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.

Please note: Dr. Razak is not taking any summer students in 2018.

Recent Publications

  1. Razak, F, Subramanian, SV, Sarma, S, Kawachi, I, Berkman, L, Davey Smith, G et al.. Association between population mean and distribution of deviance in demographic surveys from 65 countries: cross sectional study. BMJ. 2018;362 :k3147. . PubMed PMID:30076132 PubMed Central PMC6073428.
  2. Verma, AA, Guo, Y, Kwan, JL, Lapointe-Shaw, L, Rawal, S, Tang, T et al.. Prevalence and Costs of Discharge Diagnoses in Inpatient General Internal Medicine: a Multi-center Cross-sectional Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2018; :. doi: 10.1007/s11606-018-4591-7. PubMed PMID:30054888 .
  3. Lebel, A, Subramanian, SV, Hamel, D, Gagnon, P, Razak, F. Population-level trends in the distribution of body mass index in Canada, 2000-2014. Can J Public Health. 2018;109 (4):539-548. doi: 10.17269/s41997-018-0060-7. PubMed PMID:29981102 .
  4. Chin-Yee, B, Subramanian, SV, Verma, AA, Laupacis, A, Razak, F. Emerging Trends in Clinical Research: With Implications for Population Health and Health Policy. Milbank Q. 2018;96 (2):369-401. doi: 10.1111/1468-0009.12328. PubMed PMID:29870114 PubMed Central PMC5987824.
  5. Gausman, J, Meija Guevara, I, Subramanian, SV, Razak, F. Distributional change of women's adult height in low- and middle-income countries over the past half century: An observational study using cross-sectional survey data. PLoS Med. 2018;15 (5):e1002568. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002568. PubMed PMID:29750787 PubMed Central PMC5947892.
  6. Rohailla, S, Kitchlu, A, Wheatcroft, M, Razak, F. Mycotic aneurysm formation after bacillus Calmette-Guérin instillation for recurrent bladder cancer. CMAJ. 2018;190 (15):E467-E471. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.171214. PubMed PMID:29661816 PubMed Central PMC5903889.
  7. Jimenez, MP, Green, MA, Subramanian, SV, Razak, F. A demographic, clinical, and behavioral typology of obesity in the United States: an analysis of National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2011-2012. Ann Epidemiol. 2018;28 (3):175-181.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2018.01.001. PubMed PMID:29402536 PubMed Central PMC5986075.
  8. Verma, AA, Jimenez, MP, Tangermann, RH, Subramanian, SV, Razak, F. Insecurity, polio vaccination rates, and polio incidence in northwest Pakistan. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2018;115 (7):1593-1598. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1711923115. PubMed PMID:29378938 PubMed Central PMC5816148.
  9. Kim, S, Subramanian, SV, Oh, J, Razak, F. Trends in the distribution of body mass index and waist circumference among South Korean adults, 1998-2014. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2018;72 (2):198-206. doi: 10.1038/s41430-017-0024-7. PubMed PMID:29242528 .
  10. Verma, AA, Guo, Y, Kwan, JL, Lapointe-Shaw, L, Rawal, S, Tang, T et al.. Patient characteristics, resource use and outcomes associated with general internal medicine hospital care: the General Medicine Inpatient Initiative (GEMINI) retrospective cohort study. CMAJ Open. 2017;5 (4):E842-E849. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20170097. PubMed PMID:29237706 PubMed Central PMC5741428.
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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