Tara Gomes is 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.