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Leadership Team

Dr. Adeera Levin, Executive Director

Dr. Adeera Levin - headshot - 300 x 449 - BW.jpgAdeera is responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of BC Renal and the network, ensuring that collectively we're continuously improving and supporting access to the highest quality, person-centred care for those living with kidney disease. She is also head of the UBC Division of Nephrology, co-principal investigator of the Can-SOLVE CKD Network, senior medical lead of the Integration Clinical and Academic Networks at Providence Health Care, lead of the Post-COVID-19 Interdisciplinary Clinical Care Network, and recipient of the Order of Canada. 

Erlyn Amano, Director, Business Planning

Erlyn Amano - BW.jpegErlyn’s portfolio includes providing strategic business planning services and financial reporting. Working closely with the rest of the BC Renal leadership team, Erlyn oversees the development of annual business plans and budgets. 

Dr. John Antonsen, Senior Medical Lead

Drs. John Antonsen - BW.jpgIn this newer role with the leadership team, John supports provincial alignment across health authority renal programs as well as BC Renal provincial committees, identifying and navigating operational issues that have provincial impact on quality and patient care. John also leads the BC Renal Medical Advisory Group and co-leads BC Renal's pandemic operational response. His other network roles include medical director, Kidney Services for Island Health and chair of the provincial Hemodialysis Committee.

Babita Basra, Director, Learning, People and Operations

Babita Basra - BW.jpegBabita is responsible for strategic planning, human resources and overall operations, including committee structure and physician compensation. Her role oversees process improvement and internal education across the organization. 

Dr. Michael Copland, Senior Medical Lead

Dr. Michael Copland - BW.jpgA newer addition to the leadership team, Michael supports provincial alignment across health authority renal programs, identifies and navigates operational issues that have provincial impact on quality and patient care, and oversees our diversity/inclusion strategic priority. Michael is also a member of the team that develops the provincial facilities and equipment planning committee's 10-year capital plan and co-leads BC Renal's pandemic operational response. His other network roles include medical director, Kidney Services for Vancouver Coastal Health/Providence Health Care and chair of the provincial Home Hemodialysis Committee.

Ognjenka Djurdjev, Senior Officer for Analytics and Methodology

Ognjenka has played a fundamental leadership role in the development and ongoing evolution of BC Renal since its inception. In her current part-time role, she leads the Analytics and Methodology team and plays a key role in strategies to increase research activities provincially. Ognjenka is also the executive director for the PHSA Provincial Clinical Policy Analytics and Registry Initiatives. 

Gloria Freeborn, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Development

Gloria Freeborn - 142 x 200 - BW.jpgGloria’s portfolio includes strategic planning, educational strategies and events, patient and family engagement, patient experience, partnership development and reporting to PHSA and the Ministry of Health. She also oversees BC Renal’s communications platforms, including the website, e-newsletters and social media.

Karin Jackson, Director of Operations, PROMIS

Karin Jackson - BW.jpegKarin is responsible for leading the PROMIS (Patient Records and Outcome Management Information System) team and the talented individuals who design, develop, implement and support the PROMIS provincial registry and clinical information system. The system, which is used by health professionals, supports the treatment and care of chronic kidney disease, solid organ transplant and post-COVID recovery patients across the province.

Dan Martinusen, Provincial Director, Pharmacy, BC Renal 

DanMartinusen.jpgDan is responsible for the pharmaceutical budget, contracts for pharmaceuticals and pharmacy services as well as nutritional supplements. He is also responsible for planning, designing, implementing, maintaining and monitoring all drug-use processes and related guidelines. This includes medication guideline development, drug formularies, drug invoice approval, pharmacist education and research. The focus is to provide timely, patient-centred, safe, evidence-informed and cost-effective drug therapy.

This year, Dan has also taken on an interim role to lead the provincial Emergency Management Committee and BC Renal contract management in concert with the rest of the team.

Sushila Saunders, Director Home Therapies and Palliative Care

Sushila Saunders - BW.jpegSushila provides strategic and operational leadership to the provincial Peritoneal Dialysis (PD), Home Hemodialysis (HHD) and Palliative Care committees and nursing groups, and collaborates with the regional PD and HHD programs. In her role, she oversees annual work plans and projects for these committees, as well as supports PD/HHD vendor management. She also manages BC Renal value-add funding for regional and provincial initiatives. 
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