T-CAIREM 2024 Symposium

Symposium 2024 - Speakers

Multi-Modal Data and the Future of Health AI


Donny Cheung

Donny Cheung is passionate about building products that leverage cutting-edge capabilities in healthcare data analytics and machine learning to enable all of us to live healthier lives in a sustainable and responsible manner. He is an experienced leader who brings broad cross-functional teams together towards advancing this mission. Donny currently leads the development of the Healthcare and Life Sciences AI product portfolio for Google Cloud, including generative AI applications such as Google’s MedLM. Before Google, he worked as a senior scientist at a medical device startup in Toronto, Canada, focusing on medical imaging device design and image reconstruction algorithms. He holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, with a research focus on quantum computing.

We're delighted to feature several expert speakers at the Symposium who are at the forefront of Artificial Intelligence (AI) health innovations!

Shalu Bains

Shalu is the Chief Information and Analytics Officer at Trillium Health Partners and in this role is accountable for advancing THP’s plan for digital and technology transformation to support patient care delivery, partnerships and to shape the future of care in the Mississauga and West Toronto community.  Shalu is responsible for the Information Services and Performance and Business Intelligence Divisions. Shalu joined THP in 2010 prior to the merger of Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre, and has held a variety of progressive leadership roles across the organization. She has over 15 years of progressive leadership experience both in hospital and provincial health system performance and advanced analytics.  Shalu has a track record of leading technical teams to provide strategic insights and digital tools focused on improving access, quality and sustainability of health care services for patients, population health and for the diverse community she serves and lives in.  

Michael Brudno

Michael Brudno is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, as well as the Chief Data Scientist at the University Health Network (UHN). His main research interest is in the development of computational methods for the analysis of clinical and genomic datasets in particular the capture of precise clinical data from clinicians using effective user interfaces, and its utilization in the automated analysis of genomes. His work focuses on the capture of structured phenotypic data from clinical encounters, using both refined User Interfaces, and mining of unstructured data (based on Machine Learning methodology), and the analysis of omics data (genome, transcriptome, epigenome) in the context of the structured patient phenotypes, mostly for rare diseases. His overall research goal is to enable the seamless automated analysis of patient omics data based on automatically captured information from a clinical encounter, thus streamlining clinical workflows and enabling faster and better treatments.

Alejandro Berlin

Dr. Ale Berlin is a staff clinician-scientist radiation oncologist at the Princess Margaret (PM) Cancer Center. He completed his training in Chile, Israel, and Canada. His clinical practice focuses on the discovery and clinical evaluation of novel therapeutics capitalizing on genomic characterization genitourinary malignancies, and advanced molecular and MR imaging. Dr. Berlin is a PI of the NRG GU010 study investigating the use of clinicogenomic risk stratification for treatment individualization in men with localized prostate cancer. Dr. Berlin also leads a clinical initiative quantifying the human and machine performance during the clinical deployment of an in-house developed AI radiotherapy planning method for prostate cancer.

Dr. Mamatha Bhat

Dr. Mamatha Bhat completed her medical training at McGill University,  Transplant Hepatology training at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, and a PhD in Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Bhat’s group has developed and is deploying ML algorithms trained on clinical and ‘omics data to optimize the long-term outcomes of transplant patients in a personalized manner. She has received the Polanyi Prize, Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation, CASL/CIHR Research Excellence award, American Society of Transplantation (AST) Basic Science Career Development Award and is a Fellow of the AST. 

Dr. Noah Crampton

Dr. Crampton is a family physician practicing at Toronto Western Family Health Team and researcher with expertise in digital health and AI in primary care. With a master's in health informatics from the University of Toronto, he co-founded and is now CEO of a budding successful start-up based in Toronto called Mutuo Health. His company is commercializing his academic research: he and his team created a state-of-the-art AI medical scribe tool called AutoScribe. Since its launch in April 2023, it is used by over 350 healthcare providers across Canada. He is passionate about formulating the ethical framework for the collection of continuously linked health data that will power the AI algorithms of the future.

Melanie de Wit

Melanie de Wit has been a lawyer working on behalf of hospitals and healthcare providers for 15 years, currently as Chief Legal Officer at Unity Health Toronto. She received her Juris Doctor at the University of Toronto and completed a Masters in Public Health at John Hopkins University. Currently the Chair of the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network Legal table, Melanie also teaches health law and risk management within the health administration and patient safety graduate programs of the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Melanie is passionate about responsible innovation in healthcare, and recently designed a public/private collaboration involving the development of artificial intelligence tools in healthcare.

