Meera Rayar, Sachin Pendharkar, Andreas Laupacis & 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. Sachin R. Pendharkar is a respirologist and sleep physician at the Rockyview General Hospital and FoothillsHospital in Calgary, Alberta. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary, and a scientist at the Ward of the 21st Century Research and Innovation Centre. He was supported by the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research and Health Quality Council of Alberta while completing a Master of Science degree in Health Services Research at the University of Calgary. His research focuses on health care operations research, patient flow, and improving health systems efficiency using simulation modelling. Follow Sachin on Twitter @srpendharkar
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
Dr. Jeremy Petch is 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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