Rama Nair BSc, M.Stat, MSc, PhD, FACE

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Rama Nair BSc, M.Stat, MSc, PhD, FACE
Vice-Dean, Professional Affairs

Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 8604

Work E-mail: rnair@uottawa.ca

Dr. Rama Nair

Biography

Dr. Rama Nair’s education spans three countries with basic science education from the Ewing Christian College (University of Allahabad) and a Masters of Statistics (Biostatistics) from the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) in Kolkatta. He then obtained a Masters of Science in Mathematics from the University of Windsor and a PhD in Biometrics and Plant Breeding from Cornell University. His learning was rounded out with practical training in research methodology and biostatistical applications in medical research both at the ISI and at McMaster University as research assistant. He was elected a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology based on his substantive contributions to the field of epidemiology in research and training and mentoring junior epidemiologists all over the world.

Before serving as the Vice-Dean for Professional Affairs at the uOttawa Faculty of Medicine, he served in various administrative positions at the University, including Acting Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Director of Graduate Studies in the Department and as a member of the Board of the Association of Professors of the Univerisity of Ottawa (APUO) and member of the uOttawa Pension Plan Committee for several years. He is currently a Full Professor (Biostatistics) in the uOttawa School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine. He has also been a visiting professor at University of Toronto, Cochin University of Science and Technology in Kochi (India), and a visiting scientist at the Institute for Medical Research in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as well as Alberta Cancer Board in Edmonton (Canada).

Dr. Nair has been an active teacher and researcher at the University of Ottawa for over 40 years, having taught various courses in biostatistics, epidemiology and heath care research for over 20 years and supervised more than 50 MSc and PhD students in epidemiology as well as residents in community medicine. He has also provided workshops on research methodology at uOttawa as well as internationally in developing countries (Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Cambodia and Thailand). He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and gave numerous presentations at national and international meetings. As an expert in research methodology, Dr. Nair also served on many government (both provincial and national) and scientific bodies as advisor. 

As Vice-Dean, Professional Affairs, Dr. Nair directed changes in academic practices within the Faculty, with the development of new faculty appointment policy, new promotion policy and standards for promotion of clinical professors, and automated the process of promotion applications. In collaboration with the Vice-Dean, Continuing Professional Development, he developed a policy on interactions with industries for Faculty and trainees. Dr. Nair oversees the process of both faculty appointments and faculty promotions at the Faculty of Medicine. In his role as member of the Faculty leadership committee, he contributes to the strategic planning and implementation of programs within the Faculty. He also serves as the Faculty representative on the faculty affairs committees of both Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC).

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