Hsien Seow


Hsien Seow is an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology, McMaster University.  He is the Canadian Research Chair in Palliative Care and Health System Innovation.  He was previously a CIHR New Investigator and Cancer Care Ontario Chair in Health Services Research.  He earned a PhD from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a B.Sc. from Yale University.  His research interestes are innovating the palliative care health system and improving quality of care.  He has worked with the Ministry of Health, Health Quality Ontario, the LHINs, and various regional and provincial bodies to improve hospice palliative care.  He has created guides and tools, which can be found on his website:  www.palliativecareinnovation.com.

Key Publications:

Seow H, Brazil K, Sussman J, Pereira J, Marshall D, Austin P, Husain A, Rangrej J, Barbera L. Impact of community-based, specialist palliative care teams on reducing late-life hospitalizations, emergency department visits, and hospital deaths: A pooled-analysis. Brit Med Journal, 2014 Jun 6;348:g3496

Seow H, Barbera L, Dudgeon D, Howell D, Husain A, Atzema C, Sussman J, Liu Y, Earle C, Sutradhar R.  The association of the palliative performance scale (PPS) and hazard of death in an ambulatory cancer population.  J Palliat Med. 2013 Feb;16(2):156-62.

Seow H, Barbera L, Sutradhar R, Howell D, Dudgeon D, Atzema C, Liu Y, Husain A, Sussman J, Earle C. Trajectory of performance status and symptom scores in cancer patients’ last six months of life. J Clin Oncol. 2011 Mar 20;29(9):1151-8.


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