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

Research Interests

Homelessness, housing as a social determinant of health, health care for homeless persons, marginalized populations, inner city health, urban health, socioeconomic status, access to care, community-based health care, health services research.

Research Activities

Dr. Hwang’s research program focuses on interventions to improve the health of people experiencing homelessness, and to interrupt chronic homelessness itself.


Recent Publications

  1. Sharan, R, Wiens, K, Ronksley, PE, Hwang, SW, Booth, GL, Austin, PC et al.. The Association of Homelessness With Rates of Diabetes Complications: A Population-Based Cohort Study. Diabetes Care. 2023; :. doi: 10.2337/dc23-0211. PubMed PMID:37276538 .
  2. Persaud, N, Bedard, M, Boozary, A, Glazier, RH, Gomes, T, Hwang, SW et al.. Effect of Free Medicine Distribution on Health Care Costs in Canada Over 3 Years: A Secondary Analysis of the CLEAN Meds Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Health Forum. 2023;4 (5):e231127. doi: 10.1001/jamahealthforum.2023.1127. PubMed PMID:37234014 PubMed Central PMC10220517.
  3. Ecker, J, Dada, O, Pridham, KF, Hwang, SW. Beyond Housing: Supporting the Health and Well-Being of Individuals Residing in Toronto's Temporary Shelter Hotels. Healthc Q. 2023;26 (1):18-23. doi: 10.12927/hcq.2023.27056. PubMed PMID:37144697 .
  4. Wiens, K, Bai, L, Austin, PC, Ronksley, PE, Hwang, SW, Spackman, E et al.. Long-term association between homelessness and mortality among people with diabetes. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2023;11 (4):229-231. doi: 10.1016/S2213-8587(22)00358-8. PubMed PMID:36958867 .
  5. Richard, L, Nisenbaum, R, Brown, M, Liu, M, Pedersen, C, Jenkinson, JIR et al.. Incidence of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among People Experiencing Homelessness in Toronto, Canada. JAMA Netw Open. 2023;6 (3):e232774. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.2774. PubMed PMID:36912833 PubMed Central PMC10011938.
  6. To, MJ, Mejia-Lancheros, C, Lachaud, J, Hwang, SW. Continuity of primary care among homeless adults with mental illness who received a housing and mental health intervention. Fam Pract. 2023; :. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmad023. PubMed PMID:36869771 .
  7. Kerman, N, Nisenbaum, R, Durbin, A, Wang, R, Kozloff, N, Hwang, SW et al.. A Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial of Financial Incentives in Case Management for Homeless Adults With Mental Illness. Psychiatr Serv. 2023; :appips20220392. doi: 10.1176/ PubMed PMID:36820517 .
  8. Gicas, KM, Blumberg, MJ, Terao, CM, Mejia-Lancheros, C, Nisenbaum, R, Hwang, SW et al.. Examination of bidirectional associations between neurocognitive functioning and housing stability in homeless adults: A longitudinal subgroup analysis of the at Home/Chez Soi study. Neuropsychology. 2023;37 (2):157-165. doi: 10.1037/neu0000885. PubMed PMID:36442002 .
  9. Wiens, K, Rosella, LC, Kurdyak, P, Chen, S, Aubry, T, Stergiopoulos, V et al.. Determinants of Hospital Use and Physician Services Among Adults With a History of Homelessness. Health Serv Insights. 2022;15 :11786329221127150. doi: 10.1177/11786329221127150. PubMed PMID:36325379 PubMed Central PMC9618755.
  10. Thulien, NS, Amiri, A, Hwang, SW, Kozloff, N, Wang, A, Akdikmen, A et al.. Effect of Portable Rent Subsidies and Mentorship on Socioeconomic Inclusion for Young People Exiting Homelessness: A Community-Based Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5 (10):e2238670. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.38670. PubMed PMID:36301546 PubMed Central PMC9614573.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Staff Physician, Division of General Internal Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Director, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto