PhD and Masters Students

Ghamat PhotoSalar Ghamat
PhD Candidate, Management Science

Salar is a PhD candidate in Management Science at the Ivey Business School. He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tabriz University, a Master’s of Science in Operation Research and Management Science from Tilburg School of Economics and Management and a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from Bilkent University. His research interests are incentive alignment, contract design and mechanism design in health care operations management. In addition to his PhD, he has been teaching undergraduate level business analytics courses at the Ivey Business School. 


Arushi Raina
MBA Candidate, Ivey Business School

Arushi is an Ivey MBA 2018 candidate. Previously, she worked with KPMG as a Senior Consultant in the Strategy and Operations Practice. She has worked at several levels of the healthcare system, including with Provincial Health Ministries, Academic Health Sciences Centres and specific clinical programs. Arushi has worked specifically on issues pertaining to clinical services planning, fiscal sustainability and improving care delivery design and outcomes. She is passionate about healthcare policy, innovation and the intersection of healthcare and social services planning. 



Felipe PhotoFelipe Rodrigues
PhD Candidate, Management Science

Felipe Rodrigues is a PhD Candidate (anticipated completion 2017) researching Health Care Management Science. In particular, discrete event simulation and queuing models related to applied problems such as hospital inpatient flows and bed capacity management. He is a recipient of the Ontario Trillium Scholarship and has taught university courses in Management Science, Operations and Quality Management for many years. Prior to joining academia, he worked in the industry as an International Operations and Logistics professional.

Current Research Analysts

Alexandra Boston
Research Analyst, Summer 2017

Alexandra is a graduate student at Western and will be starting her Master’s in Health Information Science in the fall. She also holds her Master of Library and Information Science and Bachelor of Education from Western University and as well as a Bachelor of Arts, Honours from the University of Guelph. She has a strong interest in population health data and evidence-based policy. Her passion for evidence-based research continues to grow through her work at the Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation.

Sara Husni
Research Analyst, Summer 2017

Sara recently graduated with an Honours Specialization in Health Science with Biology from Western University. Her undergraduate studies, complemented by her range of experiences in the health, non-profit and business sector, have equipped her with a multidisciplinary skill-set and entrepreneurial lens that makes her adept at identifying strategic opportunities to overcome complex system challenges. Sara has been recognized at the Canadian Business Hall of Fame for her leadership skills and more recently, has been awarded for her efforts to advance health policy and rural health. Capitalizing on opportunities to further develop herself as a learner, researcher, advocate, thinker and strategist, Sara hopes to use her time at the Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation to critically examine how the intersecting spheres of business and healthcare can be restructured to catalyze innovation.

Zoha Khan
Work Study Student, 2016/2017 
Research Analyst, Summer 2017

Zoha is a third year student in the Faculty of Science at Western University, completing an Honours Double Major in Biology and Medical Sciences. With a strong interest in the sphere of healthcare policy and management, Zoha has worked with the Canadian Home Care Association and local health agencies to improve health outcomes through unique healthcare management solutions. Her work with the Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation allows her to continue to address prominent healthcare challenges and assist with innovative strategy development.

Russell MacMillan
Research Analyst, Summer 2017

Russell graduated with a dual degree in Honours Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Medical Sciences from Western University. Throughout his undergraduate education, Russell worked extensively at Robarts Research Institute performing research both in spinal lesions and repair, and neural circuits and cognitive control. In the future, he plans to apply his dual interest in neuroscience and business to expand the understanding of the human brain and assist individuals suffering from long-term neurodegenerative disorders in Canada. Russell will begin attending the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry as a medical student in the fall.

Emma Pearson
Work Study Student, 2016/2017 
Research Analyst, Summer 2016 & 2017

Emma is a varsity athlete and recent graduate receiving her BSc with Honours specialization in Kinesiology at Western. She will be starting her Master’s degree in Kinesiology with a focus on Health Promotion in Fall 2017 at Western. Emma is interested in the business aspect of health care and the policies and procedures that empower people to live a healthy active life. She will be researching how to help Canadians make long-term healthy living choices to improve the overall health of our population.

