Rama C. Nair

Rama C. Nair
Professor in School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine (Biostatistics) and Vice-Dean for Professional Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


Received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Allahabad, Master of Statistics (Biostatistics) from the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, Master of Science (Mathematics) from the University of Windsor and a PhD (Biometrics) from Cornell University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology. He has served many administrative posts at the University of Ottawa, including the positions of Director of Graduate Studies and Acting Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, member of Departmental and Faculty Teaching Personnel Committees, member of the Gender and Equity committees (Faculty and University) and served on the executive of the Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa. He has several years of experience mentoring junior faculty and graduate students with respect to career decisions and personal life. As teacher at the Faculty of Medicine, Dr Nair takes great pride in his teaching activities, having taught for the MD and post-graduate programs as well as in the graduate programs of Epidemiology and Population Health. He has taught several graduate level courses in Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Health Care research and supervised over 40 graduate students (Masters and PhD). He also serves as an external examiner for MSc and PhD theses, both nationally and internationally. He has published over 1100 articles in refereed journals (h index 36) and contributed to many scientific presentations around the world. He is a member of various scientific advisory committees and consults extensively on the design and analysis of population health studies. He has served on many advisory boards for the Governments of Canada and Ontario. He has given several workshops on research methodology internationally, in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the Canadian International Development Agency. As Vice-Dean, Dr. Nair is a member of the Leadership Team of the Faculty of Medicine and is responsible for the academic affairs of faculty members. He advises the Dean on matters of appointments, promotion, tenure and career progress for the Faculty?s academic staff. He also oversees the offices of Faculty Wellness, Professionalism, Faculty Development and Equity, Diversity and Gender Issues

Research Interest

Application of biostatistics methods to health research, clinical trials and international health