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Abbas Ghavam-Rassoul MD

Anita Balakrishna BAH, LLB

Director, Equity, Diversity & Inclusivity
Office of Inclusion & Diversity, Temerty Faculty of Medicine 

Anita Balakrishna is currently serving as the Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. Anita is a lawyer and educator with a human rights background. She has focused on a social justice based practice, providing legal advocacy, education, and law reform activities alongside low-income and other underserved communities through her work at the Human Rights Legal Support Centre, the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario and the Rexdale Community Legal Clinic. Besides being very involved in social justice work, Anita is a trained yoga teacher and yoga therapist interested in exploring ways to incorporate diverse yoga practices into healing and wellness with individuals, workplaces and organizations. 

Arno Kumagai MD

Professor and Vice Chair for Education, Department of Medicine
F.M. Hill Chair in Humanism Education, Women’s College Hospital

Arno Kumagai received his B.A. in Comparative Literature from U.C. Berkeley and his M.D. from UCLA School of Medicine. He completed postgraduate training and postdoctoral research fellowships at UCLA and in Tokyo, Japan. Arno was on faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School from 1996 to 2016 and joined the University of Toronto’s Department of Medicine as Vice Chair for Education in April 2016. Arno is also on staff at Women’s College Hospital, where he has a clinical practice focused on working with individuals with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Arno is internationally recognized in medical education and has published and lectured extensively on the use of narratives in medical education, medical humanities, transformative learning, dialogical teaching, and teaching for equity and social justice. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards in teaching, humanism, educational innovation, and diversity. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Academic Medicine.

Betty Onyura PhD

Evaluation Research Scientist, Centre for Faculty Development
Assistant Professor & Evaluation Science Lead-Office of Education Scholarship,Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto
Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital

Betty Onyura's work is in Health Professions Education and Faculty Development, informed by both an interest in organizational behavior and a passion for evaluation theory and practice. She holds a doctorate in Industrial Organizational Psychology and is a Credentialed Evaluator with the Canadian Evaluation Society.

Carmen Wiebe MD FRCPC

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Staff Psychiatrist, Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

In CAMH’s Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic, Carmen Wiebe offers individual therapy, group skills training and medication management within the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy programme. She coordinates University of Toronto psychiatry resident exposure to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. She has taught across Canada on BPD and DBT, and has received national and international education awards. She has also been helping educators apply DBT communication strategies in educational settings.

Catharine Walsh MD, MEd, PhD, FRCPC, FAAP

Education Researcher, SickKids Learning Institute
Scientist, SickKids Research Institute
Staff Gastroenterologist, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Department of Paediatrics, Hospital for Sick Children
Cross-Appointed Scientist, The Wilson Centre
Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Catharine Walsh is a staff gastroenterologist in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, an Educational Researcher in the Learning Institute and a Scientist in the Research Institute at SickKids. Catharine received her medical degree from University of Toronto. She subsequently pursued residency training in Paediatrics and a fellowship in Paediatric Gastroenterology at SickKids. She also received her Master of Education and a PhD in health professions education at University of Toronto, in conjunction with a research fellowship at the Wilson Centre. Catharine Walsh’s program of research focuses on examining factors that influence the acquisition of complex clinical skills, including methods of optimizing learning within simulation-based environments. She also conducts educational measurement research focused on the assessment of competence of health professionals.

Cathryne Palmer MRT(T), MSc

Director, Medical Radiation Sciences Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto

Cate is a graduate of the 2012/2014 Education Scholars Program (ESP) and a Journal Club facilitator at the Centre for Faculty Development. She is the Director for the Medical Radiation Sciences Program at the University of Toronto, a joint program with the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. A particular area of interest for Cate, is ensuring learners at all levels, meet professional standards through the attainment of competencies, and if learners are experiencing difficulty developing remedial strategies to overcome those difficulties.

