Core Faculty

Penny Brasher, Co-Director

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

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.

Donald Griesdale

Dr. Donald Griesdale is an intensive care physician and anesthesiologist at Vancouver General Hospital and Associate 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.  

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.

Sunil Kalia

Dr. Sunil Kalia is the national chair of the CDA sun awareness working group and an associate professor in the Department of Dermatology and Skin Science at the University of British Columbia. He also works with the Photomedicine Institute and Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation at VCHRI.

Andrea MacNeill

Dr. Andrea MacNeill is a surgical oncologist at Vancouver General Hospital and BC Cancer, and a clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia where she specializes in sarcoma and peritoneal malignancies.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Change and Management and has published a number of studies investigating the environmental impacts of healthcare activities.  She is the international working group lead for sustainable healthcare for CODA, a global health community mobilizing around climate and health issues.  She has designed quality improvement initiatives for clinical services and hospitals around minimizing the environmental costs of care, and is currently studying the planetary impacts of hospital food services.  She is committed to designing health systems for optimal planetary health and educating health professionals to be agents of change.

Margaret J. McGregor

Dr. Margaret McGregor, BA, MD, CCFP, MHSc is a family physician in Vancouver, BC.  She is a clinical associate professor with 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 interests include the healthcare of frail seniors in primary and community care settings and the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

Craig Mitton, Co-Director

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 165 peer reviewed journal articles. He has delivered approximately 200 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.

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

Finance & Administrative Staff

Pamela Lee

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

Research Staff

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 a Research Scientist in Economic Modelling and HTA, and she has been with the C2E2 HTA team 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.

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.


Louisa Edwards

Dr. Louisa Edwards completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Toronto at Mississauga (Canada) in 2002, and was awarded a PhD in from the University of Melbourne (Australia) in 2009. Dr. Edwards is interested in the use of technology to support patients with their health, including making lifestyle changes and promoting self-management. Other areas of interest are the interplay between motivation for seeking treatment, patient expectations, engaging with a treatment approach, and how these affect health and well-being outcomes. 

From 2010-2017, Dr. Edwards held research associate and trial manager positions on various randomized controlled trials for primary care-based interventions for patients with chronic conditions (e.g., depression, cardiovascular disease, childhood eczema) at the University of Bristol, UK. She is currently working with Dr. Stirling Bryan on investigating the social, ethical, legal, and economic issues with using genetic technologies to improve the kidney donor-recipient match.

Shahzad Ghanbarian

Dr. Shahzad Ghanbarian is a Research Scientist in the HTA group at C2E2. She specializes in developing statistical models and data analysis tools. Shahzad completed her PhD in Computational Biophysics at UBC in 2015, researching atomistic simulations of DNA Electrostatics. After completing her PhD, she decided to bring her analytical techniques to health sciences. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship in disease modeling at UBC in 2017. 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.

She has been with the C2E2 HTA team since October 2017, working on statistical modeling, cost-effectiveness evaluation, and budget impact analysis of several different non-drug health technologies.

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.

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.

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 conducting systematic reviews and indirect comparison. He authored numerous reports that were sent to the government to help health policy decisions at both federal and provincial levels. He is a Cochrane editor with the Cochrane Hypertension group as well as the author of several Cochrane reviews. His research interest included systematic review, network meta-analysis, and applying evidence to the care pathway.

Trainee: Masters

Amarildo Ceka

Amarildo Ceka is an MSc student in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, under the supervision of Dr. Craig Mitton. Amarildo holds a BS in biochemistry and an MBA in healthcare management with a final project  focused on laboratory test utilization, both from Utica College in NY. After working for 3 years at the St. Elizabeth's Medical Center as a laboratory scientist, Amarildo returned to his home country to serve as an advisor to the Albanian Minister of Health and Social Protection, part of LEAD Albania fellowship. Through his MSc, he will focus on analyzing the responsiveness of the Province of British Columbia versus the Province of Alberta during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mary Bunka

Mary completed her BA in psychology at the University of British Columbia in 2017 and has since coordinated several studies of maternal mental health and substance use in the Department of Family Practice. Mary joined the C2E2 team in September 2020 as a Research Assistant and is working with Dr. Stirling Bryan and Dr. Jehannine Austin’s team on systematic reviews, modelling, and patient engagement for the Pharmacogenomics for Depression project. Mary’s research interests include adolescent mental health and relationships, depression care optimization, and patient-oriented methodologies.

