Mo Alhaj works as a quality improvement specialist at St Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto where he oversees the implementation of quality improvement initiatives and projects at the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Mo has taken on several roles that focus on streamlining data-driven quality improvement initiatives, integrating quality improvement into the operational work of the department and investigating causes of care gaps in primary care. Currently, his work focuses on addressing equity gaps in primary care settings.
Before joining the team at St. Michael’s, Mo had the privilege of working in various global health settings where he supported QI projects that implemented new standards of care for HIV patients in rural Kenya and Malawi. Prior to that, he worked in various capacities at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Baycrest Hospital. His research work at Baycrest resulted in the validation of a neurological assessment tool that is currently being used across Ontario in diagnosing mild cognitive impairment. Mo received his MD from the Jordan University of Science and Technology and his Master of Epidemiology from the University of Toronto. He has also completed the C-QuIPS certificate course in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.
Genevieve Bouchard-Fortier is a graduate of McGill University. While completing a residency program in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Toronto, Genevieve obtained a Master of Clinical Epidemiology focusing on cancer screening and cancer prevention at the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her fellowship in gynecologic oncology at UofT, working at the same time on understanding and improving the outcomes of minimally invasive surgeries for gynecologic oncology patients. More recently, she completed the C-QuIPS certificate course. Genevieve’s research and clinical interests include management of gestational trophoblastic disease as well as development of quality metrics to improve gynecologic oncology care.
Genevieve is a joint C-QuIPS-Choosing Wisely Canada Fellow.
Allison Brown is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine and Department of Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She completed a Master of Science in Health Research Methods (McMaster University) and a PhD in Community Health Sciences (University of Calgary).
Allison has more than eight years of quality improvement and patient safety experience, including in the clinical and academic contexts. To date, she has taught more than 1,000 medical learners about quality improvement, including annually as a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Ireland. Her passion for teaching quality improvement to others has inspired much of her research, including her doctoral thesis which included a realist synthesis of the contexts and mechanisms associated with quality improvement curricular outcomes and a comparative analysis of pedagogical strategies at the postgraduate level. She has published her work in BMJ Quality and Safety, Perspectives on Medical Education, BMJ Open Quality, Teaching & Learning in Medicine and Medical Education. Allison’s current program of research continues to explore how best to teach quality improvement in medical education, with a particular focus on teaching and assessment strategies as part of competency-based models of training.
Natasha Gakhal is a general rheumatologist at Women’s College Hospital and assistant professor in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Toronto as a clinician in quality and innovation. She completed her Master’s in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety from IHPME at UofT. Her academic focus is in improving access and triage to rheumatology care and improving collaboration with primary care and subspeciality providers. She also co-leads a juvenile arthritis clinic with paediatric rheumatology to improve care for young adults transitioning from paediatric care.
Beth Gamulka is a hospital-based paediatrician who has spent her career splitting her clinical responsibilities between tertiary and community hospitals in the GTA. Currently, she is a staff physician at SickKids in the Divisions of Paediatric Medicine and Emergency Medicine as well as at North York General Hospital in the Department of Paediatrics. After completing the C-QuIPS Excellence in Quality Improvement Certificate Program (EQUIP) in 2019, Beth became an active participant in the Sepsis Program at SickKids and the clinical coordination, management and investigation of children with Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). She also joined the faculty of the Co-Learning Curriculum in QI Program for fellows and is one of the faculty members providing QI education for core paediatric trainees. Given her perspective working in both the academic inpatient and emergency settings as well as in community hospitals, Beth has a particular interest in improving transitions of care between tertiary and community settings. Her main QI focus for the C-QUIPS Improvement Fellowship will be on QI implementation of a new EMR-based sepsis recognition tool on the inpatient paediatric medicine units at SickKids.
Ashraf Kharrat is a staff neonatologist at Mount Sinai Hospital, where she began her career in the clinician-scientist development program, and assistant professor in paediatrics at the University of Toronto. She completed her medical degree at the University of Alberta, paediatric training at the University of Ottawa, and her neonatal-perinatal fellowship and targeted neonatal echocardiography training at UofT. She graduated with a Master of Science in Healthcare Quality from Queen’s University.
Ashraf has an interest in neonatal sepsis and is conducting both quality improvement work and clinical research in neonatal sepsis and sepsis hemodynamics. She has a passion for data-driven quality improvement and is currently leading a large unit-wide QI program aimed at decreasing nosocomial infection in the neonatal intensive care unit and improving the management of infants diagnosed with septic shock. She is also involved in QI initiatives to standardize the management of hypotension among critically ill infants.
Sam Vaillancourt is an emergency physician and trauma team leader at St. Michael’s, Unity Health Toronto. He is the director of quality improvement for the Department of Emergency Medicine at St. Michael’s. His research interest focuses on defining and measuring outcomes that matter to patients and the use of design methodology in improvement. As an associate scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, he led a team to develop the first patient-reported outcome measure for patients receiving care in the emergency department (PROM-ED.org). He completed training in health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He is co-director of the quality improvement training program for the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto and serves on the patient safety council at Unity Health Toronto.
Jennifer Wong is a clinical speech-language pathologist (SLP) and the professional leader for speech-language pathology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She carries academic appointments through the University of Toronto’s Department of Speech-Language Pathology, The Institute for Education Research at UHN, and Sunnybrook’s Practice-Based Research & Innovation (PBRI) Program and Education Research Unit. Jennifer’s clinical practice is in long-term care/palliative care, where she focuses on dysphagia and communication for older adults with complex medical needs.
Jennifer is a graduate of the C-QuIPS certificate course, and has also completed an Innovation Fellowship through Sunnybrook’s PBRI program/the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network. Jennifer’s quality improvement and research work has focused on the impact of dysphagia on safety/quality of life, and end-of-life care in interprofessional settings. Jennifer is involved in teaching and professional development activities for SLPs, and advocacy/leadership work with her provincial and national associations in the area of palliative care.