Dr. Klassen is the Academic Director for the Centre for Healthcare Innovation. He received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba, and his MSc in Clinical Epidemiology from McMaster University. In addition to being the CEO & Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba, he is also Head of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba and Medical Director, Child Health Program, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
Academic Director, CHI
Frank Krupka is the Executive Director of the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation. Prior to joining the Centre, Frank enjoyed many years of health care experience as a Director in administrative, information and support services where he led health department operations and developed coalitions to advance collaboration and innovation. Most recently, Frank developed a portfolio of over 150 large scale projects and championed the building of Project Management and Process Engineering capacity in the Winnipeg Health Region.
Through collaboration, Frank hopes to continue to enable CHI to become a centre of excellence by supporting researchers and clinicians in their quest to generate new knowledge and enhancing the patient experience. By translating research into new care delivery methods, ultimately CHI hopes to improve patient outcomes by integrating new methods across health and policy environments.
Executive Director, CHI
Dan McGregor is the Director of Business Services with the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, he joined the team in 2014. Dan has obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) along with various professional certifications, including: Certified Professional Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor and Certification in Risk Management Assurance. Dan has a strong financial and administrative background; prior to joining CHI, Dan worked with the University of Manitoba as Business Manager in both the College of Nursing in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Kinesiology and Recreation Management, and has also worked within the Province of Manitoba as Comptroller in the Department of Education and Senior Financial Analyst within the Department of Health.
Dan also has extensive experience in process improvement and compliance due to his role as Senior Audit Consultant within the Audit Services office at the University of Manitoba and Internal Auditor with the Province of Manitoba.
Director – Business Services
Greg Van de Mosselaer MD CCFP is the Chief Technology Officer for CHIMB.ca. He is responsible for the website design, graphics manipulation, backup, application programming, hack testing and database design. He works closely with a diverse group of carefully selected industry based IT professionals in the Manitoba region to deliver a product that is privacy compliant, Canadian hosted, locally developed and controlled as a "public good".
Greg came to CHIMB.ca from ManitobaCPD.com. Prior to joining the CHI team he had already launched TREKK.ca for the PERC (Pediatric Emergency Research Canada) as part of an NCE grant and is currently the lead programmer on the TREKK.ca project as well. He also is the lead programmer for the CanadianUveitisSociety.com and colaborates with an increasing number of medical clients across Canada, all in the public sector.
His main conviction is that "Information is a medical device" and views his work in knowledge translation using IT tools as a natural complement to his medical practice and his intention to help EBM communities of practice deliver better care to their patients.
Chief Technology Officer
tel: 204 952 8063
fax: 204 480 4312
Connie Feschuk assists with intake requests for CHI services. She brings over 30 years of nursing experience in acute care, blood services and clinical research. She has a Masters of Science in Health Sciences with a focus on research administration from George Washington University and a green belt in Lean Methodology.
Before returning home to Winnipeg, Connie managed a Clinical Trials Unit for the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. In this role she assisted physicians, nurses, and allied health researchers with sponsored and investigator initiated clinical trials. Assistance included protocol development, ethics submissions, regulatory documentation, budgets, research personnel hiring, and trial management. Prior to that role, Connie was the clinical lead for an electronic clinical documentation project and later a collaborative practice project.
Salah Mahmud is a clinician, public health physician and epidemiologist with interest in drug and vaccine development and evaluation. He is a Canada Research chair in Pharmaco-epidemiology and Vaccine Evaluation, the founding director of the Vaccine and Drug Evaluation Centre, the director of the Clinical Trials Platform of the Manitoba CIHR SUPPORT Unit (CHI) and Clinician Researcher, Population & Public Health, Manitoba Health. He currently holds an appointment as an Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences and Pharmacy in the Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba, serves as the Associate Editor of Preventive Medicine and as a member of several national and international committees and advisory boards related to vaccine policy and development.
Director, Clinical Trials Platform
Clinical Trial Specialist
tel: 1 204 594 5379
fax: 1 204 594 5394
Barret is a clinical research IT specialist with the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation. As an IT specialist with the Clinical Trials platform, he develops innovative information technology solutions to aid healthcare researchers. Barret also serves as a data analyst with the University of Manitoba’s Vaccine and Drug Evaluation Centre.
Barret has a strong and diverse background in software development, and holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from the University of Manitoba and an Internet Systems Specialist Diploma from the University of Winnipeg.
Clinical Research IT Specialist
Dr. Lisa Lix joined the University of Manitoba in September 2012 as a Manitoba Research Chair and to lead the development of the Data Science platform within the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation at the University of Manitoba. Prior to this, she was Centennial Chair in the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan (2008 – 2012), and continues to direct a Population Health Data Laboratory at that University, funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, which focuses on methodological techniques for the analysis of administrative health data.
Dr. Lix’s areas of research expertise include health services research methods, statistical methods for evaluation of the quality of administrative health databases, the analysis of repeated measures and longitudinal data, and robust statistical methods for patient-reported outcomes. She collaborates widely on projects about population health and the association between chronic disease and quality of life. Dr. Lix has extensive experience working with administrative health databases from multiple provinces and this has provided her with unique insights into new methodological research opportunities.
She is currently leading a three-year Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-funded project that will conduct comparative investigations of the quality of physician billing claims databases from Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
Director, Data Science
Dennis Bayomi is the Research Data Administrator, serving as CHI's REDCap training and support lead. He organizes and conducts training sessions for research teams interested in using REDCap and provides support for projects using that system.
