Tina Saryeddine is Executive Director, Research & Innovation at HealthCareCAN, the national voice of healthcare organizations in Canada. In her role at HealthCareCAN, Tina leads the research and innovation portfolio and works with members, colleagues and partners on advocating for winning policy and funding conditions for research and innovation in hospitals; expediting the spread of innovation and translation of research knowledge; and advancing national recognition of the research and innovation enterprise in these organizations. Between 2008 and 2014, Tina was Assistant Vice-President of Research and Policy Analysis at the Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations, one of the two legacy organizations that merged to form HealthCareCAN in 2014.
In 2011, Tina completed her PhD in health services management and organizations research from the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto flex-time PhD program. Her thesis, Moving patients across organizations: Exploring the antecedents of effective and efficient referral processes, was a mixed methods study on inter-organizational communication and decision-making across the continuum of care. Between 2000-2008, Tina was a Project Manager/Senior Planner at the GTA Rehab Network, which brings together the 34 organizations involved in the delivery of publicly funded rehabilitation in the Greater Toronto Area. This was preceded by a one year administrative fellowship with the CEO of the Rouge Valley Health System during which time she worked with the Board Quality Committee, assisted in merger related projects, and served as the point of contact and follow up for patient complaints made to the CEOs office.
Tina’s projects have received several awards and grants related to knowledge transfer and exchange including, a CIHR Community Outreach Award, the Ted Freedman Award for innovation in education, a Hygeia Award, a grant from the Canadian Nurses Foundation, CIHR Café Scientifique funding, and a grant from Ontario's Change Foundation. Tina has served as a long-time reviewer for the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare hosted by the British Medical Journal Group and currently co-sponsored by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and as an occasional article reviewer for various journals. She is a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders from which she holds the Certified Health Executive designation.
Tina is also an alumna of the University of Ottawa's Masters in Health Administration program, which she completed in 1999. She is particularly interested in working with students who have a research interest related to the integration of patient care, training and research; research impact; and inter-organizational relationships.