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Gillian Hawker, MD, FRCPC

Senior Scientist, Women's College Research Institute
Chair, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Sir John and Lady Eaton Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
Senior Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences

Dr. Gillian Hawker is a clinical epidemiologist/health services researcher whose research has focused on improving access to and outcomes following care for people with osteoarthritis, with a particular focus on examining the appropriate use of joint replacement surgery for osteoarthritis. Her research has been important in elucidating the roles of clinical need, patient preferences, gender, and physician bias in determining rates of use of joint replacement. This work has underscored the need for validated criteria to define appropriate use for this surgery. Her research has also been important in advancing the assessment of pain in osteoarthritis and in elucidating the impact of osteoarthritis on the incidence and progression of other chronic conditions, including hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality. She has published over 240 peer-reviewed articles, supervised numerous research trainees, and has served as a member of academic and governmental advisory committees.

Select Awards

  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, The Arthritis Society of Canada (2013)
  • Robert Hyland Award for Excellence in Mentorship, University of Toronto (2013)
  • Distinguished Investigator Award, Canadian Rheumatology Association (2011)
  • Distinguished Senior Mentor Award, Women’s College Research Institute (2010)
  • F.M. Hill Chair in Academic Women's Medicine, Women's College Hospital (2003)


See my peer-reviewed publications


Twitter: @UofTDoMChair

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MSc, Clinical Epidemiology & Health Care Research, University of Toronto, 1992

MD, University of Toronto, 1984

Areas of Interest



  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto

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