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Steering Committee



Terry Klassen MD, MSc, FRCP(C)
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TREKK Director

Director of TREKK and Principle Investigator
CEO and Scientific Director, the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM) 
Associate Dean, Academic, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba
Head of Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba
Medical Director, Child Health Program, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Scientific Director, the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, University of Manitoba

Terry Klassen has been the CEO and Scientific Director for the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba and Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, in charge of the George and Fay Yee Center for Healthcare Innovation since September, 2010.

From 1999 to 2009, Terry served as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta, Director of the Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence and Director of the Evidence-based Practice Center at the University of Alberta. He is a clinician scientist whose clinical base is Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and has been active in Pediatric Emergency Research Canada collaborating on a national research program involving randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews and knowledge translation. He has a consistent record of national and international peer reviewed funding, along with a publication record that has included many articles in the highest impact medical journals.

In 2009, Terry co-founded StaR Child Health, an international group aimed at improving the design, conduct and publication of randomized controlled trials in children. In recognition for his lifetime contributions, he was elected into the Institute of Medicine in 2010 in the foreign associate category. He is also a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Terry’s research has had a large impact on the practice of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, which was recognized when he received a 2011 Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Canadian Medical Association Journal Top Achievements in Health Research Award. In 2012 Terry was appointed to the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.



Mona Jabbour
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Co-Director Implementation

Mona Jabbour is a Pediatric Emergentologist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, with cross appointments to the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. Her education includes a BSc (McMaster 1980), MD (McMaster 1984), training in Pediatrics (1992) and Pediatric Emergency Medicine (1995) at the University of Ottawa; and a MEd from the University of Toronto (1997).

In addition to her current role of Vice-Chair and Chief of the Department of Pediatrics at CHEO / University of Ottawa, she has served in the following clinical and academic roles:

- Division Chief and Medical Director of the Emergency Department (2006-2011)

- Vice-Chair Education in the Department of Pediatrics since 2004

- Past Chair of PEACH (Pediatric Emergency Administrators of Children’s Hospitals), a group that has been working to set standards and improve pediatric emergency care in Canada.

- Chief Examiner for Pediatrics at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada since 2008.

- Pediatrics residency director (1999-2004) and CME director (1998-2009)

Mona has extensive experience in the development and use of clinical pathways for various clinical problems in the Emergency Department. Her research interests are in the field of knowledge translation and implementation strategies to get pathways into practice. She has led an ED Outreach initiative to share CHEO clinical pathways and other best practice tools with emergency departments in eastern Ontario. She currently chairs the development and implementation of provincial ED-based clinical pathways that address pediatric and adult asthma, as well as child and youth mental health concerns.



David Johnson
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Co-Director Implementation

David Johnson is Senior Medical Director for the Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Youth Strategic Clinical Network with Alberta Health Services and a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Physiology & Pharmacology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. He is Co-Chair of the Asthma Working Group for Alberta Health Services, Theme Lead, Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, co-founder of PERC, and co-investigator and lead for the Calgary node of KT Canada.

David’s primary research interests focus on the management of common respiratory illnesses (croup, bronchiolitis, and asthma), and has published several large multi-centre randomized controlled trials assessing the benefit of corticosteroids for both croup and bronchiolitis in the New England Journal of Medicine. More recently, he has become interested in determining how best to translate knowledge into practice, and has completed several large multi-centre studies assessing different strategies for implementing clinical practice guidelines and clinical pathways in Alberta.



Lisa Hartling
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Co-Director Knowledge Synthesis

Lisa Hartling is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. She is Director of the Alberta Research Center for Health Evidence and Director of the University of Alberta Evidence-based Practice Center. Lisa has been involved in conducting systematic reviews and methodological research around issues in systematic reviews for over 10 years, and has published extensively in this area. She is a systematic reviewer with seven Cochrane Review Groups and is a member of the Cochrane Bias Methods Group. She is also Director of the Cochrane Child Health Field. She is particularly interested in how to improve methods in evidence synthesis to create a strong foundation for clinical decision-making.



Shannon Scott PhD
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Co-Director Needs Assessment

TREKK Co-Director & Principal Investigator for TREKK Needs Assessment

Shannon Scott is a Canada Research Chair for Knowledge Translation in Child Health (Tier 2) and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. She currently holds an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) Population Health Investigator, and was a previous recipient of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Award (2011-2013), and the CIHR Monique Bégin Knowledge Translation prize (2011-2012).

Her ECHO research program aims to improve the health outcomes of children in Alberta and Canada through application of the best research evidence, as well as exploring factors that shape research implementation. Her research program is in the field of knowledge translation (KT) — a field focused on decreasing the gap between what the best available evidence advises that clinicians do and what clinicians actually do in clinical practice.

Shannon completed both a Bachelor of Nursing degree with distinction (1994), and a Master of Nursing degree at the University of Manitoba (1998). She completed a PhD (2006) in Nursing and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2008) at Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence (ARCHE) in the Department of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta, both funded by CIHR and AHFMR. Shannon is the author of over 65 peer reviewed papers and has given more than 150 presentations at international, national, and local meetings.



