Dr. Hwang was the first to quantify the profound impact that homelessness can have on a person’s life expectancy, proving that homeless men are eight times as likely to die as men in the general population. He co-led the At Home/Chez Soi study, the largest randomized controlled trial in history to evaluate solutions to address homelessness. Its success testing the “Housing First” approach influenced the province of Ontario to set a goal to end chronic homelessness by 2025.
Dr. Hwang is the director of MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions and the St. Michael’s Hospital Chair in Homelessness, Housing and Health. He is a scientist with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Medicine, Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. An internal-medicine physician at St. Michael’s Hospital, Dr. Hwang also conducts a weekly clinic at Seaton House, Canada’s largest homeless shelter for men.