Current Position and Professional Functions

Canada Research Chair in Economic Evaluation and Technology Assessment in Child Health
Senior Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), University of Toronto
Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto
As Director of TASK, Dr. Ungar’s primary research interests include health economic methods research, medication cost-sharing and health outcomes in children with asthma and health technology assessment of interventions and programs for children.

Education and Training

PhD, Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
MSc, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, McGill University
BA, Biology, Brandeis University


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Research Interests and Expertise

Wendy Ungar is a Senior Scientist in Child Health Evaluative Sciences at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, a Professor in Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, and an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Dr. Ungar is a member of the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee (OHTAC) and chairs the Ontario Genetic Advisory Committee with a mandate to advise OHTAC on the clinical utility, validity, and value for money of new and existing genetic and genomic tests in Ontario. In 2010, Dr. Ungar’s book, Economic Evaluation in Child Health, was published by Oxford University Press.

Why do health care costs keep rising? How can we continue to afford it? Is all the new technology increasingly used in patient care actually making us healthier? With a focus on genomics, these are some of the questions that Dr. Ungar and her team address in her program of research investigating the application of health economic methods to the paediatric population.

Dr. Ungar also studies the relationship between policies governing access to prescription medicines and health outcomes in children. In 2007, Dr. Ungar started TASK (Technology Assessment at SickKids), a Health Technology Assessment (HTA) unit focusing on technology assessment of paediatric health interventions. Dr. Ungar and her research team created and maintain the PEDE database, a popular on-line health technology assessment tool for examining health economic evidence in children.

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