Dr. Lillian Barra


Dr. Lillian Barra, MD MPH FRCPC

Associate Professor/MD
E-mail: lillian.barra@sjhc.london.on.ca


  • Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology
  • Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Lawson Health Research Institute
  • Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Research Cluster Membership

Research Interests

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Systemic vasculitis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Observational cohorts
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • Immunoepidemiology
  • Autoantibodies
  • Immunopathogenesis

Short Biography

Dr. Lillian Barra is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, cross-appointed to the Departments of Microbiology and Immunology, Epidemiology and Biostatistics.  She completed her M.D. and Postgraduate training in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at the University of Western Ontario and her Master of Public Health at Harvard University. She established the first interdisciplinary vasculitis clinic (IVASC) in Southwestern Ontario and is a member of the administrative board for CanVasc, a national network aimed at establishing research and education programs in vasculitis. The focus of her research is understanding the pathogenesis and impact of chronic autoimmune vascular diseases, specifically rheumatoid arthritis (RA)-associated cardiovascular disease and systemic vasculitis. The research is translational involving humanized mouse models of RA and atherosclerosis, biomaker studies, evidence synthesis and observational epidemiologic studies with the establishment and participation in various local, national and international cohort studies.