Keynote Speaker

Dr. Andreas Laupacis

Research Day 2017's keynote speaker is Dr. Andreas Laupacis from the University of Toronto


Andreas Laupacis is a general internist and the executive director of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. He is a professor at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.

Laupacis has published over 350 peer-reviewed articles covering a variety of topics in clinical epidemiology, health services research, health technology assessment and health policy. He engages the public about health care issues (he founded and, and holds a Canada Research Chair in Health Policy and Citizen Engagement.

He has served on numerous academic and governmental advisory committees and currently is the board chair for Health Quality Ontario. Laupacis has been awarded the Justice Emmett Hall Laureate (2010), the Health Services Research Advancement Award from the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (2011), was the inaugural recipient of the CIHR’s Barer-Flood Prize in Health Services and Policy Research (2013) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2015).

Keynote address abstract:

Why is an evidence-based guy like me telling health care stories?

Stories and case reports are at the bottom of the hierarchy of evidence that is widely accepted within health care (systematic reviews of high quality randomized trials are at the top). I support this hierarchy, but it is largely relevant to decisions about treatment and diagnosis, and there is much more to high quality health care than that. I will share examples from a web site of patient and provider stories ( to illustrate the importance of stories, and argue for greater integration of quantitative and qualitative "evidence" within health care.