Dr. Michael Fung-Kee-Fung – Co-Director, THTEX
Dr. Michael Fung-Kee-Fung is Professor at the Departments of Obstetrics/ Gynecology and Surgery at the University of Ottawa and is currently Head of Surgical Oncology at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Program and the Ottawa Hospital.
He is Chief of Cancer Transformation at the Ottawa Hospital and has a passionate interest in systems transformation and the role of collaborative methodologies in health innovation. He has pioneered the introduction of the Communities of Practice model in health care as a platform for engagement and innovation harvest to support knowledge transfer and systems performance improvements both at the regional and national levels. In addition he has co-designed and implemented a number of award winning clinical collaboration softwares.
He is presently co-leading the Telfer School of Management Health Transformation Exchange Initiative.
Clinically he co-leads the National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group in gynecology and is Chair of the Robotic Surgery Program at the Ottawa Hospital. He has held a number of leadership positions in Gynecologic Oncology both nationally and provincially and is the recipient of a number of awards for his contributions.
Dr. Fung-Kee-Fung practices in Ottawa and has a wife and 4 children. He enjoys most recreational pursuits, but in particular, he plays tennis infrequently, attempts yoga sporadically, and golf’s with a handicap not worth mentioning.
Wojtek Michalowski – Co-Director, THTEX
Wojtek Michalowski is the Vice Dean of Research and professor of health informatics at the Telfer School of Management. He holds a University Research Chair in Health Informatics and Decision Support at Telfer. He is a founding member of the Decision Analysis Lab (DAL) and adjunct research professor in the Eric Sprott School of Business, Carleton University. During the 1997/98 academic year, he was the senior research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.
Dr. Michalowski received the Polish State Professorship in 2013. This is the highest academic title in Poland and it’s given upon the recommendation of the Polish Academy of Sciences for research accomplishments recognized internationally. He is member of several editorial boards and for a number of years he was a chair of the Awards Committee of the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making. Wojtek’s research interests include decision analysis, multiple objective linear programming, medical decision making, health care management, ontological modeling and rough sets theory. He has written over sixty refereed papers and has published articles in some thirty journals, including Management Science, Naval Research Logistics, Operations Research, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, IEEE Systems,Man and Cybernetics, IEEE Expert, Decision Support Systems and Electronic Commerce, European Journal of Operational Research, and Methods of Information in Medicine. Currently, Wojtek is the Principal Investigator of an NSERC-funded research program aiming at developing clinical triage support systems for cross-platform applications, including mobile devices. To learn more about this research program, visit www.mobiledss.uOttawa.ca.
Dr. Ken Farion
Dr. Ken Farion completed his emergency medicine training at the University of Toronto in 1998 and pediatric emergency medicine subspecialty training at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) where he has been on staff since 1998. He also practiced emergency medicine at The Ottawa Hospital. Dr. Farion serves as CHEO’s Medical Director of Quality and Systems Improvement, working to engage CHEO’s staff and physicians in continuous quality improvement initiatives. He is also an investigator with the CHEO Research Institute. Throughout his career, Dr. Farion has helped develop and implement innovative improvements to the delivery of emergency care. He conducts a variety of clinical and health-systems research at CHEO while collaborating with other researchers at the University of Ottawa. Telfer School of Management, as well as across Canada through the Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC) network. Dr. Farion’s interests include concussion, emergency research and pain.
A leading expert in his field, Dr. Sundaresan is a full professor in the Department of Surgery at the Faculty and previously served as Chair/Head, Division of Thoracic Surgery at the University and TOH, from 2004 to 2012. Prior to his joining TOH and the faculty in 2002, Dr. Sundaresan held faculty appointments at Washington University School of Medicine (1992-1998) with clinical and molecular immunology research focus in lung transplantation and lung allograft rejection, respectively; and as Head, Division of Thoracic Surgery at Northwestern University, Chicago Illinois (1998-2002), where his clinical and academic focus was in thoracic oncology and simulation in surgical training.
Dr. Sundaresan’s clinical and academic interests are currently centered on thoracic oncology and minimally invasive thoracic surgery. He has played a senior leadership role at Cancer Care Ontario and in the Royal College Thoracic Surgery Examination Board. His research presently involves surgical quality measurement and improvement, and he has presented internationally and published on the impact of regionalization of thoracic surgery on perioperative quality and outcomes.
