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.
Andreas Laupacis is a palliative care physician and health services researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto. He is also Lead for Patient Involvement in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He splits his time between Toronto and near Pembroke, Ontario, where he competes against groundhogs for the produce from his vegetable garden.
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 a leader in Community Engagement, passionate about change and finding ways to amplify the voices and reach of equity-seeking groups. Ryan has a Master’s in Health Administration from the University of Toronto and spent six years mentoring youth in high needs areas with Ahead of the Game Mentoring. Ryan is a native to Georgetown, Guyana, and has lost all his hair due to recent Raptors playoff struggles.
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).
Claude Lurette was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1992 after completing a residential treatment program for alcoholism and addiction. Having survived the disorder for the majority of his adolescence and young adulthood, Mr. Lurette became an advocate for people with lived experience when he formed the Client Empowerment Council at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre in 2006. Claude has participated in a variety of regional, provincial and federal mental and physical health planning and policy tables, shares his lived experience at public events and in the media, and has showcased his advocacy work in a number of conferences and workshops. Claude currently works at Options Bytown as a housing support worker-peer specialist.
Seema Marwaha is a general internal medicine physician, researcher and journalist. She also has her masters in education. 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. seemamarwaha.com @SeemaMarwahaMD
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.
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.
Jeremy Petch leads the Quality and Performance Analytics Initiative at St. Michael’s Hospital and is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He was once an avid documentary photographer, but these days mostly takes pictures of his outrageously cute kids.
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.
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 worked as an editor at a range of publications, including Maclean’s, Today’s Parent, Sportsnet and Chatelaine. She has a longstanding interest in health equity, and previously worked as a social worker with children, youth and families.
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.