Our Team

QCNL/CWNL is led by Dr. Pat Parfrey, a clinical epidemiologist and nephrologist, and a John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professor at Memorial University.


The QCNL/CWNL staff is a multidisciplinary team including project managers, researchers, analysists, and communications professionals.

Contact a member of our staff to learn more about our program.

The QCNL/CWNL program is supported by:

TPMI Executive Team

The Translational and Personalized Medicine Initiative (TPMI) Executive is a cross-sectional management committee responsible for the day-to-day operations of the TPMI, including QCNL/CWNL, Translational Genomics, NL SUPPORT and the Centre for Health Informatics and Analytics. The Executive Team is responsible for the alignment of programs, including the approval of projects, assignment of resources, and grant selections.

Members include:

  • Chief Scientific Officer, TPMI
  • Clinical Lead, QCNL/CWNL
  • Scientific Lead, Translational Genomics
  • Scientific Lead, NL SUPPORT
  • Director, TPMI
  • Manager, QCNL/CWNL
QCNL/CWNL Working Group

The Working Group provides guidance regarding initiatives undertaken by QCNL/CWNL. The Working Group includes representatives from partnered health care entities and provides regional and organizational perspectives to projects in order to align them with collective priorities.

Members include:

Voting Members:

  • Clinical Lead, QCNL/CWNL
  • Chief Scientific Officer, TPMI
  • Scientific Lead, NL SUPPORT
  • Vice President Research, NLCHI
  • Eastern Health Representative
  • Western Health Representative
  • Labrador-Grenfell Health Representative
  • Central Health Representative
  • NLMA Representative
  • Primary and Integrated Care SPOR Network Representative
  • Three Patient Representatives
  • General Practice Physician/Center for Rural Health Studies Representative
  • NL Government Department of Health and Community Services Representative
  • NL Government Department of Tourism, Culture, Innovation and Industry Representative
  • Memorial University Technology Transfer Office Representative

Non-Voting Members:

  • IBM Representative
  • Research Director, Eastern Health
  • Director, TPMI
  • Manager, Quality of Care NL
  • Faculty of Medicine, Office Professional Development Representative
  • Co-ordinator, Choosing Wisely NL
  • Co-ordinator, Quality of Care NL

QCNL/CWNL Communications Committee

The QCNL/CWNL Communications Committee includes patient, physician and organizational partners to ensure messages we deliver are relevant, timely and data-driven. The committee is also supported by Perfect Day, a marketing and communications company that assists with materials design and development.

QCNL/CWNL Patient Panels

As part of our patient-centred approach, QCNL/CWNL strives to build partnerships between health researchers and the people who actually use the health care system. Patient partners are volunteers who assist project teams in various phases of projects, including study design and knowledge translation; we are currently organizing our patient partners into panels focused on priorities identified by our partner organizations and ongoing public consultation.

Click here for more information on how to become a patient partner.

Choosing Wisely STARS

Students and Trainees Advocating for Resource Stewardship (STARS) is a grassroots, student-led campaign in partnership with Choosing Wisely Canada that seeks to change the culture of medical education by addressing the behaviours that can lead to unnecessary care.

The STARS program engages second year medical students in this work through local champions from Memorial University’s School of Medicine.

Our Choosing Wisely NL STARS have helped lead initiatives within disciplines and units to enhance student awareness and engage practice change in various meaningful ways.

QCNL/CWNL is very happy to support our local STARS! Right now, Newfoundland and Labrador is represented by:

Carolyn MacLeod is a second year medical student originally from Stratford, PEI. Prior to entering the medicine program at MUN Carolyn worked as a Nurse Practitioner in a rural setting. She says, “there are many areas in our current healthcare system where changes to certain tests and treatments can be implemented, and I believe the Quality of Care NL/Choosing Wisely NL programs are instrumental in generating these positive changes. As a student representative for Choosing Wisely NL I hope to encourage my colleagues to become involved in these important campaigns. As medical students and future physicians, we need to be advocates for resource stewardship by making smart and effective care choices for our patients.” Carolyn can be reached at: cimacleod@mun.ca
Jennifer Perry is a mother of two and former teacher from Corner Brook, NL.  She is in her second year of medical school and excited to be involved in the Quality of Care NL/Choosing Wisely NL initiative at Memorial University.  She says, “getting people to change their behaviors takes a well-thought out approach, appropriate evidence and guidance, and the Choosing Wisely initiatives can help provide this. I believe the earlier we instill these skills and behaviors the more likely they are to continue to use them throughout their careers. Together we can build a culture of change and students are an important part of that changing landscape.” Jennifer can be reached at: h64jka@mun.ca

Clinical Leaders

QCNL/CWNL is proud to partner with physicians throughout the province to advance QCNL/CWNL initiatives. Clinical Leaders assist us in the delivery of Academic Detailing sessions to family clinics to further discuss practice change, the barriers to change and the possible solutions, as well as sitting on planning committees and working groups.

Click here for more information on our Clinical Leaders.