Eddy Lang MDCM CCFP(EM)
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Prioritization Committee Vice-Chair and Knowledge Mobilization Liaison

Eddy Lang is an Associate Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary and holds the position of Senior Researcher with Alberta Health Services. He is a member of the Thrombosis Interest Group of Canada where he has contributed to the development of guidelines on anticoagulation-related bleeding management. His areas of interest are knowledge translation, evidence-based medicine and operations research. Eddy is a member of the GRADE working group and has led the development of GRADE-based clinical practice guidelines in pre-hospital care in the US. He is also an award-winning educator having received recognition at both the university, national and international levels. He also serves as an associate editor for the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, ACP Journal Club and the International Journal of Emergency Medicine. He also writes a monthly column for the Calgary Herald on EBM as it relates to the public.

 



Doug Sinclair
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Prioritization Committee Chair and Receptor Community Liason

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario

Doug Sinclair joined St. Michael’s as the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer in January, 2010 where he has responsibility for four clinical programs, medical affairs and leading the corporate agenda for quality.

Doug graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1980 and completed residency programs in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He spent 22 years in Halifax, Nova Scotia in a number of progressive leadership and academic roles, including the founding Head of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University, Vice President of Medical Services at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre and most recently, Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education at the Faculty of Medicine and Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the IWK Health Sciences Centre.

 



Shannon MacPhee
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Dr. Shannon MacPhee graduated from medical school at Dalhousie University in 1999.  Following this, she did her Pediatric residency and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children.  Dr. MacPhee was recruited to the IWK in 2005 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine.  She began her tenure as Chief Emergency Medicine at the IWK in 2009.  She has a keen interest in medical simulation and has been a driving force for the development of the program at the IWK Health Centre.  She also has an interest in Knowledge Translation and optimizing communication during patient interactions. Outside of work, she loves to enjoy the great outdoors with her family.



Serge Gouin MDCM, FRCPC
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Quebec Region Nodal Leader

Serge Gouin is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Université de Montréal. He is working full-time in the pediatric Emergency Department at Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sainte-Justine in Montréal. His main areas of interest in research are: pain control, infectious diseases and clinical trials.



Sarah Reid
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Paediatric Emergency Physician, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
Assistant Professor of Paediatrics and Emergency Medicine, University of Ottawa
 
Sarah is the Ontario Region Nodal leader for TREKK.  She is a paediatric emergency physician practicing at CHEO, an Assistant Professor in the departments of Paediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa and a clinical investigator at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute.  Sarah attended the University of Ottawa for medical school, residency in paediatrics and a fellowship in paediatric emergency medicine.  She served as Director of Continuing Medical Education for the Department of Paediatrics from 2009-2016.  She has been Co-Lead of the CHEO ED Outreach Program which provides clinical resources and education to emergency physicians throughout Eastern Ontario since 2007.  She is an instructor for the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) Emergency Medicine Review (EMR) Course.  Her research interests include evaluation of ED outreach and parent education initiatives and the care of children and youth with mental health concerns.



Antonia Stang
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Western Region Nodal Leader

Emergency Physician, Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH)

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary

Antonia is the Western Region Nodal leader for TREKK and the Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC) site investigator at the ACH. Antonia is a pediatric emergency physician at the ACH, an Assistant Professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary and a member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI). Antonia graduated from Medical School (2001) and completed a pediatric residency at McGill University (2005). She has also completed a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA 2001), a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship (2008) and a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology (MSc 2009) at McGill University. Her research interests are in pediatric health services with a focus on patient safety, quality improvement and emergency department efficiency.



Liza Bialy
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PERC Coordinator

Liza Bialy is a research coordinator at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the research network Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC). Liza has been involved with TREKK since the submission of the original letter of intent and acts as the liaison between PERC and TREKK as well as assisting with ethics approvals.

Liza holds a Master’s in Public Health Sciences from the University of Alberta (2011), previous education includes a BSc in Health Informatics from the University of Victoria (2000) and a Project Management certificate from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (2003).

Prior to working at CHEO Liza conducted systematic reviews at the Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence (ARCHE), worked on a WCB grant funded project to develop a process to synthesize evidence-based injury prevention and disability management knowledge, as well as private industry experience at a start-up e-learning technology company.

 



Lisa Knisley BN, MA
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Network Manager

Lisa is the Network Manager for TREKK and based in the central administrative office in the Manitoba Institute of Child Health. She is responsible for managing the central coordination of the TREKK phases and is also the communications lead.

Prior to TREKK Lisa worked at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London, UK for eight years, most recently as a cardiovascular research nurse within a non-cardiac chest pain project. She was also a project manager/communications lead with its Diabetes Modernisation Initiative and Improving Patient Information project.

Lisa completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree with distinction at the University of Manitoba and a Master’s in Arts in Journalism from the University of Westminster.