Biosketches of Speakers and Former Speakers in

Course on Canada's Health Care System

(not every speaker can be available every year)


Julio Arboleda Florez, MD FRCPC Professor and Head of Psychiatry Queen's U. A graduate of the Universidad Nacional of Columbia in Bogota, Dr. J. Arboleda-Flórez did his specialist studies in psychiatry at the University of Ottawa and a Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. He obtained a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Calgary. He was associated for many years with the University of Calgary, where he was Professor and Head of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry, Professor at the Department of Community Health Sciences and Adjunct Professor of Law. More at


Cynthia Baker, RN, MN (Dalhousie), PhD (Texas at Austin) Director School of Nursing and Associate Dean Health Sciences.


Cheryl Cline, PhD (Philosophy) is the Director of the Office of Bioethics at Queen's University. She is responsible for medical ethics education in the Faculty of Health Sciences.She is also the clinical ethicist at nearby Kingston General Hospital where her job includes providing ethics consultations, developing and reviewing hospital policies, and providing ethics education for health professionals working in the hospital. Prior to coming to Queen's University, Cheryl was a postdoctoral fellow in a CIHR Ethics of Health Research and Health Policy Training Program at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and before that she worked at the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto.


John Dorland is a recently retired health economist, educated more or less successfully at Queen's University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of York, England. For many years he pursued a varied career in government, where he specialized in health policy and health program design. In 1989 he joined the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Queen's University, where he was Assistant Professor, with a cross-appointment to the School of Policy Studies. He was a founding member of the Queen's Centre for Health Services and Policy Research. John's research interests include the use of administrative databases for health services research, economic evaluation of health programs, the design of needs-based health services planning and funding models, and the impact of university research on health policy and program development.


Jacalyn Duffin, PhD/MD, Hannah Chair for the History of Medicine, is a hematologist (Toronto MD, FRCPC), and a historian (PhD Sorbonne). She worked as a physician in Quebec, Newfoundland, and several Ontario cities, including Toronto, London, Thunder Bay, and Ottawa before accepting the Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at Queen's University in 1988. At Queen's, she teaches graduates and undergraduates in the medical school and in the departments of Philosophy and History, and the Faculty of Law. Her clinical work is in oncology and her historical research focuses on the history of 19th and 20th century medicine. She is the author of six books and many articles.


Sherri Elms is a pharmacist and teaches within the Department of Family Medicine.


Laurie French, Reg.N., B.Sc.N., M.P.A. is a Senior Manager of Integration, Planning & Research with the South East Community Care Access Centre (SECCAC).  She has a background in Nursing and Case Management, along with a variety of quality, client service, and project management experiences.  She is currently the Improvement Advisor for the provincial “FLO” Collaborative – a partnership project between KGH and the SECCAC to improve patient flow processes across the system, from inpatient admission to a variety of discharge destinations. She is also a local Public School Board Trustee.


Ian Gemmill, MD (Queen's), is the Medical Officer of Health for Kingston regiona the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Health Unit. He is also Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and in the Department of Microbiology. His research interests are in Communicable Diseases, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Immunization and Vaccines. For more on the Health Unit go to


Michael Green, MD Michael received his M.D. from the University of British Columbia and is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine, Community Health and Epidemiology. He is also active in the Queen's Centre for Health Services and Policy Research. He worked in Moose Factory for eight years as Director of Family Medicine and Chief of Staff. His areas of interest include: aboriginal health, equity in health, health systems, and medical error. Michael also does consulting work for First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Ontario Region regarding their public health programs.


Marianne Lamb, RN, MSc (Alberta), PhD (Toronto) is Professor and Graduate Co-ordinator in the School of Nursing at Queen’s University. She worked as a nurse in small and large hospitals in Ontario and Quebec and completed graduate studies in acute care nursing (MSc, Alberta) and health policy (PhD, Toronto). Her current research projects focus on knowledge translation and clinical ethics. She is a past President of the Canadian Bioethics Society and the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing.


Heather MacDougall, Ph.D., Historian of Medicine, Associate Dean of Arts for Graduate Studies and Research, the Director of the Canadian Centre of Arts and Technology, and the president of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine/La Société Canadienne d'Histoire de la Médecine. Author of Activists and Advocates: Toronto's Health Department, 1883­1983 and currently working on a history of Canada's health care system in the last three decades.


Sylvia Maracle, is Executive Director, Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres.


Andrea Maurice, an Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services is the 2004/05 Ontario Public Service Amethyst Fellow in the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University. She has extensive experience in the formulation of policies in the areas of human rights, disability, aboriginal issues, family violence and homelessness.


Jennifer Medves is an associate professor in the School of Nursing at Queen's University. She is the Director of the Practice and Research in Nursing (PRN) group and an Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Career Scientist. Her teaching areas are maternal child health, philosophy of nursing science, and research methods. Her research is in education, in evidence for practice in maternity care, and in team collaborations to reduce the effects of pandemic influenza, and to sustain maternity practice in rural areas. Dr Medves is one of three PI's who were recently funded for an interprofessional collaborative education initiative.


