Michael Evans


Affiliate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Michael Evans, or “Dr. Mike,” is known worldwide for his work in innovative health messaging to the public. His media lab ( www.evanshealthlab.com ) fuses creatives, patients and experts to pioneer “peer to peer healthcare”. Dr. Evans and his team tell evidence-based stories and make them engaging enough that people share in their social networks. His YouTube Med School for the Public (www.youtube.com/docmikeevans) has over 13 million views and over 65,000 subscribers.

Dr. Evans is the house doctor on CBC’s Fresh Air, was a doctor at the Sochi Olympics, and started a Medical School for the Public at the University of Toronto.

His work has been profiled in a wide range of publications from JAMA, the BMJ, and the Lancet, to the Readers Digest and the hit Netflix series “Orange is the New Black”. Recent awards include being chosen as the top 10 innovators in health by the Canadian Medical Association, top 45 Canadians over 45, and the 2015 Canadian Cancer Research Alliance award for Distinguished Service to Cancer Research. In 2014 he was given the first worldwide endowed chair in Patient Engagement (and Childhood Nutrition) at the University of Toronto and awarded the 2015 McNeil Medal from the Royal Society of Canada in recognition of outstanding communication of science and medicine to the public.

Research Interests

Patient self-management, Patient education, health and media, technology, Design and Health, Chronic disease management, Health 2.0, patient education

Research Activities

Dr. Evans niche is patient engagement with new media. Previously his research was about improving primary care practice usually with an eye to chronic disease outcomes. Now he has shifted towards innovative practice in engaging the public or patients. He has partnered with people outside of medicine (e.g. film makers, designers, social media makers, patients) to make engaging evidence-based products. He also inserts this work into media such as radio and television.

Recent Publications

  1. Vuong, V, Mosabbir, A, Paneduro, D, Picard, L, Faghfoury, H, Evans, M et al.. Effects of Rhythmic Sensory Stimulation on Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: A Pilot Study. Pain Res Manag. 2020;2020 :3586767. doi: 10.1155/2020/3586767. PubMed PMID:32399126 PubMed Central PMC7204284.
  2. Bombard, Y, Clausen, M, Shickh, S, Mighton, C, Casalino, S, Kim, THM et al.. Effectiveness of the Genomics ADvISER decision aid for the selection of secondary findings from genomic sequencing: a randomized clinical trial. Genet. Med. 2020;22 (4):727-735. doi: 10.1038/s41436-019-0702-z. PubMed PMID:31822848 PubMed Central PMC7425118.
  3. Mighton, C, Carlsson, L, Clausen, M, Casalino, S, Shickh, S, McCuaig, L et al.. Development of patient "profiles" to tailor counseling for incidental genomic sequencing results. Eur. J. Hum. Genet. 2019;27 (7):1008-1017. doi: 10.1038/s41431-019-0352-2. PubMed PMID:30846854 PubMed Central PMC6777527.
  4. Bombard, Y, Clausen, M, Mighton, C, Carlsson, L, Casalino, S, Glogowski, E et al.. The Genomics ADvISER: development and usability testing of a decision aid for the selection of incidental sequencing results. Eur. J. Hum. Genet. 2018;26 (7):984-995. doi: 10.1038/s41431-018-0144-0. PubMed PMID:29703952 PubMed Central PMC6018661.
  5. Shickh, S, Clausen, M, Mighton, C, Casalino, S, Joshi, E, Glogowski, E et al.. Evaluation of a decision aid for incidental genomic results, the Genomics ADvISER: protocol for a mixed methods randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open. 2018;8 (4):e021876. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-021876. PubMed PMID:29700101 PubMed Central PMC5922516.
  6. Al-Labadi, L, Baskurt, Z, Evans, M. Goodness of fit for the logistic regression model using relative belief. J Stat Distrib Appl. 2017;4 (1):17. doi: 10.1186/s40488-017-0070-7. PubMed PMID:32010546 PubMed Central PMC6961508.
  7. Clements-Cortes, A, Ahonen, H, Evans, M, Freedman, M, Bartel, L. Short-Term Effects of Rhythmic Sensory Stimulation in Alzheimer's Disease: An Exploratory Pilot Study. J. Alzheimers Dis. 2016;52 (2):651-60. doi: 10.3233/JAD-160081. PubMed PMID:27031491 .
  8. Evans, M. Measuring statistical evidence using relative belief. Comput Struct Biotechnol J. 2016;14 :91-6. doi: 10.1016/j.csbj.2015.12.001. PubMed PMID:26925207 PubMed Central PMC4726790.
  9. Muthukumarana, S, Evans, M. Bayesian inference in two-arm trials using relative belief ratios. Pharm Stat. ;14 (6):471-8. doi: 10.1002/pst.1704. PubMed PMID:26276902 .
  10. Hart, TL, Blacker, S, Panjwani, A, Torbit, L, Evans, M. Development of multimedia informational tools for breast cancer patients with low levels of health literacy. Patient Educ Couns. 2015;98 (3):370-7. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2014.11.015. PubMed PMID:25481575 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Public Health, University of Toronto
  • “House Doctor” for CBC Radio “Fresh Air”. (This program has just been syndicated nationally.)
  • Fellow at the Institute for Health Improvement in Cambridge/Boston. Teaching at Harvard School of Public Health
  • Chair, Patient Education, College of Family Physicians of Canada