Announcement: Dr. Saverio Stranges re-appointed as Chair of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Saverio Stranges has been re-appointed as Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, effective October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2026.

Dr. Stranges completed his medical degree in 1996, and specialty training in Preventive/Public Health Medicine in 2000 at the University of Naples Federico II in Italy. He then completed the requirements for a PhD Program in Epidemiology and Environmental Health at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2004. In 2005, Dr. Stranges began his academic career as an Assistant Professor at State University of New York, before joining the University of Warwick Medical School in the United Kingdom as an Associate Clinical Professor of Cardiovascular Epidemiology from 2006 to 2015.

In Warwick, Dr. Stranges was also Director of the Academic Clinical Training in Public Health, as well as Honorary Consultant Physician at the University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. Prior to his appointment at Western University, Dr. Stranges worked as the Scientific Director of the Department of Population Health at the Luxembourg Institute of Health. In October 2016, Dr. Stranges joined Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry as a Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He also holds cross-appointments in the Departments of Family Medicine and Medicine. 

Dr. Stranges’ research focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of aging, as well as chronic cardiovascular and metabolic disease. Specifically, his research considers the impact of lifestyles, nutritional and psychosocial factors. He is also an expert in global public health, particularly in the areas of non-communicable disease in low-resource settings and interdisciplinary research. Throughout his career, Dr. Stranges has been involved in several international epidemiological projects, clinical trials, secondary data analyses and systematic review work, and has published extensively in the area of chronic disease epidemiology.

He has received funding from several international agencies including the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in the UK, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in Canada, the Fonds National de la Recherché (FNR) in Luxembourg, and the European Union. Dr. Stranges has been involved in the teaching and mentorship of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, as well as clinical fellows and junior doctors for more than 20 years.

Under Dr. Stranges’s leadership, the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics has experienced a substantial growth across multiple domains: a continuous increase in enrolment for both undergraduate and graduate programs; an increase in external grant funding; recruitment of additional faculty members, including the Indigenous Leader in Residence for the School; enhanced connection with clinical departments and development of research clusters. Dr. Stranges is leading the department’s relocation to the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine, which will provide an ideal setting to enhance research collaborations and ongoing links across the three units.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Stranges on his re-appointment.

John Yoo, MD, FRCS(C), FACS
Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University