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Gilaad Kaplan, MD, MPH, FRCPC

Associate Professor 
CIHR New Investigator & AI-HS Population Health Investigator
Co-Director, Environmental Health Research Group

Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases & Institute of Public Health
Departments of Medicine & Community Health Sciences
TRW 6D56, 3280 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, AB   T2N 4Z6
Phone: 403.592.5015
Fax: 403.592.5090

Dr. Kaplan is a gastroenterologist and epidemiologist with a clincal and research interest in the inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).  He graduated with a Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and completed an IBD Fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  He is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary with 80% protected time for his research program.  He is a CIHR New Investigator and an Alberta-Innovates Health Solutions Population Health Investigator.  Dr. Kaplan is the Director of the Environmental Health Research Group in the Institute of Public Health at the University of Calgary as well as an executive member of the Alberta IBD Consortium, which is a mulit-disciplinary team that is studying gene-environment-microbial interactions in a province wide cohort of IBD patients.  In 2011, Dr. Kaplan was selected as one of Avenue Magazine's in Calgary, Top 40 Under 40.

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Research Interests

The overarching themes of Dr. Kaplan's research program are:

1)  To study the environmental determinants (e.g. pollutants) that are associated with gastrointestinal diseases (e.g. IBD);

2)  To evaluate gene-environment interactions associated with disease development and prognosis;

3)  To improve the delivery of care to IBD patients through health service and outcomes research.


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Research Funding


Co-leader. The Faculty of Medicine's Emerging Research Teams Grant Program for "A translational approach to understanding and managing primary sclerosing cholangitis."


Principal Investigator. CIHR for “The effect of acute air pollution exposure on the incidence of appendicitis: a multi-city study.”


Co-Principal Investigator. Canadian Foundation for Innovation Leaders of Opportunity Funding for “Translational Health Research Collaboratorium”.


Co-Investigator. Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada Grant in Aid for “Genetic Markers of Outcomes in Crohn’s Disease.”


Co-investigator. AHFMR Team Grant for “Etiology of Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Gene, Microbe, & Environment Interactions.”

Administrative Support

Oksana Kuzhel
Phone: 403.592.5015
Fax: 403.592.5090