Director, Primary Care Research Unit, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5, Canada
Ross Upshur received BA (Hons.) and MA degrees in philosophy before receiving his MD from McMaster University in 1986. After 7 years of rural primary care practice he returned to complete his MSc in epidemiology and fellowship training in Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is currently the director of the Primary Care Research Unit at the Sunnybrook Campus of the Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre.
Director, Primary Care Research Unit
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre
Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Public
Member, Joint Centre for Bioethics
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Geology
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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