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Department Leadership

Dr. Cathy Risdon

Professor and Chair

Dr. Cathy Risdon is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster aiming to help reinvigorate a sustainable, inclusive learning and practice environment for current and future family medicine learners and providers. For Risdon, breaking down barriers and honouring different viewpoints is key to building a successful department capable of training top-quality family doctors and attracting skilled staff and faculty.

She was the first holder of the David Braley-Nancy Gordon Endowed Chair in Family Medicine, mandated to develop innovations in education, clinical service and research relating to the doctor-patient and interdisciplinary team relationships. She co-created the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine’s Professional Competency Curriculum, a two-year course to teach professionalism, communication skills, advocacy, ethics and reflective practice. Following the ten-year term of her Endowed Chair, she became Associate Chair, Academic within the Department of Family Medicine, as well as the co-lead for the McMaster Family Health Team.

Dr. Risdon has completed a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Change at the University of Hertfordshire where her research explored themes of excellence and improvisation within curriculum design and implementation. She has conducted training and consultations across North America for primary care and community-based agencies wishing to improve their capacity for effective team and interprofessional collaborations. Her expertise in facilitation was used to design and deliver on the successful Hamilton Health Team submission. She is an expert in health system integration and primary care, and is one of three Canadians who has been inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Communications in Healthcare in recognition of her contributions to curricular design and facilitation.

A McMaster graduate (class of ’92), Dr. Risdon’s clinical practice has included a varied inner-city population with a focus on vulnerable populations.

After more than 30 years in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster, Dr. Risdon is still amazed at her good fortune in working with such terrific people. “We have extraordinary people engaged in our mission of service, teaching, and discovery. It’s my privilege to do all that I can to help them thrive.”

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Dr. Keyna Bracken

Undergraduate Program Director

As Undergraduate Program Director, Dr. Keyna Bracken provides leadership and oversight to all aspects of the undergraduate family medicine experience at McMaster University.

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Tracey Carr

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Tracey Carr provides leadership in the strategic and operational direction of education, research, clinical services and eHealth innovations of the Department.

Since joining the Department of Family Medicine in 2010, Tracey’s leadership has been integral to its success through a time of great expansion in both education and research. In addition to optimizing the Department’s infrastructure and strengthening operations across all domains and sites, she has been a key leader in Health TAPESTRY, the Hamilton Central Health Link, and the Connected Health and Wellness Project. She was also the founding Executive Director of OSCAR EMR – a not-for-profit affiliate of McMaster established to facilitate the design, development and dissemination of OSCAR – a role in which she led the team in achieving and maintaining ISO 13485:2003 certification. More recently she has overseen the creation of kindredPHR Inc., a social enterprise dedicated to realizing McMaster’s vision of enabling each person to have their own customizable space within an expanding digital health ecosystem in which they can connect the people and information that matter most to their health from their perspective.

Tracey is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration in Health Services Management from McMaster University.

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Dr. Sarah Kinzie

Postgraduate Program Director

As Postgraduate Program Director, Dr. Sarah Kinzie provides leadership and oversight to all aspects of the family medicine residency program at McMaster University.

Dr. Kinzie has been with the Department since 2000, during which time she has held various leadership roles including Education Coordinator and Hamilton Site Director. Dr. Kinzie’s academic interests focus primarily on medical education.

Dr. Kinzie’s clinical practice is at Stonechurch Family Health Centre in Hamilton, where she provides comprehensive care to a diverse patient population.

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Dr. Dee Mangin

Associate Chair, Research

As Associate Chair, Research, Dr. Dee Mangin brings to the Department a great deal of experience and guidance in running successful and impactful primary care research projects.

Dr. Mangin has deep clinical research experience with innovative research methodologies and clinical and community-based randomized control trials (RCTs). She is a member of the Section of Researchers’ Council at the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and a member of the Integrated Patient Safety Action Plan Medication Safety Leads Group, Patients for Patient Safety Canada.

Before joining McMaster University, Dr. Mangin was the Director of the Primary Care Unit at the University of Otago in Christchurch, New Zealand and the Clinical Leader for Research Audit and Evaluation at the Pegasus Health Primary Healthcare Organization.

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Elizabeth Shaw

Associate Chair, Education

Dr. Elizabeth Shaw is Professor of Family Medicine, current Associate Chair of Education, and past Postgraduate Program Director (2003-2009).

She does general family medicine with a homeless and inner-city population through the Shelter Health Network at the YWCA Hamilton and has an interest in reproductive health care and women’s health. Dr. Shaw also has a certificate of added competence in addiction medicine and provides care for patients with substance use disorder in both a continuity clinic and a rapid access clinic. She also provides prenatal care to women struggling with substances through the Maternity Centre of Hamilton as part of the Program for Substance Use in Pregnancy (PROSPR).

Dr. Shaw is also the Director of Module Development for the Foundation for Medical Practice Education and assists with the editing and production of 14 educational modules annually for residents and practicing family physicians to use in small group learning sessions.

Dr. Shaw is the 2020 recipient of the College of Family Physicians of Canada Ian McWhinney Medical Education Award and a 2019 recipient of the Canadian Association of Medical Education Certificate of Merit.

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