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Joseph Cafazzo PhD PEng

Centre Lead

Why do you do what you do? What motivates you to get up every morning and come to work?

I think about what’s next. I like to think I’m right about what’s next. What motivates me to get up in the morning is knowing that I need to get it right.

What are you passionate about outside of work?

I love music. I would have become a musician if I wasn’t so practical.

Who inspires you? Why?

Smart people who are really good at what they do. Those who are not complacent, that can’t stand still, that seek another challenge, and never rest on their laurels. I feel that everyone is here for a purpose. They love what they do. They are proud of what they’ve accomplished and look forward to the next challenge. It’s easy to get up in the morning when you are doing such important work.

Professional Bio

Dr. Joseph Cafazzo is Lead for the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, a state-of-the-art research facility devoted to the evaluation and design of healthcare technology, hosting seventy researchers and staff. Dr. Cafazzo has been an active researcher of the use of technology to facilitate patient self-care of complex chronic conditions such as diabetes, end-stage renal disease, and congestive heart failure. He has advised and conducted research for public sector policy makers and private sector medical technology companies on the design and safety of technology in healthcare. He is Senior Director of UHN Healthcare Human Factors – the largest group of its kind devoted to the application of human factors engineering to problems of healthcare delivery and patient safety. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, where he teaches and conducts research in the areas of human factors, clinical engineering, and health informatics. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Career Scientist award by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.