Raywat Deonandan


Raywat Deonandan
Assistant Professor

2001, Ph.D., Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario
1993, M.Sc., Physiology, University of Toronto
1993, B.Ed., Math / Sciences Education, University of Toronto
1990, B.Sc., Physics / Physiology / Anthropology, University of Toronto

THN 206A

Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 8377
Fax: 613-562-5632

Work E-mail: Raywat.Deonandan@uOttawa.ca

Raywat Deonandan


Dr. Raywat Deonandan is an epidemiologist, author, journalist, and global health specialist. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and formerly the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Canadian federal agency, Assisted Human Reproduction Canada. The 2000 recipient of the national book award of the nation of Guyana, Dr. Deonandan seeks to incorporate genuine interdisciplinarity into his work in the health sciences, exploring seemingly disparate --but actually interrelated-- topics in global disease burden, statistics, history, ethics, law, communication, and social policy. Dr. Deonandan currently sits on the Boards of Directors of both Harbourfront Centre (in Toronto) and the Canadian Society for Epidemiology & Biostatistics (CSEB), is the Editor of the CSEB's national newsletter, and maintains a regular blog with The Huffington Post Canada. He is also the founder, academic advisor, and Executive Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Health Sciences, the peer-reviewed journal of the students of the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences.

Research Interests

  • The ethical dimensions of reproductive tourism
  • Epidemiological trends in global burdens of disease
  • Health literacy among remote Aboriginals in rural Guyana
  • Social/moral dimensions of risk perception and assessment
  • The use of social media in epidemiology and global health
  • Innovations in teaching health sciences students locally and globally

Selected Publications

  • Deonandan, R. (2013). “Introduction to International Health Theory: An Interdisciplinary Perspective.” Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4652-3210-6
  • Labonté, R., Runnels, V., Packer, C. and Deonandan, R. (eds.) (2013). “Travelling Well: Essays in Medical Tourism”.  Transdisciplinary Studies in Population Health Series, Vol. 4 Issue 1. Ottawa: Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa.  ISSN 1922-1398
  • Deonandan, R, Green, S, van Beinum, A. (2012). “Ethical concerns for maternal surrogacy and reproductive tourism.”  BMJ Journal of Medical Ethics.  38:742-745.
  • Deonandan, R, Vineberg, B, Zelcer, S. (2012).  “Pre-departure global health ethics training: one strategy.” International Review of Social Sciences and Humanities. 4(1):45-49.
  • Deonandan, R, Bente, A.  (2012). “India’s assisted reproduction bill and the maternal surrogacy industry.” International Review of Social Sciences and Humanities.  4(1):169-173.
  • Deonandan, R, Al-Sulaiti, G, Gajaria, A, Suh, K. (2012). "Factors Associated With Staff and Physician Influenza Immunization at a Children's Hospital in Ontario, Canada." International Journal of General Medicine. 5:719–724
  • Deonandan, R, Loncar, M, Rahman, P, Omar, S. (2012). “Measuring reproductive tourism through an analysis of Indian ART clinic websites.” International Journal of General Medicine. 5:763-773
  • Deonandan, R, Vineberg, B, Stulberg, R, Jaleel, M, Szecket, N, Dunn, S, Hamelin, MA, Van der Kuur, M, Zelcer, S. (2012). "Health questions posed by Amerindians in Guyana’s deep interior." Global Journal of Health Science. 4(6):43-46
  • Deonandan, R, Jaleel, M. (2012). "Global decline in semen quality: ignoring the developing world introduces selection bias." International Journal of General Medicine. 5:303-306
  • Deonandan, R. (2011). "The mandatory census: tension between individual rights and the public good." Canadian Journal of Public Health. 102(6):414-16.
  • Deonandan, R. (2010). "The public health implications of assisted reproductive technologies". Chronic Diseases in Canada. 30(4): 119-124
  • Deonandan, R., Campbell, M.K., Ostbye, T., Tummon, I. (2000). "A comparison of methods formeasuring socioeconomic status by occupation or postal area." Chronic Diseases in Canada. 21(3):114-118
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