Confirmed Speakers

Rick Birtwhistle

Professor in the departments of Family Medicine and Community Health and Epidemiology, and Director of the Centre for Studies in Primary Care, Queen’s University

Professor Birtwhistle is a family physician and clinical epidemiologist. His primary research interests include hypertension, chronic disease management and the evaluation of primary care models. He is the principal investigator and Chair for the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN), and the Vice Chair of the newly reconstituted Canadian Task Force in Primary Healthcare which is producing evidence based guidelines for primary care practitioners.

Fred Burge

Professor and Research Director of the Department for Family Medicine and co-lead of the Dalhousie Collaborative for Primary Healthcare Research, Dalhousie University

Professor Burge is a health services researcher in primary health care (PHC). He is the co-chair of the Canadian Working Group on PHC improvement and co-leads “TRANSFORMATION”, a five-year study focusing on the science of performance measurement in PHC. Other areas of interest include end-of-life care, quality improvement in PHC and chronic disease management.

Rebecca Etz

Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr Etz is a cultural anthropologist. Her research focuses on mental health, primary care practice transformation, patient centered care and health services research. She is Co-Director of the Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network (ACORN), a practice-based research network that tackles practical questions about how to improve primary care and experience.

Scott Garrison

Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta

Dr Garrison is a family physician who now works full time on clinical trials. As Director of the Pragmatic Trials Collaborative at the University of Alberta he works with primary care providers to support them to evaluate the impact of practice changes on patient-oriented outcomes. He is working to build a platform for large primary care trials in BC and Alberta.

Rick Glazier

Senior Scientist and Program Lead, Primary Care and Population Health, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences

Dr Glazier is a family physician whose research interests are in primary health care services, management of chronic conditions and the application of geographic methods for improving equity in health. He was president of the North American Primary Care Research Group from 2013 to 2015 and currently serves as virtual chair for the Canadian Institutes for Health Research Project Scheme.

Kevin Grumbach

Chair, Family and Community Medicine, University of California San Francisco

Professor Grumbach is a family physician and co-director of the UCSF Center for Excellence in Primary Care, and the Community Engagement and Health Policy Program for the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and has served as an adviser to congressional committees and government agencies on primary care and health reform.

Jeannie Haggerty

Chair, Family and Community Medicine Research, McGill University

Professor Haggerty’s work focuses on factors linked to the accessibility and quality of primary healthcare (PHC), particularly the impact of health system policies and reforms. She is the principal investigator of a Canada-Australia research program that aims to improve access to primary health care for the most vulnerable. She is scientific director of the Québec PHC Knowledge Network, Réseau-1 Québec; a collaboration between researchers, clinician, practitioners, patients and managers working to improve services in Quebec.

Tara Kiran

Clinician Researcher, Health Quality Ontario

Tara Kiran’s research focuses on evaluating the impact of Ontario’s primary care reforms on quality of care and related disparities. She is a family physician in the St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team where she is also the Quality Improvement Program Director and Chair of the Board of Directors, and a Clinician Investigator in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, an Associate Scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital, and an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

Stephen Peckham

Professor of Health Policy, Director of the Centre for Health Services Research, University of Kent (UK)

Professor Peckham’s research has focused on the organization of primary care and its role in commissioning healthcare in England. He directs a national Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System (PRUComm) funded by the Department of Health, which examines commissioning, contracting, competition and the development of the new Public Health System in England.

Stephen Samis

Vice President, Programs, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

Stephen Samis leads the implementation of the CFHI’s new strategic plan. CFHI supports healthcare delivery innovation by helping organizations across Canada to lead, implement and spread evidence-based patient-centred solutions. Prior to joining CFHI, he was national director of Health Policy at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and manager of Research and Analysis, Population Health, at the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

Robyn Tamblyn

Scientific Director, Canadian Institute of Health Research Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR)

Professor Tamblyn has been the Scientific Director of CIHR-IHSPR since 2011, where she has championed patient- and population-centred care, as well as innovative health technologies. She leads a CIHR-funded team investigating the use of e-health technologies to support integrated care for chronic disease, and co-leads a Canadian Foundation for Innovation Informatics Laboratory to create advanced technologies to monitor adverse events and tools to improve the safety, and effectiveness, of health care.

Tracy Wasylak

Senior Program Officer, Strategic Clinical Networks, Alberta Health Services (AHS)

Tracy Wasylak is the Senior Progam Officer of the Strategic Clinical Networks (SCN) and an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Nursing. SCN are focused on creating improvements around specific health care topics and within areas where care is delivered. Her research interests include health systems redesign, patient engagement and quality improvement. She received the 2015 AHS Presidents Excellence Award in the category of innovation.