Since 2001, Dennis has also been working part-time as a database/research analyst for the Manitoba Follow-up Study (UM Community Health Sciences), one of the longest-running longitudinal studies in the world. Prior to that, he worked for over a decade as the Faculty of Medicine's IT Coordinator.
Dennis has a B.Sc. (Honors) degree in Computer Science and M.Sc. in Community Health Sciences, both from the University of Manitoba.
He’s a founder and active participant in several Bannatyne Campus community outreach programs: Basketballs for Inner City Kids, SWISH (Summer Weekend Inner-city Supervised Hoops) and the Inner City Kids’ Computer Club.
Research Data Administrator (REDCap Training and Support Lead)
Please visit my lab website: www.hu-bioinformaticslab.org
Dr. Pingzhao Hu is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics of the University of Manitoba and Assistant Professor (Status) in Division of Biostatistics, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. He joined the Centre for Healthcare Innovation in February, 2014.
Pingzhao received his PhD in computer science from York University. His educational background was mainly in applied statistics and machine learning. As the manager of the Statistical Analysis Facility at Toronto Center for Applied Genomics, he has had extensive research and consulting experience in statistical and computational genomics, genetics and proteomics fields, gained while working in the teaching hospitals connected to the University of Toronto, for the past 8 years. These practical experiences, in conjunction with his Ph.D. studies, have enabled him to develop advanced statistical and computational methods to integrate large-scale omics data related to pressing public health issues. His research findings have been published in more than 60 peer-reviewed articles (such as Nature Reviews Cancer, Cell, Nature Genetics, Plos Biology, lancet oncology, Am J Hum Genet, Nucleic Acids Research).
His group regularly has openings for graduate and undergraduate students on a part time or full-time basis. Candidates should have background in Statistics, Biostatistics, Computer Science, Computational Biology, or a related quantitative field.
The current research projects carried out by his group are:
Title: Bioinformatics Approaches for Integrative Analysis of Omics Data for Translational and Personalized Medicine.
Funding Agency: University of Manitoba - Startup Fund, Manitoba Health Research Council (MHRC) - Establishment Grant.
Principal Investigator: HU, Pingzhao.
Funding Period: 2014 Feb – 2017 Jul.
Title: Early detection of lung cancer using next generation sequencing technology.
Funding Agency: McLaughlin Centre, University of Toronto - Accelerator grant in genomic medicine.
Principal Investigator: LIU, Geoffrey.
Co-principal Investigators: XU, Wei.
Co-Investigators: HUNG, Rayjean; HU, Pingzhao.
Funding Period: 2014 May – 2015 May.
Title: Deciphering DNA methylome in metastatic prostate cancer.
Funding Agency: Prostate Cancer Canada - Movember Discovery Grants.
Principal Investigator: BAPAT, Bharati.
Co-Investigators: JOSHUA, Anthony; FLESHNER, Neil; HU, Pingzhao; BADER, Gary.
Funding Period: 2014 Jul – 2016 Jun.
His selected peer-reviewed publications (selected from 65 peer-reviewed publications) are as follows:
- J Li, S Rohailla, N Gelber, J Rutka, N Sabah, RA Gladstone, C Wei, P Hu, RK Kharbanda, AN Redington (2014). MicroRNA - 144 is a circulating effector of remote ischemic preconditioning. Basic Res Cardiol. 109:423-436.
- H Jiang, Z Pan, P Hu (2014). Discriminative learning of generative models: large margin multinomial mixture models for document classification. Patter Analysis and Applications, doi: 10.1007/s10044-014-0382-x
- M Uddin, K Tammimies, G Pellecchia, B Alipanahi, P Hu, Z Wang, D Pinto, L Lau, T Nalpathamkalam, CR. Marshall, BJ Blencowe, BJ Frey, D Merico, R Yuen, SW Scherer (2014). Brain-expressed exons under purifying selection are enriched for de novo mutations in autism spectrum disorder. Nature Genetics 46: 742 - 747.
- P Hu, AD Paterson (2014). Dynamic pathway analysis of genes associated with blood pressure using whole genome sequence data. BMC Proceedings 8(Suppl 1): S106. Special issue of Genetic Analysis Workshop (GAW18).
- W Xu, S Cohen-Woods, Q Chen, A Noor, J Knight, G Hosang, SV Parikh, V de Luca, F Tozzi, P Muglia, J Forte, A McQuillin, P Hu, HMD Gurling, JL Kennedy, P McGuffin, A Farmer, J Strauss, JB Vincent (2014). Genome-wide association study of bipolar disorder in Canadian and UK populations corroborates disease loci including SYNE1 and CSMD1. BMC Medical Genetics 15:2.
- P Hu, AM Muise, X Xiang, JH Brumell, MS Silverberg, W Xu (2013). Association between a multi-locus genetic risk score and inflammatory bowel disease. Bioinformatics and Biology Insights 7:143-152. PMID: 23761965.
- JD Mills, T Nalpathamkalam, HIL Jacobs, C Janitz, D Merico, P Hu, M Janitz (2013). RNA-Seq analysis of parietal cortex in Alzheimer’s disease reveals alternatively spliced isoforms related to lipid metabolism. Neuroscience Letters 536:90-95. PMID: 23305720.
- P Moffatt, M Ben-Amor, FH Glorieux, P Roschger, K Klaushofer, JA Schwartzentruber, AD Paterson, P Hu, C Marshall, FORGE Canada Consortium, S Fahiminiya, J Majewski, CL Beaulieu, KM Boycott, F Rauch (2013). Metaphyseal dysplasia with maxillary hypoplasia and brachydactyly is caused by a duplication in RUNX2. American Journal of Human Genetics 92:252-258. PMID: 23290074.
