Gonzalo G. Alvarez

Gonzalo Alvarez, MD, MPH, FRCPC

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine | Professeur Agrégé, Département de Médecine
University of Ottawa | Université d’Ottawa
Head, Division of Respirology | Chef, Division de Pneumologie
The Ottawa Hospital | L’Hôpital d’Ottawa
Scientist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute | Scientifique, Institut de recherche de l’Hôpital d’Ottawa
Respirology & Tuberculosis Consultant, Department of Health, Government of Nunavut

Telephone 613 737-8899 ext. 79294
galvarez [at] ohri.ca



Tubeculosis Care and Research

Dr. Alvarez’s career aim is to study pulmonary health in disadvantaged populations specifically among Canadian Inuit. He has concentrated his efforts on pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) research in these populations. He is currently leading the Taima TB program of research. Taima (means stop in Inuktitut)  TB is a group of research projects aimed at helping Inuit in Canada stop the transmission of TB  in their communities.   He has recently completed several studies in Nunavut with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Canadian High Arctic Research Station, and the Ontario Thoracic Society focused on the implementation of innovative screening, diagnostic and education tools in the remote communities of Nunavut.  These innovations have made a lasting improvement to TB care in Nunavut. 



Selected Publications

Developing and Field Testing a Community Based Youth Initiative to Increase Tuberculosis Awareness in Remote Arctic Inuit Communities.  Alvarez GG, Van Dyk DD, Colquhoun H, Moreau KA, Mulpuru S, Graham ID. PLoS One. 2016 Jul 14;11(7):e0159241

Xpert®MTB/RIF for the Diagnosis of Tuberculosis in a Remote Arctic Setting: Impact on Cost and Time to Treatment Initiation. Oxlade O, Sugarman J, Alvarez GG, Pai M, Schwartzman K. PLoS One. 2016 Mar 18;11(3):e0150119

The feasibility, accuracy and impact of Xpert® MTB/RIF testing in a remote Aboriginal community in Canada. G.G. Alvarez, D.D.Van Dyk, M. Desjardins, A.S.Yasseen III, S.D. Aaron, D.W. Cameron, N.Obed, M.Baikie, S.Pakhale, C.M.Denkinger, H.Sohn, M.Pai. CHEST March 2015.

The feasibility of the interferon gamma release assay and predictors of discordance with the tuberculin skin test for the diagnosis of latent tuberculosis infection in a remote Aboriginal community. Alvarez GG, Van Dyk DD, Davies N, Aaron SD, Cameron DW, Desjardins M, Mallick R, Obed N, Baikie M. PLoS One. 2014 Nov 11;9(11)

TAIMA (Stop) TB: The Impact of a Multifaceted TB Awareness and Door-to-Door Campaign in Residential Areas of High Risk for TB in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Alvarez GG, VanDyk DD, Aaron SD, Cameron DW, Davies N, Stephen N, Mallick R, Mornoli F, Moreau K, Obed N, Baikie M, Osborne G. PLoS One. 2014 Jul 17;9(7)

Tuberculosis prevention and care in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. Alvarez GG, Orr P, Wobeser W, Cook V, Long R. Canadian Tuberculosis Standards 7th Edition. Canadian Respiratory Journal, July-Aug 2013. 


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