Pierre Côté


Key Appointments

  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)
  • Associate Professor of epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto
  • Director, UOIT-CMCC Centre for the Study of Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Prior to joining UOIT, Dr. Côté was a scientist in the Division of Health Care and Outcomes Research at the Toronto Western Research Institute
  • In 2003, he was awarded a five-year New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • He was a member of the Scientific Secretariat of the 2000-2010 Bone and Joint Task Force on Neck Pain and its Associated Disorders
  • Chair of the Catastrophic Impairment Expert Panel (2010)
  • Dr. Côté also holds appointments in the Department of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto


  • PhD in Epidemiology and a minor in Research Bioethics at the University of Toronto in 2002
  • Master of Surgery degree from the University of Saskatchewan where he studied the Epidemiology of Neck and Back Pain in the General Population
  • Graduated as a chiropractor from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1989

Areas of expertise

Dr. Côté’s primary research interests include the burden, determinants and consequences of disability related to musculoskeletal disorders. Specifically, his work focuses on the etiology, prognosis and treatment of back and neck pain.

Research Activities

  • Epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders and disability
  • Traffic injury epidemiology
  • Health services research
  • Occupational health epidemiology
  • Randomized controlled trials
  • Systematic reviews of the literature

Dr. Côté’s research focuses on understanding the etiology of pain and disability related to musculoskeletal disorders. His interest resides in explaining the interactions between individual and societal determinants of health. Dr. Côté’s work aims to identify modifiable risk factors and design interventions that will reduce the burden of chronic pain and disability in the population. He is also interested in the translation of scientific evidence into policy.

Current Research

  • Chair, Minor Injury Guideline Protocol Project
  • The University Health Network Whiplash Intervention Trial: A randomized clinical trial of three programs of care for the management of whiplash injuries

Contact Information: Dr. Cote's publications