- P Hu*, X Wang*, JJ Haitsma, S Furmli, H Masoom, M Liu, AS Slutsky, J Beyene, CM Greenwood, CC dos Santos (2012). Microarray meta-analysis identifies acute lung injury biomarkers in donor lungs that predict development of primary graft failure in recipients. Plos One 7:e45506. PMID: 23071521.
- P Hu, S Bull, H Jiang (2012). Gene network modular-based classification of microarray samples. BMC Bioinformatics13 (Suppl 10): S17. PMID: 22759422.
- PC Havugimana*, GT Hart*, T Nepusz*, H Yang*, AL Turinsky, Z Li, PI Wang,, DR Boutz, V Fong, S Phanse, M Babu, SA Craig, P Hu, C Wan, J Vlasblom, V Dar, A Bezginov, GW Clark, GC Wu, SJ Wodak, ERM Tillier, A Paccanaro, EM Marcotte, A Emili (2012). A census of human soluble protein complexes. Cell150:1068-1081. PMID: 22939629.
- D Picard, S Millar, CE Hawkins, E Bouffet, HA Rogers, TSY Chan, SK Kim, YS Ra, J Fangusaro, A Korshunov, H Toledano, H Nakamura, JT Hayden, J Chan, L Lafay-Cousin, P Hu, X Fan, KM Muraszko, SL Pomeroy, CC Lau, HK Ng, C Jones, TV Meter, SC Clifford, C Eberhart, A Gajjar, SM Pfister, RG Grundy, A Huang (2012). Markers of survival and metastatic potential in childhood CNS primitive neuro-ectodermal brain tumors: an integrative genomic analysis. Lancet Oncology 13:838-848. PMID: 22691720.
- Z Wei, W Wang, P Hu, GJ Lyon, H Hakonarson (2011). SNVer: a statistical tool for variant calling in analysis of pooling or individual next-generation sequencing data. Nucleic Acids Research 39:e132. PMID: 21813454.
- SD Molyneux*, MD Grappa*, AG Beristain, TD McKee, DH Wai, J Paderova, M Kashyap, P Hu, T Maiuri, SP Narala, V Stambolic, J Squire, J Penninger, O Sanchez, TJ Triche, GA Wood, LS Kirschner, R Khokha (2010). PRKAR1A is an Osteosarcoma tumor suppressor and defines a molecular subclass in mice. Journal of Clinical Investigation120:3310-3325. PMID: 20697156.
- P Hu, H Jiang, A Emili (2010). Predicting protein functions by relaxation labeling protein interaction network. BMC Bioinformatics 11(Suppl):S64. PMID: 20122240.
- P Hu, CMT Greenwood, J Beyene (2009). Using the ratio of means as the effect size measure in combining results of microarray experiments. BMC System Biology 3:106. PMID: 19891778.
- P Hu*, SC Janga*, M Babu*, JJ Diaz-Mejia*, G Butland*, W Yang, O Pogoutse, X Guo, S Phanse, P Wong, S Chandran, C Christopoulos, A Nazarians-Armavil, NK Nasseri, G Musso, M Ali, N Nazemof, V Eroukova, A Golshni, A Paccanaro, JF Greenblatt, G Moreno-Hagelseib, A Emili (2009). Global functional atlas of Escherichia coli encompassing previously uncharacterized proteins. PLoS Biology 7:e96. PMID: 19402753.
- P Hu, G Bader, DA Wigle, A Emili (2007). Computational Prediction of cancer gene function. Nature Reviews Cancer 7:23-34. PMID: 17167517.
- T Kislinger*, B Cox*, A Kannan*, C Chung, PHu, A Ignatchenko, MS Scott, A Gramolini, Q Morris, T Hughes, J Rossant, B Frey, A Emili (2006). Global survey of organ and organelle protein expression in mouse: combined proteomic and transcriptomic profiling. Cell 125:173-186. PMID: 16615898.
Assistant Professor (Bioinformatics/Statistical Genetics)
Dr. Depeng Jiang is an assistant professor in the department of Community Health Sciences of University of Manitoba and a director of the Biostatistical Consulting Unit of Data Science Center within George and Fay Yee Centre of Health Innovation. Dr. Jiang had many years of experience in providing statistical consulting to a broad range of clients and training students and researchers on the conduct of statistical analyses. He is also adjunct professor with OISE of University of Toronto and with Department of Psychology of York University. He also serves as a senior statistical advisor on several organizations (e.g., Child Development Institute, St Michael’s Hospital).
Dr. Jiang’s program of research focuses on person-oriented statistical methods. His main research interests include longitudinal analysis and multilevel models, person-centered statistical approaches (latent class analysis and growth mixture models), structural equation models, clinical trial design and evaluation. Dr. Jiang is teaching several biostatistics courses in the Department's Graduate Program and currently supervises several graduate students (MSc and PhD) and postdoctoral fellow
Lead, Biostatistics Group
Dr. Rabbani is a biostatistician with the Data Science Platform at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI), as well as an Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. She has over 10 years of experience in providing statistical consultation, collaboration and training to students and researchers in various specialties. She is an expert on both basic and advanced level of statistical methodologies. She has collaborated and co-authored on several prestigious publications. Her main research interest focuses on Meta-Analysis and Network Meta-Analysis specializing in synthesis projects. Currently she is offering lectures and workshops on meta-analysis in collaboration with the Knowledge Synthesis Platform at CHI. Prior to this position, she had served as a Biostatistician for the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM). Dr. Rabbani had previously served as a senior scientist and Assistant Professor at numerous International institutes and Universities in Bangladesh. Dr. Rabbani completed her B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. in Statistics from Jahangir Nagar University, Bangladesh and PhD in Agricultural Economics from Iwate University, Japan.
