Penny Brasher

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.

Craig Mitton

Craig is a Senior Scientist within C2E2 and a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. His research is focused on the application of health economics to impact health policy and to inform clinical practice. Specific areas of interest include the use of evidence to support health care decision making, public involvement in priority setting and health technology assessment. He is the lead author on a book titled “The Priority Setting Toolkit: a guide to the use of economics in health care priority setting” and is the lead or co-author on more than 135 peer reviewed journal articles. He has delivered over 160 presentations across many different countries and regularly runs workshops on health economics and health care priority setting. In 2015, he was awarded a Killam Teaching Prize from the University of British Columbia. Craig holds a MSc and PhD in health services research from the University of Calgary and a BSc in Biopsychology from UBC.

Core Faculty

Ellen Balka

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.

Jeff Brubacher

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

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.

Mark FitzGerald

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

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.

Margaret J. McGregor

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.

Chris McLeod

Dr. McLeod’s research focuses on the evaluation of occupational health policies and practices and on the causes and consequences of work-related injury and disease.

Current research areas include an assessment of the effectiveness of occupational health and safety management systems on work injury; and national and international comparative work with jurisdictions in Ontario, Manitoba, Australia, and New Zealand. More broadly, his research explores how institutional and economic structures across countries affect health and health inequalities over the working life course, using high quality comparable longitudinal data from representative economies to examine the relationship between employment and working conditions and worker health within and across countries.

His work examining the relationship between unemployment and health, supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, has been published in the Annual Review of Public Health and the American Journal of Public Health.

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Mohsen Sadatsafavi

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.

Boris Sobolev

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.

Olivia Tseng

Dr. Olivia Tseng is a practicing family doctor and an quantitative researcher proficient with administrative data analysis, systematic review and randomized controlled trials.  Olivia is a clinical assistant professor at the UBC Department of Family Practice, an associate research members of the Centre for Clinical Evaluation and Epidemiology (, an affiliated research member of the Women Health Research Institution (WHRI), and a board member of the Clinician Scholar Program. She supervises Family Practice residents and medical students at the UBC Health Clinic.  She has been awarded multiple research scholarships including a national Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation fellowship.  She served on the GPAC working group, helping to create the BC provincial guidelines for genital tract cancers in females. She completed her residency training at St. Pauls’ Hospital, doctoral degree and Clinician Scholar Training at UBC, and Master of Science degree at SFU.

Dr. Tseng’s research interest is to prompt efficiency and quality of primary care using:

  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Administrative data analysis for health service evaluation and planning
  • Management of multiple chronic diseases (multi-morbidity)
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Technology, medical records
  • Health Information Technology, medical records
  • Genomic, proteomic and metabolomic
David Whitehurst

Dr. David Whitehurst is an Associate Professor (Health Economics) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, and co-lead of the BC SUPPORT Unit Health Economics and Simulation Modelling Methods Cluster. David’s primary research interests concern the generic assessment of quality of life and wellbeing, with a specific focus on the role and validation of preference-based outcome measures suitable for use in economic evaluation. In addition to research, he has a keen interest in teaching the economics of health and health care and has extensive experience as a lecturer, supervisor and coordinator within undergraduate and graduate courses.

SFU Tel. #: +1 778 782 8873

Finance & Administrative Staff

Vicky Chan
Pamela Lee

Pam is a part-time Administrative Assistant and has been with C2E2 since September 2016.

Research Staff

Demetra Barbacuta

Demetra is currently completing her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences, at Simon Fraser University. Her areas of interest include, but are not limited to: health policy, health economics and global health. She has been involved in projects researching primary care, advertising in cancer hospitals, and crowdfunding in the healthcare sector. 

Selva Bayat

Ms. Selva Bayat is the research coordinator for the Health Technology Assessment team at C2E2, led by Dr. Craig Mitton. She has received a BSc degree in Health Sciences from Simon Fraser University, as well as being a candidate for the Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree at the University of British Columbia. She has extensive experience working as a research coordinator in various cross-national research projects, in addition to her role as a qualitative researcher and primary qualitative data analyst. Her research interests are centred primarily on health technology assessment, in addition to preventative health care initiatives.