David Dubins BASc(Eng), PhD

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto
Chair of Faculty Council, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
Chair of Planning and Budget Committee of the Academic Board of Governing Council, University of Toronto

David Dubins is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto. He is an alumnus of the Science and Leadership Program (2017 cohort), and the Education Scholars Program (2014-16 cohort). Passionate about teaching, David has been a Stepping Stones Journal Club Facilitator since 2012, and a strong advocate for pedagogical research. He is proud to have recently published a textbook to support graduate and undergraduate research projects, entitled “Electronics and Microprocessing for Research”. David is not shy about using a biography as a shameless plug.

Debbie Kwan BScPhm, MSc

Assistant Director, Educational Development, Centre for Faculty Development
Preceptor Engagement Coordinator, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto

Debbie is a pharmacist with the University Health Network and practices in the areas of primary care, geriatrics and rehabilitation. She was involved with the development and coordination of the first primary care pharmacy residency program in Canada in 2008. Debbie is a lecturer at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and cross- appointed to the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She teaches and preceptors students in the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Debbie is the educational lead for the Teaching for Learning and Collaboration (TLC) program. Debbie is a graduate of the Education Scholars Program at the Centre for Faculty Development.

Dominique Piquette MD, MSc, MEd, PhD, FRCP(C)

Staff Physician, Department of Critical Care Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Assistant Professor, Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine, University of Toronto
Faculty Research, The Wilson Centre

Dominique Piquette completed her medical training in internal medicine and critical care at the University of Montreal in 2005. She then undertook a research fellowship at The Wilson Centre and a Master in Education at the Ontario Institute of Sciences in Education (University of Toronto). She joined the Department of Critical Care Medicine of Sunnybrook as an intensivist in July 2007. In July 2014, she completed a PhD in medical education at the University of Toronto. Her PhD thesis addressed the multifaceted relationships between clinical supervision and learning in acute care environments.

Dominique's current research interests are primarily focused on better understanding how physicians learn in acute care contexts at the postgraduate and post-certification levels. In order to achieve this goal, she uses a range of research methodologies, including quantitative and qualitative approaches, and conducts research both in real and simulated clinical environments. She is also actively engaged in critical care curriculum development and evaluation.

Elizabeth Hanna MHSc, CASLPO

Interprofessional Education and Care Leader, UHN
Speech-Language Pathologist, Clearspeech

Elizabeth Hanna is the Interprofessional Education Specialist at Bridgepoint Health where her responsibilities include the development and implementation of an Interprofessional curriculum focused on the complex chronic care setting. Trained as a Speech Language Pathologist, she was Clinical Practice Leader for that service and had worked in Neurorehabiliation at Bridgepoint for several years prior to assuming her new role. Her work with Cantonese speaking volunteers spurred development of the Mealtime Assistance Program (MAP) at Bridgepoint, which she coordinated from 2000 to 2005. Work with the MAP led in turn to the submission and awarding of a Change Foundation grant in 2000. The grant funded the production of Menu for Safe Feeding, a cross-cultural video teaching video teaching safe feeding practices in English and Cantonese and Mandarin. Elizabeth's efforts in this area were acknowledged by a Partnership Award given by the Ontario Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists in 2003.

Elizabeth McLaney

Elizabeth McLaney, MEd, BScOT, OT Reg. (Ont), BA (Honours Psychology)
Director of Interprofessional Education, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Associate Director, Centre for Interprofessional Education, University of Toronto

Elizabeth McLaney is the Director of Interprofessional Education (IPE) at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and an Associate Director at the University of Toronto’s Centre for IPE. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Queen’s University, a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from McMaster University, and a Master of Adult Education & Community Development from University of Toronto. Elizabeth holds a status appointment as Lecturer with the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. She is an Educator Member of the Centre for IPE, and was awarded the Centre for IPE, University of Toronto’s 2012 ‘Ivy Oandasan Leadership Award for Outstanding Leadership in Advancing IPE.’

