About Quality Improvement

DFCM Core Team

For all general inquiries, questions, feedback, or program inquiries contact: 

name title phone number and email room #

Dr. Philip Ellison, MD MBA CCFP FCFP

*Read bio below

Fidani Chair, Improvement
and Innovation & Vice Chair Quality 


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Dr. Jeremy Rezmovitz, MSc, MD, CCFP Lead, Education and Innovation


Trish O'Brien Program Manager 416-978-5112


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 Marisa Schwartz Program Assistant 416-978-3793


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Laura Surdianu

Continuing Education & QI Administrator


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Quality Program Committee - Family medicine teaching unit and member name

The mandate of the Quality Program Committee (QPC) at the Department of Community and Family Medicine is to improve patient care by promoting and enabling the integration of quality improvement into all aspects of DFCM education, research and professional development activities.

The QPC is comprised of physicians from our 14 affiliated family medicine academic sites. Below is a list of current QPC members:


Vice Chair Quality Dr. Philip Ellison
QI Program Manager Ms. Trish O’Brien
QI Program Assistant Ms. Marisa Schwartz
Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM)

Mr. Cecil Canteenwalla

Dr. Paul Krueger - Research Program

​Markham Stouffville Hospital Dr. John Maxted
Michael Garron Health Centre

Dr. Sam Tirkos

Dr. Tia Pham

Mt. Sinai Hospital Dr. Sakina Walji
North York General Hospital

Dr. Joanne Laine-Gossin

Dr. Tiffany Florindo

Royal Victoria Hospital

Dr. Brent Elsey

Dr. Melissa Witty

Southlake Regional Health Centre Dr. David Makary
St. Joseph's Health Centre Dr. Linda Weber
St. Michael's Hospital

Dr. Tara Kiran

Dr. Mary Beth Derocher

Ms. Susan Blackers – Division of Palliative Care

Sunnybrook Health Centre Dr. Debbie Elman
The Scarborough Hospital

Dr. Susanna Fung

Dr. Rosemarie Lall

Toronto Western Hospital

Dr. Lesley Adcock 

Dr. Mark Broussenko - PGY1 Resident Representative

Trillium Health Partners

Dr. Frances Cousins (Summerville)

Dr. James Pencharz (Credit Valley)

Dr. Manisha Sharma (Credit Valley) - Division of Palliative Care

Women’s College Hospital

Dr. Nikita Patel

Dr. Nathalie Codsi - PGY1 Resident Representative

About Dr. Philip Ellison: Fidani Chair, Improvement and Innovation and Vice Chair Quality

When the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) at the University of Toronto received a generous gift to establish the Fidani Chair, Improvement and Innovation in Family Medicine, we achieved a major milestone, bringing us closer to our vision of excellence in research, education and innovative clinical practice.

We are proud to share that Dr. Philip Ellison is the inaugural Fidani Chair. Dr. Ellison is a distinguished and experienced leader in academic family medicine and health system consultation and an Associate Professor with the Department. He has spent years in leadership roles at the University Health Network’s Toronto Western Hospital in family medicine, inpatient service and as a medical director. In his role as Fidani Chair, Dr. Ellison continues the improvement and innovation work that is already leading a culture change in the delivery of primary and community health care in Ontario.


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