Dr. Macias is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and Chief Clinical Systems Integration Officer for the Texas Children’s Hospital enterprise. He is also the Director of the Evidence Based Outcomes Center at Texas Children’s Hospital and Director of the Center for Clinical Effectiveness at Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. He is a graduate of Stanford University and subsequently completed his medical degree at Southwestern Medical School. He has completed both a pediatrics residency and pediatric emergency medicine fellowship. Additionally, he completed a fellowship in Clinical Research at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and subsequently completed a Master in Public Health at the University of Texas School of Public Health.
His national interest in improving the care for children has led to his role as the executive director of the national Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Innovation and Improvement Center, utilizing improvement science to support the EMSC program in 58 states and territories. He is the immediate past chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Emergency Medicine, the largest professional society for pediatric emergency medicine physicians.
He has and continues to chair or co-chair a number of Quality Improvement collaboratives. In addition to creating QI collaboratives for the Children’s Hospital Association of Texas, he has also initiated a number of activities involving emergent sepsis care. He is a co-chair of the Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes quality improvement collaborative of the Children's Hospital Association- a collaborative of over 40 institutions dedicated to decreasing mortality and morbidity from sepsis.
He has been recognized for his work in quality improvement, emergency care, and analytics. He was named HealthData Management’s Clinical Visionary of the Year in 2014.
As Division Chair of Enterprise Analytics at the Mayo Clinic, Joe Dudas is responsible for providing analytics products for Mayo Clinic Executive, Finance, Physician Insight, Population Health, Quality and Safety as well as Market needs as well as solutions on demand. Mr. Dudas has close to 30 years of experience from various industries, including Healthcare, Retail, IT Outsourcing and Telecommunications. Previous professional experience includes leadership roles at EDS (now HP), AT&T, and Rite Aid Corporation. Mr. Dudas holds a MBA in Accounting and Finance from York College of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor’s in Management Information Systems from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Brennan Spiegel is the Director of Health Services Research for Cedars-Sinai Health System and Professor of Medicine and Public Health at UCLA, where he teaches digital health science, health analytics, and cost-effectiveness analysis.
Dr. Spiegel directs the Cedars-Sinai Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CS-CORE), a multidisciplinary team that investigates how digital health technologies, including wearable biosensors, smartphone applications, virtual reality, and social media, can strengthen the patient-doctor bond, improve outcomes, and save money. CS-CORE unites clinicians, computer scientists, engineers, statisticians and health services researchers to invent, test, and implement digital innovations for the clinical trenches, always focusing on the value of technology to patient and provider end-users.
Dr. Spiegel has published more than 170 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is listed in the Onalytica "Top 100 Influencer" lists for digital health (#13) and virtual reality (#14). His research has been featured by major media outlets, including Bloomberg, CBS, NBC, LA Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
Stafford Dean is the Chief Analytics Officer at Alberta Health Services. He has been using administrative and clinical data to support decision making for over 25 years in Alberta’s health system. Stafford has also had data and analytic roles at the Alberta Ministry of Health, Calgary Health Region, and the Health Quality Council of Alberta. The analytics role enables decision making by providing timely, relevant data and reporting services.
Stafford’s research interests include health system planning models and clinical analytics to support continuous quality improvement. Stafford has a PhD in Health Research, a master’s degree in Economics and a bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science.
Trevor has nearly two decades of healthcare informatics and analytics development experience. In his current role at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Emergency Program, Trevor leads the development and implementation of informatics and analytics tools for use in healthcare quality and performance improvement initiatives. He is also Assistant Professor with the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Manitoba, where he participates on clinical and operations research projects and lectures on topics relating to data science, informatics, and quality improvement.
In addition to achieving Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, Trevor has certifications in both Lean and Six Sigma. Trevor has been involved in the successful commercialization of health informatics technology, including an Emergency Medical Services data system launched in cooperation with the University of Alberta and other commercial partners.
Trevor has co-authored three book chapters and numerous articles on healthcare topics, and is author of the book Healthcare Analytics for Quality and Performance Improvement published by John Wiley & Sons. You can read numerous healthcare analytics articles, download additional resources, and learn more about Trevor`s book on his blog.
