Dr. Zahid Ahmad Butt is a medical doctor and infectious disease epidemiologist with a PhD in Epidemiology from Michigan State University and a Masters of Science (MSc) degree in Epidemiology & Biostatistics from Aga Khan University. He has extensive experience in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of nationwide immunization and infectious disease surveillance programs in developing countries. He has also been instrumental in the development of various Public Health programs internationally. He has over 15 years of public health experience and has worked with a number of organizations most notably WHO and UNICEF in their immunization programs.

A Fulbright scholar, Dr. Butt is currently an Assistant professor at the School of Public Health and Health systems, University of Waterloo. His research interests are HIV/HCV/HBV coinfections, vaccine preventable diseases, communicable and non-communicable disease syndemics, global health and spatial analysis of complex data. His research examines the inter-relationships between syndemics of HIV and Hepatitis B & C, social disparities, co-morbidities and substance use. Dr. Butt’s research activities to date have led to 97 peer reviewed publications (Scopus H-index: 29, total citations: 10,859) and 75 presentations at scholarly meetings in the domain of public health, big data analytics and spatial epidemiology, including papers in high impact peer-reviewed papers such as The Lancet, Lancet infectious diseases, BMJ, Lancet Neurology, Journal of Hepatology, JAMA oncology, and others.



Dr. Geoff McKee is a Medical Health Officer at Vancouver Coastal Health. He received his Medical Degree and Masters of Public Health from the University of British Columbia (UBC), as well as a BSc in Microbiology from the University of Victoria. He also completed medical specialty training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at UBC. His research interests with the BC Hepatitis Testers Cohort include the analysis of syndemics related to HBV, HBC, and HIV co-infections.

Email: Phone: 604-983-6701


mkuoMargot Kuo is the Epidemiologist for Hepatitis and HIV-HCV coinfection at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). Initially trained as a physiotherapist, Margot worked with children with disabilities and later with adults with chronic pain and addictions. After training as an epidemiologist at the University of Washington, she has worked at the BCCDC for 10 years in various service lines including Enterics, Harm Reduction, and Sexually Transmitted Infections/Blood Borne Infections (STIBBI). Margot is currently part of the team supporting the analytic operations of the BC-HTC enhanced surveillance platform.

Email: Tel: 604-707-5653