Associate Professor

Andrew Pinto

DFCM - Public Health


St. Michael's Hospital
The Upstream Lab, St. Michael's Hospital, 30 Bond St., Toronto, Ontario Canada M5B 1W8
Research Interests
Public Health,
Clinical Interests
HIV, Addictions, Mental Illness, Homelessness
CREMS Students, Graduate Students, Other, Postdoctoral Fellows, Summer Students

Dr. Andrew Pinto is the founder and director of the Upstream Lab at MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, a research team focused on integrating health and social care, population health management, and data to enable proactive care. His team recently concluded a national deliberative dialogue on the role of AI in primary care, and is co-hosting a webinar series with the College of Family Physicians of Canada on AI.

At St. Michael’s Hospital , he is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist and family physician, and a Scientist at MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. Dr. Pinto is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto's Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM), where he serves as the AI Lead of the EXploring Innovative TEchnologies in Family Medicine (EXITE) collaborative, and as Associate Director for Clinical Research at DFCM’s Practice-Based Research Network (UTOPIAN). He was a Commonwealth Scholar and is the 2019 PSI Foundation Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellow.


Research Synopsis


  1. Evaluations of interventions that address the social determinants of health, at the individual-, community-, organization- and population-level.
  2. Applying a population health perspective to health services, including through the application of new tools to "big data" to support health sector transformation.


Recent Publications

Kozloff N, Pinto AD, Stergiopoulos V, Hwang SW, O’Campo P, Bayoumi AM. Convergent validity of the EQ-5D-3L in a randomized-controlled trial of the Housing First model. BMC Health Services Research 2019; 19: 482.

Drozdzal G, Shoucri R, Macdonald J, Radford K, Pinto AD, Persaud N. Integrating legal services with primary care: a Health Justice Initiative with an onsite lawyer. Canadian Family Physician 2019; 65: 246-248.

Persaud N, Steiner L, Woods H, Aratangy T, Wanigaratne S, Polsy JY, Hwang SW, Chahal G, Pinto AD. Health outcomes related to the provision of free, tangible goods: as systematic review. PLoS ONE 2019; 14 (3): e0213845.

Kiran T, Davie S, Singh D, Hranilovic S, Pinto AD, Abramovich A, Lofters A. Cancer screening rates among transgender adults: A cross-sectional analysis of primary care data. Canadian Family Physician 2019; 65(1): e30-e37.

Pinto AD, Aratangy T, Abramovich A, Devotta K, Nisenbaum R, Wang R, Kiran T. Routine collection of sexual orientation and gender identity data: a mixed-methods study. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2019; 191(3): e63-e68.

Pinto AD, Bondy M, Rucchetto A, Ihnat J, Kaufman A. Screening for poverty and intervening in a primary care setting: an acceptability and feasibility study. Family Practice 2019; 1-5 doi:10.1093/fampra/cmy129.

Pinto A, To MJ, Rucchetto A, Sharma M, Rouleau K. An interprofessional urban health elective focus on the social determinants of health. Canadian Journal of Medical Education 2018; 9 (4): e127-e134.

Pinto AD, Hassen N, Craig-Neil A. Interventions in health settings to assist patients gain employment: a systematic review and synthesis. Annals of Family Medicine 2018; 16: 447-460.

Tanuseputro P, Arnason T, Hennessy D, Smith B, Bennett C, Kopec J, Pinto AD, Perez R, Tuna M, Manuel D. Simulation modeling to enhance population health intervention research for chronic disease prevention. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2018; doi: 10.17269/s41997-018-0109-7.

Cheraghi-Sohi S, Perry M, Wallace E, Wallis KA, Geraghty AW, Joling KJ, Hamilton FL, Moser A, Pinto AD, Burt J. A future in primary care research: a view from the middle. British Journal of General Practice 2018; 68: 440-441.

Sharma M, Pinto AD, Kumagai A. Teaching the social determinants of health: a path to equity or a road to nowhere? Academic Medicine 2018; 93: 25-30.

