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Knowledge Generation & Translation Stream

The Knowledge Generation & Translation (KGT) Stream falls under the direction of a SWAHN Co-Lead who is a member of SWAHN’s Secretariat. Its primary focus is the acceleration and attainment of research-based evidence and its dissemination into clinical practice that supports improved patient care across the region based on priorities set by the Network Contributors’ Roundtable.

The Project Teams within the KGT Stream will focus on translational health research and knowledge sharing in Southwestern Ontario by:

  1. Integrating innovative collaborative models of health research and translation through the active engagement of SWAHN participants;
  2. Identifying priority targets and desirable outcomes through evidence-based needs assessments in the region;
  3. Developing creative solutions for existing barriers to knowledge translation and the fostering of collaborative health research partnerships in the region;
  4. Developing short and long term goals in collaboration with the SWAHN Secretariat which are specific, measureable, and achievable in one to two years (short term) and three to five years (long-term goals);
  5. Identifying appropriate performance measures to monitor progress and performance of the KGT Stream;
  6. Providing leadership that addresses the full spectrum of innovative health research and applications;
  7. Liaising with SWAHN’s other Streams to ensure that synergies are fully realized (i.e., to ensure that all Streams and Project Teams work collaboratively toward common goals).
Dr. Andrea Lum, SWAHN Co-Lead overseeing the Knowledge Generation & Translation Stream; Vice Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

Dr. Andrea Lum assumes the role of Vice Dean, Faculty Affairs, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University in January 2020. In this role, Dr. Lum will serve as a co-lead for SWAHN, taking over from Dr. Davy Cheng.

In 2000, Dr. Lum was recruited to Schulich Medicine & Dentistry for her expertise in body CT/MRI imaging as Assistant Professor and served as the Program Director for the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Training Program; Director of Abdominal Imaging Radiology Resident Training; and Medical Leader of Abdominal Imaging.

She was promoted to Associate Professor and appointed Acting Chair of Medical Imaging in 2008, later becoming Chair in 2009. She became the first city-wide Chief of Diagnostic Radiology in 2011. In this role, she merged the departments of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and St. Joseph’s Health Care London becoming the first combined Chair/Chief, Medical Imaging. During this time, Dr. Lum served as Interim Vice-Chair, LHSC Medical Advisory Committee (MAC). In 2016, she was appointed Chair, MAC and Director of Quality Medical Care.

Dr. Lum’s leadership accomplishments include leading physician engagement for the Accreditation Canada 2018 survey when LHSC achieved Exemplary recognition. She is also credited for introducing professional staff quality indicators integrated into LHSC's balanced scorecard at the MAC. She became the first LHSC physician leader to be awarded the Canadian Certified Physician Executive in 2012. Upon re-certifying in 2017, she joined the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Physician Leadership.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Lum has volunteered with and led many associations including the Canadian Association of Radiologists; the Ontario Association of Radiologists', and the Canadian Medical Association. She is currently the Vice-President of the Canadian Radiological Foundation Board and serves on the Advisory Board of the Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal Editorial Board; the Medical Women Canada Foundation Awards Committee; and the Physician Provincial Leadership Council of Ontario Hospital Association.

Dr. Lum has received numerous awards, including the Chair’s Award of Inspiration in 2016 in recognition of exemplary humanitarian efforts and the MAC Award for Excellence in Leadership in 2017 and 2019. In June 2019, Dr. Lum was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Department of Medical Imaging at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University.

Knowledge Generation & Translation Stream Project Teams