Jennifer Gibson

Professor Gibson is Sun Life Financial Chair in Bioethics and Director of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics. She is Associate Professor in the Division of Clinical Public Health and the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Jennifer has a PhD in Philosophy with a focus on ethical issues in contemporary health institutions and systems. Jennifer has advised governments and policymakers on topics such as medical assistance in dying, public health emergency preparedness, health technology assessment, drug funding and supply, and resource allocation. Jennifer is Chair of the COVID-19 Bioethics Table in the Ontario health system response structure.  At the Joint Centre for Bioethics, Jennifer founded and leads the 'Ethics and AI for Good Health' program to explore and engage emerging ethical and social issues associated with AI-enabled technologies in health care and public health.

Benjamin Haibe-Kains

Dr. Haibe-Kains is a Senior Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PM), University Health Network, and Professor in the Medical Biophysics Department of the University of Toronto. Dr. Haibe-Kains earned his PhD in Bioinformatics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). Supported by a Fulbright Award, he did his postdoctoral fellowship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard School of Public Health (USA). He is now the Canada Research Chair in Computational Pharmacogenomics and the Scientific Director of the Cancer Digital Intelligence Program at PM. Dr. Haibe-Kains’ research focuses on the integration of high-throughput data from various sources to simultaneously analyze multiple facets of carcinogenesis.

Michael Hillmer

Michael Hillmer is Assistant Deputy Minister of the Digital and Analytics Strategy Division in the Ministry of Health/Ministry of Long-Term Care and has been part of the Ontario Public Service since 2007. In this role, along with the Health Data and Analytics portfolio he also leads the Digital Health and Information Mgmt. Strategy & Policy Branches. The Health Data portfolio oversees data collection, integration, and management services to maintain a trusted foundation of high-quality health data. The Health Analytics portfolio generates trusted and actionable insights that improve the sustainability and quality of the healthcare system. The Digital Health and Information Management portfolios are responsible for setting policy, strategy and investment management directions that help deliver the benefits of digital health to Ontarians and drive responsible use of health data for the public good.

Rahul G. Krishnan

Rahul G. Krishnan is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Medicine (Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology) where he holds a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Computational Medicine. He is a CIFAR AI Chair at the Vector Institute and a member of the Temerty Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine. He works on leveraging tools from developing algorithms for probabilistic inference, and applied machine learning to problems in healthcare such as modeling disease progression and risk stratification. Previously, he was a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research New England. He received his MS from New York University and his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2020.

Dr. Amin Madani

Dr. Amin Madani is an endocrine and acute care surgeon at the University Health Network (Toronto, Canada) and assistant professor of surgery the University of Toronto. He specializes in the surgical management of thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal diseases. He is also the director of the Surgical Artificial Intelligence Research Academy, where he leads a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, data scientists, engineers and game developers. Dr. Madani’s research focus is in surgical expertise and the use of technology to optimize performance in the operating room. Over the last decade, he has led the design and development of new innovations to improve surgeon performance, including platforms that incorporate machine learning algorithms, computer vision, augmented/virtual reality and simulation. He also serves as the Chair of the Global Surgical Artificial Intelligence Collaborative – an academic-led consortium with a mission to democratize surgical care and disseminate surgical expertise to operating rooms around the world.

Muhammad Mamdani

Dr. Mamdani founded the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network (ODPRN), the Li Ka Shing Centre for Healthcare Analytics Research and Training (LKS-CHART), and the Applied Health Research Centre (AHRC) at St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. Mamdani was previously named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40. He has published approximately 500 research studies in peer-reviewed medical journals which have been cited over 35,000 times. Dr. Mamdani holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), a fellowship in pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research at the Detroit Medical Center, a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Wayne State University, and a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University with a concentration in biostatistics and epidemiological principles.

Dr. Amol Verma

Dr. Amol Verma, MD, MPhil, BSc (Hon), FRCPC, is a physician, scientist and Assistant Professor in General Internal Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto. He works to study and improve hospital care using data from electronic health records. He co-leads GEMINI, a data and analytics platform that partners with hospitals across Ontario. Dr. Verma is an inaugural Provincial Clinical Lead for Quality Improvement in General Medicine with Ontario Health, and co-leads the Ontario General Medicine Quality Improvement Network and the COVID-19 Hospital Analytics Laboratory. He is also leading the development and implementation of a machine learning tool to predict and prevent death and critical illness at St. Michael’s Hospital. 

...many more speakers are still being confirmed!