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Soumia Meiyappan

Title: Program Manager, Strategy, Clinical Research Services
Designations: M.Sc., PMP
Email: soumia.meiyappan@sickkids.ca

Biography

Soumia Meiyappan is a Program Manager in Strategy for Clinical Research Services at SickKids. She holds over a decade of experience working in the academic health science sector. Over the course of her career, she has driven strategic initiatives forward, namely aimed at addressing the health care needs of children, adults, and the elderly. She has been committed to enabling more equitable access to care for Ontarians through the application of her project management, strategic thinking, and research expertise.

In her current role, she supports the Associate Chief of Clinical Research by advancing the development of the Clinical Research portfolio. She is working with stakeholders across the organization to identify, prioritize, and implement initiatives and objectives of the Clinical Research Strategic Plan. Previously, as a Project Management and Research Professional in primary care, she directed the Toronto Western Family Health Team (part of the University Health Network) to a successful Accreditation, led the implementation of a smoking cessation clinical program, and served as a co-lead on an original research study on primary care follow-up.  

Education and Experience

  • 2020–Present: Program Manager, Strategy, Clinical Research Services, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2019–2020: Project Leader, Toronto Western Family Health Team, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2011–2019: Research Associate, Toronto Western Family Health Team, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2009–2011: Research Analyst, Department of Endocrinology, Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2008–2010: Master of Science, Health Research Methodology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
  • 2003–2007: Bachelor of Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

Achievements

  • 2020: Toronto Western Family Health Team site identified as Champion Partner; selected for excelling at implementing the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation. Awarded 1000 CAD and invited to present at special workshop: 
  • Meiyappan, S., Arany, T., Kaasa, B., & Lo, J. The Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation in the Toronto Western Family Health Team: A Tailored Approach (Oral). 12th Annual Ottawa Conference: State of the Art Clinical Approaches to Smoking Cessation, Ottawa, ON, Jan. 16th-18th, 2020.
  • 2018: Best Research Abstract (500 CAD): Meiyappan, S. & Kaasa, B. Barriers and Facilitators in Follow-Up with Primary Care Providers upon Discharge from Hospital: Patients’ and Caregivers’ Perspectives* (Poster). 16th Annual Canadian Society of Hospital Medicine Conference, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Whistler, BC, Oct. 26th-27th, 2018.

Publications

  1. Shack, A.R., Meiyappan, S., & Grossman, L.D. (2018). Improved Self-Esteem in Artists After Participating in the “Building Confidence and Self-Esteem Toolbox Workshop.” Frontiers in Psychology, 9
  2. Tazkarji, B., Lam, R., Lee, S., & Meiyappan, S. (2016). Approach to Preventive Care in the Elderly. Canadian Family Physician, 62(9):717-721. 
  3. Lam, R., Lee, L., Tazkarji, B., Lee, J., Freedman, A., & Meiyappan, S. (2015). Five-Weekend Care of the Elderly Certificate Course: Continuing professional development activity for family physicians. Canadian Family Physician, 61:e135-141. 
  4. Misra, S., Meiyappan, S., Heus, L., Freeman, J., Rotstein, L., Brierley, J.D., Tsang, R.W., Rodin, G., Ezzat, S., Goldstein, D.P., & Sawka, A.M. (2013). Patients’ Experiences Following Local-Regional Recurrence of Thyroid Cancer: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Surgical Oncology, 108(1), 47-51. 
  5. Meiyappan, S. & Lohfeld, L. (2013). New Mothers in a New Land: A Qualitative Exploration of Life as a First-Time Mother According to Tamil-Speaking Newcomers Living in Toronto. In J.K. Sangha & T. Gonsalves (Eds.), South Asian Mothering: Negotiating Culture, Family and Selfhood (pp. 85-100) Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Demeter Press. 

Funding

  • 2015–2017: Barriers and Facilitators in Follow Up with Primary Care Providers upon Discharge from Hospital: Patients’ and Caregivers’ Perspectives, Principal Investigator, Co-PI: Kaasa B., UTOPIAN (University of Toronto Practice-Based Research Network, Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto) Idea to Proposal Small Grant Scheme, 14, 872.70 CAD 
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