An interprofessional team delivers the program and the curriculum
In addition to the Project ECHO Ontario Skin and Wound Care Team, RNAO BPSO Coaches attend every session and lead discussions about implementation sciences. Consultants deliver the weekly two-hour ECHO sessions and contribute to preparatory work. Every session is supported by a core team of 4-6 experts, consisting of approximately two physicians, 1- 2 nurses and 1-2 allied health professionals. Consultants include personnel with expertise in family medicine, endocrinology, infectious disease, dermatology, orthopaedic and vascular surgery specialists, as well as non-physicians, including nursing, foot specialists (chiropody/podiatry/foot care nurses), physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietitians, certified diabetes educator, pharmacy, psychology, social work and indigenous healing specialists.
Amber Hastings TrueloveQueen's University
Andrew MohanAdministrative Assistant
Eleftherios SoleasDeveloper and Researcher
Gary SibbaldProject Lead
Heather McConnellImplementation Scientist
James ElliottProject Manager
Jolene HeilAdvanced Practice Nurse
Karen SmithQueen's University
Reneeka Persaud-JaimangalClinical Coordinator
Amber Hastings Truelove
Amber Hastings Truelove, PhD, is a Health Education Researcher and Consultant in the Office of Professional Development and Educational Scholarship at Queen’s University. She is part of the program evaluation team for ECHO Skin and Wound.
Andrew Mohan is the administrative assistant for Project ECHO Skin and Wound Care. As a graduate of Ryerson University’s Journalism program, Andrew helps with video or document editing that Project ECHO requires, along with providing technical or operational support for site coordinators and/or instructors.
Terry is an educational consultant, who functions as an educational developer and research methodologist for ECHO Skin and Wound. He is a former biology teacher and a current PhD Candidate in Education.
R. Gary Sibbald BSc, MD FRCPC (Med, Derm), MACP, FAAD, MEd, FAPWCA
Dr Sibbald is the lead of Project ECHO Ontario Skin and Wound. He is dermatologist and internist with a special interest in wound care and education. He is a professor of medicine and public health at the University of Toronto. As a wound care educator, clinician and clinical researcher he is an international wound care key opinion leader.
Dr Sibbald is the co-founder (1999) and course director of the International Interprofessional Wound Care Course (IIWCC). He is the director of the Masters of Science in Community Health (Prevention and Wound Care) at the Dalla Lama School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
Dr Sibbald is the former president of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies 2008-12. He is a co-editor and chapter author of the Chronic Wound Care textbook. He has over 200 publications and is the current co-editor of the journal Advances in Skin and Wound Care.
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James Elliott is the Project Manager for Ontario ECHO Skin and Wound. He helps moderate the group chat, helps with research and makes sure the Project stays on track. James is a patient advocate and a diabetes researcher. He has a BSc in Biomedical Science from the University of Guelph and a MSc in Global Health from the Karolinska Institute of Stockholm Sweden.
Jolene Heil RN, BScN, NSOWC, MClScWH, is part of the Queen’s University Hub of Project ECHO Ontario Skin and Wound Care. She currently works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (Wound Care) at Providence Care Hospital in Kingston, Ontario. She leads an interprofessional wound care program for the nine inpatient units as well as provides wound care consultation for community members living with spinal cord injury and neurological conditions.
Dr Karen M. Smith, Professor at Queen’s University in the Faculty of Health Sciences from l994 to the present. She served as Department Head 1998-2008 and as Associate Dean of Continuing Professional and Faculty Development 2011-2018, Queen’s University. She is affiliated with Providence Care Hospital and Kingston Health Sciences Centre. She is attending physiatrist for the Acquired Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Services from 1994 to 2013 and now shares these responsibilities with other department members. She was Associate Professor at McMaster University until 1994.
Dr Smith completed her Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency training at McMaster University. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Diplomat of the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine and the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with subspecialty certification in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine attained in 2003 and recertified in 2013. Her clinical interests and expertise are in ABI, SCI and pediatric rehabilitation. Her research interests are in the areas of primary care for persons with disabilities, quality of life, exercise, wound care and neurogenic bowel management. She is actively involved in knowledge translation to improve the primary care experience of individuals with SCI.
Reneeka Persaud-Jaimangal MD, MScCH, IIWCC
As Clinical Coordinator, Reneeka participates in retrieving information from the clinical teams. She supports the development of an evaluation framework and works with the project team and SPOKEs to evaluate clinical and operational outcomes. Reneeka also supports James Elliott, Project Manager, with reports and other documentation. She works with the entire team to publish peer-reviewed manuscripts, as well as conference abstracts, presentations and posters.