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Research Chairs

Many people passionate about improving the delivery of health care come together at North York General Hospital (NYGH). Our strategy for research and innovation is built around our research chairs.

Research chairs have the expertise and mandate to lead a concerted investigation in the key areas of health care delivery shown below.
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North York General Hospital is exceptionally well-positioned to test new practices for health care delivery and introduce innovation into the health care system in Ontario.


Dr. Frank Sullivan is the Gordon F. Cheesbrough Research Chair in Family and Community Medicine. The Chair, named after one of North York General's greatest leaders and champions, is the first of its kind in Canada. Dr. Sullivan comes to NYGH from the University of Dundee in Scotland and is recognized internationally for advancing the role of clinical trials and electronic medical record systems in family medicine and encouraging collaboration between primary care clinics and hospitals. Dr. Sullivan is also the Director of UTOPIAN, which links 14 hospitals across Toronto in primary care research. Learn more about Dr. Sullivan's role at NYGH.

Monika Kastner joined NYGH in February 2016 as the Research Chair in Knowledge Translation and Implementation. Knowledge translation is regarded as a bridge between the creation and implementation of knowledge and as such, it is highly relevant to our strategic objectives.

Monika is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. She earned a PhD in e-health and health services research from the Institute of Health Planning Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Later, she received the prestigious CIHR-Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship and the CIHR Rising Star Award. Since joining NYGH, Monika has been awarded $1.4 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and QoC Health. The external funding is enabling Monika to lead the Aging Well Initiative for seniors with multiple chronic conditions across primary care, hospital, and community settings. Monika is also the recipient of a CIHR New Investigator Award.

Learn more about Monika on the University of Toronto's Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation website. Read an article on Monika's role at NYGH.

Patricia Trbovich
is the Badeau Family Research Chair in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement at North York General Hospital. Patricia has recently joined the University of Toronto as an Associate Professor of Health Informatics and Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She also is appointed to the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto and the Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. 

Learn more about Patricia on the University of Toronto's Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation website. Read an interview with Patricia Trbovich on her role at NYGH.

The recruitment of additional research chairs is underway. Consult the careers section or Michael Wood.

Physicians and staff at NYGH have first-hand knowledge of health care delivery. Our investigations, by their very nature, involve teams of collaborators from many organizations where our vision is shared.

The achievements of NYGH investigators demonstrate our effectiveness in contributing to improvements in the delivery of health care and guide us in making decisions on the most appropriate course for continued innovation.

Visionary advocates in our community are lending their support through guidance on our Research Advisory Committee and generous support for research and innovation through the North York General Foundation.

Updated February 17, 2017