Research InterestsHealth Service Delivery, Screening, Women's Health, Experimental (e.g., RCTs), Observational (e.g., cohort, case-control), Disadvantaged Populations (e.g., aboriginal, inner city, global health, global equity)
AcceptingCREMS Students, Graduate Students, Summer Students
DFCM Associate Professor and Clinician Investigator
Research Director, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Women's College Hospital
Scientist, Women's College Research Institute
Cross appointment: Division of Clinical Public Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Degrees and Certification: BSc, MD, MSc (Clinical Epidemiology), University of Toronto; CCFP (EM), FCFP
Clinical and programmatic work has included emergency medicine (1982-2000), Medical Director of Women's College Sexual Assault Care Centre (1984-94), Medical Director of the Bay Centre for Birth Control, Women's College Hospital (1993-2006) and staff physician Women's College Family Practice Health Centre (current).
Dr. Dunn's research focus is women's reproductive health, specifically emergency contraception, contraception and medical abortion, and cancer screening for vulnerable populations, particularly issues related to access to care and study of innovative models of care to enhance access and quality.
2016 - 2018 Norman W, Kendall T. Collaborator(s): Blake J, Bryan S, Dunn S, Guilbert E, Munro S, Stroulia E, Brant R, Christilaw J, Emberley P, Kaczorowski J, Renner R, Teng F, Brooks M, Costescu D, Foster A, Meuser J, Soon J, Waddington A. Mifepristone implementation in Canada (The CART-Mife Study). Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). Partnerships for Health System Improvement: $160,000 CAD
2013 - 2017 Norman, WV. Collaborator(s): Cristilaw JE, Bryan S, Geber J, Kendall P, Brant RF, Dunn SF, Kaczorowski JA, Ogilivie GS, Shechter S, Shoveller JA. Contraception Cost-effectiveness Modeling (CART-CCM). Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Partnership for Health System Improvement: $587,864 CAD.
2015 Aug - 2015 Dec Norman W. Collaborator(s): Costescu D, Dunn S, Foster A, Janssen P, Kaczorowski J, Kendall T, Mason R, Renner R, Samiedaluie S, Waddington A. Planning for the CONNECT study: Integrating family planning into community services for women experiencing IPV. Society of Family Planning. 2015 Interdisciplinary Innovation Grants: . 25,000 USD.
2015 Apr - 2016 Apr Dunn S, Kapralos B, McCarthy L, Chan A, Feuerstein E, Agarwal P, Bhattacharyya O, Bhatia S. Development and Pilot evaluation of a interactive mobile App. M-app to support decision making in Emergency contraception. Academic Health Sciences Centre. Academic Funding Plan Innovations Fund: . 13,850.28 CAD.
2014 Apr - 2015 Apr Dunn S, Feuerstein E, Gyles A, Britton E, Brandes S, McCarthy L. Post-coital IUDs for Emergency Contraception: A Program to Increase Utilization. Academic Health Sciences Centre. Academic Funding Plan Innovations Fund: 20,292.26 CAD.
2014 Apr - 2015 Apr Ivers N, Hawker G, Dunn S, Gakhal N. Audit and feedback of patient reported outcomes to improve care for osteoarthritis. Women’s College Hospital (Toronto, ON). Academic Health Sciences Centre. Academic Funding Plan Innovations Fund: . 20,292 CAD
2013 Oct - 2014 Oct Dunn S, Ahmad F, Burns R, Cleverly S, Ferguson L, Ginsburg O, Lofters A, Moravac M, Nuttall R, Wyatt M. Towards Equity in Cancer Screening: Multicultural Tools and Strategies for Improving Breast and Cervical Screening Among Canadian Newcomers. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Population and Public Health; Gender and Health: 25,000 CAD.
2013 Aug - 2015 Jul Lofters A, Lobb R, Grunfeld E, Dunn S, Tinmouth J. Investigating quality improvement change cycling strategies to increase provider use of evidence-based interventions for cancer screening: an exploratory study. Canadian Cancer Society: 99,834 CAD.
2013 Apr - 2015 Sep McCarthy, L, Dunn S, Gruneir A, Moineddin R, Rochon P, Whitehead C.Co-Investigator. Furthering the Foundations for a New System of Care for Vulnerable Older Adults: A Primary Care Team-Based Approach. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR): 95,123 CAD.
2013 Apr - 2014 Mar Dunn S, Feuerstein E, Gyles A, Britton E, Brandes S, McCarthy L. Post-coital IUDs for Emergency Contraception: A Program to Increase Utilization. Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Academic Health Sciences Centre. Academic Funding Plan Innovations: 17,662 CAD.
2012 Oct - 2013 Sep Dunn S, Guilbert E, Geber J, Manson H, Scott-Parker J, Ferris A Norman W, Shoveller J. Defining National Sexual and Reproductive Health Indicators. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Planning Grant: 25,000 CAD.
2012 Jul - 2013 Jun Whitehead C, Bourgeois N, McCarthy L, Dunn S, Rochon P, O’Brien T, Fernandez L, Novak M. Foundations for a Primary Care Patient-Centered Model for Vulnerable Older Adults. Academic Funding Plan Innovations Fund: . 30,000 CAD. [Grants]
2012 Jun Co-Investigator. VICToRS: Virtual Interprofessional Case-learning Tools for improving Real. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). PI: Norman, W. 25,000 CAD. [Grants] Planning to develop the research program VICToRS.
2012 Apr - 2013 Mar Dunn S, Feuerstein E, Copes D, McCandless D, Morgan R, Gyles A Moineddin R. Development and Evaluation Of Remote Follow-up after Medical Abortion Using Telephone and Serum Pregnancy Testing. Academic Health Sciences Centre. Academic Funding Plan Innovations Fund: 30,000 CAD.
