Dr. Megan Landes

Megan Landes (MD, MSc, CCFP-EM) is an attending doctor in the Emergency Department of the University Health Network (UHN) and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Dr. Landes has worked clinically in Lesotho, Malawi and Ethiopia in both emergency medicine and HIV services and her academic focus is innovation and research in global health. She is a Research Scientist with Dignitas International, an academic NGO working in Malawi, where she specializes in operational research around the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

Additionally, her research interests include the delivery of emergency medicine services and educational scholarship in emergency medicine in low-resource settings.  She is currently the co-director of the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Emergency Medicine (TAAAC-EM) which is working with Addis Ababa University to deliver Ethiopia’s first emergency medicine residency program.

Research Interests
  • Trauma
  • Health Services
  • Health Systems Strengthening
  • Med Ed – Residents
  • ID
  • Global Health
  • Emergency Medicine
  • HIV & Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV

Current projects

2013-2015 The Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Emergency Medicine. Grand Challenges Canada – Rising Stars Round Five $ 100,000 CAD. Landes M (PI), Maskalyk J, Azahj A, Teklu S.

2013-2018 Evaluating the effectiveness and impact of the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV program in Malawi: A National Strategy of “Test and Treat” for all pregnant and breastfeeding women. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) $ 4 800 000 (with possible renewal). Tippett Barr B (co-PI) and Chimbwandira F  (co-PI), Matatiyo B, Jahn A, Eliya M, Schouten E, Kellerman S, van Lettow M, van Oosterhout J, Cataldo F, Midiani D, Gupta S, Wadonda-Kabondo N, Maida A, Dinh T, Dale H, Landes M (co-I*).
*Scientific Lead of Extended and Enhanced 48 month maternal cohort

2013-2014  Enhanced and enriched observation cohort for key populations in the Zomba Observational Cohort Study. CIHR $ 100,000 CAD. Sodhi, Sumeet (PI), van Lettow M,  Brophy J, Martinuik A, Chan A, Negin J, Schull M, Cataldo F, Landes M (co-I).

2012-2014 Partnering to Establish Emergency Medicine in Ethiopia: Development, implementation and evaluation of a postgraduate residency training program at Addis Ababa University. IDRC $ 60,000 CAD. Landes M (PI*), Maskalyk J, Pain C, Hodges B, Schull M.
* Overall Lead; Lead the operational research projects (four distinct studies); Monitoring and evaluation process of the grant)

2012-2015 PURE: Improving uptake and retention in PMTCT services through novel approaches in family support care and in community peer-outreach support in Malawi: A cluster-based RCT. WHO-CIDA Collaborative Grant $ 1,749,828 CAD. Phiri S (PI), Hosseinipour M, Chiwaula L, Cataldo F, van Lettow M, Schouten E, Kapito A, Crampin A, Nkhoma J, Martinuik A, Chimbwandira F , Eliya M,  Kellerman S, Thom E, Cirowodza A, Tweya H, Landes M (co-I*).
*Contribute to grant writing, study design, implementation of formative research (Phase I) and the intervention (Phase II), study analysis and evaluation.

Top citations

  1. Landes M, Sodhi S, Matengeni A, et al. Characteristics and outcomes of women initiating ART during pregnancy versus breastfeeding in Option B+ in MalawiBMC Public Health. 2015;15:713.

  2. Bedell RA, van Lettow M, Landes M. Women’s choices regarding HIV testing, disclosure and partner involvement in infant feeding and care in a rural district of Malawi with high HIV prevalenceAIDS Care. 2014;26(4):483-486.

  3. Landes M, Puchalski Ritchie LM, Berman S, Chiwaya Banda F, Joshua M. Characteristics of and risk factors for early pediatric mortality at Zomba Central Hospital, MalawiInternational Journal of TROPICAL DISEASE & Health.2014;4(4):13.

  4. Azazh A, Teklu S, Woldetsadi A, et al. Emergency medicine and its development in Ethiopia with emphasis on the role of Addis Ababa University, School of Medicine, Emergency Medicine DepartmentEthiop Med J. 2014;Suppl 2:1-12.

  5. van Lettow M, Bedell R, Mayuni I, et al. Towards Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV: Performance of Different Models of Care for Initiating Lifelong Antiretroviral Therapy for Pregnant Women in Malawi (Option B+)J Int AIDS Soc. 2014;17:18994.

  6. Van Lettow M, Landes, M, Bedell R, Gawa L, Gatto S, Mayuni I, Chan AK, Tenthani, L, Schouten E, Jahn A.  Uptake and outcomes of a prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) program in Zomba District Malawi.  BMC Public Health 2011;11:426. PMID: 21639873.

Read more about Dr. Landes’s research here… 


Dr. Landes currently has opportunities for EM Residents/Fellows. If you are interested in working with Dr. Landes, please fill in this form:

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