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Sunita Mulpuru, MD FRCPC MSc

The Ottawa Hospital
General Campus
Box 211, Ottawa, ON
K1H 8L6

Office Phone: 613 737 8899 ext 72772
Office Fax: 613 737 8319

Sunita Mulpuru

Associate Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
University of Ottawa
Staff Respirologist, Division of Respirology
The Ottawa Hospital

Research Interests


•   Respiratory Viral Infection Epidemiology and Outcomes

•   Respiratory Infection Control Policy and Procedure in Hospitals

•   Improving Health System Utilization, Cost, and Quality of Care for Patients with COPD and other chronic diseases

My main research interest focuses on understanding the epidemiology, outcomes, and transmission of respiratory viral infections in patients with chronic diseases, including airway disease. Using this knowledge, we aim to develop an evidence base around infection control policies and procedures in hospitals and other health care institutions.  

My second area of research interest rests in understanding how patients living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) impact health system utilization and cost. We aim to determine current gaps in care and better understand the needs of this patient population. We hope this work will guide future study of strategies to improve the quality of care and resource utilization for individuals living with COPD and other chronic diseases.

Brief Biography

Dr. Sunita Mulpuru is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa, and Associate Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. She obtained her MD from McMaster University, and completed clinical training in Internal Medicine with a specialization in Respiratory Medicine at the University of Ottawa.  Following this, she pursued the Clinician Investigator Program and a Masters of Science in Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa.

She is currently a staff member in the Division of Respirology in the Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa.

Selected Publications

Pneumocystis pneumonia outbreak among renal transplant recipients at a North American transplant center: Risk factors and implications for infection control.
Mulpuru S, Knoll G, Weir C, Desjardins M, Johnson D, Gorn I, Fairhead T, Bissonnette J, Bruce N, Toye B, Suh K, Roth V.
Am J Infect Control. 2016 Apr 1;44(4):425-31.
PMID: 26804301

Variations in resource intensity and cost among high users of the emergency department.
Ronksley PE, Liu EY, McKay JA, Kobewka DM, Rothwell DM, Mulpuru S, Forster AJ. Acad Emerg Med. 2016 Feb 9.
PMID: 26856243

Hospital Resource Utilization and Patient Outcomes Associated with Respiratory Viral Testing in Hospitalized Patients.
Mulpuru S, Aaron SD, Ronksley PE, Lawrence N, Forster AJ.
Emerg Infect Dis. 2015 Aug;21(8):1366-71.
PMID: 26197268

Patterns of health care use in a high-cost inpatient population in Ottawa, Ontario: a retrospective observational study.
Ronksley PE, McKay JA, Kobewka DM, Mulpuru S, Forster AJ.
CMAJ Open. 2015 Jan 13;3(1):E111-8. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20140049. eCollection 2015 Jan-Mar.
PMID: 25844363

Antibiotics for community-acquired pneumonia in adult outpatients.

Pakhale S, Mulpuru S, Verheij TJ, Kochen MM, Rohde GG, Bjerre LM.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014 Oct 9;10:CD002109.
PMID: 25300166

Evaluation of 3 electronic methods used to detect influenza diagnoses during 2009 pandemic.
Mulpuru S, Smith T, Lawrence N, Wilson K, Forster AJ.
Emerg Infect Dis. 2013 Dec;19(12):2062-3.
PMID: 24274205

Influenza infection screening tools fail to accurately predict influenza status for patients during pandemic H1N1 influenza season.

Mulpuru S, Roth VR, Lawrence N, Forster AJ.
Can Respir J. 2013 May-Jun;20(3):e55-9.
PMID: 23762891

Incidence of potentially avoidable urgent readmissions and their relation to all-cause urgent readmissions.

van Walraven C, Jennings A, Taljaard M, Dhalla I, English S, Mulpuru S, Blecker S, Forster AJ.
CMAJ. 2011 Oct 4;183(14):E1067-72.
PMID: 21859870

Diseases, conditions and populations of interest

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; Frailty; Influenza; Population health

Research and clinical approaches

Health services research; Quality Improvement