Lin Yan joined the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) as a Data Analyst in February 2013. Prior to joining CHI, Lin worked as a Research Analyst with the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council. Lin received a Master's degree in Public Health from the University of Saskatchewan, and a PhD in Pharmaceutics from the Sichuan University in China.
Colleen leads a 12-member team whose overall function is to provide collaborative applied health services research and evaluation within the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. She has been Director of the WRHA’s Research & Evaluation Unit since September 2009. Colleen accepted the Director’s position after a 14-year academic career in the Faculties of Pharmacy and Medicine at the University of Manitoba where she retired at the Associate Professor level.
While Colleen maintains her academic appointment as an Assistant Professor with the Department of Community Health Sciences (Faculty of Medicine); her attention is directed full-time to promoting evidence-informed decision-making in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Since her arrival, she has shepherded the production of the region’s third, Community Health Assessment (2009/2010), the final drafting of a focused paper on Immigrant and Refugee Health in partnership with Labour & Immigration, Manitoba and the technical indicator appendix to the Region’s Health Equity report.
Colleen continues to consult on behalf of the Unit with a myriad of regional programs and Senior Management on such diverse projects as: acute care surgical services, an evaluation of the region’s response to H1N1 pandemic, development of interprofessional collaborative practice and learning environments, maternal and child health initiatives and the effectiveness of self-management in chronic disease. She provides support and direction for the Unit’s mandate: to provide products and services in the areas of critical appraisal and synthesis of evidence, Community Health Assessment, research and evaluation consistent with the WRHA’s strategic objectives. Colleen ensures that capacity-building and knowledge translation strategies are implemented across all products and services produced by the Research & Evaluation Unit.
Director, Evaluation Platform
Catherine conducts utilization based program and policy evaluations to support evidence based planning across the region. She is an advocate of participatory and collaborative inquiry. A proponent of mixed methods approaches, she specializes in qualitative methodology. Her areas of interest include mental health, housing and health, homelessness, food security, and urban health disparities. She is currently leading the evaluation of the Community Mental health Crisis Response Centre and recently completed a study of the Bell Hotel Supportive Housing Project’s early outcomes and learnings.
Catherine maintains a role at the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM) as an Adjunct Research Associate following her recent secondment to the Foundation where she evaluated AFM treatment programs and provided research support.
Catherine obtained a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Sociology, City Planning, and Geography) from the University of Manitoba where she received SSHRC funding to study the demographic, socio-economic and cultural aspects of inner city population change. She obtained a master’s degree from Iowa State University where she received Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) funding to investigate resident satisfaction in government-assisted housing. Previous to her current position, Catherine worked at the Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg where she conducted research on neighbourhoods, housing, and marginalized populations, taught courses in urban studies, and lead community outreach initiatives.
Judy is the Administrative Assistant for the Research and Evaluation Unit and also the Research Coordinator for the WRHA Research Review Committee. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English and a minor in Psychology from the University of Manitoba. Prior to coming to Research and Evaluation, she was employed at Red River College and Health Sciences Centre Foundation.
Ola joined the Research and Evaluation Team in December 2009 as a Research Associate. Currently, she is involved in projects on Patient Self-management of Chronic Disease and collaboration between health care professionals in service delivery using both qualitative and quantitative approaches. Her research interests involve development of health policy, evaluation of health system economics (specifically pharmacoeconomics) and population health outcomes.
Ola received her PhD from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Pharmacy after completing her thesis on Expanded Scope of Practice for Pharmacists including an evaluation of regulations, stakeholder (government, retail and industry) concerns and market cost. Prior to her Doctorate degree, Ola also completed a Masters degree in the area of natural health product regulation and consumer willingness to pay for increased product safety.
As an undergraduate student, Ola has completed a B.Sc (Pharm) and has experience practicing as a community pharmacist. This allowed her to interact in a collaborative manner with patients and their health care providers in order to promote patient-centered education and to help improve therapeutic outcomes. Working on the front lines of health care delivery, she has acquired a thorough understanding of issues characteristic to the Manitoba health care environment, including acute care, long-term care, community health services and population and public health
Ashley has been with the Research and Evaluation Unit since 2007. She has been the lead on several evaluation projects and is currently leading the evaluation of the new Birth Centre in Winnipeg and a needs assessment and evaluation of a public health program providing services for women who travel to Winnipeg for birth. Ashley has also worked on a CIHR funded research project From Evidence to Action, focusing on evidence-informed decision-making, and is team member on 3 research grants.
Before Ashley joined the unit she worked as an occupational therapist in child and adolescent mental health and acute care, and achieved her MA in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University. She received funding from the Canadian International Development Agency’s Students for Development internship program to complete research related to childhood disability in Uganda.
Tara completed her BA hons. (2002), MA (2006) and PhD (2010) in Social Psychology at the University of Manitoba. Her postdoctoral research experience includes a two-year SSHRC-funded fellowship in the Laboratory for Aging and Health, University of Manitoba; and a CIHR-funded fellowship as an affiliate of the School of Public Health, Yale University. Tara worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Idaho State University (2012-15) before returning to Winnipeg to join the Centre for Healthcare Innovation and the Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba (Assistant Professor, part-time). Tara’s expertise includes health psychology, social cognition, the social determinants of health, and mixed methods research design and analysis. Tara’s work at the Centre for Healthcare Innovation involves evaluation of health care programs for the WRHA and Manitoba Health, as well as an applied program of research focused on populations with complex medical and social needs, and equity in health care services.
