Faculty A-Z

Zhiwei Gao

Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology Ph.D., M.Sc., M.D., Tianjin Medical University (Tianjin, China)

Community Health and Humanities



Medical Education Building Faculty of Medicine, 4M130


PhD in Epidemiology (Feb 2013), University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada)
Major: Genetic Epidemiology
MSc in Epidemiology (Nov 2005), University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada)
Major: Epidemiology & Biostatistics
MPH (Sep 1997), Peking Union Medical College (Beijing, China)
Major: Epidemiology & Biostatistics
MD (Jul 1991), Tianjin Medical University (Tianjin, China)


Postdoctoral fellow (May 2013 - Oct 2014), University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada)
Major: Clinical Epidemiology in Tuberculosis


I have been the course chair of MED 6260 (Applied Data Analysis for Epidemiology) since 2017.

Journal publications (last 3 years 2018-2020):
  • A. Koleade, J. Farrell, G. Mugford, Z. Gao (2020). Female specific risk factors associated with risk of ACO (Asthma COPD Overlap) in Aboriginal People. Journal of Asthma. 2020 Sep;57(9):925-932. doi: 10.1080/02770903.2019.1621890. Epub 2019 Jun 5.
  • A. Taylor, S. Chowdhury, Z. Gao, H. Nguyen, W. Midodzi, N. Gill, B. Halfyard, L. Newhook, L. Twells (2020). Infant Feeding Mode Predicts the Costs of Healthcare Services in One Region of Canada: a Data Linkage Study. BMC Research Notes. August 2020.13, 385 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-020-05228-6
  • N. Lau, M. Smith, A. Sarkar, Z. Gao (2020). Effects of Low Exposure to Traffic Related Air Pollution on childhood asthma Onset by age 10 year. Environmental Research. 2020 Dec;191:110174. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.110174. Epub 2020 Sep 10.
  • J. Amegadzie, JM Gamble, J. Farrell, Z. Gao (2020). “” International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 2020 Sep 30;15:2355-2366. doi: 10.2147/COPD.S264580.
  • A. Alsharawneh, J. Maddigan, A. Gaudine, H. Etchegary, Z. Gao (2020). The Impact of Emergency Department Triage on the Treatment Outcomes of Cancer Patients with Febrile Neutropenia: A retrospective Review. International Emergency Nursing. 2020 Jul 1;51:100888. doi: 10.1016/j.ienj.2020.100888.
  • A. Alsharawneh, J. Maddigan, A. Gaudine, H. Etchegary, Z. Gao (2020). The Quality of Care in the Emergency Management of Cancer Patients with Febrile Neutropenia: A Records-Based Cohort.Journal of Emergency Nursing. 2020 April. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jen.2020.03.008
  • A. Keefe, P. Demers, B. Neis, S. Bornstein, V. Arrandale, D. Holness, S. Stock, H. Davies, Z. Gao, M. Koehoorn (2020). A scoping review to identify strategies that work to prevent four important occupational diseases. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2020;1–27. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajim.23107
  • J. Donnan, Z. Gao, T. Adey, K. Walsh, D. Pace, L. Twells (2020). Prioritization for Bariatric Surgery: Capturing Canadian Patient Preference Weights using a Discrete Choice Experiment. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 2020 Feb 10. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soard.2020.01.036
  • J. Amegadzie, J. Gorgui, L. Acheampong, JM Gamble, J. Farrell, Z. Gao (2019). Comparative Safety and Effectiveness of Inhaled Bronchodilators and Corticosteroids for treating Asthma-COPD Overlap: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Asthma. 2019 Oct 31:1-18. doi: 10.1080/02770903.2019.1687716.
  • D. Wadden, J. Farrell, MJ Smith, L. Twells, Z. Gao (2019). Maternal history of asthma modifies the risk of childhood persistent asthma associated with maternal age at birth: Results from a large prospective cohort in Canada. Journal of Asthma. 2019 Sep 3:1-8. doi: 10.1080/02770903.2019.1658207
  • S. Hubley, Z. Gao, G. Mugford, S. Kaiser, D. Goltzman, W. Leslie, K. Davison, J. Brown, L. Probyn, B. Lentle, J. Prior, C. Kovacs, and the CaMos Research Group (2019). Parity and lactation are not associated with incident major fragility fractures or radiographic vertebral fractures over 16 years of follow-up: Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos). Archives of Osteoporosis. 2019 Apr 29;14(1):49.
  • J. Amegadzie, O. Badejo, JM Gamble, M. Wright, J. Farrell, B. Jackson, K. Sultana, M. Hashmi, Z. Gao (2019). Validated methods to identify patients with asthma-COPD overlap in healthcare databases of asthma-COPD overlap recording in healthcare records: a systematic review protocol. BMJ Open. 2019 Mar 13;9(3):e024306.
  • D. Wadden, L. Newhook, L. Twells, J. Farrell and Z. Gao (2018). Sex-specific association between childhood BMI trajectories and asthma phenotypes.International Journal of Pediatrics. 2018 Dec 2;2018:9057435. (the most read 2018 research paper)
  • N. Lau, A. Norman, M. Smith, A. Sarkar and Z. Gao (2018). Association between Traffic Related Air Pollution and the Development of Asthma Phenotypes in Children: A Systematic Review. International Journal of Chronic Diseases. 2018 Dec 2;2018:4047386.
  • Z. Gao, J. Dosman, D. Rennie, D. Schwartz, I. Yang, J. Beach, A. Senthilselvan (2018). Sex-specific associations between polymorphisms in the Toll-like receptor (TLR) genes and Lung function among workers in swine operations. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A: Current Issues. 2018 Nov; 81(22):1186-1198.
  • A. Koleade, J. Farrell, G. Mugford, Z. Gao (2018). Prevalence and Risk Factors of ACO (Asthma COPD Overlap) in Aboriginal People. Journal of Environmental and Public Health. 2018 Nov 21;2018:4657420.
  • D. Betsch, Z. Gao, G. Mugford, S. McGrath-Terry, G. Dow (2018). Optimizing glycemic control in a multidisciplinary diabetes foot clinic. Canadian Journal of Diabetes. 2018 Aug; 42(4):437-441.