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Kumanan Wilson, MD, MSc, FRCPC
613-798-5555 ex 17921

Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus
1053 Carling Avenue, Box 684
Administrative Services Building
Ottawa, ON K1Y 4E9

Kumanan Wilson

Senior Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Professor, Faculty of Medicine
University of Ottawa
Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences

Research Interests

Brief Biography

Dr. Kumanan Wilson is a specialist in General Internal Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital, and holds  a Research Chair in Public Health Innovation from The Ottawa Hospital, the Department of Medicine and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

Dr. Wilson’s current work focuses on public health innovation including blood safety, immunization and newborn screening. He also maintains an interest in health ethics, law and policy.

The overall vision of Dr. Wilson’s research programs is to bring data to patients, clinicians and the public. Realizing this vision will improve the health system and the experiences of those in it. As founder of the Ottawa Hospital mHealth Research Team, Dr. Wilson leads a dynamic, talented group of young and experienced developers, researchers and creative minds who are invested in working with leading scientists and clinicians to improve health care.  Their work has led to the creation of mobile Canada’s national immunization app - CANImmunize. Other mobile health initiatives include a stroke recovery app, a tablet-based phosphate management tool, and an app for emergency room physicians. 

To complement his team's efforts in digital health technology, Dr. Wilson brings expertise in developing Big Data research programs for transfusion medicine, vaccine safety and metabolomics as well as experience in health ethics, law and policy. Dr. Wilson has most recently received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop alternative methods of determining early child health outcomes through analysis of newborn heel prick blood samples. This work will provide information that could guide the care of newborns in low resource settings.

Selected Publications

Digital Health Research
Wilson K, Atkinson KM, Deeks SL, Crowcroft NS. Improving vaccine registries through mobile technologies. A vision for mobile enhanced immunization information systems. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2016. 23(1):207-11. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocv055. 

Maternal-Child Metabolomics Research
Wilson K, Hawken S, Potter B, Chakraborty P, Walker M, Ducharme R, Little J. Accurate prediction of gestational age using newborn screening analyte data. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2016; 214(4):513.e1-9. doi:10.1016/j.ajog.2015.10.017 

Transfusion Research
Chassé M, Tinmouth A, English SW, Acker JP, Wilson K, Knoll G, Shehata N, van Walraven C, Forster AJ, Ramsay T, McIntyre LA, Fergusson DA. Association of blood donor age and sex with recipient survival after red blood cell transfusion. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2016;176(9):1307-14. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.3324 

Vaccine Research
Fell DB, Platt RW, Lanes A, Wilson K, Kaufman JS, Basso O, Buckeridge D. Fetal death and preterm birth associated with maternal influenza vaccination: systematic review. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2015; 122(1):17-26. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.12977. 

Diseases, conditions and populations of interest

Global health; Infectious disease; Newborn and child health; Population health

Research and clinical approaches

Big data; Biomarkers; Clinical research; Digital and mobile health; Epidemiology; Health services research; Health technology; Immunization; Public health; Transfusions; Translational research