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Eric Benchimol, MD PhD FRCPC photo of Eric Benchimol
Director and Senior Scientist, Health Information Technology Program, CHEO RI
Physician, CHEO Inflammatory Bowel Disease Centre,
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and School of Epidemiology,
Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Core Scientist, The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES uOttawa)
613-737-7600 Ext. 1516
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Current Research:

Dr. Benchimol specializes in the treatment and assessment of pediatric digestive disorders. His clinical expertise includes children with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis). His research team, which uses Ontario’s health administrative data housed at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, is working with the Ontario Crohn’s and Colitis Cohort to evaluate how effectively the health system treats patients with inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD. He also conducts clinical trials and observational studies, and has an interest in the methods used to conduct research using health administrative data.


Research Team:

Eric Benchimol is a pediatric gastroenterologist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) IBD Centre, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Ottawa. In addition to treating children with IBD, Dr. Benchimol conducts epidemiology, outcomes, and health services research in patients with IBD using health administrative data, as well as for children with other chronic diseases. He chairs the Canadian Gastro-Intestinal Epidemiology Consortium (CanGIEC), which conducts national research on IBD and other chronic illnesses. He is supported by a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, and Crohn’s and Colitis. Dr. Benchimol also co-chairs the steering committee for the RECORD statement for the REporting of studies Conducted using Observational Routinely collected Data (an extension to the STROBE reporting guidelines).

Sample Publications:

Simone N Vigod, Paul Kurdyak, Hilary K Brown, Geoffrey C Nguyen, Laura E Targownik9, Cynthia H Seow, M Ellen Kuenzig, Eric I Benchimol. Inflammatory bowel disease and new-onset psychiatric disorders in pregnancy and post partum: a population-based cohort study. Published by BMJ.

Sinéad M Langan, Sigrún AJ Schmidt, Kevin Wing, Vera Ehrenstein, Stuart G Nicholls, Kristian B Filion, Olaf Klungel, Irene Petersen, Henrik T Sorensen, William G Dixon, Astrid Guttmann, Katie Harron, Lars G Hemkens, David Moher, Sebastian Schneeweiss, Liam Smeeth, Miriam Sturkenboom, Erik von Elm, Shirley V Wang, Eric I Benchimol. The reporting of studies conducted using observational routinely collected health data statement for pharmacoepidemiology (RECORD-PE). BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 14 November 2018) 
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