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TRANSFORM HF Spring Network Event

May 8 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT

Register now for TRANSFORM HF's Spring Network Meeting!

Are you passionate about health equity, cutting-edge innovation, and transforming the lived experience of heart failure? You don’t want to miss our Spring Network Event!

We are excited to once again bring together our network of clinicians, scientists, trainees, industry reps, community partners, and people with lived experience for a dynamic morning!

You can expect to catch research presentations, panel discussions, networking activities, digital health demonstrations, and a keynote fireside chat with Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith from the Yale School of Medicine.

Space is limited, register today!




Time to fuel up for an exciting morning!





International Scholar Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith is the Inaugural Associate Dean for Health Equity Research and Founding Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) at the Yale School of Medicine.

In conversation with Dr. Heather Ross, Dr. Nunez Smith will discuss ERIC’s research foci of promoting health and healthcare equity for structurally marginalized populations, supporting healthcare workforce diversity and development, developing patient reported measurements of healthcare quality, and identifying regional strategies to reduce the global burden of non-communicable diseases.

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith

Dr. Marcella



This session, moderated by Julie Vizza and Dr. Doug Lee, will introduce you to cutting-edge innovations in heart failure care — from wearables, to apps, to the AI that makes it all happen! Click through below to meet this session’s presenters and moderators.

Alex Mariakakis

Alex Mariakakis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto and an Affiliate Scientist at Techna. He runs the Computational Health and Interaction (CHAI) lab, which leverages ubiquitous and emergent technologies to address problems related to people’s health and wellbeing. His research not only creates new sensing technologies for measuring physiological, behavioral, and contextual health indicators, but also examines the implications of these technologies in people’s hands. Dr. Mariakakis was the recipient of the 2023 TRANSFORM HF Seed Grant award.

Quynh Pham

Dr. Quynh Pham is committed to advancing a culturally competent digital health research agenda that champions the use of technology to support ethnic minority communities realize equitable health outcomes. She currently serves as the Scientific Director and Principal Investigator of the globally-renowned Centre for Digital Therapeutics at the University Health Network. She is also an Associate Scientist at Stepped Care Solutions supporting the evaluation of the federally-funded Wellness Together Canada portal for mental health and substance use support. In 2022, Dr. Pham was recognized by her peers as a Woman Leader in Digital Health for her achievements as “a female visionary who is harnessing the power of IT to transform health and healthcare in Canada.”

Chris McIntosh

Chris McIntosh is a Scientist at the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, and the Joint Department of Medical Imaging, at the University Health Network. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medical Biophysics, Computer Science, and Medical Imaging at the University of Toronto. His lab focuses on the theory and clinical application of AI in medicine for improving patient care including transfer learning, meta learning, computer vision, and explainable AI. Applications include deep learning for automated diagnosis, biomarker discovery, segmentation, quality assurance, and treatment planning. Current investigations involve the role of clinical tests, AI, and wearable technologies in heart failure.

Julie Vizza

Julie Vizza is a Patient Partner at the University Health Network. Her lived experience as an individual with chronic and complex care needs has strengthened her conviction that perspectives of and collboration with patients are fundamental in establishing and delivering optimal patient-centred care. Living with and managing her health needs while also constantly adapting to and navigating our healthcare system has led Julie to pursue a PhD in Health Science. Her research explores the lived experience of self-management among individuals with multiple chronic conditions and within team-based care settings.

Doug Lee

Dr. Douglas Lee’s work aims to improve the quality and outcomes of cardiovascular care using advanced analytic approaches such as high dimensional predictive modeling, statistical learning, and machine learning using both patient-level clinical and population-based data sources. Dr. Lee’s research aims to understand where disparities and variations occur and improve access to high quality cardiovascular care by developing strategies and policies for all individuals.

Dr. Alex Mariakakis

Dr. Quynh Pham

Dr. Chris McIntosh

Julie Vizza

Julie Vizza

Dr. Douglas Lee

Doug Lee



Now that you’ve heard about the latest in digital health innovation it’s time for some hands-on experience! Visit our trainee-led demonstration booths to see our research in action.