Jovana Sibalija
Research Analyst, Summer 2017

Jovana recently completed her Master’s degree in Health & Aging as part of the Health & Rehabilitation Sciences program at Western University. She will be starting her PhD studies at Western in September. Her research interests focus on family caregivers and understanding the roles family relationships and social participation play in influencing caregiver mental health. Jovana is interested in learning how to tackle healthcare issues, particularly in the area of service delivery, from a systems perspective while working at the Centre.

Past Research Analysts

Jo CopyChristal Huang
Research Analyst, Summer 2013

Christal graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Science, Honors Specialization in Biology. Since being at the Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation as a Research Analyst, she has furthered her work in health equity and healthcare & health system transformation as a Policy and Programs Assistant with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and as a Youth Outreach Worker and Data Reporting Specialist at the London InterCommunity Health Centre. Christal is currently a Master of Public Policy student at the School of Public Policy & Governance and a Public Health Policy Fellow at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, at the University of Toronto. She hopes to continue driving health equity and systems change through innovative and evidence-based public policy-making, focusing on the social determinants of health and anti-oppressive practices.


Jo CopyMin Jo
Research Analyst, Summer 2016

Min is a recent graduate from the Health Sciences program at Western and entering the Masters in Public Health program at the University of Toronto in Fall 2016. Throughout her undergraduate program, Min gained experience in health sciences research, went abroad and witnessed how cultural factors affect health outcomes of populations, and developed a public health program with a London community partner. From these experiences, Min has become passionate about public and global health. As a summer research analyst at the Centre, Min was able to combine her experiences, education and interests to advance innovative health research in Canada and internationally. 


KhanObaidullah Khan
Research Analyst, Summer 2016

Obaidullah is a second year medical student at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. Prior to this, he completed his undergrad in biochemistry and Masters in eHealth at McMaster University. Obaidullah's experience during his Masters exposed him to the interface between health and business, and it is there that he developed an interest in understanding the health care system through more of a business lens. In the future, he hopes to serve as a physician who can facilitate and provide innovative solutions to the various systemic challenges we face.

KovalaStephanie Kovala
Research Analyst, 2013-2014

Stephanie has a background in health sciences from Western University, where she studied health, the factors influencing outcomes, and the management of care delivery. After that she completed a Master’s in International Health Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science where she gained an understanding of health systems, through their financing, performance measurement, cost-effectiveness and policy. Stephanie currently works in the UK at the South London Health Innovation Network to improve healthcare from a business perspective and aims to develop her knowledge and skills in leading health system change.

Zameena Lakhani
Work Study Student, 2016/2017 

Zameena is a third year undergraduate student at Western University working towards an Honours double major in Microbiology and Immunology and Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences. She has a strong interest in Global Health, specifically in the diseases affecting different regions of the world and the strategies in place to overcome them. In working with the Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation, Zameena hopes to explore innovative strategies that could be used to prevent and overcome these challenges.

LongoJaclyn Longo
Research Analyst, Summer 2016

Jaclyn is the queen of cupcakes and all things baking. If not making the most delicious desserts in the world, you can find her at the nearest David's tea. She recently graduated Western University’s dual degree program in Medical Sciences and Honors Business Administration from the Ivey Business School. In her current role as a Business Analyst at Propel, Western’s Entrepreneurship Centre, she advises current students on their startups.

LoomisEmily Loomis
Research Analyst, Summer 2014

Emily holds a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Linguistics from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has worked as a project consultant for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care where she contributed to the development of policy to improve overall child health and reduce childhood obesity throughout Ontario. Emily is currently working as a policy analyst with the Ministry of Community and Social Services where she is assisting with the development of a provincial employment strategy for people with disabilities.

