Dr. Sarka Lisonkova is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Children’s and Women’s Hospital of British Columbia in Vancouver, and an adjunct faculty at the School of Population and Public Health, UBC. Her medical training was in the Czech Republic and she obtained her MSc in Epidemiology from the State University of New York, USA, and PhD in Epidemiology and PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UBC. She holds a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award for her research in maternal and perinatal health, and the Sick Kids Foundation and CIHR New Investigator Awards. Dr. Lisonkova is a perinatal epidemiologist working in the area of maternal, fetal, and neonatal health and health services research, and her research focuses on adverse perinatal outcomes among high-risk and vulnerable women. She has published numerous papers on this topic, most recently in high-impact medical journals including JAMA and PloS Medicine. 



RDS course Basics of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (tentatively planned for Jan 2019)

(selected publications)

Lisonkova S, Muraca GM, Potts J, Liauw J, Chan WS, Skoll A, Lim KI. Body mass index and severe maternal morbidity. JAMA 2017;318(18):1777-1786. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.161919.

Haslam MD, Lisonkova S, Creighton D, Church P, Yang J, Shah P, Joseph KS, Synnes AR. Severe neurodevelopmental impairment in preterm neonates: impact of varying definitions in a Canadian cohort. J Pediatr 2018;197:75-81.e4.

Lisonkova S, Potts J, Muraca GM, Razaz N, Sabr Y, Chan WS, Kramer MS. Maternal age and severe maternal morbidity: population based study. PloS Med 2017;14(5): e1002307. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1002307.

Joseph KS, Lisonkova S, Muraca GM, Razaz N, Sabr Y, Mehrabadi A, Schisterman EF. Factors underlying the temporal increase in maternal mortality in the United States. Obstet Gynecol 2017; 129(1):91-100. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000001810.

Lisonkova S, Haslam MD, Dahlgren L, Chen I, Synnes AR, Lim KI. Maternal morbidity among women in rural versus urban areas: a residence-based approach. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2016;188(17-18):E456-E465. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.151382.

Lisonkova S, Mehrabadi A, Allen VA, Bujold E, Crane J, Gaudet L, Gratton RJ, Ladhani N, Olatunbosun OA, Joseph KS. Atonic postpartum hemorrhage: blood loss, risk factors and third stage management. J Obstet and Gynaecol Can 2016;38(12):1081-1090.



CIHR New Investigator Award in Maternal, Reproductive Child & Youth Health: Improving maternal and perinatal health outcomes in high risk mothers (2017)

Sick Kids Foundation/CIHR-IHDCYH: Risk of fetal death and optimal timing of delivery among overweight and obese women. (2017)

CIHR Operating Grant: Application of the fetuses-at-risk paradigm for advancing knowledge and improving obstetric and neonatal care. (2015)

CIHR Team Grant: Perinatal Healthcare System Improvement. (2017)


Risk of fetal death and optimal timing of delivery among overweight and obese women.

Improving maternal and perinatal health outcomes in high risk mothers.

Perinatal Healthcare System Improvement.

MSFHR Scholar Award (2017)