Meet the QI Team

Who We Are

Learn more about our program staff and hospital site directors below.

Dr. Tara Kiran

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

Tara Kiran is the Fidani Chair in Improvement and Innovation and Vice-Chair Quality and Innovation at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto. Much of her research has focused on evaluating the impact of Ontario’s primary care reforms on quality of care. She has also developed a passion for quality improvement research including initiatives to improve cancer screening rates, measure and reduce care disparities, and support physicians to learn from data. She practices family medicine at the St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team where she led the quality improvement program from 2011 to 2018. She is an Associate Scientist in the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital and an Adjunct Scientist at ICES. She is also currently an Embedded Clinician Researcher with Health Quality Ontario where she leads a program of research to improve the experience of care for patients transitioning from hospital to home.

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Erin Plenert, MPH 

Erin Plenert is the Quality & Innovation Program Manager at the Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto.  Erin brings a diverse set of skills after working in both clinical and community-based research for many years.  Erin has extensive experience working with different stakeholder groups, including patients and community-members.  She also brings a wealth of experience in growing and managing diverse yet cohesive teams.  Overall, Erin is passionate about contributing to meaningful changes to our healthcare system to ensure that all people can access care that is safe, equitable, and of high quality.   

Dana Arafeh

Dana Arafeh, MHI

Dana Arafeh is the Patient & Family Engagement Specialist, Quality and Innovation Program at the Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto. Dana is passionate about involving patients and their families in every aspect of their care. Her goal is to promote patient and family voices as a key driver in all DFCM activities, and look for opportunities for meaningful patient and family engagement. Dana brings a diverse background of skills, including working in paediatrics and mental health at organizations such as SickKids and the Women’s College Hospital, and experiencing managing a national paediatric research network. She also holds a Master’s degree in Health Informatics from the University of Toronto and, as someone living with a chronic condition, serves as a patient partner on multiple projects and committees.

Kirsten Eldridge

Kirsten Eldridge, MPH

Kirsten Eldridge is the Quality and Innovation Program Research Officer at the Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto.

Marisa Schwartz

Marisa Schwartz is the Quality and Innovation Program Administrative Officer at the Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto.

Quality Improvement Program Directors 

Each of our 14 family medicine teaching sites has a QI Program Director who leads the practice and teaching of quality improvement. The Quality and Innovation leadership team meet together with the QI Program Directors eight times a year to discuss how to best advance Quality and Innovation in our department and beyond.

Academic Site Name

Markham Stouffville Hospital

Dr. Karuna Gupta
Dr. Gina Yip

Michael Garron Health Centre

Dr. Sam Tirkos
Dr. Blaise Clarkson

Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Sakina Walji

North York General Hospital

Dr. Tiffany Florindo
Dr. Jennifer Stulberg

Royal Victoria Hospital

Dr. Melissa Witty
Dr. Lynda Ekeh

Southlake Regional Hospital

Dr. Navsheer Gill

St. Joseph's Health Centre

Dr. Linda Weber

St. Michael's Hospital

Dr. Noor Ramji

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Debbie Elman

The Scarborough Hospital

Dr. Susanna Fung

Toronto Western Hospital

Dr. Rory O'Sullivan
Dr. Carly Schenker

Trillium Health Partners

Dr. Ali Damji (Credit Valley)
Dr. Frances Cousins (Summerville)

Women's College Hospital

Dr. Susie Kim