Robert Hawes is a Senior Epidemiologist at the Directorate of Force Health Protection, Canadian Forces Health Services Group and a PhD candidate in Population Health at the University of Ottawa.
He joined the Department of National Defence in 2009 to develop the emerging health informatics platforms of Canada's military. He designed and implemented the Canadian Armed Forces Health, Evaluations and Record Outcomes (HERO) population health surveillance system, which is used to investigate the health status of active CAF personnel and identify risks to operational readiness. His expertise in military epidemiology includes the use of biostatistics, longitudinal time-series investigations and big data analytics to improve the health of the Canadian Armed Forces. He is currently the principal investigator of a Surgeon General Research Grant to study the burden of battle and non-battle injuries among CAF personnel, and to enhance health data analytics during combat missions.
His journey in public health has taken him from refugee camps in Rwanda to trauma centres in Trinidad, prenatal clinics in Honduras, and multinational hospitals in Afghanistan. For these efforts, he has been honoured as a Distinguished Graduate Student, an Ontario Graduate Scholar in Science and Technology, a Peter Bronfman International Scholar, and received both the Canadian Armed Forces Surgeon General’s Award For Excellence and Canada’s Governor General’s Gold Medal for Academic Excellence.
He is an experienced author and communicator of over one hundred scientific articles and presentations, and the recipient of the CIMVHR Major Sir Frederick Banting Award for Military Health Research.