Dr. Mark Walker
Dr. Mark Walker is a healthcare executive and is the current Chairman and Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Ottawa and the Ottawa Hospital. He has published more than 210 peer reviewed articles and been awarded more than $10 million dollars as Principal Investigator in research. As well as being a highly respected clinician and researcher, Dr. Walker has a masters in Health Care Management from Harvard University.
His leadership roles include the previous Chairman of the Society of Investigators in Obstetrics and Gynecology of Canada, the Chair of the Perinatal Health Committee of the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Co-Chair of the Maternal Newborn Advisory Committee for the Province of Ontario. He is currently a Senior Scientist and the Scientific Director of the Better Outcomes Registry Network (BORN) as well as a board member of the Provincial Council for Maternal Child Health. Dr. Walker is internationally recognized for his research, medical leadership as well as health services and policy work.
Dr. James W.T. Chan
Dr. James Chan is an internal medicine specialist in The Ottawa Hospital. He completed a M.Ed. at OISE. His research involves using technology to enhance medical education. Amongst his various projects, he is working on a remote OSCE to link with students and examiners between China and Canada. He is working evaluating an app for orientation in the internal medicine rotation. He is studying a new method of cardiac auscultation with a stethoscope that produces as well as hears heart sounds. He is also studying the use of the iPad for education by Ottawa residents. He leads a technology interest group at the Ottawa Hospital. Clinically Dr. James Chan has an interest in internal medicine and heads the internal medicine perioperative assessment clinic (IMPAC) at TOH. He an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine. His career track is as a Clinician-educator with the Faculty of Medicine.
Professor of performance management at the Telfer School since 2012, Pavel Andreev obtained his Ph.D from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. His doctoral studies centered on the impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) on activities such as teleworking, telemedicine, e-shopping, e-learning, telebanking and teleleisure.
Professor Andreev was a Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Business Information Systems Department, University College Cork, Ireland. He was also a Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Professor at the Sagy Center for Internet Research and the Study of the Information Society, Graduate School of Management, University of Haifa, Israel.
Dr. Samia Chreim received her PhD from HEC-Montréal. She held research and teaching posts abroad, in Quebec and in Alberta, and has been associated with the Telfer School of Management since 2006. She teaches courses on change management, strategic management and qualitative research methods in the areas of Business Management and Health Management.
In the area of health care management, she has studied the dynamics of organizational change, integration across organizations, and collaboration among professionals. She has researched how distributed or collective leadership is exercised. She has also held an interest in how the roles and practices of different health professions interact with each other, conflict and change. Her most recent studies have attended to these notions in the contexts of mental health teams, primary care units and hospitals.
Professor Patrick’s research interests are in applying the methods of operations research to improve the efficiency of health care management. His PhD thesis involved a Markov decision process model that sought to determine intelligent multi-priority patient scheduling policies with the goal of maintaining reasonable priority-specific wait times. His current research interests are in capacity planning within health care as well as continuing to explore scheduling challenges. On the theoretical side, Professor Patrick is interested in seeking to advance the field of approximate dynamic programming.
Professor Patrick is a member of INFORMS and CORS. He is also an affiliate with the Centre for Health Care Management at UBC.
Lysanne Lessard received a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information. She also holds a Master’s degree in Information Technology (M.Sc.) from Téluq – Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and a B.A. in Communications from UQAM.
Professor Lessard’s studies have been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FQRNT), and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS). Her many scholarly publications include the chapter article “Service Systems Design: An Intentional Agent Perspective”, published in 2013 in Human Factors and Ergonomics Manufacturing & Service Industries, 23(1), 68-75, with co-author Eric Yu.
Professor Lessard’s research focuses on the development of design and modeling approaches for inter-organizational contexts such as knowledge-intensive business service (KIBS) engagements. In these contexts, she investigates how organizational actors and ICTs form infrastructures in which information and knowledge are collaboratively created, shared, and transformed. This understanding leads to the creation of models, methods, and ICTs for the design, development, and evaluation of service systems. The results of this research enable greater value creation and innovation in today’s networked economies.
