Dr. Thind is a Canada Research Chair in Health Services Research, and an Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Family Medicine at the University of Western Ontario. A surgeon with a PhD in Health Services Research, his research focuses on access to care for vulnerable populations, and program evaluation. Within this broad rubric, he has examined barriers to care for women and children, systems issues, and the economic implications of systems change. His current work has three geographic locations. Within Canada, he is working to develop a researchable database for family physicians practicing in Southwestern Ontario, and examining waiting times for specialist consultations after family physician referrals. In the international context, he has assessed barriers to care in the United States, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Philippines, and rural India, focusing on diarrhea and respiratory illness in children, and reproductive health care for women.