Cross Appointed Researchers

Cross-appointed Researchers have research responsibilities in conjunction with educational, administrative or clinical responsibilities. Their primary appointment may be within the broader University of Toronto/TAHSN academic community, outside of the Wilson Centre. They may serve as principal investigators or co-investigators in programs of research that advance knowledge relevant to health professions education. Cross-appointed Researchers are not expected to assume administrative responsibilities related to the functioning of the Wilson Centre. They play an important role in advancing the academic mission of the Wilson Centre through research collaborations with Scientists and participation in monthly research rounds.  Appointments to the Cross-appointed Researcher category will be made on the basis of participation in research relevant to health professions education, as well as sustained collaborations with other Wilson Centre members.

Fahad Alam MD MEd
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia

Dr. Alam obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree at McMaster University, completed his residency at the University of Toronto, and has been a staff anesthesiologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre since 2014. As a resident he took time away to do a master’s degree in medical education through correspondence. Simultaneously, he also completed a fellowship at the Wilson Centre for Research in Medical Education and was part of the Clinician Investigator Program at the University of Toronto. Through these three avenues he worked with leading medical education researchers from all over the globe.

Dr. Alam is a Scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute and the Director of Research at the Sunnybrook Simulation Centre. His research interests include medical education, technology enhanced learning, simulation, eLearning and cognitive learning theories.

Zubin Austin BScPhm MBA MISc PhD FCAHS
Professor and Koffler Chair, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
Professor, Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Faculty of Medicine
Professor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Dr. Austin’s research focuses on the professional and personal development of the health human resources workforce, with particular emphasis on internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs). Integration of IEHPs into the Canadian workforce requires coordination amongst regulators, educators, policy makers, employers, professional associations, immigrant settlement agencies, and other stakeholders; as Canada's reliance on IEHPs grows, managing and enhancing this integration will be a major health system priority. He has received received funding from Health Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Province of Ontario as well as internationally from regulators in the UK, the US and Australia. In 2018 he was honoured to be named an inaugural recipient of the University of Toronto's President's Research Impact Award in recognition of the societal value and importance of his work.

Lindsay Baker MEd BEd
Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital
Lead Educator-Researcher, Centre for Faculty Development, UofT at St. Michael’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Lindsay Baker 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. Without critically thinking about issues of power and appreciating the complexity of boundaries and relations between groups of people, all of our efforts to merge different communities and concepts together will only continue to perpetuate the status quo. 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.

Zia Bismilla MD MEd FRCPC
Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics

Dr. Bismilla is an Academic General Pediatrician and Hospitalist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, ON. She completed her pediatric residency and general academic pediatric fellowship training at the University of Toronto. She also completed a fellowship in Medical Education Research at the Wilson Center, University of Toronto and received a Masters in Education from the University of Toronto/Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in 2008. Dr. Bismilla’s academic focus is on postgraduate medical education and assessment. Specific interests include simulation and its role in both teaching and assessment in medicine, resident sleep, workload and quality of life, and the study and implementation of strategies to improve handoffs of patient care.

Rodrigo Cavalcanti MD MSc FRCPC
Director, The HoPingKong Centre for Excellence in Education and Practice
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

Dr. Cavalcanti is a general internist at the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network, and an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Toronto, where he is director for the training program in General Internal Medicine (GIM). He holds an MD degree and a MSc degree in Clinical Epidemiology, both from the University of Toronto. Dr. Cavalcanti is an award-winning teacher in undergraduate and postgraduate medicine and was the recipient of the CAME Meridith Marks New Educator Award. He is also the founding director of the Dr. HoPingKong Centre for Excellence in Education and Practice, a unit developed to serve as an incubator for innovative practice-oriented programs in medical education, to provide support for senior trainees in academic GIM, and to recruit and retain staff in high-level GIM consulting practice.

Laura Dempster BSc D(DH) MSc PhD
Associate Professor, Faculty of Dentistry

Dr. Dempster is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, and the inaugural holder of the Kamienski Professorship in Dental Education Research. She received her PhD from the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto; MSc from the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University; and BSc in Dentistry (Dental Hygiene) from the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. The Dental Research Institute at the Faculty of Dentistry recently established a new research theme: Education Research in Dental and Related Sciences, whose scope comprises interests on a broad range of topics that cross health disciplines. Laura is responsible for advancing this new theme and is looking forward to collaborating with members of the Wilson Centre and other interested scientists on issues related to health professions education. Her research interests lie in the relationship between patient and clinician variables in dental anxiety, the characterization of those variables in student clinicians, and the diversity between novice and expert clinicians in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of dental anxiety. Her research also focuses on teaching, learning, and assessment of communication and other related non-technical skills.

