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Zhiwei Gao

Community Health and Humanities
Ph.D., M.Sc., M.D., Tianjin Medical University (Tianjin, China)

Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology

Medical Education Building
Faculty of Medicine, 4M130
t: 709-864-6523



PhD in Epidemiology (Feb 2013), University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada)
Major: Genetic Epidemiology
MSc in Epidemiology (Nov 2005), University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada)
Major: Epidemiology & Biostatistics
MPH (Sep 1997), Peking Union Medical College (Beijing, China)
Major: Epidemiology & Biostatistics
MD (Jul 1991), Tianjin Medical University (Tianjin, China)


Postdoctoral fellow (May 2013 - Oct 2014), University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada)
Major: Clinical Epidemiology in Tuberculosis


I have been the course chair of MED 6260 (Applied Data Analysis for Epidemiology) since 2017.

Journal publications (last 3 years 2018-2020):
  • A. Koleade, J. Farrell, G. Mugford, Z. Gao (2020). Female specific risk factors associated with risk of ACO (Asthma COPD Overlap) in Aboriginal People. Journal of Asthma. 2020 Sep;57(9):925-932. doi: 10.1080/02770903.2019.1621890. Epub 2019 Jun 5.
  • A. Taylor, S. Chowdhury, Z. Gao, H. Nguyen, W. Midodzi, N. Gill, B. Halfyard, L. Newhook, L. Twells (2020). Infant Feeding Mode Predicts the Costs of Healthcare Services in One Region of Canada: a Data Linkage Study. BMC Research Notes. August 2020.13, 385 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-020-05228-6
  • N. Lau, M. Smith, A. Sarkar, Z. Gao (2020). Effects of Low Exposure to Traffic Related Air Pollution on childhood asthma Onset by age 10 year. Environmental Research. 2020 Dec;191:110174. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.110174. Epub 2020 Sep 10.
  • J. Amegadzie, JM Gamble, J. Farrell, Z. Gao (2020). “” International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 2020 Sep 30;15:2355-2366. doi: 10.2147/COPD.S264580.
  • A. Alsharawneh, J. Maddigan, A. Gaudine, H. Etchegary, Z. Gao (2020). The Impact of Emergency Department Triage on the Treatment Outcomes of Cancer Patients with Febrile Neutropenia: A retrospective Review. International Emergency Nursing. 2020 Jul 1;51:100888. doi: 10.1016/j.ienj.2020.100888.
  • A. Alsharawneh, J. Maddigan, A. Gaudine, H. Etchegary, Z. Gao (2020). The Quality of Care in the Emergency Management of Cancer Patients with Febrile Neutropenia: A Records-Based Cohort.Journal of Emergency Nursing. 2020 April. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jen.2020.03.008
  • A. Keefe, P. Demers, B. Neis, S. Bornstein, V. Arrandale, D. Holness, S. Stock, H. Davies, Z. Gao, M. Koehoorn (2020). A scoping review to identify strategies that work to prevent four important occupational diseases. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2020;1–27. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajim.23107
  • J. Donnan, Z. Gao, T. Adey, K. Walsh, D. Pace, L. Twells (2020). Prioritization for Bariatric Surgery: Capturing Canadian Patient Preference Weights using a Discrete Choice Experiment. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 2020 Feb 10. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soard.2020.01.036
  • J. Amegadzie, J. Gorgui, L. Acheampong, JM Gamble, J. Farrell, Z. Gao (2019). Comparative Safety and Effectiveness of Inhaled Bronchodilators and Corticosteroids for treating Asthma-COPD Overlap: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Asthma. 2019 Oct 31:1-18. doi: 10.1080/02770903.2019.1687716.
  • D. Wadden, J. Farrell, MJ Smith, L. Twells, Z. Gao (2019). Maternal history of asthma modifies the risk of childhood persistent asthma associated with maternal age at birth: Results from a large prospective cohort in Canada. Journal of Asthma. 2019 Sep 3:1-8. doi: 10.1080/02770903.2019.1658207
  • S. Hubley, Z. Gao, G. Mugford, S. Kaiser, D. Goltzman, W. Leslie, K. Davison, J. Brown, L. Probyn, B. Lentle, J. Prior, C. Kovacs, and the CaMos Research Group (2019). Parity and lactation are not associated with incident major fragility fractures or radiographic vertebral fractures over 16 years of follow-up: Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos). Archives of Osteoporosis. 2019 Apr 29;14(1):49.
  • J. Amegadzie, O. Badejo, JM Gamble, M. Wright, J. Farrell, B. Jackson, K. Sultana, M. Hashmi, Z. Gao (2019). Validated methods to identify patients with asthma-COPD overlap in healthcare databases of asthma-COPD overlap recording in healthcare records: a systematic review protocol. BMJ Open. 2019 Mar 13;9(3):e024306.
  • D. Wadden, L. Newhook, L. Twells, J. Farrell and Z. Gao (2018). Sex-specific association between childhood BMI trajectories and asthma phenotypes.International Journal of Pediatrics. 2018 Dec 2;2018:9057435. (the most read 2018 research paper)
  • N. Lau, A. Norman, M. Smith, A. Sarkar and Z. Gao (2018). Association between Traffic Related Air Pollution and the Development of Asthma Phenotypes in Children: A Systematic Review. International Journal of Chronic Diseases. 2018 Dec 2;2018:4047386.
  • Z. Gao, J. Dosman, D. Rennie, D. Schwartz, I. Yang, J. Beach, A. Senthilselvan (2018). Sex-specific associations between polymorphisms in the Toll-like receptor (TLR) genes and Lung function among workers in swine operations.  Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A: Current Issues. 2018 Nov; 81(22):1186-1198.
  • A. Koleade, J. Farrell, G. Mugford, Z. Gao (2018). Prevalence and Risk Factors of ACO (Asthma COPD Overlap) in Aboriginal People. Journal of Environmental and Public Health. 2018 Nov 21;2018:4657420.
  • D. Betsch, Z. Gao, G. Mugford, S. McGrath-Terry, G. Dow (2018). Optimizing glycemic control in a multidisciplinary diabetes foot clinic. Canadian Journal of Diabetes. 2018 Aug; 42(4):437-441.