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Steering Committee

Ensuring good governance and adherence to policies is key to the continual progress of the Physician Learning Program and protecting patient information. The Steering Committee for the Physician Learning Program is composed of representatives from Alberta Health Services, Alberta Health, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, the Alberta Medical Association and the Alberta Chapter of Family Physicians.

Dr. Lara Cooke, MD
Dr. Lara Cooke, MD
Chair, PLP Steering Committee
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Dr. Cooke earned her MD, residency training in Neurology, and Masters degree in Medical Education at the University of Calgary. She views the PLP as the 'cutting edge' of physician professional development because the program endeavors to help doctors learn through reflecting on their own practice and performance data.
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Farah Jamil
Alberta Health
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Dr. Mike Allen
Dr. Mike Allen
Alberta Chapter of the College of Family Physicians
In his role as the Medical Director of Translational Sciences, L3 & PLP, Mike supervises the Integrated Knowledge Translation Network (IKTN), a unit of Lifelong Learning, set up with the aim of promoting Knowledge Translation in Primary Care, particularly the rural and distributed community of Physicians in Alberta. IKTN has already expanded to include many partners, including, but not limited to, Physician Learning Program, Choosing Wisely Alberta, Towards Optimized Practice, Practicing Wisely, Alberta College of Family Physicians, Patients Collaborating with Teams, etc. Mike has had a very distinguished career spanning over 20 years. He presently works at the Northeast Community Health Centre in Edmonton. He has given over 200 presentations and published more than 100 articles. He is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine (DoFM) at the University of Alberta (UofA), is also the Director of Evidence Based Medicine Program, DoFM, UofA, as well as the Medical Director of Alberta College of Family Physicians' Evidence and CPD Program. Mike is happily married and has two daughters.
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Dr. Lyle Mittelsteadt
Alberta Medical Association
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Dr. Rowland Nichol
Alberta Health Services
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Dr. Karen Mazurek
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
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Dr. Kelly Burak, MD, FRCPC, MSc (Epid)
Dr. Kelly Burak, MD, FRCPC, MSc (Epid)
Professor of Medicine
Dr. Burak is Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development at the University of Calgary. Dr. Burak received his medicine training at the University of Saskatchewan before completing his Gastroenterology & Hepatology residency in Calgary and training in liver transplantation at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Burak was awarded his Master of Science (Epidemiology) from the University of Calgary and subsequently obtained a graduate certificate in Clinical Education from Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. He is Professor of Medicine in the Departments of Medicine and Oncology and serves as the Director of the Southern Alberta Liver Transplant Clinic. Dr. Burak is very excited to be the Co-Lead of the Physician Learning Program as he believes the PLP is uniquely qualified to improve health care quality in our province by assisting practicing physicians to learn through reflection on their own performance data (audit and feedback) and by using effective knowledge translation strategies to affect positive changes in behavior.
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Team at the University of Alberta

Dr. Mike Allan
Dr. Mike Allan
Director of Translational Sciences, Lifelong Learning and Physician Learning Program
In his role as the Medical Director of Translational Sciences, L3 & PLP, Mike supervises the Integrated Knowledge Translation Network (IKTN), a unit of Lifelong Learning, set up with the aim of promoting Knowledge Translation in Primary Care, particularly the rural and distributed community of Physicians in Alberta. IKTN has already expanded to include many partners, including, but not limited to, Physician Learning Program, Choosing Wisely Alberta, Towards Optimized Practice, Practicing Wisely, Alberta College of Family Physicians, Patients Collaborating with Teams, etc. Mike has had a very distinguished career spanning over 20 years. He presently works at the Northeast Community Health Centre in Edmonton. He has given over 200 presentations and published more than 100 articles. He is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine (DoFM) at the University of Alberta (UofA), is also the Director of Evidence Based Medicine Program, DoFM, UofA, as well as the Medical Director of Alberta College of Family Physicians' Evidence and CPD Program. Mike is happily married and has two daughters.
