Core Faculty


Coffey

Trey Coffey, MD
Department of Paediatrics

Dr. Trey Coffey is a staff paediatrician and the Medical Officer for Patient Safety at the Hospital for Sick Children, and associate professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. She received her MD from the University of Chicago and completed specialty training in paediatrics at the University of Washington.

  • She is an experienced patient safety leader who has championed and led many successful QI and safety initiatives at the Hospital for Sick Children; she is currently the Medical Lead for the Caring Safely initiative, an ambitious hospital-wide patient and staff safety initiative that aims to transform the Hospital for Sick Children into a high-reliability organization.
  • She was the site-lead for the only non-US site in the I-PASS study, which evaluated the impact of a resident handoff bundle at nine sites across North America. The results of this landmark multi-site patient safety study and was published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine
  • She was a co-investigator on the Canadian Paediatric Adverse Events study, the first large scale, national trigger tool study to estimate the burden of adverse events in acute care paediatric hospitals.
  • She was recently named the new Associate Clinical Director of Solutions for Patient Safety, a network of 100+ children’s hospitals that share safety successes and failures and learn from each other to ensure every child receives safe care.

Etchells

Edward Etchells, MD, MSc
Department of Medicine

Dr. Edward Etchells is a general internist and Medical Director of Information Services at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine in the University of Toronto. He received his MD from the University of Toronto, where he also completed his specialty training in General Internal Medicine and MSc in Clinical Epidemiology.

  • He established the Patient Safety Service at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the first hospital-based academic patient safety service in Canada.
  • His original study “Unintended Medication Discrepancies at the Time of Hospital Admission” published in the Archives of Internal Medicine contributed to establishing medication reconciliation globally as a patient safety best practice; its novel methods for identifying and classifying medication errors were adopted by the Canadian Safer Healthcare Now! Campaign and the World Health Organization’s ‘High 5’s’ medication reconciliation initiative.
  • He was a co-investigator on the Canadian Adverse Events Study, and was responsible for leading¬ the training for reviewers.
  • He established the University of Toronto Certificate Program in Quality and Patient Safety in 2008; this program has trained nearly 200 front-line clinicians and senior trainees and was awarded the Colin Woolf Award for Excellence in Course Coordination from the University of Toronto’s Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development.


Tara-Kiran

Tara Kiran, MD, MSc
Department of Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Tara Kiran is a family physician and the Quality Improvement Director and Chair of the Board of Directors in the St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team, and an assistant professor and clinician investigator in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She received her MD from the University of Toronto, and completed her residency training in family medicine at McMaster University. She then completed a MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

  • Dr. Kiran’s program of research focuses on evaluating the impact of Ontario’s primary care reforms on quality of care and related disparities.
  • She has recently taken on a new role as a CIHR Embedded Clinician Researcher with Health Quality Ontario, where she is developing a set of quality measures that assess how good the care is for people admitted to hospital and discharged home.
  • In recognition of her outstanding accomplishments, she was awarded the 2015 New Investigator Award from the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG), and the 2012-13 Rising Star Award from the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR).

Monteiro

Eric Monteiro, MD, MSc
Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery

Dr. Eric Monteiro is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto, with his practice based primarily out of Sinai Health System and the University Healthy Network. Dr. Monteiro received his MD and residency training from the University of Toronto. He went on to complete 2 years of advanced fellowship training in minimally invasive skull base surgery, head and neck surgical oncology and rhinology. He also completed an MSc in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the Institute of Healthy Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

  • His primary focus in quality improvement and patient safety is the development and evaluation of quality indicators for various conditions in the field of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck surgery. Recent projects include developing quality indicators for the surgical management of well-differentiated thyroid cancer as well as for the management of acute and chronic rhinosinusitis.
  • He is involved in the Choosing Wisely campaign for the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and is currently involved in creating the lists for the subspecialties of Rhinology and Head & Neck Surgery.
  • He is currently leading the development of a patient friendly website aimed at improving the perioperative experience of patients undergoing various Otolaryngological procedures
  • He was a member of the working group in Cancer Care Ontario which developed the Quality Based Procedure (QBP) protocol for thyroid surgery.


Ostrow

Olivia Ostrow, MD
Department of Paediatrics

Dr. Olivia Ostrow is an academic clinician and the patient safety lead for the Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children, and an assistant professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. She received her MD at West Virginia University School of Medicine and completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics training at the University of California San Diego and the University of Rochester. She is board certified in both specialties and holds a certificate in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety from the University of Toronto.

  • She is an experienced quality improvement champion who is committed to frontline improvement work. Locally, she plays a key leadership role in the Hospital for Sick Children’s Choosing Wisely campaign. At the provincial level, she is actively involved in the P4R Emergency Department Return Visit Quality Initiative with Health Quality Ontario.
  • She chairs the Paediatric Emergency Medicine Morbidity and Mortality committee and also involved in the SickKids Caring Safely Initiative and serves as a regular instructor for the Error Prevention course taught throughout the hospital.
  • She is the current interim co-director of the C-QuIPS Certificate Course in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement and faculty for the Co-Learning Curriculum in Quality Improvement in the Department of Paediatrics.

