About Quality and Innovation

Read the sections below to learn more about the DFCM Quality and Innovation Program.

DFCM Core Team

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


name title phone number and email room #

Dr. Tara Kiran, MD, MSc, CCFP, FCFP

*Read bio below

Fidani Chair, Improvement and Innovation &
Vice Chair, Quality Improvement


3rd floor

Trish O'Brien Program Manager 416-978-5112


3rd floor

 Marisa Schwartz Program Assistant 416-978-3793


3rd floor


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 membership.


Academic Site Name
Vice Chair, Quality Improvement Dr. Tara Kiran
QI Program Manager Ms. Trish O’Brien
QI Program Assistant Ms. Marisa Schwartz
Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM)

Ms. Ivanka Pribramska - Research Program

Dr. Michelle Greiver - 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. NoorRamji

Ms. Susan Blackers – Division of Palliative Care

Sunnybrook Health Centre

Dr. Allison Culbert

Dr. Lise Huynh - Division of Palliative Care

The Scarborough Hospital

Dr. Susanna Fung

Dr. Sisi Li

Toronto Western Hospital

Dr. Lesley Adcock

Trillium Health Partners

Dr. Frances Cousins (Summerville)

Dr. James Pencharz (Credit Valley)

Women’s College Hospital

Dr. Susie Kim


About Dr. Tara Kiran: Fidani Chair, Improvement and Innovation and Vice Chair, Quality Improvement

Dr. Tara Kiran, MD, MSc, CCFP, FCFP

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Tara Kiran has accepted the roles of the Fidani Endowed Chair of Improvement and Innovation in Family Medicine and Vice-Chair, Quality and Innovation in the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) at the University of Toronto beginning July 1st, 2018.

"Throughout my career, I have always been motivated to improve the health care system and the care we provide to patients," says Dr. Kiran, an Assistant Professor at DFCM and a family doctor at St. Michael's. "It's a great privilege to be able to be in this position where I can help us take a step back to think about primary care and how we can do even better to serve our patients."

Through her work in both roles, Dr. Kiran will lead change in the delivery of primary health care through quality improvement and innovation initiatives within DFCM and its teaching sites, as well as influence health policy and practice provincially, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Kiran comes to this position with ample experience: she has worked as both a community and academic physician in various areas of Ontario and has held several leadership positions, most recently working with Health Quality Ontario as a Canadian Institute of Health Research-funded Embedded Clinician Researcher to better understand what matters most to patients in the transition from hospital to home.

Over the last seven years, she has served as QI Program Director at the St. Michael's Academic Family Health Team's, which includes approximately 70 staff physicians, 40 resident physicians and 60 non-physician health professionals serving over 44,000 patients at six clinics.

"I'm particularly proud of how we've been able to improve patient experience at St. Michael's by working with patients to design and implement QI initiatives," says Dr. Kiran. "Understanding and improving patients experience and working with patients to improve the health care system is an important lens I want to bring to this role."

Dr. Kiran vision for QI at DFCM is multifaceted: she aims to continue to inspire and educate residents and faculty in QI by building on an already robust QI curriculum, use tools like UTOPIAN to find new interventions that focus on improving health outcomes, and engage patients and partners to make system-wide changes. Dr. Kiran is also passionate about health equity and wants to ensure that DFCM's QI work addresses the needs of our most vulnerable populations.

"Overall I see us leading by example. I want us to demonstrate that we are a high performing health care system through data and stories," says Dr. Kiran. "And when people think of high performing primary care, I want them to think about the University of Toronto and our department."

Dr. Kiran assumes this position from Dr. Philip Ellison, who has led the Quality and Innovation program since its inception in 2010. Through his hard work and dedication to improving the health care system, Dr. Ellison's work has provided DFCM residents, faculty and family physicians throughout Ontario with the tools required to deliver the best in patient care.

"It's really important to recognize how far we've come," says Dr. Kiran. "I joined the Quality Improvement team when it was just getting started in 2011. We had so much to learn. Dr. Ellison did a tremendous job to getting us where we're at today – he and our department were really ahead of their time. It's an honour to build on his legacy."