Scientists & Staff

Ellen Balka, Senior Scientist

Ellen Balka, PhD. works at the intersection of health services, social science and information and communication technologies. With a background in health technology assessment and science, technology and society studies, her work is concerned with the design, implementation and use of information technology in varied health sector work settings, including administrative and clinical settings, ranging from acute care to primary care and community settings. A frequent author of publications which have appeared in journals such as Journal of Medical Internet Research, Journal of Medical Informatics and Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, Balka has won best paper awards at computer science and management of information systems conferences. Balka has served as principle investigator for major grants from funders including Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Health Canada, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Genome BC. In carrying out research in collaboration with varied community partners from the local to the national level, she has gained a reputation for simultaneously carrying out useful, pragmatic work while producing high quality research outputs. A past Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research senior Scholar, Balka is a senior scientist at C2E2 and a full professor at Simon Fraser University, where she runs the Assessment of Technology in Context Design Lab.

Penny Brasher, Senior Scientist

Penny is a Senior Research Scientist at C2E2 and an associate member of the Department of Statistics at UBC. She is the Statistical Editor for the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia and has served on several grant review committees and ethics boards. Dr. Brasher’s research interests include clinical research methodology, secondary use of administrative data and statistical education.

Jeff Brubacher, Scientist

Jeff is Scientist at C2E2, Associate Professor in the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine (Faculty of Medicine), and Director of the Vancouver General Hospital Emergency Medicine Research Program. He practices clinically as Emergency Physician in the Emergency Department at Vancouver General Hospital and as Clinical Toxicologist at the BC Drug and Poison Information Centre. Jeff holds a Clinician Scientist award from the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Foundation. His research interest focuses broadly on injury prevention with a special interest in drug impaired driving, substance abuse and injury, and patient safety in the emergency department.

Stirling Bryan, Director

Dr Stirling Bryan is a trained economist with a career-long specialization in the economics of health care. His PhD (Economics) was obtained from Brunel University (UK), following a Masters (Health Economics) from the University of York (UK). For over 20 years he has been a university-based practicing health economist with extensive engagement to the policy and decision making world. The vast majority of his career has been spent in the UK, initially in London (appointments at St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School and then Brunel University) and subsequently in Birmingham (senior lecturer and then full professor at the University of Birmingham). He has taught health economics to undergraduate economists and medical trainees, to postgraduate health economics students and to health sector professionals. His research track record reveals a longstanding goal of informing policy and practice. This is demonstrated, in part, through an extensive involvement with the UK National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE). For many years he led the University of Birmingham team that conducted economic analyses for NICE, and subsequently served for 3 years as a member of the NICE technology appraisals committee, advising on coverage policy. In 2005 he was awarded a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellowship and spent one year in the US, based at Stanford University, researching technology coverage decision making in a US health care organisations. His published papers reveal an ongoing research interest in coverage decision making processes. Since his relocation to Canada in 2008 (appointment as full professor in UBC’s School of Population & Public Health, and Director of the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation, VCH Research Institute), he has continued a focus on policy-relevant research. His current position, sponsored by Vancouver Coastal Health, sees him working alongside policy colleagues in one of BC’s largest regional health authorities.

Herbert Chan, Research Associate

Herbert Chan is a Research Associate with Dr. Jeff Brubacher at the Department of Emergency Medicine and an associate member of the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation. His research interests include emergency department visits, road traffic trauma surveillance, and alcohol/drug  impaired driving.

Tania Conte, Research Coordinator

Tania received her Nursing degree from UFPR (Brazil) in 2003, and her MSc degree in Population and Public Health from UBC (Canada) in 2015. She has substantial experience in clinical practice, health care management and health technology assessment (HTA). Tania’s interests include health services research, health technology assessment, and health economics applied to decision-making processes.

She is now a Research Coordinator in the C2E2 team since Feb 2015, involved in several projects with Dr. Stirling Bryan, Dr. Mohsen Sadatsafavi, Dr. Craig Mitton, and Dr. Mark FitzGerald mainly focused on systematic reviews, cost-effectiveness analysis and decision aids. 


