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Rob MacIsaac
President and CEO

Rob MacIsaac became the President and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences on February 1, 2014. In his previous role as President of Mohawk College, Mr. MacIsaac led the transformation of its main campus with investments in new and renovated space totalling more than $80 million. He also positioned Mohawk as southern Ontario’s post-secondary education hub for health and technology, and a leader in applied research. Between 2006 and 2009, Mr. MacIsaac served as the first Chair of Metrolinx - the transportation authority responsible for planning, building, and operating transportation infrastructure in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Mr. MacIsaac also served three terms as Mayor of the City of Burlington from 1997 to 2006.

Mr. MacIsaac has been recognized for his accomplishments in community building with the Canada 125 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals, and through a Paul Harris Fellowship. He was also awarded a Doctor of Arts (Honoris Causa) from Australia’s Charles Sturt University. Mr. MacIsaac completed his undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Waterloo in 1984 and received a Law degree at the University of Western Ontario in 1987. He was called to the Bar in 1989.

 

Brenda Flaherty
Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations and Chief Operating Officer

As Executive Vice President of Clinical Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Brenda Flaherty is accountable for clinical programs and clinical support services at Hamilton Health Sciences.

Brenda began her career at HHS as a nurse in the Emergency Department, and has held several clinical and leadership roles within the organization. Her experience as a nurse has provided Brenda with insight into the patient and family experience and various complexities and challenges that front line staff experience within the clinical environment, a valuable asset in her current leadership role.

Brenda has been a member of several provincial expert panels for clinical services.  She was a member of Canadian Stoke Strategy Steering Committee, and she is currently a member of the Provincial Neurosurgery Executive Committee, and co-chair of the Neurosurgery System Capabilities Working Group and the Epilepsy Implementation Task Force.  Brenda also served as co-chair of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) Resources Committee.  Brenda provided leadership for the development of The Live Well Program partnership between the YMCA of Hamilton, Burlington and Brantford, Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University that consists of nine programs serving both children and adults, focusing on frailty, illness prevention, self-management, and easy transition from hospital to community.

Brenda is devoted to serving her community, and she actively volunteers in a number of capacities.  Brenda is Past Chair of the Board of YMCA Hamilton, Burlington & Brantford and the North Community Health Centre.  She is presently Vice Chair of the YMCA Canada Board, Chair of the World Relationships Committee, Y Canada, and the Vice Chair of The Change Foundation.

Brenda is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University and has been a part-time instructor in the MBA program at McMaster University. She is a registered nurse, holds a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University, and received her Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University.

 

Dr. Richard McLean
Executive Vice President, Inter-Professional Practice and Chief Medical Executive

Dr. Richard McLean’s portfolio, Quality and Performance, Inter Professional and Academic Affairs, recognizes the collaboration of professional, medical and academic roles to deliver an excellent patient experience.

Dr. McLean joined HHS in 1998 as Chief of Anesthesia. In 2009, he was appointed Vice President of Medical Affairs and Quality. In this role he was responsible for matters related to medical staff credentialing, Medical Professional Affairs, and the recruitment of Medical Department chiefs, along with the Quality, Risk Management and Pharmacy portfolios.

As a strong advocate for patient safety and quality improvement, Dr. McLean has championed the implementation of a professional development tool for physician chiefs, and was responsible for the adult inpatient medical coverage model at McMaster University Medical Centre. Under his guidance, HHS’ Quality Patient Safety and Risk Program has led to the implementation of the organization’s Quality Framework, along with numerous other flow and quality improvement initiatives across the organization. The program is recognized provincially and nationally as a leader in quality improvement.

Dr. McLean is an associate professor in the Department of Anesthesia, McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences. His post graduate training was in Anesthesia with certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, followed by a Critical Care Fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center. He is also a graduate of the Rotman Advanced Health Care Leadership Program at the University of Toronto, and has completed the Physician Management Institute’s training program for physician leaders.

He has held a number of clinical leadership appointments at both Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Hamilton Health Sciences. While at the University of Toronto, he was an internationally recognized researcher in neurological outcomes after cardiac surgery and was also recognized nationally for his work on end-of-life decision making in the intensive care unit.

Provincially, Dr. McLean sits on the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) Practice and Education Committee, the OHA Provincial Physician Leadership Council, OHA Subcommittee on Hospital Physician Relations, Health Quality Ontario QIP Advisory Panel (Co-Chair), HQO IDEAS Program Strategic Advisory Council, and locally on the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Chief Medical Leaders Committee.

