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Bio – deonandia

Brief Bio

Dr. Raywat Deonandan is a Global Health Epidemiologist and Associate Professor with the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. He also holds an appointment as a Senior Fellow at Massey College at the University of Toronto.

He is a former Chief Scientist with the Canadian federal government and a 2016 recipient of the OCUFA Teaching Award, the highest professorial teaching honour in the province of Ontario.

He is also an acclaimed writer. One of his books, a short story collection called Sweet Like Saltwater, won the national book award of Guyana, the nation of Deonandan’s birth. His first novel, Divine Elemental, was universally acclaimed and supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council. Deonandan has won many additional writing awards for both fiction and journalism.

Dr. Deonandan is the founder and Executive Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Health Sciences. He offers epidemiological and international development consulting services through his companies Deonandan Consulting Inc. and Vak International, and also offers institutional and corporate training on research methods through his company, Research Ready.

He currently makes his home in both Toronto and Ottawa, and is available for speaking engagements on topics relating to science, literature, global health, and social policy.



Yep, that’s me in the back trying to keep up.


Yep, that’s me in the ponytail, doing my best Steven Seagal impersonation.