Amber Cragg, Research Coordinator

Amber Cragg graduated with a MSc. in Epidemiology from Dalhousie University, where she was supported by a Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) Scotia Scholar award for her thesis research on STI and HIV testing among higher risk Maritime University students. After graduating, she worked as the research coordinator and statistical analyst on a multi-site project evaluating the effectiveness of the sexual health services available to students at eight universities across Maritime Canada. Since moving to Vancouver, she continues her work in the areas of health services research and harm reduction with her work at C2E2 through the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine. Amber is working as a research coordinator for Dr. Corinne Hohl, and is involved in various projects aimed at improving patient safety through the detection, treatment, and reporting of adverse drug events.

Ediriweera Desapriya, Research Associate

Ediriweera Desapriya, Ph.D., is a research a associate of Department of Emergency Medicine at the Vancouver General Hospital and at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine. He is also an associate member of the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. He is the co-investigator for research funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) and Auto 21-Network of Centers of Excellence. Dr. Desapriya serves on the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) Canadian Pedestrian Injury Prevention National Advisory Committee. He is a member of the provincial standing committee on traffic data and research.

Meghan Donaldson, Research Associate

Meghan is a Research Associate at C2E2 and the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility. She completed her PhD in Epidemiology at UBC in 2007 and her CIHR-funded post doctoral fellowship at California Pacific Medical Centre Research Institute/UCSF in San Francisco in 2011. Her research interests include physical activity interventions to improve mobility in older adults and fracture risk prediction.


Mimi Doyle-Waters, Librarian

Mimi is the librarian at C2E2. Her main research focus is systematic reviews. She has worked on a variety of reviews for example, SARS, influenza, herpes zoster, nurse staffing, emerging zoonoses, asthma, arthritis, falls prevention, complex adaptive systems as well as several Cochrane reviews. She has experience in methodologically rigorous ‘rapid’ reviews, meta-narrative and realist reviews. She is one of the instructors for the UBC School of Population and Public Health course SPPH 516 - Systematic Reviews. She also teaches in the C2E2 systematic review courses. Through C2E2 she provides consulting services to researchers interested in undertaking a systematic review. 

Mark FitzGerald, Senior Scientist

Dr. J. Mark FitzGerald graduated from University College Dublin in 1978. After interning and training in Internal Medicine in Dublin, he worked for two years in Lesotho, Southern Africa as a General Internist. Subsequently, he completed post-graduate training in Respiratory Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at McMaster University before accepting a position on faculty at McMaster University in 1987. In 1989, he moved to the University of British Columbia, he currently is based at The Lung Centre at Vancouver General Hospital and is also a Senior Scientist at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.  Dr. FitzGerald is Head of the Respiratory Medicine Divisions at both UBC and Vancouver General Hospital and co -Director of the UBC Institute for Heart and Lung Health.  His clinical and research interests include asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease, tuberculosis, health literacy and health outcomes. His current research focuses on health literacy and ethnicity in the management of asthma and COPD as well as the economic evaluation of asthma and its cost effective treatment. He has been involved in a number of regional and provincial initiatives to improve COPD care. As a PI with the NCE AllerGen, he is involved in the evaluation of novel new asthma therapies. He is past Chair of the GINA Science Committee and current Chair of the GINA Executive.

He is President of the Canadian Thoracic Society. He has published over 340 peer reviewed papers and editorials in high impact journals including: the New England Journal of Medicine, British Medical Journal, The Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. His H index is 42.

Corinne Hohl, Scientist

Corinne is an Associate Professor in UBC’s Department of Emergency Medicine and a Scientist at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation. Her main research interests are in emergency medicine, drug safety and effectiveness and adverse drug event surveillance. Together with her team, she has developed interventions to improve the recognition and treatment of patients affected by adverse drug events in Emergency Departments. She is presently working on validating and implementing improved adverse drug event case identification and reporting methods to improve clinical care, provide better data for research in drug safety and effectiveness, and for post-marketing surveillance of newly licensed medications.

For her work on adverse drug events, she was awarded a Best Paper Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians in 2011, and in 2012, a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. In 2013, Corinne was awarded the Teacher of the Year Award by the UBC FRCPC Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Corinne practices Emergency Medicine at Vancouver General Hospital, and is a member of the Canadian Drug Safety and Effectiveness Research Network and of the Canadian Network for Advanced Interdisciplinary Methods for Comparative Effectiveness Research.

Lisa Kuramoto, Senior Statistician

Lisa Kuramoto is a Statistical Analyst/Consultant at C2E2. 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 VCHRI Research Education program.

