John Frank, C.C.F.P., M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.P. (C) Contact at:

(416) 946-7986
Fax: (416) 946-7984

Graduate Department Appointments:
  • Rehabilitation Science
  • Public Health Sciences
  • Community Health
Research Sites:
  • Institute For Work and Health
Research Areas:
  • Causation and prevention of work-related disability, especially low back pain and other soft-tissue injuries, including primary prevention in the workplace, and disability management -- especially in workers compensation systems;
  • Social epidemiology/ biopsychosocial determinants of health at the population and individual level

John Frank trained in Medicine and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, in Family Medicine at McMaster University, and in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  He was the founding Director of Research at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto from 1991 until 1997.  The Institute's research program aims to identify and act upon major preventable causes of work-related disability such as low back pain.  He is a Fellow with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Population Health Program, and Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Public Health Sciences.  As a physician-epidemiologist, with special expertise in prevention, his main area of interest is the biopsychosocial determinants of health status at the population level.  Dr. Frank was Provostial Advisor on Population Health at the University of Toronto from 1994 to 1997.  From 1997 to 2001, he was Adjunct Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.  In December 2000, he was appointed Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Population and Public Health, one of 13 newly established “NIHs” in Canada, located at the University of Toronto.

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