Risa Freeman MD MEd CCFP FCFP
Vice-Chair, Education and Scholarship, Dept. of Family and Community Medicine
Director, Office of Education Scholarship, Dept. of Family and Community Medicine
Associate Professor, Dept. of Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Freeman is Vice-Chair Education and Scholarship, and Director of The Office of Education Scholarship at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. She received her MD degree from McMaster University and completed postgraduate training, an academic fellowship in Family Medicine and a Masters of Education at the University of Toronto. Her academic and scholarly work focuses on medical education curricula and innovation, student and faculty learning strategies, evaluation and assessment, and faculty development and leadership. Dr. Freeman’s community-based clinical practice is affiliated with North York General Hospital where she has been a member of the active staff since 1990. She teaches at the undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and continuing professional and interprofessional development levels in her clinical office and at the University of Toronto.

Susan Glover-Takahashi MA(Ed) PhD
Integrated Senior Scholar – Centre for Faculty Development & PostMD Education
Lead, Faculty Development– CBME
Director, Education, Innovation & Research, PostMD Education
Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Dr. Glover-Takahashi has both a Masters and a Doctorate degree in Education – with a focus on curriculum planning and performance assessment.

Sue is the Director of Education, Innovation & Research in the Postgraduate Medical Education office at the University of Toronto, providing support and oversight to curriculum development and program accreditation for almost 80 residency programs. She is the Lead for Faculty Development for the implementation of Competency By Design at the University of Toronto and the Integrated Senior Scholar for the Centre for Faculty Development and PostMD Education at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Glover-Takahashi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and is also cross-appointed as an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the School of Graduate Studies.

Her areas of research and practice include studying performance, competence and faculty development in health and medical professionals; designing curriculum programs and systems to support competence; competency assessment, enhancing the culture of feedback, online learning and program evaluation.

Joanne Goldman PhD
Scientist, Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
Assistant Director, Researchers, Wilson Centre
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

Dr. Joanne Goldman’s current research focuses on the use sociologically informed theoretical and methodological perspectives to study quality improvement and patient safety education and practice. This work is informed by her many years of research in the fields of interprofessional education and practice and continuing education. Joanne is committed to working at the intersections of these fields in order to support an integrated approach that can more effectively support education and practice improvement in complex health care contexts. Prior to working at the Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Joanne worked for over 15 years in health care education and services research at Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Joanne was a Wilson Centre Fellow during her doctoral training at the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto and her post-doctoral training at St. Michael’s Hospital and Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.

Mark Hanson MD MEd FRCP(C)
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UofT
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Hospital for Sick Children
Past MD Admissions and Student Finances Associate Dean/Director at UofT Faculty of Medicine.

Medical education scholarship and administration is the academic focus of Dr. Hanson’s career. In terms of scholarship, his early focus was Child and Adolescent Psychiatry medical student evaluation and recruitment. His focus has transitioned to medical school admissions with specific interest areas being admissions tool development and social responsibility. His medical education research grants and publications relate to these two areas of inquiry. He is a practicing Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Hospital for Sick Children. His clinical focus relates to the psychiatric care of children with chronic medical and surgical conditions. Past Child and Adolescent Psychiatry administrative positions include Director of Education, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program, Hospital for Sick Children and Director, Undergraduate Medical Education, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Deptartment of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.

Michael Kidd AM FAHMS
Professor & Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine

Dr. Kidd has over 30 years’ experience as a family doctor, primary care researcher and medical educator, with special interests in the primary care management of HIV and viral hepatitis, mental health and Indigenous health. His academic experience includes eight years as the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University in Australia. Dr. Kidd recently completed a three-year term as president of the World Organization of Family Doctors, a global professional organization in formal collaboration with the World Health Organization and representing over 500,000 family doctors in over 150 countries.

Jana Lazor BSc.Phm MSc.Phm EdD FCSHP
Associate Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine, UofT
Director of Faculty Development, MD Program, Faculty of Medicine, UofT
Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Dr. 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.

Jana is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and is also cross-appointed as an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the School of Graduate Studies.

Dr. Lazor has held different roles relating to Health Professions Educations across the education continuum from Entry to Practice, Advanced Practice, Professional Development and Faculty Development. Her current practice and scholarship focuses on the design and evaluation of learning-centered faculty development programs that support curriculum change, renewal, and innovation.

Karen Leslie MD MEd FRCP(C)
Director, Centre for Faculty Development
Professor of Paediatrics

Dr. Leslie is a staff paediatrician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children. She is a Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Leslie received her MD from McMaster University, completed a residency in Paediatrics at Queens' University in Kingston, and then completed a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She obtained an MEd at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) in 2008. Dr. Leslie was named as the Associate Director of the CFD in 2006, and in 2009 became the Director of the Centre. Her scholarly interests are in the areas of faculty development, career development and mentoring, and academic identity.