Euson Yeung BScPT, MEd, FCAMT, PhD

Lecturer, Department of Physical Therapy

Euson Yeung is a physiotherapist and a lecturer in the department of Physical Therapy where he teaches orthopaedics in the Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy (MScPT) program. In this role, he draws on his doctoral training in health professions education to continually renew the MScPT curriculum to create a nurturing teaching and learning environment that inspires the next generation of physiotherapists. To this end, he has also contributed to faculty development efforts within the department of Physical Therapy and at the Centre for Faculty Development.

Isabella Cheng BSc, BHSc(OT), MSc

Professional and Education Leader, Occupational Therapy, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Lecturer, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto

Early in her clinician career, Isabella was gifted a journal by a student. The student, at the end of a clinical fieldwork placement, noted some teaching gems and encouraged Isabella to note teaching moments. Today, in Isabella’s roles as leader, administrator and teacher, she continues to value interactions with learners, including with other teachers who are discovering their own teaching moments. Isabella’s approach to teaching aims to stimulate inquiry and critical thinking. She facilitates interprofessional interactions, for the purpose of enabling opportunities for healthcare practitioners to practice working well together in teams.
Faculty with CFD since 2012, Isabella is excited to continue as a member of this teaching community.

Ivan Silver MD, MEd, FRCP(C)

Staff Psychiatrist, Geriatric Division, CAMH

Ivan Silver is a full Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and a practicing geriatric psychiatrist at CAMH. In the past he was the inaugural Director of Centre for Faculty Development, (2002-2009), the Vice-Dean of CPD (2005-2012) and the Vice-President of Education at CAMH (2012-2018). His academic interests are in faculty development, life-long learning, interprofessional education, late-career transitions, career counseling and education consultation. His scholarship has been recognized nationally and internationally with several awards.

Jana Lazor B.Sc.Phm., M.Sc.Phm, Ed.D, FCSHP

Integrated Senior Scholar – MD Education / Centre for Faculty Development (CFD)
Director of Faculty Development, Office of Faculty Development, MD Program
Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Jana Lazor is a Pharmacist and Healthcare Educator. She has completed a Bachelors Science of Pharmacy, Masters of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program, and Doctor of Education in Higher Education, with a specialization in healthcare education and sub-specialty in patient education. She is the Director of Faculty Development for the MD Program at the University of Toronto, overseeing the Office of Faculty Development that offers a wide range of faculty development resources and activities that are designed specifically to support faculty members across the St. George and Mississauga Campuses to help them to navigate their undergraduate teaching responsibilities.

Janet Bodley MD, MEd

Clinician Educator Staff Physician - Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Janet Bodley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, based at the Women's College Site of Sunnybrook and Women's. Janet Bodley completed a two year Fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopy and Urogynecology. She is a Master's of Education candidate and her master's research project is about mentoring Resident's in obstetrics and gynecology.

John Teshima BSc, MEd, MD, FRCPC

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

John is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He has been involved in faculty development initiatives over many years, including 4 years as a Stepping Stones Journal Club facilitator. John is currently the inaugural Director of Faculty Development for the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry.

Karen Moline M.R.T.(T.), A.C.(T.), B.Sc.(Hons), CTDP

Clinical Coordinator, Radiation Therapy Lecturer, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto Clinical Adjunct Professor, The Michener Institute of Education at UHN Practice-Based Researcher I Sunnybrook Research Institute Education Researcher I Sunnybrook Research Institute

Karen Moline is a Clinical Coordinator in Radiation Therapy at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She holds appointments with the Faculty of Medicine at UT as Lecturer and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN as Clinical Adjunct Professor. Karen has been facilitating Stepping Stones Journal Club since 2013. Karen obtained her Radiation Therapy diploma at the Ottawa Cancer Centre and Princess Margaret Hospital and her BSc at Anglia Polytechnic University, UK. She is a Certified Training and Development Professional.

