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Dr. Lise M. Bjerre, MD, PhD, CCFP

RTMP principal lead

Assistant Professor - Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa

Cross-appointed - School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa

Clinician-Investigator - CT Lamont Primary Care Research Centre 

Scientist - Bruyère Research Institute

Adjunct Scientist - Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) 

Staff Physician - Civic Family Health Team


Dr. Lise M. Bjerre is an epidemiologist and a family physician. She is a researcher with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa and a practicing family physician working as a staff physician at the Civic Family Health Team of the Ottawa Hospital. Her research focuses largely on medication appropriateness in primary care, and in particular on potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) in primary care, its identification using clinical tools and health administrative data, and its effects on patient outcomes and use of health care resources at the population level. Ultimately, she aims to develop strategies and targeted interventions to reduce the number and the impact of PIP on the health of Canadians, with a view to informing practice improvement and promoting optimal medication management in primary care across Canada and beyond. Related interests include drug safety and effectiveness, health policy relating to medication access, and methodological issues in large health databases.


Listen to Dr. Bjerre discuss her program of research with Michel Picard on Unique FM

Dr. Marc-André Gagnon, PhD

RTMP co-lead

Associate Professor – School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University


Marc-André Gagnon is a political economist with Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration. He holds a PhD in Political Science from York University and a Master’s of Advanced Study in Economics from Paris-1 Sorbonne and École Normale Supérieure de Fontenay/St-Cloud. He did his post-doctoral training with the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy at McGill University’s Faculty of Law, and with the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. His current research focuses mainly on the political economy of the pharmaceutical sector. He analyzes business models in the pharmaceutical sector, regulatory capture of public institutions, comparative regimes of health and drug insurance, as well as corporate influence over prescribing habits. He is currently Fellow with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Governance, Accountability and Transparency in the Pharmaceutical Sector, and Mentor for the Drug Safety and Effectiveness Cross-Disciplinary Training Program..

Dr. Doug Coyle, MA, Msc, PhD

Professor and Interim Director – School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa

Doug Coyle is a health economist with over 22 years of experience and almost 200 peer reviewed publications.  He obtained his PhD from Brunel University where his thesis explored issues related to handling uncertainty and variability with respect to decision making in health care. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, Doug had worked at both the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York. He has taught graduate courses in health economics for over 20 years. He has advised numerous provincial and federal governments with respect to reimbursement of health technologies.  Doug was a key contributor to the recently revised Canadian guidelines for economic evaluation.

Dr. Barb Farrell, BScPhm, PharmD, FCSHP

Co-PI Lead, Deprescribing Guidelines for the Elderly project

Scientist - Bruyère Research Institute and CT Lamont Centre

Assistant Professor - Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa

Adjunct Assistant Professor - School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo

Clinical and Research Coordinator - Pharmacy Department, Bruyère Continuing Care

Pharmacist – Geriatric Day Hospital, Bruyère Continuing Care


Dr. Farrell is a Scientist with the Bruyère Research Institute and CT Lamont Primary Health Care Research Centre, Assistant Professor with the Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa and Adjunct Assistant Professor with the School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo. She maintains in clinical practice as a pharmacist in the Bruyère Geriatric Day Hospital and is Clinical and Research Coordinator in the Pharmacy Department at Bruyère Continuing Care. Dr. Farrell completed her Bachelor’s and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at the University of Toronto, and her residency at Chedoke-McMaster Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. She has worked clinically in hospital pharmacy, community pharmacy, primary care and most recently in a specialized Geriatric Day Hospital practice, all of which have provided her with a broad perspective on pharmacy practice and the needs of patients in different health care environments. Dr. Farrell has experience in curricular design, including designing and implementing a structured practice experience program for undergraduate students and developing online educational programming focused on medication management skills for pharmacists. She was also instrumental in co-leading a large demonstration project incorporating pharmacists into primary health care teams, resulting in growth of this practice model in Canada. In recognition of these accomplishments, Dr. Farrell received the Canadian Pharmacist of the Year award in 2011.

Dr. Roland Halil, PharmD, ACPR, BScPharm, BSc(Hon)

Assistant Professor - Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa

Clinical Pharmacist - Bruyere Academic Family Health Team


Dr. Roland Halil is a clinical pharmacist within the Bruyere Academic Family Health Team and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa.  He is a consultant with the Foundation for Medical Education at McMaster University.  He completed his Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry with an Honours Year in Physiology at the University of Ottawa before completing his Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, his Hospital Residency program at the Ottawa Hospital and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) at the University of Toronto.  His area of research focuses on potentially inappropriate prescribing in primary care.  He is an avid lecturer with a strong focus on logic and rational prescribing.   Related interests include infectious disease in primary care, technology in health care and global health. Dr. Halil and RTMP colleague Dr. Littman won Best Original Research Article through the College of Family Physicians of Canada for 2017.

