CHSS Center for Research & Quality

Center for Research and Quality Team

William M. DeCampli, MD

Managing Director, CHSS Center for Research and Quality
Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery and Co-Director, Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
Professor of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Central Florida

William DeCampli is Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery and Co-Director of the Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, Professor of Surgery in the College of Medicine and Graduate Faculty Scholar at the University of Central Florida.

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William M. DeCampli, MD

William G. Williams, MD, FRCSC

Executive Director, CHSS Center for Research and Quality
Emeritus Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto

Dr Bill Williams is the current director of the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society Center for Research and Quality since 1997. His professional interests are in all aspects of pediatric congenital heart surgery, adult congenital surgery, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, post-graduate teaching and in clinical outcomes research. He maintains a long-standing interest in database development and use.

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William G. Williams, MD, FRCSC

Madison Argo, MD

Kirklin/Ashburn Fellow

Madison is from Borger, Texas, a small town in the heart of the West Texas oil fields. She was raised by her mother and maternal grandmother, both of whom have served as incredible female role models. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2015. During her undergraduate studies she attended a summer anatomy program at Johns Hopkins University in 2013 where she was introduced to the field of medicine, and more specifically, to congenital heart disease for the first time. This was a pivotal summer and ignited her desire to pursue congenital heart surgery.

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Madison Argo, MD

Brian W. McCrindle, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FACC

Statistical Consultant, CHSS Center for Research and Quality
Staff Cardiologist & Section Head of Epidemiology in Cardiology
The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

Dr. Brian McCrindle is a Co-Director/Statistical Consultant for the CHSS Center for Research and Quality and is a Cardiologist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He obtained his BMedSc, MD at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada and continued to complete his FRCPC, MPH from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

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Brian W. McCrindle, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FACC

Eugene Blackstone, MD

Statistical Consultant, CHSS Center for Research and Quality
Head of Clinical Investigations, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute
Cleveland Clinic, Ohio

In 1985 Dr. Eugene Blackstone & Dr. John Kirklin proposed that the CHSS surgeons pool their experience in managing infants with rare congenital anomalies of the heart and this concept lead to the establishment of the CHSS Center for Research and Quality.

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Eugene Blackstone, MD

Anusha Jegatheeswaran, MD, PhD, FRCSC

Anusha Jegatheeswaran, MD, PhD, FRCSC is board certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Cardiac Surgery, and completed fellowships in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and SickKids.

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Anusha Jegatheeswaran, MD, PhD, FRCSC

Linda Lambert, APRN

Ms. Lambert is a Family Nurse Practitioner and the Administrative Director of Research at the University of Utah-Primary Children's Heart Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has over 30 years' experience caring for children and their families who are preparing to undergo or have undergone surgery for congenital heart disease. In addition to her clinical role, she first-assisted in the operating room and oversaw all of the research for the pediatric cardiothoracic division. In 2017, she transitioned to her role as Administrative Director of Research for the Heart Center which includes surgery, cardiology and critical care.

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Linda Lambert, APRN

Maria Michalowska

Research Program Manager, CHSS Center for Research and Quality

Maria joined the CHSS CRQ at SickKids in November 2022. Maria's educational background is in pharmaceutical sciences. She has 10 years of clinical research experience from several academic hospitals in Toronto in fields including cardiology, oncology, surgery and mental health. Maria obtained her Project Management Professional (PMP) designation in 2020. She is excited to be part of the team and eager to apply her experience to further advance the CHSS CRQ mission.

Maria Michalowska

Sally Cai, MSc

Database Manager, CHSS Center for Research and Quality

After joining the CHSS Center for Research and Quality in 2001, Sally has contributed her expertise in working with Statistical Analysis Software to numerous recognized CHSS publications. Sally works closely with the Kirklin/Ashburn fellow, and is a pillar to the CHSS Center for Research and Quality Staff.

