Raymond Pong Bio


Name Dr Raymond W Pong  
Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research, Laurentian University (Ontario, Canada)
Role in Organisation Senior Research Fellow (formerly Research Director)
Research  Interests
  1. Rural health
  2. Health workforce
  3. Health policy
  4. Gerontology
  5. Medical sociology
Brief Bio 
Raymond Pong established the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research (CRaNHR) at Laurentian University in 1992 and was its Director for 18 years until he stepped down in 2010 to become a Senior Research Fellow of CRaNHR.  He is cross-appointed to the School of Rural and Northern Health and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine at Laurentian University.
Prior to joining CRaNHR, he worked many years for the provincial governments of Alberta and Ontario, mostly in the health care field.
He has served on many international, national, and provincial committees and task forces, such as the World Health Organisation expert group on recruitment and retention of rural health care workers, the Board of Directors of Health Force Ontario Marketing and Recruiting Agency, the Rural and Northern Health Care Panel of Ontario, and the Canadian Collaborative Centre for Physician Resources.
His research focuses on rural health, health services and policy, and the health workforce. His research has been supported by such organisations and funding agencies as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, Richard Ivey Foundation, Change Foundation, Canadian Institute for Health Information, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and Health Canada.
Top 5 recent publications 
(over last 5 years)
  1. Pong, R.W. (2011). Putting Away the Stethoscope for Good? Toward a New Perspective on Physician Retirement. Ottawa, Ontario: Canadian Institute for Health Information.
  2. Pong, R.W., DesMeules, D. & Lagacé, C. (2009). Rural-urban disparities in health: How does Canada fare and how does Canada compare with Australia?, Australian Journal of Rural Health, 17(1): 58-64.
  3. Pong, R.W. (2008). Strategies to overcome physician shortages in northern Ontario: A study of policy implementation over 35 years. Human Resources for Health 6:24 (www.human-resources-health.com/content/6/1/24).
  4. Pong, R.W. (2007), Editor. The Rural Health Workforce in Canada (a special issue of Cahiers de sociologie et de démographie médicales). Paris, France: Centre de sociologie et de démographie médicales.
  5. DesMeules, M., Pong, R.W. et al. (2006). How Healthy Are Rural Canadians? An Assessment of Their Health Status and Health Determinants. Ottawa, Ontario: Canadian Institute for Health Information.