Karen Leslie MD, MEd, FRCPC

Director, Centre for Faculty Development Professor of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Karen Leslie is a Professor of Paediatrics and a staff paediatrician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at SickKids. Since 2009 she has been the Director of the Centre for Faculty Development after serving as Associate Director for several years. Her areas of scholarly focus in health professions education include faculty development, career development and mentoring.

Kerry Knickle LL.M. (ADR)

Director, Simulated Participant Program, The Michener Institute of Education at UHN

Kerry Knickle is the Director of the Simulated Participant Program at the Michener Institute of Education at UHN and Executive Director of Communication Matters: INESRA. She has over twenty-five years’ experience as academic educator, facilitator and communication specialist in the areas of curriculum design and simulation methodology. Kerry developed the Collegial Conflict™ Workshop Series in 2004, followed by “The Art and Science of Facilitation: Engaging the Teacher -Learner Partnership” with Nancy McNaughton in 2008 for law enforcement, faculty educators and multi-professional practitioners. Kerry’s dispute resolution focus highlights how assumptions, judgments and communication skill inform and impact personal and professional relationships. Kerry holds a Master of Laws degree, with a specialization in Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) from Osgoode Hall.

Kieng Tan BSc, MRT(T), MEd

Academic Coordinator, Medical Radiation Sciences Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto

Kieng Tan is the Academic Coordinator for the undergraduate Medical Radiation Sciences Program, a joint program with the University of Toronto and The Michener Institute of Education at UHN. Her educational interests have been focused on the enhancement of radiation therapy professional development opportunities. In 2017, Kieng received the Colin R. Woolf Award from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, in recognition of her long-term contributions to continuing education for her role as Co-Chair of the RTi3, Radiation Therapy Conference.

Latika Nirula PhD

Director, Simulation & Teaching Excellence, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto

Latika Nirula is the Director of Simulation & Teaching Excellence at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Latika leads a diverse team in program evaluation, curriculum design, simulation, digital innovation and faculty development at CAMH.

Laura Hayos MScOT

Project Manager – Centre for Faculty Development
Status-Only Lecturer, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto
Educator Member, University of Toronto's Centre for Interprofessional Education

Laura is a registered Occupational Therapist and a graduate of the Centre for Faculty Development’s (CFD) Stepping Stones Teacher Development program. Laura joined the CFD as the Project Manager in 2019 with 8 years of experience working in health care as both a clinician and educator in remote Northern communities as well as urban hospitals. She joins the CFD from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), where she worked as an Occupational Therapist clinically, as a Project Coordinator/Educator in the Simulation Centre and as the Manager, Continuing Professional Education. Driven by her own experience as a clinician-educator, Laura was enthusiastic about and committed to supporting her colleagues at CAMH through the coordination, development and facilitation of faculty development across the organization in both simulation-based education and as the CAMH co-lead for the CFD’s Teaching for Learning and Collaboration program.

In her new role, Laura will be involved with strategically developing and implementing new faculty development initiatives. She will work with faculty leads and program committees to plan, implement and deliver CFD programs including the CFD’s New and Evolving Academic Leaders (NEAL) Program.

Laura Naismith BASc, MPhil, PhD

Research Officer, Peel District School Board
Collaborator Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Laura Naismith is a Research Officer at the Peel District School Board where she conducts applied research and program evaluation on board-wide curriculum, special education, and equity initiatives. She previously held positions as a Project Scientist in Simulation and Teaching Excellence at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Her academic research focuses on theory-based instructional design and evaluation of simulation-based learning. She holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from McGill University.

Lindsay Beavers (pronouns: she/her) PT, BSc.Kin, MPT

Physiotherapist and Collaborative Learning Specialist, St. Michael’s Hospital
Clinical Practice Facilitator, Ontario Internationally Educated Bridging Program, Dept. of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto

Lindsay graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2006 as a Physiotherapist, and has spent the last 12 years working in acute and critical care at St. Michael’s Hospital. In addition to her clinical role, Lindsay is the Collaborative Learning Specalist for St. Michael’s Hospital, an assessor for the Ontario College of Physiotherapists and teaches in both the Masters of Physiotherapy, and the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Programs at the University of Toronto.

