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W. Alton Russell (PhD)

Associate Investigator
Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation
Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health (McGill)

Research Profile

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Decision analysis • cost-effectiveness • simulation modeling • blood donation and transfusion • transfusion-transmitted infections

Research Interests

My research program aims to enable the efficient and effective use of finite healthcare resources by developing data-driven analyses that inform health policy and clinical decisions. I use methods from decision analysis, simulation, health economics, operations research, epidemiology, and data science. I have developed decision analytic models and data-driven analyses for multiple areas of health policy and clinical practice, including blood donation and transfusion, managing pediatric kidney disease, opioid use disorder and overdose, and gastroenterology.

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Latest Publications

  1. Dong, H., Stringfellow, E. J., Russell, W. A. & Jalali, M. S. (2022). Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Buprenorphine Treatment Duration in the US. JAMA psychiatry.
  2. Russell, W. A., Scheinker, D. & Custer, B. (2022). Individualized risk trajectories for iron-related adverse outcomes in repeat blood donors. Transfusion, vol. 62, p. 116-124.
  3. Russell, W. A., Owusu-Ofori, S., Owusu-Ofori, A., Micah, E., Norman, B. & Custer, B. (2021). Cost-effectiveness and budget impact of whole blood pathogen reduction in Ghana. Transfusion, vol. 61, p. 3402-3412.
  4. Russell, W. A., Custer, B. & Brandeau, M. L. (2021). Optimal portfolios of blood safety interventions: test, defer or modify?. Health care management science, vol. 24, p. 551-568.
  5. Russell, W. A., Grebe, E. & Custer, B. (2021). Factors driving availability of COVID-19 convalescent plasma: Insights from a demand, production, and supply model. Transfusion, vol. 61, p. 1370-1376.
  6. Russell, W. A. (2021). Estimating the Effect of Discontinuing Universal Screening of Donated Blood for Zika Virus in the 50 U.S. States. Annals of internal medicine, vol. 174, p. 728-730.
  7. Russell, W. A., Scheinker, D. & Sutherland, S. M. (2021). Baseline creatinine determination method impacts association between acute kidney injury and clinical outcomes. Pediatric nephrology (Berlin, Germany), vol. 36, p. 1289-1297.
  8. Campbell, J. R., Uppal, A., Oxlade, O., Fregonese, F., Bastos, M. L., Lan, Z., Law, S., Oh, C. E., Russell, W. A., Sulis, G., Winters, N., Yanes-Lane, M., Brisson, M., Laszlo, S., Evans, T. G. & Menzies, D. (2020). Active testing of groups at increased risk of acquiring SARS-CoV-2 in Canada: costs and human resource needs. CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne, vol. 192, p. E1146-E1155.
  9. Yu, J. X., Russell, W. A., Asokkumar, R., Kaltenbach, T. & Soetikno, R. (2020). Clipping Over the Scope for Recurrent Peptic Ulcer Bleeding is Cost-Effective as Compared to Standard Therapy: An Initial Assessment. Gastrointestinal endoscopy clinics of North America, vol. 30, p. 91-97.
  10. Yu, J. X., Russell, W. A., Ching, J. H., Kim, N., Bendavid, E., Owens, D. K. & Kaltenbach, T. (2019). Cost Effectiveness of Endoscopic Resection vs Transanal Resection of Complex Benign Rectal Polyps. Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology : the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association, vol. 17, p. 2740-2748.e6.
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