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Catherine Joyes, Manager, SWAHN (SouthWestern Academic Health Network)

Catherine Joyes holds an HBA (History) from Brescia University College (1993), a Master of Library and Information Science from Western University (1995) and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business (2008). From 1997-2002, Catherine was a member of the Prospect Research team in Advancement Services, part of the External Relations Department at Western. After leaving Western, Catherine spent twelve years working for two local nonprofit funding organizations managing community grantmaking programs. She joined the SouthWestern Academic Health Network as Manager in January 2015. A life-long Londoner, Catherine has an affinity for continuous learning and development and enjoys her involvement in various book clubs and volunteer committees.

Phone: 519-661-2111 ext 80318  



Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University
Clinical Skills Building, Room 3720
London, ON N6A 5C1

SWAHN Co-Leads:

Dr. Robin Walker, SWAHN Co-Lead overseeing the Interprofessional Collaboration Stream; Integrated Vice President, London Health Sciences Centre & St. Joseph’s Health Care London

Robin Walker is the Integrated Vice President of Medical Affairs and Medical Education for London Health Sciences Centre and St Joseph’s Health Care, London, and Professor of Paediatrics at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry of the University of Western Ontario. He previously held the position of Vice-President Medicine at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Professor of Pediatrics at Dalhousie University. His postgraduate work in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine was at Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS and he received his FRCPC (Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada) in pediatrics in 1977, as well as subsequently the designation FAAP (Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics).

With over 25 years’ experience as a neonatologist, Dr. Walker has worked both within the hospital sector and with non-government organizations. His research has included work on artificial intelligence tools in neonatal medicine and evidence-based approaches in the improvement of the practice of neonatal intensive care; he is currently helping lead a project to develop a comprehensive on-line profile of the health status of Canada’s children and youth.

Dr. Walker has also led initiatives to develop improved engagement and partnership between hospitals and physicians both in Halifax and now in London. Dr. Walker is a past president of the Canadian Paediatric Society and past Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Pediatric Education. Outside of his daily work, Dr. Walker has been an active advocate for the health needs of children and youth for over two decades, receiving several awards for his work. He was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in recognition of work advancing the rights of children & youth (“for his commitment to the right of all children to a healthy start in life”).


Dr. Davy Cheng, SWAHN Co-Lead overseeing the Knowledge Generation & Translation Stream; Acting Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

Dr. Davy Cheng currently serves as Acting Dean of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. He is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine. Prior to his current role as Acting Dean, Dr. Cheng served as the Vice Dean of Faculty Affairs for the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. He is recognized as a world expert in perioperative outcomes and resource utilization in cardiac surgery/anesthesia, critical care medicine, and perioperative evidence-based medicine.

Dr. Cheng served as the Chair/Chief of the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine (2001-2017) and also as Chair of the Committee of Clinical Chairs (2012-2016). He holds a BSc (Hon) in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa, an MSc in Biochemistry from Western University, and his MD from the University of Toronto, where he completed his internal medicine internship and anesthesia residency in 1987. Dr. Cheng joined the faculty at the University of Toronto following a Clinical Research Fellowship and a Cardiovascular Anesthesia Fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Prior to joining Western in 2001, he was a Professor and Deputy Chief of Anesthesiology at Toronto General Hospital and he also served as Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Surgery Program for the University Health Network in Toronto.