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Jacob Udell, MD, MPH, FRCPC

Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute
Cardiologist, Women's College Hospital
Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
Associate Member, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto
Affiliate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital
Adjunct Scientist, Cardiovascular & Diagnostic Imaging, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences

Dr. Udell is a cardiologist and clinician-scientist at Women’s College Hospital and the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, University Health Network and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto with expertise in observational studies, clinical trials, and health services research. His group’s work on innovative cardiovascular risk factor identification and therapy has led to: clinical trial and outcomes publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, JACC, and Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology; alterations in national practice guidelines; and changes by the FDA in the label of DPP4 inhibitor therapies. Utilizing the administrative health care databases, registries, and clinical trial populations at his disposal, Dr. Udell studies the cardiovascular benefits and risks of new diabetes and antiplatelet therapies and novel risk factors, including influenza infection. Dr. Udell is a Co-Principal Investigator of the 9300-patient INVESTED randomized controlled trial, which is investigating the cardiovascular benefit of high-dose versus standard-dose influenza vaccination. He is a regular Checkup Panel member on CBC TV’s The National news broadcast discussing timely health topics and the recipient of multiple awards (see below).

Select Awards

  • Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada National New Investigator/Ontario Clinician Scientist (Phase I) Award (2016)
  • Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation Early Researcher Award(2016)
  • CP Has Heart Cardiovascular Award (2015)
  • CIHR Institute for Health Services and Policy Research Rising Star Award (2014)


See my peer-reviewed publications

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MD, University of Toronto, 2003

MPH, Harvard University, 2005

Cardiology training, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 2012

Areas of Interest


Clinical Epidemiology

  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto

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