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Biographical Notes

Dr. Ken FarionImage of smiling man with very short hair in a suit

Medical Director, Quality and Systems Improvement

Dr. Ken Farion is the Medical Director of Quality and Systems Improvement and an investigator with the CHEO Research Institute. Dr. Farion completed his emergency medicine training at the University of Toronto in 1998, and his pediatric emergency medicine subspecialty training at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), where he has been on staff ever since. He also practiced emergency medicine at The Ottawa Hospital from 1998-2006.

As CHEO’s Medical Director of Quality and Systems Improvement since 2011, Dr. Farion works to engage CHEO’s staff and physicians in continuous quality improvement initiatives, using Lean improvement and management methods known as CHEOworks. Beginning in 2016, Dr. Farion will also be the Medical Lead for the Epic Benefits Realization program, helping to identify and quantify the improvements to care delivery, patient outcomes, and patient & provider satisfaction that will be achieved with adoption and optimization of a fully electronic health record using Epic.

Dr. Farion has served as the Associate Medical Director of CHEO’s Emergency Department from 2006-2011, and then Medical Director and Chief from 2009-10 (Acting) and 2011-2015. Throughout his career, he has helped to develop and implement innovative improvements to the delivery of care in the Emergency Department, and in coordination with other parts of the hospital.

Dr. Farion conducts a variety of clinical and health systems research at CHEO while collaborating with other researchers at the uOttawa Faculty of Medicine, uOttawa’s Telfer School of Management, as well as across Canada through the Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC) network.

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