Herbert Chan

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

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 the Research Manager of the Health Technology Assessment team, with C2E2 since February 2015. She is involved in several projects with Dr. Stirling Bryan, Dr. Mohsen Sadatsafavi, and Dr. Craig Mitton, mainly focused on systematic reviews, cost-effectiveness analysis, and budget impact of non-drug health technologies.



Amber Cragg

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

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

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

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. 

Shannon Erdelyi

Shannon is a Statistical Analyst in the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine. She works primarily on road safety research, including road trauma surveillance, evaluations of new traffic policy, and crash risk associated with impairing substances. Shannon also offers statistical consulting for physicians and researchers at C2E2, and contributes to statistical education at local post-secondary institutions.

Shahzad Ghanbarian

Dr. Shahzad Ghanbarian is a research scientist, statistical modeler in the HTA group at C2E2. She has over 7 years of experience in developing data analysis tools and in visualizing raw data and analysis results. She completed her PhD in Computational Biophysics at UBC in 2015, researching atomistic and coarse-grained simulations of DNA Electrostatics. After completing her PhD, she decided to bring her analytical techniques to health sciences. She started her post-doctoral fellowship in disease modeling at UBC. Her research focused on mathematical modeling of COPD and OA. Shahzad was one of the research leaders for developing EPIC which is a 'Whole Disease’ microsimulation Model of COPD, enabling epidemiological projection, costs-effectiveness analysis, and budget impact analysis of different policies and decisions across the entire care pathway of COPD. She has also collaborated with the modeling groups in Arthritis research Canada (ARC) and Statistics Canada.

Jeffrey Hau

Jeff is a research coordinator for the ActionADE project headed by Dr. Corinne Hohl and Dr. Ellen Balka at C2E2. His work, through the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia, involves the recognition and prevention of adverse drug events in emergency departments. His current work also involves looking at opioid addiction and dependence in patients presenting to the emergency department requiring opioid prescriptions. Prior to his current role at C2E2, Jeff graduated  in  Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and spent over a year working as a research assistant at the Medical Research Council/Uganda Viral Research Institute for HIV/AIDS in Entebbe, Uganda. He also volunteers his time for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) as a research communication volunteer. His research interest includes improving the health outcomes of vulnerable populations.

Lisa Kuramoto

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.

Pardis Lakzadeh

Pardis is a Research Scientist within the Health Economics Program at C2E2. In addition to an extensive and varied background in clinical research, Pardis has over four years of experience in health technology assessment (HTA). Pardis’ research experience in HTA started with her master’s thesis project, where she developed a framework for the systematic assessment of costs and benefits associated with home-based agricultural interventions in rural Cambodia. Since the completion of her master’s degree from the School of Population and Public Health at UBC in 2016, Pardis has worked on a wide range of projects, including development of economic models, resource utilization and costing studies, as well as systematic literature reviews.

Jessica Moe

Jessica Moe holds an Assistant Professor position in UBC’s Department of Emergency Medicine with a research focus on Substance Use and Addictions, and has a primary research affiliation with the BC Centre for Disease Control. Jess was awarded a 2019 Mentored Clinician Scientist Award from the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. She practices as an Emergency Physician at Vancouver General Hospital and BC Children’s Hospital and holds a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology from Harvard University. Her main research interests lie in identifying, characterizing and developing interventions for high risk emergency department patients including those with substance use and frequent emergency department utilization, and developing and evaluating emergency department-based interventions for patients with substance and opioid use. Her current projects include analyzing frequent emergency department users using PopDataBC and CIHI databases, evaluating optimal naloxone dosing in ultra-potent opioid overdoses, and assessing provision of buprenorphine/naloxone in the emergency department setting.

Fiona O'Sullivan

Fiona O’Sullivan graduated with a PhD in Epidemiology from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Her research focused on vitamin D, UVB and upper gastrointestinal Cancer. Since moving to Canada, she has joined the Department of Emergency medicine at the University of British Columbia working with Dr. Jessica Moe. Her research has been focused on substance and opioid misuse, naloxone administration for opioid overdose and Identifying subgroups and risk among frequent Emergency Department users.

Iraj Poureslami

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.

Serena Small

Serena Small is a research coordinator for the ActionADE research team led by Drs. Ellen Balka and Corinne Hohl, which focuses on the design of a novel system to communicate patient-level adverse drug event information across care settings in British Columbia. Serena has a Master’s of Art from the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. Her research interests focus on the intersection of health technologies, public policy, and data privacy, with a particular emphasis on the experience of the patient at this juncture.

