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Meet the team

Principal Investigators

Dr. Carolyn Steele Gray, PhD

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Dr. Carolyn Steele Gray's program of work focuses on the role of digital health in supporting integrated and person-centred care delivery for patients with complex care needs. She has studied and published in this topic across the technology life-cycle, including development, implementation and evaluation of digital health solutions. She also co-leads an international Special Interest Group in Digital Health Enabling Integrated Care under the International Federation of Integrated Care (IFIC).

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Dr. Terence Tang, MD, FRCPC

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Dr. Terence Tang is an Internal Medicine physician and a clinician scientist at Trillium Health Partners who focuses on using technology and data to improve care of complex patients, including at care transitions.  He has led the development and evaluation of communication technology in the hospital setting, and is looking forward to supporting integrated care across settings involving primary care and the community.  He has also been involved in data-driven quality improvement efforts, and is a lecturer at the University of Toronto's Department of Medicine. 

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Dr. Michelle Nelson, PhD

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Dr. Michelle LA Nelson is a Scientist in the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Sinai Health System and an Associate Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Dr. Nelson leads international research teams focused on rehabilitation and community reintegration for people with complex care needs and is particularly interested in the role and contributions of volunteers and the voluntary sector in integrated health services. She is the Vice President (SSO) for the World Stroke Organization, and a Senior Associate with the International Foundation of Integrated Care, where she leads an international special interest group focused on the voluntary sector. ​​

Co-Investigators

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Dr. Hardeep Singh, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont)

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Dr. Hardeep Singh is a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research & Innovation and Trillium Health Partners. Hardeep’s research focuses on developing digital health enabled transition models that are aligned to the priorities and needs of patients, caregivers and health care providers and supporting modernization of care transitions for seniors

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Jason Nie, MSc

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Coming soon!

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Dr. Marianne Saragosa, PhD, RN

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Dr. Saragosa is a registered nurse with a Ph.D. in Health Services Research from the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Dr. Saragosa is a postdoctoral fellow at the Science of Care Institute at Sinai Health. In this role, she actively engages in care transition, aging, co-design and program evaluation research using qualitative research methods. Dr. Saragosa has extensive experience conducting rapid reviews and applied qualitative research in care transitions, young carers, and dementia care. As an emerging early career researcher, Dr. Saragosa is interested in being a connector by building quality relationships and sharing knowledge, ideas, and connections. 

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Dr. Kerry Kuluski, MSW, PhD

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Dr. Kerry Kuluski is the Dr. Mathias Gysler Research Chair in Patient and Family Centered Care at the Institute for Better Health at Trillium Health Partners and Associate Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto (Canada). Prior to that she was a Scientist at Sinai Health System where she grew her program of research on patient and caregiver experience. She completed her PhD in Health Services Research at the University of Toronto and a Masters in Social Work at Lakehead University. In her research she focuses on care quality challenges in our health care system including care transitions using multi-methods. She is also exploring new strategies to better collect, make sense of, and act on patient experience data. She works in partnership with patients, families and care providers to co-design strategies that aim to improve health care experiences.  She launched a new course at the University of Toronto on Patient and Caregiver Engagement in Research and co-created a 7 part virtual learning series on Engagement and Co-Design with and for Patients, Caregivers and Communities.

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Dr. Timothy Ramsay, PhD

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Dr. Tim Ramsay has a PhD in biostatistics and is a Senior Scientist with the Clinical Epidemiology Program of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, as well as an Associate Professor with the University of Ottawa’s School of Epidemiology and Public Health. He is Scientific Director of the Ottawa Methods Centre, a group of statisticians, information technology specialists, epidemiologists, and health-care economists that supports clinical research at The Ottawa Hospital and across Ontario through the CIHR-funded Strategy for Patient Oriented Research. Dr. Ramsay has been an author on 229 peer-reviewed publications and has been a co-investigator on 69 peer-reviewed grants totaling over $66 million.

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Dr. Kednapa Thavorn, MPHARM, PhD

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Dr. Kednapa Thavorn is a Health Economist/Scinetist at the Ottawa Methods Centre in Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. As well as an Assistant Professor at the School of Epidemiology and Public Health in the University of Ottawa. She leads the HERO - Health Economics and health Resource Optimization. The HERO group's primary fields of research are health economics, health technology assessment and health equity. The goal is to combine the teams knowledge and experience in these areas to improve population health outcomes; reduce health care disparities in vulnerable and marginalized populations; and efficiently allocate health care resources.

