Meera Rayar, Joshua Tepper, Michelle Stasiuk, Wendy Glauser & Jeremy Petch

Dr. Meera Rayar is a resident physician in Paediatric Hematology/Oncology at the Hospital for Sick Children. She received her Bachelor of Health Science and Medical Degree from McMaster University. She then went on to complete her paediatric residency at McMaster University, before moving to the University of Toronto to complete her training. She is currently completing a Masters of Science at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Meera’s research interests include health utilization patterns of patients as well as evaluation of complex medical programs. She hopes to practice as an academic clinician after completing her training. 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 Michelle Stasiuk is a passionate, dedicated and forward-thinking volunteer with Alberta Health Services. She has been involved directly with South Health Campus in Calgary since 2007. She is currently co-chair of the Citizen Advisory Team, a member of the SHC Physician and Administration team, the Emergency Department Team and the Patient and Family Centered Team for the Calgary Zone. She has a chronic illness and is extremely grateful to have been cared for in Calgary. She has cheated death 4 times now and will forever be thankful for the expertise of the medical staff that has kept her alive. She is a strong advocate for patient and family centered care and has seen positive change in health care facilities and in attitudes of staff. Michelle has presented at International Conferences on Patient and Family Centered Care. When she is not volunteering, Michelle works as a Property Manager and is a single mother of a delightful teenage daughter. Wendy Glauser is a researcher-writer with Healthy Debate, at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St Michael’s Hospital. She has written on health care in Canada, as well as in East Africa and Southeast Asia, and has received a health journalism grant from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. Her work has appeared in the Canadian Medical Association, The Medical Post, The Globe and Mail, Today’s Parent, Chatelaine and many other publications. She has a degree in journalism from Ryerson University and a Master’s degree in political science, with a focus on health policy, from York University. Follow Wendy on Twitter @wendyglauser Dr. Jeremy Petch is the Managing Editor of Healthy Debate and the Manager of Special Projects at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Regent Park Community Health Centre and is the Chair of its Quality Committee. He is also involved in research aimed at understanding the relationship between resource intensive use of the health care system and the social determinants of health. 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 Healthcare Policy. Follow Jeremy on Twitter @JeremyPetch

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Why can’t you email your doctor?

Email may be the preferred communication method with clients in many industries, but many health care clinics are still relying on phone and fax to connect with patients. Only about 11% of Canadian primary care doctors communicate with their patients through email. In comparison, 35% of doctors email patients in the United States and United Kingdom,…