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2019 NHRC Keynote Speakers

Dr. David Marsh

Dr. Marsh is the Chief Medical Director for Canadian Addiction Treatment Centres and Professor Clinical Sciences at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. David graduated in Medicine from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1992, following prior training in neuroscience and pharmacology. From July 2010 to Feb 2018, Dr. Marsh served NOSM as Associate Dean, Community Engagement.
Prior to moving to NOSM, David held leadership positions with Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care and faculty appointment with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia from 2004-2010. Previously, he held leadership roles at the Addiction Research Foundation and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto from 1996-2003. Author of over 100 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and government reports, Dr. Marsh’s research interests focus primarily on treatment of opioid dependence including heroin-assisted treatment and supervised injection. Dr. Marsh received the Nyswander-Dole Award from the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence and Fellowships from the International and American Societies of Addiction Medicine in recognition of his contribution to this field.

Dr. Marsh’s keynote presentation was entitled Using Big Data to Understand the Opioid Crisis


Dr. Liisa Jaakkimainen

Dr. Liisa Jaakkimainen is a family physician at the Sunnybrook Academic Family Health Team. She a senior core scientist and program lead of the Primary Care and Health Systems program at ICES and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.

Dr. Jaakkimainen’s research interests include examining primary health care access, continuity of care, primary health care indicators and benchmarks, measuring wait times from primary to specialist care, improving the coordination of care in primary care, caring for marginalized and frail seniors in the community, and performance feedback to primary care providers. In 2006, Dr. Jaakkimainen co-lead the “Primary Care in Ontario: An ICES Atlas”. In 2014, Dr. Jaakkimainen published a study using family physician electronic medical records linked to Ontario health administrative data to measure the time between a family physician’s referral and the appointment with a specialist.

Dr. Jaakkimainen’s keynote presentation was entitled How Existing Health Administrative Data and the Secondary Use of Family Physicians’ Electronic Medical Record Data can Examine Primary Care in Ontario