2011 Jul - 2014 Jun McPherson H, O’Neill J, Dunn S, Glazier R, Blacker S. Engaging Marginalized Women in Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening. Cancer Care Ontario: 591,164 CAD
Publications and Awards
Guerra FM, Rosella LC, Dunn S, Wilson SE, Chen C, Deeks SL. Early impact of Ontario's human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program on anogenital warts (AGWs): A population-based assessment.Vaccine. 2016 Sep 7;34(39):4678-83. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2016.08.020. Epub 2016 Aug 12.
Ahmad F, Ferrari M, Moravac C, Lofters A, Dunn S. Expanding the meaning of ‘being a peer leader’: qualitative findings from a Canadian community-based cervical and breast cancer screening programme. Health Soc Care Community. 2016 Apr 24.
Costescu D, Guilbert E, Bernardin J, Black A, Dunn S, Fitzsimmons B, Norman WV, Pymar H, Soon J, Trouton K, Wagner MS, Wiebe E, Gold K, Murray MÈ, Winikoff B, Reeves M. Medical Abortion. J Obstet Gynaecol Can 2016. 1;38(4):366-89.
Guerra FM, Rosella LC, Dunn S, Wilson SE, Chen C, Deeks SL. Health service utilisation for anogenital warts in Ontario, Canada prior to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine programme introduction: a retrospective longitudinal population-based study. BMJ Open 2016. Mar 10;6(3):e009914.
Black A, Guilbert E, Costescu D, Dunn S, Fisher W, Kives S, Mirosh M, Norman W, Pymar H, Reid R, Roy G, Varto H, Waddington A, Wagner MS, Whelan AM. Canadian Contraception Consensus (Part 3 of 4): Chapter 8 - Progestin-Only Contraception. Journal of Obstetrics Gynaecology Canada. 2016 Mar 1;38(3):279-300.
Black A, Guilbert E, Costescu D, Dunn S, Fisher W, Kives S, Mirosh M, Norman W, Pymar H, Reid R, Roy G, Varto H, Waddington A, Wagner MS, Whelan AM, Mansouri S. Canadian Contraception Consensus (Part 3 of 4): Chapter 7 - Intrauterine Contraception. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2016 Feb 1;38(2):182-222.
Black A, Guilbert E, Co-Authors, Costescu D, Dunn S, Fisher W, Kives S, Mirosh M, Norman WV, Pymar H, Reid R, Roy G, Varto H, Waddington A, Wagner MS, Whelan AM, Special Contributors, Ferguson C, Fortin C, Kielly M, Mansouri S, Todd N. Canadian Contraception Consensus (Part 2 of 4). Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada. 2015 Nov 1;37(11):1033-5. .
Black A, Guilbert E, Costescu D, Dunn S, Fisher W, Kives S et al. (Part 1 of 4). JOGC 2015;37:936-8. Canadian Contraception Consensus (Part 1 of 4). Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada. 2015 Oct;37(10):936-8.
Dunn S, Panjwani D, Gupta M, Meaney C, Morgan R, Feuerstein E. Comparison of remote and in-clinic follow-up after methotrexate/misoprostol abortion. Contraception. 2015 Sep 1;92(3):220-6.
Rotermann M, Dunn S, Black A. Oral contraceptive use among non-pregnant Canadian women aged 15 to 49: Results from the Canadian Health Measures Survey. Statistics Canada. 2015 Sep.
Hulme J, Dunn S, Guilbert E, Soon J, Norman W. Barriers and facilitators to family planning access in Canada. Healthc Policy. 2015 Feb 1;10(3):48-63.
Aptekman M, Wright V, Rashid M, Dunn S. Unmet need for contraception among refugee women. Canadian Family Physician. 2014 Dec:e613-9.
Dunn S, Cook R. Medical abortion in Canada: behind the times. Canadian Medical Association Journal. 2014 Jan 7;186(1):13-14.
Dunn S, Rossiter L, Ferne F, Barnes E, Wu Wei. Improved adherence to colposcopy through nurse-led telephone counseling and multifaceted patient support. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada. 2013 Aug;35(8):723-729.
Dunn S, Guilbert E, Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada. Emergency contraception. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada. 2012 Sep;34(9):870-8. Co-Principal Author.
Murphy J, Kennedy EM, Dunn S, McLaughlin CM, Fung fee Fung M, Gzik D, Shier M, Paszat L. Cervical screening: a guideline for clinical practice in Ontario. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada. 2012 May;34(5):453-8.
Dunn S, Janakiram P, Blake J, Hum S, Cheetham M, Welch V, Pottie K. Contraception: evidence-based clinical guidelines for immigrants and refugees. CMAJ. 2011; 183 (12): E901-E905.
Dunn S, Anderson GM, Bierman AS. Temporal and regional trends in IUD insertion: A population based study in Ontario, Canada. Contraception. Nov 2009;80(5):469-73.
Honours and Awards
2016 Professional Development Award for Mentorship, Dept of Family & Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto Professional Development Award for Mentorship.
2011 Best Oral Abstract, Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, Annual Clinical Meeting.
2010 Dr. Elizabeth Anne Beattie Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Pre-clerkship Curriculum, Dept of Family & Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.
2005 Academic Family Physician of the Year, Dept of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto.
2004 May Cohen Award for Gender Equity, Association of Medical Colleges of Canada.
2002 Marion Powell Award, Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre and Organon Canada. For leadership, commitment and dedication to the advocacy of women’s health over the duration of her or his career.