Wells, George

Overview 

George Wells, PhD, is Director of the Cardiovascular Research Methods Centre at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and Professor in the School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Also at the University of Ottawa, he serves as Professor in the Department of Medicine and Senior Scientist Affiliate at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

Background 

Dr. Wells has worked extensively with national and international government and non-government research organizations, as well as private pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. He has been on the executive and steering committees of national and international research programs as well as on committees with the following focus: external safety and efficacy monitoring, scientific grant review, editorial, and scientific advisory. He is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology and on the Editorial Committee for the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Dr. Wells received the University of Ottawa Excellence in Research Award in 2014 and the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation Distinguished Scientist Award in 2007. 

Dr. Wells is the author or co-author of over 400 published articles and 600 scientific abstracts. He has been the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on over 240 research projects with research funding exceeding $120 million. He has made numerous national and international scientific presentations. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the university level for over 35 years and has supervised or co-supervised over 75 master or doctoral students.

Research & Clinical Interests 

Dr. Wells’ research interests are in the design and analysis of clinical trials, statistical methodology related to disease processes and health care delivery, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, economic evaluations and the development and assessment of decision support technologies for patients and practitioners.

Publications 

LATEST PUBLICATIONS

  • Chow, B., Dennie, C., Beanlands, R., Ruddy, T., Yam, Y., Abraham, A., Govas, N., Chen, L., Galbraith, D. and Wells, G.A., “Diagnostic Accuracy and Impact of Computed Tomographic Coronary Angiography on Utilization of Invasive Coronary Angiography”. Circulation, Vol. 24, No. 1, 1-9, January 2009.
  • Little, J., Higgins, J., Ioannidis, J., Moher, D., Gagnon, F., von Elm, E., Khoury, M., Cohen, B., Davey-Smith, G., Grimshaw, J., Scheet, P., Gwinn, M., Williamson, R., Yong Zou, G., Hutchings, K., Johnson, C., Tait, V., Wiens, M., Golding, J., van Duijn, C., McLaughlin, J., Paterson, A., Wells, G.A., Fortier, I., Freedman, M., Zecevic, M., King, R., Infante-Rivard, C., Stewart, A. and Birkett, N., “STrengthening the REporting of Genetic Association Studies (STREGA): An Extension of the STROBE Statement”. Annals of Internal Medicine, Vol. 150, No. 3, 206-216, February 2009.
  • Stiell, I., Nesbitt, L., Nichol, G., Maloney, J., Dreyer, J., Beaudoin, T., Blackburn, J. and Wells, G.A. for the OPALS Study Group, “Comparison of the Cerebral Performance Category Score and the Health Utilities Index for Survivors of Cardiac Arrest”. Annals of Emergency Medicine, (Epub ahead of print, May 2008), Vol. 53, No. 2, February 2009.
  • Perry, J., Lee, J., Sillberg, V. and Wells, G.A., “Rocuronium versus Succinylcholine for Rapid Sequence Induction Intubation”. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 2, Art No.: CD002788, April 2008.

PAPERS IN REFEREED JOURNALS

  • Chow, B., Dennie, C., Beanlands, R., Ruddy, T., Yam, Y., Abraham, A., Govas, N., Chen, L., Galbraith, D. and Wells, G.A., “Diagnostic Accuracy and Impact of Computed Tomographic Coronary Angiography on Utilization of Invasive Coronary Angiography”. Circulation, Vol. 24, No. 1, 1-9, January 2009.
  • Little, J., Higgins, J., Ioannidis, J., Moher, D., Gagnon, F., von Elm, E., Khoury, M., Cohen, B., Davey-Smith, G., Grimshaw, J., Scheet, P., Gwinn, M., Williamson, R., Yong Zou, G., Hutchings, K., Johnson, C., Tait, V., Wiens, M., Golding, J., van Duijn, C., McLaughlin, J., Paterson, A., Wells, G.A., Fortier, I., Freedman, M., Zecevic, M., King, R., Infante-Rivard, C., Stewart, A. and Birkett, N., “STrengthening the REporting of Genetic Association Studies (STREGA): An Extension of the STROBE Statement”. Annals of Internal Medicine, Vol. 150, No. 3, 206-216, February 2009.
  • Stiell, I., Nesbitt, L., Nichol, G., Maloney, J., Dreyer, J., Beaudoin, T., Blackburn, J. and Wells, G.A. for the OPALS Study Group, “Comparison of the Cerebral Performance Category Score and the Health Utilities Index for Survivors of Cardiac Arrest”. Annals of Emergency Medicine, (Epub ahead of print, May 2008), Vol. 53, No. 2, February 2009.
  • Perry, J., Lee, J., Sillberg, V. and Wells, G.A., “Rocuronium versus Succinylcholine for Rapid Sequence Induction Intubation”. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 2, Art No.: CD002788, April 2008.
  • Sillberg, V., Perry, J., Stiell, I. and Wells, G.A., “Is the Combination of Vasopressin and Epinephrine Superior to Repeated Doses of Epinephrine Alone in the Treatment of Cardiac Arrest – A Systematic Review”. Resuscitation, (Epub ahead of print October 2008), Vol. 79, No. 3, 380-386, December 2008.
  • Khadilkar, A., Odebiyi, D., Brosseau, L. and Wells, G.A., “Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) versus placebo for Chronic Low-Back Pain”. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD003008, October 2008.
  • Wells, G.A., Cranney, A., Peterson, J., Boucher, M., Shea, B., Robinson, V., Coyle, D. and Tugwell, P., “Risedronate for the Primary and Secondary Prevention of Osteoporotic Fractures in Postmenopausal Women”. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Rev. 2008, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD004523, January 2008.
  • Wells, G.A., Cranney, A., Peterson, J., Boucher, M., Shea, B., Robinson, V., Coyle, D. and Tugwell, P., “Alendronate for the Primary and Secondary Prevention of Osteoporotic Fractures in Postmenopausal Women”. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Rev. 2008, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD001155, January 2008.
  • Wells, G.A., Cranney, A., Peterson, J., Boucher, M., Shea, B., Robinson, V., Voyle, D. and Tugwell, P., “Etidronate for the Primary and Secondary Prevention of Osteoporotic Fractures in Postmenopausal women”. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Rev. 2008, Issue 1, Art No.: CD003376, January 2008.

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