Lindsay Hedden

Assistant Professor Assistant Scientific Director, BC Academic Health Science Network

Health Sciences

Lindsay Hedden

Assistant Professor, Assistant Scientific Director, BC Academic Health Science Network

Health Sciences

Areas of interest

Learning health systems, primary care, health policy, health workforce, virtual care and public/private roles for financing and delivery of health services.


  • PhD, Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
  • MSc, Health Care and Epidemiology, University of British Columbia
  • BS Hons, Health Studies, University of Waterloo


Lindsay Hedden, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Learning Health Systems in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and is the Assistant Scientific Director of BC’s Academic Health Science Network. Her work in primary care focuses specifically on how we can improve access for patients; how we can measure current and predict future supply and demand; and how we can address physician workforce issues, all in the context of a developing learning health system. As a post-doctoral Health System Impact Fellow, she worked with BC’s Ministry of Health on an improved strategy for physician workforce planning, supporting physician recruitment and retention efforts, and the development and evaluation of new models of primacy care delivery. Dr. Hedden completed a previous post-doctoral fellowship with the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation. She has a PhD in Population and Public Health, and Master of Science in Epidemiology from the University of British Columbia, and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Health Studies from the University of Waterloo. She currently serves as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation. She joined the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2020.

Research Interests

Dr. Hedden’s program of research seeks to inform the development of learning health systems with a particular focus on primary care. In her doctoral and postdoctoral work, she identified and worked to address gaps in health system data use and data infrastructure, and has studied the impact of those gaps on primary care accessibility and workforce planning. She has explored, using physician billings, why the availability of community-based primary care has declined, despite substantial increases in the number of primary care physicians per capita. Her work is grounded in partnerships with the BC Ministry of Health, regional health authorities, health care professionals and patients.

Current research covers three related areas:

1)    Advancing the theory and application of the learning health system model in BC, focusing specifically on alignment with the rollout of team-based primary care, and primary care networks

2)    Examining the effects of the increasing corporatization and privatization of primary care on equity, accessibility, and quality of care

3)    Exploring the increasing role of virtual care in the context of primary care, including implications for costs, service volumes (based on the degree to which virtual care duplicates or is a substitute for in-office visits), accessibility and continuity of care.

This program of work uses a variety of observational research designs and data sources, including secondary use of population-based administrative data, primary data collection using surveys and interviews of patients and health care professionals, and policy and document analysis.

Teaching Interests

Canadian and comparative health policy; health services research; learning health systems; observational research design; secondary data use.



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