Our Members

Bernardburnand.jpg Burnand, MD, MPH

IUMSP, Lausanne University Hospital, Centre Hospitalier, Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV)
Lausanne, Switzerland switzerlandflag

Dr. Bernard Burnand is a public health physician, initially trained as a general internist and clinical epidemiologist. He is Senior Health Services Researcher and Chief physician at the Institute of social and preventive medicine, CHUV and University of Lausanne, Head of the Healthcare evaluation unit, Director of the Clinical epidemiology Centre and of Cochrane Switzerland (Swiss Branch of Cochrane), and Professor of healthcare evaluation and clinical epidemiology at the Faculty of biology and medicine, University of Lausanne. His research is focused on 1) knowledge translation of evidence-based information in healthcare, 2) using routinely collected data to measure performance, quality and safety in healthcare, and 3) the development, implementation and evaluation of chronic diseases integrated care programmes.

Email: Bernard.Burnand@chuv.ch
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Dr. Eric Benchimol PhotoEric Benchimol, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics and School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Ottawa, Scientist and Director, Health Information Technologies Program, CHEO Research Institute
Ottawa, Canada Canada-caflag

Eric Benchimol conducts epidemiology, outcomes, and health services research in patients with IBD using health administrative data, as well as in children with other chronic diseases. He chairs the Canadian Gastro-Intestinal Epidemiology Consortium (CanGIEC), which conducts national research on IBD and other chronic illnesses and is support by peer reviewed funding from CIHR, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, and the Ontario government. Dr. Benchimol also has an interest in the methods used to conduct research using routinely collected health data. He co-chairs the steering committee for the RECORD statement for the REporting of studies Conducted using Observational Routinely collected Data (an extension to the STROBE reporting guidelines) (record-statement.org).

Email: EBenchimol@cheo.on.ca
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Susan BrienSusan Brien, PhD

Health Quality Ontario
Toronto, Canada Canada-caflag

Susan Brien is the Director of Public Reports at Health Quality Ontario. She is responsible for the development and production of public reports on the performance of Ontario’s health system. Her goal is to evolve public reporting in Ontario so that it is clear and understandable to patients, caregivers and families, for the purposes of transparency and accountability. Prior to joining Health Quality Ontario, Susan was at the Health Council of Canada and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Her post-doctoral research in the department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary was focused on health system performance reporting and report cards, with methodological focus on systematic and scoping reviews. She is also a member of the WHO Quality & Safety Technical Advisory Group.

Email: Susan.Brien@hqontario.ca
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Cyrille Colin, MD, PhD

Department of Medical Information, Evaluation and Clinical Research, University of Lyon
Lyon, France  France_printable_flag

Prof Cyrille Colin is Professor of Epidemiology and Health Economics in Lyon University Claude Bernard School of Medicine. He is head of the department of Medical Information, Evaluation and Clinical Research in Lyon University Hospital. He is in charge of the Master on Evaluation and Clinical Research In Public Health and several permanent training programs in Health Information Systems assessment. His research activities within the research unit EAM 4128 Santé Individu Société are targeted to Quality and Patient Safety and Technology Assessment in health care. He authored or co-authored 155 papers in the field of Health Services Research, Health Information System and Clinical research. He headed the consortium CLARTE working for the French Health Ministry to develop and validate Patient Safety Indicators from administrative data bases as well as contributed to the OECD Patient Safety initiative. Dr. Colin also works for the WHO Task Advisory Group ICD 11 for patient safety coding.

Email: cyrille.colin@chu-lyon.fr
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ccourisChantal Couris, PhD

Manager Indicator Research and Development at Canadian Institute for Health Information
Ottawa, Canada Canada-caflag

Chantal M. Couris is a health services researcher who aims to develop methods to analyze administrative data in order to promote quality of care and quality health policy decisions. Chantal is a biologist by training and has completed a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in 2001. She held a position of Assistant Professor in France at the University of Lyon (France) from 2004 to 2008 and did one year sabbatical with Dr. Susan Jaglal at the University of Toronto from September 2007. She taught Epidemiology at the University of Lyon, held several grants, and has published approximately 20 peer-reviewed papers. She has used administrative data to describe overall health and access to care in the fields of cancer and osteoporosis. She applied her expertise in French administrative data to Canadian projects on osteoporosis and spinal cord injury. Since November 2006, she has been involved in an international collaboration of health services researchers -IMeCCHI1- that aims to promote methodological development and use of coded health information to promote quality of care and quality health policy decision-making. Since July 2007 she is a senior methodologist at the Canadian Institute for Health Information in the branch “Indicators and Performance Measurement”. She is involved in the production of annual report on Health Indicators.

