Aug 062015

Dr. Martin Ferguson-Pell Appointed Executive Director of ABJHI

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Dr. Martin Ferguson-Pell has been appointed Executive Director of Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute, effective immediately. As ABJHI’s senior executive, Dr. Ferguson-Pell assumes responsibility for setting strategic objectives, building productive, mutually beneficial relationships with stakeholders in bone and joint health care, and securing the resources ABJHI requires to meet its long-term priorities.

Dr. Ferguson-Pell is Vice-principal, Peter Lougheed Leadership College, Vice-provost (Strategic Initiatives), and Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. He Dr. Martin Ferguson-Pellwill continue in these positions while serving as ABJHI’s Executive Director.

“Martin brings to ABJHI highly valuable experience and a remarkable record of success in building broad-based participation in novel concepts and ventures, and in procuring the resources needed to support them,” Ian Robinson, the Chair of ABJHI’s Board of Directors, said. “He is well known and highly respected among our diverse stakeholders, including clinicians, researchers, senior health care administrators, and policy makers in government.”

Dr. Stephen Weiss is stepping out of the role of Executive Director after seven years. He takes up the position of Strategic Advisor responsible for developing strategies for successfully executing health care service improvement projects, expanding ABJHI’s marketing efforts, and building brand recognition associated with its unique capabilities in translating knowledge and measuring and analyzing health care performance.

“Stephen guided ABJHI through a period of remarkable success while navigating turbulent times in the economy and in public health care. Under his stewardship, ABJHI grew its service offering and built a reputation as a trusted catalyst for change, opening doors to innovative, evidence-based approaches that have improved patient services and outcomes. He now wants to step back and we have accommodated his wishes,” Mr. Robinson said.

Christopher Smith, Chief Operating Officer, will continue to lead ABJHI’s day-to-day operation ensuring ABJHI’s projects are structured and resourced optimally, project deliverables are met, and the strategies employed in the projects are effective.

“Stephen has shaped ABJHI into an organization with tremendous potential to grow its influence in bone and joint health care. I look forward to working with Christopher and Stephen on the strategies that will secure the resources we need to support this growth,” Dr. Ferguson-Pell said.

Dr. Ferguson-Pell is a biomedical engineer and credentialed clinical scientist. His academic career has centred on studying secondary complications of physical disability and their causes to reduce their incidence. To advance this research, he designed and developed a Rehabilitation Robotics Laboratory in the University of Alberta’s Edmonton Clinic Health Academy. His research team is also creating a living laboratory network to study the role technologies can play in community care, particularly for vulnerable seniors.

As Vice-principal, Dr. Ferguson-Pell is working with the Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, former Prime Minister of Canada, to create the Peter Lougheed Leadership College. The college will coordinate an interdisciplinary, experiential certificate in leadership for undergraduate students.

Prior to his appointment as Vice-principal, Dr. Ferguson-Pell was Senior Advisor to the university’s President tasked with quickly completing several key initiatives. These included undertaking a major review of graduate education and experience, advancing leadership in digital learning, and establishing presidential review committees. He also served as Acting Provost and Vice-President Academic and as Dean of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Dr. Ferguson-Pell holds a BSc in physics (1973) from Exeter University and a PhD in biomedical engineering (1977) from the University of Strathclyde in the United Kingdom.

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