Women's College Research Institute

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Sacha Bhatia, MD, MBA, FRCPC

Scientist, Women's College Research Institute
Director, Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care
Cardiologist, Women's College Hospital and University Health Network
F.M. Hill Chair in Health System Solutions at Women’s College Hospital

Dr. R. Sacha Bhatia is a health policy researcher with significant experience in health policy. He is the national Evaluation Lead for Canada’s Choosing Wisely Campaign – an effort to help clinicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests and treatments to reduce harm and improve care, while saving our healthcare system money.

Dr. Bhatia has published in peer-reviewed journals, such as New England Journal of Medicine and the CMAJ. He has also presented at national and international meetings, such as the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. From January 2008 to December 2009, he was the Premier of Ontario's health, research and innovation policy advisor.

He sits on the Mission Committee of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the cardiovascular working group of the Ontario Health Study, and advises the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, hospitals and other healthcare organizations on various health systems issues, including strategic planning and quality improvement.

He has been invited to speak at conferences held by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Ontario Hospital Association, Toronto Board of Trade, ICES, various Local Health Integration Networks, law firms, and hospitals on various issues of health policy.

Select Awards

  • Arthur E. Weyman Young Investigator Award, American Society of Echocardiography (2013)
  • Young Investigator Award, American College of Cardiology (2013)
  • Ontario Clinician-Scientist Award, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (2017)


See my peer-reviewed publications


Twitter: @sacha_bhatia

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MBA, Health Care Administration, McGill University, 2003

MD, McGill University, 2003

Areas of Interest


Health System Innovation

Healthcare Policy

  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto

  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)