Healthy Debate is led by an editorial team that consists of both patients and people who work in the health care system.
We work with leaders across the health care system to provide unbiased evidence and informed opinions, about health care issues in Canada. Our articles and opinion pieces reflect the views of their authors, not those of the editorial team as a whole. Neither do they reflect authors’ employers or other organizations with which they are affiliated.
Editor in Chief
Seema Marwaha is a general internal medicine physician, educator, researcher and journalist. She has her masters in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has completed a fellowship in global journalism. She is into all things film, photography and storytelling. Prior to becoming a doctor, Seema worked in documentary film editing and was an avid travel photographer. Her mission is to make medical and educational content more accessible and entertaining. She is a regular contributor to CBC, Chatelaine and various other media outlets. seemamarwaha.com @SeemaMarwahaMD email@example.com
Zeeshan Ansari works in the areas of compliance and business operations as Lead Ethics & Compliance Officer for Chubb Canada. He has an MBA degree in marketing and a Bachelor degree in commerce. As a patient caregiver, he has experienced various aspects of the health care system and is eager to contribute toward its betterment. His interests include reading, playing cricket and enjoying the outdoors with his wife and two children.
Francine Buchanan is a mom and primary caregiver to an amazing little boy who is thriving with complex medical needs. When she isn’t watching or playing baseball with her family, she is a Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto studying physician/patient communication. Francine’s passion is increasing parent participation in the health research process, and she holds the position of co-chair on the SickKids Research Family Advisory Committee.
Drew Cumpson is a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic and the founder of H&D Consulting, a consulting firm focused on the hospitality industry and disability advocacy. Drew suffered a spinal cord injury on May 10, 2011, while on a humanitarian trip in Lima, Peru. Drew grew up north of Kingston and now resides just west of the city.
Ryan Hinds is the lead for Community Engagement at the Toronto Central LHIN, and Co-Lead for the DLSPH Outreach and Access Program. He is also an adjunct lecturer at the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and a Public Speaker. Ryan is native of Georgetown, Guyana, and will also allow Kawhi Leonard to eat for free at his home.
Ngozi Iroanyah is a daughter and caregiver for her father who has Alzheimer’s. She is a second-year Ph.D. student in health policy and equity studies at York University. Her areas of interest are health systems strengthening and health policy development. Her research interests revolve around increasing equitable access for marginalized groups to quality health services and increased representation in decision making at the policy level. When she is not working on her thesis, she is busy travelling for fun or research purposes and volunteers with local charities. She lives in Toronto and enjoys dancing.
Pat is a seasoned single mom, love-struck grandmother, veteran advocate, and Van Morrison fan, in that order. In 1987, she became involved in advocacy, when as a young mother working in immunology research at McMaster University, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2018, Pat was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Her passion is transforming patients, policy-makers, professionals and advocates into partners for improved health care by providing people with avenues to express their individual passion for the cause. She bikes, hikes and skates in Ottawa, where she is (to stunned amazement) the Resident Friend for the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
Christine Miskonoodinkwe Smith
Christine Miskonoodinkwe Smith is a Saulteaux woman from Peguis First Nation. She is an emerging writer, graduated from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Aboriginal Studies in June 2011, and graduated with a Master in Education in Social Justice in June 2017. Her story “Choosing the Path to Healing” appeared in the 2006 anthology Growing Up Girl: An Anthology of Voices from Marginalized Spaces; a creative non-fiction piece titled “As A Child” appeared in Yellow Medicine Review in 2008; a piece titled “Mother: An Essay” in Yellow Medicine Review Spring 2011; and a poem titled “I Remember” in xxx ndn, a book of poetry published by the Aboriginal Writers Collective of Manitoba. She has written for the Native Canadian, Anishinabek News, Windspeaker, FNH Magazine, New Tribe Magazine and the Piker Press.
