Vanessa Milne, Christopher Doig & Irfan Dhalla

Vanessa Milne is a researcher-writer with Healthy Debate, at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St Michael’s Hospital. She studied journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto, and has spent the past decade working as a health editor at Canada’s top publications, including The Toronto Star and Chatelaine. She has written on health care and other topics for The Globe and Mail, the Star, Reader’s Digest, Toronto Life and Marketing Magazine among others. Follow Vanessa on Twitter @vanessamilne Dr. Christopher Doig is Head of the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Calgary, as well as a Professor in the Departments of Critical Care Medicine, Internal Medicine and Community Health Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine. He was president of the Alberta Medical Association from 2010 to 2011. He has over 90 peer-reviewed publications including in journals such as Nature Medicine, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Canadian Medical Association Journal. He is married with 4 children. He is an avid cyclist, swimmer, and soccer player….currently ranked 4th in his family in goal scoring, but hoping to improve. Dr. Irfan Dhalla is a general internist at St. Michael’s Hospital and Health Quality Ontario’s Vice President, Health System Performance. Dr. Dhalla is also an Associate Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital, an Assistant Professor in the University of Toronto Department of Medicine with a cross appointment to the Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, and an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. After finishing his medical training, Dr. Dhalla completed a master’s degree in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His research has been recognized with several national awards, including a Rising Star Award and a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Follow Irfan on Twitter @IrfanDhalla


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