Dr. R. Sacha Bhatia is the Director of the Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) at Women’s College Hospital. WIHV is a newly launched innovation laboratory that develops and tests new ideas, new programs and new policy approaches in the world of ambulatory care, and then helps to scale them up across Ontario and beyond.
When not managing WIHV’s diverse portfolio of projects, Dr. Bhatia is a staff cardiologist at Women’s College Hospital and at University Health Network.
He also serves as Assistant Professor in Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and at the Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation. He is also an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Previously he has worked as a clinical and research fellow in cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and as a research fellow at Harvard University.
As Director of WIHV, Dr. Bhatia sits on the steering committee for Choosing Wisely Canada, a national initiative managed through the University of Toronto in collaboration with the Canadian Medical Association. He has significant experience in health policy, and from January 2008 to December 2009 was the Premier of Ontario’s health and research and innovation policy advisor. He is a health policy researcher who has published in peer reviewed journals, such as New England Journal of Medicine and the CMAJ. He has also presented at national and international meetings, such as the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. He was recently awarded the 2013 American College of Cardiology’s Young Investigator Award, and the American Society of Echocardiography’s Arthur E. Weyman Young Investigator Award. He sits on the Mission Committee of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the cardiovascular working group of the Ontario Health Study, and advises the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health Quality Ontario, hospitals and other healthcare organizations on various health systems issues, including strategic planning and quality improvement. He has been invited to speak at conferences held by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Ontario Hospital Association, ICES, various Local Health Integration Networks, law firms, hospitals and research institutes on various issues of health policy.
Awards and Distinctions
2013 Arthur E. Weyman Young Investigator Award, American Society of Echocardiography. (Distinction)
2013 Young Investigator Award, American College of Cardiology. (Distinction)
2014 – 2016 Innovation in Quality Award, Supervisor, University of Toronto, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Innovation in Quality Award) Proposal entitled: Developing and Implementing a Strategy to Improve Heart Failure Outcomes in Patients with Multiple Co-morbidities. The awards committee was enthusiastic about the general objectives of your proposal, and particularly commented on the high quality of the presentation and its detail. The committee is particularly engaged and interested in helping you develop this into a permanent data quality, reporting and improvement process which will outlast the terms of the award.
2011 – 2013 Chandaria Fellowship Award, Centre for Innovation in Complex Care (CICC). (Research Award)