Email: CCouris@cihi.ca
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SaskiaDroslerSaskia Drösler, MD

Professor, Faculty of Health Care, Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences
Krefeld, Germany german-flag-graphic

Saskia Drösler is a board certified anaesthesiologist with qualifications in medical informatics and medical quality management. She graduated from Wuerzburg University Medical School in 1991 and completed her doctoral thesis in 1992. After her residency in anaesthesiology at university hospitals of Bonn and Duesseldorf, Germany from 1992 – 1998 she worked in medical informatics and medical controlling at a community hospital. Since 1999, she has been a professor of medical controlling and medical information systems at Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences in Krefeld, Germany. From 2007 – 2010 she was the technical lead of the patient safety indicators project of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development). She is a member of several national expert boards such as the advisory councils of the German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information (DIMDI) and the German Federal (Social) Insurance Office. Her research interests include routine data and its use for management purposes. She is also a member of the WHO Quality & Safety Technical Advisory Group.

Email: saskia.droesler@hs-niederrhein.de
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alan forsterAlan Forster MD, MSc

Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Chief Quality and Performance Officer, Ottawa Hospital, University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Canada Canada-caflag

Alan J. Forster is a general internist and Chief Quality and Performance Officer at the Ottawa Hospital. He is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and Senior Scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. His research focuses on patient safety and quality improvement. He has received several prestigious awards recognizing his work within the field of health services research, including a Career Scientist Award with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and an Early Research Award and Ontario Research Fund grant from the Ontario Government’s Ministry of Research and Innovation. In addition to his significant contributions to a quality and safety program at the Ottawa Hospital, he provides ongoing scientific advice regarding the measurement of quality of care to national and international organizations, such as the Canadian Institute for Health Information and the World Health Organization. He is also a member of the WHO Quality & Safety Technical Advisory Group.

Email: aforster@ohri.ca
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Kiyohide Fushimi, MD, PhDkiyohide

Professor and Section Chief, Department of Health Policy and Informatics, Tokyo Medical and Dental University Graduate School
Tokyo, Japan flag-of-japan-400x266

Kiyohide Fushimi received his MD from Tokyo Medical and Dental University. Has been a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, and an assistant at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University Hospital. His works include DPC dêta katsuyô bukku (A Guide for Utilizing Diagnosis Procedure Combination Data).

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Bill_web_resizeWilliam Ghali, MD, MPH

Professor,  Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary
Calgary,  Canada Canada-caflag

Dr. William Ghali is the Scientific Director of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health and a Co-Leader at W21C, University of Calgary. He is also a Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary, and a practicing physician specialized in Internal Medicine.  He recently completed two terms as a Canada Research Chair in Health Services Research, and has also been funded as a Senior Health Scholar by Alberta Innovates Health Solutions.  Clinically, he is trained as a General Internist (MD [‘90]-University of Calgary, FRCP(C) [‘94]-Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario), and completed methodological training in health services research and epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health (MPH [‘95]). Dr. Ghali’s research program is in the general area of health services research and his work focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to evaluating and improving health system performance to produce better patient outcomes and improved system efficiency.

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rosa giniRosa Gini, PhD

Data Scientist, Medical Informatics and Pharmacoepidemiology Unit at Agenzia regionale di sanità (ARS) della Toscana 
Tuscany, Italy italy-svg

Rosa Gini completed a PhD in Mathematics from the the Università di Pisa in Pisa, Italy in 2001. With this Rosa entered into the field of data science with a specific focus on secondary use of electronic health records for epidemiological and health services research. Rosa is the leader of several activities of the MATRICE project, an initiative of Agenas, the Italian National Agency for Regional Health Systems, aimed at testing secondary use of Italian health administrative databases for assessing healthcare quality for chronic diseases. She belongs to the core team of developers of TheMatrix, an open source software that supports data collection for multicentric studies in a distributed architecture (http://thematrix.isti.cnr.it). Within this project Rosa is currently completing a PhD in Medical Informatics at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. She is also responsible for the activity of data quality and benchmarking of the EMIF Project (European Medical Information Framework), an initiative funded by IMI (Innovative Medicine Initiative) aimed at establishing a European infrastructure for observational studies from existing databases. She is also involved in ADVANCE (Accelerated development of vaccine benefit- risk collaboration in Europe), funded by IMI. She is also working on key data analysis using Tuscan data to the European FP7-funded EUROmediCAT project, aimed at performing studies on drug utilization and drug safety in pregnancy in a network of European data sources and was involved on the EU-ADR project (Exploring and Understanding Adverse Drug Reactions by Integrative Mining of Clinical Records and Biomedical Knowledge, 2008-2012), a FP7-funded initiative aimed at exploiting different electronic health records databases for drug safety with a particular focus on semantic interoperability among different data sources. Her research interests include developing culture and tools for accurate, reliable, transparent and fast design and generation of datasets that, upon analysis and interpretation, can support health policy making – at a national, European and international level.

