Debaters

FOR

Jeffrey Braithwaite

Professor
Macquarie University, Australia
Board Member & President Elect
International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQUa)

Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite is Founding Director of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Director of the Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science and Professor of Health Systems Research, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He has appointments at six other universities internationally, is a board member and President Elect of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) and consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO).

His research examines the changing nature of health systems and the quality and safety of care, which has attracted funding of more than AUD $111 million. He is particularly interested in health care as a complex adaptive system, and applying complexity science to health care problems.

Professor Braithwaite has contributed over 450 refereed publications, and has presented at international and national conferences on more than 900 occasions, including 90 keynote addresses. His research appears in journals such as The BMJ, JAMA, The Lancet, Social Science & Medicine, BMJ Quality and Safety and the International Journal for Quality in Health Care. He has received over 40 different national and international awards for his teaching and research.

Tamara Komuniecki

Patient Partner
Patient Voices Network
Council Member
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Tamara has been a patient partner with the Patient Voices Network since 2017 and has lived with a complex chronic health condition (Rheumatoid Arthritis and Antiphospolipid Syndrome) for over 40 years. She is an active partner to improve quality of care for other patients, having participated in 6 PVN engagements since joining, and most recently is serving as Faculty for the Board Governance Training in Quality & Safety and a Council Member for the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council.

Tamara worked as a broadcast, print and web journalist and magazine editor for outlets like CBC Radio and TV, CKUA Radio, the Globe and Mail, National Post, Long Beach Magazine and City TV for nearly 20 years. At the same time, she held various contracts focusing on communications consulting for environmental nonprofit groups such as the David Suzuki Foundation, Sierra Club of Canada, Climate Change Central and Society for Sustainable Futures by Design. Tamara has also enjoyed volunteering on many political campaigns, most notably the first campaign of US President Barack Obama.

Her traditional media and communications career path diverted when she welcomed her son Finn, three months premature. While at his side in the NICU for seven weeks, she started her own online publication called Delish Mag. Seven issues later, the magazine morphed into an online store called Delish General Store (DGS) to enable Tamara to share some of the wonderful products she had always just been writing about. From online store to local markets, then from pop-up location to brick and mortar store, DGS opened first on Granville Island and is now located in Edgemont Village in North Vancouver. Out of the store, Tamara and her design team create, manufacture and sell five product brands, each with a unique background and purpose, and an associated charity.

Tamara enjoys public speaking and shares her story with groups of people such as school groups, med students, doctors, senior leadership, and more. She is also a conference emcee and facilitator and is looking forward to taking on these roles for the second year of the Re/Form Conference in March of this year.

AGAINST

Ahmer Karimuddin

Specialist, General & Colorectal Surgery
St. Paul’s Hospital
Co-Director, General Surgery Residency Program
University of British Columbia

Dr. Ahmer Karimuddin is a colorectal surgeon working at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC. He is also Associate Director of the General Surgery Residency Training Program and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia. He has special expertise in the management of cancer of the colon and rectum, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and proctology (hemorrhoids, anal fissures, fecal incontinence).

Dr. Karimuddin has maintained a strong focus on surgical education in his practice, and served for three years as the Discipline Specific Site Leader for Surgery at the Island Medical Program of the University of British Columbia. He has received the Excellence in Clerkship Teaching award of the University of British Columbia twice (2009 and 2011), along with the Preceptor Teaching Excellence award (2012). He is currently the Assistant Program Director for the General Surgery residency program at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Karimuddin is one of three surgeons in the province who have completed the Training the Trainer program for colonoscopy.

Within the field of colon and rectal surgery, Dr. Karimuddin has a particular interest in laparoscopic colorectal surgery, colorectal cancer, colonoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease and the pelvic pouch procedure. His research interests include patient outcomes (clinical and PROs) in these areas and ERAS pathways.

Maria Judd

Vice President, Programs
Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

Maria Judd, Vice-President, Programs, brings over a decade of progressively senior leadership at the Foundation and has played a key role in CFHI’s evolution, including strategic planning, partnership development and the creation and implementation of new programs.

Maria brings a passion for healthcare improvement, and a patient-first perspective, that has evolved from her diverse roles within the health system over the past 21 years, as a community health centre board member, clinician, program manager and researcher. She has extensive experience in knowledge transfer and exchange, establishing and promoting new ventures, creating education programs, developing clinical practice guidelines and convening expert groups.