Healthcare Rounds: Diabetes Care and Management for Ontario
Kimberley Hanson, Executive Director, Federal Affairs at Diabetes Canada
Kimberley Hanson is responsible for advocacy with the federal government and on national issues. She also leads the Diabetes 360° initiative to implement a nation-wide strategy to address the diabetes epidemic. Having lived with diabetes for nearly 25 years, Kim is passionate about helping others live well with the disease while also working towards a cure. Over the past 15 years, Kim and her family have raised more than $1 million for research into a cure for diabetes and for supports for adults living with type 1 diabetes. Prior to joining Diabetes Canada, Kim held various senior management positions in Communications, Business Development and Human Resources at Payments Canada and Export Development Canada.
Panel: Exploring New Opportunities and Next Steps
Terrence Sullivan, President, Terrence Sullivan and Associates, Health Services Management, Policy, and Performance Improvement
Terrence Sullivan is a behavioral scientist, Professor and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto and adjunct professor in the Department of Oncology at McGill University. Current board/governance roles include immediate past chair of the board of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (2011-2018), chair of governance and nominations committee of Exactis Innovation (a federal NCE focused on precision oncology) and chair of audit and finance committee on the Board of Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence. He chairs the International Advisor Committee for the Rossy Cancer Network at McGill University, the advisory group for the EXTRA program at CFHI and he is the governance lead on the steering council for the Diabetes Action Canada SPOR program.
Sullivan occupied leadership positions at Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), the final seven years as President and CEO. He has played formative roles in the creation, design and governance of Public Health Ontario and Health Quality Ontario. Founding president of the Institute for Work & Health (1993-2001), he previously played senior roles in the Ontario Ministries of Health, Cabinet Office and as Assistant Deputy Minister, Constitutional Affairs and Federal-Provincial Relations during the Charlottetown negotiations. He served two successive First Ministers of Ontario as Executive Director of the Premier's Council on Health Strategy (1989-1992). Sullivan joined the Board in 2012 and currently serves as Chair of the Quality and Safety Committee.
Dr. Catharine Whiteside, CM MD PhD FRCP(C) FCAHS, Executive Director, Diabetes Action Canada
A University of Toronto graduate, Dr. Whiteside served as Dean of Medicine and Vice Provost Relations with Health Care Institutions at the University of Toronto from 2006 -14 and was recognized with WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award in 2012.
Dr. Whiteside was awarded the 2007 Medal for Research Excellence from the Kidney Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Medical Association 2009 May Cohen Award for Women Mentors. In 2015 she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in the College of Family Physicians of Canada and in 2016 received the Ontario Medical Association’s Advocate for Students and Residents Award.
Dr. Whiteside is a founding member of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and former President. She currently serves as a Director and Vice Chair of the The Scarborough Health Network Foundation and is Chair of the Board of the Banting Research Foundation. In 2016, she was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada. Dr. Whiteside now holds the position of Executive Director of Diabetes Action Canada, the CIHR-Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Network in Diabetes and Related Complications. https://diabetesaction.ca/
Dr. David M. Kaplan, Chief, Clinical Quality at Ontario Health (previously, Health Quality Ontario)
Dr. Kaplan holds the position of Provincial Primary Care Quality Lead at Ontario Health (Quality). He is a family physician who practices comprehensive family medicine and the Vice-Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee at North York General Hospital (NYGH).
Dr. Kaplan received his MD from the University of Toronto in 2001. Prior to his medical training, he completed his graduate training in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and the Joint Centre for Bioethics in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine. After finishing his residency in Family & Community Medicine at NYGH, he joined the staff of the Department of Family & Community Medicine. He is an Associate Professor and a member of the Joint Centre for Bioethics.
In 2013, Dr. Kaplan was awarded the inaugural Integrated Medical Education Award from the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 2013. He also received the 2013 Innovation Award from the Society of Graduates of the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation in recognition of his significant contribution to the fields of health policy and health management.
From 2005-2013, Dr. Kaplan served as Chair of the Research Ethics Board at NYGH. He was Family Physician-in-Chief (Interim) and Medical Program Director at NYGH from 2006-2008. From 2010-2016, David held primary care leadership positions in the Central Local Health Integration Network.
Dr. Harpreet Bajaj MD, MPH, FACE, Endocrinologist and Director of Late-phase research, LMC Healthcare
Harpreet Singh Bajaj is an Endocrinologist and Director of Late-phase research at LMC Healthcare. Dr. Bajaj started his Endocrinology practice with LMC Brampton in 2009, after completing his clinical fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic (Ohio, USA). Dr. Bajaj’s medical education was at Maulana Azad Medical College (New Delhi, India), following which he attained a Masters of Public Health (Epidemiology) at State University of New York in Albany (New York, USA).
Dr. Bajaj is a Research Associate at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto and an adjunct lecturer at McMaster University. He is the principal investigator for the Canadian Diabetes Prevention Program (CDPP), a virtual 1-year health and wellness coaching program funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
He volunteers with numerous community public health organizations as well as media programs with the intent of raising public awareness on diabetes prevention and treatment, with a specific focus on the South Asian origin population in Canada. He is the founder of STOP Diabetes Foundation, a registered charitable organization working to reduce the burden of diabetes in Peel region of Ontario.
Dr. Bajaj serves Diabetes Canada on the executive board of the professional section executive and as the Vice-Chair of Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG).
Dr. Karen Cross MD PhD FRCSC, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at Unity Health Toronto, St. Michael’s Hospital
Dr. Karen Cross is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at Unity Health Toronto, St. Michael’s Hospital. Her clinical expertise is in Advanced Tissue Injury Diagnostics and Treatment where she is a leading opinion leader. Dr. Cross is also a Surgeon-Entrepreneur at St. Michael’s Hospital, as well as CEO and Co-Founder of MIMOSA Diagnostics; a start-up company that is building the next generation of mobile health (mHealth) medical devices, powered by AI and designed to solve some of Healthcare's biggest problems.
She was most recently chosen as the Medical Lead for the new Digital Health Wound Program at St. Michael’s Hospital. She obtained her PhD in Imaging and Wound Physiology from the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto. She is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto, and Associate Scientist in the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Research. Her expertise is in clinical translation and bringing medical imaging technology to the bedside and patients.
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