Seminar Series – March 26, 2021

Dr. Derek Roberts

Overuse Research in Surgery: Studying Low-Value Care


Dr. Derek Roberts is a vascular and endovascular surgeon at The Ottawa Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario; an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Ottawa; and a Clinician Investigator at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (Associate Scientist position pending). He practices as an epidemiology- and knowledge translation-focused vascular and endovascular surgeon scientist at The Ottawa Hospital and University of Ottawa. Dr. Roberts completed an MD (with distinction) at Dalhousie University in 2009, a residency in general surgery at the University of Calgary in 2018, and a fellowship in vascular and endovascular surgery at the University of Ottawa in 2020. He also completed a PhD in epidemiology, a Clinician-Investigator and SurgeonScientist Program Residency, and a Knowledge Translation Canada Strategic Training in Health Research Graduate Training Program/Fellowship at the University of Calgary in 2015. He was also a fellow with the Efficiency, Quality, Innovation, and Safety group at that institution from 2015 to 2018.


Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation the audience will be able to:

  1. Review the definition of low-value care and overuse of care, methods of measurement of overuse, and direct and indirect evidence of overuse in Canada and around the world
  2. To understand the societal importance of reducing low-value healthcare practices
  3. To understand design of initial studies in a developing research program on reducing low-value cardiovascular healthcare services