Harvard Surgical HSR Speaker Series

Data Linkage: The Not-So-Secret Sauce of Novel Surgical Health Services Research

Charles de Mestral, MDCM, PhD, FRCSC

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery and Institute of Health Policy Management & Evaluation, University of Toronto

Dr. Charles de Mestral is a graduate of the McGill University Faculty of Medicine. He completed General Surgery followed by Vascular Surgery training at the University of Toronto. During his general surgery residency, he obtained a PhD in health services research and economic evaluation. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery and the Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation of the University of Toronto, a Senior Adjunct Scientist at ICES and a Scientist with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. He conducts research on the clinical effectiveness as well as the provision, quality and cost of surgical care, with a primary focus on studying amputation prevention in people living with diabetes and peripheral artery disease.

Tuesday, January 9th

4:00-5:00 p.m. ET

Hybrid Webinar

BC-4118, 4th Floor, One Brigham Circle, 1620 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Review examples of administrative health data validation
  • Review examples of data linkage to clarify the real-world clinical course of surgical patients
  • Consider the strengths and limitations of administrative health data in advancing limb preservation research

Target Audience

This activity is intended for research faculty and trainees

Course Director

Zara Cooper, MD, MSc, FACS

Michele and Howard J. Kessler Distinguished Chair of Surgery and Public Health
Kessler Director, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Director, Center for Geriatric Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School


In support of improving patient care, Mass General Brigham is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.