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Samah Hassan, MD, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Post-doctoral Fellow

Email: samah.hassam [at] uhn [dot] ca

Biography:

Samah Hassan is a postdoctoral fellow at Dr. Kumbhare’s Lab. Samah has completed her residency in anesthesia and pain medicine at the University of Cairo in Egypt. She obtained her master's and her doctorate degrees from the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto, Canada. Her master’s thesis focused on sex differences in chronic pain and the role of ovarian hormones on chronic pain, opioid use, and addiction. While her doctoral thesis focused on the development and the validation of the new Pain Competence Assessment Tool (PCAT). The PCAT was developed based on the core competencies in pain management to assess primary care providers’ knowledge, and skills in assessing and treating chronic pain patients.

During her graduate studies, she earned numerous awards including the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology and the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health - Hacking the knowledge Gap Trainee Award, the IMS Entry Award as well as the Doctoral Completion Award. Samah Hassan has presented her work in numerous national and international forums including the International Association of Study of Pain (IASP) congress meeting, the ECHO conference, and the Canadian Pain Society scientific meeting.

Since joining Dr. Kumbhare’s team her research has been focusing on assessing chronic pain phenotypes, evaluating chronic pain classifications and diagnostic criteria validity and reliability, and developing an artificial intelligence-integrated database for chronic pain.

Publications:

Journal Publications

  • “Promoting an Interprofessional Approach to Chronic Pain Management in Primary Care Using Project ECHO”. Hassan, S., Carlin, L., Zhao, J., Taenzer, P., & Furlan, A. D. (2020). Journal of Interprofessional Care, 1-4.

  • “Does Integrative Medicine Reduce Prescribed Opioid Use for Chronic Pain? A Systematic Literature Review” Hassan, S., Zheng, Q., Rizzolo, E., Tezcanli, E., Bhardwaj, S., & Cooley, K. (2020). Pain Medicine, 21(4), 836-859.

  • "Development and Validation of a Pain Competence Assessment Tool (PCAT) Based on the IASP Core Competencies for Pain Management." Hassan, Samah, Andrea Furlan, Bonnie Stevens, Judy Watt-Watson, Sharon Switzer-Mcintyre, and John Flannery. Canadian Journal of Pain (Abstract) (2019).

  • “Clinicians’ Knowledge in Chronic Pain, A Systematic Literature Review”,  Samah Hassan, Hannah Sidrak, Bonnie Stevens, Judy Watt-Watson, Sharon Switzer-McIntyre, Jessica Babineau, and Andrea Furlan; J Pain Manage 2018, 11(2).

  • “Sex Differences in Overlapping Chronic Non- cancer Pain Conditions in a Tertiary Pain Clinic” Samah Hassan, Allan Gordon, Gillian Einstein, Pain management and medicine; 2016

  • “Ovarian hormones and chronic pain: A comprehensive review” .Hassan, S., Muere, A., & Einstein, G. (2014). PAIN®, 155(12), 2448-2460.

Presentations

  • "Development and Validation of a Pain Competence Assessment Tool (PCAT) Based on the IASP Core Competencies for Pain Management." Hassan, Samah, Andrea Furlan, Bonnie Stevens, Judy Watt-Watson, Sharon Switzer-Mcintyre, and John Flannery Oral presentation at the Child Health Evaluative Sciences (CHES) program rounds at SickKids (2019), at the The Richard K. Reznick Wilson Centre Research Day (2019), and at the Project ECHO Scientific conference meeting (2019).

  • "Promoting an Interprofessional Approach to Chronic Pain Management in Primary Care Using Project ECHO." Hassan, Samah, Leslie Carlin, Jane Zhao, Paul Taenzer, and Andrea D. Furlan., Poster presentation at the Canadian Pain Society Scientific meeting (2019).

  • "Development and Validation of a Pain Competence Assessment Tool (PCAT) Based on the IASP Core Competencies for Pain Management." Hassan, Samah, Andrea Furlan, Bonnie Stevens, Judy Watt-Watson, Sharon Switzer-Mcintyre, and John Flannery, Poster presentation

  • "Development and Validation of a Pain Competence Assessment Tool (PCAT) Based on the IASP Core Competencies for Pain Management." Hassan, Samah, Andrea Furlan, Bonnie Stevens, Judy Watt-Watson, Sharon Switzer-Mcintyre, and John Flannery, Poster presentation at the International Association of Study of Pain world congress (2019), and the Canadian Pain Society (2019).

  • “Clinicians’ knowledge in chronic pain, a systematic Literature Review”,  Samah Hassan, Hannah Sidrak, Bonnie Stevens, Judy Watt-Watson, Sharon Switzer-McIntyre, Jessica Babineau, and Andrea Furlan, Poster presentation at the International Association of Study of Pain world congress (2017).

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