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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; Vice Dean, Faculty Affairs, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

On July 1, 2017, Dr. Davy Cheng was appointed Vice Dean, Faculty Affairs, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. This appointment is effective until June 30, 2023.

Dr. Cheng served as the Chair/Chief, Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine from September 2001 until June 2017. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto in 1983, and completed his anesthesia residency and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in 1987 at the University of Toronto. He completed a subspecialty in a Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship at the University of Iowa.

Dr. Cheng joined Schulich Medicine & Dentistry in 2001, and is cross-appointed in the Department of Medicine. He was named a Distinguished University Professor at Western University in 2010. He has been serving as an active leadership member on the London hospitals Medical Advisory Council since 2001, and as Chair of the Committee of Clinical Chairs at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry since 2012.

Well recognized by his peers as a mentor and role model for trainees and junior faculty, Dr. Cheng is a talented and innovative clinician-scientist, a dedicated and skilled anesthesiologist, and a visionary and inspirational leader. He has fostered an environment of growth and innovation with significant impact to clinical care, research, health care administration, policy implementation and development of many signature programs that aligned with the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry strategic plan. He has established the Evidence-Based Perioperative Clinical Outcomes Research program and co-directs the Medical Evidence, Decision Integrity, Clinical Impact Centre, which has achieved recognition by the World Health Organization to become an official Collaborating Centre in the study of Global Perioperative Surgery Care and Anesthesia at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

Dr. Cheng is a world-renowned clinician-researcher in perioperative anesthesia and critical care. He has held over $6 million in peer-reviewed grants and over $1.6 million in non-peer reviewed funding. He has published more than 154 peer-reviewed papers and 52 book chapters. He has served as President of the Association of Canadian University Departments of Anesthesia. He was appointed member in the World Health Organization GIEESC Anesthesia Committee in 2013. In 2016, he was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Anesthesia Research Society and Chair of the Scientific Affairs Committee at World Federation Societies.

Dr. Cheng is a well-respected health care leader in evidence-based medicine and health policy. He has received numerous additional awards and honours. In 2007, he received a Joint Medical Advisory Committee Award in London, and was inducted as Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2010, he was named the inaugural Rotman-Longwoods Scholar, Ministry of Health and Long-Term care. In 2013, Dr. Cheng was designated as Canadian Certified Physician Executive by the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Society of Physician Executives. In 2014, he was honoured with the CSPE Excellence in Medical Leadership Award and in 2015 he was awarded the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society Gold Medal