Meet the Team

Dr. Daren Heyland is a critical care doctor at Kingston General Hospital and a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario Canada. He is trained in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Clinical Epidemiology. He currently serves as the Director of the Clinical Evaluation Research Unit at the Kingston General Hospital which functions as a methods center for multicenter clinical research, and is also the Executive Director of the Canadian Researchers at the End of Life Network (CARENET) which has a focus on developing and evaluating strategies to improve communication and decision-making at the end of life. Overall, Dr. Heyland has published approximately 250 peer-reviewed papers and raised more than $88 million in external grant support.

Michelle Howard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University. She has an MSc in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University. Her research interests are in health service delivery in primary care and palliative care including evaluating practice organization, interprofessional teams, the role of electronic personal health records, and quality improvement programs and measures for primary care. She is also a tutor for Evidence-Based Medicine in the Family Medicine residency program and has roles in planning education and with the executive of the Division of Palliative Care.

Louise Hanvey has been the Project Manager for the Advance Care Planning in Canada Initiative with the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association since its inception. She has also served as a consultant to Pallium Canada, responsible for development of the facilitator-training program and competencies. Louise was the Project Manager for the EPEC-O Canada Project for the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, and also managed the Educating Future Physicians in Palliative and End-of-Life Care Project (EFPPEC) for the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada and the CHPCA. Louise is an RN with broad clinical experience both in the hospital sector and the community.

Dr. Doris Barwich is the Executive Director for the British Columbia Centre for Palliative Care and Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Palliative Care in the Department of Medicine at University of British Columbia. A former family physician, she is now a palliative care physician who is passionate about engaging others to improve care for those living with and dying from advanced illness. Doris has been involved in several regional, provincial and national initiatives, including the development of an award winning Advance Care Planning program. As immediate past-President of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, she has helped shape national strategy in relation to Palliative Care and care for seniors. Her research interests include Advance Care Planning and support for primary palliative care.

Dr. Carrie Bernard is lead physician of the Queen Square Family Health Team where she provides front-line palliative care to her patients and is currently helping to develop a home-based primary care palliative care program for the team. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University and is the Associate Program Director, Curriculum and Remediation for the Postgraduate Program in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She completed her MPH in Community Health and Epidemiology with a focus in Global Health in 2012. She has a strong interest in ethical issues as they relate to the practice of medicine. In addition to her work with the i-GAP program of research, she is working with a research group interested in investigating ethical issues as they relate to the provision of palliative care in humanitarian settings.

Dr. Marissa Slaven is a Palliative Care Consultant with Hamilton Health Sciences and the Juravinski Cancer Centre and the Medical Director of the newly-developed Tertiary Acute Palliative Care Unit. She is also the Medical Director of the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice and an Assistant Professor at the Division of Palliative Care, McMaster University. Dr. Slaven received her medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, and did a residency in Internal Medicine as well as a clinical fellowship in Medical Oncology in Massachusetts. She is certified by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She was an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School and Medical Director of both a hospice and a Palliative Care In-patient Unit.

Dr. Doug Klein is an Associate Professor with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta. His research experience includes both qualitative and quantitative research methods, and he has strong connections to primary care physicians through his work with Primary Care Networks in Alberta. Dr. Klein has expertise in behaviour change, including the Theory of Planned Behaviour, often used in lifestyle interventions. He has been recruited for his experience in primary care research by provincial and national committees. Dr Klein is a recognized expert on lifestyle intervention in primary care and has several ongoing research and health promotion projects based in primary care in Alberta. He gave a keynote address on lifestyle modification at the Alberta College of Family Physicians Annual Meeting in February 2013.

Dr. Amy Tan is a family physician at Sunridge Family Medicine Teaching Centre and Associate Professor, Family Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She has a Master of Science in Palliative Medicine with a special clinical interest in end-of-life care in primary care. Her research interests include: advance care planning/goals of care designation, patient and family experiences with medical care, narrative reflective practice and communication in medical education