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Explore Research at St. Joseph’s Health Centre

Designed to promote communication and collaboration across specialties and programs. Our mission is to generate ground-breaking, high quality research that can be translated into improved care and improved outcomes for our patients.

Meet our research department at St. Joseph's Health Centre

Dr. Ori Rotstein

Dr. Ori Rotstein is the vice-president of Research and Innovation at Unity Health Toronto as well as a scientist at the KRCBS, and a practicing Trauma and General Surgeon. Dr. Rotstein’s research interest is in understanding how traumatic injury leads to alterations in the immune response of patients such that these individuals are at high risk of developing organ injury and death. He uses these insights into the mechanisms of disease to generate novel therapeutic approaches to preventing poor outcome in these patients. His work spans the “bench to bedside” continuum, wherein he investigates cellular and animal models with a view to translating these to novel therapies in humans. This translational research has led to the investigation of the use of additives in resuscitation fluids in patients sustaining such injuries.

Dalton Charters

Karen Ung

Karen has worked in hospital research administration for over 10 years after obtaining and undergraduate degree from McMaster University and a Masters in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Toronto. She brings a wealth of experience in contracts review and negotiation, research human resources and project management. Karen joined the St. Joseph’s Health Centre’s research team in October 2017 following the creation of our new health network.

Laura Tomat

Laura is a Certified Clinical Research Professional with an MSc and 20 years of experience in clinical research bringing studies from concept through study initiation, conduct and publication. Laura joined St. Joseph’s Health Centre in 2013 and is accountable for the clinical research program planning, research impact approval, research and institutional regulatory compliance, and clinical research project management. She is also responsible for the overview of research visitors, volunteers and research personnel requiring assistance from the Research office.

Linda Karnay

Linda has been working as an Oncology Research Nurse at St. Joseph’s Health Centre since February 2006. She has conducted numerous clinical trials in the Oncology Department, with sponsors and the Canadian Cancer Trials Group, while ensuring high-quality research and an exceptional level of knowledge, education, and experience. Linda has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, a Nursing Degree from Ryerson University, and her Certified Clinical Research Professional certification from the Society of Clinical Research Associates.

Kanthi Kavikondala

Kanthi has a BSc degree, is a Certified Clinical Research Professional, and a Certified Medical Lab Technician. Kanthi had worked for 6 years coordinating various studies before joining the team at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in 2016 where she now coordinates surgical and critical care research trials. She is passionate about the role clinical research plays in translating science into actual treatments and thereby improving quality of life.

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