Lindsay Baker MEd, BEd

Lead Educator-Researcher, Centre for Faculty Development
Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael's Hospital
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Cross-Appointed Researcher, The Wilson Centre

Lindsay is the Lead Educator-Researcher at the Centre for Faculty Development (CFD). She focuses on purposeful integration of her education and qualitative research expertise, demonstrated through her work developing CFD programs, delivering invited educational workshops, and consulting on and supporting scholarship projects within and beyond the local health professions education community. Lindsay’s teaching focuses on alignment and integration of paradigms in education, ethically important moments in education scholarship, and critical pedagogies.

Lindsay’s main research interest is in using a qualitative approach, with a lens of power, to examine the boundaries and relations between disciplines, professions, and knowledge communities. By explicating the boundaries between knowledge communities, Lindsay’s work raises questions about long-held assumptions. These questions are necessary if we are to aim for actual change through movements like IPE, competency-based education, and interdisciplinary research.

Mahan Kulasegaram Ph.D, BHSc.(Hons)

Education Scientist, The Wilson Centre & Undergraduate Medical Education, Family Medicine

Mahan Kulasegaram's research examines educational assessment from both a psychometric and cognitive perspective. His work aims to advance assessment theory and practice by conceptualizing assessment as an instructional and advancement opportunity. This involves reexamining the entire context of assessment - the objectives, process, tools, learners, and raters - from theoretical perspectives informed by cognitive theory and best evidence on measurement. His other interests also include the role of working memory in decision making and learning in healthcare as well as the application of cognitive theory to instructional design and practice. Additionally, he dabbles in applying novel and advanced statistical methods to large data sets.

Malika Sharma MD

Infectious Diseases/HIV Physician, Maple Leaf Medical Clinic
Medical Director, Casey House

Malika Sharma is an infectious diseases physician working as Medical Director at Casey House and as an HIV specialist at Maple Leaf Medical Clinic. She also does clinical work at St. Michael's Hospital and Regent Park Community Health Centre. Her clinical interests include HIV care and prevention and the care of people experiencing varied forms of marginalization, while her research interests centre around medical education, equity, and diversity.

Maria Athina (Tina) Martimianakis MA, MEd, PhD

Fellow, AMS Phoenix Project
Director of Scholarship & Education Researcher
Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics
Scientist and Strategic Lead International, Wilson Centre for Research in Education
Academic Educator, Centre for Faculty Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Maria Athina (Tina) Martimianakis is Associate Professor and the Director of Medical Education Scholarship at the Department of Paediatrics, and Scientist and Strategic Lead International at the Wilson Centre for Research in Education, University of Toronto. Her research contributes to both theory building and educational practice. Drawing on critical social science theories and Foucauldian discourse analysis, Tina studies the material effects of discourse, particularly in relation to professional identity negotiations. Currently she is researching how multiple change agendas impact professional identity and how organizational practices associated with discourses of collaboration support or hinder the capacity of interprofessional teams to practice and learn together.

Mark Halman MD, FRCPC

Outpatient Psychiatrist & Lead for Collaborative Care, General Psychiatry Program, Mount Sinai Hospital
Site Director, Postgraduate Program, Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Hospital
Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Mark Halman completed his medical school and residency in psychiatry at the University of Toronto and then completed fellowships in Medical psychiatry and HIV psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. From 1994 to 2014, he worked at The Wellesley and then St. Michaels Hospital in the field of HIV Psychiatry. He developed a collaborative clinical and education program with Casey House and worked as a consultant to the World Health Organization on the three by five and IMAI capacity building projects. In 2014, he moved to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he leads the program in collaborative care, aiming to better integrate mental health and psychiatric care into primary care. In 2016, the program was awarded the joint CPA/CCFP award for excellence in collaborative mental health care.