Shannon has been with the Evaluation Platform since 2012. She has led numerous evaluation projects, including the Towards Flourishing qualitative evaluation and the Smoke Free Hospital 2 Home implementation evaluation and is currently leading the Collaborate:Education for Health Professionals developmental evaluation. Shannon has 6 years of clinical counselling experience in the addictions and mental health field and has worked with various agencies in Manitoba and Ontario. Her research interests include: Cross Sector Service Provision, Collaborative Practice, Communities of Practice and Workplace Wellness.
Shannon has extensive training in Grounded Theory, as well as participatory and exploratory research methodologies. She obtained her PhD and Masters of Science through the University of Western Ontario, specializing in Health Professional Education. Prior, Shannon received her Bachelor Arts degree through the University of Manitoba, with a portion of her studies completed through the Universidad Latina de America in Morelia Mexico.
Dr Bohm works at the Concordia Hip and Knee Institute in Winnipeg, Canada where he specializes in primary and revision hip and knee replacement surgery. He has undergraduate degrees in both mechanical engineering and medicine from McMasterUniversity, and a graduate degree in Community Health and Epidemiology from DalhousieUniversity. He completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Saskatchewan, and undertook an arthroplasty fellowship at DalhousieUniversity in Halifax. In 2009, he completed the prestigious ABC orthopaedic fellowship, visiting the UK, Ireland and South Africa.
His areas of research interest include access to healthcare, health care quality indicators, clinical trials, implant retrieval analysis, and radiographic stereometric analysis. He currently chairs the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Orthopedic standards committee, the Canadian Orthopedic Association National Standards committee, and the advisory committee of the Canadian Joint Replacement. He serves as medical advisor to the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s orthopedic waitlist, joint replacement registry and central intake program. He is also a member of the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, where he serves as lead for Health System Performance.
Director, System Performance
As Manitoba Research Chair in Health System Innovation, Sara is Assistant Professor with the Department of Community Health Sciences and a member of CHI's Health Systems Performance Platform. Her research centers on the question of how best to design and implement models of health-services delivery. She conducts multi- and mixed-methods research and synthesis to help inform decisions on system-level issues, and also explores the dynamics of organizational decision-making and system change. Her most recent project was a region-wide investigation of why past initiatives to improve patient flow have fallen short of expectations; findings are now being used to inform the region’s flow strategy, and will also form a basis for further research.
Sara has written a variety of knowledge syntheses for the region, including a directional document on the prevention and management of chronic disease; a theoretical synthesis on how the social identity approach can be used to understand and overcome healthcare silos; concept papers on such topics as wait times, patient involvement approaches, integration, and health human resources; and a systematic review on the organization of surgical services (currently being redeveloped as a Cochrane Review). As recipient of a 2010-11 Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice, she undertook a US-based study of social dynamics in new models of healthcare integration; this work provides a foundation for her current research on engaging local physicians in primary care networks.
A Rhodes Scholar, Sara obtained her doctorate in Social Psychology at Oxford University (2004), and her expertise in social identity theory and organizational psychology continue to inform her work. She taught at the University of Manitoba, Department of Psychology for two years before changing direction towards health-services research.
Manitoba Research Chair in Health System Innovation
Dr. Michael Moffatt was the Professor and Head of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba and Medical Director for the Child Health Program of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority from 1998 to 2003. In February 2004, he took on the role of Executive Director of Research, Quality and Decision Support for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. He received a B.Sc.(1967) and MD (1970) from the University of Toronto. After a Rotating Internship at the Royal Victoria Hospital, he spent two years as a General Practitioner in Fort Rae NWT where he developed a lifelong passion for northern and aboriginal health issues. He did his Pediatric residency at the Montreal Children’s Hospital qualifying with an FRCPC and Certification in Quebec in 1977. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at McGill from 1977-79 and completed a Masters in Epidemiology and Health in 1981. After 4 years on Faculty at McGill, he moved to Manitoba in 1983, where he has continued to practice Pediatrics and has also held positions as Director of the JA Hildes Northern Medical Unit, Director of IM-PACT Injury Prevention Centre (1996-98) and Head of the Department of Community Health Sciences at different times. His research interests have included pediatric epidemiology, population health and clinical research in the health of First Nation and Inuit children, iron deficiency, enuresis, SIDS, early childhood caries and injury prevention. Developing interests include quality improvement in health, patient safety and knowledge translation. Clinically, he continues to provide consultation in general pediatrics to 3 northern communities.
He is currently Executive Director of Research and Applied Learning for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. This portfolio includes the Quality and Accreditation Services Team, Patient Safety, Health Information and Research and Evaluation and Library Services for the region. Assisting the Region in becoming an Evidence-Informed, Learning Organization is a major goal of his portfolio. He is also a Professor in the departments of Community Health Sciences and Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba. He has supervised numerous graduate students and teaches in clinical pediatrics.
Dr. Moffat is a Senior Advisor for CHI's Health Systems Platform.
Dr. Ahmed Abou-Setta is currently a Research Associate at The George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, University of Manitoba/ Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. In this role, he leads and supports knowledge synthesis projects including clinical guideline preparation, systematic reviews, overviews of reviews and related activities. In addition, Dr. Abou-Setta is leading innovative research into methods for improving and streamlining the systematic review process including the use of computer-assisted screening and probability-based classification of citations, increasing visual identification of key terms using system-generated font and color contrast, computer-assisted literature search strategy production, and semi-automated report preparation. Furthermore, Dr. Abou-Setta is involved in continuous education to clinical faculty at the University of Manitoba and students through epidemiological and biostatistical consultation, teaching, and collaborative innovative research on knowledge synthesis projects.
