David Cella, PhD

Professor, Ralph Seal Paffenbarger
Chair, Department of Medical Social Sciences
Director, Cancer Prevention and Control Research
Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Dr. Cella is a Ralph Seal Paffenbarger Professor, Chair of the Department of Medical Social Sciences, and Director for Cancer Prevention and Control Research at the Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  Dr. Cella completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Loyola University-Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois (1984).

Dr. Cella has focused on optimizing the measurement of things that matter most to people of all ages who are facing challenges associated with poor health. Initially a child psychologist, Dr. Cella became a behavioral medicine scientist-practitioner working with adults, children and families facing cancer and other serious diseases. His measurement work eventually became his passion. He developed and validated the widely-used FACIT Measurement System, initially to give voice to people with cancer, and ultimately to people with any chronic health condition. FACIT has evolved and expanded over the past 30 years. For the past two decades, Dr. Cella has also led  the PROMIS and Neuro-QoL efforts which, together with FACIT, provide the most exhaustive array of self-reported health assessment options available anywhere. He has studied mixed methods to develop and validate health outcome assessment, item response theory applications, including computer adaptive tests and related innovations, novel methods to derive meaning from measures, and analysis of patient reported outcomes data to integrate it with traditional clinical outcomes. For Cella, high quality research rests on valid measurement and informs best clinical practice.

Christopher Forrest, MD, PhD

Professor, Pediatrics
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
Director, CHOP Applied Clinical Research Center
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Forrest is Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Director of the CHOP Applied Clinical Research Center, which is devoted to advancing multi-institutional clinical and health services research in routine pediatric healthcare settings. Forrest serves as the Principal Investigator of the PEDSnet (pedsnet.org), a national consortium of children’s hospitals (>6.5 million children) that conducts patient-centered outcomes research among children and youth. He is the Chair of the Research Committee for PCORnet, the national clinical research network funded by PCORI. He also chairs the Steering Committee for the NIH program called PEPR, which evaluates patient-reported outcome measures for children with chronic conditions. Dr. Forrest received his BA and MD degrees from Boston University and completed his PhD in Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Andrea L. Pusic, MD, MHS, FACS, FRCSC

Chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Brigham Health 
Co-Director, Patient-Reported Outcomes, Value & Experience (PROVE) Center 
Brigham Health
Joseph E. Murray Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
New York, NY

Andrea L. Pusic, MD, MHS, FACS, FRCSC, completed her medical degree at the Cumming School of Medicine (University of Calgary) in Canada and master of public health at Johns Hopkins University. She completed a general surgery residency at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, and a plastic surgery residency at McGill University in Montreal, followed by a plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). Dr. Pusic was most recently an attending plastic surgeon at MSKCC and a professor of surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York, NY.

Dr. Pusic is an internationally-renowned innovator and leader in the area of patient-reported outcomes and surgical experience. This is increasingly important in the current health care environment of measuring quality, assessing value and ultimately, influencing how health care is funded. Dr. Pusic will lead the newly formed Patient-Reported Outcomes, Value & Experience (PROVE) Center at Brigham Health. The scope of the PROVE Center will be focused on patient-reported outcomes, patient experience and value-based surgery in surgical patients throughout Brigham Health.

Dr. Pusic’s research focuses on the measurement of quality of life and patient satisfaction in surgery. Dual training in epidemiology and surgery has enabled her to lead a team of experts in psychometrics, quality of life and social science methods to develop, validate and use new quantitative measures to assess patient outcomes. The patient-reported outcomes instrument she developed for breast surgery, the BREAST-Q, has been widely adopted for research and clinical care and serves as the basis for development of other outcome measures in surgery.

Throughout her career, Dr. Pusic has been involved in research studies that seek to better understand the patient perspective on surgical outcomes and experiences. She is principal investigator of a study funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) that examines how electronic patient-reporting of symptoms may improve surgical care. Altogether, she has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on over $10 million in federal research grants.

Dr. Pusic has authored over 200 scientific articles and book chapters and has mentored more than 24 surgeons during various stages of their academic careers. In 2017, she was awarded the Research Achievement Award from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons/Plastic Surgery Foundation. Dr. Pusic is the U.S. Director of Reconstructing Women International and regularly leads surgical camps to provide reconstructive surgery for injured women and girls in the developing world. She is a past board member of the International Society of Quality of Life (ISOQOL) and is currently President of the Plastic Surgery Foundation.

