Dr. Geoff Anderson, Research Lead

Geoffrey M. Anderson, MD, PhD, is a professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, where he holds the Chair in Health Management Strategies.  He is an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) where he leads the Health System Planning and Evaluation program. 

He has been involved in health services research for over 20 years and has extensive experience in the use of administrative data and in observational research methods. His research has been funded by provincial and national research agencies and he has published extensively. He plays a leadership role in IHPME’s graduate education program and is actively involved in supervision and mentorship of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

Dr. Onil Bhattacharyya, Clinical Lead

Onil Bhattacharyya is a family physician and the Frigon-Blau Chair in Family Medicine Research at Women’s College Hospital. He is also an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and an assistant professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto. He received his medical degree from McGill University and his PhD in health services research from the University of Toronto and was a Takemi Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. 

Dr. Bhattacharyya studies innovative health service delivery models in both high and low income settings.  He is committed to using health services research to make a more effective, responsive, and integrated health care system.  He has attracted funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, CIHR, and other non-profits. Dr. Bhattacharyya has published more 30 peer-reviewed papers and numerous book chapters, and been invited to present two TEDx talks.  He is also Co-Chair for the PIHCIN Leadership Council.

Patrick Dicerni, Policy Lead

Patrick Dicerni is the Assistant Deputy Minister of Strategic Policy and Planning Division (SPPD) at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

Immediately prior to this appointment, Patrick worked in the Deputy Minister's Office (DMO), serving as Director of Policy and Delivery since October 2012. He played an important role in implementing the ministry's policy agenda and delivering on a number of key ministry priorities. During his time in the DMO, he served two Ministers, and provided strategic advice and support to three deputy ministers. 

Prior to joining the ministry, Patrick held a number of increasingly senior positions at the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

Ivy Wong, Network Director

Ivy is Network Director for BeACCoN.  She is also Director of Policy for the National Institute on Ageing at Ryerson University and Senior Policy Lead at the Women’s College Institute for Health Systems Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) at Women's College Hospital. 

Prior to moving back to Canada, Ivy spent several years as a senior civil servant in the UK, including at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, the Department of Health, and as Head of Commissioning Policy and Incentives for the National Health Service (NHS). Her focus was on health system funding reform and integrated care. Before working in health policy, Ivy was an IT consultant, specialising in financial services, and also worked as an Account Director in digital marketing and advertising.

Ivy holds a Master of Public Administration from the London School of Economics, a Master of Public Affairs from L’Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and a BA cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania.

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