 

Renato Discenza
Executive Vice President, Strategy and Innovation

Renato oversees a diverse portfolio that includes Strategy and Project Management, Health Information Technology Services (HITS), Communications & Public Affairs, Business Development, and Research including providing executive leadership to Hamilton Health Sciences Research Institute. Renato is focused on revenue generation through existing and new HHS affiliated organizations, so that HHS is able to continue the delivery of excellent healthcare for the communities we serve.

Renato has over 25 years of extensive experience in the public and private sectors. He has a proven track record of identifying and delivering sustainable revenue generating initiatives, and leading transformational activities that enhance quality, efficiency, and employee and customer satisfaction.

Before joining HHS, Renato was the President and CEO of Invest Toronto, and has held leadership positions with Infrastructure Ontario, Bell Canada, AT&T Canada and General Motors of Canada.

A strong advocate of volunteer service, Renato has a lengthy history of participation on the boards of many community agencies and organizations including the United Way of Toronto, the Change Foundation, the Toronto East General Hospital and Credit Valley Hospital.

He holds a Master of Business Administration from York University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

 

Dave McCaig
Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Financial Officer

Dave McCaig was appointed Executive Vice President Corporate Affairs & Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) in 2014, responsible for finance, decision support, health records, legal, privacy, capital, redevelopment, facilities and support services. His focus is finding innovative ways to support the delivery of sustainable, safe, high quality care.

Dave is an executive with over 20 successful years in financial, business development and operational roles in both private and public sectors. Dave was most recently the Vice President & CFO with the William Osler Health System, the second-largest community hospital corporation in Ontario serving Brampton and Etobicoke.  There he was instrumental in leading efforts to support sustainable delivery of patient-inspired care including two significant hospital construction projects.  Dave also participates at Ministry of Health and Long-term Care planning tables regarding hospital funding models.  He was further cross-appointed to both Headwaters Health Care Centre in Orangeville and the Central West CCAC as Vice President & CFO. Prior to Osler, Dave held several senior finance leadership positions at Bell Mobility/Bell Canada (BCE Inc.) and Yahoo! Inc.

He received an Honours Bachelor of Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) recognized by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.

 

 

Dr. Peter Fitzgerald
Vice President, Women and Children's Health, and President, McMaster Children's Hospital

Dr. Peter Fitzgerald has been with HHS since 1992. He has held positions as the Head of Pediatric General Surgery, Chief of Pediatric Surgery and the role of Medical Director for McMaster Children’s Hospital. In 2009, Dr. Fitzgerald was also appointed President of McMaster Children's Hospital (MCH).

In addition to his leadership roles, Dr. Fitzgerald is a distinguished surgeon known  innovative work and leadership in minimal access (keyhole) surgery and reconstructive chest wall surgery. He has been integral in establishing the minimal access pediatric surgery program at MCH, where he has been a surgeon for 20 years and continues his important clinical work. H  Dr. Fitzgerald is professor of surgery of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGrotte School of Medicine.  He is the current president of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons.

Dr. Fitzgerald’s dual leadership roles in administration and front line medical care, along with medical teaching, provide him with unique insight into the complexity of running a children’s hospital that is committed to high quality care, education and research. Peter understands the need to focus on best care for every child and family, every day.

Provincially, Dr. Fitzgerald has played a leadership role on the Board of the Provincial Council for Maternal Child Health and on the Specialized Pediatrics Subcommittee. He provides counsel and guidance to LHIN 4 for planning and coordination of pediatric services across the system and is a member of the Paediatric Critical Care Advisory Committee.  He is also the incoming Chair of the Canadian Academic Pediatric Health Centre Board.

After graduating from the University of Ottawa with an Honours Baccalaureate of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Experimental-Theoretical Psychology (Neurosciences), Dr. Fitzgerald attended McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. He completed his postgraduate training in General Surgery in Hamilton and in 1990 moved to Halifax to continue subspecialty training in Pediatric General Surgery.

 

Rebecca Repa
Vice President, Clinical Support Services and Community Surgery

Rebecca Repa joined Hamilton Health Sciences in 2010 as President of St. Peter’s Hospital and Regional Rehabilitation, and Integrated Vice President, Diagnostic Imaging and Hamilton regional Laboratory Medicine.

She began her career at St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener in 1994 as the Director of Quality and Risk Management. She subsequently joined McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences as the Manager of the Department of Surgery.

Rebecca joined St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton in 1994, leading change initiatives with medical staff and the diagnostic departments. She was responsible for over $1 billion dollars of capital redevelopment. Rebecca continues to lead initiatives in Laboratory and Diagnostic Imaging for both St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Hamilton Health Sciences as an Integrated Vice President.

Rebecca is a graduate of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University where she received her MBA. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, also from McMaster University.

 

Teresa Smith,
Vice President, Adult Regional Care

In this role, Teresa is responsible for the overall operations of HHS’ regional adult programs – emergency, critical care, cardiac and vascular, neurosciences, trauma/burns and regional rehabilitation services.

Teresa is an accomplished, respected and visionary leader who is responsible for a $160 million budget and a portfolio of more than 3,000 staff. She has held management roles health care for more than 20 years and has extensive experience leading people, building teams and developing and improving health care. She has developed the strategic direction for and led the implementation of many corporate-wide initiatives that centre on patient safety, appropriate care delivery, efficiency and quality of care.

Teresa has played an integral role in the creation of an integrated and coordinated regional Vascular Service model as part of the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN Clinical Service Plan. She has also helped in establishing a strategic partnership with Niagara Health System to oversee the implementation of a cardiac catheterization lab by 2013. She continued to work to develop a provincially recognized Neurosciences Program and assists in sustaining the highest provincial volumes for cardiac surgery, cardiac catheterization and percutaneous coronary interventions.

Teresa holds an MBA in Finance from McMaster University, a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Western Ontario and a Respiratory Therapy diploma and certification from Fanshawe College.

 

Dr. Ralph Meyer
Vice President, Oncology and Palliative Care, and Regional Vice President, Cancer Care Ontario

Dr. Meyer returned to Hamilton in 2013 following a seven-year term as Director of Canada’s NCIC Clinical Trials Group, an organization responsible for conducting national and international clinical trials that have led to new therapies for cancer patients. 

Dr. Meyer is also a Professor in the Department of Oncology at McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences. An accomplished and highly respected hematologist, Dr. Meyer is regarded as one of Canada’s leading experts in cancer clinical trials. His research has emphasized the testing of new therapies for patients with cancers of the blood and lymph systems including Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma and leukemia. In particular, he is recognized for helping evaluate cancer therapies designed to reduce the long-term side effects of treatment for patients with Hodgkin lymphoma.

Dr. Meyer received his medical degree from McMaster University in 1978 and also completed his residency training in Internal Medicine (1982) and Hematology (1984) here in Hamilton. In 1984, he joined the Department of Medicine, McMaster University and subsequently held the position of Division Director, Hematology, for McMaster University 2000-2006.

 

Dr. Barry Lumb
Physician in Chief

Dr. Barry Lumb has been a Hamilton Health Sciences staff member since 1985 and is a very highly regarded clinician and educator. He has been involved in a variety of leadership positions at Hamilton Health Sciences and was recently promoted to Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University.

 

 

 

 

 

Kirsten Krull
Vice President, Inter-Professional Practice and Chief Nursing Executive

Kirsten has had a long and distinguished career as a nursing leader. Prior to Hamilton Health Sciences, Kirsten's other positions have included Interim Vice President, Patient Services for Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital, Windsor, Integrated Vice President, Surgery Services for London Health Sciences and St. Joseph's Health Care in London, Vice President, Patient Program & Chief Nursing Officer at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie; Operations Director, Medical Programs at Humber River Regional Hospital in Toronto; Program Director at York Finch Hospital in Toronto; and organization development and clinical director roles at West Park Hospital in Toronto. 

Kirsten earned a Bachelor degree in Nursing at Ryerson, a Master of Health Sciences degree at McMaster University, and she has finished the required course work towards a Doctoral Degree in Adult Education through the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Kirsten is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders and completed a Canadian Health Services Research Foundation fellowship in 2006 focused on the use of evidence to improve quality and outcomes of care.

 

 

Kelly Campbell 
Vice President, Corporate Services and Capital Development

As the VP of Corporate Services and Capital Development for Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), Kelly is responsible for all facility infrastructure; capital development; clinical planning and corporate services, including purchasing, logistics, biomedical technology, housekeeping, nutrition services, security and parking; across HHS’s six hospital campuses.  Kelly has led significant capital redevelopment for HHS over the years, currently leading the development of the Ron Joyce Children’s Health Center project, the HHS Master Program (Planning Our Healthy Future), as well as a significant infrastructure renewal across all of HHS’s sites.

In her previous role as the AVP of Clinical Planning, Kelly had responsibility for both Clinical Planning and Capital Development associated with the implementation of HHS's Access to the Best Care (ABC) initiative in 2011. In this role, Kelly provided oversight for transition planning and operational readiness prior to the implementation of ABC, the largest clinical realignment in the organization’s history. Prior to this, she served as the Director of Perioperative Services for HHS and was responsible for all aspects of perioperative care across HHS’s acute care sites. Of note, Kelly developed a code of conduct for staff and physicians in the Perioperative program, which was ultimately adopted corporate-wide, and by many peer organizations.

Kelly has held several leadership positions at the provincial level, serving on the Ministry of Health Wait Time Strategy – Surgical Process Analysis and Improvement (SPAI) Expert Panel and as co-chair of the Council of Academic Organizations (CAHO) Facilities Planning Executive committee. Previously, Kelly chaired the Surgical Efficiency Targets Program (SETP) steering committee and the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN Wait Time Strategy Advisory committee. She has also served as a lead coach on the provincial perioperative coaching teams through the Ministry of Health. Kelly is also very involved with the OHA, chairing the capital session at Health Achieve in November 2013&14 and the OHA annual Capital Planning conference in June 2013.

Kelly has held numerous board appointments including the Mark Preece Family House and currently serves on the board of the Medbuy Corporation and the HHS Volunteer Association. Kelly recently obtained the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation from The Directors College (a joint venture between McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada).

 

Mark Farrow
Vice President, Health Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer

As Vice President of Health Information Technology Services (HITS) and Chief Information Officer for Hamilton Health Sciences, Mark oversees a $19M operating budget with a staff of over a hundred.  Reporting to Mark is HITS Infrastructure Service & Solutions, Telecommunications, HITS Informatics & HITS Medical Informatics, HITS Client Services, HITS Security Office and HITS eHealth Office. Mark is also responsible for oversight of Enterprise Risk Management.

Mark has been involved with numerous projects at a regional and provincial level including work on electronic health records and provides services to 5 other hospitals and the Local Health Integration Network.

Mark was appointed the eHealth Lead and Chief Information Officer for the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (HNHB LHIN) where he will oversee the coordination and strategic development of eHealth solutions for the LHIN. He is also Vice President and Chief Information Officer for St. Josephs Healthcare Hamilton.

Mark was named a 2014 Premier 100 IT Leader by Computerworld for his IT leadership and vision. He was also awarded the 2011 Health Care Chief Security Office of the Year, by the Editors of SC Canada Magazine at the SC Canada Congress, Data Security Conference and Expo (June 2011).

Mark has written numerous articles and speaks at conferences across North America on hospital information systems, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Portfolio Project Management, mHealth and the electronic health record.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and an M.B.A. in Information Management both from McMaster University.

 

Sharon Pierson
Vice President, Community Medicine and Population Health

Community Medicine and Population Health portfolio programs support and lead the advancement integrated health services from community through to post acute care.  Designed to enhance the patient and family experience, the programs have unique care and service mandates and a  collective  accountability to  enhance transitions across the health continuum.

Sharon is a collaborative and experienced leader and highly committed to the delivery of exemplary care and services. In her previous role as Vice President of Quality and Performance, Sharon led the advancement of Quality and Operational Performance at HHS and was accountable for services including Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Patient Experience, Pharmacy and Operational Planning.  With Sharon’s innovative leadership, HHS’ quality and performance team has collectively demonstrated exceptional skill and expertise resulting in numerous publications and presentations along with multiple provincial and national awards.   

As an active member of multiple local, LHIN and provincial committees,  Sharon has had opportunities to contribute to system discussions and policy development. She is a past member of  Ontario’s Excellent Care for All Act Advisory Committee,  a current member of the provincial Access to Care  ER Advisory Committee and co-chair of the HNHB LHIN  Emergency Services Steering Committee.  As a  graduate of  Mohawk College’s  Nursing Diploma program, Sharon was recognized in 2012 with an Alumni of Distinction Award for her career achievements and professional contributions to nursing.  Sharon also  holds a  Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University; a  Masters of Public Administration from Queen’s University and is a graduate of the Rotmans Advanced Health Leadership Program at  the University of Toronto.

 

Andrew Doppler
Vice President, Human Resources

Andrew Doppler joined Hamilton Health Sciences in December 2010 as its first Director of Health, Safety and Wellness.  In that capacity, he has helped the organization achieve remarkable improvements in staff safety and wellness, including a 40% reduction in the frequency of lost time injuries and the opening of Wellness Centres at most of it’s hospital sites.  In July 2013, he was appointed Interim Vice-President of Human Resources, and confirmed in that same role in March 2014.  Since then, he has worked hard to strengthen the Human Resources function, including the repatriation of previously outsourced services from TSSI.  

As the executive sponsor of 2 objectives and 6 initiatives within the organization’s refreshed strategic plan, including the Engagement Survey and the Centre for People Development, Andrew is excited for the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution in the lives of HHS staff, physicians and volunteers and the patients we serve.

Prior to joining HHS, Andrew spent nine years at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board where he held a number of senior HR and operation roles, including the Director of the Kitchener and Guelph offices and the provincial lead for the Agriculture sector.  Andrew is no stranger to health care, beginning his career in human resources at the Hospital for Sick Kids and subsequently at The Toronto Hospital.

Andrew holds a Master of Industrial Relations degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University. 

 

Pearl F. Veenema
President & CEO, Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation

Pearl Veenema provides leadership and strategic planning to the Foundation in order to achieve its annual fundraising objectives.

Pearl is a Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, and was previously Vice President, Advancement for the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation. With more than 15 years experience in hospital philanthropy, Pearl also has direct experience in public relations, nursing and health care management. 

 

 

 

 

Aaron Levo
Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs

As the Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, Aaron leads a team of communications professionals who work to enhance the reputation and profile of Hamilton Health Sciences’ seven unique hospitals and cancer center.

Aaron has led public affairs teams for several well-known national health organizations, including the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Dental Association. He has helped build large-scale public campaigns focused on influencing stakeholders and all levels of government in Canada, including the launch of Canada’s first Mental Health Strategy, but also nationwide initiatives for access to care, housing first and tobacco control. Prior to his career in public affairs, Aaron worked for a federal Cabinet Minister.

He holds a Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Canadian studies from Carleton University. Aaron has served on the Board of Directors  for the Canadian Cancer Action Network and is the past-Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Action on Tobacco. He currently co-Chairs the Public Affairs Committee of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario.

 

Frank Naus
Vice President, Research

In this role, Frank will continue the tradition of responsible stewardship of the research enterprise at Hamilton Health Sciences. Frank will facilitate the ongoing work of the Population Health Research Institute, the Escarpment Cancer Research Institute, the Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis Research Institute, the Offord Center for Child Studies, the Geriatric Education and Research in Aging Sciences Center, The Clinical Research Clinical Trials Laboratory, and all the researchers at HHS.

Previously, Frank held the position of Director of Research Administration at HHS. He has over 25 years of experience in providing strategic direction and management of pharmaceutical, clinical and hospital research with organizations such as PharmaNet LLP in London and Astra Pharma Inc. in Mississauga. His board and committee service has included Clinical Trials Ontario REB Streamlining Working Group, and the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

Frank is currently a Doctorate in Business Administration candidate at Walden University, and he holds a Master of Business Administration from Wilfred Laurier University, a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo.

 

Dr. Michael Stacey 
Surgeon in Chief

Dr. Stacey was appointed Surgeon-in-Chief for Hamilton Health Sciences in 2014, building on over 25 years of experience as a surgeon, researcher, professor and physician leader in Australia.

Following his initial appointment as a general and vascular surgeon in 1988 at the Fremantle Hospital in Australia, Dr. Stacey’s area of expertise increasingly focused on vascular surgery. His research interests have been in wound healing in venous leg ulcers and the prevention of ulcers in individuals with spinal cord injury. Most recently, Dr. Stacey was the Head of Department, Department of Vascular Surgery, Fremantle Hospital and held the academic appointment of Professor of Surgery at the University of Western Australia (UWA). He has previously been the Head of the Division of Surgery and Anesthesia at Freemantle Hospital, and the Head of the Department of Surgery and Pathology at the University of Western Australia.

He also participated on numerous state, national and internal committees, and was the founding Chairman of the Word Union of Wound Healing Societies.

Dr. Stacey completed the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at UWA in 1977, Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1986 and Doctor of Surgery (PhD equivalent) in 1992.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

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