Margaret J. McGregor, Scientist

Dr. Margaret McGregor, BA, MD, CCFP, MHSc is a family physician at the Mid Main Community Health Centre in Vancouver. She is a clinical associate professor and director of community geriatrics at the University of British Columbia, Department of Family Practice. She is a research associate with the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute’s Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation and the UBC Centre for Health Services Policy Research. Her research interest is in the healthcare of frail seniors in primary care and community settings.

Craig Mitton, Senior Scientist

Craig Mitton is a Senior Scientist at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation and a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. Craig held a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award from 2006-2012 and from 2005-2009 was at UBC Okanagan where he held a Canada Research Chair in Health Care Priority Setting. The focus of his research is in the application of health economics to impact real-world decision making in health organizations. Craig is a member of the International Society of Priorities in Health Care and co-chaired the Society’s 2012 conference in Vancouver. He has published a book entitled the ‘Priority setting toolkit: a guide to the use of economics in health care decision making’ and has authored or co-authored over 100 peer reviewed publications. Craig has delivered over 150 presentations across many different countries and regularly runs workshops and short courses on health economics.

David Peddie, Research Coordinator

David Peddie is a research coordinator for the ActionADE project team led by Dr. Ellen Balka and Dr. Corinne Hohl, which centers on the participatory design of a novel system to communicate patient-level adverse drug event information across care settings in British Columbia. David holds a BEng in mechanical engineering from the University of Alberta and an MA in Communication studies from Simon Fraser University. His interests are grounded in the field of science and technology studies (STS), particularly the use of participatory and ethnographic research methods to inform scientific inquiry, work practice change, and technology design in healthcare.

Iraj Poureslami, Research Associate

Iraj Poureslami is a senior research scientist at Faculty of Medicine, and Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation, UBC. Iraj’s main research goal is to address socio-cultural and environmental determinants of health and inequity in Canada. Iraj has conducted various health promotion and health literacy intervention projects, applying behavioural modification strategies and stage of change models. Iraj is a WHO mentor of health promotion, member of WHO Early Childhood Development Knowledge Network, and member of the Canadian National Health Literacy Expert Panel. Iraj has extensive knowledge and expertise in developing conceptual framework for community-based, research-to-action and full participatory approaches.

Mohsen Sadatsafavi, Scientist

Mohsen received his MD degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 2002, his MHSc degree in Epidemiology from UBC in 2007, and his PhD degree in Health Economics and Outcomes Research from UBC in 2012.

He is now an Assistant Professor in the Division of Respiratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, UBC, since July 2012, at the same time holding affiliations with the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation as well as the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC. He is involved in various studies in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), especially cost-effectiveness modeling of emerging health technologies and using the provincial, national, and international health administrative databases to address policy-related questions.

Neale Smith, Research Coordinator

Neale Smith is a Study Coordinator with the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health. He has over 15 years experience in research and evaluation in both practice and academic settings. His interests include healthcare policy and politics; public administration and public policy processes and theory; public engagement; and qualitative research and evaluation methodologies. Neale holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters in Environmental Design (Urban and Regional Planning) from the University of Calgary.

Boris Sobolev, Senior Scientist

Boris is a Senior Scientist at C2E2 and a Professor in UBC School of Population and Public Health. In 2004/05 Boris was a Peter Wall Early Career Scholar and currently he is a Faculty Associate at the UBC Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. In 2003/2013 Boris held a Canada Research Chair in Statistics and Modeling for Health Care.  His research interests include understanding the link between processes and outcomes of care, with a specific focus on access to care, surgical outcomes, patient safety, adverse drug events, and comparative effectiveness of interventions. Boris wrote two books: Analysis of Waiting-Time Data In Health Services Research and  Health Care Evaluation Using Computer Simulation, both published by Springer.

Nitya Suryaprakash, Research Coordinator

Nitya Suryaprakash PhD is a research coordinator with over 15 years’ experience managing complex multi-site research projects. She has a diverse background spanning various health care disciplines. She has worked on a number of WHO and UNICEF country collaborative projects on micronutrient malnutrition and was a site supervisor of the WHO Multi Center Growth Reference Study. Her current research interests include project management, qualitative research and mixed method methodologies, knowledge translation and research ethics. 

Hamid Tavakoli, Data Analyst

Hamid received his medical doctorate from Tehran University of Medical Science in 2002. He was part of a team which established one of the first private institutes in health research in Iran. He was involved in dozens of projects involving research database management and data analysis, hospital information system deployment and patient registry databases. In 2012 He graduated from McMaster University (MSc in Health Informatics) and immediately started working at Fraser Health Authority until 2015. He has produced more than 80 reports, and has been involved in multiple application developments as well as data analysis projects.

