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An-Wen Chan, MD, DPhil, FRCPC

Phelan Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute
Staff Consultant in Dermatology & Mohs Surgery, Women’s College Hospital
Associate Professor, Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto 
Associate Professor, Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto



Dr. An-Wen Chan is a scientist at Women's College Research Institute and an associate professor of medicine at the University of Toronto. He is also a Mohs surgeon in the Ricky Kanee Schachter Dermatology Program at Women's College Hospital. Dr. Chan is a Rhodes Scholar who completed his DPhil in clinical epidemiology at the University of Oxford (UK) and his sub-specialty surgical fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Dr. Chan is a recognized expert in clinical trial quality, biases, and methods. He has researched and published extensively on this subject in leading medical journals, and chairs the international SPIRIT (Standard Protocol Items: Recommendations for Interventional Trials) initiative to improve the quality of clinical trial protocols. In 2013, Dr. Chan led the SPIRIT group to develop and publish a 33-item checklist to guide scientists through the planning of their trials. Organizations and medical journals from around the world have endorsed the SPIRIT guidelines as part of their clinical trial policies. Dr. Chan has also served as a Special Advisor to the Clinical Trials Unit of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and helped coordinate the World Health Organization's International Clinical Trials Registry Platform in Geneva.

In addition, Dr. Chan has clinical and research interests in the skin problems of solid organ transplant patients. He directs a specialized transplant dermatology clinic dedicated to skin cancer, infections, and other skin problems in this immunosuppressed patient population. Dr. Chan also studies the epidemiology and innovative treatment of high-risk skin cancers to help reduce their incidence and impact in transplant patients.

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  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto
  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)