Thiv Paramsothy
Research Analyst, Summer 2013

Thiv is an emerging professional with a unique outlook in health administration, clinical outcomes, and health informatics. He currently works as the Director of FHOCare and Health Technology Initiatives at DoctorCare, an innovative startup providing nutrition counselling and family physician practice management support. In his role, he leads the Practice Dashboard Reporting service for family physicians in Ontario and provides expertise on EMR and health data for other DoctorCare services. Before this, he was supporting four Family Health Teams in the Greater Toronto Area as a Quality Improvement Decision Support Specialist (QIDSS). As a QIDSS, his focus was two folds: guiding and implementing quality improvement (QI) initiatives while assisting teams in shifting to meaningful use in their EMRs. He also has experience assisting in medical oncology quality improvement initiatives and clinical epidemiology in breast cancer at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He sits on the Ontario Lung Association’s PCAP Advisory Committee as the EMR expert. He received his undergraduate science degree majoring in Health Studies at the University of Waterloo. 

ScotchmerEmma Scotchmer
Research Analyst, Summer 2015

Emma is a second year medical student at McMaster University who is working towards becoming a geriatrician or a family doctor who specializes in the care of the elderly. She is interested in innovative programs for the elderly that promote intergenerational interaction, improve access to care and reduce social isolation in seniors. She will continue to research and learn about how to influence and adapt policy and health systems to increase the quality of life for all patients.

SparrowRobbie Sparrow
Work Study Student, 2016/2017 

Robbie is a second year medical student at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and prior to medicine completed an Honours Business Administration degree from the Ivey Business School. He is passionate about healthcare innovation within Canada, and after working this past summer at a hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, also hopes to work internationally as a doctor in the future.



VstoneVictoria Stone
Research Analyst, 2013

Victoria was an analyst with the Ivey Centre for Health Innovation in 2013 focusing on business development and strategy. She now works as a clinical audiologist in Toronto, following best practices for care and using innovative technology that can help her clients to better communicate. In her spare time she is an avid runner and a lover of dinner parties.

WeibeVictoria Wiebe
Work Study Student, 2016/2017 
Research Analyst, Summer 2016

Victoria is a fourth year student at Western University in the Honours Specialization in Psychology program with a minor in Creative Writing. Through field work in community mental health as well as research at the Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation, Victoria has cultivated a strong interest in improving the quality and accessibility of mental health care.

WilsonCarlee Wilson
Research Analyst, Summer 2014

Carlee is a post-graduate with a BSc in Psychology (Algoma University) and MSc in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (Western University) who is currently taking some courses at the University of Alberta. She is interested in the rehabilitation aspect of healthcare, and is aiming to continue her studies to become a Speech Language Pathologist.

WongJeremy Wong
Research Analyst, Summer 2014

Jeremy graduated with a dual degree in Honours Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Medical Sciences from the Western University. He is currently working within operations in the pharmaceutical industry and wishes to continue to explore the business aspect of healthcare.

Cheryl Ying Yip
Work Study Student, 2016/2017 

Cheryl is a graduate student at Western University. She is studying a Master's of Management of Applied Science (MMASc). During her undergraduate years, she conducted clinical research at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Western University in an effort to better palliative care. Working with palliative care patients in the clinical setting sparked her interest in healthcare policy and management. Her passion for improving clinical care standards continues to grow through her research at the Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation.

ZhangMoyi Zhang
Research Analyst, Summer 2016

Moyi recently graduated with an honours specialization in interdisciplinary medical sciences at Western University. Throughout her studies she became passionate about public health, the integration of business with health care, and issues surrounding certain age groups such as the aging population. At the centre Moyi enjoyed researching how to improve healthcare management and working on narrative reviews. Moyi is entering an audiology program in fall. In the future she hopes to work in the healthcare field, to help improve society’s quality of life by continuing research and attending to the needs of seniors.