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Our team is working with leaders across the health care system to provide you with 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. They do not reflect authors’ employers or other organizations with which they are affiliated.
Dr. Andreas Laupacis is the Executive Director of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital and a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a general internist whose interest in health care is driven by his experiences as a consumer, practitioner, researcher and involvement in health care governance. He served on the Board of Directors of Alberta Health Services from 2008 to 2010, and was Chair of its Quality committee from 2009 to 2010. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Health Quality Ontario and a Board Member at Cancer Care Ontario. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Health Policy and Citizen Engagement. He is convinced that the health care system would be better if there is more informed input from citizens. Follow Andreas on Twitter @AndreasLaupacis
Francine Buchanan is pursuing her PhD at the Institute of Health, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. In the midst of a successful career as Strategy Consultant, her son was born with complex medical issues. Taking inspiration from the challenges her family has faced caring for a child with medical complexity within the medical system, Francine embarked in a new direction as a researcher, patient adviser and consultant. Francine’s research interests are in the area of Family Centred Care, Knowledge Translation and Quality Improvement.
Francine is a member of the Canadian Family Advisory Network and the Hospital for Sick Children’s Family Advisory Network, where she works with clinicians, administrators and researchers to draft processes and policies that take into consideration the families’ perspectives.
Francine holds a degree in English and Philosophy from McMaster University as well as a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario.
Dr. Seema Marwaha is an internal medicine physician at Trillium Health Partners and an assistant professor in the faculty of medicine at the University of Toronto. She is an AMS Phoenix Fellow and a clinician scientist at the Institute for Better Health. She recently completed the Munk Global Journalism Fellowship program. As a part-time freelance journalist, her work has been featured in CBC, Quartz, VICE, Maclean’s, National Post and Chatelaine. She is a Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship recipient. She also has her masters in technology, innovation and education from Harvard University. Prior to becoming a doctor, Seema worked in documentary film editing and was an avid travel photographer. Her research and academic work is focused on health communication, virtual reality, and the patient experience. Her mission is to make medical and educational content more accessible and entertaining. Follow Seema on Twitter @SeemaMarwahaMD
Dr. Jeremy Petch is the Manager of the Li Ka Shing Centre for Healthcare Analytics Research and Training of St. Michael’s Hospital, and an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He is a core member of the Health Technology Expert Review Panel at the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health and he sits on the Board of Directors of the Regent Park Community Health Centre and is the Chair of its Quality Committee. Dr. Petch holds a PhD in Philosophy from York University and a graduate diploma from the Ontario Training Centre in Health Service and Policy Research. His doctoral work focused on the intersection of ethics, law and public policy in the regulation of genetic screening technologies. He was previously a research associate at the Institute for Work and Health. His academic work has appeared in Annals of Epidemiology and the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. Follow Jeremy on Twitter @JeremyPetch
Maureen Taylor is a physician assistant in infectious diseases at Toronto East General Hospital and an Associate Clinical Professor in the Physician Assistant Studies program at McMaster University in Hamilton. Before her acceptance into the inaugural class of physician assistants at McMaster in 2008, Maureen had a long career as an award-winning broadcast journalist for the CBC and TVOntario, including six years as the National Medical/Health Reporter for CBC News. She was the CBC’s lead reporter on SARS, the withdrawal of Vioxx and the controversy over HRT and mammography screening. She is still a frequent guest on CBC radio and television on medical topics and healthcare issues and enjoys finding ways to blend her two passions: journalism and medicine. Follow Maureen on Twitter @maureentaylor31
Dr. Joshua Tepper is a family physician and the CEO of Health Quality Ontario. He was formerly the Vice President of Education at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and he spent five and a half years as the Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health Human Resources Strategy Division. He led the HealthForceOntario health human resources strategy. He was a senior medical officer for Health Canada, an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and a research consultant for the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI). He has a Bachelors degree in Public Policy from Duke University and a Masters of Public Health from Harvard, and completed his executive MBA in June 2011 at the Richard Ivey School of Business. Most important of all he has two gorgeous children Ishai and Adara. Follow Joshua on Twitter @DrJoshuaTepper
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
Dafna Izenberg, managing editor
Dafna Izenberg has 12 years of experience as a magazine editor, having worked at a range of publications that includes Maclean’s, Today’s Parent, Sportsnet and Chatelaine. She has a longstanding interest in health and equity, and previously worked as a social worker with children, youth and families. From 2008 to 2012, she sat on the board of directors at the Redwood women’s shelter.
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 and Wendy Glauser.