Helene Ouellette-Kuntz is Associate Professor in the Queen's University Department of Community Health and Epidemiology. She also holds a cross-appointment in the Department of Psychiatry (Division of Developmental Disabilities) and she is appointed to a community-based agency for persons with intellectual disabilities (Ongwanada) where she works as an epidemiologist. She works with a multidisciplinary team doing service, teaching and research related to the health of persons with intellectual disabilities and is the Director of a regional study of the prevalence and inclusion of persons with intellecual disabilities (see and Director of a national study of the epidemiology of autism (see


Susan Phillips, MD, CCFP, MSc, is a Professor at Queen's and a family physician. Dr. Phillips has practiced in the far north of Canada, in downtown Toronto, at a Community Health Centre, and now, in Kingston. Her research interests include gender, women's health, and integrating these into medical education. She has been invited to teach about gender and health in India, Australia, the Netherlands, Serbia, Bosnia and Germany, and has published in many journals including the New England Journal of Medicine and Social Science and Medicine.


Eva Purkey, MD CCFP is a familyphysician at the North Kingston Community Health Centre where she focuses particularly on immigrants and their health.


Wendy Rowe is a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner currently working as a manager of community services at the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Community Care Access Centre (KFL&A CCAC). She has worked with the CCAC for many years in both a clinical and administrative management capacity.


Joshua Shadd, MD CCFP, worked as a Family Physician before undertaking a fellowship in Palliative Medicine in 2004.  He is now Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Family Medicine and Oncology and is responsible for the palliative care component of the undergraduate medical curriculum at Queen’s. 


Duncan Sinclair, PhD, DVM, LLD. A former Vice-Principal for Health Sciences and Dean of medicine at Queen's University, Duncan Sinclair headed the research steering committee for the Premier's Council on Health, Well-being and Social Justice. He also served as chair for the Health Services Restructuring Commission of Ontario from its formation in 1996 to its dissolution in 2000. The HSRC was a body given the power of the government itself to restructure the province's 225 public hospitals and to recommend to the government how to restructure other things (primary care, health information management, etc.) to foster the creation of a genuine system of health and health services in Ontario. Duncan has held other senior positions, including chair of a working group on health human resources planning for the Provincial Cancer Network and member of the National Forum on Health. Duncan was also the founding Chair and CEO of the Canada Health Infoway/Inforoute Santé du Canada, a not-for-profit corporation established with $500 million in federal funding to enable the provinces, territories, and federal governments to create a capacity in Canada to manage health information.


Valerie Stenzl is Director, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health. She leads an interdisciplinary team of public health professionals in the planning, implementation and delivery of programs that range from large-scale public events promoting physical activity to media strategies aimed at decreasing impaired driving. Valerie has worked with diverse populations and in many capacities, from prenatal educator in a rural community to coordinator of KFL&A Public Health's Centre for Injury Prevention and Research. She holds a Bachelor in Nursing Science and a Master in Education, both from Queen's University.


Heather Stuart received her PhD in epidemiology from The University of Calgary, Alberta. Prior to that, she studied at the University of Western Ontario, where she graduated with a BA (Hon) and a Master of Arts in Sociology. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, with cross appointments to the Department of Psychiatry and the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queens University. Dr. Stuart's main research interests are in the areas of community mental health and psychiatric epidemiology. She has worked in both hospital and community based mental health treatment systems, and on international projects with the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, and the World Psychiatric Association. Project areas have included anti-stigma programming, assessing the needs of homeless populations, the criminalization of the mentally ill, needs assessments for mental health reform, and the effects of hospital restructuring.


Arthur Sweetman, Ph. D., Economics, McMaster University, Director of the School of Policy Studies. Research interests: economic issues related to labour markets, education and health policy. For more on SPS, see


Sandra Taylor, Ph.D., is the Director of the Office of Bioethics, School of Medicine, and an Associate Professor at Queen's University. She holds appointments in Medicine, Family Medicine, Nursing and Philosophy and a clinical appointment at the Kingston General Hospital. She received her doctorate in philosophy with a specialization in biomedical ethics from Queen's University.


Sarita Verma, LLB, MD, CCFP, now at the University of Toronto, was the Associate Dean of Medical Education at Queen's University and is charged with overseeing medical education in the School of Medicine. She was Postgraduate Dean from 1998 to 2003 and is a family physician who originally trained as a lawyer at the University of Ottawa (1981). Later she completed her medical degree at McMaster University (1991). In between the two, she was a Diplomat in Canada's foreign service and also worked with UNHCR in Sudan and Ethiopia during the African famine. She has a family practice in Kingston and teaches in the medical school at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She travels extensively and has worked in Nepal and India. She is currently involved in a CIHR project in rural KwaZulu Natal in South Africa exploring the effects of gender violence towards women and the transmission of HIV/AIDs. Dr Verma was one of the original founders of this course.


Ruth Wilson, MD, CCFP, family physician, professor and former head of Family Medicine, Queen's University, and former chair, Ontario Family Health Network, the provincial agency charged with primary care reform in Ontario. She has practiced in northern and remote parts of Canada before coming to Kingston where she maintains a practice in addition to her work in primary care reform.