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. 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. 2017; :. doi: 10.1038/s41430-017-0024-7. PubMed PMID:29242528 .
  2. 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.
  3. Arcaya, MC, Coleman, RL, Razak, F, Alva, ML, Holman, RR. Health selection into neighborhoods among patients enrolled in a clinical trial. Prev Med Rep. 2017;8 :51-54. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.07.003. PubMed PMID:28924547 PubMed Central PMC5593304.
  4. Verma, AA, Jimenez, MP, Subramanian, SV, Sniderman, AD, Razak, F. Race and Socioeconomic Differences Associated With Changes in Statin Eligibility Under the 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Cholesterol Guidelines. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2017;10 (9):. doi: 10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.117.003764. PubMed PMID:28912201 .
  5. 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 .
  6. 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 .
  7. 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 .
  8. 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 .
  9. 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 .
  10. 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.
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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