Pinto AD, Bloch G. Framework for building primary care capacity to address the social determinants of health. Canadian Family Physician 2017; 63: e476-e482.

Aery A, Rucchetto A, Singer A, Halas G, Bloch G, Goel R, Raza D, Upshur REG, Bellaire J, Katz A, Pinto AD. Implementation and impact of an online tool used in primary care to improve the income security of patients: A study protocol. BMJ Open 2017; 7: e015947.doi: 10.1136/ bmjopen-2017-015947.

Paszat L, Sutradhar R, O’Brien MA, Lofters A, Pinto A, Selby P, Baxter N, Donnelly PD, Elliott R, Glazier RH, Kyle R, Manca D, Pietrusiak MA, Rabeneck L, Sopcak N, Tinmouth J, Wall B, Grunfeld E. BETTER HEALTH: Durham – a protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial of BETTER in community and public health settings. BMC Public Health 2017; 17 (1): 754. doi: 10.1186/s12889-017-4797-3.

Orkin AM, Bharmal A, Cram J, Kouyoumdjian FG, Pinto AD, Upshur R. Clinical population medicine: integrating clinical medicine and population health in practice. Annals of Family Medicine 2017; 15: 405-409.

Jones M, Bloch G, Pinto AD. A novel income security intervention to address poverty in a primary care setting: a retrospective chart review. BMJ Open 2017; 7: e014270. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014270.

Persaud N, Lee T, Ahmad H, Li W, Taglione MS, Rajakulasingam Y, Umali N, Boozary A, Glazier RH, Gomes T, Hwang S, Juni P, Law M, Mamdani MM, Manns B, Martin D, Morgan S, Oh P, Pinto AD, Shah BR, Sullivan FM, Thorpe KE, Tu K, Laupacis A. Protocol for a randomized controlled trial evaluating the effects of providing carefully selected, essential medications at no charge: the Carefully seLected and Easily Accessible at No Charge Medications (CLEAN Meds) trial. BMJ Open 2017; 7: e015686. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015686.

Lofters AK, Schuler A, Slater M, Baxter N, Persaud N, Pinto AD, Kucharski E, Davie S, Nisenbaum R, Kiran T. Using self-reported data on the social determinants of health in primary care to identify cancer screening disparities: opportunities and challenges. BMC Family Practice 2017; 18:31.

Pinto, AD, Bloch, G. Framework for building primary care capacity to address the social determinants of health. Can Fam Physician. 2017;63 (11):e476-e482.

Pinto, AD, Glattstein-Young, G, Mohamed, A, Bloch, G, Leung, FH, Glazier, RH et al.. Building a Foundation to Reduce Health Inequities: Routine Collection of Sociodemographic Data in Primary Care. J Am Board Fam Med. ;29 (3):348-55. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2016.03.150280. PubMed PMID:27170792 .

Kiran, T, Pinto, AD. Swimming 'upstream' to tackle the social determinants of health. BMJ Qual Saf. 2016;25 (3):138-40. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2015-005008. 

Fitzpatrick, T, Rosella, LC, Calzavara, A, Petch, J, Pinto, AD, Manson, H et al.. Looking Beyond Income and Education: Socioeconomic Status Gradients Among Future High-Cost Users of Health Care. Am J Prev Med. 2015;49 (2):161-71. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2015.02.018.

Pinto, AD, Molnar, A, Shankardass, K, O'Campo, PJ, Bayoumi, AM. Economic considerations and health in all policies initiatives: evidence from interviews with key informants in Sweden, Quebec and South Australia. BMC Public Health. 2015;15 :171. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-1350-0. 

Pinto, AD, Cole, DC, Kuile, AT, Forman, L, Rouleau, K, Philpott, J et al.. A case study of global health at the university: implications for research and action. Glob Health Action. 2014;7 (1):24526. doi: 10.3402/gha.v7.24526.



Staff Physician, Department of Family and Community Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital