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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.

Lara Cooke, MD
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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Lyle Mittelsteadt, MD
Lyle Mittelsteadt, MD
Alberta Medical Association
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Kelly Burak, MD, FRCPC, MSc (Epid)
Kelly Burak, MD, FRCPC, MSc (Epid)
Associate Dean, Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development & Physician Learning Program
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.
Phone 403-220-2130
Email kwburak@ucalgary.ca
Denise Campbell-Scherer, MD PhD CCFP FCFP
Denise Campbell-Scherer, MD PhD CCFP FCFP
Associate Dean, Lifelong Learning and Physician Learning Program
Dr. Denise Campbell-Scherer is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, and the Associate Dean of the Office of Lifelong Learning and Physician Learning Program at the University of Alberta. She completed Medical School at the University of Toronto in 2000 and her residency in family medicine at McMaster University. She has worked in rural Northern Canada, the University of Michigan, and the University of Alberta as a family physician, with extensive experience in residency education. With a background in evidence-based clinical practice, she has been active internationally in education of multidisciplinary learners and is an Associate Editor of BMJ, Evidence-Based Medicine (http://ebm.bmj.com). Dr. Campbell-Scherer’s research focuses on innovations to transform clinical practice which result in change of benefit to patients, providers and the healthcare system. She heads an interdisciplinary research team, the 5As Team Program, which aims to improve the primary care of patients living with obesity. In addition, she has been an active co-lead and co-investigator on several large national and provincial research grants including BETTER, BETTER2, and BETTERWISE projects (www.better-program.ca) that are seeking to transform primary prevention and screening of multiple conditions in diverse regions of Canada.
Phone 780-492-7454
Email denise.campbell-scherer@ualberta.ca
Rowland Nichol, MD
Rowland Nichol, MD
Alberta Health Services
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Dr. Karen Mazurek
Dr. Karen Mazurek
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
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Diana Hong, MD
Diana Hong, MD
Alberta Chapter of the College of Family Physicians
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Kelly Burak, MD, FRCPC, MSc (Epid)
Kelly Burak, MD, FRCPC, MSc (Epid)
Associate Dean, Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development & Physician Learning Program
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.
Phone 403-220-2130
Email kwburak@ucalgary.ca
Denise Campbell-Scherer, MD PhD CCFP FCFP
Denise Campbell-Scherer, MD PhD CCFP FCFP
Associate Dean, Lifelong Learning and Physician Learning Program
Dr. Denise Campbell-Scherer is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, and the Associate Dean of the Office of Lifelong Learning and Physician Learning Program at the University of Alberta. She completed Medical School at the University of Toronto in 2000 and her residency in family medicine at McMaster University. She has worked in rural Northern Canada, the University of Michigan, and the University of Alberta as a family physician, with extensive experience in residency education. With a background in evidence-based clinical practice, she has been active internationally in education of multidisciplinary learners and is an Associate Editor of BMJ, Evidence-Based Medicine (http://ebm.bmj.com). Dr. Campbell-Scherer’s research focuses on innovations to transform clinical practice which result in change of benefit to patients, providers and the healthcare system. She heads an interdisciplinary research team, the 5As Team Program, which aims to improve the primary care of patients living with obesity. In addition, she has been an active co-lead and co-investigator on several large national and provincial research grants including BETTER, BETTER2, and BETTERWISE projects (www.better-program.ca) that are seeking to transform primary prevention and screening of multiple conditions in diverse regions of Canada.
Phone 780-492-7454
Email denise.campbell-scherer@ualberta.ca
Shawn Dowling, MD FRCPC
Shawn Dowling, MD FRCPC
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.
Phone 403-210-7080
Email skdowling@gmail.com
Donna Manca, MD CCFP FCFP MCISc
Donna Manca, MD CCFP FCFP MCISc
Medical Director
Dr. Donna Patricia Manca is Associate Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Family Medicine. Her research interests include primary care, privacy, ethics, research networks, cancer and chronic disease prevention, screening, and management. Dr. Manca was the Co-Principal Investigator of the BETTER trial (Building on Existing Tools to Improve Chronic Disease Prevention and Screening in Primary Care) and Principal Investigator of the BETTER Program and the BETTER WISE project. This role included: overseeing and coordinating the entire project; clinical engagement; conduct of research and evaluation; blending of clinical practice guidelines to develop care pathways, translation and dissemination of findings to various groups; and finally implementation of meaningful findings into practice. Dr. Manca became acutely aware that family physicians need to seek answers to their questions to improve their practice; however they are isolated in their practices. Family physicians lack good sources of information and lack the infrastructure to engage in practice improvement and research. She saw research networks as a method to improve knowledge exchange between policy, research and practice. She is the Director of the Northern Alberta Primary Care Research Network (NAPCReN), a network contributing data to the Canadian Primary Care Research Network (CPCSSN). NAPCReN extracts information from Electronic Medical Records, cleans and structures the information for the purpose of quality improvement, surveillance and research. Participating physicians receive individualized chronic disease feedback reports on the quality of their care as compared to their peers. Dr. Manca received the 2011 Alberta College of Family Physicians Recognition of Excellence Award for commitment to furthering primary care, community practice-based research, and she contributed to the implementation of privacy and information security system for the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network which obtained the international association of privacy professionals 2013 privacy innovation award.
