Carla Rosario is an early-career Geriatrician working at Baycrest Health Sciences. Her passion is to provide meaningful and comprehensive care for older adults. Dr. Rosario’s research interest is to explore new models of care, especially in long term care settings. Carla has completed the CQuIPS Certificate course in 2022 and is looking forward to furthering her QI research skills and learning from everyone this year as a Healthcare Improvement Fellow.
Sonia Rodriguez-Ramirez is transplant nephrologist based at University Health Network, originally from Mexico. She is Master of Science in Healthcare Quality Candidate at Queen’s University. Sonia has also finished the Advanced Training Program in Clinical Quality Improvement by Intermountain Healthcare Delivery Institute in November 2022. Her hope to become a successful Transplant Clinician in Quality Improvement. Sonia’s QI interests include high-value care, novel models of inpatient care and transitions of care, qualitative research, and emotional intelligence for organizations. She believes QI’s mission is about serving exponentially, beyond our human limits, by designing valuable healthcare systems to impact our community.
Dana Mayer received her medical degree from the University of Ottawa and completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. She then completed a one-year fellowship in Hospitalist Medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She practices Hospitalist Medicine at Sunnybrook as well as outpatient Family Medicine, with a focus on care of the elderly and palliative care. Dr. Mayer is a graduate of the Excellence in Quality Improvement Certificate Program. Her quality improvement and research work has focused on transitions in care and direct admissions to an acute care medical ward for patients from long-term care facilities. Dana has been involved in teaching residents in the community and academic family medicine clinics.
Certina Ho is a graduate of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto. She obtained her graduate degrees in Library and Information Science and in Education from the University of Toronto. She completed her PhD dissertation at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT) and holds faculty appointment at the Department of Psychiatry and the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto; School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo; and the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University, with a focus on educational program evaluation and scholarship, development of patient/medication safety and quality improvement curriculum, respectively. Dr. Ho also retains her affiliation with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada as a Medication Safety Advisor, with a focus on community pharmacy reporting and learning.
Mathilde Gaudreau-Simard is a General Internist at The Ottawa Hospital. She earned her medical degree from McGill University after completing a law degree at the University of Montreal. Most recently, she completed a master’s in health administration at the University of Toronto. Dr. Gaudreau Simard’s quality improvement work revolves around two themes – point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) and planetary health. As it pertains to POCUS, she is currently working on increasing the uptake of this technology to streamline care processes and to identify the most efficient approaches to address diagnostic needs. In regards to planetary health, she is building awareness on the carbon footprint of current care pathways and is leveraging quality improvement science to reduce the waste associated with inpatient care.
Joey Cheng-Singleton is the MRI Team Lead at the Hospital for Sick Children which allows her to advocate for her profession as a radiological technologist as well as make a difference via quality improvement and patient safety initiatives within and beyond Diagnostic Imaging. Joey is currently completing a Master’s in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at University of Toronto. Her passion lies in improving overall patient experience and outcomes through improving accessibility to DI services with a focus on equitable, diverse, and inclusive needs of patients.
Thomas Bodley is an internal medicine and critical care physician at the Scarborough Health Network (SHN) in Scarborough, Ontario. He is finishing his MSc in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto which focuses on development and validation of quality indicators for ICU team performance. Dr. Bodley has industry experience in Process Engineering which he has applied to quality improvement, patient safety, and resource stewardship initiatives throughout his training and career. Through the CQuIPS Choosing Wisely fellowship, Thomas hopes to build capacity for healthcare sustainability initiatives in critical care across Canada.
Marko Balan is an intensivist and internist practicing in St. John’s, NL. He completed his core internal medicine residency and critical care fellowship at Dalhousie University along with a critical care ultrasound fellowship at Western University. In 2019 he completed the Excellence in Quality Improvement Certificate Program (EQUIP) of the Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (University of Toronto) and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Healthcare Quality degree at Queens University. Dr. Balan’s clinical and healthcare quality interests include reducing low-value care within intensive care units, and medical education and quality assurance in point-of-care ultrasound.
Maha Al Mandhari is currently in fellowship training for Cardiovascular Anesthesiology at Toronto General Hospital. She completed her undergraduate medicine studies at the University of St Andrews and the University of Manchester in the UK. Dr. Maha Al Mandhari graduated from the Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and Adult Critical Care residency programs at the University of Toronto while simultaneously earning a Master’s in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety through the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the same university. She is passionate about database utilization for quality improvement research in critical care and cardiac anesthesia.