Douglas Gruner

Dr Douglas Gruner

Assistant Professor
Institution: Univeristy of Ottawa
Current Insitution Location: Canada

Email: dgruner@bruyere.org
Phone Number: 1-613-241 3344

Migration Health Research Area/Expertise:
I have been working with the refugee population for close to twenty years. After working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in East Timor in 2000, I returned to Canada and began my collaboration with other clinicians and researchers to improve access to care for newly arrived refugees to Ottawa. I helped to create the Champlain Immigrant Health Network, a group of providers, settlement workers, researchers, public health, etc. to ensure better access and evidenced-based care for refugees. I also helped to create and maintain the Refugee Health Initiative, an elective for first and second year medical students at the University of Ottawa medical school which is now the cornerstone of the community service learning program, a mandatory aspect of the undergraduate curriculum. The program has also served as a model for other medical schools across the country and is up and running in 13 other schools in Canada as well as schools in Ireland and Lebanon.

My research focus is on curriculum development and introducing refugee and global health into the undergraduate curriculum. With the recent influx of Syrian newcomers to Canada (2016), I was the lead physician coordinating this effort in Ottawa and with the significant mental health issues have put my efforts towards PTSD and therapies to help manage this, including Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) and am currently in the process of research on this subject.

Research Focus/Expertise on Relevant Migrant Categories:
International/Cross-Border Migration
Refugees (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)


General Research Focus/Expertise: 
Health and human rights
Mental health
Preventive medicine
Primary health care
Refugee health

Relevant Publications

Title Author Year Published Link to Publication
Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health, Tuberculosis: evidence review for newly arriving immigrants and refugees Greenaway C, Sandoe A, Vissandjee B, Kitai I, Gruner D, Wobeser W, Pottie K, Ueffing E, Menzies D, Schwartzman K. 2011
Introducing global health into the undergraduate medical school curriculum using an e-learning program: a mixed method pilot study Gruner D, Pottie K, Archibald D, Allison J, Sabourin V, Belcaid I, McCarthy A, Brindamour M, Augustincic Polec L, Duke P. 2015
Canada’s response to refugees at the primary care level Pottie K, Gruner D, Magwood O 2018
Refugee Health Care in Ontario: A sudden surge in refugee health care needs: Innovative practices to support a humanistic approach Gruner D 2018
A Cry for Help: Suicide Attempts by an Iraqi Refugee and the Role of Community Service Learning Gruner D, DCruz J, Jose J, Shehata N 2018
Accessibility and Acceptability of Infectious Disease Interventions Among Migrants in the EU/EEA: A CERQual Systematic Review Matt Driedger, Alain Mayhew, Vivian Welch, Eric Agbata, Doug Gruner, Christina Greenaway, Teymur Noori, Monica Sandu, Thierry Sangou, Christine Mathew, Harneel Kaur, Manish Pareek, and Kevin Pottie 2018