Karen is Chief Practice Information Officer & Executive Director, Nursing and Health Professions Practice, University Health Network (Toronto General, Toronto Western, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute & Princess Margaret Hospitals as well as the Michener Institute of Education). Through her leadership of the Senior Director of Practice-Based Education and the Directors and Managers of Professional Practice, Karen is responsible for creating and implementing both clinical practice and digital transformation mandates for UHN. With overall accountability for Health Professions Practice across the 4 hospitals of UHN, Karen provides corporation-wide strategic practice leadership for directors, managers, clinical leaders and point-of-care staff. Karen additionally holds operational accountability for Spiritual Care and Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) clinical services for UHN. As Chief Practice Information Officer Karen clinically co-leads UHN’s Digital Initiatives and provides leadership and guidance to the optimal development of UHN’s clinical information systems and related profession-specific workflows. At the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) and Markham Stouffville Hospital, Karen led various clinical services, programs and strategic portfolios within inpatient, emergency department and community care settings at the Executive Director, Director and Manager level and provided Social Work services to marginalized and unhoused individuals and those in mental health crises.
Outside of UHN, Karen is the President and Chair of the Boards of Directors for Renascent Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Centres. She also volunteers with the Toronto Humane Society in the animal fostering program.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (Dalhousie University) and a Master of Social Work Degree (with Distinction) & Graduate Diploma in Social Administration (both, Wilfrid Laurier University). She also notably holds Health Information Technology Leadership Certification from Harvard University School of Public Health (Boston) and holds a status-only appointment at the Factor-Inwentash School of Social Work and as a Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, both at the University of Toronto.