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Jessica Cohen
Jessica Cohen
Integrated Collaboration and Communication Advisor
Jessica Cohen joined the Edmonton PLP office in 2013 as a Project Manager, where she oversaw all aspects of PLP projects. She now handles all communications and outreach for the Edmonton office. Prior to venturing into post secondary medical education in 2011, she worked for nearly a decade in the not for profit industry, spending most of that time involved in event management and communications. Jessica enjoys incorporating the unique skills she’s gained in the not for profit and CME into her daily work at PLP.
Phone 780-248-1280
Email jessica.cohen@ualberta.ca
Dr. Guillermina Noel, Ph.D.
Dr. Guillermina Noel, Ph.D.
University of Alberta
Health Innovation Studio Lead
Dr. Guillermina Noël is the health knowledge designer and lead of the Health Innovation Studio (HIS) in the PLP office at the University of Alberta. Guillermina applies a human-centred, evidence-based, and outcomes-oriented design approach to improve healthcare. She holds a PhD in Design Sciences from the University IUAV of Venice, Italy, and a Master of Design from the University of Alberta, Canada. Over the last thirteen years she has been doing research with healthcare professionals, researchers and managers to reduce antibiotic overuse, change nutritional habits, improve safety in hospitals, and communicate best practices to healthcare practitioners. She is also the director of the Health Design Network.
Phone 780-248-2080
Email fnoel@ualberta.ca
Charlene Feuffel
Charlene Feuffel
Alberta Health Services – Analytics Health Information
Charlene supports the collection, verification, analysis and reporting of data from different internal and external data sources to support projects within the PLP Edmonton Office. Additionally, she assists in identifying and interpreting the appropriate ICD-10-CA/CCI classification codes from abstracted health records in accordance with national and provincial coding standards. Charlene has over 10 years of data analysis and data reporting experience in Quality and Healthcare Improvement with Alberta Health Services, University of Alberta Hospital, and the former Capital Health Region. Charlene is a certified Health Information Management Professional with the Canadian Healthcare Association (HealthCareCAN) and an active member of the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA). Additionally, Charlene received the 2008 REACH Award for Quality and Safety as a team member recognition of Excellent and Achievement in Capital Health.
Brock Setchell
Brock Setchell
Alberta Health Services – Analytics Data Analyst
Brock supports the compilation, verification, analysis and dissemination of data to support projects from the PLP Edmonton Office. Additionally, he works with internal and external stakeholders to define data requirements and helps identify administrative databases to be used. Brock has over 10 years of experience in Data Analysis and Reporting in the private sector and the healthcare system. He has contributed to strategic planning and brand growth for industry leaders in agriculture and oil and gas in Alberta. He has contributed to Strategic Clinical Networks and Clinical Care Path development within Alberta Health Services. He is passionate for data analysis and is motivated by a personal drive to improve our healthcare system through careful analysis and actionable results.
Nermeen Youssef
Nermeen Youssef
KT Project Coordinator, RSIU
Nermeen has recently joined the RSI team in PLP Edmonton as the Knowledge Translation Coordinator. Since the completion of her BSc in pharmacy at Cairo University, she has worked in patient education at international pharmaceutical companies, taught at the School of Pharmacy and Biotechnology at the German University in Cairo and has volunteered as a consultant with non-governmental organizations. Last year, she graduated with a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Alberta and has been working ever since on creating conversations between researchers and communities that could be directly benefit from their research findings.
Phone 780-248-2012
Email nermeen@ualberta.ca
Saiganesh Dhannewar
Saiganesh Dhannewar
Research Assistant, RSIU
Saiganesh Dhannewar is the Research Assistant at the PLP Edmonton office. He studied Pharmacy in India and later moved to Canada for his Masters in public health at University of Saskatchewan. He is a new addition to the PLP team, and his passion for working towards improving health and wellness of the people & communities made him a natural fit to the PLP team. He is extremely excited to work in this upscale environment to improve the quality in health care delivery. In his free time, Saiganesh loves to cook and play cricket.
