Women Leaders in Digital Health: Laura Desveaux

Laura Desveaux, Scientific Lead, Virtual Care, Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care

Dr. Desveaux’s commitment to bettering the health system and leading future generations of women health leaders culminated in the establishment of Women Who Lead- a volunteer-run network created to support women in healthcare in the areas of career advancement and leadership development. Women Who Lead extends beyond academic institutions to reach women across the healthcare sector, including clinicians, managers, administrators, communications specialists, among others, across all career stages.

In terms of both her prior success and her opportunity for future impact, this is exactly the kind of leader Ontario and Canada need to drive the digital agenda forward. Laura’s contributions towards the advancement ofdigital health in Ontario and globally will only amplify in the coming years. – R. Sacha Bhatia MD, MBA, FRCP, Director, Institute for Health System’s SolutionsStaff Cardiologist, Women’s College and University Health NetworkAdjunct Scientist,Institute for Clinical Evaluative SciencesAssistant Professor, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine

Her commitment to supporting others is an ideal complement to her experience, productivity, methodological skills, and expanding network, which create a strong foundation from which she will continue to impact the digital health agenda over the course of her career.

Laura embodies the spirit of this award through her thought leadership and her commitment to mentoring and supporting others in pursuit of a digitally-enabled health system. She has led over 13 publications and has supported several more that synthesize learnings across projects and challenge existing evaluation paradigms. In these efforts Laura uses her experience and expertise to advance the field of digital health and our broader understanding of how to achieve a digitally-enabled health system. She routinely leverages her work to support the professional advancement of junior staff, colleagues, and system partners in pursuit of system goals. Her actions demonstrate her leadership and the commitment to cultivating digital health capacity.

Congratulations on being voted one of the 2020 Women Leaders in Digital Health, Laura Desveaux!

Learn more about the Women Leaders in Digital Health Award here.