null Alton Russell, PhD

Associate Investigator, RI-MUHC

Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health Program

Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation

Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University



decision analysis • cost-effectiveness • simulation modeling • blood donation and transfusion • transfusion-transmitted infections

Research Focus

My research program aims to enable the efficient and effective use of finite healthcare resources by developing data-driven analyses that inform health policy and clinical decisions. I use methods from decision analysis, simulation, health economics, operations research, epidemiology, and data science. I have developed decision analytic models and data-driven analyses for multiple areas of health policy and clinical practice, including blood donation and transfusion, managing pediatric kidney disease, opioid use disorder and overdose, and gastroenterology.

Selected Publications

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  • Russell WA. Estimating the Effect of Discontinuing Universal Screening of Donated Blood for Zika Virus in the 50 U.S. States. Ann Intern Med. 2021 May;174(5):728-730. doi: 10.7326/M20-6879. Epub 2021 Feb 16. PMID: 33587688.

  • Russell WA, Grebe E, Custer B. Factors driving availability of COVID-19 convalescent plasma: Insights from a demand, production, and supply model. Transfusion. 2021 May;61(5):1370-1376. doi: 10.1111/trf.16317. Epub 2021 Feb 16. PMID: 33590906.

  • Russell WA, Custer B, Brandeau ML. Optimal portfolios of blood safety interventions: test, defer or modify? Health Care Manag Sci. 2021 Sep;24(3):551-568. doi: 10.1007/s10729-021-09557-1. Epub 2021 Mar 5. PMID: 33666808.

  • Russell WA, Scheinker D, Sutherland SM. Baseline creatinine determination method impacts association between acute kidney injury and clinical outcomes. Pediatr Nephrol. 2021 May;36(5):1289-1297. doi: 10.1007/s00467-020-04789-9. Epub 2020 Oct 23. PMID: 33095322.

  • Russell WA, Owusu-Ofori S, Owusu-Ofori A, Micah E, Norman B, Custer B. Cost-effectiveness and budget impact of whole blood pathogen reduction in Ghana. Transfusion. 2021 Dec;61(12):3402-3412. doi: 10.1111/trf.16704. Epub 2021 Oct 14. PMID: 34651313.