Dr. Abou-Setta’s areas of research expertise includes clinical epidemiological research methods, methods for evaluation of the quality of data from clinical trials, the meta-analysis of trial data, and methods for utilizing indirect evidence. He has engaged in research synthesis, data analysis, meta-analysis, interpretation, presentation and review and methodology consultations with different groups from all over the world, including collaborating with world-renowned clinicians, epidemiologists and researchers, including members of The Egyptian and Middle East IVF registries, and the International Committee for Monitoring IVF. Most recently, he has completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta’s Evidence-based Practice Centre, where he led multiple teams of review authors to investigate important clinical questions in the context of comparative effectiveness reviews and methodological reviews.
Dr. Abou-Setta combines unique insights as both a clinician and post-doctorate level researcher with research experience in various clinical settings. These clinical topics are broad and have included reproductive endocrinology, pain management in elderly patients with hip fractures, management strategies in hypercholesterolemic patients, antipsychotic management of adults with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, management of male impotence, and prevention of premature ovarian failure in women undergoing chemotherapy.
Dr. Abou-Setta is highly committed to creating and sustaining educational opportunities and training in the knowledge and skills essential to undertake knowledge synthesis projects. As none were available at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Abou-Setta has been co-teaching the first accredited systematic review course where graduate students and clinicians at the University of Manitoba are being trained to produce high-quality systematic reviews of the literature. In addition, Dr. Abou-Setta is exploring opportunities to collaborate with well-established organization like the Cochrane Collaboration and other Canadian Universities to provide local training to the University of Manitoba’s members, especially in advanced methods like network meta-analysis, individual patient meta-analysis and rapid reviews.
The excellence of Dr. Abou-Setta’s research agenda has been recognized through frequent presentation of results at international venues including the Cochrane Colloquium, multiple publications in top-ranked peer-reviewed journals including the JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, Cochrane Library, and publications having been cited over 600 times (H-index = 14).
Knowledge Synthesis Unit Manager and Review Manager
Christine joined the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) in August 2016. As the Knowledge Synthesis Librarian, she works with KS staff and investigators on various research projects. She also teaches the literature searching portion of the Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis Course that is offered through CHI.
Christine holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from the University of Alberta, and she has worked as a health librarian since 2003. She splits her time between CHI and the Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library.
Knowledge Synthesis Librarian
Leslie has been working as a Research Assistant at the Knowledge Synthesis platform since January 2015. She is an international medical graduate, having received her degree in Medicine in Brazil in 1993, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. She obtained a Master of Science in Nephrology in 2006 at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil, and a Master of Public Health in 2014, at the University of Manitoba. Her present research interests include systematic reviews and knowledge synthesis and translation.
Farnaz Farshidfar joined the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) as a Research Assistant in the Knowledge Synthesis Platform in May 2016. Farnaz received her Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Iran, in 2009 and completed her Master of Sciences in Human Nutritional Sciences at University of Manitoba in 2016. Farnaz is passionate about biomedical and translational research and implementation of up-to-date clinical researches in current medical protocols.
Hessam Kashani joined the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) as a Research Assistant in the Knowledge Synthesis Platform in May 2016. Hessam received his Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Iran, in 2008 and completed his Master of Sciences in the Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology at University of Manitoba in 2013. Hessam is passionate about biomedical and translational research and implementation of up-to-date clinical researches in current medical protocols.
Justin joined the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) as a Research Assistant in the Knowledge Synthesis Platform in January 2015. Justin received his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in 2009 and continued on to receive his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in 2014. He has a keen interest in expanding his knowledge while working with a variety of research projects.
Aleksandra joined the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Invocation (CHI) in February 2016. Prior to joining CHI, after completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Vaccine and Drug Evaluation Centre (VDEC) in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba where her work focused on epidemiology of vaccine preventable bacterial infections in Manitoba.
Aleksandra obtained her PhD from the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Manitoba. Her thesis work focused on molecular mechanisms of antibiotic resistance and multi-drug resistance, spread and virulence factors as well as vaccine effectiveness among Canadian isolates of Streptococcus pneumoniae.
Kathryn Sibley is Associate Director, Knowledge Translation at the Centre for Healthcare Innovation and an Assistant Professor in Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. She completed her undergraduate training in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo, graduate degrees in Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto, and postdoctoral fellowship at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute- University Health Network. She has received personnel and research support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and Knowledge Translation Canada.
The goal of Dr. Sibley’s research is to improve the health of Canadians by accelerating the translation of research evidence into health care. She works to advance knowledge translation science by understanding and supporting use of knowledge translation science in health research, and by integrating it in her applied research implementing optimized balance exercise for fall prevention in older adults. She welcomes communication from potential collaborators and trainees with mutual interests.
Associate Director, Knowledge Translation
Prior to joining the CHI team, Carly worked for five years in the Epidemiology Department of CancerCare Manitoba. In addition to a Bachelor of Kinesiology and Bachelor of Education, she completed her Masters in Public Health in 2010 with a specialty in Social Behavioural Sciences and Chronic Disease Epidemiology. Over the past few years Carly has been involved in various aspects of the In Sixty Initiative, the Manitoba Youth Health Survey and the Manitoba First Nations Youth Tobacco Survey. She spent three years as the coordinator for Partners in Planning for Healthy Living which included the coordination of their surveillance activities, knowledge exchange group and 23 member organizations.
