K.S. Joseph


K.S. Joseph



Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine

Portrait photo of K.S. Joseph

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)

BC Women's Hospital



K.S. Joseph MD, PhD is a Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia and the Children’s and Women’s Hospital & Health Centre of British Columbia. His work is supported by the Child & Family Research Institute and his research interests include pregnancy complications, birth, fetal growth, infant mortality, serious neonatal morbidity and severe maternal morbidity.

Dr. Joseph received his MBBS and MD degrees from Christian Medical College, Vellore, India, and a PhD in epidemiology from McGill University, Montreal. In 2002, he was awarded the Peter Lougheed New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and in 2005 he received the Geoffrey Robinson award from the Canadian Paediatric Society for contributions to child and youth health through population health research. In 2012, he was awarded a Chair in Maternal, Fetal and Infant Health Services Research by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.



Research Interests/Skills



1. Joseph KS, Kramer MS. Review of the evidence on fetal and early childhood antecedents of
chronic disease. Epidemiol Rev 1996; 18: 158-74.

2. Joseph KS, Kramer MS, Marcoux S, Ohlsson A, Wen SW, Allen AC, Platt R. Determinants of
preterm birth rates in Canada from 1981 through 1983 and from 1992 through 1994. New Engl J Med 1998;339:1434-9.

3. Joseph KS, Demissie K, Kramer MS. Trends in obstetric intervention, stillbirth and preterm
birth. Semin Perinatol. 2002;26:250-9.

4. Joseph KS, Liu S, Demissie K, Wen SW, Platt RW, Ananth CV, Dzakpasu S, Sauve R, Allen
AC, Kramer MS. A parsimonious explanation for intersecting perinatal mortality curves:
understanding the effects of plurality and parity. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2003;3:3.

5. Joseph KS. Incidence-based measures of birth, growth restriction and death can free perinatal
epidemiology from erroneous concepts of risk. J Clin Epidemiol 2004;57:889-97.

6. Joseph KS. Theory of obstetrics: An epidemiologic framework for justifying medically
indicated early delivery. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2007;7:4.

7. Joseph KS. The natural history of pregnancy: diseases of early and late gestation.
British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. BJOG. 2011;118:1617-29.

8. Joseph KS, Liu S, Rouleau J, Lisonkova S, Hutcheon J, Sauve R, Allen AC, Kramer MS for
the Fetal and Infant Health Study Group of the Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System.
Influence of definition based versus pragmatic birth registration on international comparisons
of perinatal and infant mortality: population based retrospective study. BMJ 2012;344:e746.

9. Joseph KS. Fundamentals of knowledge translation. J Obstet Gynaecol Can 2013;35:73-7.

10. Mehrabadi A, Liu S, Bartholomew S, Hutcheon JA, Magee LA, Kramer MS, Liston RM,
Joseph K.S for the Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System (Public Health Agency of
Canada). Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and the recent rise in obstetric acute renal
failure. BMJ 2014 Jul 30;349:g4731.




1. Chair in Maternal, Fetal and Infant Health Services Research. Canadian Institutes of Health Research 2012-2017. $925,000 (Principal Investigator: K.S. Joseph)

2. CIHR operating grant “Amniotic Fluid virome and preterm birth”. Co-Applicant. 2013-2017. $676,120 (Principal Investigator: Millan Patel).

3. CIHR grant “MAG-CP: Magnesium sulphate for fetal neuroprotection of the preterm infant”. Co-applicant.2011-2015. $456,000 (Principal Investigator: Laura Magee).

4. CIHR grant “The twin birth study: a multicentre randomized controlled trial comparing planned vaginal birth to elective cesarean section of twins more than or equal to 32 weeks gestation” (Trial Extension). Co-applicant, 2012-15.  $545,493 (Principal Investigator: Jon Barrett)






2014 Mentor award. Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research

2014 Greg Alexander Award for Advancing Knowledge – Advancing public health knowledge through epidemiology and applied research. Presented by the Coalition for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (sponsors include 16 health organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the March of Dimes, the American Public Health Association, the National Birth Defects Prevention Network, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health, CityMatCH – the National Organization of Urban MCH Leaders, the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research, the Maternal and Child Health Journal, the National  Association of County and City Health Officials, Association of Schools of Public Health, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services, the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information, and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development).