Kathryn Proudfoot, MSc

Presentation: What’s teamwork got to do with it?  Exploring teamwork and communication for advancing care


ProudfootHow we work as a team and communicate with each other are essential elements of a healthy culture. Improving non-technical skills such as how we communicate, how we respond to the environment around us, and how we work together in a team are crucial for achieving high quality patient care. This 3 hour interactive workshop will explore how to improve patient outcomes and team culture by enhancing teamwork and communication.


Kathryn joined the Council in 2017 as a Leader with the Innovation and Engagement team.  Prior to joining the Council, she worked in diverse roles in health care throughout the province. She is a registered dietitian and epidemiologist with a passion for understanding how the social determinants of health can be used to improve health care and the health of populations. She is also very interested in deepening her understanding of what it means to provide patient and family centered care and how best to deliver it, particularly in the geriatric population. While participating in the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety training program with Interior Health, she successfully brought together a health care team from assorted backgrounds to advance resident’s quality of experience during mealtimes and embedded the importance resident’s preference into the culture and decision making. Since joining the Council she has lead a provincial-wide Action Series on team work and communication, co facilitated a workshop on how to be a change agent and other various initiatives related to accelerating and improving health care through improved culture and communication.

Kathryn holds a Master of Science in community health and epidemiology from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Science in nutrition and food science from the University of Alberta.


Dr. Ahmer A. Karimuddin, MD, MAEd, FRCSC

Presentation: The Road to SSI Reduction for Colorectal Surgery

Synopsis: To follow



Dr. Ahmer Karimuddin is a colorectal surgeon working at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC. He is Associate Director of the General Surgery Residency Training Program and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. He is the Providence Health lead for Enhanced Recovery and SSI Reduction. He is the Surgical Lead for the British Columbia Enhanced Recovery Collaborative, and an Executive Member of Enhanced Recovery Canada.



Dr. Tom Lloyd, LLM, MB ChD, MD, MRCS, MFFLM, Director at Saegis Safety Institute,
Dr. Teodor Grantcharov, MD, PhD, FACS, Staff surgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital and Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto, and Pansy Schulthess, Registered Nurse

Presentation: Surgical Black Box Improves Performance & Safety?


A multi-disciplinary team at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto developed the ORBB, an innovative quality improvement concept that gathers data in operating rooms. Like a flight recorder on an aircraft, the ORBB captures a wide range of information including panoramic audiovisual data, physiological parameters from patients and healthcare professionals, and digital data from integrated devices, equipment and sensors in the OR. The data is then analyzed and aggregated in a report for the hospital, which it can use for training and to improve processes, including those related to technical factors, culture, and teamwork. For additional information about the ORBB, we invite you to watch this video.

Dr. Tom Lloyd, LLM, MB ChD, MD, MRCS, MFFLM, Director at Saegis Safety Institute

Dr. Lloyd is Director of the Saegis Safety Institute. As such, Tom is responsible for the planning and direction of programs for physicians, healthcare professionals and institutions. Tom qualified from Leicester University Medical School in the UK and trained in General Surgery, becoming a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He also obtained a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Leicester as a research fellow. In 2004 he became a medicolegal advisor with the Medical Protection Society in London, UK. In 2008 he obtained a Master in Medical Law and Ethics from DeMontfort University (UK) and became a part time lecturer in medical law at the University. In 2014 he moved to Canada and took on the role of Physician Advisor with the CMPA.

Dr. Teodor Grantcharov, MD, PhD, FACS, Staff surgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital and Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto

Dr. Teodor Grantcharov is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He holds the Keenan Chair in Surgery at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.

Dr. Grantcharov’s clinical interest is the area of minimally invasive surgery and his academic interest is in the field of surgical innovation, education and patient safety.  He has become internationally recognized as a leader with his work on curriculum design, assessment of competence and impact of surgical performance on clinical outcomes. Dr. Grantcharov developed the OR box concept, which aims to transform the safety culture in medicine and introduce modern safety management systems in the high-risk operating room environment.

Dr. Grantcharov has more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and more than 160 invited presentations. He sits on the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and on numerous committees with surgical professional societies in North America and Europe. He sits on the Editorial Boards of the British Journal of Surgery and Surgical Endoscopy.

Pansy Schulthess, RN

Operating Room Registered Nurse at the St. Michael’s Hospital.

Pansy completed her undergraduate nursing degree at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She started her nursing career as a staff nurse on the gastrointestinal and respiratory medicine and thoracic surgery units at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH). In 2001, she completed her perioperative nursing certificate and joined the operating room (O.R.) team at VGH. For the past 14 years, Pansy has been a staff nurse and more recently the Team Leader for General Surgery/MIS/Gynecology at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.

Pansy is the nursing lead for the Operating Room Black Box research initiative involving development and implementation of nursing debriefing sessions to review best practices in optimizing patient safety. The initiative focuses on assessment and training of nurses’ non-technical skills to enhance individual and team performance and continuous process improvement.

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