William Ghali, MD, MPH
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Dr. William Ghali is the director of the Calgary Institute for Population and Public Health as of July 1, 2010. He is also Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. He holds a Government of Canada Research Chair in Health Services Research, and is also funded as a Health Scholar by the AHFMR. Clinically, he is trained as a General Internist while his methodological training in health services research and epidemiology (MPH) was obtained in the Health Research Unit at Boston University. He is involved in a number of research initiatives assessing health care delivery and access issues relating to cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, venous vascular disease, and diabetes.
Of relevance to ACHORD, Bill is conducting a study assessing the validity of the case surveillance definition used by the National Diabetes Surveillance System (NDSS). That definition uses ICD-9 administrative data to identify individuals in the general population who have diabetes, but may miss some individuals who have diagnosed diabetes based on laboratory results. Data available from Calgary Laboratory Services can serve as a reference standard against which the validity of administrative data for diabetes case surveillance will be assessed. Bill is also about to embark on collaborative diabetes outcome projects with other ACHORD investigators. One of those projects will involve the assessment of quality of life outcomes in cardiac patients who have diabetes as a comorbidity. While it is anticipated that diabetes will be associated with a decrease in quality of life outcomes, the magnitude of that decrease is not known.