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Dr. Sarah Sharpe, PhD 

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Dr. Sarah Sharpe is a Co-Founder of the QoC Health Inc. 

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John Petrie

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John Petrie holds a Co-Chair at the Oncology Patient and Family Advisory Council in Trillium Health Partners. 

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Dr. Mayura Loganathan, MD, FRCPC

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Dr. Mayura Loganathan earned his medical degree at the University of Ottawa and completed his family medicine residency at Mount Sinai Hospital through the University of Toronto. Dr. Loganathan is currently a staff physician at the Mount Sinai Academic Family Health Team. He is the lead physician for the family health team’s home visiting program for homebound frail elderly. He also teaches undergraduate medical students and family medicine residents at the Mount Sinai Hospital’s Granovsky Gluskin Family Medicine Centre. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science Community Health at the University of Toronto through the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

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Dr. Walter P Wodchis, PhD

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Dr. Walter P Woodchris is a professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation in the University of Toronto, Research Chair in Implementation and Evaluation Science and Senior Scientist at the Institute for Better Health (IBH), Trillium Health Partners, and Senior Adjunct Scientist at ICES. He is also co-lead for the International Foundation for Integrated care (IFIC) Canada. An internationally recognized scientist in health economics, financing, health care policy evaluation and integrated care, Walter is leading research to understand and improve health system integration and performance. Through his research programs which include more than 30 collaborating researchers and as many trainees, Dr. Wodchis has developed research to understand the needs and care trajectories for individuals with high care costs and complex health needs, particularly those with multiple chronic conditions. He has led multiple local, national and international research programs to understand the implementation of integrated care programs to address those needs

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Dr. Robert Reid, MD, MPH, PhD

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Dr. Robert Reid is chief scientist at the Institute for Better Health (IBH) and senior vice-president of science at Trillium Health Partners (THP). He holds a chair in Hazel McCallion Research in Learning Health Systems, and has an academic appointments as professor at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and the Department of Family and Community Medicine. He is also a professor at the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, at McMaster University. He holds appointments as affiliate investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute and affiliate associate professor at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Dr. Reid received his medical degree from the University of Alberta and completed a Master’s Degree in epidemiology and a PhD in Health Policy and Management from the Johns Hopkins University. He is a global expert and thought leader in population health, learning health systems, and primary care finance.

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Christine Heidebrecht, MSc

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Christine is a Research Associate at the Institute for Better Health in Trillium Health Partners, with a background in epidemiology and medical anthropology. Over the past several years she has led and supported a range of exploratory, operational and evaluation studies in Canada and South Africa, applying both qualitative and quantitative research approaches. She is passionate about health equity, and her research interests include infectious diseases, community health, health systems, syndemics and program evaluation

Managers & Coordinators

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Dr. Ingryd Ventura, PhD, PMP

Research Manager
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Dr. Ingryd is a Research Coordinator in the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation in the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Sinai Health. She recently graduated from Applied Clinical Research at McMaster University. She received her Ph.D. in Nursing in 2014 and is a project management professional. She has expertise in quantitative and qualitative research as well as clinical trials. Her previous experiences include coordinating international and multisite research projects, and working with patients, physicians and research staff within primary and complex care settings. At Bridgepoint, Ingryd is supporting multiple projects which focus on implementation and evaluation of digital health solutions, integrated care transitions, and rehabilitation for people with complex care needs.

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Dr. Bisma Imtiaz, MBA, MBBS

Research Coordinator
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Dr. Bisma is a Research Coordinator at the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation at Sinai Health. She is a medical doctor and holds a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management.. In the past, she has helped design and implement the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded COVID-19 Tele-ICU Project, a nationwide programme aimed at enhancing the critical care capacity of Pakistan. In collaboration with World Health Organization, EMRO and Aga Khan University, she developed and implemented a novel, virtual, healthcare management course titled “Building Capacity of Hospital Managers in LMICs” which continues to train health managers in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Iran, and Kenya. Bisma is passionate about leveraging innovative solutions like digital health to enhance access to healthcare in vulnerable populations by way of thoughtful and contextual implementation. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Health Systems Research from University of Toronto and intends to employ an equity lens in the implementation of innovative interventions, with a focus on diverse populations and resource-constrained settings.

