Keynote Speakers

Charles Friedman

Josiah Macy Jr. Professor of Medical Education and Chair of the Department of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School

Professor Friedman joined the University of Michigan in September of 2011 as Professor of Information and Public Health, and Director of the Michigan health informatics program. Throughout his career, Dr. Friedman’s primary academic interests have intertwined biomedical and health informatics with the processes of education and learning. He is dedicated to the sciences of learning at all levels and scales: from learning by individuals, to learning by teams and organizations, to learning by ultra-large scale systems such as entire nations.

Nancy Kass

Phoebe R. Berman Professor of Bioethics and Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

Nancy Kass is the Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education and the Phoebe R. Berman Professor of Bioethics and Public Health at Johns Hopkins, where she is also both the Deputy Director for Public Health in the Berman Institute of Bioethics and Professor of Health Policy and Management in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She conducts empirical work in bioethics and health policy. Her publications are primarily in the field of U.S. and international research ethics, HIV/AIDS ethics policy, public health ethics (including ethics and obesity prevention and ethics and public health preparedness), and ethics and the learning healthcare system.

Lucy Savitz

Director, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, Northwest & Hawaii; and Vice President, Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Northwest

Dr. Savitz is a health services researcher with extensive experience translating scientific findings into clinical practice. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 2017, Dr. Savitz served as assistant vice president for delivery system science in the Intermountain Healthcare Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research, where she was responsible for facilitating health services research and enhancing the scientific stature of clinical investigators.

Panel Speakers

Doris Barwich

Executive Director, BC Centre for Palliative Care

Dr. Barwich is a palliative care clinician, educator and leader, and as the inaugural executive director of the Centre for Palliative Care she has established strategic focus and mobilized provincial networks and partnerships. Prior to joining the Centre in 2014, she co-led Fraser Health’s End of Life Care program with several nationally and internationally recognized leading practices in Advance Care Planning, population health and program delivery. She is passionate about supporting transformative changes within the health care system and in society as a whole as we all embrace the challenges and opportunities of living and dying well in the 21st century.

Jim Christenson

Professor and Head, Department of Emergency Medicine, UBC Faculty of Medicine, and Executive Lead, BC Emergency Medicine Network

Dr. Christenson is an emergency physician at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver and professor and head of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UBC. Jim’s primary research interest is in resuscitation. He is a co-principal investigator for the Canadian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (CanROC) and has been involved in various aspects of cardiac arrest and trauma research for 25 years. Currently, he is leading a groundbreaking prehospital stroke study. Jim is proud to provide leadership to the BC Emergency Medicine Network, which is focused on supporting physicians in emergency departments.

Jean-François Ethier

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke

Professor Ethier is deputy director for the “Data Platforms and Services” group of the Québec Support Unit, part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research.

David Ford

Professor of Health Informatics, College of Medicine, Swansea University, Wales

Professor Ford is Director of the Administrative Data Research Centre (ADRC) Wales, an £8 million investment by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of its Big Data initiative, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Improvement in Population Health through E-records Research (CIPHER), part of the Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research, funded by a consortium of top UK research funders.

Lillian Parsons

Project Manager for Patient-Centred Performance Measurement and Improvement, BC Ministry of Health and Providence Health Care

Lillian Parsons is responsible for the planning and implementation of scientifically rigorous, province-wide, coordinated surveys of patient, resident or family satisfaction and experience of care in specific priority sectors. Most recently, Lillian led a team to design and implement the BC Office of the Seniors Advocate’s Residential Care Survey, a province-wide initiative to better understand the experience of residents and their family members in long-term residential care homes.

Walter Wodchis

Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

Professor Wodchis leads teams helping policy and clinical decision-makers to think differently about health system performance, designing quality-based performance funding models in Ontario, and advancing the understanding of integrated care.