Jaris Swidrovich BSP, PharmD, PhD(c)

Dr. Jaris Swidrovich is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. He is a queer, Two Spirit, disabled, Saulteaux and Ukrainian pharmacist from Yellow Quill First Nation. Dr. Swidrovich is the first and only Indigenous faculty member in pharmacy in North America. His mother was a 60s Scoop Survivor, and both his grandmother and great-grandmother were residential school survivors. He received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Saskatchewan and a postbaccalaureate Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Toronto. His primary areas of research and practice include pain, HIV/AIDS, substance use disorders, 2SLGBTQ+ health, and Indigenous health. Dr. Swidrovich is also a PhD Candidate in Education at the University of Saskatchewan, where he is studying Indigenous Peoples’ experiences with pharmacy education in Canada.


University of Toronto

Principal Faculty:

Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

Key Publications:

Mosby I, Swidrovich J. Medical experimentation and the roots of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among Indigenous Peoples in Canada. CMAJ. 2021 Mar 15;193(11):E381-E383. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.210112. Epub 2021 Feb 24. PMID: 33627413; PMCID: PMC8096406. Swidrovich, J. (2021). Introducing Indigenous methodologies in pharmacy practice research. Canadian Pharmacists Journal, 154(2), 93-99. doi:10.1177/1715163521990058. Murphy L, Ng K, Isaac P, Swidrovich J., Zhang M, Sproule BA. The role of the pharmacist in collaboration with patients to manage chronic pain. Integrated Pharmacy Research and Practice. 2021;2021(10):33-41. DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IPRP.S248699. Campbell F, Hudspith M, Chonière M, El-Gabalawy H, Laliberté J, Sangster M, Swidrovich J, Wilhelm L. An action plan for pain in Canada. Canadian Pain Task Force Report #3. Ottawa, Ontario: Health Canada. ISBN: 978-0-660-38498-6. Birnie KA, Killackey T, Backlin G, Gavin F, Harris C, Jordan I, Kim L, Marianayagam J, Swidrovich J., Lalonde C, Tunji-Ajayi L, Oberlander T, Kirby-Allen M, Lambert S, Siden H, Noel M, Lalloo C, Stinson J. Ensuring Equity and Inclusion in Virtual Care Best Practices for Diverse Populations of Youth with Chronic Pain. Healthc Q. 2022 Apr;24(SP):25-30. doi: 10.12927/hcq.2022.26778.