Email: rosa.gini@ars.toscana.it
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042_Yana_Gurevich_S7W0714Yana Gurevich, MD MPH

Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) 
Toronto,  Canada Canada-caflag

Dr. Yana Gurevich is the Manager of Health Indicators at the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). In this capacity she is primarily responsible for the production of comparable pan-Canadian health system performance indicators. Her professional interests lay in the areas of 1) using routinely collected data to measure and improve performance, quality and safety of the health system; 2) improving international comparability of routinely collected data and its use for the international comparisons of health system performance. Yana was trained as public health physician and clinical epidemiologist. Prior to joining CIHI, Yana worked as a health services researcher at the Israeli Ministry of Health. Yana is a member of WHO Quality & Safety Technical Advisory Group as well as OECD Heath Care Quality Indicators Expert Group.

Email: YGurevich@cihi.ca
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phil hiderPhil Hider, MD, PhD

Department of Public Health and General Practice, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago Christchurch
Christchurch, New Zealand Flag_of_New_Zealand

Dr Hider is a lead investigator with a consortium of academics from three Universities (Auckland, Otago and Victoria), lead by Prof Peter Davis, and working on a major project funded by the New Zealand Health Research Council to develop a new data linkage facility with the assistance of the New Zealand Health Information Service of the Ministry of Health. The facility will undertake data linkage work with a range of health databases and will explore key patient safety and quality improvement areas particularly related to the performance of publicly funded hospitals. Dr Hider background is a public health physician and senior lecturer in clinical epidemiology at the University of Otago. He has additional qualifications in his specialist areas of evidence-based medicine, patient safety and health services quality improvement. He teaches undergraduate medical students and postgraduate health professionals in a number of University centres. Dr Hider has undertaken a range of quality improvement research and service development projects in collaboration with academic, regional and national health service providers and government organisations in New Zealand and other countries. He is a member of the International Health Data Linkage Network, the Australasian Association for Quality in Health Care and the International Society for Quality in Health Care

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Januel_201505012Jean-Marie Januel, PhD, MPH, RN

Health Care Evaluation Unit, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine – IUMSP CHUV, University of Lausanne
Lausanne, Switzerland switzerlandflag

Initially trained as a nurse practitioner, Jean-Marie Januel then specialized in Epidemiology and Clinical Research. He has obtained his nursing graduate in 1994 (School of Nursing, Hospital of Thonon-les-Bains, France) and has practiced in various medical domains in hospitals for more than ten years. Since 1999, he completed his training with several academic and continuing learning courses in clinical, epidemiology and methodology research at the University of Lyon, France (post-graduate diplomas in artificial nutrition, in statistical analysis for epidemiological data, in clinical research, and the last in global policy for hospital infection control). He completed a MPH in epidemiology in 2006, and his PhD in .His research interests include health services research methodology and application of the methods in studies of quality care and surveillance. In particular, he focuses on the epidemiology of the adverse events related to healthcare in hospital and the assessment methodology to improve healthcare quality. Currently, most of his contributions are for the adaptation and the validation of the patient safety indicators (PSI) in Switzerland and in France. He coordinates a collaborative project comparing the frequency rates of post-operative venous thromboembolism adverse events using ICD-10 algorithm PSIs using Swiss, French and Canadian administrative data. Also, he focuses his work on assessing common validity tools for PSI among the three countries and searches for news ways and news methods to validate the PSI. He represents and is responsible for the French part of the OECD HCQI PSI project. In addition, he also performs improvement studies on the quality and the validity of the routine data collected from patient stays in hospital.

