David Henry

MB ChB (University of Glasgow, Scotland)
MRCP, (Joint Colleges of the United Kingdom, UK)
FRCP (Edin.) (Royal College of Physicians, UK)

Professional Interests

David Henry is Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto. He was Professor of Health Systems Data and Co-Lead of the ‘Big Data for Health’ initiative at the IHPME and Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He was executive co-lead of CNODES (www.cnodes.ca) a distributed network of Canadian data centres and scientists using administrative data to evaluate drug safety. He is former President and CEO of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, the principal independent steward of linked health services data in Ontario. Dr Henry has a longstanding interest in measuring the impacts of medicines use – both beneficial and adverse – at a community level and in quality use of medicines at community level.  He was director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for training in Pharmo-economics and Rational Pharmacotherapy at the University of Newcastle in Australia. He led efforts to introduce comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness evaluation methods as a basis for national drug coverage decisions in Australia in the early 1990s. He practiced as an internal medicine specialist for many years in Australia.


Dr Henry was responsible for guiding the strategy for developing and using the large health data-sets available in Ontario for research and evaluation of health and health policy. He was the Science Co-Lead of the Ontario Strategic Patient Oriented Research Program and assisted in the development of the Ontario-wide health data platform.

Primary Affiliation

Professor Emeritus
Department of Medicine
University of Toronto

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