Pinard

Marie Pinard, BScN, MSc
Women’s College Hospital

Marie Pinard is the Director of Quality, Safety and Patient Experience at Women’s College Hospital. Previously she was the manager of the Quality Management Department at The Hospital for Sick Children, where she had also worked for over 25 year in a variety of roles including as a front-line nurse in Haematology/Oncology, a specialist in Infection Prevention & Control and Manager of Emergency Preparedness. She received her BScN at the University of Toronto and completed a MSc in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

  • For the past 15 years Marie has been firmly grounded in Quality Management. She is passionate about quality improvement (QI), QI methodology and QI ethics – she spearheaded the development of a robust process for ethical oversight of QI projects at SickKids and has reviewed over 1000 proposals over the past 10 years.
  • Her other professional interests include quality monitoring processes, indicator development, patient safety and the science of improvement.
  • She has experience leading hospital accreditation processes through Accreditation Canada, leading strategic projects, investigating adverse events and steering the development of the hospital’s annual Quality Improvement Plan (QIP).
  • She has an appointment at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto where she is a course instructor in their Masters in Health Administration program.


Shojania

Kaveh Shojania, MD
Department of Medicine and Director, C-QUIPS

Dr. Kaveh Shojania is a general internist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and professor of medicine and Vice-Chair, Quality & Innovation at the Department of Medicine. He received his MD from the University of Manitoba and completed his residency in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University, and a Hospitalist fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.

  • He is currently the editor-in-chief of BMJ Quality & Safety, the leading scientific publication in the fields of patient safety and healthcare quality improvement.
  • He is a core faculty member in the MSc in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety program at the University of Toronto’s Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation.
  • He has published over 130 articles indexed in Medline, including in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, and Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Google Scholar identifies over 10,000 citations to his work, with 25 of his publications cited over 100 times each. (His h-index is 49).
  • In 2004, he received one of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Awards from the US Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the National Quality Forum for work in patient safety that has had an impact at a national level.
  • In 2015, the US National Patient Safety Foundation invited Dr. Shojania to co-chair with Dr. Don Berwick, co-founder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, an international expert panel reviewing progress in patient safety since the Institute of Medicine Report “To Err is Human” in 2000. This work produced a white paper, Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement Fifteen Years after To Err Is Human and a viewpoint entitled “Patient Safety at the Crossroads” published in JAMA.

Sockalingam

Sanjeev Sockalingam, MD, MHPE
Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam is Deputy Psychiatrist-in-Chief at the University Health Network for the Toronto General and Princess Margaret Hospital sites and associate professor and Director, Continuing Professional and Practice Development in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. H received his MD from the University of Manitoba and completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Master’s degree in Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

  • He is an active researcher with more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and is an investigator on several peer-reviewed grants.
  • His research interests include the alignment of quality improvement and continuing professional development in mental health, knowledge translation, and factors influencing lifelong learning in practice. He also conducts research examining predictors and interventions to improve mental health care in the context of physical health issues.
  • He is the co-lead for the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Ontario Mental Health at the Centre for Addiction and Mental and Health and the University of Toronto, which is a provincial hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing network model building mental health and addiction capacity in rural Ontario.
  • He has received several teaching and education awards locally and nationally including the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Young Educator Award and the Canadian Medical Association Young Leader Award.


Soong

Christine Soong, MD, MSc
Department of Medicine

Dr. Christine Soong is an academic hospitalist and Program Director for the Hospital Medicine Program at Mount Sinai Hospital / University Health Network, and an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Soong received her MD from the University of Western Ontario and completed her residency training in family medicine and a MSc in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

  • She has held leadership positions as both an academic and community-based hospitalist at William Osler Health Centre, Sinai Health System, and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Centre.
  • She chaired Choosing Wisely committees for both the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine and the Canadian Society of Hospital Medicine, and led the development of Choosing Wisely Canada lists for both societies.
  • She has led numerous quality improvement initiatives focused on improving care transitions and hospital discharge, the quality of care for orthopedic hip fracture patients, resource stewardship, and more recently, reducing the inappropriate use of psychotropic medications in frail elderly hospitalized patients.
  • She has successfully disseminated the findings of her quality improvement initiatives in BMJ Quality & Safety, CMAJ, and the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Wong

Brian Wong, MD
Department of Medicine and Associate Director,
C-QUIPS

Dr. Brian Wong is a general internist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and associate professor and Director, Continuing Education and Quality Improvement in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He received his MD from the University of Toronto, where he also completed his specialty training in Internal Medicine. After completing his clinical training, he undertook a 2-year patient safety research fellowship funded by the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. As part of this fellowship, he became certified as an Improvement Advisor through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Improvement Advisor Program.

  • He chaired the CanMEDS 2015 Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Expert Working Group and authored a report that informed the eventual integration of patient safety and quality improvement competencies into the CanMEDS 2015 physician competency framework
  • He is a Clinician Educator with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; in this role, he directs the ASPIRE train-the-trainer faculty development program, and spearheaded efforts to establish Patient Safety and Quality Improvement as an official Diploma Discipline in Canada.
  • He was invited to join the Association for American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Teaching for Quality (Te4Q) expert panel as the only Canadian representative, and co-authored the “Teaching for Quality: Integrating Quality Improvement and Patient Safety across the Continuum of Medical Education” report.
  • He led the development of an innovative Faculty-Resident Co-Learning Curriculum in Quality Improvement in the Department of Medicine; over the past 6 years, the program has trained over 100 faculty and nearly 500 residents in 35 residencies across the Departments of Medicine, Paediatrics, Surgery and Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto. The curriculum received the Helen P. Batty Award for Excellence and Achievement in Faculty Development in 2016.
  • In recognition of his contributions to advancing education on patient safety and quality improvement, he was awarded the New Investigator Award from the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine, and the Young Educators Award from the Association of Faculties of Medicine in Canada.