Manager & Practice Lead, Knowledge Translation
Prior to joining the CHI team as KT coordinator, Leah worked at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy on the PATHS Equity for Children program of research, in the Acute, Tertiary and Specialty Care branch at Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors and on the CIDA funded Mwanzo Mwema project, focusing on maternal, neonatal, and child health and nutrition in Kenya. Leah received a Bachelor of Health Sciences and an MSc in Community Health Sciences from the University of Manitoba.
Knowledge Translation Coordinator
Before joining the CHI team as Knowledge Translation Media Specialist, Patrick worked in the private sector for eight years at one of Manitoba’s leading advertising and communications agencies. Initially a creative professional, his role evolved to encompass strategic development, bridging creative thinking with analytic acumen. There he conceptualized and implemented strategic communications plans, design and digital media solutions for private enterprise, government clients and non-profit organizations. He has particular expertise in promoting initiatives designed to grow understanding, accessibility, and engagement in public services and motivating behavior adoption to improve health and quality of life.
Patrick holds a Joint Communications Degree from the University of Winnipeg and is an Honours graduate of Red River College’s Creative Communications Program.
Knowledge Translation Media Specialist
Amanda Osorio is the Training, Education and Event Coordinator for the Centre for Healthcare Innovation.
She joined the Knowledge Translation Platform from the Project Management Platform, where she had been working since September 2010. There she supported a team of over 20 professionals while growing her organizational and time management skills. It was during this time that she furthered her interest and efficiency in coordinating events and workshops.
She graduated with honours in late 2002; receiving her Administrative Assistant diploma. Since that time she has worked in various capacities; supporting a sales team of over 10 individuals, as well as working in a project driven environment developing and maintaining new procedures.
Amanda joined the KT Platform in December 2014. It is her strong administrative skills and eagerness to learn that make her an asset to CHI.
Training, Education and Event Coordinator
Leanne comes with a background in Natural Resource Management, with a specific focus on community-based research, qualitative research and food security/sovereignty. She has had the opportunity to lead projects related to local food procurement, understanding food security within transitional agricultural climates, and improving access to healthy and affordable foods in the inner city of Winnipeg. Her position within the Developmental Origins of Chronic Diseases in Children (DEVOTION) Network is focused on patient oriented care, patient engagement and knowledge translation between researchers and community.
Knowledge Exchange Coordinator
Carolyn Shimmin is a Knowledge Translation Coordinator at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation. In this role, she helps lead CHI’s strategy on public involvement in health research. Previous experience includes stakeholder engagement, research, writing and reporting on various health policy issues including mental health, addictions, trauma and the sexual exploitation of youth. Areas of interest include patient engagement, knowledge translation, trauma-informed approaches, intersectional analysis, and poststructuralist queer theory. Carolyn has a Bachelor of Journalism Combined Honours Political Science and a Master of Gender Studies.
Knowledge Translation Coordinator
Patricia is a Research Assistant with Dr. Kathryn Sibley in the Knowledge Translation platform at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation. She completed her BSc with Honours in Biochemistry at the University of Winnipeg, and her MSc in Physiology and Pathophysiology through the University of Manitoba at the St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre. Patricia has authored and co-authored numerous reviews and basic research articles addressing cardiovascular disease. She is a strong advocate for the ethical implementation of knowledge translation in the basic sciences and the advancement of knowledge translation sciences.
Amie has spent nearly a decade in health-care communications serving programs within Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and now as Communications Specialist for CHI. From broad awareness campaigns to internal communications, Amie has worked with care providers and region decision-makers in developing accessible and informative communications tools to help achieve program goals.
Alanna Baldwin is a seasoned professional in research and education for the health care sector, with over 20 years of experience in study coordination, project management, program development and administration, and consultation for a variety of private and public sector organizations, health care institutions, government (regulatory sector), and academia.
Alanna has a Bachelor of Nursing, a Master’s degree in Education specializing in the foundations of adult teaching and learning behaviour applied to the health sciences, and a PhD from the Faculty of Education specializing in leadership and administration, interdisciplinary education for the health professions, professionalism in health care, and collaboration in interprofessional practice.
Alanna has held numerous mentorship and teaching roles and she has presented at national and international conferences, seminars, and workshops. Many of the research initiatives she has undertaken throughout her career have focussed on expanding awareness, use, and contributions to empirically-based evidence for various topics, practices, and issues important for health care.
Project Manager, Research
Dave Johnson joins the team at CHI as the Project Manager – Research. Dave has completed a wide range of community health projects. Some of his past projects include pharmacy automation, community-wide scheduling, patient flow enhancement and patient access initiatives.
Dave holds his Project Management Professional certification. Both his Masters of Science Management and his Bachelor of Administration Degree were earned at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He is also certified in Lean. While pursuing his Masters, Dave conducted research into strategic organizational performance and since then has researched emergency medical service performance variables as well as performance metrics design and application.
Dave’s project management experience spans over 12 years in the dental industry, manufacturing and now in healthcare. In his spare time, Dave taught Project Management at Confederation College in Thunder Bay.
Project Manager - Research
Kevin has over 15 years of experience leading and managing technology implementations in support of business transformation initiatives. Kevin is a Project Management Professional, Prince2 Practitioner, holds a degree in Environmental Science and is certified in ITIL Foundations V3, Management of Risk and Prosci Change Management methodologies.
He has a strong background in the information technology industry with experience in the healthcare industry. Kevin’s area of expertise lies in applying information technology to transform and/or improve business processes with focus on transition to business services for improved sustainability of systems.
In 2010, he assumed a project management role at WRHA in eHealth Services, migrating clinical EMR instances to a shared model for improved efficiencies, upgrading and consolidating the WRHA Food and Nutrition Services system at all facilities and a implementing a province wide vendor neutral PACS repository. He joined CHI as a Project Manager in 2014.