Mark is the Site Director for Postgraduate Education in Psychiatry and teaches the Mount Sinai Resident Interviewing Skills course. Mark has won several awards for his teaching and education including a 2016 Wightman-Berris Academy individual teaching excellence award, the 2012 Casey Award in recognition of his contributions to HIV care and social justice, and the 2011 St Michael’s Physician Social Responsibility in Education award. In 2014, he completed the Education Scholars Program at U of T’s Centre for Faculty Development. His interests in education include working with learners in difficulty.

Megan Marshall M.Ed., B.F.Sc.

Instructional Design Specialist, Centre for Learning, Innovation and Simulation

Megan Marshall is the Instructional Design Specialist in the Centre for Learning, Innovation and Simulation at the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. She focuses on blended and online course design, active learning strategies, pedagogically appropriate use of technology in teaching and learning and more recently, performance-based assessment. Megan’s expertise in competency-based education for the health professions spans over 7 years where she has worked as an instructional designer and eLearning developer in medical education, chiropractic’s and more. Her Master of Education degree is from the fabulous Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto and her Honours Bachelor of Forensic Science degree is from the University of Windsor.

Megan Burnett

Associate Director, Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation

Megan Burnett is the Associate Director of the central teaching support office at the University of Toronto, the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI), where she has been actively involved in faculty development for over a decade. Megan has guided the development of key initiatives at CTSI, such as the annual Course Design Institute, and created programming on syllabus design, active learning and lesson planning among other topics. Megan also provides support to faculty members preparing teaching dossiers for the purposes of tenure and promotion. Megan has a Master’s degree in French literature and taught for many years as a Teaching Assistant and Sessional Lecturer at U of T before entering the realm of educational development.

Michael Roberts HBSc., BEd., MD, CCFP, FCFP

Health and Humanities and Wellness and Resilience Lead, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Faculty Development Lead, Department of Family Medicine, Sinai Health Systems
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Dala Lana School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Michael Roberts is an Assistant Professor, Mentor, Health and Humanities, Wellness and Resilience and Faculty Development Lead in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. An Innovator and Medical Education Scholar in the use of reading and writing to encourage reflection and resilience, Michael has facilitated Narrative Medicine training through Faculty Development locally, nationally and internationally. Michael Roberts is Co-Author with Dr. Allan Peterkin, “Narrative Means to Professional Ends: New Strategies for Teaching CanMeds in Canadian Medical Schools” (CFP 2012). Michael was recently recognized for his contributions to mentorship, scholarship and curriculum development as a recipient of the Award of Excellence from the College of Family Physicians of Canada

Nancy McNaughton MEd, PhD

Education Scholar, Centre for Learning, Innovation, and Simulation, Michener Institute of Education at UHN

Nancy McNaughton has over 30 years’ experience in the field of simulation based education primarily in the area of simulated participant based simulation with a special focus on mental health presentations. Actively engaged as an educator and researcher, Nancy McNaughton works with a broad range of health professional groups designing and delivering curriculum, evaluation programs, research projects and remediation activities, locally, nationally and internationally. Along with her colleague of many years Kerry Knickle, Nancy teaches and facilitates communication and conflict resolution courses that focus on sensitive and diverse challenges inherent in all professional practice and inter-professional teamwork.

Nazanin Khodadoust RN, BScN, MHCM

Manager, Allan Waters Family Simulation Program

Nazanin Khodadoust is Manager of the Allan Waters Family Simulation Program and responsible for providing comprehensive strategic and operational oversight in support of all simulation activities at St. Michael’s Hospital and our integrated network. Nazanin is a Registered Nurse, education leader and simulation expert with over 20 years of experience in variety of settings. She has received simulation training at Harvard Medical School and has extensive experience in development, implementation and management of simulation programs globally. She holds a Master of Science in Healthcare Management, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and multiple postgraduate certificates in Simulation Education.

