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C-QuIPS Core Members

Core members with C-QUIPS are members of one of the University of Toronto Faculties with research, teaching, administrative, or other professional activities interests align with C-QUIPS’ mission, and who are actively involved in research or educational activities with C-QUIPS. While their primary affiliation typically still lies with another Department or academic unit of some kind, core members participate in Centre educational and research activities in a consistent and robust manner. They typically have led sessions at symposia, frequently teach in educational offerings from the Centre, or frequently collaborate in research projects with other members of the Centre. They may also be asked to supervise or mentor trainees associated with C-QUIPS education programs.

Chaim Bell, MD, PhD

Dr. Bell is the Physician-in-Chief at the Mount Sinai Hospital. He is a hospital-based general internist at Sinai Health System and Professor of Medicine and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Dr. Bell is an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) in Ontario. He is also a member of Cancer Quality Council of Ontario (CQCO) an expert in the areas of health system policy and administration, performance measurement and health services research, and sits on multiple Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care expert advisory panels. Dr. Bell received his medical degree from the University of Toronto and completed his specialty training in Internal Medicine and Clinical Investigation at the University of Toronto. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and then received his PhD in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research from the University of Toronto. Dr. Bell's research focuses on patient safety and the quality of patient care in hospitals as well as the transition from hospitals to the community. For the past five years he has been the Research Director for the Mount Sinai Hospital-University Health Network Antimicrobial Stewardship Program.

Lianne Jeffs, RN, PhD, MSc

Dr. Jeffs is the inaugural St. Michael’s Hospital Volunteer Association Chair in Nursing Research, Director of Nursing/Clinical Research and Nursing Administration, and a Scientist in the Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. Jeffs is also the Scientific Director of the Nursing Health Services Research Unit Knowledge Translation and Exchange Program, University of Toronto site. Dr. Jeffs’ research interests include integrated approaches to patient safety, quality improvement, and knowledge translation. Of particular focus, her research program aims to gain insight into how care transitions of complex medical patients and healthcare system performance can be enhanced to improve quality patient care (patient and caregiver experience and satisfaction) and outcomes (avoidable hospitalizations and emergency room visits, and errors, and reduced costs). Her research generates knowledge that goes to the very heart of how to design and deliver safer health care in Canada. She holds her primary appointment as Assistant Professor with the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing University of Toronto and is cross-appointed as Assistant Professor, to the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

Tara Kiran, MD, MSc

Dr. Tara Kiran is a family physician and the Quality Improvement Director and Chair of the Board of Directors in the St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team, and an assistant professor and clinician investigator in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She received her MD from the University of Toronto, and completed her residency training in family medicine at McMaster University. She then completed a MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Kiran’s program of research focuses on evaluating the impact of Ontario’s primary care reforms on quality of care and related disparities. She has recently taken on a new role as a CIHR Embedded Clinician Researcher with Health Quality Ontario, where she is developing a set of quality measures that assess how good the care is for people admitted to hospital and discharged home. In recognition of her outstanding accomplishments, she was awarded the 2015 New Investigator Award from the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG), and the 2012-13 Rising Star Award from the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR).

Alexander Lo, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Dr. Alexander Lo is a Staff Physiatrist in the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, specializing in Stroke and Acquired Brain Injury rehabilitation. He is a Clinician-Teacher and Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, and is cross-appointed to the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, where he completed a Masters in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. He has been involved in developing and teaching Quality Improvement and Patient Safety curricula locally, through the Co-Learning Curriculum in Quality Improvement, and nationally and internationally through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons’ ASPIRE program. He has taught QI workshops to interprofessional teams across Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and introduced an interprofessional model of “Morbidity and Mortality Rounds” into the rehabilitation setting at TRI. He has been involved in faculty development to increase faculty capacity to teach QI in the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, and provides supervision and mentorship for QI projects through the Co-Learning Curriculum, Certificate Program in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement and MSc concentration in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at IHPME.

Conor McDonnell, MB, MD, FFARCSI

Dr. McDonnell graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway (1994), with distinction in pharmacology. During Specialist Residency Program training in Anesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Medicine his research in drug interactions and pharmacokinetics was conferred by Master’s Degree in University College Cork, Ireland. He moved to Canada in 2004 where he completed specialist fellowship training in paediatric critical care medicine and Anesthesiology, both at The Hospital for Sick Children,Toronto. He joined the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children in 2006 as Staff Physician and Assistant Professor. After completing the University of Toronto Certificate Program in Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Dr. McDonnell applied his efforts across two fronts: 1. The development of a Quality Program for the Department of Anesthesiology, which has resulted in publications in journals such as The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, and, BMJ: Quality and Safety. He has been invited to speak nationally and internationally on the topic of QI’s role in developing anesthesia as a specialty beyond the operating room, and is a member of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia’s International Quality and Safety Committee. 2. Medication Safety in Pediatric Hospital Practice. After well received publications in Journal of Opioid Management, and, Pediatrics, Dr. McDonnell has become recognized as a leader in the field of opioid error and medication safety as demonstrated by appointments as Chair of Medication Safety Committee at Hospital for Sick Children, member of Conference Organizing Committee for the International Conference on Opioids in Harvard, and, Physician Lead for Medication Safety (Hospital for Sick Children) within the North American Solutions for Patient Safety Network.

Dr McDonnell continues to teach and support QI methodology and projects for residents and fellows training in Anesthesia (notable publications in BMJ: Quality and Safety, Canadian Journal of Anesthesia and, Pediatric Anesthesia), and is currently contributing to the initiative to create a QI curriculum for the University of Toronto’s post-graduate Anesthesia curriculum (initiative led by Dr Josh Gleischer). He also acts as a Faculty Advisor for Quality Improvement projects in the Department of Anesthesia.

