Curriculum Vitae

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Career Summary

  • Expertise in literature reviews, health care policy issues, medical writing, health technology assessment, and project facilitation involving diverse stakeholders.
  • A senior-level manager with 40 years in the medical field including experience as a health care consultant, family practitioner, ministry of health medical consultant, and vice-president of research in a government-funded health care organization (CADTH)
  • A practical, collaborative style with an ability to quickly grasp new situations and to manage multiple tasks with adherence to deadlines.
  • A Fellow of the American Medical Writers Association (2017) based on contributions to the organization on behalf of Canadian medical writers.

Professional Experience

2003 to present:     Independent medical consultant, Ottawa area, Ontario

I work independently and with various consulting firms and expert teams in health policy, primary and secondary research, and health technology assessment.  My roles have involved authorship and medical review as a single author or team member, including team lead.  Sample of clients:

  • Accreditation Canada
  • Alberta Health
  • Atlantic Cardiovascular Society
  • British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
  • British Columbia Medical Association (Doctors of BC)
  • British Columbia Ministry of Health
  • British Columbia Patient Safety & Quality Council
  • Canadian Agency for Drugs & Technologies in Health
  • Canadian Blood Services
  • Canadian Institute for Health Information
  • Canadian Medical Association
  • Canadian Pharmacists Association
  • Canadian Society for International Health
  • College of Pharmacists of BC
  • Department of National Defense
  • Elsevier Canada
  • Hayes Inc. (Philadelphia, USA)
  • Health Canada
  • Health Council of Canada
  • National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities
  • Nunavut Department of Health and Social Services
  • Ontario Medical Association
  • Provincial Health Services Authority (BC)
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Universities of Alberta and Western Ontario

2000 to 2003:     Canadian Agency for Drugs & Technologies in Health, Ottawa, ON – Vice-President, Research

  • Organized and managed a research division of 20 scientific staff members, undertaking over 60 scientific projects with a team that tripled in size over a 3-year period.
  • Established and promoted a continuing education program for staff that resulted in key networks with external professional groups.
  • Developed a visiting scholar program for international scientists and students.
  • Led a research team in collaborative development of internal policies and guidelines.
  • Facilitated a relationship between research staff and industry leading to ongoing, productive interactions, and collaborative information exchange.
  • Contributed to uptake of research knowledge by a health care decision-making audience through networking and participating in presentations, workshops, and committees.

1996 to 2000:     BC Ministry of Health, Victoria, British Columbia – Medical Consultant, Regional Programs

  • Reported to the Associate Deputy Minister.
  • Participated as a medical collaborator and expert in a number of areas related to professional and hospital issues. Examples:
    • Appointed Provincial Surgical Waitlist Coordinator and spokesperson on surgical waitlist issues including implementation of a web-based registry for surgeons and wait times.
    • Assisted with the introduction of regulated midwifery, including drafting of legislation, determining remuneration and facilitating integration of the profession.
    • Participated in decision-making and tracking of high-cost radiology equipment.
    • Acted as the ministry resource on hospital bylaws for medical staffs, working with medical and legal experts and committees.
    • Responded to medical issues from the Coroner’s Office and the Children’s Commission.
    • Managed the processes related to on-call payment of rural and locum physicians.

1993 to 1995:     University of Utah, Salt Lake City – Ambulatory Care Fellow and Graduate Student

  • Awarded a US Veterans Affairs fellowship in ambulatory care including sponsorship of graduate studies in medical informatics and work with international experts.
  • Participated on committees in ethics and quality improvement at the U of Utah Hospital.
  • Provided clinical services to the Women Veteran’s Medical Clinic.
  • Provided consulting services for various quality assurance activities.

1981 to 1993:     Urban and Rural Settings in BC and Ontario –  Family Physician

  • Delivered care in various settings including private offices, emergency rooms, operating rooms, acute and chronic hospitals and facilities, public health clinics, and patient homes.
  • Assumed the presidency of the Victoria branch of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada, leading to enhanced participation and enthusiasm.

 Education and Training

  • BSc (honours), UBC, Vancouver, 1976
  • MD (cum laude), Dalhousie University, Halifax, 1980
  • Rotating Internship, North York General Hospital, Toronto, 1980/81
  • MSc (medical informatics), University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 1993/95
  • Physician Management Institute Leadership series, Canadian Medical Association
  • Medical Writers Diploma, American Medical Writers Association


Consulting Group Client Initiation Nature of Project Role Completion
Independent World Health Organization 10/18 Distillation for publication of a report (roll-up of 20 separate reports) on primary care in middle- and lower-income countries Lead author 03/19
ReVue Drug Evaluation Group BC Ministry of Health (MoH) PharmaCare Drug Program 07/18 Review of pharmacogenetics (systematic review of the literature + interviews of industry leaders Team member (interviews) 02/19
Independent BC MoH Knowledge Management (KM) Branch 07/18 Effectiveness of culture as an intervention for Indigenous wellness in the areas of mental health and substance use Author Ongoing
Independent BC MoH KM Branch 07/18 Virtual provision of services for mental health and substance use care Author Ongoing
Independent BC MoH KM Branch 07/18 Implementation of an innovation centre at the Ministry of Health Author 07/18
Independent Lower Limb Review Online Journal 04/18 Evidence for ankle fusion versus ankle replacement Author 07/18
Independent Atlantic Cardiovascular Society 02/18 Background to regional clinical guidelines on cardiac rehabilitation Author Ongoing
Independent Health Canada First Nations & Inuit Health Branch 05/17 Updating of clinical practical guidelines for RNs working in remote communities Author 06/18
Independent Canadian Blood Services 02/15 Systematic reviews of scoring systems for liver transplantation & medical writer for expert panel deliberations – now writing this up for publication Author 04/18
Independent Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 08/10 Literature reviews / of various topics related to emerging technologies + medical review of reports by other authors Author & reviewer Ongoing
Independent Pulmonologist in Virginia / Blue Cross Virginia 01/18 Clinical guideline and US coverage review of the use of coronary CT angiography for patients with chest pain Author 02/18
Independent National Association of Pharmacy Regulators (NAPRA) 09/17 Background to a tool on pharmacist-patient communication about opioids (literature review and interviews with stakeholders) Author 02/18
TheraBusiness (Ottawa) Alcon Inc. 12/16 Literature reviews of state-of-the-art publications on a number of ophthalmology products Author Ongoing
Independent BC Ministry of Health (Lab Division) 02/17 Review of provincial policy on access to and funding of pulmonary function testing, including a literature review and interviews with experts Author 11/17
Independent University of Alberta 07/16 Policy analysis for an HTA report on robotic surgery in Alberta Author 10/17
Independent Canadian Agency for Drugs & Technologies in Health (CADTH) 02/17 Emerging technology bulletins on two diabetes topics: (1) the artificial pancreas, (2) HbA1C for diabetes diagnosis Author 07/17
Team member Doctors of BC + BC Ministry of Health 07/12 Evaluation of Specialist Services Committee (SSC) one-time funding allotment – 20+ innovative projects being funded for up to 3 years Lead 06/17
Independent CADTH 02/17 Evidence review of HPV vaccination in men Author 06/17
Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) Ministry of Health of Costa Rica 09/16 Introduction of health technology assessment to Costa Rica Team member / Author 04/17
Independent CADTH 11/16 Emerging technology bulletin on outpatient total hip arthroplasty Author 03/17
Independent CADTH 11/16 Evidence review of medical marijuana for neurodegenerative diseases Author 12/16
Independent Elsevier Canada 04/16 and 09/16 Two reports for specialist audiences: (1) Canadian management practices for anti-VEGF agents for acute macular degeneration and (2) Canadian management practices for actinic keratoses Co-author with two experts 12/16
Independent Health Quality Councils 10/09 Facilitating meetings of Canadian health quality groups Facilitator 11/16
Independent Atlantic Cardiovascular Society 04/16 Summarizing guidelines for management of diabetes mellitus in patients with cardiovascular disease Co-author with experts 10/16
Lead team member Doctors of BC + BC Ministry of Health (Specialist Services Committee [SSC]) 01/16 Final evaluation of 2 SSC-funded projects on (a) electronic operating room booking and (b) wait time management, led by groups of BC surgeons Lead author 09/16
Independent Canadian Blood Services 01/16 Report on donated tissue bioburden reduction practices for an expert group and a consensus forum Author 06/16
Independent BC Ministry of Health, Health Technology Review Office (HTR) 01/16 Compilation of health technologies requested for assessment by the BC HTA office, including literature summaries and interviews with experts Lead author 04/16
Independent BC Ministry of Health, HTR 01/16 Development of two separate business cases and ad hoc HTA consulting Author 04/16
Independent BC Canuck Place Children’s Hospice 11/15 Business case to increase physician funding from the BC MOH Author 01/16
Independent University of Alberta 11/15 Provincial scan to determine assessment and funding of “companion diagnostics” Author 01/16
Independent Public Health Agency of Canada 10/15 Review of training methods to educate public health providers Author 03/16
Independent Ministry of Health of BC HTA 10/15 Evidence review of low dose CT screening for lung cancer in smokers to underlie development of a business case Author 11/15
Independent College of Pharmacists of BC (CPBC) 09/15 Developing stakeholder consultation materials for proposed pharmacist prescribing Author 11/15
Independent CPBC 09/15 Evidence review of the literature on dispending errors to underlie development of College standards Author 11/15
Independent CADTH 05/15 Emerging technology report on fecal microbiota transplantation Author 10/15
Team member CADTH 05/15 Updating of CADTH resource called PRESS (Peer Review of Electronic Search Strategies) Co-author 07/15
Team member Canadian Pharmacists Association & Health Canada 02/15 Plain language patient materials for prescription drugs included in the Compendium of Pharmaceutical and Specialties Author / writer 07/15
Independent BC Public Health Laboratory 02/15 With the Director, development of a forward looking plan for the Provincial Laboratory & refinement of the 2014-15 Strategic Plan Co-author 04/15
Independent Atlantic Cardiovascular Society 03/14 Development of a document summarizing guidelines for oral anticoagulation based on expert consensus and evidence Author 05/14
Independent Public Health Agency of Canada 02/14 Summary report of accomplishments and challenges for an on-line learning program aimed at public health workers in Canada Author 03/14
Independent CADTH 01/14 Four technology reports: Oncotype DX for breast cancer, biomarkers for brain injury, MelaFind and atrial fibrillation monitoring post-stroke Author 03/14
Independent BC Center for Disease Control Laboratory Services (BCCDC) 01/14 Working with the CEO to develop a Ministry-oriented document on the services and standards at the Provincial Microbiology Laboratory Report co-author 04/14
Independent ASERNIP-S 12/13 Emerging technology reports on several new medical devices Author 01/14
Independent BC MOH Medical Services Division (MSD) 10/13 Evidence review of DNA testing for mitochondrial disorders, including interviews with BC experts Author 02/14
Independent BC MOH HAD 08/13 Provincial framework for 24 /7 radiologist coverage including 55 interviews with radiologists and other stakeholders Project manager 03/14
Independent BC MOH MSD 12/12 Physician consultation as needed for staff at MSD (generally questions about public coverage of procedures) Lead 07/14