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Gonzalo Alvarez, MD, MPH, FRCPC
(613)737-8899 ext. 79294

Gonzalo Alvarez

Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine
University of Ottawa
Staff Respirologist, Division of Respirology & Infections Disease; Department of Medicine
The Ottawa Hospital

Research Interests

Dr. Alvarez’s career aim is to study pulmonary health in disadvantaged populations specifically among Canadian Inuit and in new Canadians. He has concentrated his efforts on pulmonary tuberculosis research in these populations. He is currently leading the Taima (means stop in Inuktitut) TB program of studies in Nunavut. He recently completed the Taima TB study funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada in Iqaluit which aimed to raise TB awareness in the community followed by a door-to-door campaign focusing on offering screening for LTBI and treatment in the home. He is also leading another study funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) to improve TB diagnostic capabilities in Nunavut.

Brief Biography

Dr. Alvarez is an Associate Professor of Medicine at The University of Ottawa and a Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI). He was appointed to the Division of Respirology in 2006 and cross appointed to the Division of Infectious Diseases at The Ottawa Hospital after completing 2 years as a clinical scholar during which he obtained his Masters of Public Health at Harvard University.

Since his appointment in 2006, he has published 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and three book chapters. He has obtained over 1.6 million dollars in peer reviewed grants as either principle investigator or co-principle investigator, including 4 CIHR grants. His work has been featured on CBC TV and CBC radio as well as local, provincial and national newspapers.

Dr. Alvarez is the Nunavut Respirology and TB consultant. Since 2007 he has been providing pulmonary clinical care in Iqaluit and general lung health care in his Ottawa Respirology and TB clinics for Nunavimmiut. He is also a consultant for Citizen and Immigration Canada for clinical cases of TB.

Selected Publications

TAIMA (Stop) TB: The Impact of a Multifaceted TB Awareness and Door-to-Door Campaign in Residential Areas of High Risk for TB in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Alvarez GG, VanDyk DD, Aaron SD, Cameron DW, Davies N, Stephen N, Mallick R, Mornoli F, Moreau K, Obed N, Baikie M, Osborne G. PLoS One. 2014 Jul 17;9(7)

Xpert MTB/RIF testing in a low tuberculosis incidence, high-resource setting: limitations in accuracy and clinical impact. Sohn H, Aero AD, Menzies D, Behr M, Schwartzman K, Alvarez GG, Dan A, McIntosh F, Pai M, Denkinger CM. Clin Infect Dis. 2014 Apr;58(7):970-6.

Tuberculosis prevention and care in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. Alvarez GG, Orr P, Wobeser W, Cook V, Long R. Canadian Tuberculosis Standards 7th Edition. Canadian Respiratory Journal, July-Aug 2013.

Treatment of Latent Tuberculosis infection. Menzies D, Alvarez GG, Khan K. Canadian Tuberculosis Standards 7th Edition. Canadian Respiratory Journal, July-Aug 2013.

A model to rule out smear-negative tuberculosis among symptomatic HIV patients using C-reactive protein. Alvarez GG, Sabri E, Ling D, Cameron DW, Maartens G, Wilson D. Int J Tuberc and Lung Disease Epub 2012 June 28.

Diseases, conditions and populations of interest

Indigenous peoples health; Infectious disease; Lung disease; Population health; Tuberculosis

Research and clinical approaches

Clinical research