Fahad Razak

MD, MSc, BASc

Scientist

Biography

Dr. Razak is an internist at St Michael’s Hospital and Canada Research Chair in Healthcare Data and Analytics at the University of Toronto. He co-founded GEMINI geminimedicine.ca, the largest hospital research network in Canada, and one of few such examples globally. He was the Scientific Director of the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table and co-authored >50 science and policy briefs that shaped the policy, public health and clinical response to the COVID-19 crisis. He is active in science communication, he co-founded the Rounds Table, a free podcast about new research in medicine that has been downloaded >400,000 times in 150 countries. He has written extensively for news sources such as the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and Maclean’s.

Dr. Razak completed a degree in Engineering Science and Medical Doctorate at the University of Toronto. He was the first physician appointed as the David E. Bell Fellow at Harvard University. Notable recognitions include the President’s Impact Award from the University of Toronto, Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellowship from the PSI Foundation, and the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine’s New Investigator Award; He has received >$65 million in grant funding as Principal Investigator, has published >100 peer-reviewed publications (h-index 34, >50 as first/senior author), and is on the advisory board of the BMJ.

Dr. Razak has been primary supervisor of research projects for >40 trainees, resulting in >50 peer-reviewed publications with trainees as co-author. He received the Teaching Award for Excellence and the Dr. Robert Sargeant Award for mentorship at the University of Toronto.

Please note: Dr. Razak is not taking any summer students.

Recent Publications

  1. Malecki, SL, Loffler, A, Tamming, D, Dyrby Johansen, N, Biering-Sørensen, T, Fralick, M et al.. Development and external validation of tools for categorizing diagnosis codes in international hospital data. Int J Med Inform. 2024;189 :105508. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2024.105508. PubMed PMID:38851134 .
  2. Malecki, S, Loffler, A, Liao, F, Hora, T, Agarwal, A, Lail, S et al.. Real-world use of glucocorticoids and clinical outcomes in adults hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia on medical wards. J Hosp Med. 2024; :. doi: 10.1002/jhm.13422. PubMed PMID:38824463 .
  3. Sheehan, KA, Shin, S, Hall, E, Mak, DYF, Lapointe-Shaw, L, Tang, T et al.. Characterizing medical patients with delirium: A cohort study comparing ICD-10 codes and a validated chart review method. PLoS One. 2024;19 (5):e0302888. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0302888. PubMed PMID:38739670 PubMed Central PMC11090329.
  4. Paprica, PA, Crichlow, M, Maillet, DC, Kesselring, S, Pow, C, Scarnecchia, TP et al.. Essential requirements for the governance and management of data trusts, data repositories, and other data collaborations. Int J Popul Data Sci. 2023;8 (4):2142. doi: 10.23889/ijpds.v8i4.2142. PubMed PMID:38419825 PubMed Central PMC10898504.
  5. Bai, AD, Srivastava, S, Digby, GC, Girard, V, Razak, F, Verma, AA et al.. Anaerobic Antibiotic Coverage in Aspiration Pneumonia and the Associated Benefits and Harms: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Chest. 2024; :. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2024.02.025. PubMed PMID:38387648 .
  6. Fang, C, Dziedzic, A, Zhang, L, Oliva, L, Verma, A, Razak, F et al.. Decentralised, collaborative, and privacy-preserving machine learning for multi-hospital data. EBioMedicine. 2024;101 :105006. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2024.105006. PubMed PMID:38377795 PubMed Central PMC10884342.
  7. Choi, WJ, Roberts, S, Verma, A, Razak, F, O'Kane, GM, Gallinger, S et al.. Characterizing the burden of biliary tract cancers across 28 hospitals in Ontario, Canada. Cancer. 2024;130 (13):2294-2303. doi: 10.1002/cncr.35249. PubMed PMID:38361443 .
  8. Bartsch, E, Shin, S, Sheehan, K, Fralick, M, Verma, A, Razak, F et al.. Advanced imaging use and delays among inpatients with psychiatric comorbidity. Brain Behav. 2024;14 (2):e3425. doi: 10.1002/brb3.3425. PubMed PMID:38361288 PubMed Central PMC10869880.
  9. MacMillan, TE, Shin, S, Topf, J, Kwan, JL, Weinerman, A, Tang, T et al.. Osmotic Demyelination Syndrome in Patients Hospitalized with Hyponatremia. NEJM Evid. 2023;2 (4):EVIDoa2200215. doi: 10.1056/EVIDoa2200215. PubMed PMID:38320046 .
  10. Hodzic-Santor, B, Colacci, M, Raissi, A, Ray, P, Verma, AA, Razak, F et al.. Validation of the Diagnostic Accuracy Levels of International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision Codes for Diabetic Ketoacidosis: A Multicentre, Cross-sectional Study of Adults. Can J Diabetes. 2024; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2024.01.006. PubMed PMID:38262528 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Internist, St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto
  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
  • Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
  • Provincial Lead, Quality Improvement in General Medicine, Ontario Health
  • Canada Research Chair in Healthcare Data and Analytics, University of Toronto
  • Senior Fellow, Massey College