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Keynote Biographies

Dr. Joshua Tepper, eMBA, MPH, CFPC, M.D., B.A. 

Dr. Tepper is a family physician and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Quality Ontario (HQO). An arm’s length agency of the provincial government, HQO works in partnership with Ontario’s health care system to support a better experience of care, better outcomes for Ontarians and better value for money.

Prior to HQO, Dr. Tepper was the inaugural Vice President of Education at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, responsible for Sunnybrook’s educational strategy and programming for learners, physicians and staff, patients and their families and the community.

Prior to joining Sunnybrook, Dr. Tepper was Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) in the Health Human Resources Strategy Division of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. As the ADM he led the HealthForceOntario health human resources strategy to ensure that Ontarians have access to the right number and mix of qualified health care providers, now and in the future.

In addition to his involvement in health policy and research at the provincial level, Dr. Tepper has also been active on a national scale as a senior medical officer for Health Canada, an adjuct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), and a research consultant for the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI). He has received several provincial and national awards for his leadership in these positions. 

Dr. Tepper has always remained in active practice serving marginalized populations and taking on clinical leadership roles. He has served as the Medical Director for the Inner City Health Associates and President of the Inner City Family Health Team. He was also previously the Vice President of the Society of Rural Physicians. 

Dr. Tepper holds a degree in Public Policy from Duke University, a Masters of Public Health from Harvard, and recently completed his executive Masters of Business Administration at the Richard Ivey School of Business. 

Josephine McMurray, PhD, MBA, MRT

Josephine McMurray is an Assistant Professor in the Business Technology Management program, School of Business & Economics, at Wilfrid Laurier's Brantford Campus. Her doctoral thesis (Dr. Ian McKillop - Supervisor) examined the classification of inter-organizational electronic information exchange and interoperability as a measure of system integration. Her general research interests include healthcare system integration, quality and patient experience improvement, and system performance measurement. She has investigated information exchange in care transitions related to the frail elderly and mental health care, and measurement of electronic health information systems adoption and primary care outcomes for at risk populations. Josephine's industry experience includes 13 years in health administration for a not-for-profit, and seven years in the for-profit sector working as a marketing manager for a multi-national and running a strategic planning and marketing consultancy.

Dr. Onil Bhattacharyya, M.D., PhD

Dr. Onil Bhattacharyya is the Frigon-Blau Chair in Family Medicine Research at Women’s College Hospital. He is also an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He received his medical degree at the University of Montreal, did a PhD in health services research at the University of Toronto and was a Takemi Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Bhattacharyya co-leads BRIDGES: Building Bridges to Integrate Care, an Ontario Ministry funded initiative to design and evaluate new models of care for complex chronic disease. Since joining Women’s College, he has set up an incubator for new models of ambulatory care. He is the clinician lead for the CIHR Primary and Integrated Care Innovation Network for Ontario. Dr. Bhattacharyya has published 40 peer-reviewed papers and numerous book chapters. He is committed to using health services research to make a more effective, responsive, and integrated health care system.


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