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Valorie Crooks is a health geographer who specializes in health services research. She currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Health Service Geographies and a Scholar Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. The bulk of her research is focused on medical tourism, which refers to the practice of patients crossing international borders in pursuit of private health care.
Funded by a number of research grants primarily awarded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, her work in this area is focused on examining the equity, ethical, and safety issues surrounding this transnational global health services practice and its implications in patients’ home and destination countries. In recent years, her research has taken her and members of her research group to Barbados, Jamaica, Guatemala, Belize, St. Lucia, the Bahamas, Mexico, India, Mongolia, Colombia, and the Cayman Islands.