Our Team

Craig Simmons

Craig Simmons

Dr. Craig Simmons is Distinguished Professor of Mechanobiology, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, IBBME, and Biomaterials Discipline, Faculty of Dentistry and Lead, Translational Biology and Engineering Program at the University of Toronto.

Craig leads a talented group of researchers and students to discover new treatments for heart valve, heart muscle, and blood vessel diseases, including strategies to regenerate cardiovascular tissues using stem cells and biomaterials. His group also creates novel microfluidic platforms to model vascularized tissues and organs for improved drug testing.

Dr. Heather Ross

Heather Ross

Dr. Heather Ross is Head of the Division of Cardiology and Loretta A. Rogers Chair in Heart Function at UHN. She is Site Lead for the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research and Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. In December 2020, she was named to the Order of Canada.

Founder of TestYourLimits.ca dedicated to improving heart health and research in heart failure, Heather was named as one of the top 100 modern day explorers by Canadian Geographic in 2015.

I have had the opportunity to travel up to WAHA, Northern Ontario as well as the NWT and can bear witness to the disparities in access to healthcare. I believe we have a unique opportunity to leverage digital health interventions and virtual care to enable access to equitable high-level care. The TRANSFORM HF strategic initiative brings together a diverse group of engineers, scientists, clinicians, patient partners, and learners – together we will make a difference.

Anne Simard

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.

Steering Committee

Aaron Wheeler

Professor of Chemistry

Aaron Wheeler

Dr. Azadeh Yadollahi

Assistant Professor at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering

Azadeh Yadollah

Brad Pope

Patient Partner

Brad Pope

Aaron Wheeler

Azadeh Yadollah

Brad Pope

Strategic Advisor in Indigenous Health, Temerty Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Douglas Lee

Professor of Medicine,
University of Toronto

Douglas S. Lee

Jodie Jenkinson

Associate Professor
and Director,
Biomedical Communications,
University of Toronto

Jodie Jenkinson

Julie Vizza

Patient Partner

Julie Vizza

Douglas S. Lee

Jodie Jenkinson

Strategic Advisor in Indigenous Health, Temerty Faculty of Medicine

Julie Vizza

Strategic Advisor in Indigenous Health, Temerty Faculty of Medicine

Lisa Richardson

Strategic Advisor
in Indigenous Health,
Temerty Faculty of Medicine

Lisa Richardson

Mali Worme

Heart Failure Fellow, TGH

Mali Worme

Dr. Robert Amelard

Postdoctoral Fellow,
KITE-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, UHN

Robert Amelard

Lisa Richardson

Strategic Advisor in Indigenous Health, Temerty Faculty of Medicine

Mali Worme

Strategic Advisor in Indigenous Health, Temerty Faculty of Medicine

Robert Amelard

Strategic Advisor in Indigenous Health, Temerty Faculty of Medicine

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Christine Allen

Associate Vice-President and Vice-Provost, Strategic Initiatives

Professor Christine Allen serves as lead for the identification, assessment, prioritization and support of strategic, cross-divisional, excellence-driven, institutional initiatives.

TRANSFORM HF is supported by the University of Toronto, Institutional Strategic Initiatives

Our Community

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Collaboration is key to digital innovation within our institutions and beyond

TRANSFORM HF unites a multi-disciplinary team that draws on centres of expertise within the University of Toronto and University Health Network, patients, communities and other interested collaborators. We are aiming to grow the TRANSFORM HF community from our earliest days.

Join Our Network

We are growing our network at TRANSFORM HF. Researchers, clinicians, trainees, and partner institutions interested in joining are invited to reach out and speak to us!

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