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Samy Suissa

Samy Suissa, PhD, FRSC, FCAHS

Clinical Epidemiology

Chronic diseases, COPD, Data science, Drug safety and effectiveness, Observational studies, Pharmacoepidemiology, Real-world evidence, Research methods
  • Director, Centre for Clinical Epidemiology, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research
  • Director, Division of Clinical Epidemiology, Department of Medicine, Jewish General Hospital
  • Distinguished James McGill Professor, Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Medicine, McGill University

Contact details

(514) 340-7593

Assistant contact details

  • Marisa Mancini,
    Executive Assistant
    (514) 340-7593


Professor Samy Suissa is an internationally recognized scientist in the field of pharmacoepidemiology, and is frequently invited to speak at meetings and conferences. He has received several research scholar awards from FRSQ, MRC, and CIHR during his career, as well as the prestigious FC Donders Award from the Universiteit Utrecht. Professor Suissa has published extensive studies on the risks and benefits of commonly used medications for the treatment of several chronic diseases. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Major Research Activities

Professor Samy Suissa’s research is in the field of pharmacoepidemiology which studies the risks and benefits of medications in the real-world setting of clinical practice. He specializes in the exploitation of large, computerized healthcare databases to rapidly evaluate these drug effects. He developed and published extensively on new research methods that allow more rapid and accurate assessments of drug safety and effectiveness. He conducted studies of medications used for the treatment of several chronic diseases, including asthma and COPD, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular and rheumatic diseases, and women’s health. He has lectured extensively throughout the world and is the author of over 580 peer-reviewed research papers published in scientific journals.

Recent Publications and References