Karen Born, Verna Yiu & Terrence Sullivan

Karen Born Karen Born is a researcher-writer with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St Michael’s Hospital, focusing her work on projects related to public engagement and education around the health care system. Karen is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Karen has worked across Ontario facilitating citizen engagement processes for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, LHINs and hospitals. Karen has an MSc in International Health Policy from the London School of Economics, and an Honours BA in Political Science from McGill University. Follow Karen on Twitter @BornK Verna Yiu Dr. Verna Yiu is a pediatric nephrologist and the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Quality and Medical Affairs for Alberta Health Services. Prior to this role she was the interim dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta. Dr. Yiu is an alumnus of the University of Alberta and Harvard University. She has had 15 years of leading in areas of health administration both within the healthcare delivery system and academic setting. Her current role in AHS is to help oversee the integration and coordination of a diverse, multifaceted, complex end-to-end health delivery model for the province through the four accountability functions: Quality & Healthcare Improvement, Strategic Clinical Networks; Medical Affairs; and Academic Partnerships. A key mandate of this position places strong emphasis on the importance of engagement, leadership development and relationships between the medical staff and the health care system. Terrence Sullivan Dr. Terrence Sullivan was President and CEO of Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) from 2001-2011. From 1993 to 2001, Dr. Sullivan held the position of President of the Institute for Work & Health (IWH). He has held senior roles in the Ontario Ministries of Health, Intergovernmental Affairs and Cabinet Office. He served two successive Premiers Ontario as Executive Director of the Premier’s Council on Health Strategy from 1989-1991, including a period of time as Deputy Minister. He is an active behavioral scientist with research and practice interests in cancer prevention and health system performance. He holds faculty appointments in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. His current commitments include roles as the Vice Chair of the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion and the independent chair of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health.

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Accessing reconstructive surgery after breast cancer treatment

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