Women's College Research Institute

Jump to body content

An-Wen Chan, MD, DPhil, FRCPC

Phelan Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute
Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
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 Mohs surgeon and a clinical epidemiologist with recognized expertise in clinical trial quality, biases, and methods. He has published extensively 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. 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. He helped coordinate the World Health Organization's International Clinical Trials Registry Platform in Geneva and continues to serve on its advisory board.

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 conditions 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.

Select Awards

  • Rising Star Award, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine (2014)
  • Rhodes Scholarship (2003)


See my peer-reviewed publications

Jump to top page


DPhil, Public Health, University of Oxford, 2003

MD, University of Calgary, 2000

Areas of Interest

Research integrity and transparency

Clinical trial methodology and biases

Skin cancer

  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto

  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)