Jason Sutherland


Interim Director, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health

(604) 822-6812


Dr. Jason M. Sutherland is a Professor in the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) in the UBC Faculty of Medicine, School of Population and Public Health; the Program Head, Health Services and Outcomes, in the Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences; and has been Canada’s Harkness Fellow in Clinical Practice and Health Policy.

Dr. Sutherland’s research spans two complementary themes: health system funding policy and patients’ outcomes from surgery. Dr. Sutherland has been active in advising provincial and federal governments on healthcare funding policy.

Dr. Sutherland is Interim Director of CHSPR, the director of the Masters of Health Sciences program in the School of Population and Public Health, the editor-in-chief of Healthcare Policy, and an associate editor of Health Policy. Dr. Sutherland’s current research projects include cross-sector funding policy and investigating associations between healthcare funding policy and patients’ health and health outcomes.


PhD, Statistics, Simon Fraser University, 2003
MSc, Statistics, Simon Fraser University, 1997
BA, Mathematics, University of British Columbia, 1992

Research Interests

  • Development of methods for monitoring and evaluating health system performance
  • Measuring burden of illness and surgical outcomes
  • Exploring causes and consequences of variations in health system utilization and funding

Affiliations and Awards

  • Editor-in-chief, Healthcare Policy
  • Associate Editor, Health Policy
  • Co-Chair, Thesis Screening Panel, UBC School of Population and Public Health
  • Member, Research Leaders Forum, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research

Current Graduate Students

  • Mattheus Bicknell, MSc Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Michael Bond, PhD Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Dibbya Dasgupta, MSc Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Michael Guo, MHSc Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Mehdi Jafari, PhD Student (with Dr. B. Quon), School of Population and Public Health
  • Laura Valle, MSc Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Stephen Van Gaal, MSc Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Max Xie, PhD Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Sepideh Yousefiasl, MSc Student, School of Population and Public Health

Currently Recruiting Graduate Students Interested in

  • Developing methods for measuring surgical outcomes
  • Evaluating hospital spending and cost
  • Measuring burden of illness
  • Continuity of care

Dr. Sutherland is recruiting MSc, but not PhD, students at this time.

Courses Currently Taught

SPPH 581C Methods for Analyzing Routinely Collected Data

Recent Publications

de Lemos J, Sharaf M, Moadebi S, Low-Beer S, Cassidy B, Sutherland JM, Deziel C, Nagendran S. Replacing the Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment-Alcohol revised with the modified Richmond Agitation and Sedation Scale for alcohol withdrawal to support management of alcohol withdrawal symptoms: potential impact on length of stay and complications. CJEM. 2024 May 26. doi: 10.1007/s43678-024-00710-7. Online ahead of print. Read more

Khan M, Yu Y, Daly-Grafstein D, Naik H, Sutherland JM, Tran KC, Nasmith T, Lyden JR, Staples JA. Patient-Physician Sex Discordance and "Before Medically Advised" Discharge from Hospital: A Population-Based Retrospective Cohort Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2024 May 15. doi: 10.1007/s11606-024-08697-8. Online ahead of print. Read more

Staples JA, Yu Y, Khan M, Naik H, Liu G, Brubacher JR, Karimuddin A, Sutherland JM. Physician financial incentives to reduce unplanned hospital readmissions: A propensity score weighted cohort study. Am J Med. 2024 May 13:S0002-9343(24)00278-X. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2024.04.042. Online ahead of print. Read more

Jerath A, Wallis CJD, Fremes S, Rao V, Yau TM, Heybati K, Lee DS, Wijeysundera HC, Sutherland J, Austin PC, Wijeysundera DN, Ko DT. Days alive and out of hospital for adult female and male cardiac surgery patients: a population-based cohort study. BMC Cardiovasc Disord. 2024 Apr 20;24(1):215. doi: 10.1186/s12872-024-03862-7. Read more

Sutherland J. A Call for Bigger Thinking and Meaningful Improvements in Health and Well-Being: Time to Move on From Small-Scale Changes. Healthc Policy. 2024 Feb;19(3):6-20. doi:10.12927/hcpol.2024.27316. Read more

Crump RT, Siljedal G, Weis E, Ragan A, Sutherland JM. The Eye-Opening Truth About Private Surgical Facilities in Canada. Healthc Policy. 2024 Feb;19(3):33-41. doi:10.12927/hcpol.2024.27283. Read more

Dhiman K, Hall M, Crump T, Hoens AM, Lacaille D, Rankin JA, Then KL, Hazlewood G, Barnabe C, Katz S, Sutherland J, Dempsey E, Barber CEH. Content validity testing of the INTERMED Self-Assessment in a sample of adults with rheumatoid arthritis and rheumatology healthcare providers. Health Expect. 2024 Feb;27(1):e13978. doi: 10.1111/hex.13978. Read more

Tang K, Sutherland JM, Liu G, Crump T, Bazzarelli A, Dingee C, Pao JS, Warburton R, McKevitt E. Preoperative depression and anxiety associated with younger age and receipt of immediate breast reconstruction. Am J Surg. 2024 Feb 8:S0002-9610(24)00101-6. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2024.02.012. Online ahead of print. Read more

Bola R, Guo M, Karimuddin A, Liu G, Phang PT, Crump T, Sutherland JM. An examination of rectal prolapse surgery patients' quality of life and symptoms using patient-reported outcome instruments: A prospective cohort study. Am J Surg. 2024 Feb 8:S0002-9610(24)00102-8. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2024.02.014. Online ahead of print. Read more

Bond M, Bicknell M, Crump T, Penner M, Veljkovic A, Wing K, Younger A, Liu G, Sutherland JM. Shared Decision Making in Hallux Valgus Surgery: A Prospective Observational Study. J Patient Exp. 2024 Feb 1;11:23743735241229376. doi: 10.1177/23743735241229376. eCollection 2024. Read more

Ip N, Zhang K, Karimuddin AA, Brown CJ, Campbell KL, Puyat JH, Sutherland JM, Conklin AI. Preparing for colorectal surgery: a feasibility study of a novel web-based multimodal prehabilitation programme in Western Canada. Colorectal Dis. 2024 Jan 16. doi: 10.1111/codi.16851. Online ahead of print. Read more

Naik H, Murray TM, Khan M, Daly-Grafstein D, Liu G, Kassen BO, Onrot J, Sutherland JM, Staples JA. Population-Based Trends in Complexity of Hospital Inpatients. JAMA Intern Med. 2024 Jan 8. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2023.7410. Online ahead of print. Read more

Nourouzpour N, Jen TTH, Bailey J, Jobin PG, Sutherland JM, Ho CM, Prabhakar C, Ke JXC. Association between anesthesia technique and death after hip fracture repair for patients with COVID-19. Can J Anaesth. 2023 Dec 21. doi: 10.1007/s12630-023-02673-2. Online ahead of print. Read more

Clement F, Sutherland JM. Federal and Provincial Governments Need To Be Transparent about Trade-Offs When They Buy Healthcare. Healthc Policy. 2023 Nov;19(2):6-14. doi: 10.12927/hcpol.2023.27238. Read more

Ow N, Marchand K, Liu G, Mallia E, Mathias S, Sutherland J, Barbic SP. Patterns of service utilization among youth with substance use service need: a cohort study. Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy. 2023 Nov 3;18(1):62. doi: 10.1186/s13011-023-00572-9. Read more

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