Michelle Rossi, Director, Policy and Strategy Michelle is the former Director of Policy to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, where she led a team responsible for providing strategic advice to the minister to ensure policy initiatives aligned with the goals and mandate of the government. She oversaw the movement of all policy items through an approvals process into successful implementation. She also fine-tuned her skills in developing and managing relationships with stakeholders to ensure policy initiatives aligned with the goals and mandate of the government. Prior to becoming the Director of Policy at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Michelle served as the caucus liaison between the Minister and the members of provincial parliament.
Dr. Paul Kurdyak is Director of Health Outcomes and Performance Evaluation in the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research and Medical Director of Performance Improvement at CAMH. He is also Lead of the Mental Health and Addictions Research Program at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).Dr. Kurdyak studies clinical epidemiology and health service utilization. His work provides better understanding for the determinants of and barriers to treatment for mental illnesses; explores the relationship and interaction between chronic medical and mental illnesses; and develops methodology expertise in observational research design as it relates to the study of mental health epidemiology.
Dr. Philip Klassen brings more than 15 years of psychiatric experience to his role as Vice-President of Medical Affairs at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores). Dr. Klassen works closely with the medical and clinical leadership teams to support the organization’s objectives within an evolving healthcare system to ensure a sustainable and comprehensive network of services. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. An active researcher and well-published forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Klassen’s particular areas of interest include violence risk assessment, clinical sexology, assessment of post-traumatic symptomatology and assessment of professional misconduct.
Dr. David Gratzer is a Toronto-based psychiatrist and physician. He works at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, where he is an attending psychiatrist, and serves as the co-chief of the General Adult Psychiatry and Health Systems Division, and the CPPD site coordinator. Previously, he worked at the Scarborough and Rouge Hospital, where he was the physician-in-charge of mental health inpatient services, and was the physician co-lead for consultation-liaison services. He is active in teaching, and recently won the Peter Selby Award for Excellence in Technology-Enhanced Education. He has been nominated 10 times for University of Toronto teaching awards. He is a member of the national editorial board of CAMH’s Portico and served on the OMA’s Section on Psychiatry Executive. He peer reviews for several journals, including CMAJ, and he sits on the editorial board of JMIR Mental Health; he is an associate editor of The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.
Dr. Venkat Bhat is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is currently a staff psychiatrist based at two Depression Centres: The Centre for Depression and Suicide Studies at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Paul Hansen Depression Centre at Toronto Western Hospital. At St. Michael’s Hospital, he is the Director of the Interventional Psychiatry Program which offers novel psychopharmacological (e.g. IV ketamine/other anesthetic agents), neurostimulation (e.g. rTMS, ECT, emerging neurostimulation modalities) and digital therapeutic (mobile-based monitoring and interventions) interventions for Mood and other Disorders. At Toronto Western Hospital, he has a focus on invasive neurostimulation (Deep Brain Stimulation and Invasive Brain Mapping) and is currently leading a study comparing ECT to IV Ketamine for Treatment-resistant Depression. Dr. Bhat collaborates closely with anesthesia, imaging, informatics, neurology and neurosurgery to offer emerging and procedural interventions for psychiatric disorders, his research program aims to understand treatment-response with these emerging interventions.