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Dr. James Crispo

Dr. Crispo’s research interests include:

  • use of electronic health information to study public and population health, health services, drug utilization and safety, health outcomes, and barriers to health care;
  • food security in northern Canada;
  • Indigenous health issues.




Relevant Publications:

Crispo, J. A. G., Lam, M., Le, B., Shariff, S. Z., Ansell, D. R., Squarzolo, M., Ouellette, D., Thibault, D. P., Marras, C., Willis, A. W., & Seitz, D. (2020). Survival and Health Care Use After Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease.Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences / Journal Canadien Des Sciences Neurologiques, 1–28.

Crispo, J., Lam, M., Le, B., Richard, L., Shariff, S. Z., Ansell, D. R., Squarzolo, M., Marras, C., Willis, A. W., & Seitz, D. (2020). Disparities in Deep Brain Stimulation Use for Parkinson’s Disease in Ontario, Canada. The Canadian journal of neurological sciences. Le journal canadien des sciences neurologiques, 1–14. Advance online publication. 3.

Liu, L., Bach, P., Crispo, J., Kramer, J., & Cragg, J. J. (2020). A Population Study of Prescribed Opioid-based Pain Reliever Use among Individuals with Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Canada.Drug and alcohol dependence,216, 108229. Advance online publication.

Mendizabal, A., Thibault, D. P., Crispo, J. A., Paley, A., & Willis, A. W. (2020). Comorbid disease drives short-term hospitalization outcomes in patients with multiple sclerosis. Neurology. Clinical practice,10(3), 255–264.

Fullard, M., Thibault, D., Zisling, H., Crispo, J. A., & Willis, A. (2020). Parkinson Disease Associated Differences in Elective Orthopedic Surgery Outcomes: A National Readmissions Database Analysis.Journal of Parkinson’s disease, 10.3233/JPD-201992. Advance online publication.

Kessler, S. K., Blank, L. J., Glusman, J., Thibault, D., Massey, S., Abend, N. S., Szperka, C. L., Crispo, J., & Willis, A. W. (2020). Unplanned Readmissions of Children With Epilepsy in the United States. Pediatric neurology, S0887-8994(20)30036-9. Advance online publication.

Zheng, R., Rios-Diaz, A. J., Thibault, D. P., Crispo, J., Willis, A. W., & Willis, A. I. (2020). A contemporary analysis of goiters undergoing surgery in the United States. American journal of surgery, S0002-9610(20)30006-4. Advance online publication.

Schneider, R. B., Jimenez-Shahed, J., Abraham, D. S., Thibault, D. P., Mantri, S., Fullard, M., Burack, M. A., Chou, K. L., Spindler, M., Jermakowicz, W. J., D’Haese, P. F., York, M. K., Kirk, J. C., Schwalb, J. M., Espay, A. J., Shih, L. C., Simon, D. K., Hunter, C., Crispo, J., Willis, A. W., … of the Parkinson Study Group Health Care Outcomes and Disparities Working Group (HCODWG) and the Registry to Advance DBS for PD (RAD-PD) (2020). Acute readmission following deep brain stimulation surgery for Parkinson’s disease: A nationwide analysis. Parkinsonism & related disorders, 70, 96–102.


Funded Projects:

2019: Northern Ontario Academic Medicine Association Clinical Innovation Opportunity Award;
$50,000; Co-Director of project titled “Using Real-World Emergency Department Data to Inform Care:
A Pilot Study to Improve Patient Health Outcomes in Northern Ontario”

2017: Northern Ontario Academic Medicine Association Clinical Innovation Opportunity Award;
$50,000; Co-Director of project titled “Differences in the advanced treatment of Parkinson’s disease in
Ontario: examining the use and long- term safety of deep brain stimulation”