He joined the Division of Respiratory Medicine in 2015 as Data Analyst and has been working on interrogating provincial administrative health data and other “big data”.

David Whitehurst, Scientist

Dr. David Whitehurst is an Assistant Professor (Health Economics) within the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. His research focuses on the generic assessment of quality of life, with a specific interest in the role and validation of preference-based outcome measures suitable for use in economic evaluation (clinical contexts include spinal cord injury and a range of musculoskeletal conditions). In addition to research, Dr. Whitehurst has a keen interest in teaching the economics of health and health care and has extensive experience as a lecturer, supervisor and co-ordinator within undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Maeve Wickham, Research Assistant

Maeve Wickham graduated from the University of Alberta with a MSc. in Epidemiology, and was supported by a CIHR Master’s award for her thesis research on early life factors contributing to substance use and delinquency in adolescence. Since moving to Vancouver, she has developed an interest in health services research, working first as a Research Assistant in the UBC Dept. of Family Practice prior to beginning her work at C2E2 through the UBC Dept. of Emergency Medicine. Maeve is currently working as research coordinator for Dr. Corinne Hohl, and is involved in various projects aiming to improve patient safety through enhanced detection, treatment, and reporting of adverse drug events in the Emergency Department.

Gavin Wong, Research coordinator

Gavin completed his bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy at the Ohio State University in 2006 and his Ph.D. in pharmacology at UBC in 2014. He has been a registered respiratory therapist with the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists since 2009. He has extensive experience in systematic review and evidence-based medicine. He authored numerous reports that were sent to the government to help health policy decisions at both federal and provincial level. He is a Cochrane editor with Cochrane Hypertension group as well as the author of several Cochrane reviews. His research interest included health technology assessment, systematic review, and network meta-analysis.    

Finance & Administrative Staff

Vicky Chan, Finance and Operations Coordinator
Pamela Lee, Administrative Assistant
Michael Tang, Database Manager and Programmer

Michael has recently received his Bachelor of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia in 2014. While completing his BASc and after he graduated, Michael has also taken part in development work on various e-learning tools at UBC.

He is now a Database Manager and Programmer at C2E2. Michael is interested in providing secure and reliable online and computer systems for everyone at the Centre to do their research.


Christine Ackerley, Master's Student

Christine Ackerley is a Master’s student in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. After earning a Bachelor’s of Journalism degree at Carleton University, Christine became interested in improving the use of research evidence in practice and policy settings. Her Master’s research explores questions around knowledge translation and stakeholder engagement in health care settings. She is currently working with the Pill Talk project team at C2E2 led by Dr. Ellen Balka and Dr. Corinne Hohl.

Eric Druyts, PhD student

Eric is a PhD student in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia with Dr. Stirling Bryan, a Research Associate in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, and a Research Associate at C2E2 for Dr. Edward Mills. Eric is a trained pharmacoepidemiology, with an interest in evidence synthesis, including network meta-analyses and health economic modeling. Eric’s current research involves strengthening the linkages between network meta-analyses and health economic evaluations in the context of health technology assessments and decision-making processes. 

Lidia Engel, PhD student

Lidia Engel is a PhD student at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, supervised by Dr. David Whitehurst, Dr. Scott Lear, and Dr. Stirling Bryan. Having completed her BSc degree in Health Economics (University of Cologne) and MSc degree in Health Sciences with a specialization in Health Technology Assessment (Maastricht University), her current PhD thesis is focusing on the measurement of patient benefits that go beyond ‘health-related’ aspects of quality of life for use in economic evaluation.

Shannon Erdelyi, Master's Student

Shannon Erdelyi is a Master’s student in the Department of Statistics at the University of British Columbia. While completing her BBa in Supply Chain Management (Wilfrid Laurier University) and BMath in Statistics (University of Waterloo), Shannon gained industry experience in manufacturing quality analytics. She is currently using time series methods to analyze road trauma data under the supervision of Dr. Jeff Brubacher. 