Rose (Ruzica) Djukic, P.Eng. has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 2005, she completed a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manitoba.
She has a strong background in the manufacturing industry. She has practiced Engineering in diverse areas including ecological chambers design, coach bus industry, mining machines and kitchen cabinets manufacturing.
Rose is a registered member with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of Manitoba (APEGM) and a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Rose joined the Project Management Office in August of 2011 as a Process Engineer.
Brendon joined the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation’s Project Management Office in September of 2014 as a Project Manager – Research. He has worked in healthcare for over 20 years, dedicating the last 17 years to clinical and health research working directly in the fields of mental health/psychiatry, cardiovascular and vascular and renal sciences and has experience working within both the private and public sector. Brendon brings project management experience that is specifically tailored to the needs of clinical and health research with experience in both industry sponsored and investigator initiated research. His experience includes clinical research project planning and management including, feasibility and needs assessment, budgeting, risk assessment and development of mitigation strategies and coordination of multi-center national and international clinical trials. He has an extensive background in regulatory affairs, including drug, device and natural health product filings to both Health Canada and the FDA. He has participated in over 45 clinical and health research projects and has consulted extensively in research administration and management.
Brendon is certified as a Clinical Research Professional and is in good standing with the Society of Clinical Research Professionals (SoCRA) and continues ongoing education in project management with a desire to become certified as Project Management Professional in 2017.
Project Manager - Research
Paul Frenkel has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and he’s a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
He has a strong background in the manufacturing industry with experience in pharmaceutical and semiconductor industries as well as the kitchen cabinets manufacturing. His area of expertise lies in the manufacturing facilities start up, equipment installation and operation, statistical process control.
His multiple roles have included process improvement and capital projects using statistical analysis, as well as various Lean and Six Sigma methodologies.
Paul is a registered member with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of Manitoba (APEGM).
He joined the Project Management Office in November 2015 as a Process Improvement Specialist.
Process Improvement Specialist
Laurie Gosselin, P.Eng. is a Process Engineer and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation. She holds both a Bachelor and a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Manitoba focusing in Operations Research and Queueing Theory.
Laurie has experience in industries ranging from healthcare, aerospace, windows, power transformers, motor coaches, apparel and consulting. She has a strong background in Lean Six Sigma, process re-engineering and transformation, simulation modeling, ISO implementation, and quality improvement initiatives to streamline process and increase productivity and flow.
Cathy Hay joined the Project Management Office as an Administrative Assistant in July 2015. Since joining the WRHA in 2001, she has held various positions, most recently with the Patient Safety Department, Quality and Improvement.
She brings over 20 years of experience in healthcare facilities, including small, rural hospital settings in her hometown of Portage la Prairie, where she provided support to the Director of Nursing. After moving to Winnipeg, she was employed by St. Boniface General Hospital supporting the Assistant Vice-President (Human Resources). Cathy also worked for a number of years outside of the hospital environment, providing administrative support to the Minister of Health as Correspondence Secretary. She has a reputation for creative problem-solving, producing innovative solutions for current and future system improvements.
Arjun Kaushal holds a B-Tech degree in Mechanical engineering from India. He started his career as a project manager for his family-owned architectural firm. He moved to Winnipeg in 2011 to pursue MSc in Mechanical and Manufacturing engineering from the University of Manitoba, with a focus on virtual manufacturing and its applications in region’s healthcare sector. In 2012, Arjun received a fellowship from the Western regional training center (Faculty of Medicine) which is one of the six centers supported by CIHR, for pursuing healthcare services research.
Over the last 3 years Arjun has done extensive research to build a forecasting tool for Winnipeg’s emergency rooms using simulation; the purpose of the tool being current state modeling and predicting impact of performance improvement measures. His main research contribution was that he was able to incorporate human behavioral factors into simulation models by using a combination of discrete-event and agent-based simulation strategies. He has built forecasting tools for Victoria general hospital-ER as part of his thesis project and for Seven Oaks General Hospital-ER where he has been working as a process engineer since 2012.
Arjun is also a certified associate project management professional (CAPM). He joined CHI in October 2014 and will be working with Home-Care program initiatives.
Process Improvement Specialist
Mike Lewkiw, graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering in 1985. He has 25 years experience in manufacturing, production management, capacity planning and growth plans.
His expertise includes Design for Manufacturing (DFM), Lean/Just-In-Time Flow-line and Total Quality Management (TQM) methodologies. He has held management and process engineering positions in the commercial, military, agricultural and metal fabrication sectors.
He was an associate in three start-up companies, creating policies, setting strategic directions, and overseeing the design and build of their proprietary products.
Mike is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of Manitoba (APEGM) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Mike joined the George and Faye Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation’s Project Management Office as a Process Engineer in November of 2009. Mike has been involved in several projects during this time, with the most current being part of the Women’s Hospital Redevelopment Project. As the Process Engineer on this project, he is responsible in working with staff to develop and implement efficient and effective operational processes reflecting industry standards and best practices in support of the timely opening and smooth transition to the new women’s hospital.
Kerenza joined the Project Management Office in 2014, bringing several years of experience leading and managing multi-stakeholder research projects. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Manitoba. Her research concentration was Human Rights Law.
Her background in law has informed her ability to deliver quality leadership in projects involving public health policy issues. Her previous research work includes health promotion, program development and evaluation, Aboriginal health and wellness, urban Aboriginal engagement, and children with critical medical needs.
Project Manager, Research