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Contact Information

Kumanan Wilson, MD, MSc, FRCPC
613-798-5555 x13056
kwilson@ohri.ca

Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus
1053 Carling Avenue, Box 209
Ottawa, ON K1Y 4E9

ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1741-7705

Kumanan Wilson

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

Research Interests

Brief Biography

Dr. Kumanan Wilson is a specialist in General Internal Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital, Chief Executive Officer of CANImmunize and an innovation advisor for Bruyère.

A Professor and Faculty of Medicine Clinical Research Chair in Digital Health Innovation at the University of Ottawa, he is also a member of the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics.

Dr. Wilson is the CEO and founder of CANImmunize, a science-based technology company specializing in immunization software that spun out from The Ottawa Hospital in 2019. To help Canadians keep track of their vaccinations, the team developed CANImmunize, a pan-Canadian digital immunization tracking system available as a mobile app and through a web portal. Dr. Wilson and his team are currently focused on digital immunization solutions to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Wilson’s research focuses on digital health, immunization, pandemic preparedness and public health policy and innovation. His research on immunization has explored social media’s impact on vaccine hesitancy, evaluation of vaccine safety using health services data and vaccine policy, including advocating for vaccine injury compensation. Other research interests include blood safety and newborn screening, health ethics, law and policy.

He has received support from multiple organizations including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the World Health Organization (WHO), The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Canada’s Immunity Task Force.

Selected Publications

Vaccine Research
Flood CM, Krishnamurthy V, Wilson K. Please share your vaccination certificate. Policy Options. December 11, 2020.
https://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/december-2020/please-show-your-vaccination-certificate/

Atkinson KM, Mithani SS, Bell C, Rubens-Augustson T, Wilson K. A digital immunization system of the future: imagining a patient-centric, interoperable immunization information system. Therapeutic Advances in Vaccines and Immunotherapy 2020, Vol. 8: 1–15 DOI: 10.1177/ 2515135520967203

Wilson K, Atkinson K, Bell C. Travel vaccines enter the digital age: creating a virtual immunization record. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2016 Mar; 94(3):485-8

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 

Diseases, conditions and populations of interest


COVID-19; Global health; Infectious disease; Newborn and child health; Population health



Research and clinical approaches


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