Dan Kim

Dan Kim is an MSc student in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, under the supervision of Dr. Craig Mitton. Dan holds a BA with honours in sociology, where his thesis was a theoretically informed thematic analysis using a sample of 120 interviews with people who use drugs in Vancouver’s inner-city community. During his time as an undergraduate student, Dan also worked as a research assistant at the BC Centre on Substance Use, where he gained valuable insights on the importance of quantitative data in the realm of decision-making in a health policy setting. Through his MSc thesis project, Dan will conduct economic modelling exercises to explore the potential outcomes of implementing meal programs for hungry children in the BC public school system.

Trainee: PhD

Glory Apantaku

Glory Apantaku holds a master's in Population and Public health from the University of British Columbia. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability where her research explores areas for intersectoral collaboration on eco-social investments. She also supports research projects evaluating health policies and interventions in British Columbia.

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.

Trainee: Post-Doctoral Fellow

Erica Lau

Erica is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia. She is interested in improving the quality and impact of behavioral health and health service interventions. Her research has focused on identifying barriers and facilitators to integrating evidence-based health interventions into real-world settings, developing effective implementation strategies, and advancing methods to monitor and evaluate program implementation and scale-up. Erica has worked as an implementation evaluator on several population-based health interventions funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and BC Ministry of Health (e.g., UPnGO with ParticipACTION, Carrot Rewards App, Choose to Move). Her postdoctoral research is supported by a MSFHR Research Trainee Award.


Riyad Abu-Laban

Dr. Riyad B. Abu-Laban is an Emergency Physician at Vancouver General Hospital, Professor in the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM), and Scientific Director 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 has a longstanding commitment to the advancement of Emergency Medicine as an academic discipline in Canada and internationally. 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 Emergency Medicine Specialty Committee, participation as one of seven members on the Collaborative Working Group on the Future of Emergency Medicine in Canada, and ongoing membership on both the Governance and Specialty Implementation Committees of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine. As Research Director of the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine from 2009-2020, Riyad 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 currently oversees a wide range of activities in the EM Network Scientific Program related to data access and the functioning of the EMN as a Learning Health System. His most recent first author publications include a study on the relationship between Canadian medical student career interest in EM and post-graduate training disposition (Canadian Medical Education Journal, 2017), an overview on the background and structure of the BC Emergency Medicine Network (Cureus, 2018), a paper on the process and findings informing the development of the BC Emergency Medicine Network (Healthcare Management Forum, 2019) and an editorial on the evolution of emergency medicine internationally (CJEM, 2020).

Najib Ayas
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.

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.

Élyse Caron-Beaudoin

Élyse Caron-Beaudoin is an Assistant Professor in environmental health at the University of Toronto – Scarborough. Her research is focused on the development of transdisciplinary research projects in partnership with communities to assess the impacts of anthropogenic pressures on health by combining information from multiple levels of biological organization. Élyse holds a PhD in biology with a specialisation in toxicology from the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique – Armand-Frappier Institute in Laval, Quebec. From 2018 to 2020, she was a CIHR-funded postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the Université de Montreal. During her fellowship, Élyse investigated the associations between density and proximity to hydraulic fracturing wells and birth outcomes in Northeast British Columbia. She also instigated with Dr. Verner and in partnership with First Nations from the region, the first biomonitoring studies on exposure to environmental contaminants associated with unconventional natural gas exploitation in Canada. She is a collaborator and co-investigator on several other research projects on environmental and Indigenous health, including in the Arctic.

Her research interests are at the nexus of toxicology, molecular biology, public and environmental health, and community-based research.

Sonya Cressman

Dr. Cressman is a health economist at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation and an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at Simon Fraser University.  She uses methods from health economics to identify disparity in healthcare decisions and partners with research users to find ways to mitigate it.   Her research has supported decisions about the adoption of high-impact technologies and provided guidance on payout from future research investment.  Her work on lung cancer screening has supported Canada’s first lung cancer screening program and she leads the provincial AIRWISE study, aimed at improving access to screening and lung health services. Dr. Cressman’s research at C2E2 is focused on the societal costs of depression, economic evaluations in depression and kidney transplantation and equity impact analysis.

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. 

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.

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.

Lisa Ronald

Lisa Ronald is an epidemiologist and public health researcher, with a PhD in Epidemiology from McGill University, and MSc degrees in Biology (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) and Epidemiology (UBC). She is currently a CIHR-funded post-doctoral research fellow at Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, and is based within the Population and Public Health Support Unit at Northern Health Authority in Prince George, BC, supporting environmental health research initiatives. She has worked across a number of disciplines in public health, including occupational and environmental health, infectious diseases, global health, migration, violence, and aging populations. Her research interests focus broadly on the application of epidemiologic data to support public health policy development.  

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.


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.