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Hsien Seow

Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care and Health System Innovation
Canadian Institute of Health Research New Investigator Awardee
Past Cancer Care Ontario Research Chair in Health Services Research
Site Director, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES)
Associate Member, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI)
Associate professor, Department of Oncology
Member, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA)

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Hsien Seow is the Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care and Health System Innovation and McMaster Site Director, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). He is a former Canadian Institute of Health Research New Investigator Award-winner. His research interests involve improving quality and the healthcare service delivery of palliative care for patients with cancer and other serious, chronic illnesses. Previously, he worked as a research assistant at RAND Health, with the Center for Palliative Care Studies, and was a teaching assistant at Johns Hopkins University. At RAND, he helped lead health services research, and local and national quality improvement collaborative and advocacy initiatives. He has also consulted with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Seow earned a B.Sc. from Yale University in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and has a PhD in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, concentrating in health services research. He has a certificate in gerontology.


  • health services research
  • palliative and end-of-life care
  • health system innovation 
  • quality improvement
  • transitions in cancer care


Seow H, Dhaliwal G, Fassbender K, Rangrej J, Brazil K, Fainsinger R. The Effect of Community-Based Specialist Palliative Care Teams on Place of Care. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2016 Jan;19(1):16-21. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2015.0063. 

Seow H, Barbera L, Pataky R, Lawson B, O'Leary E, Fassbender K, McGrail K, Burge F, Brouwers M, Sutradhar R. Does Increasing Home Care Nursing Reduce Emergency Department Visits at the End of Life? A Population-Based Cohort Study of Cancer Decedents. Journal of Pain Symptom Management. 2015. Oct 26. pii: S0885-3924(15)00572-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2015.10.008. 

Seow H, Brazil K, Sussman J, Pereira J, Marshall D, Austin PC, Husain A, Rangrej J, Barbera L. Impact of community based, specialist palliative care teams on hospitalisations and emergency department visits late in life and hospital deaths: a pooled analysisBMJ. 2014 Jun 6;348:g3496. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g3496.

Seow H, Sussman J, Martelli-Reid L, Pond G, Bainbridge, D.  Do High Symptom Scores Trigger Clinical Actions? An Audit After Implementing Electronic Symptom Screening. Journal of Oncology Practice. 2012 November 8 (6) e142-e148.

Seow HY, Whelan P, Levine MN, Cowan K, Lysakowski B, Kowaleski B, Snider A, Xu RY, Arnold A. Funding oncology clinical trials: are cooperative group trials sustainable? Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2012 May 1;30(13):1456-61.

Seow H, Barbera L, Sutradhar R, Howell D, Dudgeon D, Atzema C, Liu Y, Husain A, Sussman J, Earle C. Trajectory of performance status and symptom scores in cancer patients’ last six months of life. Journal of Clinical Oncology, Feb 7, 2011.

Seow H, Barbara L, Howell D, Dy SM . Using More End-of-Life Homecare Services is Associated with Using Fewer Acute Care Services. A Population-Based Cohort Study. Med Care. 2010 Jan 6.

Seow H, Barbara L, Howell D, Dy SM. Did Ontario’s End-of-Life Strategy Reduce Acute Care Service Use? Healthc Quarterly. 2010;13(1):93-100.

Seow H, Snyder CF, Shugarman LR, Mularski RA, Kutner JS, Lorenz KA, Wu AW, Dy SM. Developing Quality Indicators for Cancer End-of-Life Care: Proceedings from a National Symposium. Cancer. 2009 Sep 1;115(17):3820-9.



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