Phone 780-492-4632
Email dhannewa@ualberta.ca
Paul Agbulu
Paul Agbulu
University of Alberta
Aligning Learning to Quality (AL4Q) Coordinator
Paul recently joined the RSI team in the Physician Learning Program (PLP) as the Aligning Learning for Quality Coordinator. He supports the quality improvement initiatives and anchors the team in realizing the vision of PLP by building QI tools to enhance physician’s lifelong learning and improving better patient outcomes. He is a consultant clinical pharmacist with extensive experience in HIV/AIDS and Oncology quality improvement programs, clinical trials, project management and business administration, in many international funded programs in Africa, Europe and North America. He holds a Bachelors and a Postgraduate Fellowship in Clinical Pharmacy, a Masters in Pharmacology and Business Administration, Postgraduate diploma in Management and a PhD in Medical Sociology from Nigeria. He is a trained and certified Clinical Research Coordinator from the Northern Alberta Clinical Trial and Research Center, Edmonton, a Member of the Alberta College of Pharmacists and a Volunteer Coordinator with the Clinical Research Association of Canada.
Phone 780-492-8958
Email pagbulu@ualberta.ca
Kelsey Lydynuik
Kelsey Lydynuik
Administrative Assistant, ICCU
Kelsey is the Administrative Assistant for the Integrated Collaboration and Communications Unit with Edmonton’s Physician Learning Program team. This past spring, she graduated from MacEwan University where she got her Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Communication. Prior to attending MacEwan, she completed the Radio and Television program at NAIT. She is very excited to be working in communications for such a dynamic program and cannot wait to start translating what she learned in school over into her work with PLP.
Phone 780-248-5891
Email klydynui@ualberta.ca

Team at the University of Calgary

Dr. Kelly Burak, MD, FRCPC, MSc (Epid)
Dr. Kelly Burak, MD, FRCPC, MSc (Epid)
Professor of Medicine
Dr. Burak is Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development at the University of Calgary. Dr. Burak received his medicine training at the University of Saskatchewan before completing his Gastroenterology & Hepatology residency in Calgary and training in liver transplantation at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Burak was awarded his Master of Science (Epidemiology) from the University of Calgary and subsequently obtained a graduate certificate in Clinical Education from Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. He is Professor of Medicine in the Departments of Medicine and Oncology and serves as the Director of the Southern Alberta Liver Transplant Clinic. Dr. Burak is very excited to be the Co-Lead of the Physician Learning Program as he believes the PLP is uniquely qualified to improve health care quality in our province by assisting practicing physicians to learn through reflection on their own performance data (audit and feedback) and by using effective knowledge translation strategies to affect positive changes in behavior.
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Dr. Antonia Stang, MD, MBA, MSc
Dr. Antonia Stang, MD, MBA, MSc
Assistant Dean
Dr. Antonia Stang is the Assistant Dean, Physician Learning Program. Dr. Stang is an emergency physician and the Research Lead for the Section of Emergency Medicine at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. She completed her medical degree, pediatric residency and pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at McGill University. She has Masters level training in health care management and in research methods. Her academic interests include healthcare performance measurement, quality improvement, patient safety and the translation of best evidence into clinical practice.
Dr. Shawn Dowling, MD
Dr. Shawn Dowling, MD
Medical Director - Speciality Medicine
Dr. Shawn Dowling is the Medical Director of the Physician Learning Program. Shawn earned his MD and a research fellowship at the University of Ottawa, and completed a Royal College Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Calgary. He is passionate about knowledge translation and in particular, identifying gaps in care, appropriate resource usage and incorporating clinical decision support at the point of care. Shawn enjoys the rewards of working in a multi-disciplinary team that is leading the way on applying rigorous methodology to challenging clinical questions using health administrative data with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes and supporting physicians.
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Dr. Katrina Nicholson, MD
Dr. Katrina Nicholson, MD
Medical Director - Family Medicine - Primary Care Engagement
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Dr. Douglas Woodhouse, MD
Dr. Douglas Woodhouse, MD
Medical Director - Family Medicine - Project Development
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Dr. Douglas Woodhouse is a Medical Director of the Physician Learning Program. Dr. Woodhouse is physician-engineer with an interest in clinical process improvement. He has expertise in Lean, Theory of Constraints, Statistical Process Control and Change Management and has worked with over 100 healthcare teams throughout Europe and North America to improve care delivery. Dr. Woodhouse has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Medicine from Queen's University, trained as a Family Physician at the University of Alberta, and holds academic appointments at the University of Calgary and at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. He currently works as a hospitalist physician in Calgary.
