Tara Gomes


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Tara Gomes an epidemiologist and a Principal Investigator of the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network (ODPRN), a provincial network of researchers with expertise in pharmaceutical utilization, outcomes and policy with the key objective of rapidly conducting relevant pharmacoepidemiology research for provincial decision-makers to inform drug policy in Ontario. She is also a Scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto in both the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation. Her research is focused on pharmacoepidemiology, drug safety and drug policy research leveraging large, administrative databases, and she has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and over 50 policy reports in this area.

She has worked closely with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to develop evidence to inform policies related to opioid use and abuse in Ontario and has served as an expert for the United States Food and Drug Administration and the United States Department of Transportation in discussions related to opioid policies and regulations. In 2014, the ODPRN was recognized for the impact of their contributions in the field of Health and Education with the Institute for Public Administration of Canada’s Bronze Public Sector Leadership Award.

Recent Publications

  1. Xu, Y, Schulman, S, Dowlatshahi, D, Holbrook, AM, Simpson, CS, Shepherd, LE et al.. Direct oral anticoagulant- or warfarin-related major bleeding: characteristics, reversal strategies and outcomes from a multi-center observational study. Chest. 2017; :. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2017.02.009. PubMed PMID:28219635 .
  2. Knowles, SR, Lee, K, Paterson, JM, Shah, BR, Mamdani, MM, Juurlink, DN et al.. Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose: Impact of Quantity Limits in Public Drug Formularies on Provincial Costs Across Canada. Can J Diabetes. 2016; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2016.08.225. PubMed PMID:27989494 .
  3. Fernandes, K, Martins, D, Juurlink, D, Mamdani, M, Paterson, JM, Spooner, L et al.. High-Dose Opioid Prescribing and Opioid-Related Hospitalization: A Population-Based Study. PLoS ONE. 2016;11 (12):e0167479. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0167479. PubMed PMID:27973601 PubMed Central PMC5156349.
  4. Gomes, T, Martins, D, Tadrous, M, Paterson, JM, Shah, BR, Tu, JV et al.. Association of a Blood Glucose Test Strip Quantity-Limit Policy With Patient Outcomes: A Population-Based Study. JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177 (1):61-66. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.6851. PubMed PMID:27820619 .
  5. Tadrous, M, Martins, D, Yao, Z, Mamdani, MM, Juurlink, DN, Gomes, T et al.. Varenicline and Risk of Self-Harm: A Nested Case-Control Study. PLoS ONE. ;11 (9):e0163681. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0163681. PubMed PMID:27662654 PubMed Central PMC5035025.
  6. Martins, D, Yao, Z, Tadrous, M, Shah, BR, Juurlink, DN, Mamdani, MM et al.. The appropriateness and persistence of testosterone replacement therapy in Ontario. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2017;26 (2):119-126. doi: 10.1002/pds.4083. PubMed PMID:27528454 .
  7. Vaid, HM, Camacho, X, Granton, JT, Mamdani, MM, Yao, Z, Singh, S et al.. The Characteristics of Treated Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Patients in Ontario. Can. Respir. J. 2016;2016 :6279250. doi: 10.1155/2016/6279250. PubMed PMID:27445555 PubMed Central PMC4904539.
  8. Foster, PD, Camacho, X, Vigod, S, Yao, Z, Juurlink, DN, Paterson, JM et al.. Trends in the use and cost of antipsychotics among older adults from 2007 to 2013: a repeated cross-sectional study. CMAJ Open. ;4 (2):E292-7. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20150095. PubMed PMID:27398376 PubMed Central PMC4933600.
  9. Mast, G, Fernandes, K, Tadrous, M, Martins, D, Herrmann, N, Gomes, T et al.. Persistence of Antipsychotic Treatment in Elderly Dementia Patients: A Retrospective, Population-Based Cohort Study. Drugs Real World Outcomes. 2016;3 (2):175-182. doi: 10.1007/s40801-016-0073-6. PubMed PMID:27398296 PubMed Central PMC4914533.
  10. Arora, N, Knowles, S, Gomes, T, Mamdani, MM, Juurlink, DN, Carlisle, C et al.. Interprovincial Variation in Antipsychotic and Antidepressant Prescriptions Dispensed in the Canadian Pediatric Population. Can J Psychiatry. 2016; :. doi: 10.1177/0706743716649190. PubMed PMID:27310244 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto
  • Assistant Professor, Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
  • Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
  • Principal Investigator, Ontario Drug Policy Research Network