Michael Nolan has served Canadians through many facets of Paramedic Services. Beginning his career in 1990, as a Paramedic in Ottawa, Chief Nolan continued his studies in Toronto to become an Advanced Care and later, Critical Care Paramedic and worked in Northern Canada as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic. Chief Nolan has served as a Paramedic, Flight Paramedic, Professor, Deputy Chief of the Ottawa Paramedic Service, President of the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada, Director of Emergency Management for the City of Ottawa and is currently the Director and Chief of the Paramedic Service for the County of Renfrew. Since working as a front line clinician, Chief Nolan has worked tirelessly to advance and align emergency services leadership locally, nationally and internationally through research, government relations, policy development and the creation of standards for all emergency services.
Chika Stacy Oriuwa
Chika Stacy Oriuwa is a second-year medical student at the University of Toronto who is completing her MD/MSc with a concentration in System Leadership and Innovation. She has a keen interest in health care reform pertaining to the intersections of race and gender within medicine. She also sustains her roles as co-president of the U of T Black Medical Students Association, co-founder of the Black Interprofessional Students Association (BIPSA), and adviser on the External Implementation Steering Committee to the Minister of Child and Youth Services assisting with the Ontario Black Youth Action Plan. Lastly, she is a public speaker and performance poet.
Maureen Taylor is a physician assistant in Infectious Diseases at Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto, and a former CBC National medical reporter. Maureen is passionate about end-of-life choice, the antimicrobial apocalypse and the power of fecal transplantation.
Joshua Tepper is a family physician and the president and CEO of North York General Hospital. His clinical focus is typically inner-city marginalized communities and new Canadians. He has three awesome children. @drjoshuatepper
Serena Thompson is a single mom living in Toronto with sickle cell anemia. Serena is dedicated to helping those who are also affected, by sitting on the Sickle Cell Association of Ontario’s Transition Team. Her main focus is to reach out to the community through information sessions, conferences and social media. Serena has joined the Miss Caribbean Canada Pageant Planning Committee to liaise with the contestants and help educate them more about sickle cell disease. She is the Chair of the Ujima Sickle Cell Patient Emergency Fund and sits on the Minister’s Patient and Family Advisory Council.
Andreas Laupacis is the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal and founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Healthy Debate. He is a retired palliative care physician and a health services researcher. He splits his time between Toronto and near Pembroke, Ontario, where he competes against groundhogs for the produce from his vegetable garden.
Dr. Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy and a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. He is a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation, a Health Senior Scholar with the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research and the Principal Investigator for a number of large interdisciplinary projects that explore the ethical, legal and health policy issues associated with a range of topics, including stem cell research, genetics, patient safety, the prevention of chronic disease, obesity policy, the commercialization of research, complementary and alternative medicine and access to health care. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He writes frequently for the popular press on a range of health and science policy issues and is the author of The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness (Penguin 2012). Follow Tim on Twitter @CaulfiedTim
Jack is an experienced editor with three decades in journalism and newsroom leadership. He has led several Canadian news organizations including the Montreal Gazette and the Halifax Daily News, and most recently held a series of roles with Postmedia News and the National Post. He is a dedicated mentor who thrives on collaborating with writers to help achieve their best work and is excited to be joining the Healthy Debate team. firstname.lastname@example.org
Nikita Singh, Engagement Editor
Nikita Singh is a researcher and community health advocate. With her academic background in Health Studies: Population Health from the University of Toronto, she sees the importance of a good health system that is people centered – one that prioritizes the perspectives of patients, care givers, providers, community members and multiple other stakeholders. She is passionate about patient and family care experiences, specifically on how health information is accessed and navigated by populations to support their diverse health needs.@nikita__singh email@example.com
We gratefully acknowledge the following past writers and editors who have contributed to making Healthy Debate the vibrant hub for health care and policy discussions that it is today: Ann Silversides, Christopher Doig, Debra Bournes, Greta Cummings, Gord Winkel, Irfan Dhalla, Jill Konkin, Karen Born, Karen Palmer, Mary Ferguson-Paré, Michael Nolan, Mike Tierney, Robert Allan Bear, Roger Palmer, Sachin R. Pendharkar, Terrence Sullivan, Vanessa Milne, Verna Yiu, Dafna Izenberg, Jeremy Petch, Terri Irwin and Wendy Glauser.