Neale Smith

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.

Nitya Suryaprakash

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. 

Gavin Wong

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.    

Trainee: Masters

Glory Apantaku

Glory is a Master's student in the School of Population and Public health at the University of British Columbia, under the supervision of Dr. Craig Mitton. Glory holds a BSc. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington. For her thesis project, she aims to assess the cost-effectiveness of home heart monitoring technology for heart failure patients.

Kristina Jenei

Kristina Jenei is a Master’s student in the School of Population Health at the University of British Columbia, under the supervision of Drs. Craig Mitton, Mike Burgess, and Stuart Peacock. Her thesis work is a critical examination of how various forms of clinical and economic uncertainty are factored into priority setting decisions (across Canada/US) for funding a specific cancer gene therapy for reimbursement called CAR-T. Her work is supported by a Frederick Banting and Charles Best (CIHR) Master’s Scholarship.

Kristina began her career as a clinician, working as a Registered Nurse in Palliative Care. This role revealed the human consequences when policy and practice do not align. It fueled a passion for her to move into health policy with a goal to understand how decisions are made. Prior to coming to the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation, she worked as a Research Coordinator at the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) where she lead a multi-year national knowledge mobilization project funded by Health Canada. This project sought to involve citizens in dialogue around the changing cannabis legislation. She has a passion for democratically involving patients and public in the world of decision-making and has written broadly on the practice of dialogue and deliberation in public policy.

Kate Johnson

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.

Tamunoibim Sambo

Sambo is an MSc student in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University (SFU), under the supervision of Dr. David Whitehurst. He completed his BSc in population and quantitative health sciences at SFU, where he gained extensive research experience in quantitative and qualitative techniques applied in health research. Sambo developed great interest in health economics during the final year of his BSc. For his thesis project, he aims to assess the cost-effectiveness of vocational programs on young adults who have experienced their first episode of Psychosis in British Columbia (BC). Furthermore, he previously worked as a research assistant (RA) at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), under the supervision of Dr. Bohdan Nosyk.

Dylan Stephanian

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.

Trainee: PhD

William Hall

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.
William has 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. An interactive online version of the tool is available at:

As a health economist, William is actively involved in assisting clinicians and decisions makers with conducting high quality economic impact assessments using cost benefit, cost effectiveness, and cost utility analyses. He has experience in both trial based and modeling methodology, and his experience spans multiple clinical areas from home health to neurology.
His current PhD project is focused on developing tools to assist decisions makers in making evidence-informed decisions in Home Health. Ultimately, he will create an economic health system markov model that will facilitate the determination of appropriate spend and/or resource allocation to Home Health via cost avoidance offsets in Acute and Residential care.



Ellen Randall

Ellen is a PhD student in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. Mentored by Drs. Stirling Bryan and Laurie Goldsmith, her mixed methods PhD project explores long-term patient satisfaction with total knee arthroplasty (TKA). TKA is the most requested joint replacement surgery in Canada, yet studies indicate as many as 15% to 20% of patients are not satisfied with their results and there isn’t sufficient understanding of which elements of patient experience influence this assessment. Ellen’s study explores factors predicting variation in patient satisfaction 3 to 4 years post-TKA. Drawing on in-person interviews and survey data from the CIHR/PHSI-funded PEAK study, the study involves qualitative and quantitative analyses of predictors of long-term TKA patient satisfaction. It is anticipated that study findings will suggest areas of TKA service provision that could be refined to improve patient experience and satisfaction.

Graham Shaw

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.

Aline Silveira Silva

Aline Silva is a PhD Candidate at the Science and Health Technology Program, University of Brasilia (UnB), with a Master's degree in Public Health and is a HTA Technologist at the Executive Secretariat of the National Committee for Technology Incorporation (CONITEC), the Brazilian Ministry of Health. She has experience in Evidence-Based Medicine, Epidemiology, Health Technology Assessment, Patient and Public Engagement, Pharmaceutical Quality Control, and Social Communication. 

Currently, Aline is a visiting PhD Student at Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation (C2E2), University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. Mentored by Drs. Stirling Bryan and Dayani Galato, her research aims explore the patient and public engagement in Health Technology Assessment in Brazil and Canada.  