Dr. Michael C. Wolfson received his B.Sc with honours.from U of Toronto jointly in mathematics, computer science and economics, and then a Ph.D. from Cambridge in economics in 1977. He retired as Assistant Chief Statistician, Analysis and Development (which included the Health Statistics program and the central R&D function), at Statistics Canada in 2009. He was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Population Health Modeling / Populomics in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa for 2010-2017. Prior to joining Statistics Canada, he held increasingly senior positions in the Treasury Board Secretariat, the Department of Finance, the Privy Council Office, the House of Commons, and the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office. While a senior public servant, he was also a founding Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Program in Population Health (1988-2003).
Ladan is the Director of Decision Support and Business Intelligence at the Hospital for Sick Children, in Toronto. Under her portfolio she is responsible for all Decision Support activities including case costing and performance measurement and reporting.
Ladan is also responsible for the design, development and implementation of the enterprise wide Business Intelligence solution at SickKids.
Ladan has extensive analytical background and many years of experience in Healthcare, as well as Life Sciences/Biotechnology industries. Her past experience includes Decision Support, Performance Measurement and BI at Trillium Health Partners as well as University Health Network (UHN), The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), and the Life Sciences & Healthcare research arm of the Knowledge-Based Industries at the Royal Bank of Canada.
Ladan holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Laval University in Quebec City and Master Certification in Healthcare Management from Schulich School of Business.
Shirley Fenton has over 25 years of experience in information technology focused on innovative Internet applications, community information portals, and web-based tools and technology. Her interests are Health Informatics, eHealth, BioHealth, Innovative Intelligent Communities, Community Informatics and Communities of Practice. She is the Business Development Director, Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology and a Research Associate, Computer Systems Group at the University of Waterloo and also the Vice President of the National Institutes of Health Informatics. She is currently serving on the Walsh University Intelligent Community Institute Advisory Board, the Centre for Distance Education Health Information Management Program Advisory Committee and the HIMSS Ontario Board of Directors. She was on the Steering Committee when Waterloo was named the Intelligent Community of the Year in 2007. In 2011, she received the Zonta International Women of Achievement Trailblazer Award. Shirley obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Waterloo.
Eric Sutherland is a Data Strategist with a passion for enabling trusted insight through implementation of leading information management practices and linking enterprise strategy to practical solutions with business, technology, and data partners. He recently joined the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care after 20 years at a major Financial Institution where he was accountable for a myriad of roles across Finance, Risk, and Treasury.
Since joining the Ministry, he has been listening to understand how to further unlock the value of our information while navigating the waters of government, privacy, and personal health information.
Eric holds a B.Math. (Statistics; Combinatorics and Optimization) and M.Math. (Biostatistics)– University of Waterloo; and is in progress of completing a MPA – University of Liverpool. He has also been teaching Managing Big Data and Predictive Analytics through the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.
Altaf Kassam holds the position of Director, Health Information, Performance Measurement and Analytics at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto. A strong advocate for the transformation of data into information and knowledge-based insight, Altaf is responsible for the development and execution of a data analytics & data governance strategy to improve data quality, clinical & operational performance and financial sustainability. He has over 10 years of experience in the healthcare sector having served previously in the concurrent roles of Chief Privacy Officer and Manager, Decision Support & Health Records at Baycrest. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from McMaster University, a PhD in Cell Biology from the University of Alberta and an MBA, Health Sector Specialisation from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Monica is Director of Provincial Reporting Services within the Analytics (DIMR) portfolio of AHS, the group tasked with developing and presenting key executive and public monitoring reports across the full range of executive, operational, and department levels. The team provides essential support for FOIP, media, research, and accreditation, as well as wide ranging ad hoc reporting. Monica is leading development of the Analytics Definition Library for AHS, an alignment to the broader function of active indicator development. Current initiatives include consistency and repeatability, and analytic layers in data and reporting. Monica has an MSc in Mathematics. She developed a passion for Health Analytics in her role as Account Manager with 3M Health Information Systems before joining the Calgary Health Region (subsequently AHS) in 2006.