Students & Research Assistants

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Cindy Vieira

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Cindy Vieira is a MSc-HSR student at Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and currently doing a thesis under the supervision of Dr. Carolyn Steele Gray. She will be aiding in the policy side of the Digital Bridge project.

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Obinna Ezeani

Research Student
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Obinna is a biochemist, a digital health enthusiast, and a multi-award-winning public health researcher. He has over 3 years of work experience across public health, education, and marketing. He has worked with the Nigerian equivalent of the FDA, popularly known as NAFDAC. He has contributed to public health policies in Nigeria through research and was twice awarded Best Research Paper Presenter. As the Assistant Director of Policy at the Boston Congress of Public Health, he supports researchers and policymakers with up-to-date public health policies. Obinna is a social changemaker, a youth volunteer under the Samuel Ioron Foundation, and the Program Director at Forward Falls Initiative. He has received several recognitions from prestigious organizations for his work as the founder of Healthlytic Limited, a Nigerian health-tech start-up. Furthermore, Obinna intends to leverage knowledge gained from his graduate studies under the IHPME program at the University of Toronto to design effective digital health solutions to strengthen healthcare systems globally through his healthtech start-up.

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Julia Wong

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Julia is a Master of Health Informatics student at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. She has a background in digital health research from her previous work at the University Health Network - working on building and implementing a digital counselling program for patients with chronic kidney disease and/or chronic heart failure. Julia’s interests include health equity, health policy, and the development, implementation, and evaluation of digital health technologies for patients with chronic health conditions. In her spare time, she volunteers as a Show Host for the Raw Talk podcast, a graduate student-led podcast interviewing health professionals and experts about topics within the medical sciences.

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Kang Kang Margolese

Research Student

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Citizens Advisory Committee members

Our committee members helps guide our research

Agni Shah

Shami Dua 

 
Jane Lui

Lisa Cesario

 

Kathy Dutcha 

Jane Lui

Heather Stuart-Obee

Karen Macneil

Research Team

Dr. Kerry Kuluski, MSW, PhD

Dr. Mathias Gysler Chair in Patient and Family-Centered Care, Institute for Better Health, Trillium Health Partners 

Associate Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

Dr. Sarah Sharpe, PhD

Co-Founder, QoC Health Inc.

Dr. Timothy Ramsay, PhD

Senior Scientist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

 

Scientific Director, Ottawa Methods Centre, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Assistant Professor, School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa

Dr. Kednapa Thavorn, MPHARM, PhD

Health Economist/Scientist, Ottawa Methods Centre, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute 

Assistant Professor, School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa

John Petrie

Co-Chair, Oncology Patient and Family Advisory Council, Trillium Health Partners

Dr. Mayura Loganathan, MD FRCPC

Family Physician, Ray D. Wolfe Department of Family Medicine, Sinai Health

Dr. Walter P Wodchis, PhD

Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

Research Chair in Implementation and Evaluation Science, Institute for Better Health, Trillium Health Partners

Dr. Ross Upshur, MD PRCPC

Dalla Lana Chair in Clinical Public Health


Head, Division of Clinical Public Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto


Scientific Director, Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation, Sinai Health


Associate Director, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health 


Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Dr. Robert Reid, MD, PhD

Chief Scientist, Institute for Better Health, Trillium Health Partners

Christine Heidebrecht, MSc

Research Associate, Institute for Better Health, Trillium Health Partners

Dr. Hedieh Molla Ghanbari, MD, MScCH, CCFP, FHM

Hospital Medicine Director, Mount Sinai Site Division of Hospital Medicine, Sinai Health


UHN/SH Hospitalist Fellowship Site Lead 


Lecturer, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto

Dr. Mayura Loganathan, MD CCFP

Lead Physician - Home Visiting Program,

Mount Sinai Academic Family Health Team


Clinical Lecturer, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto

Host Organizations

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Sinai Health System
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Trillium Health Partners
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