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Maeve Wickham

Maeve Wickham graduated from the University of Alberta with a MSc. in Epidemiology in 2012, 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 in 2013. Maeve worked as research coordinator for Dr. Corinne Hohl, prior to beginning her PhD in September 2016, and has been involved in various projects aiming to improve patient safety through enhanced detection, treatment, and reporting of adverse drug events in the Emergency Department. Her PhD research is supported by a CIHR Doctoral Award.

Trainee: Post-Doctoral Fellow

Stephanie Harvard

Stephanie Harvard is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Research Associate in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University.

She received a PhD in Population and Public Health in a joint program between the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) and Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris). Her doctoral research focused on how to use observational data the estimate the cost-effectiveness of adhering to clinical guidelines for spondyloarthritis. This work led her to develop an interest in the role of social and ethical values in health economics research and knowledge translation.

​Stephanie's current focus is in the philosophy of science and the implications of the values in science literature for health economics and simulation modelling. Her post-doctoral research project "Social, Ethical, and Other Values in Health Economics and Simulation Modelling" is being funded by the HESM Methods Cluster in 2018-2019 and led in partnership with Diego Silva (SFU) and Greg Werker (UBC).

Asif Raza Khowaja

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.

Sarah Munro

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.

Mohsen Yaghoubi

Mohsen is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of British Columbia and is co-appointed at C2E2. He specializes in economic evaluation along with clinical trials, cost-effectiveness modeling, quantitative methods in health care and burden of disease studies. He has also produced a wide range of evidence-based products in various clinical areas. He contributed to several cost–effectiveness analyses and Health Technology Assessment research projects related to responding to decision–makers in Iran. Mohsen completed a MSc in Health Economics from Iran University of Medical Science and a PhD in Public Health (Health Economic and Policy) from University of Saskatchewan, where he focused on the Economic Evaluation of Pharmacist Interventions for the Treatment and Management of Diabetes-related complications in Canada. Currently he is working on economic burden and the cost-effectiveness of interventions for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asthma.


Riyad Abu-Laban

Riyad is an Emergency Physician at VGH, Associate Professor and Research Director of the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM), and leads the Research & Innovation Program of the BC Emergency Medicine Network. He holds a MHSc in epidemiology, and has a wide range of publications including first authorship on randomized trials in the NEJM and Lancet. Riyad’s focus is on the advancement of EM as an academic discipline both nationally and at UBC. His professional contributions include 10 years as Senior Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, 8 years as a member of the Royal College EM Specialty Committee, and participation on the Collaborative Working Group on the Future of Emergency Medicine in Canada. Riyad has provided academic mentorship and methodologic support to numerous DEM trainees, faculty members and career award recipients, and has taught on clinical trials for C2E2. In 2011 he developed an innovative one-month research education program that has continued annually and involves several C2E2 members as faculty. Riyad oversees a wide range of DEM and BC EM Network research activities, and is involved in a number of ongoing studies. His most recent lead author publications include a study on the relationship between Canadian medical student career interest in EM and post-graduate training disposition (2017), and the first peer-reviewed paper on the background and structure of the BC EM Network (2018).

Najib Ayas
Nick Bansback

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

Shannon is the Executive Director, Primary and Community Health with Alberta Health, Government of Alberta. She is a registered occupational therapist in Alberta, with more than 30 years of experience in the health care industry. She holds a PhD in Health Services Research, and a MSc in Health Services Planning and Administration, both from University of British Columbia. She is adjunct faculty with the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, a clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, and an associate with the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation (C2E2) at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. Her research interests are in the areas of primary and community care, and integration/bridging of the academic research and policy/clinical environments.

Allan Best

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
Francois Dionne
David Evans

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

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

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.  

Janet Joy
Michael Law

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

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

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

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.

Jeff Poss

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 Sawatzky

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

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.

Katie Jane Sheehan

Katie Sheehan, PT PhD is a Lecturer in Health Services Research/Rehabilitation at the Division of Health and Social Care Research, Kings College London.

Her research interests include:

  • access, delivery and outcomes of perioperative care after hip fracture;
  • interventions to improve outcomes of care after hip fracture;
  • application of causal inference methodology to observational data.

Katie is a founding member of the C2E2 Alumni Network and a member of the C2E2 Alumni Committee.

John Staples

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.