Dr. Rama C. Nair
Dr. Rama C. Nair (he/him)
Emeritus Professor

BSc, M.Stat., MSc, PhD, FACE


Dr. Nair is an Emeritus Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Nair also held the position of Vice Dean for Professional Affairs with the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa.

Dr. Nair received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Allahabad, Master of Statistics (Biostatistics) from the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, Master of Science (Mathematics) from the University of Windsor and a Ph.D. (Biometrics) from Cornell University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology.

Dr. Nair's research interests include the application of biostatistics methods to health research, clinical trials and international health. He has published over 95 articles in refereed journals and contributed to many scientific presentations around the world. He is a member of various scientific advisory committees and consults extensively on the design and analysis of scientific studies, in particular population health studies. Dr Nair has given several workshops on research methodology internationally, in collaboration with the WHO and CIDA. Dr Nair has served many administrative duties at the University of Ottawa, including the positions of Director of Graduate Studies and Acting Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Member of Departmental and Faculty Teaching Personnel Committees, Member of the Gender and Equity committees (Faculty and University) and served on the executive of the Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa. He has several years of experience mentoring junior faculty and graduate students with respect to career decisions and personal life. He is liked and trusted by students and colleagues (junior and senior) to be a good source of information, guidance and advice.

As Vice Dean for Professional Affairs, Dr. Nair was a member of the Leadership Team of the Faculty of Medicine and was responsible for the academic affairs of faculty members in the Faculty of Medicine. He advised the Dean on matters of Appointments, Promotion, Tenure and career progress for the academic staff of the Faculty. He also oversaw the offices of Faculty Wellness, Faculty Development, Equity Diversity and Gender issues, Professionalism, as well as Global Health.

Research interests

  • Biostatistics
  • International Health