Andrew Pinto




Dr. Andrew Pinto is the founder and director of the Upstream Lab, a research team focused on tackling social determinants of health, population health management, and using data science to enable proactive care. He holds the CIHR Applied Public Health Chair in Upstream Prevention. He is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist and family physician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. He is the Associate Director for Clinical Research at the University of Toronto Practice-Based Research Network, the lead for clinical research of Ontario’s POPLAR network, and the founder of the Canadian Primary Care Trials Network. He serves on the Institute Advisory Board of CIHR’s Institute for Population and Public Health, is an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Work and Health, and an honorary senior lecturer at St. Andrews University in Scotland.


Recent Publications

  1. Aubrey-Bassler, K, Patel, D, Fernandes, C, Lofters, AK, Campbell-Scherer, D, Meaney, C et al.. Chronic disease prevention and screening outcomes for patients with and without financial difficulty: a secondary analysis of the BETTER WISE cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open. 2024;14 (4):e078938. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-078938. PubMed PMID:38626970 .
  2. O'Brien, MA, Lofters, A, Wall, B, Elliott, R, Makuwaza, T, Pietrusiak, MA et al.. Adaptation and qualitative evaluation of the BETTER intervention for chronic disease prevention and screening by public health nurses in low income neighbourhoods: views of community residents. BMC Health Serv Res. 2024;24 (1):427. doi: 10.1186/s12913-024-10853-z. PubMed PMID:38575938 PubMed Central PMC10993474.
  3. Ho, JW, Bellicoso, E, Bondy, M, Holness, DL, Muntaner, C, Nisenbaum, R et al.. A Brief Tool to Screen Patients for Precarious Employment: A Validation Study. Ann Fam Med. 2024;22 (1):26-30. doi: 10.1370/afm.3053. PubMed PMID:38253490 .
  4. Adekoya, I, Delahunty-Pike, A, Howse, D, Kosowan, L, Seshie, Z, Abaga, E et al.. Screening for poverty and related social determinants to improve knowledge of and links to resources (SPARK): development and cognitive testing of a tool for primary care. BMC Prim Care. 2023;24 (1):247. doi: 10.1186/s12875-023-02173-8. PubMed PMID:38007462 PubMed Central PMC10675961.
  5. Perri, M, Hapsari, AP, Craig-Neil, A, Ho, J, Cattaneo, J, Gaspar, M et al.. An evaluation of an employment assistance program focused on people living with HIV in Toronto, Canada. AIDS Care. 2024;36 (4):500-507. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2023.2253505. PubMed PMID:37756653 .
  6. Vanden Bossche, D, Zhao, QJ, Ares-Blanco, S, Peña, MPA, Decat, P, Kondo, N et al.. Addressing health inequity during the COVID-19 pandemic through primary health care and public health collaboration: a multiple case study analysis in eight high-income countries. Int J Equity Health. 2023;22 (1):171. doi: 10.1186/s12939-023-01968-6. PubMed PMID:37653472 PubMed Central PMC10472729.
  7. Brown, EM, Moineddin, R, Hapsari, A, Gozdyra, P, Durant, S, Pinto, AD et al.. Eviction filings during bans on enforcement throughout the COVID-19 pandemic: an interrupted time series analysis. Can J Public Health. 2023;114 (5):745-754. doi: 10.17269/s41997-023-00813-1. PubMed PMID:37581748 PubMed Central PMC10485221.
  8. Pinto, AD, Eissa, A, Kiran, T, Mashford-Pringle, A, Needham, A, Dhalla, I et al.. [Not Available]. CMAJ. 2023;195 (31):E1062-E1064. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.221587-f. PubMed PMID:37580079 PubMed Central PMC10426351.
  9. Jarvis, T, Smith, RW, Sandhu, HS, Mac-Seing, M, O'Neill, M, Rosella, L et al.. Promise and peril: how health system reforms impacted public health in three Canadian provinces. Can J Public Health. 2023;114 (5):714-725. doi: 10.17269/s41997-023-00785-2. PubMed PMID:37410363 PubMed Central PMC10484823.
  10. Pinto, AD, Eissa, A, Kiran, T, Mashford-Pringle, A, Needham, A, Dhalla, I et al.. Considerations for collecting data on race and Indigenous identity during health card renewal across Canadian jurisdictions. CMAJ. 2023;195 (25):E880-E882. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.221587. PubMed PMID:37364910 PubMed Central PMC10292955.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Staff Physician, Department of Family and Community Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto