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Project Team Biographies

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CherylDr. Cheryl Levitt, Project Leader and Principal Investigator
Dr. Cheryl Levitt is a Professor and immediate Past-Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University. She was born in South Africa, trained there and did her internship at Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto. She left in 1977 for Canada and practiced rurally in British Columbia from 1977-1984. Dr. Levitt has been an academic family physician since 1984 at McGill and McMaster Universities. She is involved in family medicine leadership at a national, provincial, and local level. Dr. Levitt was President of the Ontario College of Family Medicine from 2005-2006. She was a developer and a founding member of Family Medicine Association of Hamilton, a not for profit corporation of all the family doctors (350) in Hamilton. Dr. Levitt led the Primary Care Reform pilot project in Hamilton where 120 family physicians joined Primary Care Network in 1999 – 2001. Dr. Levitt conceived of and developed the Maternity Centre of Hamilton, which opened in October 2001. She is the leader of the Quality in Family Practice Project. Dr. Levitt has published widely on primary care issues, medical migration of foreign doctors and maternal and child health.

DavidDr. David Price, Chair, Medical Consultant and Co-Investigator
Dr. David Price is Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University and an associate professor since 2005. Dr. Price was appointed Chief of Family Medicine at Hamilton Health Sciences in February, 2004. Dr. Price moved to McMaster University in August, 2000 from Vancouver, British Columbia, where he was in a community practice with a broad spectrum of care including obstetrics, pediatrics, extended care coverage, palliative care etc. Dr. Price is the founding director of the Maternity Centre of Hamilton; a multidisciplinary centre caring for prenatal and intrapartum patients. Dr. Price represents the College of Family Physicians on the National NRP Committee. He was on the ACoRN (Acute Care of the At-Risk Newborn) editorial board for the first edition published in 2005. Since 2003, Dr. Price has been the medical director on the Quality Assessment and Voluntary Accreditation Project. Dr. Price has also been instrumental in helping to create the academic Family Health Team at McMaster University.

LindaMs. Linda Hilts, Nursing Consultant and Co-Investigator
Ms. Linda Hilts is an Assistant Clinical Professor with the School of Nursing and Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University. She is currently working as the McMaster Family Health Team Coordinator. Linda has been very involved in medical residency education as the Education Coordinator at Stonechurch Family Health Centre.

 

lisaLisa Dolovich, Research Associate
Ms. Dolovich is the Research Director and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University. She is also a scientist at the Centre for Evaluation of Medicines research group at St Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. Lisa main research interests centre on innovation in primary care including projects related to drug safety, effectiveness and use, cardiovascular and other chronic disease management, e-health, training and mentorship,  physician – pharmacist collaboration, and quality in family practice.  Lisa conducts research studies that develop, implement and evaluate solutions to the challenges seniors face when choosing or using medications in the primary care setting (www.tippsnetwork.ca). She recently co-led a PHCTF funded project examining pharmacist integration into family practice called Integrating family Medicine and Pharmacy to Advance primacy Care Therapeutics (IMPACT) (www.impactteam.info).

 

wendyWendy Chin, Program Planning Co-ordinator
Wendy Chin joined the McMaster Quality Team in Oct 2008 as Quality Program Planning Co-ordinator for the McMaster Quality in Family Practice Project. Wendy brings extensive experience in project management, system implementation, and change management from a broad base of industry sectors, national corporations, public and service organizations. She has a proven track record in team building and relationship management; working with internal and external stakeholders in strategic planning, translating vision, and values into tactical plans. She will be working with the Quality Team and stakeholders on strategic planning and change management initiatives to support the advancement of primary health care quality improvement programs.

 

Carol LaneCarol Lane, Administrative Assistant
Carol Lane has provided administrative support to the Quality in Family Practice Project since 2006.