Paula Rowland OT Reg. (Ont.), PhD

Scientist Wilson Centre Post MD Program
Associate Director Research Centre for Interprofessional Education
Assistant Professor Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

In the current fiscal, political, and technological climate, health care organizations – and the people within them – are undergoing constant change. These changes require professionals to learn new ways to work. Paula Rowland's research examines the impact of organizational change on learning in the clinical workplace, exploring how health care practices are either transformed or sustained in the context of organizational reform. She uses critical social theories to explore two major change efforts: (1) programs related to patient safety and (2) patient engagement for quality improvement. Through this research, Paula explores questions about the politics of knowledge and the various competing imperatives within institutions. The aim is to contribute to the ability of these institutions to create both health and care.

Pier Bryden

Staff Psychiatrist, Hospital for Sick Children
Senior Advisor, Clinical Affairs & Professional Values
Temerty Faculty of Medicine
Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Pier Bryden has been a staff psychiatrist at Sick Kids since 2001. She is an Associate Professor and Senior Advisor, Clinical Affairs and Professional Values, for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

 Dr. Bryden is a graduate of the University of Toronto, the University of Oxford, and McMaster University. She has subspecialty certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada. 

Her academic publications include papers on medical education, medical professionalism, and ethical and legal aspects of child psychiatry.  She is the co-author, with Dr. David Goldbloom, of a popular book on psychiatry, “How Can I Help: A Week in my Life as a Psychiatrist”, and with Dr. Peter Szatmari of “Start Here: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Children and Teens Through Mental Health Challenges”.

Dr. Bryden was the 2018 Recipient of the University’s prestigious President’s Teaching Award.

Ritika Goel MD, MPH, CCFP

Family Physician, St. Michael's Hospital Academic Family Health and Inner City Health Associates
Lecturer, University of Toronto
Faculty Lead in Social Accountability, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto

Ritika Goel is a family physician in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of Toronto working with the St. Michael's Hospital Academic Family Health Team and doing shelter-based work with Inner City Health Associates. She is the Faculty Lead for Social Accountability at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and Chair of the Social Accountability Working Group at the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Ritika has been engaged in health-related activism, public speaking and writing on issues at the intersection of health and social justice throughout her career. She is a board member of Canadian Doctors for Medicare, and part of the organizing committee for OHIP for All. Ritika is passionate about bringing lenses of anti-oppression and social justice into medicine, including medical education, continuing professional development and institutional change. Find her on Twitter at @RitikaGoelTO.


Robyn Davies BHScPT, MAppSc

Education Practice Leader, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Robyn Davies is the Education Practice Leader for Physiotherapy services at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Ontario and a lecturer and the co-coordinator of the Advanced Neuromuskuloskeletal Physical Therapy Unit at the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. She received her physiotherapy degree from McMaster University and in 1998 completed a Masters of Applied Science in Manipulative Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia. Her interests lie in the areas of manual therapy and education. Robyn is a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Manual Therapy and a recent graduate of the Education Scholars Program at the Centre for Faculty Development in the University of Toronto.

Ryan Brydges MSc, PhD, NSERC

Director of Research, Allan Waters Family Simulation Centre
Professorship in Technology-Enabled Education, St. Michael’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine, University of Toronto

Ryan Brydges conducts research in three related domains: (i) clarifying how healthcare trainees and professionals manage (through self-regulation) their life-long learning, (ii) understanding how to optimize the instructional design of healthcare simulation (and other technology-enhanced learning modalities) for training and assessment of healthcare professionals (iii) identifying best practices in the training and assessment for bedside invasive medical procedures (e.g., lumbar puncture, central line insertion, thoracentesis).

