McMaster University

McMaster University

HSR-KT Group Researchers

Melissa Brouwers, PhD

Dr. Brouwers is the head of Health Services Research in the Department of Oncology. She leads this effort with projects aimed to identify organizational, provider, and consumer knowledge translations interventions of known effectiveness, and then creates tools and resources that enable the implementation of these interventions. Understanding how to improve the uptake of knowledge into practice and decision-making is a key part of improving access and quality of cancer care, and a major theme that cuts across all projects of the HSR-KT Team.

For more information about Melissa Brouwers, please visit her information page.


Jonathan Sussman, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Dr. Sussman is a highly specialized radiation oncologist and Director of the Supportive Care Research Unit at the Juravinski Cancer Centre, and Director of the Program in transitions in Care within the Applied Health Research Network of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

For more information about Jonathan Sussman, please visit his information page.


Denise Bryant-Lukosuis, MScN, PhD

As a nurse with many years of clinical experience, Dr. Bryant-Lukosius is well aware that patients rely on nurses to not only deliver care, but to guide and support them through every stage of their treatment and recovery. This relationship is especially relevant to Advanced Practice Nurses in oncology- a special breed of nurses who have extensive experience and expertise that enables them to take on leadership roles in health care teams.

For more information about Denise Bryant-Lukosuis, please visit her information page.


Laurie Elit, MD, MSc, FRCCS(C)

Dr. Elit is a surgeon who specializes in gynecological cancer and has been on staff at the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre since 1998. She also has considerable experience and expertise working in international health and spent time working and teaching in a mongolian obstetrical hospital, as well as conducting research on a form of ovarian cancer unique to one particular tribe.

For more information about Laurie Elit, please visit her information page.


Hsien Seow, PhD

Dr. Seow holds the Cancer Care Ontario Research Chair in Health Services Research, and with the Escarpment Cancer Research Institute (ECRI) as his academic home, he is able to share his passion for health system innovation. "innovation happens at the intersection of disciplines," he says. "At [the Health Services Research Team], we have a dynamic and diverse group of experts from many specialties. Together, we'll answer important questions that will initiate real change in the health care system and change the way care is delivered".

For more information about Hsien Seow, please visit his information page.


Marko Simunovic, MD, MPH, FRCS(C)

Dr. Simunovic has always been interested in how systems work, specifically human systems- human right, politics, or international relations, for example. Since completeing his MD at the University of Ottawa and his master's in public health at Harvard University, Dr. Simunovic has translated his passion for inquiry into population-based research on volume outcome relationships, wait times and quality improvement in colorectal cancer surgury. In the leadership role he now plays in this particular field of care and study, Dr. Simunovic is dedicated to sharing his knowledge and skills with other surgeons through interventions aimed at raising standards and improving patient outcomes across this Local Health Integration Network (Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN) and beyond.

For more information about Marko Simunovic, please visit his information page.

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