Don Husereau, BScPharm, MSc

Senior Associate – Institute of Health Economics, Alberta

Adjunct Professor – Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa


Mr. Don Husereau is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at The University of Ottawa, Senior Associate with the Institute of Health Economics, and Senior Scientist at the University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology in Hall in Tirol, Austria. Don’s current research focuses on appropriate and innovative approaches to the use of evidence and economics to inform health policy based on sound principles of social justice, epistemology, and judgment and decision-making. He is currently Chair of an International Task Force that has developed consolidated health economic evaluation reporting standards (CHEERS) that is now endorsed by leading biomedical and health policy journals. Don is currently an Editorial Advisor for the biomedical journals, Value in Health and BMC Medicine. He also serves on the pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review (pCODR) Expert Review Committee (pERC) and Ontario Committee to Evaluate Drugs. Don received both his BSc and MSc from the University of Alberta's faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Dr. Julian Little, MA, PhD

Professor, School of Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa

Canada Research Chair in Human Genome Epidemiology

Julian Little holds a Canada Research Chair in Human Genome Epidemiology, and is a Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa. His PhD, from Aberdeen University, was on problems of ascertainment of congenital anomalies. Subsequently, he worked for the EUROCAT Central Registry in Brussels (Belgium), as a lecturer in epidemiology in Nottingham University, as an epidemiologist in the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, and as Professor of Epidemiology at Aberdeen University, during which he spent a sabbatical year at the Office of Genomics and Disease Prevention, CDC, Atlanta.

Dr. Little’s expertise and experience lies in epidemiology in multi-disciplinary contexts, including maternal and child health, oncology, gastroenterology, gynecology, nutrition, genetics and social sciences. He has experience of health systems and universities in the UK, Belgium, France, the US and Canada, as well as work in an international organization (IARC).

Dr. Little was director of the School of Epidemiology and Public Health (formerly Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine) in the University of Ottawa from July 2006-August 2016. He was on academic leave in the Clinical Research Unit, Xinhua Hospital, Shanghai, from September – December 2016. Since then, he has been on academic leave in Department of Biomedical and Specialty Surgical Sciences, Section of Medical Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Ferrara, Italy.

Dr. Jordan Littman, MD

Family Physician - Advanced Access Medical Clinics

Founder and iOS Developer - Prescribe Smart


Dr. Jordan Littman is a family physician in Ottawa, Ontario, having recently graduated from the Family Medicine residency program at the University of Ottawa. He has an interest in appropriate prescribing, particularly with regards to its cost savings potential. This interest has led him to create Prescribe Smart, an iOS application with the intent of making prescription drug costs more readily available for comparison by physicians. Dr. Littman and RTMP colleague Dr. Halil won Best Original Research Article through the College of Family Physicians of Canada for 2017.

Dr. Kevin Pottie, MD, MSc

Scientist - Centre for Global Health, IPH/IRSP and Elisabeth Bruyere Research Institute,

Associate Professor - Department of Family Medicine and School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Ottawa


Doctor of Medicine, 1992 (Dalhousie University); Masters of Clinical Science in Family Medicine, 2001 (University of Western Ontario).


Kevin Pottie is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology & Community Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. He is a Principal Scientist at the Bruyere Research Institute and at the Centre for Global Health. He is a leader of the Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health (CCIRH), member of the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, and practices as a family physician as part of the Champlain Immigrant Health Network. He is the lead author of the Task Force’s clinical preventive guidelines for new immigrants and refugees to Canada and the Syrian Guideline update.  His research interests include developing evidence-based methods to improve primary health care for disadvantaged populations and evidence-based guidelines for immigrants and refugees and integrating pharmacists into primary care and evidence based describing guidelines.

Dr. Kednapa Thavorn, B.Pharm, M.Pharm, PhD

Scientist and Health Economist

Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, The Ottawa Hospital

Assistant Professor - School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa

Adjunct Scientist - Institute of Clinical and Evaluative Science


Dr. Thavorn is a scientist and a health economist with the Clinical Epidemiology Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, The Ottawa Hospital. She received her bachelor's in Pharmacy from Chiang Mai University and master's degrees in Pharmacy from Naresuan University, Thailand. She earned a doctoral degree in Health Services Research from the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), University of Toronto. She completed two post-doctoral fellowship programs, including Applied Pharmacoeconomics from the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital and Health Services Research from IHPME, University of Toronto. Dr. Thavorn’s research interests include health economics, health technology assessment, pharmacoepidemiology, pharmaceutical policy, health services research, health equity/access to care, and HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Regis Vaillancourt, OMM, CD, B.Pharm, Pharm D, FCSHP, FFIP

Clinical Investigator - CHEO Research Institute
Director, Pharmacy - CHEO
Board of Directors - Pharmacists without Borders Canada
Vice president - International Pharmaceutical Federation (ending October 2012)
Associate editor - Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy Surveyor for Accreditation Canada


Dr. Régis Vaillancourt is currently the Director of Pharmacy at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Dr. Vaillancourt’s dedication to the pharmacy profession has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally through numerous awards and appointments.  In 2004 the Canadian Pharmacists Association named him the Canadian Pharmacist of the Year.  In addition to pharmacy related accolades, he was awarded the Order of Military Merit by former Governor General, Adrienne Clarkson.   He is a fellow of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, the International Pharmaceutical Federation, and the Ordre de Pharmaciens du Québec. In 2014, he became Correspondant Étranger de l’Académie National de Pharmacie  République Française. 


For the last 15 years, Dr. Vaillancourt has worked closely with staff and physicians to develop infographic-based medication calendars, disease management plans and drug instructions for their patients with low health literacy or with a lack of understanding of English and French. With the support from partners such as the International Pharmaceutical Federation, Pharmacist Without Borders – Canada and CHEO, he developed innovative and validated tools to support healthcare professionals in counselling their most vulnerable patients.

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