The Massey Dialogues – Dr. Sacha Bhatia on Virtual Care in a Post-COVID World

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The Massey Dialogues – Dr. Sacha Bhatia on Virtual Care in a Post-COVID World

Tuesday, May 5 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Join Dr. Sacha Bhatia, chief medical innovation officer of Women’s College Hospital and scientist, for a discussion on the future of virtual care following the COVID-19 pandemic. The current public health emergency has driven healthcare organizations around the world to re-think how they offer care and has led to a massive shift towards virtual care. Dr. Bhatia will provide context on the Canadian experience to date and highlight how we have greatly accelerated the modernization of Canadian healthcare. With the response to virtual care being largely positive for both patients and providers alike, it is clear that following this pandemic our health systems cannot return to “business as usual” – virtual care will continue to be an important aspect of the Canadian healthcare experience moving forward.  Hosted by Principal Nathalie Des Rosiers, they will be will be joined in conversation by Senior Fellow, and UofT’s former Dean of Medicine Dr. Catharine Whiteside, and Junior Fellow and medical student Krish Bilimoria.


Click here Tuesday at 4pm to watch the livestream.


The Dialogues are open to the public – we invite everyone to join and take part in what will be a very informative online discussion. Participants are invited to submit questions to the speakers in real time via the youtube channel’s chat function as well as through Twitter with the hashtag #MasseyDialogues. For information about the Massey Dialogues salon series, click here.


Dr. Sacha Bhatia is the FM Hill Chair in Health Systems Solutions and the Chief Medical Innovation Officer of Women’s College Hospital (WCH). He is also the Division Head of Cardiology at WCH, as well as a staff cardiologist at University Health Network (UHN). A scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (IC/ES) and an Assxociate Professor at the University of Toronto, he has been published in international peer reviewed journals like the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA Internal Medicine. In 2013, he founded the Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) and served as its Director until 2019. He has been a commentator on Bloomberg News, CTV News and the CBC, and has been asked to give over 100 presentations internationally, nationally and regionally over the past 6 years.

He is a recipient of the American College of Cardiology’s Young Investigator Award, the American Society of Echocardiography’s Arthur E. Weyman Young Investigator Award, and most recently the Goldie Award for Quality and Innovation and the Louise Lemieux Charles Emerging Leader award at the University of Toronto. He sits on the boards of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and DREAM Global REIT, a publicly traded company listed on the TSX.

Previously, he worked as a clinical and research fellow in cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University. Dr. Bhatia received his medical degree and MBA at McGill University and his internal medicine and cardiology training in Toronto.


Dr. Catharine Whiteside, CM MD PhD FRCP(C) FCAHS is a University of Toronto graduate, who served as Dean of Medicine and Vice Provost Relations with Health Care Institutions at the University of Toronto from 2006 -14 and was recognized with WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award in 2012.

Dr. Whiteside was awarded the 2007 Medal for Research Excellence from the Kidney Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Medical Association 2009 May Cohen Award for Women Mentors. In 2015 she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in the College of Family Physicians of Canada and in 2016 received the Ontario Medical Association’s Advocate for Students and Residents Award.

Dr. Whiteside is a founding member of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and former President. She currently serves as a Director and Vice Chair of the The Scarborough Health Network Foundation and is Chair of the Board of the Banting Research Foundation. In 2016, she was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada. Dr. Whiteside now holds the position of Executive Director of Diabetes Action Canada, the CIHR-Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Network in Diabetes and Related Complications.


Krish Bilimoria is a first-year Resident Junior Fellow and second-year medical student. He has worked broadly across research in genetic & molecular epidemiology, global health impact investment, and global health ethics. He is the current Vice-President Finance for the UofT Medical Society and the Treasurer for his ethnic community association. On the off-chance he isn’t scrutinizing statistical methods in clinical research, he’s probably in the middle of a yoga pose, or striking a Bollywood dance move.




Tuesday, May 5
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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