David Weinkauf is Senior Policy and Technology Advisor at the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC), where he works in the Policy Department. He is the principal author of several IPC publications, including the IPC’s Big Data Guidelines, De-identification Guidelines for Structured Data and the Technology Fact Sheet Protecting Against Ransomware. Prior to joining the IPC in 2013, David worked as a Software Engineer at a research centre at the University of Toronto, where he designed and developed software for people with disabilities. He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from McGill University. David is the recipient of numerous academic awards and scholarships, including a Canada Graduate Scholarship for his doctoral studies. His IPC publication De-identification Guidelines for Structured Data won the 2017 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners’ Global Privacy and Data Protection Award for excellence in research.
Hadaf Zubi is a data professional with analytical experience in several industries, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals and finance. His specialty is driving continuous process improvement through the collation and strategic visualization of diverse data sets, and is especially interested in the formulation and implementation of performance indicators. Currently an analyst at the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health, he works in the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) with data from the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Information System (DATIS).
Prior to this role, he built the first unified analytics database for provincially-funded HIV/AIDS service agencies in Ontario and also implemented a client relationship management platform for over 300 users at a finance firm. He obtained his BA and MA from Carleton University, and is completing a Diploma in Accounting from McMaster University. His writing has been featured by CNBC, various trade publications, and the Toronto Star.
Dr. Ayse Basar Bener is a professor and the director of Data Science Laboratory (DSL) in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Ryerson University. She is the director of Big Data in the Office of Provost and Vice President Academic at Ryerson University. She is a faculty research fellow of IBM Toronto Labs Centre for Advance Studies, and affiliate research scientist in St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Her current research focus is big data applications to tackle the problem of decision-making under uncertainty by using machine learning methods and graph theory to analyze complex structures in big data to build recommender systems and predictive models. She is a member of AAAI, INFORMS, AIS, and senior member of IEEE.
Dr. Mustafa Hirji is the Associate Medical Officer of Health for Niagara Region. His responsibilities focus in the areas of communicable disease control and environmental health. This includes supporting the teams that prevent the spread of infectious diseases, deliver Niagara’s public health vaccination program, and conduct the health inspections of our food and water systems, as well as tattoo parlours and nail and hair salons. Dr. Hirji also supports the health surveillance, applied research, communications, quality improvement, and physician engagement portfolios with a particular focus on increasing the use of data and evidence in decision-making.
Greg Webster is CIHI’s Director, Acute and Ambulatory Care Information Services (AACIS). In this role, he leads strategy and operations for CIHI’s national hospital, emergency and ambulatory care databases and clinical registries. He is currently co-lead for modernizing CIHI’s data supply and access. His portfolio includes CIHI’s pan-Canadian inpatient, day procedure and emergency department databases (Discharge Abstract Database, Hospital Morbidity Database and National Ambulatory Care Reporting System) and related e-reporting products, as well as CIHI’s two clinical registries: the Canadian Organ Replacement Register and the Canadian Joint Replacement Registry. He also provides leadership to CIHI’s Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) program and aspects of CIHI’s Patient Reported Experience Measures (PREMs) program. Mr. Webster has over 20 years of experience using health data, information and evidence to improve health and health care.
Siamak Tenzif is an epidemiologist with a diverse background in research, performance measurement and reporting, health information management and policy development. A graduate of University of Toronto, and University of Waterloo, Siamak’s career includes tenures at several Ontario hospitals, Health Quality Ontario, Ministries of Health and Long-Term Care, Children and Youth Service as well as Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
Siamak’s primary interests include research and exploring ways and means of bringing data to life by working with various stakeholders and exploring innovative approaches in responding to requests for information. Siamak has presented results of his research, quality and performance measurements nationally and internationally.
In his current role as Director of Decision Support and Health Information Management, he oversees Decision Support and Health Data Resources departments at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital as a corporate resource working with clinicians, researchers and a senior management team.
Ryan Waterhouse is a Geospatial Health Specialist within the Surveillance Health Assessment Research and Evaluation team at Niagara Region Public Health. He has been working with Niagara Region Public Health since 2004 and provides geoanalytic and business intelligence support to all Divisional areas of Public Health such as Environmental Health, Family Health, Clinical Services, Organizational and Foundational Standards and Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention. He holds a degree in Geography and Geographic Information Systems from both Brock University and Niagara College.