William Hall, Phd Student

William Hall is a Health Economics PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia and a Research Associate with the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation. He is passionate about the cross-implementation of advances in economics, technology, and business management fields to healthcare systems. After completing a Joint Major in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Business Administration at Simon Fraser University, William has held positions as a Social Media Strategist, Marketing Coordinator, Business Development Consultant and Research Coordinator.
William has also led projects investigating ‘Lean’ applications in healthcare, the use of mobile platforms to improve delivery of care in hospitals, and priority setting and resource allocation processes in local government. As part of his Master’s of Science in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC (November 2013), William created a tool to evaluate priority setting and resource allocation processes that has subsequently been implemented in one European and two North American healthcare organizations. A interactive online version of the tool is available at:
His current PhD project is focused on developing tools to assist decisions makers in making evidence-informed decisions in the Home Care space. Ultimately, he hopes to create an economic health system model that will facilitate the determination of appropriate spend and/or resource allocation to Home Care by cost avoidance offsets in Acute and Residential care.


Lindsay Hedden, Post-doctoral Fellow

Lindsay is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Population and Public Health, and is co-appointed at C2E2 and the Vancouver Prostate Centre. She is investigating the costs and benefits of a comprehensive supportive care program for survivors of prostate cancer and their partners. Her background is multidisciplinary; she is an administrative data specialist, but also has expertise in patient reported outcomes, cost analysis, and simulation modeling. Her doctoral work with Dr. Morris Barer focused on gender-driven differences in career trajectories, activity, patient and service mix, and scopes of practice for BC’s primary chare physicians. She was previously employed as a Health Economist at the Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control, where she focused on producing cost-effectiveness evidence within a program budgeting and marginal analysis framework. Dr. Hedden’s research interests focus broadly on health services delivery and workforce issues in both primary care and cancer control.

Iris van der Heide, Post-doctoral Fellow

Dr. Iris van der Heide is a postdoctoral fellow at UBC Faculty of Medicine, division of Respiratory Medicine and the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation. Iris holds a master’s degree in Communication Studies and started her career at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in the Netherlands. She completed her PhD in the field of public health at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Thereafter she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL) and at the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Medical Center. Throughout the years Iris contributed to multiple European research projects (e.g. HLS-EU, ICARE4EU). Her research has mainly been centred around the question how people’s health literacy skills can affect their health and health-related behaviour and how to provide patient-centered care that better meets the needs and skills of people. Other areas of her research interest include health communication, informed decision-making, knowledge translation and integrated care. Iris is experienced in conducting various methods of quantitative data-analysis, including regression modelling, prediction modelling, multi-level data-analysis and mediation analysis. She is also experienced in conducting qualitative data-analysis as well as meta-analysis. In her current position Iris will primarily focus on the development and validation of a health literacy measurement tool, specifically in the context of asthma and COPD self-management.

Kate Johnson, Master's Student

Kate Johnson is a Master's student in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia, under the supervision of Dr. Mohsen Sadatsafavi and Dr. Stirling Bryan. Kate holds a BSc in Biology from the University of Alberta and an MSc in Ecology from the University of British Columbia. She developed a passion for statistics and data science during her previous graduate training, and she is now applying these skills in her thesis project, which involves evaluating strategies for early detection of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease using decision-analytic modeling.

Asif Raza Khowaja, PhD student

Asif Raza Khowaja holds MSc degree in Health Policy and Management from the Aga Khan University, Pakistan, and is a PhD candidate in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences at University of British Columbia Vancouver. He has more than 7 years of experience working in maternal and child health research in Pakistan, including projects focusing on vaccine preventable infections, vaccine policy advocacy, perinatal infection and birth outcomes. His PhD thesis is focused on economic evaluation of Community Level Interventions for Pre-eclampsia (CLIP) Trial in the selected South Asian and African Countries.

Tracey Laba, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Tracey is an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Research Fellow in the UBC School of Population and Public Health at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation and the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney, Australia. Tracey is a pharmacist and completed her PhD in Pharmacoeconomics at the University of Sydney, Australia. She is a health systems and policy researcher specialising in health economics, preference elicitation and drug utilisation research. Her research focuses on evidence translation and the appropriate and equitable use of high-value, affordable healthcare interventions, especially for chronic non-communicable diseases. Tracey is a member of both expert drug utilisation and economic subcommittees to the Australian governments' Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and is an honorary Senior Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health, Australia.

Bryn Lander, Post-doctoral Fellow

Dr. Bryn Lander is a post-doctoral researcher working at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, and is affiliated with Simon Fraser University’s School of Communication. Her research interests explore the interface between biomedical research and application and build off of a series of research projects that explored knowledge translation including a case study of two clinician-scientists; an exploration of regenerative medicine research and development activities in India; and an investigation of collaboration between individuals working on infection and immunity research and development in universities, hospitals, government, NGOs, and firms.

