Women's College Research Institute

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Sheila Dunn, MD, MSc, CCFP (EM), FCFP

Scientist, Women's College Research Institute
Director of Research, Family Practice Health Centre, Women's College Hospital
Staff Physician, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Women's College Hospital
Associate Professor and Clinician Investigator, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Associate Director of Research, Canada’s Contraception Access Research Team

Dr. Sheila Dunn’s educational and research interests include health care delivery and access to sexual health services such as family planning, emergency contraception, abortion and cervical cancer screening. Her research has improved access to cervical cancer screening for underserved and vulnerable women in Toronto, including immigrants, refugees, and individuals who are under-housed or living on the street. She has also conducted research on culturally sensitive contraceptive recommendations for women with unmet contraceptive needs. In 2016, she launched mobile website called What's Next For Me? to inform women about their emergency contraception options. The website provides up-to-date evidence about emergency contraception and a clinic finder for sexual health clinics in Toronto.

Select Awards

  • Professional Development Program Mentorship Award, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto (2015-2016)
  • May Cohen Award for Gender Equity, Association of Medical Colleges of Canada (2004)


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MSc, Clinical Epidemiology, University of Toronto, 2007

MD, University of Toronto, 1977

Areas of Interest



Cancer screening

Marginalized populations

Innovative models of health care

  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto

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