Centre for Studies in Family Medicine
Dr. Thind currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Health Services Research. He is a head and neck surgeon with a PhD in Health Services Research. His research focuses on access to care for vulnerable populations, and program evaluation. Within this broad rubric, he has examined barriers to care for women and children, systems issues, and the economic implications of systems change. His current work has three geographic locations. Within Canada, he is working to develop a researchable database for family physicians practicing in Southwestern Ontario, and examining waiting times for specialist consultations after family physician referrals. In the international context, he has assessed barriers to care in the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Philippines, and rural India, focusing on diarrhea and respiratory illness in children, and reproductive health care for women.
In the United States, he is working on a five year longitudinal study examining access to care and outcomes for low income women with breast cancer in the state of California; and is also involved in a national evaluation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's "Pipeline, Professions and Practice" Program. His work is published in journals such as Social Science and Medicine, Healthcare Policy, Journal of Biosocial Science, Journal of Community Health and Journal of Tropical Pediatrics. He has received funding from a variety of sources including the American Cancer Society, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the California Endowment, World Bank and the Pan-American Health Organization.