Email: Jean-Marie.Januel@chuv.ch
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Professor Neurology and Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary
Calgary,Canada Canada-caflag

Nathalie Jetté is a Professor in Neurology at the University of Calgary, and a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and of the Institute for Public Health.  She is an epilepsy specialist and a health services researcher.  She completed her training at Columbia University (Epilepsy and EEG Fellowship), University of Ottawa (Neurology residency and medical school) and McMaster University (MSc in Neurosciences and BSc in Biology). Dr. Jetté holds a Canada Research Chair in Neurological Health Services Research and an Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) Population Health Investigator Award.  She has been the recipient of over 40 research, teaching and clinical awards, including Calgary’s Top 40 under 40 Award.

Dr. Jetté is currently funded by Alberta Health and Wellness, Alberta Health Services, AIHS, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the University of Calgary. She is President-Elect of the Canadian League Against Epilepsy, Chair of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) Task Force on Stigma in Epilepsy, co-Chair of the ILAE Task Force on Epilepsy Guidelines, a member of the ILAE North American Regional Commission and of the ILAE ICD Working Group (in collaboration with the World Health Organization) and Chair of the Epidemiology Special Interest Group of the American Epilepsy Society.  She is Associate Editor of the leading epilepsy journal, Epilepsia.  As part of her research program, she is studying appropriateness of care, health resources use and access to care, multi-morbidities (particularly mental health) and their associated outcomes in persons with neurological conditions (with a particular interest in epilepsy) and is involved in the development of national surveillance programs for neurological conditions.

Email: Nathalie.Jette@albertahealthservices.ca
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IMG_1556Rachel Jolley, MSc

Research Associate, The Methods Hub, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary
Calgary, Canada Canada-caflag

Rachel Jolley is a Research Associate with the Methods Hub in the Department of Community Health Sciences.  She completed a BSc in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology at at the University of Calgary in 2009. In 2015, she completed an MSc specializing in health services research at the University of Calgary. Her research interests include the identification of conditions using administrative data case definitions, and patient-centered indicators.

Email: rjjolley@ucalgary.ca
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hongsoo-kimHongsoo Kim, PhD, MPH, RN

Assistant Professor, Seoul National University, Graduate School of Public Health in South Korea
Seoul, South Korea 

Hongsoo Kim is an assistant professor at the Seoul National University Graduate School of Public Health in South Korea. Dr. Kim’s research interests include health services, outcomes, and policies for older people and those with complex health conditions and/or disabilities. She has published in major health services and gerontology journals on topics related to quality of care, patient safety, healthcare utilization, and healthcare workforce across various care settings in both South Korea and United States. Her recent work has focused on examining quality of care for people with chronic conditions using AHRQ quality indicators and state inpatient databases. She is also a co-investigator on a government-funded project to develop and test hospital quality indicators in Korea. She has training in both public health and nursing. Before joining Seoul National University in 2009, she was an assistant professor at the New York University College of Nursing in the United States for three years, where she also got her doctoral training. She is an associate fellow of interRAI and a board member of the Korean Gerontological Society.

Email: hk65@snu.ac.kr
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picture-403-1433341153Marie Annick Le Pogam, MD, MPH, PhD

Health Care Evaluation Unit, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine – IUMSP, University of Lausanne
Lausanne, Switzerland switzerlandflag

Marie Annick Le Pogam is a medical doctor trained in general-family medicine and graduated from Lille University in France. In 2004, she completed a master’s degree in public health with a concentration in biostatistics from the University of Paris XI. Along these 11 years, she has mainly worked as a health services researcher at the University Hospital of Lyon and as a project manager in French governmental agencies in Paris. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Life Sciences at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. Her supervisor is Pr Bernard Burnand, head of the health care evaluation unit at the ISPM (Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine) located at Lausanne University Hospital. Her research interests lie in the fields of the development and validation of quality and safety measurements in health care using multi-sources data including administrative health data linked to clinical data; the methodological aspects of comparative assessment and regulation using process quality and patient outcomes and; the evaluation of innovative health services organizations (as for example telehealth/telemedicine, integrated care networks, outpatient surgery, mobile care teams, etc.).Her PhD project aims to develop and validate a set of Geriatric Patient Safety Indicators (process and outcome indicators) based on hospital administrative data linked to insurance claims data.