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Sampson Law, MSc
Sampson Law, MSc
Operations Director
Sampson oversees daily operations while providing expertise and guidance towards PLP’s strategic and business plan objectives. Prior to joining the PLP in February 2016, Sampson worked in various leadership roles and was most recently the Manager of an infectious disease research facility at the University of Calgary Sampson holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Calgary, and a Master of Science from the University of Alberta.
Phone 403.210.7072
Email skclaw@ucalgary.ca
Wenxin Chen, MBA, PMP
Wenxin Chen, MBA, PMP
Project Manager
Wenxin joined the PLP in 2013 as a project manager. She has used her expertise in project management and ability to analyze and visualize healthcare data to support design and delivery of individual physician performance reports, interviews and group feedback sessions. Wenxin holds a Master of Business Administration in Project Management from University of New Brunswick, and a Bachelor of Art in Spanish Philology from University of Nanjing.
Phone 403-210-6056
Email wenchen@ucalgary.ca
Inelda Gjata, PMP
Inelda Gjata, PMP
Project Manager
Inelda Gjata joined PLP in March of 2015 as a Project Manager. Following various positions at the University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services, she worked as a Research Study Coordinator in the department of Cancer Epidemiology and Population Research at AHS. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Calgary and a Project Management Professional designation.
Phone 403-210-7744
Email inelda.gjata2@ucalgary.ca
Ashi Mehta, MD, MSc
Ashi Mehta, MD, MSc
Project Manager
Ashi Mehta joined the PLP Calgary Office as a Project Manager and oversaw multiple projects spanning multiple specialties. He now handles all projects and work that pertains to the Choosing Wisely Canada and Choosing Wisely Alberta recommendations. Prior to his work at PLP he completed a MSc in Kinesiology with a Biomedical Engineering focus and then ventured to the Caribbean to pursue a medical degree. He has an interest in Family Medicine in rural settings and has become even more interested in continuing medical education for physicians since his time at PLP. He likes being able to combine his clinical knowledge with his new found interest in medical education.
Phone 403-220-3647
Email ashi.mehta@ucalgary.ca
Maria-Alexandra Restrepo Gonzalez MSc
Maria-Alexandra Restrepo Gonzalez MSc
Project Coordinator
Maria has over 10 years of experience in project management and strategic planning in the Oil and Gas industry in Colombia. She studied Economics and holds a Postgraduate diploma in Environmental Engineering and a Masters in Environmental Management from Colombia. She is passionate for project management, planning, quality improvement processes and defining strategies to support high-risk decisions. Maria supports the team in reaching effectiveness in the entire life-cycle of PLP projects.
Christopher Rice
Christopher Rice
Infographic Designer
Chris supports including development of information graphics, data visualization, website design and He is currently enrolled at Mount Royal University in the Bachelor of Communication - Information Design program and is set to graduate in 2018.  Previous Experience: Studied Software Engineering at University of Victoria before transferring to Mount Royal University to pursue Information Design. Has done some freelance graphic design work and is involved in website design projects. Has previously worked as a Change Coordinator.
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Rafael Talavera, MBA
Alberta Health Services - Analytics
Data Analyst
Rafael supports the compilation, verification, analysis and dissemination of data to support projects from the PLP Calgary Office. Additionally, he works with internal and external stakeholders to define data requirements and helps identify administrative databases to be used. Rafael has over 25 years of experience in healthcare in with the University of Calgary (14 years), Calgary Health Region (6 years) and Alberta Health Services (5 years). In addition to training in Computer Technology from SAIT, he holds an Agricultural Engineering Degree from UNAN (Nicaragua) and a Master of Business Administration in Agricultural industry from Central America Institute of Business Administration (INCAE).
Phone 403-944-8925
Email rafael.talavera@albertahealthservices.ca
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Bonnie Praymayer
Administrative Assistant
Supporting the U of C team as an administrative assistant in a variety of assignments to enhance the daily operations of PLP. Bonnie has worked previously as an administrative assistant supporting busy offices and as a as a Registered Massage Therapist and Reflexologist.
Phone 403-210-7074
Email bprymay@ucalgary.ca