Dr. Abi Sriharan is an internationally recognized academic with a wealth of experience in human resources and human capital strategy in the health sector. Dr. Sriharan leads the Systems Leadership and Innovation program at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and teaches in the areas of health systems leadership, innovation, and transformation .Prior to joining the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, she held senior leadership roles at medical schools hospitals in Canada and the USA and served as a consultant for multinational organizations such as World Health Organization, World Federation of Neurology, Middle East Hearing Association, and the Canada International Scientific Exchange Program on issues of management, engagement, training and governance of the health workforce and health systems,
As a realist applied researcher, Dr. Sriharan’s research focuses on leadership and control systems and their influence on engagement, performance and innovation. Dr. Sriharan is currently working on research projects related to public health and crisis leadership, burnout and resiliency, and health care infodemics.
Her past research on organizational systems and leadership on global partnerships, trust, medical education and conflict has been published in such journals as Academic Medicine, Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, Health Systems and Reform, Medical Teacher, and Conflict and Health. Her research has influenced health- systems and higher education transformation initiatives in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, China, Israel, Dubai, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, and Argentina.
She is a recipient of several awards including the Vice Chancellor’s Civic Award from the University of Oxford, Innovation Award from the Global Alliance of Medical Education, and the President’s Award from the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions.
Dr. Sriharan has been a visiting scholar at the University of Toronto, Harvard University, University of Oxford, McMaster University, University of Sheffield, York University, Queens University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.