Clinical Research &

Quality Improvement

Symposium | 2017

MAY 31, 2017 / McMaster Waterloo regional Campus

10B Victoria St. s, Kitchener ONTARio


This symposium is devoted to research and quality improvement in the Waterloo-Wellington region. It brings together local students, clinicians, professionals, and researchers who are working to improve the clinical care in our region.

This annual event allows local clinical trainees, non-clinical trainees, clinicians, professionals, and researchers to showcase their research and quality improvement work and receive recognition for their clinical and scientific excellence.

The goal of the symposium is to provide an outstanding opportunity for trainees to develop professional skills and to foster communication and exchange of ideas among new and established clinicians, professionals, and researchers from various backgrounds and interests.


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May 31, 2017



Abstract submission is now open and will close on April 28th, 2017 at 4:00pm

Registration is Now open and will close May 17th, 2017

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Our Speakers


Joanne Man-Wei Ho


Joanne Ho is an internist, geriatrician and clinical pharmacologist who researches adverse drug events in the older individual using observational research and systematic review methodologies. She attended the University of British Columbia for her medical undergraduate degree and then completed residencies in internal medicine, geriatric medicine and clinical pharmacology at the University of Toronto. Her Masters of Science was completed at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation during which time she participated in the Department of Medicine Eliot Phillipson Clinician Scientist Training Program at the University of Toronto. Joanne Ho recently completed a research fellowship with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute through the University of Toronto Division of Geriatric Medicine and she is also an examiner with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology. Joanne Ho is currently affiliated with Grand River Hospital and recently joined the Department of Medicine at McMaster University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine. She is piloting GeriMedRisk, a geriatric pharmacology consultation and knowledge translation service for clinicians in the Waterloo-Wellington Region.


Thomas Hupel


Dr. Hupel obtained an undergraduate Honours of Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters of Science degree from McMaster University in the field of molecular biology. Thereafter he entered the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. After graduating from the MD program with honours, he completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery through the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. Dr. Hupel then completed a post graduate Fellowship at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Working under the supervision of Dr. James Waddell, Dr. Emil Schemitsch and Dr. Michael Mckee he received subspecialty training in the fields of orthopaedic trauma, and upper and lower extremity joint reconstruction.

Dr. Hupel relocated to the Kitchener-Waterloo area in 1999 and is presently in independent practice with subspecialty interests including primary and revision arthroplasty of the lower extremity as well as an interest in shoulder arthroscopy and shoulder arthroplasty. Dr. Hupel became the Regional Educational Leader for undergraduate orthopaedic education at the Waterloo Campus in 2012. Dr. Hupel was the Chief of Orthopaedics at Grand River Hospital and St. Mary's General Hosptial from 2010-2016. He is currently the Medical Director of Surgery at Grand River Hospital. 

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Lori-Anne Huebner

Lori-Anne Huebner is the Benefits Realization Practice Lead at the eHealth Centre of Excellence (eCE), located in the Idea Quarter of Waterloo, Ontario. Lori-Anne brings to this position an extensive background in conducting evaluation and research projects having partnered with several healthcare and community programs over the past 20 years, in both Alberta and Manitoba.   Since moving to Waterloo in 2015, Lori-Anne has become a strong advocate of using benefits evaluation to drive the adoption of digital health tools across the south west Ontario region, with her current work focusing on the development of case studies that identify the realized clinical and organizational value of ehealth solutions within workflows spanning the care continuum. Together with her colleagues, Lori-Anne recently published a benefits evaluation model and had opportunity to present on her work at the Information Technology and Communication in Health conference in Victoria, BC. She has also presented at the OntarioMD EMR Every Step conference on the usability and utility of standardized data within electronic medical records, and serves as the PI on a current research project exploring the use of narcotics data within the electronic health record (EHR) as an enabler for care decisions as it relates to the opioid crisis in Ontario. Lori-Anne is passionate about employing benefits evaluation to encourage uptake of digital health tools amongst clinicians, thereby enabling them to use the technology available to provide an enhanced quality of care to their patients.

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Lori Moran

As the System Coordinated Access (SCA) Program Manager at the eHealth Centre of Excellence, Lori Moran plays an instrumental role in improving access to care by leading the development of a fully integrated referral management strategy for the Waterloo Wellington region. Lori brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role, drawing from a wide-ranging history of large and complex project management initiatives within a healthcare setting. During her fourteen years at Grand River Hospital, Lori transitioned to the role of Director of Corporate Projects where she established a project management framework that enabled the organization to achieve project execution excellence through holistic, repeatable, consistent project management practices. An enthusiastic and trusted leader, Lori has a passion for using project management strategies to improve patient experience and outcomes.