Eric Monteiro, MD, MSc

Dr. Eric Monteiro is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto, with his practice based primarily out of Sinai Health System and the University Healthy Network. Dr. Monteiro received his MD and residency training from the University of Toronto. He went on to complete 2 years of advanced fellowship training in minimally invasive skull base surgery, head and neck surgical oncology and rhinology. He also completed an MSc in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the Institute of Healthy Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. His primary focus in quality improvement and patient safety is the development and evaluation of quality indicators for various conditions in the field of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck surgery. Recent projects include developing quality indicators for the surgical management of well-differentiated thyroid cancer as well as for the management of acute and chronic rhinosinusitis. He is involved in the Choosing Wisely campaign for the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and is currently involved in creating the lists for the subspecialties of Rhinology and Head & Neck Surgery. He is currently leading the development of a patient friendly website aimed at improving the perioperative experience of patients undergoing various Otolaryngological procedures. He was a member of the working group in Cancer Care Ontario which developed the Quality Based Procedure (QBP) protocol for thyroid surgery.

Olivia Ostrow, MD

Dr. Olivia Ostrow is an academic clinician and the patient safety lead for the Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children, and a lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. She received her MD at West Virginia University School of Medicine and completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics training at the University of California San Diego and the University of Rochester. She is board certified in both specialties and holds a certificate in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety from the University of Toronto. She is an experienced quality improvement champion who is committed to frontline improvement work. Locally, she plays a key leadership role in the Hospital for Sick Children’s Choosing Wisely campaign. At the provincial level, she is actively involved in the P4R Emergency Department Return Visit Quality Initiative with Health Quality Ontario. She chairs the Paediatric Emergency Medicine Morbidity and Mortality committee and also involved in the SickKids Caring Safely Initiative and serves as a regular instructor for the Error Prevention course taught throughout the hospital. She is the current interim co-director of the C-QuIPS Certificate Course in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement and faculty for the Co-Learning Curriculum in Quality Improvement in the Department of Paediatrics.

Gareth R. Seaward, MBBCh, MMed, MSc

Dr. Seaward is Professor and Vice Chair of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Toronto, as well as . Associate Obstetrician and Gynecologist in Chief for Mount Sinai Hospital and University Health Network. He is cross appointed to the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at U of T where he teaches in the Masters MSc Concentration in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety offered in collaboration with C-QuIPS. From 2000 to 2014, Dr. Seward was the Medical Director of the Labor and Delivery Unit at Mount Sinai Hospital and Head of the Division of Obstetrics from 2007 to 2014. He is the Physician Lead and Co-Chair of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada’s Managing Obstetrical Risk Efficiently (MOREOB) Program at Mount Sinai Hospital. 

Dr. Seaward received his medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and went on to complete a Master of Medicine there as well. He received specialty certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He completed a two-year fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Toronto. He holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology (University of Toronto) and a Master of Science Degree in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (University of Toronto). He has received numerous research and teaching awards as well as a Ministry of Health Scholarship to complete the Advanced Health Leadership Program through the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Dr. Seaward’s is currently focused on building a sustainable Division of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety QIPS within the Department of OB/GYN at MSH as well as across all university-affiliated sites, incorporating patient-safety strategies into all aspects of obstetric and gynecological care.

Sanjeev Sockalingam, MD, MHPE

Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam is Deputy Psychiatrist-in-Chief at the University Health Network for the Toronto General and Princess Margaret Hospital sites and associate professor and Director, Continuing Professional and Practice Development in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. H received his MD from the University of Manitoba and completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Master’s degree in Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is an active researcher with more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and is an investigator on several peer-reviewed grants. His research interests include the alignment of quality improvement and continuing professional development in mental health, knowledge translation, and factors influencing lifelong learning in practice. He also conducts research examining predictors and interventions to improve mental health care in the context of physical health issues. He is the co-lead for the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Ontario Mental Health at the Centre for Addiction and Mental and Health and the University of Toronto, which is a provincial hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing network model building mental health and addiction capacity in rural Ontario. He has received several teaching and education awards locally and nationally including the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Young Educator Award and the Canadian Medical Association Young Leader Award.

Christine Soong, MD, MSc, CCFP

Dr. Soong is an academic hospitalist and and Program Director for the Hospital Medicine Program at Mount Sinai Hospital / University Health Network, and an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Soong received her MD from the University of Western Ontario and completed her residency training in family medicine and a Master’s degree in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the Univsersity of Toronto. She has held leadership positions as both an academic and community-based hospitalist at William Osler Health Centre, Sinai Health System, and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Centre. She chaired Choosing Wisely committees for both the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine and the Canadian Society of Hospital Medicine, and led the development of Choosing Wisely Canada lists for both societies. She has led numerous quality improvement initiatives focused on improving care transitions and hospital discharge, the quality of care for orthopedic hip fracture patients, resource stewardship, and more recently, reducing the inappropriate use of psychotropic medications in frail elderly hospitalized patients. She has successfully disseminated the findings of her quality improvement initiatives in BMJ Quality & Safety, CMAJ, and the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Patricia Trbovich, PhD

Patricia Trbovich holds the Badeau Family Research Chair in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement at North York General Hospital and is Associate Professor of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. She leads the HumanEra team and holds cross appointments at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) at the University of Toronto and the University Health Network.

Patricia’s areas of expertise include human factors engineering and patient safety. She has conducted extensive research on how to design technologies and workflow processes that meet the needs of health care professionals. She has also conducted extensive research on mitigation of interruptions on delivery of high-risk medical procedures. Her team was recognized with the 2015 Patient Safety Award from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation and Becton Dickinson. She is Associate Editor for the BMJ Quality and Safety journal.