Dr. Sacha Bhatia is the director of the Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV), a cardiologist at WCH and University Health Network and an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. He is also an assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Medicine and the Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation.
As a former policy advisor to the Premier of Ontario on health, research and innovation, Sacha has been leading a transformation inside health care that tests cutting edge ideas. With a combined background in medicine and business, he leads a team of experts at WIHV with similar dual discipline specialties in medicine and engineering, computer science, psychiatry and public policy.
From finding new ways to integrate more technology in health care, like apps or digital platforms, to reducing unnecessary medical testing, Sacha and his team identify opportunities to speed up access, close care gaps and improve communication between doctors and patients with chronic illness. He is also the national evaluation lead for the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign – an effort that helps clinicians and patients engage in meaningful conversations about unnecessary tests and treatments to reduce harm and improve care.
Having worked as a clinical and research fellow in cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and as a research fellow at Harvard University, Sacha has a comparative approach to health systems solutions. He currently sits on advisory panels for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Health Quality Ontario and federal healthcare agencies such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Information. He has been asked to speak both nationally and internationally on health policy.
His work has been featured in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Canadian Medical Association Journal. He has been a commentator on Bloomberg news, CTV news and the CBC. He is a past recipient of the American College of Cardiology’s Young Investigator Award, and the American Society of Echocardiography’s Arthur E. Weyman Young Investigator Award, and most recently the Goldie Award for Quality and Innovation at the University of Toronto. He sits on the boards of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and DREAM Global REIT, a publicly traded company listed on the TSX.
Sacha did his undergraduate degree at Queen’s University and attended medical school at McGill University.