The Team


Dr. Danielle Martin I @docdanielle

Executive Vice-President and Chief Medical Executive

Danielle Martin is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Medical Executive of Women’s College Hospital (WCH), where she is also a practicing family physician. Danielle is leading the hospital's strategy to establish Women's Virtual, Canada's first virtual hospital, aimed at improving care and reducing health system costs in ways that can be scaled up across our healthcare system.

Danielle’s policy, clinical and academic expertise, combined with her commitment to health equity, have made her a highly regarded health system leader. She regularly provides expertise and formal advice to lawmakers both nationally and abroad.

Danielle holds a Masters of Public Policy from the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. She is an active scholar and an internationally recognized researcher on health system issues.

As a well-recognized media spokesperson, Danielle frequently provides commentary on health issues through her work as a health contributor at the CBC. Her national bestselling book Better Now: 6 Big Ideas to Improve the Health of all Canadians, was released in 2017.

In conjunction with her work at WCH, Danielle is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. The recipient of many awards and accolades, in 2019 she became the youngest physician ever to receive the F.N.G Starr Award, the highest honour available to Canadian Medical Association members.

Sacha Bhatia

Dr. Sacha Bhatia I @sacha_bhatia
Chief Medical Innovation Officer

Dr. R. 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 Associate 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.

Zahra Ismail

Zahra Ismail I @ZahraMusa1
Director of Operations, WCH Institute for Health System Solutions & Virtual Care

Zahra is the Director of Operations for WIHV, she provides operational leadership and oversight to this diverse portfolio. Zahra is a seasoned healthcare leader with over a decade of experience. Since 2012 she has managed a number of provincial programs at Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), and most recently was the Group Manager for Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs) and Symptom Management. In early 2019, she was seconded to be the Acting Director of Person-Centred Care at CCO for a short term. Some of her notable accomplishments include creating the first strategic framework for the Symptom Management program and implementing the electronic collection of novel PROs across all the cancer centres in Ontario. Previously, she was the inaugural Network Manager for the Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control (ARCC), and worked in Cancer Health Economics research at the British Columbia Cancer Agency and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre. Zahra holds a Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology and Economics) from the University of Waterloo and a Masters of Health Administration from the University of British Columbia.

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WCH Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care
Women’s College Hospital

76 Grenville Street,
Toronto ON M5S 1B2

Telephone: 416.323.6400 ext. 6096
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WIHV Advisory Board

WIHV benefits from the expertise of its Advisory Board, chaired by Dr. Chaviva Hosek and made up of top health system leaders and thinkers from across Ontario. They convene quarterly to provide advice to WIHV on emerging health sector issues and help to link critical partners to the team, ensuring that the work we do remains applicable across the sector.

Scientific and research experts on the Board also help WIHV to recruit world-class researchers who will address the most relevant and pressing policy-relevant ambulatory care issues.


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