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Queen's University

Hugh Walker, PhD

White box with the words Office Location: Level 2, Room 220, Queen's Cancer Research Institute
Office Phone: 613-533-6000 extension 78524

  • Member, Division of Cancer Care and Epidemiology, Cancer Research Institute at Queen's University
  • Health Economist
  • Adjunct Professor, Departments of Oncology and Community Health and Epidemiology, Queen's University


Dr. Walker is a health economist and professor in the Departments of Oncology and Community Health and Epidemiology at Queen's University. He has experience in Canadian healthcare economics, from sub-municipal to federal levels, which allows him to perform research and development projects, including healthcare information technology cost-benefit analysis, healthcare business process modeling and optimization, and regional healthcare impact studies. His research includes projects addressing cancer system efficiency including addressing economic issues such as funding of expensive chemotherapeutic agents in a fiscally restrained system.

Current Interests

  • The economic history of cancer chemotherapy. Determining the return on Canada's investment in new cancer drugs.
  • An economic method of selecting an "optimal portfolio" of cancer clinical trials
  • A simulation method of cancer clinical trials
  • The impact of new radiotherapy devices on the performance of Canada's cancer treatment services
  • Optimal use of surgical resources
  • A cancer "general equilibrium" model (getting the right balance of prevention, screening, treatment, supportive care and research).


Dr. Hugh's publications are available on PubMed.

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000