Brief Bio

raywatdeonandanDr. Raywat Deonandan is a scientist, award-winning, best selling author and journalist. He is currently a tenured Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa (specializing in Global Health), and formerly the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Canadian federal government on the topic of Assisted Human Reproduction. He was a 2016 recipient of the OCUFA Teaching Award, the highest professorial teaching honour in the province of Ontario. A critically acclaimed fiction writer, his works have been published in nine countries and in five languages. 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. He is also an award-winning journalist, with features in the Toronto Star, the Ottawa Citizen, the Globe and Mail, the Huffington Post, and California’s India Currents magazine. Dr. Deonandan is the founder and Executive Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Health Sciences. 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.


More Detailed Bio

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


Raywat Deonandan

…is an Epidemiologist and Associate Professor with the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa

…is the award-winning author of scores of acclaimed short stories, two books of fiction, three books of non-fiction,  and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles

…is a #1 best selling author of non-fiction for his books, Nothing To Do With Skin and Using Population Health Indicators for Global Health and Development

…is of Indian descent, Guyanese birth, and Canadian citizenship… and has all the DNA tests to prove it!

…writes regularly for the Huffington Post Canada

…used to write a regular column on —wait for it— professional wrestling for

…used to write a regular column on science entrepreneurship for the MiscroSoft Canada website.

…is the founder and Executive Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Health Sciences, which is the first and only French-English bilingual peer-reviewed health sciences academic journal run entirely by students.

…is the founder and Editor of the science fiction reviews website,, and co-founder and editor of the (largely inactive) online op-ed magazine, The Podium.

…is the owner of two epidemiology and international health consulting firms: Deonandan Consulting Inc, and Vak International.

…is the namesake of “Dr Atul Deonandan”, who is a character on the Canadian TV show ReGenesis.

…has a Wikipedia page, but has no idea who created it.  (Update: the page is no more!)

…has the noble title of “Lord” from the sovereign state of the Principality of Sealand. (Why? Because why not.  That’s why.)

…is an alumnus and proud supporter of Let’s Talk Science, a science community education NGO.

…once applied to be an astronaut in 1992, failed, but proudly directs people to his rejection letter.

…served for 10 years on the Board of Directors of Harbourfront Centre (Canada’s largest arts organization) and still serves on the Board of the Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

…has trained in 11 martial arts since the age of 19, and holds a black belt in Shotokan karate from the University of Toronto Karate Club, taught by Tominaga-Shihan, tested by  Yamada-Shihan. He was never particularly good in any of thes arts, but don’t mess with him anyway.

…has attempted to play the violin, the ukelele, and the sitar, all with varying limited degrees of success.

…can probably kick your ass in squash… if you promise not to move your legs at all.


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