Dr. Geneviève Moineau
President and CEO
Dr. Marc Rodger
Dr. Rodger is a Full Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and a Senior Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI). He is Head, Division of Hematology situated in the Ottawa Blood Disease Center at The Ottawa Hospital. Dr. Rodger led the development of the Ottawa Blood Disease Center (OBDC) which opened in 2012 and now houses over 35 hematologists/scientists and 80 staff.
Dr. Rodger completed his post-graduate medical training at UBC and the University of Ottawa in Internal Medicine, Hematology, Thrombosis. He completed an MSc in Epidemiology in 2000. Dr. Rodger has been involved in leadership throughout his medical training and career. He was President of the Aesculapian Society in medical school at uOttawa and was on the executive of both provincial (PAIRO now PARO) and national resident organisations (CAIR now RDOC).
Dr. Rodger’s teaching, clinical care and research focuses on venous thrombosis. He founded the Champlain LHIN Regional Thrombosis Program providing world class Thrombosis care with 365/24hr open referral access for the 1.4 million people in Canada’s capital. The Ottawa Thrombosis Fellowship program, which grew international in scope under his leadership, has trained over 20 Thrombosis experts, many of whom have become leaders locally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Rodger co-founded, co-directs and obtained CIHR funding for CanVECTOR (Canadian Venous Thrombosis Clinical Trials and Outcomes Research) Network (www.CanVECTOR.ca). This network includes over 145 members in over 25 research sites across Canada. Dr. Rodger also founded and is current Chair of INVENT (International Network of Venous Thrombosis Clinical Research Networks) (www.INVENT-VTE.com). INVENT includes 8 national research networks with over 450 investigators in over 150 research sites throughout the world. Dr. Rodger is co-Editor in Chief of Thrombosis Research, a major sub-speciality journal in his area of research. Dr. Rodger’s own venous thrombosis research agenda focuses on two areas: Duration of Anticoagulation and Pregnancy. He has published over 230 research articles including multiple first/senior author papers in the New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet. His work has been cited over 18,000 times. Over his career, he has secured over 38 million in peer reviewed research funding (18.7 million as Principle Investigator). He has led many multi-national randomised trials and cohort studies that have changed clinical practice in venous thrombosis. Among other awards, Dr. Rodger has been a long-time beneficiary of a Career Scientists Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (2007-2019) and holds a Tier 1 Research Chair in Venous Thromboembolism and Thrombophilia from the University of Ottawa (2010-2020). He received the Heart and Stroke Foundation Maureen Andrew Award (2002), Ontario’s Premier’s Research Excellence Award (2006), the Canadian Hematology Society’s Paper of the Year Award (2014) and Ottawa Hospital Research Institute’s Researcher of the Year Award (2014).
Dr. Rodger will be leading all health research advocacy activities including the development of an AFMC Innovation Report.
Dr. Sarita Verma
Vice President, Education
Dr. Sarita Verma is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and until January 2016, was Associate Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions and Special Advisor to the Dean of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Formerly the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine (2008-2015) and Associate Vice-Provost, Health Professions Education (2010-2015), she is a family physician who originally trained as a lawyer at the University of Ottawa (1981) and later completed her medical degree at McMaster University (1991). She has been a Diplomat in Canada’s Foreign Service and worked with UNHCR in Sudan and Ethiopia for several years. Dr. Verma is the 2006 recipient of the Donald Richards Wilson Award in medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; the 2009 co-recipient of the May Cohen Gender Equity Award from the Association of Faculties of Medicine in Canada; and the 2016 recipient of the Charles Mickle Fellowship from the University of Toronto for excellence in medical education. From 2009-2011, she was one of the lead consultants for the Future of Medical Education in Canada Postgraduate project. For six years she held the position of Governor at the University of Toronto, has been a board member of several teaching hospitals, the Michener Institute, Associated Medical Services and the Chair of the Canadian Residency Matching Service. From 2011 to 2015, she was the Co-lead for the Canadian Inter-professional Health Leadership Collaborative at the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professions Education and is a key member of the Association of Academic Health Centers International Steering Committee.
As Vice President, Education, Dr Verma continues her work in social accountability and inter-professional education, and implementing the Future of Medical Education in Canada recommendations along the continuum. She supports AFMC Committees and Networks and leads the Canadian Conference in Medical Education secretariat.
Director, Data and Information Services
Jon Kimball brings with him over 20 years of experience in healthcare data management and implementing systems with a focus on improving health through better use of information. He has a proven track record of understanding the complexities of healthcare and harnessing information to make a difference.
Jon holds a BA in Electronics Engineering, and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and carries the Project Management Professional Designation (PMP). He joins us from Better Outcomes Registry Network (BORN) Ontario, a provincial program that collects data on all pregnancy and births in Ontario via the BORN Information System, which he was hired to develop.
Jon previously worked as a manager for Cancer Care Ontario, where he focused on improving processes and outcomes, and leveraging technology and information to improve patient care. He has worked in a number of organizations in Canada and the United States, and has been responsible for strategic planning, technology selection, joint application development, reporting, capacity planning, as well as project and resource management.
Director, Operations and Strategic Initiatives
Melissa Shahin first joined AFMC in 2009. She has extensive project management experience and involvement in national-scale, collaborative initiatives and holds a strong track record of effectively managing projects on time, within scope and under budget. In her time with AFMC, Ms. Shahin has contributed to a range of projects including the suite of initiatives to implement the Future of Medical Education in Canada across the continuum of medical education; francophone minority, public and Aboriginal health initiatives in Canada; accreditation of interprofessional standards into education programs across six health disciplines; as well as eLearning and eHealth projects that support and integrate innovation into the Canadian medical education system.
Prior to joining the AFMC team, Ms. Shahin has worked with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development on land claims research and resolution, and with the University of Lethbridge conducting research and analysis of Canadian case law progression. Ms. Shahin is forward-thinking with a passion for strategic planning and process improvement. She holds an Honours degree in Political Science with a focus on Canadian constitutional law and aboriginal studies and is actively working toward her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.