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. Stephenson, R, Sarhangian, V, Park, J, Sankar, A, Baxter, NN, Stukel, TA et al.. Evolution of the surgical procedure gap during and after the COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario, Canada: cross-sectional and modelling study. Br J Surg. 2023; :. doi: 10.1093/bjs/znad289. PubMed PMID:37724806 .
  2. Katz, A, Agahbanaei, N, Cheff, R, Harris, T, Hwang, SW, Schmidt, C et al.. Hospital Care for Patients Uninsured due to Immigration Status during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Toronto: Lessons from Front-Line Knowledge Translation. Healthc Q. 2023;26 (2):24-31. doi: 10.12927/hcq.2023.27144. PubMed PMID:37572068 .
  3. Thulien, NS, Hwang, SW, Kozloff, N, Nisenbaum, R, Akdikmen, A, Fambegbe, OP et al.. "When I think about my future, I just see darkness": How youth exiting homelessness navigate the hazy, liminal space between socioeconomic exclusion and inclusion. Can J Public Health. 2023; :. doi: 10.17269/s41997-023-00804-2. PubMed PMID:37462842 .
  4. Rebello, D, Wohler, E, Erfani, V, Li, G, Aguilera, AN, Santiago-Cornier, A et al.. COL11A2 as a candidate gene for vertebral malformations and congenital scoliosis. Hum Mol Genet. 2023;32 (19):2913-2928. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddad117. PubMed PMID:37462524 PubMed Central PMC10508038.
  5. Richard, L, Golding, H, Saskin, R, Jenkinson, JIR, Francombe Pridham, K, Gogosis, E et al.. Cold-related injuries among patients experiencing homelessness in Toronto: a descriptive analysis of emergency department visits. CJEM. 2023;25 (8):695-703. doi: 10.1007/s43678-023-00546-7. PubMed PMID:37405616 .
  6. 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;46 (8):1469-1476. doi: 10.2337/dc23-0211. PubMed PMID:37276538 .
  7. 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.
  8. 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 .
  9. 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 .
  10. 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.
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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