Ryan O'Reilly, Mike Tierney, Andrew Remfry & Jeremy Petch

Ryan O’Reilly is a graduate student at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He is currently working under the supervision of Dr. Beate Sander at Public Health Ontario. Prior to this, Ryan earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology & Pharmacology from McMaster University. He has a keen interest in health policy and health technology assessment, and is a fellow of the Canadian Centre for Health Economics. Through his training, he has conducted research at CAMH & Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and previously worked on health economic submissions at a Canadian pharmaceutical company. Mike Tierney is Vice President of Clinical Programs at The Ottawa Hospital and his portfolio includes Emergency, Critical Care, Medicine and Neurosciences. He has over 30 years experience in healthcare, including past roles as Director of Pharmacy at The Ottawa Hospital and Vice President of the Common Drug Review at the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH). Career experiences include clinical pharmacy practice in adult critical care, clinical education and research and, the application of an evidence-informed approach to healthcare decision making. Mike is trained as a clinical pharmacist, and obtained a M.Sc. in Pharmacology from the University of Ottawa and completed a hospital pharmacy residency program at the Ottawa General Hospital. Follow Mike on Twitter @MTierneyOttawa Dr. Andrew Remfry is a resident physician in internal medicine at the University of Toronto. He completed his undergraduate studies in the UK with a BSc in Physiology at the University of Leeds and a medical degree at St George’s, University of London. He moved to Canada with his family to begin residency after completing a year of post-graduate training at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals London. In additional to Internal Medicine his interest is in the field of Quality Improvement and his research focus thus far has been on the appropriate use of resources. His eventual goal is to be an academic general internist. 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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