PIDAC-IPC is a multidisciplinary committee of health care professionals with expertise and experience in Infection Prevention and Control. The committee advises Public Health Ontario on the prevention and control of health care-associated infections, considering the entire health care system for protection of both clients/patients/residents and health care providers. PIDAC-IPC produces “best practice” knowledge products that are evidence-based, to the largest extent possible, to assist health care organizations in improving quality of care and client/patient/resident safety.
Matthew Muller is currently an infectious diseases consultant at St. Michael’s Hospital and has been the medical director of Infection Prevention and Control at the hospital since 2011. Muller is a member of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Expert Working Group on Infection Prevention and Control and is the vice chair of the Expert Panel on Infection Control for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He joined the Provincial Infectious Advisory Committee on Infection Prevention and Control (PIDAC-IPC) in 2013 and became the chair of the committee in 2014.
Muller completed his training in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases as well as his PhD in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto. His PhD thesis examined clinical and epidemiological aspects of the SARS epidemic in Toronto. His current research interests are focused on the epidemiology and prevention of healthcare-associated infection as well as issues related to hand hygiene improvement, hand hygiene measurement and hand hygiene measurement technology.
Gary Garber provides medical leadership to the Infection Prevention and Control department and medical and scientific advice on infection prevention and control to Public Health Ontario. Garber brings over 20 years' experience working in infection control in Ontario and was formerly the medical director of the Ottawa Hospital's Antimicrobial Stewardship Program.
Notably, Garber played an instrumental role in developing the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada's program in Adult Infectious Diseases at the University of Ottawa and served as president of the Canadian Infectious Diseases Society (now AMMI Canada). Garber also served as a founding treasurer with the Canadian Association for HIV Research, was a past president of the Ontario Medical Association section for Infectious Diseases and has been member of the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee since it began. Garber is a professor of medicine at the University of Ottawa and an infectious diseases physician at The Ottawa Hospital.
Garber received his medical degree from the University of Calgary and received his bachelor of science from McGill University. He is trained in internal medicine at the University of Toronto and infectious diseases at the University of British Columbia.
Chingiz Amirov is Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Baycrest Health Sciences - a geriatric health care system and teaching facility located in Toronto. He also holds the position of Editor-in-Chief for the Canadian Journal of Infection Control.
Chingiz received his Master’s in Public Health from the Emory University in Atlanta (GA), and MSc in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining Baycrest, Chingiz has worked for the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Emory School of Medicine and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
His research interests include infection control, patient safety and quality improvement in chronic and long-term care patient population, as well as the issues at the interface between community-based public health and hospital-based infection prevention and control.
Natalie is the Manager of the Infection Prevention and Control Program at The Ottawa Hospital. She has 17 years’ experience in infection prevention and control and has maintained her CIC certification since 1996.
She is the chair of the IPAC-Canada Education Core Committee and is a member of the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) Test Committee since 2014. Prior to infection control Natalie worked as a critical care nurse and an organ donor coordinator.
William Ciccotelli graduated from McMaster Medical School in 2002, staying in Hamilton to complete post graduate training programs in internal medicine, infectious diseases and medical microbiology. For the last six years, he has been practicing as a consultant in infectious diseases and as a microbiologist for Grand River and St. Mary’s general hospitals in Kitchener Waterloo.
He is also serves as the Joint Medical Director for the Infection Prevention and Control departments, and as the physical lead in the Joint Antibiotic Stewardship program. Ciccotelli holds an appointment as a part time assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at McMaster Unirversity and remains involved in medical education in Infectious Diseases at the local campus.
Judy Dennis is the manager of infection prevention and control at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). She is a registered respiratory therapist. Prior to her career in infection control, she worked for 18 years as a member of the Neonatal Transport Team at CHEO and for eight years as manager of respiratory therapy at CHEO.
Dennis has served as an executive member of the College of Respiratory Therapy from 2003 to 2008, treasurer for Community Hospital Infection Control Association (CHICA) Ottawa Region (COR) from 2008 to 2010 and is currently President for COR. She maintains her certification in infection control and is currently completing a degree in hospital administration.
Zahir is currently employed as an Infection Control Professional with the Infection Prevention and Control Professional department at The Scarborough and Rouge Hospitals. He has been a Registered Nurse since 1997 and an ICP for over 18 years with experience in community hospitals, academic teaching hospitals and a complex continuing care and rehabilitation facility.
He has been certified in IC since 2004. He completed his MHSc in Community Health and Epidemiology in 2005. He is a faculty member at Centennial College with the Infection Prevention and Control program and the Health and Wellness program. In addition Zahir has provided consultation services to the Aga Khan University Hospital and Aga Khan School of Nursing in Nairobi, Kenya in order to build capacity for IPAC in East Africa. Zahir is currently a member of the Canadian Journal of Infection Control Editorial Board and the test writing committee for the Certification Board of Infection Control.
Susy Hota is a hospital epidemiologist and infectious diseases specialist at the University Health Network, and a Clinician in Quality Improvement and Innovation at the University of Toronto. She completed medical school, residency training and a Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Research at the University of Toronto.
Hota’s clinical and research interests include improving the control and management of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), understanding the long-term health effects of fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) and improving health systems response to infectious diseases emergencies.
Allison McGeer trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the University of Toronto then completed a fellowship in hospital epidemiology at Yale New Haven Hospital from 1989 to 1990. McGeer has been involved in pandemic influenza planning at international, national, provincial, regional and local levels.
McGreer is currently a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America Guideline Expert Advisory Group on Antivirals for Influenza. Her areas of research interest are the epidemiology of influenza infection, the prevention of health care associated infection, and adult immunization. She has current research funding from, among others, the United States National Institutes of Health, the United Kingdom Health Protection Agency, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute.
Vydia Nankoosingh is as a general medical laboratory technologist with 11 years of experience working in microbiology. She started as an Infection Control Professional in 2001 at the North York General Hospital where she worked predominantly in acute care and also gained experience in the rehabilitation and long term care settings.
Nankoosingh moved to the University Health Network in 2004 where she had the opportunity to work on the Infection Control Resource Team (OAHPP), lead UHN’s external consulting and become a team leader. Nankoosingh has been at The Scarborough Hospital since 2010 as a manager of IPAC. She is also an executive member of IPAC-GTA (local chapter of IPAC-Canada) and has been certified by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology since March 2004.
Herveen Sachdeva is a Public Health and Preventative Medicine physician. She has worked for Toronto Public Health as an Associate Medical Officer of Health since completing her fellowship training at the University of Toronto in 2006.
Over these years, she has focussed in communicable disease control in the areas of outbreak control and prevention, and infection prevention and control in community settings. She is an adjunct lecturer with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.