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Complex Care for Kids Ontario (CCKO) Membership


Leadership Table




Marilyn Ballantyne, Community/Rehabilitation Representative


Marilyn Ballantyne, RN(EC), PhD is Chief Nurse Executive (CNE) and Clinician Investigator at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and Adjunct Professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and Associate Member at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto. She is responsible for the academic and strategic leadership of nursing practice, education, and research; and for developing strategies to promote excellence in standards of professional nursing practice, ongoing professional learning and development, and a positive collaborative work environment.


Marilyn’s program of research addresses ways to enhance transition to rehabilitation services for parents of children with complex needs and developmental disorders. Marilyn brings extensive clinical experience as a Paediatric Nurse Practitioner in acute care and outpatient settings including Neonatology, Neonatal Developmental Follow-Up and Complex Care Child Development.


admin-ajax1-185x250Tara Baron, Medical Representative


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 admin-ajax1-185x250Michelle Biehler


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admin-ajax1-185x250Dirk Bock


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admin-ajax1-185x250Jennifer Churchill, Community/Rehabilitation Representative


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admin-ajax1-185x250Kelly Finlayson, Administrative Representative


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admin-ajax1-185x250Chantal Krantz, Administrative Representative


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Kate Langrish, Administrative Representative


Kate Langrish is the Clinical Director for Paediatric Medicine, Complex Care and Strategic Projects at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Since starting her career as a Registered Nurse in paediatric surgery at SickKids, she has held positions as a clinical support nurse and staff nurse in the Emergency Department, as an Advanced Nursing Practice Educator and Senior Clinical Manager for the Paediatric Medicine cluster at SickKids, and as a Nursing Practice Leader for paediatrics and neonatology at Toronto East General Hospital.  She brings a unique blend of clinical, operational and strategic expertise to her leadership role. Kate completed her undergraduate degree in nursing at Queens University and her Masters in nursing with a clinical focus at the University of Toronto.


Kate has operational and budgetary accountability for the Complex Care program within her portfolio, which also includes Patient Access and the inpatient general and respiratory medicine units. Kate partners in providing strategic leadership and oversight for the program.


 Audrey Lim, Clinical Representative


Dr. Audrey Lim is an Associate Professor at McMaster University. She completed her MD at McMaster University, followed by a residency in Pediatrics at McMaster University. Dr Lim received Fellowship training in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto and at the BC Children’s Hospital, University of British Columbia. Dr Lim also holds a Masters of Community Health Sciences from the University of Calgary.


Dr. Lim joined the Division of General Pediatrics at McMaster Children’s Hospital in 2007 and she is the medical Lead of the Pediatric Complex Care team since 2011 providing care to children with medical complexity and technology dependency.



Nathalie Major-Cook, Clinical RepresentativeDr. Major No2


Dr. Nathalie Major is an Assistant Professor with the University of Ottawa and the Medical Director for the Champlain Complex Medical Care Program at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). She is also the Co-Chair for the Community of Practice for Complex Care with the Canadian Association of Pediatric Health Centres. Dr. Major works on national and provincial initiatives advising on integrated care model. Her research interest is on models of care coordination for children with complex chronic conditions.






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Sean Murray, Clinical Representative


Dr. Sean Murray is a pediatrician and Medical Director of the North Eastern Ontario Health Centre for Kids (NEO Kids). Dr. Murray has been practising pediatric medicine in Sudbury for over 10 years. He was inspired to become a pediatrician based on his own experiences. As a child and youth, Dr. Murray had special health care needs that required him to attend Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto on a regular basis. The care and compassion he received as a patient inspired him to become a doctor. Dr. Murray has been the driving force behind NEO Kids, HSN’s centre for specialized pediatric care. It’s his goal to see a comprehensive children’s health centre built in northeastern Ontario, so that as many children as possible can be treated in the north. “I want as many children as possible to avoid going through what I had to go through as a child, which is travelling long distances to get care. That’s the whole purpose of NEO Kids.”



Julia_OrkinJulia Orkin, Clinical Representative


Julia Orkin is a staff pediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children, Division of Paediatric Medicine. She is the Co-Medical Director of the Complex Care program, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and is an Associate Scientist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital. She completed her Masters in Global Health and Post Doctoral Fellowship focusing on poverty and child health.






Joanna SosciaJoanna Soscia, Clinical Representative


Joanna Soscia is a Paediatric Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Practice and Quality Lead in the Division of Paediatric Medicine within the Complex Care Program. She received her undergraduate and graduate education from the University of Toronto. She is Adjunct faculty at the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. Joanna has over 20 years experience caring for Children with Medical Complexity and who are technology dependent. She has presented and published nationally and internationally in this area. Joanna is a Project Investigator with the Research Institute and has an interest in exploring the experience of enteral tube feeding for the caregiver.


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 Evaluation Leads


Eyal Cohen Photo 2016Eyal Cohen


Dr. Eyal Cohen completed his medical training at the University of Toronto in 2000.  He trained in pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children and Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney, Australia, completed an MSc in health research methodology at McMaster University in 2008 and spent 2015-2016 as the Commonwealth Fund/Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice at Stanford University.  Dr. Cohen co-founded the Complex Care Program in the Division of Pediatric Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children where he is an Associate Scientist in the Research Institute.  He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto with cross-appointments in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and the Faculty of Nursing.  He is also a Scientist with the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research at McMaster University and a member of the Committee to Evaluate Drugs for the Ontario Public Drug Program.


 Astrid GuttmannAstrid Guttmann


Dr. Guttmann is Chief Science Officer and Senior Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Canada’s largest health services and policy research institute.  She is a Staff Physician in the Division of Paediatric Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children and an Associate Professor of Paediatrics and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, a second BA at Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar, her medical degree from McGill University and an MSc in Epidemiology from McMaster University. She holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Applied Chair in Reproductive, Child and Youth Health Services Research.  Dr. Guttmann sits on a number of policy advisory committees, including the Ontario Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health.



 PCMCH Secretariat

Nasra Smith, Senior Program Manager