Lesley Gotlib Conn

PhD (University of Toronto)
MA (University of Toronto)
BA (Western University)

Research Interests

Dr. Gotlib Conn is a medical anthropologist whose research applies anthropological theory and methods to the study of healthcare culture. Over the last decade her academic research has been dedicated to understanding the cultural and social contexts for healthcare improvements in the areas of interprofessional collaboration, communication and teamwork. With expertise in ethnography, she has examined healthcare team communication in several clinical domains – general internal medicine, primary care, pediatrics, surgery and critical care. Her most recent focus is in improving inter-specialty team communication in surgery and critical care using ethnography to better understand the role that specialty-specific knowledge and power play in negotiating high quality and safe patient care in the ICU. In addition, Dr. Gotlib Conn works closely with the American College of Surgeons Trauma Quality Improvement Program (ACS-TQIP) to strengthen improvements in the care of severely injured patients by examining how trauma centers use performance data to effect change in care processes and improve patient outcomes. She is currently exploring improvements in discharge and care transitions processes for trauma patients.

Professional Interests

  • Ethnography and Qualitative Research in Healthcare
  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  • Knowledge Translation and Implementation Research
  • Communication and Teamwork
  • Trauma, Surgery and Critical Care
  • Health Professions Education Research


Lesley Gotlib Conn PhD is Affiliate Scientist in Evaluative Clinical Sciences – Trauma, Emergency & Critical Care Research Program at Sunnybrook Research Institute. She holds an Adjunct Professor appointment in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto and at the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation. She is an Associate (Restricted) Member of the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto. Dr. Gotlib Conn is a member of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute’s Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science Faculty, SHIFT to Safety Program.

Other Affiliations

  • Affiliate Scientist, Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Trauma, Emergency and Critical Care Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute
  •  Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto



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