Distinguished Keynote Speakers


Marion Leary
RN, MSN, MPH

Marion Leary is currently the Director of Innovation Research with the Center for Resuscitation Science (CRS) at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work focuses on improving cardiac arrest response and outcomes by incorporating innovative solutions, including Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, wearables and digital applications. She has managed and executed numerous research projects related to both in- and out-of-hospital resuscitation and the use of simulation and, more recently, innovation. Marion is an author on more than 45 scholarly publications pertaining to CPR in her work with CRS, including a Consensus Statement from the AHA focusing on improving cardiac arrest care in- and out of hospital and the AHA’s scientific statement on the use of digital strategies to improve emergency cardiovascular care.

Claudia Dos Santos MD, MSc

Claudia dos Santos is a Scientist in the Critical Illness and Injury Research Centre, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.  Her major research interest is in acute lung injury and her lab is dedicated to understanding the interaction between patients and the breathing machine and finding new ways to identify individuals who are at higher risk for developing lung injury, in addition to diagnosing, treating and monitoring improvement from injury. Her research is also concerned with understanding how and why critically ill patients develop multi-organ failure. Claudia and her team actively collaborate with clinical researchers involved in state-of-the-art trials related to novel mechanical ventilation strategies.

Sacha Bhatia MD, MBA

Dr. R. Sacha Bhatia is the Director of the Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. WIHV is a newly launched innovation laboratory that develops and tests new ideas, new programs and new policy approaches in the world of ambulatory care, and then helps to scale them up across Ontario and beyond. He has significant experience in health policy, and from January 2008 to December 2009 was the Premier of Ontario’s health and research and innovation policy advisor. Dr. Bhatia is a staff cardiologist at Women’s College Hospital and at University Health Network. He also serves as Assistant Professor in Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and at the Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation. He is also an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. He sits on the Mission Committee of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the cardiovascular working group of the Ontario Health Study, and advises the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health Quality Ontario, hospitals and other healthcare organizations on various health systems issues, including strategic planning and quality improvement.

Janet Parsons, PhD

Janet Parsons obtained her PhD in Medical Science from the University of Toronto. She is a Scientist in the Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and a Staff Research Scientist in the Applied Health Research Centre at St Michael’s Hospital. Dr Parson’s research is focused on applying qualitative methodologies to a variety of health care issues and her interests range from knowledge translation and health services research, to narrative and film-based methods and social determinants of health.

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