Email: Marie-Annick.Le-Pogam@chuv.ch
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Lix lisaLisa Lix, PhD

Professor and Manitoba Research Chair in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Canada Canada-caflag

Lisa Lix is Professor and Manitoba Research Chair (2012 – 2017) in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Director of the Data Science Unit in the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, Senior Scientist at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research interests include health services research methodology, methods for chronic disease surveillance, statistical methods to evaluate quality of electronic health databases, analysis of repeated measures and longitudinal data, and robust statistical methods for patient-reported outcomes. Lisa collaborates widely on projects about population health and the association between chronic disease and quality of life. Lisa has served Statistical Society of Canada since 2005 in various capacities and was President of the Biostatistics Section in 2010. She has co-chaired the Scientific Committee for the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System since 2010.

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Jinjin ma Ma

Professor and Executive Dean School of Public Health Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Shanghai, China china
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Assistant Professor, Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Community Health Sciences
University of Calgary
Calgary, CanadaCanada-caflag

Dr. Amy Metcalfe, PhD is a perinatal epidemiologist and assistant professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. Her program of research focuses on women’s and children’s health, with a primary focus on the impact of chronic disease on pregnancy outcomes. Her work examines the impact of medical management of chronic conditions on maternal and fetal health, evaluating the impact of alternative models of prenatal care on disease control and obstetrical outcomes, and assessing the risk of long-term disease complications following pregnancy. Dr. Metcalfe’s work involves both primary data collection and analysis of existing coded health data sets. She has lead multiple studies examining the validity of administrative health data to identify obstetric events and procedures.

Email: Amy.Metcalfe@albertahealthservices.ca
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Marie-helene metzgerMarie-Hélène Metzger, MD

Paris, France France_printable_flag


Lori Moskal

Program Lead, Classifications, at the Canadian Institute for Health Information
Ottawa, CanadaCanada-caflag

At CIHI, Lori is responsible for the clinical content and ongoing enhancements of ICD- 10-CA, the Canadian Classification of Health Interventions (CCI) and the on-line EQuery Service. Lori was one of the main developers of the CCI. At the international level, Lori is responsible for running the secretariat of the Update and Revision Committee, and is a member of the WHO-FIC Morbidity Reference Group. Lori joined CIHI in 1996 and brought 18 years of classifications experience in acute care institutions to her current position, having held both coding and management positions in Saskatchewan. She is a certified Health Information Management Professional, having graduated in 1977 from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology.



emmanuelEmmanuel Ngwakongnwi, PhD

Assistant Professor, University of Calgary in Qatar
Doha, QatarQatar-flag

Email: engwakon@ucalgary.ca


ALKA (1)Alka Patel, PhD

Senior Scientist, Alberta Health Services, Adjunct Professor Department
of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary

Calgary, Canada Canada-caflag

Dr. Alka Patel, PhD is a health services researcher and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. Her primary affiliation is with Alberta Health Services on the Provincial Primary Health Care team as a Senior Scientist. Her program of research centers on health geography and using geographic information systems to understand access to health services. Her research involves using coded health information to improve health service delivery at a local, provincial and national level within Canada.

Email: alka.patel@albertahealthservices.ca
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Pincus-HaroldDepartment of Psychiatry, Columbia University & New York State Psychiatric Institute, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Columbia University & New York-Presbyterian Hospital, RAND Corporation
New York, USAUSA flag

Harold Alan Pincus, is Professor & Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry & Co-director of the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at Columbia University & Director of Quality and Outcomes Research at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Pincus also serves as a Senior Scientist at the RAND Corporation. Previously he was Director of the RAND-University of Pittsburgh Health Institute and Executive Vice Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, where he still maintains an adjunct professorship. He is the National Director of the Atlantic Philanthropies’ Health and Aging Policy Fellowship and previously directed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s national program on Depression in Primary Care: Linking Clinical and Systems Strategies and the Hartford Foundation’s national program on Building Interdisciplinary Geriatric Research Centers.

Dr. Pincus was Vice Chair of the Task Force on DSM-IV, Co-Chair of the Work Group to Update the Text of DSM-IV (DSM-IV-TR), and has been appointed to the editorial boards of ten major scientific journals. He has edited or co-authored 23 books and over 350 scientific publications in health services research, science policy, research career development and the diagnosis, classification and treatment of mental disorders. Dr. Pincus has had a particular research interest in the practice of evidence-based medicine, quality improvement and the relationships among general medicine, mental health, and substance abuse, developing and empirically testing models of those relationships. He has led major health policy and services research and research training projects totaling over $100 million in external funding. He is the Principal Investigator of the congressionally mandated National Evaluation of Mental Health Services for Veterans. Dr. Pincus is also co-chair of the WHO Quality & Safety Technical Advisory Group.