Sarah Munro, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Sarah Munro, PhD, is a qualitative health services researcher whose focus is knowledge translation and implementation science. Her postdoctoral fellowship is funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and conducted jointly between The Preference Laboratory (Dartmouth College, supervisor Dr. Rachel Thompson) and the Contraception Access Team (University of British Columbia, supervisor Dr. Wendy Norman). Dr. Munro's research focuses on the development and evaluation of tools that support shared decision-making for patients and their care teams, and the investigation of factors that influence implementation of patient-centred practice and policy. She is currently involved in studies related to implementation of shared decision-making in women’s health (choice of next birth after caesarean, choice of contraception, and medical abortion practice). Through this research, Dr. Munro partners closely with stakeholders (patients, health care professionals, and policy makers) to produce evidence that is action-oriented, relevant, and support patients and their care teams to make informed, shared healthcare decisions.

Samantha Pollard, PhD Student
Ellen Randall, PhD Student

Ellen Randall is a Research Project Manager with Trauma Services at Vancouver General Hospital. She is currently coordinating the research activities for a CIHR Partnership for Health Systems Improvement grant – An integrated strategy for policy-relevant process-outcome evaluation in a regional trauma system. Ellen is also a PhD student at the University of British Columbia.

Graham Shaw, PhD Student

Graham Shaw is a PhD student working with C2E2 as part of a team that is evaluating an initiative to increase physician engagement in British Columbia. Prior to returning to UBC to extend his knowledge and skills in evaluation, he worked as a psychologist for over ten years in Australia. During that time he led a family counselling service and participated in research and evaluation of organizational change initiatives to improve mental health in Primary Schools and in State Ambulance services. His current research examines the development and implementation of evidence-informed policy that aims to improve health through intervening in conditions of early childhood development.

Katie Jane Sheehan, Post-doctoral Fellow

Katie is a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Population and Public Health at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation. She is a physiotherapist who completed her PhD in biomechanics from Trinity College Dublin in 2012. Katie then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at both ‘Technology Research for Independent Living’ and ‘The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing’. Her current research focuses on the 48 hour benchmark for surgery post hip fracture in Canada under the supervision of Drs. Sobolev and Guy.

Jessica Shum, Master's Student

Jessica is a Master's student in the Experimental Medicine program at the University of British Columbia under supervision of Dr. J. Mark FitzGerald. She received her BA in Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in 2012. Jessica has a wide range of experience with community-based studies for lung health (asthma, COPD, and smoking cessation) in different ethnocultural communities. Her current work is focusing on content development of a Canadian version of a health literacy measurement tool for chronic disease management.

Serena Small, Master's Student

Serena is a current Master's student in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. She holds a BA from Carleton University in Communication Studies. At the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation, she is a Research Assistant under her thesis supervisor, Dr. Ellen Balka, on developing and implementing an adverse drug event reporting system to enhance clinical care and improve post-marketing surveillance of pharmaceuticals.

Dylan Stephanian, Master's Student

Dylan is a Master's student in Experimental Medicine at the University of British Columbia. While completing a Bachelor's of Applied Science at UBC, Dylan worked for the Coast Guard and developed an interest in inter-agency cooperation in response to medical emergencies in search and rescue and the medical protocols used by search and rescue crews. Dylan is supervised by Dr Jeff Brubacher researching response and outcomes following suicidal jumps from the bridges of the lower mainland.

Logan Trenaman, Master's student


Riyad Abu-Laban, Associate Scientist

Dr. Riyad B. Abu-Laban is an Emergency Physician at VGH, Associate Professor and Research Director of the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM), and Senior Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. He holds a MHSc in epidemiology from UBC, has a wide range of research publications, and was principal investigator on two cardiac arrest RCTs published in the NEJM (2002) and the Lancet (2006). In recent years his focus has shifted to research facilitation and education through his DEM administrative role. Dr. Abu-Laban has provided academic mentorship to numerous DEM faculty members and VCHRI career award recipients and has taught on clinical trials for C2E2. In 2011 he developed and launched a novel 1 month annual research education rotation for UBC Royal College Emergency Medicine Residents called the “NERD Block”  that was highly evaluated and has since expanded to include Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellows and EM Faculty Members. Dr. Abu-Laban chairs monthly DEM “Research in Progress Rounds”, provides methodologic support to DEM researchers, and is active as a collaborator on a number of ongoing studies in emergency medicine. His most recent principal investigator publication was a mixed outcomes study on the NERD Block (Can J Emerg Med, 2013).

