null Sasha Bernatsky, MD, M.Sc., PhD

Senior Scientist, RI-MUHC, 5252 de Maisonneuve site

Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health Program

Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation

Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University

Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, MUHC



pharmacoepidemiology • systemic lupus • rheumatic disease • drug safety and effectiveness • air pollution

Research Focus

My research focuses mainly on outcomes in rheumatic diseases, pharmacoepidemiology, and air pollution’s effects on health.

Research initiative
CAnadian Network for Advanced Interdisciplinary Methods for comparative effectiveness research (CAN-AIM)

Selected Publications

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  • Predictors of unsuccessful hydroxychloroquine tapering and discontinuation: Can we personalize decision-making in systemic lupus treatment? Almeida-Brasil CC, Pineau CA, Vinet E, Hanly JG, Peschken CA, Clarke AE, Fortin PR, Abrahamowicz M, Bernatsky S. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2020 Dec 26. doi: 10.1002/acr.24548. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33369255.

  • Sunlight exposure, sun-protective behaviour, and anti-citrullinated protein antibody positivity: A general population-based study in Quebec, Canada. Zhao N, Smargiassi A, Colmegna I, Hudson M, Fritzler M, Bernatsky S. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2020 Sep 22. doi: 10.1002/acr.24448. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32961027.

  • Real-world analyses of therapy discontinuation of checkpoint inhibitors in metastatic melanoma patients. Machado MAÁ, de Moura CS, Chan K, Curtis JR, Hudson M, Abrahamowicz M, Jamal R, Pilote L, Bernatsky S. Sci Rep. 2020 Sep 3;10(1):14607. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-71788-z. PMID: 32884119.

  • Cancer risk in a large inception SLE cohort: Effects of demographics, smoking, and medications. Bernatsky S, Ramsey-Goldman R, Urowitz MB, Hanly JG, Gordon C, Petri MA, Ginzler EM, Wallace DJ, Bae SC, Romero-Diaz J, Dooley MA, Peschken CA, Isenberg DA, Rahman A, Manzi S, Jacobsen S, Lim SS, van Vollenhoven R, Nived O, Kamen DL, Aranow C, Ruiz-Irastorza G, Sanchez-Guerrero J, Gladman DD, Fortin PR, Alarcón GS, Merrill JT, Kalunian KC, Ramos-Casals M, Steinsson K, Zoma A, Askanase A, Khamashta MA, Bruce I, Inanc M, Clarke AE. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2020 Aug 19. doi: 10.1002/acr.24425. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32813314.

  • Long-term exposure to a mixture of industrial SO2, NO2, and PM2.5 and anti-citrullinated protein antibody positivity. Zhao N, Smargiassi A, Hatzopoulou M, Colmegna I, Hudson M, Fritzler MJ, Awadalla P, Bernatsky S. Environ Health. 2020 Jul 29;19(1):86. doi: 10.1186/s12940-020-00637-3. PMID: 32727483.