Joined September 2007

Svetlena Taneva BSc MSc PhD

Human Factors Specialist

Healthcare Human Factors

416.340.4800 x8530

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

Our work makes a difference and saves lives. I am motivated by the fact that my daily work will ultimately improve patient care. The outcomes of our work are tangible and have a personal aspect as well – each one of us is a patient at some point in our lives. As such, I would like to be confident that when I am the patient, I will not have to worry about systemic errors that may occur in my healthcare environment.

What are you passionate about outside of work?

Traveling around the world and exploring the outdoors.

What book, film, or piece of art would you like everyone to see?

Salvador Dali’s art.


Professional Bio

Dr. Svetlena Taneva specializes in the development and evaluation of human-centered technology and organizational processes in clinical environments. By incorporating knowledge of the cognitive, social and cultural aspects of healthcare, she has leveraged workflows in the operating room setting that enhance safety and efficiency. Dr. Taneva has also been involved in the design of healthcare technologies at Siemens Medical, and brings international experience, having worked in Canada, the U.S., France, Germany, and Switzerland.

Dr. Taneva has published extensively in a number of scientific journals and conferences relating to healthcare human factors and patient safety. In addition, she is the author of a book on the management of surgical coordination processes, and a co-author of a book chapter on technology-based approaches to mental health care. Dr. Taneva is a frequent public speaker to professional and scientific audiences.

Dr. Taneva holds a PhD in Engineering, specializing in Healthcare Human Factors, a Master of Computer Science specializing in Cognitive Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.