Najib Ayas, Associate Scientist
Nick Bansback, Associate Scientist

Nick has a BSc in Mathematics majoring in Operations Research, a MSc in Health Services Research and in 2010 completed a PhD in Health Economics and Decision Sciences, from the University of Sheffield. His research is focused on using decision science to better inform policies and practices in health. Methodological areas of research include measuring and valuing health, economic evaluation and network meta-analysis. Specific areas of interest include the economic implications of biologics in Rheumatoid Arthritis, and the economics of patient centred care.

Shannon Berg, Associate Scientist

Shannon Berg is the Executive Director, Primary Health Care, Addiction and Mental Health with Alberta Health, Government of Alberta. She is a registered occupational therapist with a PhD in Health Services Research. She is a clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and adjunct faculty at University of Alberta’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. Her research interests are in the areas of primary and community care, and integration of research into the policy and clinical environments.


Allan Best, Associate Scientist

Allan Best, PhD is Managing Director, InSource; Associate Scientist, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute; and Clinical Professor; University of British Columbia. InSource is a Vancouver-based health services and population health research group with expertise in knowledge translation and exchange, systems thinking, and communications. It serves health systems decision makers at the regional, provincial, national, and international levels, offering innovative “whole systems” research, planning, and evaluation tools to support large-scale organizational change.

Recent projects include a realist review of the role of culture in large system transformation, and a pan-Canadian planning meeting on improving performance of partnerships for chronic disease prevention.

Peter Choi, Associate Scientist
Francois Dionne, Associate Scientist
David Evans, Associate Scientist

Dr. David Evans is a trauma and general surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital, and is the Medical Director of Trauma Services B.C. Dr. Evans is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has served on the executive committees of the Trauma Association of Canada and the Canadian Association of General Surgeons, and the examination board of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. With a strong clinical and academic interest in trauma, general surgery and critical care medicine, Dr. Evans is actively involved in trauma research. In 2001 he founded the Canadian Trauma Trials Collaboration, a national multidisciplinary trauma research group, which he chaired until 2006, and he currently holds a CIHR PHSI grant to evaluate performance in regional trauma systems. His research interests include performance measurement and quality improvement in trauma care, including process mapping, evaluation of indicator use, and development of reporting strategies.

Laurie Goldsmith, Associate Scientist

Laurie Goldsmith is a health services and health policy researcher and an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University.  Her research interests include access to health care from theoretical, empirical and policy perspectives, the politics of health care delivery, rural health, and qualitative research methods.  She has conducted research in Canada and the United States, working with health system decision makers at the federal, provincial, state, and local levels.  Laurie has a PhD in Health Policy from the University of North Carolina and a MSc in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University. 

Donald Griesdale, Associate Scientist

Dr. Donald Griesdale is an intensive care physician and anesthesiologist at Vancouver General Hospital and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics at UBC.  Following his clinical training, he completed his Masters of Public Health in Quantitative Methods from the Harvard School of Public Health.  In 2010, he won a Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute Clinician Scientist Award examining videolaryngoscopy in critically ill patients.  His clinical and academics areas of interest include patient safety in airway management and critical care of patients with severe traumatic brain injuries.  

Gillian Hanley, Associate Scientist

Dr. Gillian Hanley is an Assistant Professor in the department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia.  She obtained her BSc at Dalhousie University where she did a combined Honours in Biology and Economics, followed by a Master of Arts degree at McMaster University in Economics with a concentration in health economics. More recently, she completed her doctorate studies at UBC examining the equity consequences of the policy change from age-based to income-based pharmacare in BC.  Her current research focus combines her substantive interest in women’s health with her training in economics, health services research, and epidemiology to answer questions related to gynecologic cancer prevention, healthy reproduction and pregnancy, and equity in access to health services.

Janet Joy, Associate Scientist
Michael Law, Associate Member

Michael Law is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, School of Population and Public Health, at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on pharmaceutical policy, including work on prescription drug affordability, generic drug pricing, evaluating pharmaceutical policy changes, and private drug coverage. His work has been published in several leading medical journals and has received extensive Canadian and international media coverage.

