Sean B. Rourke


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Sean B. Rourke, born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, and Scientific and Executive Director of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care – AIDS Bureau), a leading research and policy organization in Canada. He is also the Director of two national centres funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR): the CIHR Centre for REACH in HIV/AIDS, and the CIHR Community-Based Research (CBR) Collaboration Centre for HIV. Sean is also the Director of Universities Without Walls 2.0 which is training the next generation of HIV researchers in Canada.

Sean is transforming how population health and community-based research is done to have a stronger impact on policies and front-line services, and to solve complex health problems for people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS. With his novel effective approach to community stakeholder engagement, partnership development across disciplines and sectors, and innovative knowledge transfer and exchange and research-to-action strategies, Sean is having a major influence in getting us closer to ending the HIV epidemic in Canada.

Recent Publications

  1. Engels, EA, Yanik, EL, Wheeler, W, Gill, MJ, Shiels, MS, Dubrow, R et al.. Cancer-Attributable Mortality Among People With Treated Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection in North America. Clin. Infect. Dis. 2017;65 (4):636-643. doi: 10.1093/cid/cix392. PubMed PMID:29017269 .
  2. Kendall, CE, Shoemaker, ES, Crowe, L, Rosenes, R, Lundrigan, P, Bibeau, C et al.. Engagement of people with lived experience in primary care research: Living with HIV Innovation Team Community Scholar Program. Can Fam Physician. 2017;63 (9):730-731. . PubMed PMID:28904041 PubMed Central PMC5597020.
  3. Kendall, CE, Walmsley, S, Lau, C, Jembere, N, Burchell, AN, Loutfy, M et al.. A cross-sectional population-based study of breast cancer screening among women with HIV in Ontario, Canada. CMAJ Open. 2017;5 (3):E673-E681. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20170038. PubMed PMID:28855308 PubMed Central PMC5621963.
  4. Jeon, C, Lau, C, Kendall, CE, Burchell, AN, Bayoumi, AM, Loutfy, M et al.. Mortality and Health Service Use Following Acute Myocardial Infarction Among Persons with HIV: A Population-Based Study. AIDS Res. Hum. Retroviruses. 2017; :. doi: 10.1089/AID.2017.0128. PubMed PMID:28817947 .
  5. Mitra, S, Rachlis, B, Scheim, A, Bardwell, G, Rourke, SB, Kerr, T et al.. Acceptability and design preferences of supervised injection services among people who inject drugs in a mid-sized Canadian City. Harm Reduct J. 2017;14 (1):46. doi: 10.1186/s12954-017-0174-x. PubMed PMID:28709471 PubMed Central PMC5513355.
  6. Szadkowski, L, Walmsley, S, Burchell, AN, Collins, E, Rourke, SB, Raboud, J et al.. High retention in HIV care at a tertiary care centre in Toronto, Canada. AIDS Care. 2017; :1-9. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2017.1349278. PubMed PMID:28678619 .
  7. Benoit, AC, Younger, J, Beaver, K, Jackson, R, Loutfy, M, Masching, R et al.. Increased mortality among Indigenous persons in a multisite cohort of people living with HIV in Canada. Can J Public Health. 2017;108 (2):e169-e175. . PubMed PMID:28621653 .
  8. AIDS-defining Cancer Project Working Group for IeDEA and COHERE in EuroCoord, AIDS-defining Cancer Project Working Group for IeDEA and COHERE in EuroCoord. Comparison of Kaposi Sarcoma Risk in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Positive Adults Across 5 Continents: A Multiregional Multicohort Study. Clin. Infect. Dis. 2017;65 (8):1316-1326. doi: 10.1093/cid/cix480. PubMed PMID:28531260 .
  9. Vardy, JL, Stouten-Kemperman, MM, Pond, G, Booth, CM, Rourke, SB, Dhillon, HM et al.. A mechanistic cohort study evaluating cognitive impairment in women treated for breast cancer. Brain Imaging Behav. 2017; :. doi: 10.1007/s11682-017-9728-5. PubMed PMID:28466438 .
  10. Patterson, S, Jose, S, Samji, H, Cescon, A, Ding, E, Zhu, J et al.. A tale of two countries: all-cause mortality among people living with HIV and receiving combination antiretroviral therapy in the UK and Canada. HIV Med. 2017;18 (9):655-666. doi: 10.1111/hiv.12505. PubMed PMID:28440036 PubMed Central PMC5600099.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
  • Scientific and Executive Director, Ontario HIV Treatment Network
  • Director, CIHR Centre for REACH in HIV/AIDS
  • Director, CIHR CBR Collaborative Centre
  • Director, Universities Without Walls