Susan Lieff MD MEd FRCP(C)
Director of Academic Leadership Development, Centre for Faculty Development
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Vice Chair of Education, Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Lieff is a Professor and the Vice-Chair, Education in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto (UofT). She is currently the Director of Academic Leadership Development for the Centre for Faculty Development, Faculty of Medicine at St Michael’s Hospital and the founding Director of the New and Evolving Academic Leaders Program. Previously she was the founding director of the award winning Education Scholars Program at the Centre for Faculty Development. She completed her Masters of Education in higher education of health professionals at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, UT in 2002 and her International Masters in Health Leadership at McGill University in 2008.

She has been recognized for her excellence in teaching and innovative program development by the University of Toronto, the UofT Faculty of Medicine (twice), the Associations of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, the Association of Academic Psychiatry, and the American and Canadian Psychiatric Associations. Dr. Lieff’s scholarship focuses on the design and evaluation of leadership development programs for health professional educators, academics and practitioners. She has been a faculty member for the leadership programs of the Canadian Leadership Institute in Medical Education, the Harvard Macy Institute on Leading Innovations in Health Care and Education, the Canadian and Ontario Medical Associations, the Rotman School of Management and the Schulich School of Business.

Gianni R. Lorello BSc MD MSc CI FRCPC
Staff Anesthesiologist: Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia
Vice Chair Section for Education and Simulation in Anesthesia: Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society

Dr. Lorello is a staff anesthesiologist at Toronto Western Hospital who completed his residency in Anesthesiology – Clinician Investigator Program at the University of Toronto. He completed his Master’s under Dr. Ryan Brydges’ and Dr. Carol-anne Moulton’s supervision at The Wilson Centre through the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto. He is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, vice chair for the Section for Education and Simulation in Anesthesia at the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society, director of continuing medical education and grand rounds at Toronto Western Hospital, lead for Transition To Discipline, and departmental representative at the Faculty of Medicine Diversity and Inclusivity committee.

His research interests lie in transfer of cognitive skill. Recently, he has embarked on a national, multi-disciplinary program of research in gender equity and equality in Anesthesiology. He is excited to be collaborating with Dr. Fiona Webster and Dr. Tulin Cil (also members of the Wilson Centre) and Dr. Alana Flexman from the University of British Columbia.

Sanjay Mehta MD MEd FRCPC ABP (PEM)
Staff Physician, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Project Director, Research Institute
Member, Centre for Ambulatory Care Education
Faculty, Interprofessional Applied Practical Teaching and Learning in the Health Professions
Academic Educator, Centre for Faculty Development, Hospital for Sick Children
Pediatrician, Kindercare Pediatrics

Dr. Mehta studied medicine in Calgary, and completed Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and a Masters of Education in Toronto. As an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, he splits time between the SickKids Emergency Department and Kindercare Pediatricskid-E-care. His research interests are in curriculum evaluation, faculty development, headaches and trauma. He has mentored and continues to teach countless trainees, and his interactive teaching style have garnered him numerous nominations and awards and allowed him to collaborate on various academic initiatives. In addition to many published chapters and articles, Sanjay has created various courses and online tools and maintains a dynamic social media presence.

Brenda Mori BScPT MSc PhD
Director of Clinical Education, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, UofT
Director, Education Scholars Program, Centre for Faculty Development, UofT at the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, St. Michael's Hospital

Dr. Mori is the Director of Clinical Education and Community Affairs at the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto and leads the clinical education curriculum for the Entry level MScPT degree program. She is a graduate of the Education Scholars Program (ESP) at the Centre for Faculty Development and is currently the Director of the ESP. Her scholarly interests are in the areas of faculty development, learner assessment as well as teaching and learning in the clinical environment.

Laura M. Naismith PhD
Research Officer, Research and Accountability Department, Peel District School Board
Assistant Professor (status-only), Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Collaborator Scientist (external appointment), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Dr. Laura Naismith is a Research Officer with the Peel District School Board in Mississauga. She is an Assistant Professor (status-only) in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and holds an external appointment as a Collaborator Scientist with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. She uses quantitative, qualitative, and design-based research methodologies to explore the intersections of learning theories and technology-based innovations along the continua of K-12 and health professional education. Dr. Naismith holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from McGill University.

Joyce Nyhof-Young BSc MSc PhD
Evaluation Scientist, Office of Assessment and Evaluation, MD Program
Education Scientist, Office of Educational Scholarship, Family and Community Medicine
Associate Professor, Family & Community Medicine

Dr. Nyhof-Young is a social scientist with a Ph.D. in Curriculum Teaching and Learning from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She is a qualitative and mixed methods scientist, medical educator and Curriculum Evaluation Coordinator in the Office of Assessment and Evaluation in the MD Program at the University of Toronto. She holds an appointment as an Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine and is an Education Scientist in the department’s Office of Educational Scholarship and the Family Practice Unit at Women’s College Hospital. She promotes educational scholarship with health professions trainees and clinician teachers in family medicine and the MD Program through mentorship, innovative program development and evaluation. She also supports health in local vulnerable communities by working with health professions students and community agencies in participatory, community based program development.

Kathryn Parker PhD
Senior Director, Teaching & Learning Institute and
The Simulation Lead at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Dr. Parker received her PhD at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto in 2006. Her doctoral work focused on the development of an enhanced model for program evaluation which examines the value of measuring cognitive “readiness” when determining the merit of a continuing education program. She received her Master of Arts in Measurement and Evaluation from OISE in 1999. Kathryn has presented her work at various national and international conferences. She has presented posters illustrating her research on the stages of change model and the use of this model in program evaluation. She as also conducted numerous workshops on statistical techniques, research methodologies, needs assessment in continuing education, outcome measurement, measuring readiness to change and program accountability.

Kathryn began working in the area of theory-based program evaluation in 2002. She has worked with numerous academic groups to facilitate and direct program evaluation efforts. These groups include the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, Centennial College, George Brown College, and the Michener Institute where she served for seven years as the Senior Director, Scholarship, Assessment and Evaluation. She has a keen interest in the construction and measurement of program performance and outcome indicators as well as evolving the practice of theory-based program evaluations. Her primary scholarly interests include the development and evaluation of innovative methods of program evaluation and change leadership in healthcare organizations.

In addition to her scholarly work, Kathryn currently serves as the Senior Director of the Teaching and Learning Institute and the Simulation Lead at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

Aviv Shachak PhD MSc
Associate Professor
Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

Dr. Shachak’s research and teaching is mainly in the area of health informatics. He seeks to improve usage and help realize the potential benefits of information systems, especially in health care and biomedicine. This includes the study, design, and evaluation of educational interventions, tutorials and user manuals, user interfaces, and end-user support.

Ivan L. Silver MD MEd FRCPC
Geriatric Psychiatrist
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
(Former VP Education CAMH 2011-2018)

Dr. Silver’s career has focused on scholarship and research in the areas of faculty and professional development. Currently he is involved in research studies in the area of feedback including bilateral feedback between learners and teachers, the teaching of professionalism, life-long learning, a review of the imposter syndrome and its implications for academic careers and mentoring and a review of the outcome of clinical huddles.

David Wiljer PhD
Executive Director: Education, Technology & Innovation, University Health Network
Collaborator Scientist, CAMH
Associate Professor, Dept of Psychiatry; Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, UofT

Dr. Wiljer is a member of the community providing groundbreaking perspectives and inspiring contributions to digital health policy, management, education and evaluation. He is the Executive Director of Education, Technology & Innovation at the University Health Network, and former Senior Director of Transformational Education and Academic Advancement at CAMH. David is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He is a former President of the American Association of Cancer Education, and the current Chair of the Scholarship Committee for the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education. Dr. Wiljer has led research and development projects that focus on putting knowledge into action by utilizing health information technologies and knowledge management approaches to promote lifelong learning and CPD. Through his research and scholarship, he also explores the impact of digital technologies on patient partnerships and on high quality care.

Rory Windrim MD MSc
Perinatologist and Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Dr. Windrim is a staff perinatologist at Mount Sinai Hospital and Head of Academic Affairs in the MSH Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Head of Continuing Education in the University of Toronto Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Dr. Windrim completed medical school training in Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland before moving to Canada. After working as a rural physician in Newfoundland he completed Obstetrics and Gynaecology residency training in Memorial University Newfoundland. He completed a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology while on staff in Memorial University as an Obstetrician Gynaecologist. Having completed a Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Toronto he became a staff perinatologist at Mount Sinai Hospital and is a professor of Obstetrics at the University of Toronto.

His research program encompasses fetal medicine, obstetric anaesthesia, placental pathology and preterm birth. The Mount Sinai Fetal Medicine Unit is the largest in Canada and one of the busiest in the world. They provide consultation services for pregnancies complicated by fetal anomalies and a broad range of fetal procedures including intra-uterine transfusion, chest and abdomen shunting, cord ligation and placental anastomoses laser ablation. As a co-founder of MSH’s Placenta Clinic, he provides care and leads research into complications of normal placental development, including intrauterine growth restriction, pre-eclampsia and placenta percreta, among other conditions.

Dr. Windrim ‘s focus is fetal medicine and interventions, obstetric anaesthesia, placental pathology and preterm birth.