Dr. Law is the recipient of career award funding from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He was awarded the Institute for Health Services and Policy Research Article of the Year Award and the Labelle Lectureship at McMaster University. He obtained his PhD in Health Policy and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University.

Chris Lovato, Professor

I am a Professor in the School of Population & Public Health and Founding Director, Evaluation Studies Unit, Faculty of Medicine, UBC.  My primary areas of expertise are in health promotion, population health and program evaluation.  My research focuses on evaluating the impact of health programs and policies, particularly in the areas of cancer prevention and health services.  I am also conducting studies to evaluate the impact of medical school initiatives implemented in response to health care professional shortages in rural, remote and northern regions of Canada.

Larry Lynd, Associate Scientist

Larry has a BSc in Pharmacy and a Ph.D. in epidemiology following which he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health economics.  e is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and is the Associate Director of the Collaboration for Outcomes Research and Evaluation. He is a Scientist at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcomes Sciences at Providence Health, an Associate of the School of Population and Public Health, and was admitted as a Scholar in the Peter Wall Institute for Advance Studies at UBC. He is a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator. His research focuses broadly on health outcomes research, with specific interests respiratory diseases and orphan drugs. He is currently the principal investigator on a CIHR New Emerging Team in Rare Diseases grant in which is involved in the evaluation of health policy relating to orphan drugs and rare diseases in Canada.

Kimberlyn McGrail, Associate Scientist

Kimberlyn is an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, Associate Director of the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, a Senior Researcher with Statistics Canada and an Associate with the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation. She is also a board member and scientific advisor for Population Data BC, a resource dedicated to making linkable, longitudinal administrative data available to researchers. Kim’s current research interests are in variations in health care services use and outcomes, aging and the use of health care services and understanding health care as a determinant of health. She has collaborated with provincial and federal policy and decision-makers, including the BC Ministry of Health Services, the Health Council of Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Kim was the 2009-10 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Associate in Health Care Policy and Practice. She holds a PhD in Health Care and Epidemiology from the University of British Columbia, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan.

Bill Miller, Associate Scientist
Jeff Poss, Associate Scientist

Originally educated as an engineer (BASc, Waterloo), Dr. Poss also has an MBA from McMaster University in Health Services Administration, and a doctoral degree in Health Studies and Gerontology, University of Waterloo. He is a health services research consultant located in Vancouver, and an Associate Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo.

His research interests relate to aging in health, especially long term care and community-dwelling elderly. He has significant quantitative research experience involving the manipulation and analysis of large datasets, particularly those generated from interRAI instruments.

Rick Sawatsky, Associate Scientist

Richard (Rick) Sawatzky PhD, RN
Associate Professor, Trinity Western University School of Nursing Research Scientist,
Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences

Dr. Richard Sawatzky is holds a Canada Research Chair in Patient-Reported Outcomes at the Trinity Western University School of Nursing and is with the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS). His research focuses on the validation and utilization of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) in health care for people with chronic life-limiting illnesses. Current research activities include studies about the challenges of heterogeneity and response shift in PRO measurement; the validation of computerized assessment systems; the utilization of tablet devices for PRO measurement; a palliative approach; education for patients with colorectal cancer; and patient-reported experiences with knee surgery.


Michael Schulzer, Associate Scientist

Dr. Michael Schulzer received his MD degree at UBC, and his PhD in Mathematics, with thesis in Statistics, from the University of Washington in Seattle. There followed three years of work in statistical research and consulting at the University of Utrecht, Holland. On returning to Vancouver, he received a joint appointment in Mathematics (later, when the Department of Statistics formed and separated from Mathematics, in Statistics) and in Medicine. 

Dr. Schulzer continued to teach many statistical courses to both graduate students and medical personnel, while participating in active research, clinical trials, with statistical modelling and analysis, in Low Tension Glaucoma, pulmonary research, meta-analysis, Cardiology, Parkinson’s disease et al. He is currently working with the Department of Statistics and the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre at UBC, and with C2E2 at VGH.

John Staples, Associate Scientist

Dr John Staples is an academic general internist and Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC. After graduating from medical school at the University of Alberta he completed a residency and fellowship in general internal medicine (UBC), a Masters of Public Health (Harvard University), a New England Journal of Medicine Editorial Fellowship, and a Health Services Research Fellowship (Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto). His research interests include traffic safety and medical risk factors for injury.