Phone 780-492-8592
Email donna.manca@ualberta.ca
Douglas Woodhouse, MD BScEng CCFP
Douglas Woodhouse, MD BScEng CCFP
Medical Director - Family Medicine - Project Development
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.
Phone 403-210-7072
Email douglas.woodhouse@apixperformance.com
Rose Yeung, MD FRCPC MPH
Rose Yeung, MD FRCPC MPH
Medical Director
Phone 780-492-5159
Email ryeung@ualberta.ca
Katrina Nicholson, MD ChB CCFP
Katrina Nicholson, MD ChB CCFP
Medical Director - Family Medicine - Primary Care Engagement
Phone 403-210-7072
Email tinanicholson77@hotmail.com
Karen Hunter, MBA PhD
Karen Hunter, MBA PhD
Managing Director
Dr. Karen Hunter joined the PLP as the Managing Director of the Edmonton office in July 2018. She first worked as a financial analyst and senior business analyst in industry, was a management professor, and moved over to academic administration in 2015. Since then, she has served as an Assistant Chair (Administration) and as an Operations Director at a UofA medical research institute. She holds undergraduate degrees in behavioural neuroscience and finance. She completed her graduate work at the University of Alberta, including an MBA (2003), and a PhD (2011) in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management.
Phone 780-492-8958
Email karen.hunter@ualberta.ca
Joe MacGillivray, BA MSc
Joe MacGillivray, BA MSc
Managing Director
Joe oversees daily operations in the Calgary PLP office while providing expertise and guidance towards PLP’s strategic and business plan objectives. Prior to joining the PLP in July 2018, Joe held various executive positions in primary care, acute care and cancer care. Joe holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from St. Francis Xavier University and a Master of Science in Health Administration from Central Michigan University.
Phone 403-210-7072
Email joseph.macgillivray@ucalgary.ca
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
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
Katelynn Crick, BSc
Katelynn Crick, BSc
Project Coordinator
Phone 780-492-4747
Email kccrick@ualberta.ca
Brenna Murray, BA MPH
Brenna Murray, BA MPH
Project Manager
Brenna Murray joined PLP in July of 2017 as a Project Manager. Prior to joining PLP, she worked for five years with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health leading projects to enhance patient safety and quality improvement in the health system and in the public service. She holds a Master of Public Health from Simon Fraser University and certification in process improvement. Brenna is passionate about working with clinicians to deliver high-quality, effective care to patients in our health system.
Phone 403-220-4376
Email brenna.murray@ucalgary.ca
Taylor McGuckin, BA MSc
Taylor McGuckin, BA MSc
Project Coordinator
Taylor McGuckin joined PLP in March of 2019 as a Project Coordinator in the Edmonton office. She holds a Master of Science from the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. Here she conducted research on cannabis use among individual in inpatient psychiatric care. She also holds a BAH in Health Studies from Queen's University. Taylor is passionate about population health and improving health care quality and healthcare outcomes across Canada.
Phone 780-492-8390
Email mcguckin@ualberta.ca
Inelda Gjata, MSc PMP
Inelda Gjata, MSc 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
Aaron Peterson, BSc
Aaron Peterson, BSc
Project Manager
Aaron joined the PLP in October of 2017 as a Project Manager. He comes from a background in mental health research. He previously worked at the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education as a Clinical Research Coordinator on studies focused on schizophrenia and depression. Aaron holds a BSc. in Zoology from the University of Calgary and certification in conducting patient oriented clinical trials.
Phone 403-220-6995
Email ajpeters@ucalgary.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.
Phone 780-735-0692
Email charlene.feuffel@ahs.ca
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.
Phone 403-309-2878
Email brock.setchell@ahs.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.
Melanie Heatherington, MEd
Melanie Heatherington, MEd
Educational Specialist
Melanie Heatherington joined PLP in September of 2017 as an Education Specialist. Prior to joining PLP, she worked as a Research Coordinator with Dr. Campbell-Scherer's 5As Team Program to improve obesity prevention and management in primary care. She holds a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta.
Phone 780-492-8987
Email mnoakes@ualberta.ca
Thea Luig, PhD
Thea Luig, PhD
Social Science Lead
Phone 780-492-6026
Email tluig@ualberta.ca
Nandini Desai, BSc (Hons) BScPharm CDE
Nandini Desai, BSc (Hons) BScPharm CDE
Clinical Liaison
Phone 780-248-5891
Email nandini1@ualberta.ca
Emma Naguib
Emma Naguib
Administrative Assistant
Phone 780-248-2012
Email enaguib@ualberta.ca
Jordan Tate, BDes
Jordan Tate, BDes
Jr. Human-centred Designer
Phone 780-492-9215
Email jatate@ualberta.ca
Christopher Rice, BComm
Christopher Rice, BComm
Digital Specialist
Chris supports including development of information graphics, data visualization, website design and He is a graduate of the Bachelor of Communication - Information Design program at Mount Royal University and has been accepted to the Masters of Design - Design for Health program at OCAD University.  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.
Saul Sych, BCom
Saul Sych, BCom
Human-Centred Design Marketing Coordinator
Phone 780-492-8357
Email saul1@ualberta.ca