniform change: is it time to revisit a central tenet of Rose's "Strategy of Preventive Medicine"?. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 2016;104 (6):1497-1507. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.115.127357. PubMed PMID:27935518 .
  3. Razak, F, Corsi, DJ, Slutsky, AS, Kurpad, A, Berkman, L, Laupacis, A et al.. Prevalence of Body Mass Index Lower Than 16 Among Women in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. JAMA. 2015;314 (20):2164-71. doi: 10.1001/jama.2015.15666. PubMed PMID:26599184 .
  4. Fernando, E, Razak, F, Lear, SA, Anand, SS. Cardiovascular Disease in South Asian Migrants. Can J Cardiol. 2015;31 (9):1139-50. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2015.06.008. PubMed PMID:26321436 .
  5. Krishna, A, Razak, F, Lebel, A, Smith, GD, Subramanian, SV. Trends in group inequalities and interindividual inequalities in BMI in the United States, 1993-2012. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 2015;101 (3):598-605. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.114.100073. PubMed PMID:25733645 .
  6. Stenholm, S, Vahtera, J, Kawachi, I, Pentti, J, Halonen, JI, Westerlund, H et al.. Patterns of weight gain in middle-aged and older US adults, 1992-2010. Epidemiology. 2015;26 (2):165-8. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000000228. PubMed PMID:25643097 PubMed Central PMC4323564.
  7. Beltrán-Sánchez, H, Razak, F, Subramanian, SV. Going beyond the disability-based morbidity definition in the compression of morbidity framework. Glob Health Action. 2014;7 (1):24766. doi: 10.3402/gha.v7.24766. PubMed PMID:28672536 .
  8. Beltrán-Sánchez, H, Razak, F, Subramanian, SV. Going beyond the disability-based morbidity definition in the compression of morbidity framework. Glob Health Action. 2014;7 :24766. . PubMed PMID:25261699 PubMed Central PMC4176669.
  9. Razak, F, Subramanian, SV. Commentary: Socioeconomic status and hypertension in low- and middle-income countries: can we learn anything from existing studies?. Int J Epidemiol. 2014;43 (5):1577-81. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyu159. PubMed PMID:25139536 .
  10. Razak, F, Berkman, L. Urban development in Sub-Saharan Africa: bearer of goods and risks. PLoS Med. 2014;11 (7):e1001684. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001684. PubMed PMID:25072301 PubMed Central PMC4114451.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Staff Internist, Division of General Internal Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Visiting Scientist, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard University