Scientists, specialists, clinicians & health managers…

The conference will bring together some of the best and the brightest to share their views on the use of computer simulation in evaluating proposed changes for improving the delivery of health services.

Boris SobolevBoris Sobolev, PhD

will be presenting his vision for the role of computer simulation in evaluation of complex interventions in health care.

Speaking at Halifax and Kelowna

Boris Sobolev is a Professor at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. For the past 9 years, he has also been a Canada Research Chair in Statistics and Modeling for Health Care. Trained as a statistician, he contributed extensively to the area of health services research. His research interests include understanding the link between processes and outcomes of care, with a specific focus on access to care, patient safety, adverse drug events, surgical outcomes, and comparative effectiveness of interventions.

His research at UBC culminated in the publication of two books: Analysis of Waiting-Time Data In Health Services Research, which was met with a warm reception from scholars and professionals around the world, and more recently, his second book, Health Care Evaluation Using Computer Simulation, considered an authoritative reference in this domain. Currently, he is the Editor-in-Chief for the Handbook of Health Services Research, a six-volume major reference work commissioned by Springer.

Adrian LevyAdrian Levy, PhD

will be talking about lessons of running the SIMCARE project

Speaking at Halifax and Kelowna

Adrian R. Levy is a Professor at Dalhousie University. He holds a PhD from McGill University (Montreal, QC) in epidemiology and post-graduate training at McMaster University (Hamilton, ON) in economic evaluation. During the 1990s, he worked on the secretariat of the Conseil d’Évaluation des Technologies de la Santé du Québec. After completing his postdoctoral fellowship, he joined the faculty of the University of British Columbia (UBC) in July 2000. At UBC, he held BC Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar and Senior Scholar awards and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator award.

Since 2009, he has held the positions of Head of the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology and of District Chief in the Nova Scotia Capital District Health Authority. His academic interests in health services research include health technology assessment, comparative effectiveness research, computer simulation, pharmacoepidemiology, and pharmacoeconomics.

Lisa KuramotoLisa Kuramoto, MSc

will be presenting the analytical framework of simulation studies

Speaking at Halifax and Kelowna

Lisa Kuramoto is a Statistical Analyst at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation. She holds an MSc in Statistics from the University of British Columbia. As a member of Dr. Boris Sobolev’s research team, her research interests are primarily in investigating surgical waiting times and their impact on patient outcomes. In addition, she consults clinical researchers on design of experiments and statistical analyses. Lisa also contributes to teaching workshops on statistical inference for the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute's education program. Recently, she co-authored the book "Health Care Evaluation Using Computer Simulation: Concepts, Methods, and Applications", which presents a comprehensive description of the methodology of conducting simulation studies to evaluate access to care.

Victor SanchezVictor Sanchez, PhD

will be presenting tools for graphical representation of care processes

Speaking at Halifax and Kelowna

Victor Sanchez is currently an NSERC Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He received his PhD degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He has been the recipient of research awards from the main federal funding agencies in Canada, CIHR and NSERC, and Mexico, CoNACYT. His main research interests are in the areas of signal processing and discrete-event simulation with applications to healthcare. He has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences in the areas of medical imaging, telemedicine and computer simulation in healthcare. He is the co-author of the book, Health Care Evaluation Using Computer Simulation, considered an important reference in this domain.

Michael Dunbar, MD, PhD

will be presenting on pitfalls and paradoxes in surgical innovation

Speaking at Halifax

Dr. Michael Dunbar is a graduate of Dalhousie Medical School (1992), holds a Ph.D. in Community Health and Epidemiology from the University of Lund, Sweden, and is a Professor of Surgery in the Division of Orthopaedics at Dalhousie University, with cross appointments to the School of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Community Health and Epidemiology. As Director of Research for Orthopaedics and an advocate of increasing the precision of surgical techniques, Dr. Dunbar is exploring the use of surgical navigational technologies to improve patient outcomes; as well as engineering solutions for surgical challenges. Dr. Dunbar is one of the key scientific founders of Halifax Biomedical and currently holds an Atlantic Innovation Fund project developing a clinical diagnostic system for assessing orthopaedic implant stability. A premier biomedical researcher and thought leader in his field, Dr. Dunbar has authored 60 peer reviewed scientific articles, 11 book chapters and given over 200 invited presentations and lectures and held in excess of $18 million in peer reviewed research grant funding. He is co-chair of the Canadian Joint Replacement Registry, is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Arthritis Society of Canada as well as the editorial board for the British Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and the journal Knee.

Katherine FierlbeckKatherine Fierlbeck, PhD

will be talking about federal health care governance

Speaking at Halifax

Katherine Fierlbeck is Professor of Political Science at Dalhousie University. She has cross-appointments in International Development Studies and European Studies, and is a member of the European Union Centre of Excellence. Her most recent book is Health Care in Canada (UTP 2011), and is completing a book on health care federalism with William Lahey at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie. She and William Lahey are currently leading a CIHR research team on innovative methodological approaches in health care federalism.

Nathaniel OsgoodNathaniel Osgood, PhD

will be presenting a case study of modeling in nosocomial infection control

Speaking at Halifax

Nathaniel Osgood is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Associate Faculty in the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology and Division of Bioengineering at the University of Saskatchewan. His research is focused on providing cross-linked simulation, ubiquitous sensing, and inference tools to inform understanding of population health trends and health policy tradeoffs. His applications work has addressed challenges in the communicable, environmental, chronic and zoonotic disease areas. In addition to health applications, Dr. Osgood is the co-creator of two novel wireless sensor-based epidemiological monitoring systems, most recently the Google Android-based “iEpi” smartphone system. He has additionally contributed novel new innovations to improve dynamic modeling quality and efficiency, introduced novel techniques that hybridize Agent-based models with traditional System Dynamics approaches, which combine simulation models with decision analysis tools, and which leverage such models using data gathered from wireless real-time epidemiological monitoring systems.

Dr. Osgood is the instructor for the annual Agent-Based Modeling Bootcamp for Health Researchers, and served in 2011-2012 as a visiting Associate Professor at MIT, where he taught a related graduate course on agent-based modeling for Public Health. Prior to joining the U of S faculty, he graduated from MIT with a PhD in Computer Science in 1999, served as a Senior Lecturer at MIT and worked for a number of years in a variety of academic, consulting and industry positions.

Valerie ZellermeyerValerie Zellermeyer, RN, MHSc

will reflect on recommendations of the Surgical Process Analysis and Improvement Expert Panel, their uptake and outcomes.

Speaking at Halifax

Valerie was born and educated in New Zealand. She practiced in NZ, Australia and England prior to developing her career in Perioperative nursing and leadership in Toronto. She has enjoyed over 20 years of Perioperative and Critical Care experience, as a staff-nurse and in a variety of leadership roles. She is currently the Program Director, Perioperative Services at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. In this role she is responsible for the multi-disciplinary professional teams and their care within Perioperative Services, Pain Management Services and Respiratory Therapy Services.

She is the Chair, SETp Advisory Committee, chaired the Surgical Process Analysis & Improvement Expert Panel and was lead member for the Perioperative Expert Coaching Teams: Ontario’s Wait Time Strategy, Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. She acts as an advisor for Ontariobuys/OHA OR Supply Chain projects and enjoys sharing her broad knowledge as a clinical consultant for other healthcare facilities. She is a frequent speaker at Perioperative related venues.

Valerie has an undergraduate degree in Administrative Studies and a Masters in Health Sciences. She gained her CNA Perioperative Nursing Certificate at the course’s inaugural sitting in 1995. She is the Treasurer of the Canadian Operating Rooms Leaders network and a long standing member of ORNAC.

Paula BondPaula Bond, MN

will talk on challenges and opportunities in health care improvement

Speaking at Halifax

A graduate of St. Clare’s School of Nursing in St. John’s Newfoundland, Paula worked in her early career as a registered nurse in acute care areas in health care facilities in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Ontario, England, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates. She completed her Masters in Nursing from Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia in 2000.

In 1998, while working at King Faisal Specialist Hospital (KFSH) she was seconded to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to oversee a KFSH restructuring project. In the role of Chief of Nursing Affairs, Paula demonstrated her versatility and organizing abilities as she oversaw all aspects of this extensive project. She subsequently held senior positions at Windsor Regional Hospital in Windsor, Ontario, including the position of Vice-President Acute Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer. More recently, Paula was the Assistant Deputy Minister, Patient Safety/Clinical Innovation and Provincial Chief Nurse Executive in the British Columbia Ministry of Health. In 2009 she became actively involved with the Vancouver Olympic Organization Committee. In 2010 Paula returned to her East Coast roots where she presently holds the position as VP Acute Care/ Person Centered Health at Capital District Health Authority in Halifax Nova Scotia.

Susan Logue

will be talking about data to support planning and management of the health system and health research

Speaking at Halifax 

The majority of my career has been spent inside hospital walls. I was involved in Nursing Education for many years before taking on the role of Assistant Administrator at the Saint John General Hospital in New Brunswick. Following that, with the conversion to Regions and just before coming to Nova Scotia, I was the Administrative Director for Tertiary services. Since coming to NS, I have been the Chief Policy and Planning Officer for the Department of Health and Wellness as well as for the Department of Community Services. Currently, fulfil the role of Executive Director, Business Intelligence, Analytics and Privacy, Health and Wellness.

Valerie MacdonaldValerie MacDonald, RN BSN MSN ONC

will be presenting on…

Speaking at Halifax

Valerie is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in surgery and orthopaedics for Fraser Health. She works with teams at each site to ensure best practice and evidence based care for surgical patient populations. Valerie has published research on: Pain management in hip fracture patients, Innovation Adoption of PCA technology, Optimizing Outcomes for Arthroplasty Surgery, and Identifying Factors Associated with Prolonged Stays. Valerie is president of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, chair of the International Collaborative of Orthopaedic Nursing and a member of the Provincial Musculoskeletal Advisory Group.

MJ MacDonaldMJ MacDonald

will be presenting on…

Speaking at Halifax

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Guy Fradet, MD, MSc

will be presenting on…

Speaking at Kelowna

Medical Director Cardiac Program at Interior Health Authority
Member at Executive Steering Committee BC Cardiac Services
Head Cardiac Surgery KGH at Interior Health Authority, BC
Member Provincial Advisory Panel on Cardiac Health at Cardiac Services BC
Associate Head Division of Cardiac Surgery at The University of British Columbia.