Our Team of Reviewers
Dr. Payal AgarwalFamily Physician
Dr. Payal Agarwal is a practicing family physician in Toronto. She holds an undergraduate degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, where she refined her software design and development skills while working at several technology companies. During her medical studies at the University of Toronto, Payal’s research efforts focused on the development of novel technologies to improve health care delivery and education. As an Innovation Fellow at WIHV, Payal is currently focused on the creation of new models of care by adapting proven methodologies from the design, technology and entrepreneurship fields, with a specific focus on virtual care. She also consults for several healthcare startups around product design and usability and will be starting a Masters in Health Service Research at the University of Toronto in September 2016.
Dr. Jeff AshleyFamily Physician
Dr. Jeffrey Ashley is a practicing family physician in Etobicoke and the former Corporate Chief of Family Medicine at William Osler Health System. Dr. Ashley has been on staff at the Etobicoke General Hospital campus of William Osler Health System since 1989. Dr. Ashley is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Ashley works as the Lead Physician for the Rexdale Family Health Organization.
Dr. Andrew ChouFamily Physician
Dr. Andrew Chou is a practicing family physician in Toronto. He completed his medical degree and residency at the University of Toronto. During his training, he became interested in the use of technology in medicine. He currently works in a community-based family practice where technology is used to enhance patient care and improve clinic efficiency.
Dr. Matthew CruickshankFamily Physician
Dr. Matthew Cruickshank is a practicing family physician in Toronto. He holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from Queen’s University where he developed skills in the development and implementation of technology products and an understanding of how they can enhance traditional systems. He studied medicine at University of Western Ontario and completed his residency at University of Toronto. During his medical education he developed an interest in practice optimization with novel uses of technology. Matthew is currently practicing family medicine at a community-based family practice in Toronto that has a focus on technology integration in family practice to optimize the patient and physician experience.
Dr. Farahnaz DayaFamily Physician
Dr. Farahnaz Daya is a family physician practicing in Toronto. She brings a unique perspective with experience in multiple healthcare systems around the world. She holds a medical degree from the University of Leicester, U.K., where she gained firsthand experience designing and implementing community public health initiatives that leveraged mobile health to empower patients toward preventitive screening. During her family medicine residency at Dalhousie University, she recognized the gaps in care experienced in underserved areas and saw the value that health technologies could offer to bridge those gaps. This inspired her to pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Health at Harvard University with a focus in Global Health and special interests in mHealth technologies and maternal and child health.
Dr. Rajesh GirdhariFamily Physician
Raj is a staff physician in the St Michael’s Academic Family Health Team and Women’s College Hospital Substance Use Service. He completed an MD at McGill University and MBA at York University.
Dr. Niraj MistryPediatrician
Niraj is a practicing pediatrician in Toronto. He completed an MD at the University of Toronto and Pediatrics residency at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). During his fellowship in Academic General Pediatrics he completed a Masters in eHealth (Health Informatics) at McMaster University. Niraj is currently a staff pediatrician at SickKids, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and Scarborough Centenary. Niraj is currently focused on the user-centred design, development and implementation of novel technologies to improve the application of the best available evidence at the point of care, to enhance care delivery and optimize the patient and family experience.
Dr. Kavita PatelFamily Physician
Kavita is a family physician with a longstanding interest in healthcare information technology. Her various experiences include co-founding a company to develop an electronic paramedic form, interning at the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation performing usability studies on electronic medical records and consulting at eHealth Ontario to develop the provincial electronic health record. She knows good data is essential to making healthcare decisions and empowering patients is essential to improving health outcomes. Healthcare applications have the potential to tie these two elements together.
Dr. Stephen PomedliFamily Physician
Dr. Stephen Pomedli is a family physician and the co-founder of ConsultLoop, an online referral platform that helps connect family doctors with specialists and betters the referral process for patients. He studied medicine at Harvard Medical School and completed a Master’s in International Health Policy at the London School of Economics. After his residency at St. Michael’s Hospital, he undertook a Global Health fellowship at the University of Toronto, looking at best practices in family medicine in Canada, the United States and Brazil. As a previous Innovation Fellow at Women’s College Hospital, he worked with a group of clinicians, entrepreneurs, designers and policy-makers to find new approaches to designing healthcare services, especially for patients with complex health care needs.
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Dr. Vanessa RambiharFamily physician
Dr. Vanessa Rambihar is an academic staff family physician at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto where she represents Family Practice on the hospital’s Health Information Management Committee and Medical Staff Association. She is also the Associate Program Director for the University of Toronto’s Family Medicine Residency Training Program. In addition, she is a Lecturer for the Department of Family and Community Medicine where she is a Clinical Teacher for residents and medical students and gives lectures and presentations focusing on areas of intergenerational teaching and learning (focusing on millennials), as well as social media and technology use in medical education.