Gillian Hawker, MD, MSc

Gillian Hawker
Canadian Osteoarthritis Research Program (CORP)
F.M. Hill Chair in Academic Women’s Medicine
Women’s College Hospital;
Professor of Medicine,
Faculty of Medicine,
University of Toronto

Gillian Hawker is the Physician-in-Chief of the Department of Medicine at Women’s College Hospital, where she holds the F.M. Hill Chair in Academic Women’s Medicine. She is a Staff Rheumatologist at Women’s College Hospital and directs two multidisciplinary research programs: the Osteoporosis Research Program and the Canadian Osteoarthritis Research Program.

Hawker serves on several committees including: Scientific Advisory Committee of The Arthritis Society of Canada; Chair, Allied Health Professionals Training Awards Committee Grant Review Panel of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR); and Chair, Epidemiology and Healthcare Outcomes Review Panel for The Arthritis Society of Canada. In 2003, she was appointed to the Scientific Committee of the Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) and to the Observational Monitoring Board for the Osteoarthritis Initiative at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition, she is a member of the Editorial Boards of Arthritis Care and Research and Journal of Rheumatology.

Hawker’s research focuses on two common musculoskeletal diseases of aging: osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Her research in osteoporosis largely focuses on studies to determine risk factors for lack of attainment or maintenance of peak bone mass in young adults. Her osteoarthritis research focuses on examining disparity in access to osteoarthritis care, in particular hip and knee total joint replacement (TJR) and on investigating the determinants of arthritis disability and time to TJRs in a population-based cohort of individuals with osteoarthritis. Hawker’s current CIHR-funded project examines the determinants and consequences of pain and fatigue in osteoarthritis using a biopsychosocial approach.

Selected Publications

  • Ballantyne P, Hawker GA. A patient-centred perspective on surgery-avoidance for hip or knee arthritis: a lesson for the arthritis health care provider. (In Press) Journal of Rheumatology.
  • Gupta S, Hawker GA, Laporte A, Croxford R, Coyte PC. The economic burden of osteoarthritis (OA) from the perspective of individuals living with this condition. Rheumatology 2005; 44:1531-7.
  • Jaglal S, Weller I, Mamdani M, Hawker GA, Kreder H, Jaakkimainen L, Adachi J. Population trends in bone density testing, treatment and hip and wrist fracture rates: Are the hip fracture projections wrong? J Bone Miner Res 2005; 20:898-905.
  • Cadarette SM, Jaglal SB, Hawker GA. Fracture prevalence and treatment with bone-sparing agents: Are there urban-rural differences? A population-based study in Ontario, Canada. Journal of Rheumatology. 2005; 32:550-8.
  • Hawker GA, Wright JG, Badley EM, Coyte PC, for the Toronto Arthroplasty Health Services Research Consortium. Perceptions of, and willingness to consider, total joint arthroplasty in a population-based cohort of individuals with disabling hip and knee arthritis. Arthritis and Rheumatism. 2004; 51(4):635-641.
  • Hawker GA, Wright JG, Glazier RH, Coyte PC, Williams JI, Badley EM. The effect of education and income on total joint arthroplasty need and willingness. Arthritis and Rheumatism. 2002; 46: 3331-3339.
  • Hawker GA, Wright JG, Coyte PC, Williams JI, Harvey B, Glazier R, Wilkins A, Badley EM. Determining the need for hip and knee arthroplasty – The role of clinical severity and patients’ preferences. Medical Care. 2001; 39:1-11.
  • Hawker GA, Wright JG, Coyte PC, Williams JI, Harvey B, Glazier R, Badley EM. Differences between men and women in the use of total joint arthroplasty. New England Journal of Medicine. 2000; 342:1012-1022.

See publications by Gillian Hawker on PubMed.