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Meet Our Research Team

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Dr. Hsien Seow

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Dr. Seow is the Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care and Health System Innovation and a Professor at McMaster University, Department of Oncology. He focuses on ways to improve palliative care delivery and the care experience, particularly in the home and community. His expertise is in health services and policy research, quality measurement, population-based analytics, and program evaluation.


Dr. Samantha Winemaker

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Dr. Winemaker is a palliative care physician who cares for patients with serious illness and their families in the home. She is an Associate Clinical Professor at McMaster University in the Department of Family Medicine, Division of Palliative Care. She is the Medical Co-Lead of the Hamilton Community Palliative Care Team and an active trainer of palliative care education to medical students, residents, and clinicians.

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Daryl Bainbridge

Dr. Bainbridge is a senior research coordinator with expertise in quantitative and qualitative research. He has led projects on formative program evaluation, instrument validation, systematic reviews, and randomized controlled trials.  

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Wanda Oldfield

Wanda is the team’s administrative coordinator. She leads all patient inquiries and keeps the team in check.


Maggie Civak

Maggie is a senior research coordinator with expertise in education, program design, research facilitation and knowledge exchange. She has led projects on quality improvement in public health, mental health, and program evaluation.

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Kayla McMillan

Kayla is a Research Assistant on our team who is responsible for technology procurement and our social media presence. Her previous work experience includes patient coordination at a major hospital network. 

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Sue Tan Toyofuku 

Sue is a seasoned design and innovation consultant. She previously worked with the design and innovation firm, IDEO, as a human factors researcher and lead design strategist in the USA and across Asia.  

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Shilpa Kumar

Shilpa is a Research Assistant with our team. She is our resident computer genius, working on learning management for our studies and educational design.  


Joanna Vautour

Joanna is a Senior Research Coordinator with the team. She is a member of Serpent River First Nation in Northeastern Ontario.  Joanna has her MSW and her work experience includes working with indigenous communities in palliative care, cancer care and wellness with a focus on indigenous healing models. 

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Bethany Bocchinfuso

Bethany is a Knowledge Broker with the team. She is a member of Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Bethany is currently in her second year of the Master of Social Work Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency (MSW-ITR) Program at the University of Toronto. Her social work experience includes working with communities within the Greater Toronto Area through front-line work, case management, and counselling support

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