Email: pincush@nyspi.columbia.edu
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IMG_1628Hude Quan, MD, PhD

Professor in Department of Community Health Sciences and fellow of IHE, University of Calgary

Calgary, Canada Canada-caflag

Dr. Hude Quan is a Professor at the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary and Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Classification, Terminology and Standards at the O’Brien Institute for Public Health. Dr. Quan is the Lead for Alberta’s Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) SUPPORT Unit Methods Support; Development Platform.

Dr. Quan is an internationally renowned leader in health services research methodology, which is the hub for research and educational activities in this field of research. Dr. Quan has published over 250 papers in peer reviewed journals; in 2014 and 2015, Thomson Reuters listed him as one of the world’s highly cited researchers.

Email: hquan@ucalgary.ca
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Romano_PatrickPatrick S. Romano, MD, MPH

Professor of Divisions of General Medicine and General Pediatrics and Center for Healthcare Policy and Research, UC Davis School of Medicine
Sacramento, USA USA flag

Dr. Romano is Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Princeton University, Georgetown University School of Medicine, and the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. He completed joint training in internal medicine and pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals, followed by fellowship training in health services research and clinical epidemiology at the University of California, San Francisco. His research interests include comparative evaluation of health care outcomes, the use of outcomes data to improve the quality and effectiveness of medical care, and the epidemiology of traumatic injuries and birth defects.

Email: psromano@ucdavis.edu
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swarzingerMichaël Schwarzinger, MD

Research Associate at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM)
Paris, France France_printable_flag

Dr Schwarzinger is Research Associate at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) in the unit “Modeling, Aid to Decision Making, and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Infectious Diseases” (UMR-S 738 Bichat-Claude Bernard Teaching Hospital, Paris), and President of Translational Health Economics Network, a multidisciplinary health research group. After obtaining his MD and specialty training in Public Health at Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris in 2001, Dr Schwarzinger completed a PhD in Epidemiology and Information Sciences at Pierre Louis Doctoral School of Public Health (Paris 6 University). He was visiting scholar at the Center for Health Policy, Stanford University, in 2008-09. Dr Schwarzinger is a long-time practitioner of both the French DRG coding system and costeffectiveness analysis in the field of infectious disease prevention and control. His current research interest focuses on the development of robust quantitative methods to project the burden of chronic diseases, and attributable hospital costs, by use of the French National DRG database. He joined IMECCHI to share international experience on possible (mis)use of administrative healthcare data, and to contribute to the broader use of administrative healthcare data in epidemiology and health policy decision-making.


daniellesouthernDanielle Southern, MSc

Senior Methodologist and Biostatistician, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary
Calgary,Canada  Canada-caflag

Danielle is a methodologist with The Methods Hub and the W21C Research and Innovation Centre, O’Brien Institute of Public Health and the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary.  Danielle has a background in Applied Mathematics and Statistics (BSc University of Manitoba) and Biostatistics (MSc University of Calgary). She works with many inter-disciplinary teams as an analyst and coordinator.   She works as a Senior Analyst with the Alberta Provincial Project for Outcomes Assessment in Coronary Heart Disease (APPROACH) and a Member of the World Health Organization Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) Quality & Safety Topic Advisory Group.

Email: dasouthe@ucalgary.ca
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Websites: TheMethodsHubW21C Research and Innovation Centre, O’Brien Institute of Public Health


vijaya-sundararajanVijaya Sundararajan, MD, MPH, FACP

Senior Medical Advisor Funding Health Information Policy Metropolitan Health and Aged Care Services Victorian Department of Human Services
Melbourne Australia Flag_of_Australia_(converted).svg

Vijaya Sundararajan is Senior Medical Advisor, Funding Health Information Policy Branch of the Department of Human Services. She is a general physician and health services researcher, whose previous appointments have included a post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University and a senior lectureship at the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash Medical School. Her research experience centres on the design and statistical analysis of retrospective cohort studies using linked data, methods of risk adjustment and coding quality in administrative data. At the Victorian Department of Human Services, she has been the expert consultant and Chair of the reference group for the development of the Australian version of the Patient Safety Indicators, has led the development of the State’s record linkage activities and is currently Senior Medical Advisor in the Funding Health Information Policy Branch.

Email: vijaya.sundararajan@unimelb.edu.au
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