Plenary Speakers

Tara Kiran, MD, MSc, CCFP, FCFP

Thursday, June 2, 8:30 am

Tara Kiran is the Fidani Chair in Improvement and Innovation and Vice-Chair Quality and Innovation at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto. Her work seeks to improve the health care system to better meet the needs of patients from all walks of life. Her research has evaluated the impact of health policy reforms on quality of primary care. She also leads quality improvement research to directly improve care. 

Dr. Kiran practices family medicine at the St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team where she led the Quality Improvement program from 2011 to 2018. Under her leadership, the team began to collect and report more than 20 quality indicators, routinely survey patients on their experience of care, engage patients in service design, and make improvements in areas like timely access and cancer screening. 

Dr. Kiran is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, a Scientist in the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital, and an Adjunct Scientist at ICES.

Alex Krist, MD, MPH


Alex Krist, MD, MPH is a Professor of Family Medicine and Population Health at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia, and a practicing family physician at the Fairfax Family Practice residency. He continues to practice the full spectrum of outpatient and inpatient family medicine and has trained nearly 200 family physicians, many of whom continue to practice throughout Virginia. 

Dr. Krist is the director of the Virginia Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network (ACORN), a collection of over 500 primary care practices, representing the full spectrum of primary structures and cultures, and he is the director of community engaged research for VCU’s Wright Regional Center for Clinical and Translational Research. In these roles he leads multiple projects with numerous community partners in Central, Eastern, and Northern Virginia to improve access to care, address health equity, and improve quality of care. 

Dr. Krist was a member and Chair of the U.S Preventive Services Task Force (2014-2021) where he led efforts to address systemic racism through prevention, integrate the social determinants of health into prevention recommendations, and be more inclusive with respect to sex, gender, and identity. In 2018, Dr. Krist was elected to the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, where he has been actively involved in national efforts around cancer screening, cancer diagnosis, the future of primary care, the impact of COVID19 on health, social needs, and transforming healthcare to deliver whole health. 

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