Moderators Dr. Aaron Wheeler and Dr. Mali Worme will host a multi-disciplinary exploration of translating digital health solutions for uptake and impact. Join the conversation!

Norissa Haynes

Norrisa Haynes, MD, MPH, MSHP is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology at Yale University School of Medicine where she combines clinical work with scholarship in global health, medical education, and professional development. Dr. Haynes has a strong commitment to community engagement to address health priorities in local and global communities. She worked for two years in Haiti through Partners in Health.  Inspired by this work, she co-founded the global cardiovascular health non-profit Global MedEd. In recognition of her cardiology expertise, Dr. Haynes served on the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Joint Committee on Clinical Practice that oversees development of the major guidelines that shape US clinical practice in heart failure, valvular heart disease, and other cardiac conditions. She is also co-chair of the global health committee for the Association of Black Cardiologists. Dr. Haynes’ clinical interests include echocardiography, global cardiovascular health, Implementation Science, and Community Based Participatory Research.

Darshan Brahmbhatt

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Chris Giantsopoulos

Chris, an accomplished entrepreneur, instructor, and startup coach, has guided thousands of ventures across diverse industries at MaRS, including Med-tech, Social Impact, and AI. His unwavering passion lies at the intersection of social entrepreneurship and technology. As a seasoned practitioner, Chris specializes in the Lean Startup methodology, and in his coaching practice, he draws from a rich blend of experience and research. Chris’s strategic approach centers on the entrepreneurial team’s ability, tenacity, and product innovation. He often emphasizes their capacity to clearly articulate the ‘actors’ in their market ecosystem, enabling them to maximize their market position. Chris firmly advocates for the purposeful integration of the marketing, sales, and operation functions and is a big fan of “patient-centred”  design.  Additionally, he possesses expertise in investor pitching and emphasizes the importance of impactful storytelling to attract an investor audience.

Aaron Wheeler

Dr. Aaron Wheeler’s expertise is in microfluidics, which is commonly used to form portable “lab-on-a-chip” systems for bringing laboratory functionality out into the field. Wheeler is currently working with the TRANSFORM-HF team to develop lab-on-a-chip systems that can be operated in remote locations for rapid and reliable quantification of critical biomarkers for cardiovascular disease.

Mali Worme

Dr. Mali Worme is a cardiologist with subspecialty training in heart failure and echocardiography. She has an academic interest in global health, quality improvement, and access to equitable healthcare. Mali has spent 15+ years of education in Canada and the UK after having been born and raised on the island of Barbados.

Norissa Haynes

Dr. Norissa Haynes

Darshan Brahmbhatt

Dr. Darshan Brahmbhatt

Chris Giantsopoulos

Dr. Chris Giantsopoulos

Dr. Aaron Wheeler

Dr. Mali Worme



Facilitated by Kim Locke and Anne Simard, this activity will help you expand your network and spark connections with your next mentor, collaborator, or co-founder!

Kim Locke

Kim Locke is completing certification coursework in preparation for an MA in Terrorism Studies. She shares her Brampton, Ontario townhouse with three degu roommates, and enjoys reading, birdwatching, tea, and gardening. Kim was diagnosed with Chronic Heart Failure in December 2021, and has been searching for ways to make her life easier with it ever since. She’s also very curious about how autism affects people with chronic heart failure.

Anne Simard

Anne Simard is the Director of Strategy and Translation. In the past decade, Anne served as Chief Mission and Research at the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada and Chief, Knowledge Services at Public Health Ontario. Trained in journalism and public health, Anne is focused on intersectoral approaches to improving health that are wholistic, engage patients and communities, use data and technology in new and creative ways and focus on collaborative solutions.

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith

Kim Locke

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith

Anne Simard





Grab some food, make some new connections, and visit a demo booth!


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