Stirling Bryan, PhD

Scientific Director, BC SUPPORT Unit
BC Academic Health Science Network
Professor, School of Population & Public Health
University of British Columbia
Senior Scientist, Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation
Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
Vancouver, BC

Dr. Stirling Bryan is a university-based health economist who has had extensive engagement with the policy and decision-making world. He began his career in the UK with appointments at St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School and then Brunel University, before moving to Birmingham, as senior lecturer and then full professor at the University of Birmingham. His research track-record reveals a long-standing goal of informing policy and practice, demonstrated, in part, through an extensive engagement with the UK National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE). For many years he led the University of Birmingham team that conducted economic analyses for NICE, and subsequently served for three years as a member of the NICE technology appraisals committee. In 2005 he was awarded a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellowship and spent one year at Stanford University, researching technology coverage decision making in a US health care organizations. He immigrated to Canada in 2008, taking on the roles of professor in UBC’s School of Population & Public Health, and Director of the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation, VCH Research Institute, and continues a focus on policy-relevant research. He served for 6 years as chair for CADTH’s Health Technology Expert Review Panel, and his ongoing UBC faculty position, sponsored by Vancouver Coastal Health, sees him working alongside policy colleagues in one of BC’s largest regional health authorities. Over recent years, Dr. Bryan has become a strong advocate for, and practitioner of, patient-oriented research, and now partners with patients in all of his research activities. In 2016, he was appointed Scientific Director for the BC SUPPORT Unit, a component part of BC’s Academic Health Sciences Network, focused on promoting patient-oriented research.

Steering Committee


Walley Temple, MD, FRCSC, FACS
Adjunct Professor of Oncology
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB

Greg McKinnon, MD, FRCSC
Division Head, Surgical Oncology
Department of Oncology
University of Calgary

Winson Cheung, MD, MPH, FRCPC
Provincial Director of Health Services Research, AHS
Associate Professor, Department of Oncology
University of Calgary

Scientific Committee:

Sarah Ahmed,
Associate Professor
McGill University
Faculty of Medicine, School of Physical & Occupational Therapy
McGill University Health Center, Clinical Epidemiology
Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en réadaptation (CRIR)

Doris Howell, RN, PhD, FAAN
Senior Scientist, University Health Network (Princess Margaret Cancer Centre)
Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
Cross-appointments to Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME)
Affiliate Scientist, ELLICSR: Health, Wellness, and Cancer Survivorship Centre
Co-Director, Ontario-Patient Reported Outcomes Symptoms and Toxicity Applied Research Unit
Quality of Life Representative, Symptom Control Committee-Canadian Trials Group of Canada
Toronto, ON

Anne F. Klassen, BA, DPhil (Oxon)
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Associate Member, Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON

Richard Sawatzky, PhD RN

Canada Research Chair in Person-Centred Outcomes
Professor, School of Nursing
Trinity Western University
Langley, BC
Research Scientist, Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences
Vancouver, BC
Lead in Patient Centred Measurement Methods, BC SUPPORT Unit
Vancouver, BC


Maria Santa, MPharm, MRPharmS, PhD
Assistant Professor
Patient and Family-centered care Scientist
Director, The Methods Hub

Leslie Moody, HBSc., MBA, PhD (c)
Director, Person-Centered Care
CCO, Cancer Care Ontario

Lisa Barbera
Clinical Professor and Head
Radiation Oncology
University of Calgary and Tom Baker Cancer Centre
Calgary, AB

Madeline Li MD PhD FRCP(C)
Psychiatrist, Department of Supportive Care
University Health Network – Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Toronto, ON

Robert Olson
Radiation Oncologist
Associate Professor
Division Head, Radiation Oncology UBC
University of British Columbia
Prince George, BC

Harriet Richardson
Queen’s Cancer Research Institute

Lena Cuthbertson
Provincial Executive Director, Office of Patient-Centered Measurement & Improvement, BC Ministry of Health
Advisor in Patient-Centered Measurement Methods, BC SUPPORT Unit, Vancouver, BC
Co-chair, British Columbia Patient-Centered Measurement Working Group

Shane Sinclair
University of Calgary

Dr. John W. Robinson
Adjunct Professor of Oncology and Clinical Psychology
University of Calgary
Clinical Health Psychologist
Department of Psychosocial and Rehabilitation Oncology
Tom Baker Cancer Centre

Don Morris
University of Calgary

Raquel Shaw Moxam, MSc
Manager Person-Centered Perspective and Prevention
The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

Greg Webster
Director, Acute and Ambulatory Care Information Services
Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
Toronto, ON

Nancy Mayo

Michael Brundage
Queen’s Cancer Research Institute

Susan J. Bartlett, PhD
Professor of Medicine
McGill University

Joe Pater
Queen’s Cancer Research Institute

Trafford Crump, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB

Jennifer Pink, PhD
Psychosocial Oncology Clinical Fellow
Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
Department of Psychosocial and Rehabilitation Oncology, Tom Baker Cancer Centre

Natalie G. Coburn, MD, MPH, FRCSC, FACS
Hepatobiliary, Pancreatic and Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology
Professor, Departments of Surgery and IHPME
Sherif and Mary Lou Hanna Chair in Surgical Oncology Research
Clinical Lead, Patient Reported-Outcomes & Symptom Management, Cancer Care Ontario