Daniel Amyot is Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Ottawa, which he joined in 2002 after working for Mitel Networks as a senior researcher. His research interests include software engineering; requirements engineering with goals, scenarios and aspects; business process modeling; healthcare informatics; and regulatory compliance. He has over 150 publications in these areas. In the past decade, Daniel led the standardization of the User Requirements Notation at the International Telecommunication Union and led the development of jUCMNav, a tool for modeling and analyzing goals and scenarios (http://softwareengineering.ca/jucmnav/). He has led and participated in many projects on different e-health, analytics, and real-time monitoring applications in collaboration with several hospitals in Ontario. Daniel is on the editorial boards of two leading journals: Empirical Software Engineering, and the Journal on Software & System Modeling. In 2015, he was also the General Chair of the 23rd IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (http://re15.org). Daniel has a Ph.D. and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Ottawa (2001 and 1994), as well as a B.Sc. from Laval University (1992).
Dr. Randy Giffen is an Analytic Solutions Architect with IBM Canada. He is currently working at the Center for Health Informatics and Analytics at Memorial University. Dr. Giffen is a former General Practitioner with post-graduate research experience in Medical Informatics at the Open University. He joined Object Technology International in Ottawa which was acquired by IBM. Dr. Giffen has been involved in a number of software projects at IBM including the Eclipse Project, Business Process Management, Healthcare Analytics, and Predictive Maintenance and Quality.
Dr. Donia joined the Telfer School of Management in 2011 as an assistant professor of human resource management and organizational behaviour. Dr. Donia earned a Ph.D. in Administration from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business, an M.Sc. from the same university and a B.A. in Political Science from McGill University. She is multilingual (fluent in English and Portuguese, and with working knowledge of Spanish and French) having lived in Brazil, Canada and Europe. Dr. Donia’s main research interests focus on individual and organizational giving exceeding formal role expectations. At the individual level, she is interested in why employees perform organizational citizenship behaviors and more specifically, in understanding whether different motivations lead to different contributions. At the organizational level, she is interested in the effect of corporate socially responsible actions on employees within the organization. Among other areas of research, she is interested in the role of feedback on individual and team performance. She has presented her research in conferences such as at the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business and the European Group of Organization Studies, and earned awards at the Academy of Management Conference, the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, the Society of Business Ethics Conference, and the Canadian Psychological Association Conference. Her research has been published in the Academy of Management Learning and Education, Leadership Quarterly, the Journal of Business and Psychology, and Career Development International.
Mark is the RBC Financial Group Professor for the Commercialisation of Innovations. He is an associate editor at the Journal of Small Business Management. He holds a visiting professorship in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Lancaster University Management School. His research is concerned with the role of entrepreneurship in economic and business development and is funded by funding councils and governments. Two themes dominate his work: innovation and entrepreneurial finance. His principal interest is in understanding how firms (increasingly of all sizes) create and capture value, and how the mechanisms employed variably impact upon performance. Mark works directly with businesses to refine his research projects and to exchange ideas.
Dr. Sauré completed his Ph.D. in Management Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Martin L. Puterman and Prof. Jonathan Patrick. He received his M.Sc. degree in Operations Management and his professional degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Chile in 2002. Dr. Sauré has over twelve years of experience developing, implementing and applying advanced analytics techniques to large-scale, real-world business problems in several industries. He is an expert in the development of advanced capacity planning and scheduling techniques. Dr. Sauré has worked with the British Columbia Cancer Agency on numerous patient scheduling projects as well as other projects aimed to provide timely access to quality cancer care. He has previously taught several undergraduate and graduate courses at UBC and at the University of Chile. Dr. Sauré’s research interests include advanced modelling and decision-making under uncertainty and their applications to large-scale problems in service operations. In particular, the study of resource allocation problems in health care and other areas. From a methodological point of view, his research focuses on the development of advanced analytics techniques for dynamic resource allocation problems.
Dr. Jaana is a Full Professor at the Telfer School of Management in the University of Ottawa. She earned her PhD in Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa, with a concentration in Health Informatics, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at HEC Montreal under the Canada Research Chair in Information Technology in Health Care. She currently teaches courses in the areas of quality management and evaluation in health care, program evaluation, and health information technology. Her research streams, which evolved at the intersection of Health Informatics and Health Care Management, include: Evaluation of telehealth applications adoption and impacts; IT innovation and assessment in health care organizations; Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) implementation; and Digital health and seniors. Her current projects focus on: 1) studying the implementation of information technology and electronic medical records in hospitals, and the strategies used to support their use; 2) examining the dynamics of IT innovation in health care organizations; 3) measuring risks and mitigation strategies in clinical IT projects; 4) assessing the management issues facing IT executives in hospitals; 5) examining the adoption and impacts of telemonitoring as a patient management approach for chronic diseases; and 6) investigating the adoption and use of technology by seniors in the community. Dr. Jaana has published articles in top peer-reviewed journals in the areas of health care management and health informatics including the International Journal of Medical Informatics, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Health Care Management Review, and the American Journal of Managed Care. She has presented at national and international conferences and was a member of grant selection committees. She currently serves as a reviewer for several journals and conferences.