Through studies of self-regulation and simulation, Ryan aims to understand how training interventions translate into healthcare professional’s behaviours. Most specifically, his work with procedural skills will serve as a proof of concept for developing novel model of ‘competency-based education’ in both academic and community hospital settings. That research arm will have implications for patient care as well as health care system reform (e.g., identifying a need for specialized procedural service teams), and healthcare resource utilization (e.g., providing input to Choosing Wisely initiatives).

Ryan obtained his MSc and PhD from the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto. He then completed an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Glenn Regehr at the University of British Columbia.

Sacha Agrawal

Staff Psychiatrist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

Sacha Agrawal's clinical and teaching practice is focused on the provision of recovery-oriented, person-centred mental health services. He has designed, led and researched collaborations with service users that aim to disrupt and transform health professional education.

Sophie Soklaridis PhD

Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Interim Director of Research in Education Cross-Appointed Scientist, Wilson Centre for Research in Education, University Health Network & University of Toronto
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto

Sophie Soklaridis’ research program uses critical social science and qualitative research approaches to explore the inclusion of clients/families in the life of the hospital as advisors, educators and experts. Her approach to research moves beyond current biomedical research priorities to understand the client as a person; to emphasize the importance of considering relational dimensions in health professions educational initiatives and research and; to develop strategies that reflect how the concepts of diversity and social justice can inform both education scholarship and influence the client/family experience of mental health service provisions. The issues of power, privilege, equity, identity and relationship-centred care are the threads that weave across her research program in mental health and addictions education scholarship and care. She is a core faculty member for the Master of Health Sciences Education in Ethiopia through the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (TAAAC) and contributes to the enhancement of research, innovation and scholarship in education within the Department of Psychiatry.

Stella Ng PhD, Reg. CASLPO

Director of Research and Scientist, CFD
Arrell Family Chair in Health Professions Teaching, St. Michael's Hospital and University of Toronto Assistant Professor, Dept. of Speech-Language Pathology

Stella Ng studies how health professionals engage in critically reflective practice in response to the complexities of people’s lives, the health system, and society. Specifically, her research has described what health professionals do in uncertain and value-conflicted moments of practice, e.g. ethically dilemmas or communicating bad news. Informed by this research, she both applies and studies transformative education approaches to support health professionals in being critically reflective practitioners and agents of change.

Susan Glover-Takahashi MA(Ed), PhD

Director, Education & Research, PostMD Education
Integrated Senior Scholar – Centre for Faculty Development & PostMD Education
Lead, Faculty Development– CBME
Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Associate Professor, Dalla Lana Faculty of Public Health

Susan Glover Takahashi (Sue GT) provides support and oversight to curriculum development and program accreditation for almost 80 residency programs. Additionally she provides leadership on the implementation of competency based education (CBE) in residency programs. More recently, Sue GT is the Integrated Senior Scholar – Centre for Faculty Development & PostMD Education and provides leadership for faculty development, knowledge translation, and program evaluation for CBE approaches. Her areas of scholarship and practice include studying performance and competence; designing curriculum programs and systems to support competence; competency assessment and online learning.

Umberin Najeeb MD, FCPS (Pak), FRCPC

Co-Director Master Teacher Program & Faculty Lead IMG/IFT Mentorship Program
Department of Medicine, University of Toronto

Umberin Najeeb is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and a staff internist in the Department of Medicine at Sunnybrook health sciences center. Since 2018 she has been the Co-Director of the Department of Medicine's Master Teacher program. Her areas of scholarly focus are 1) transition and integration of IMGs (and other Internationally Educated Health Professionals) into their training and working environments 2) health professions education including faculty development and mentorship. 

Walter Tavares PhD

Scientist, The Wilson Centre and Post-MD Education
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Walter Tavares’ an Assistant Professor and Scientist at the Wilson Centre and Post-MD Education (Post-Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development) at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and University Health Network, and Institute or Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. His research includes the study of performance based assessment, validity, rater cognition, simulation and continuing professional development.