Sally Cai, MSc

Tharini Paramananthan, RN, MN

Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator, CHSS Center for Research and Quality

Ms. Tharini Paramananthan joined the CHSS Data Centre in summer 2018 as a Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator. Tharini has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and Masters of Science in Nursing from York University. She joined 4D, in-patient cardiac unit at the The Labatt Family Heart Centre as a Registered Nurse in 2008 and gained an extensive clinic experience related to Congenital Heart Diseases. She also taught nursing at various universities as a Clinical Instructor and Faculty Advisor. She had an opportunity to be a simulation educator and part of Education Resource Group at the Learning Institute. Recently, she had another great opportunity to provide care to medically complex children with G tube as a Resource Nurse at The Hospital for Sick Children. Tharini is very much looking forward to this opportunity to be part of CHSS Center for Research and Quality team and much more involved in Cardiac research.

Tharini Paramananthan, RN, MN

Nabi Aghaei, MD

Clinical Research Project Coordinator, CHSS Center for Research and Quality

Nabi Aghaei joined the CHSS Center for Research and Quality Team in March 2018 as a Clinical Research Project Assistant. Nabi obtained his MD in Iran and worked as a family physician for few years. Upon immigrating to Canada, he decided to pursue an academic career in clinical research. After completing the Clinical Research Program at Oxford College and an internship at the Hospital for Sick Children, he joined the CHSS Center for Research and Quality.

Nabi Aghaei, MD

Jonathan Hazlewood

Clinical Research Project Assistant, CHSS Center for Research and Quality

Jonathan Hazlewood joined the CHSS Center for Research and Quality Team in February 2021 as a Clinical Research Project Assistant. Jonathan obtained his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology from the University of Toronto and Master of Arts in Criminology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Before joining the CHSS Data Centre, he worked as a Patient information Clerk at the COVID-19 Testing Centre at the Hospital for Sick Children. Jonathan is looking to build and develop his reach analysis skills and contribute to various projects within the Data Centre.

Jonathan Hazlewood

Maha Rahman, BSc (Honours)

Clinical Research Coordinator, CHSS Center for Research and Quality

Maha Rahman joined the CHSS Center for Research and Quality Team in January 2020 as a Clinical Research Project Assistant. Maha obtained her Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biomedical Science from York University. Prior to joining the CHSS Center for Research and Quality she spent 5 years doing Clinical Research involving lupus at The Hospital for Sick Children. Maha is looking forward to being a part of the CHSS Center for Research and Quality Team and learning more about Cardiac Research.

Maha Rahman, BSc

Apoorva Anand

Apoorva Anand joined SickKids and the CHSS Centre for Research and Quality in March 2023. Apoorva graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from India and an MSc in Public Health degree from McGill University, Canada. Prior to joining SickKids, Apoorva worked full-time as a Project Manager and coordinated a COVID-19 self-testing trial in Cape Town, South Africa. Her previous research focused on the use of inhalation sedation in pediatric dental procedures in India as well as point-of-care diagnostics for COVID-19 and various sexually transmitted infections globally. Apoorva has also volunteered with COVID-19 public health initiatives such as WeCanVax and IndiaCOVIDSOS. Apoorva hopes to apply her skills in research study management and is looking forward to contributing to congenital cardiac research at CHSS.

Apoorva Anand, MD

Iris Deng

Iris Deng joined the CHSS Center for Research and Quality Team in June 2023 as a Clinical Research Project Assistant. Prior to joining the CHSS CRQ, she was involved in a Clinical Research Intern role in the Division of Rheumatology at The Hospital for Sick Children, where she immersed herself in both industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated research studies involving lupus. Iris earned her Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biomedical Toxicology, along with a minor in Neuroscience from the University of Guelph. Since then, she discovered her passion for clinical research and pursued further post-graduate studies to obtain her Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research from Humber College. Iris strives to make a positive impact through contributing to research studies and learning more about the various aspects of congenital cardiac research.

Iris Deng, MD