Agnes Grudniewicz received her Ph.D. in Health Services Research from the Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation at the University of Toronto. She holds a Scientist appointment at the Institut du savoir Montfort and is an affiliate investigator at the Bruyère Research Institute. Dr. Grudniewicz’s research is focused on primary and community care and aims to improve health care systems and services for patients with complex health and social needs. She also studies health system improvement for older adults, individuals living with mental illness, and people with multiple chronic conditions. Using qualitative and mixed-methods research designs, Dr. Grudniewicz studies integrated care, coordination and collaboration across settings and care providers, and goal-oriented care.
Dr. Angel Arnaout
Dr. Arnaout is a Breast Surgical Oncologist at the Ottawa Hospital, Full Professor at the University of Ottawa and Associate Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. As the Regional Director Breast and Quality Lead of the Champlain LHIN Ottawa Region, she oversees the quality of breast cancer care for 13 regional hospitals, focusing on access, efficiency, effectiveness, patient experience, and equity of care. Dr. Arnaout is also an Expert Lead of Knowledge Mobilisation and Physician Practice Change at the Cancer Partnership Against Cancer as well as an Executive Member of the Cancer Care Ontario Breast Cancer Advisory Board, where she participates in mobilizing high quality cancer care across all hospitals within Ontario and in Canada. She is a recipient of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada Enid Johnson MacLeod Award, Cancer Care Ontario Human Touch Award and Order of Ottawa for her dedication to breast care and women’s health in Canada. Dr. Arnaout also graduated as the valedictorian and top of her Global Executive MBA class at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Marc Carrier, M.D., MSc, FRCPC
Dr. Marc Carrier, M.D., MSc, FRCPC, is Head of the Division of Hematology at The Ottawa Hospital, a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medicine and Senior Scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Program of The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He holds a Tier 1 Research Chair in Venous Thromboembolism and Cancer from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.
Herna Viktor is a (Full) Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at uOttawa. She is also the program director of the master’s in computer science – Applied AI concentration at uOttawa, a program recognised by the Vector Institute. Her research focuses on data driven discovery, with an emphasis on adaptive machine learning algorithms to extract meaning from fast-evolving data. She is the author of more than 150 journal articles, conference papers and book chapters and on the editorial board of 3 journals in her field.
The end results of her research have been applied across numerous and diverse domains, including
– the study of anaemia paediatric patients, in collaboration with the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto;
– exploring the evolving media discourse regarding the Alberta oil sands debate;
– intelligent placement of data analytics applications on cloud services;
– sentiment analysis for opinion mining in elections; and,
– most recently, a study of content-based detection of online influence campaigns.
Her work has received a number of recognitions, including
– the innovative application award at the 10th European Conference on Practice and Principles of Knowledge Discovery (PKDD 2006),
– a best paper award at the 8th International Conference Machine Learning and Data Mining in Pattern Recognition (MLDM 2012),
– the SSHRC Human Dimensions Open Data Challenge in 2016 and
– a best student paper runner-up award at the European Conference on Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML/PKDD 2018).
Dr. Donna E. Maziak, MDCM, MSc, FRCSC, FACS
Dr. Maziak graduated from medical school from McGill University and went to the University of Toronto for her residencies in General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery. She worked for 2 years at Toronto General Hospital and completed her masters in Clinical Epidemiology at McMaster’s University. She then was recruited to Ottawa at the Ottawa Hospital, General campus, where she is now full Professor and co-Director of the Communities of Practice for Lung and Esophageal/gastric in the Champlain LHIN and the surgical lead for Cancer Transformation at TOH and Lung Cancer Screening. She sits on Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) Practice Guidelines committee for thoracic malignancies, as well as other various committees at CCO, including the surgical lead for the pilot study for lung cancer screening at the Ottawa Hospital. She is a past president of the Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons and past Chair of the Thoracic Specialty Committee at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.