Institute of Intergovernmental Relations


Kumanan Wilson

Kumanan Wilson

BSc (UNB), MSc (McMaster), MD (Western), FRCPC

Research Associate

Kumanan Wilson is a specialist in General Internal Medicine at the Ottawa Hospital. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and a scientist at the Ottawa Health Research Institute.  He holds the Canada Research Chair in public health policy.

Kumanan's research has focused on studying policy making in areas of health protection and public health security. His work has included analyses of Canadian blood policy and pediatric immunization policy. This research has been published in peer reviewed medical journals including the Lancet, British Medical Journal and the Canadian Medical Association Journal. He currently holds a CIHR grant to study the development of a no-fault compensation programme for vaccination injuries.

Kumanan has also conducted research into the impact of intergovernmental relations on health policy. He authored a chapter in Federalism, Democracy, and Health Policy in Canada on the role of federalism in health surveillance. He has also published articles on role of federalism in blood safety and pandemic response. His continuing work for the Institute will focus on studying the impact of intergovernmental relations on the development of public health policy at national and international levels.

Kumanan received his MD from the University of Western Ontario and completed his fellowship training in general internal medicine at McMaster University.  He received his MSc. in Health Research Methods from McMaster University.

Areas of Expertise

  • Blood policy
  • Pediatric Immunization policy
  • Public health security
  • Intergovernmental relations in health care and public health

Phone: (613) 798-5555 ext 17921