2013 Recipient - Dr. Andrea Gershon



"I am honoured and excited to receive a PSI Fellowship in Translational Health Research.  Thank you for this incredible opportunity to focus on and develop my respiratory disease research program.  I look forward to conducting relevant, practical research that will improve the lives of patients with respiratory disease, their families and their communities."


The PSI Foundation is pleased to announce Dr. Andrea Gershon of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre as the 2013 PSI Fellow in Translational Health Research.  This Fellowship- valued at $150,000 per year for two years- is intended to protect a new, promising clinician’s research time, allowing the Fellow to undertake high impact translational research.

The Fellowship will allow Dr. Gershon to conduct translational research to develop methods to measure quality of care for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).  This will be the first step in a program designed to improve the care and health of the hundreds of thousands of people with COPD living in Ontario.  Helping these people will also reduce their need for health services thus relieving strain on our already overburdened health care system.

Dr. Gershon received both her M.D. and her M.Sc. in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research from the University of Toronto. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and the Research Director of the Division of Respiratory at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.  She is also a scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute and Respiratory Program Lead at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

Dr. Gershon has more than 27 first author publications including many in high impact journals such as Lancet and Annals of Internal Medicine.  She has secured more than $1 million in funding from agencies, such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, to support her research and is a former Ontario Career Scientist.  Her respiratory disease research and knowledge translation program established at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences, which conducts respiratory disease health services research, is one of the only of its kind in Canada, and likely the world.