Odette School of Business announces renowned visiting scholar for WIN

The Odette School of Business announces Dr. Charles Alessi, LRCP, MRCS, as the inaugural visiting scholar appointed to the newly-launched World Health Innovation Network (WIN). Joining three esteemed Adjunct Faculty members, Dr. Alessi will apply his expertise in health systems to advance sustainability and economic growth to deliver tangible health care benefits to all Canadians, and increased value to innovative Canadian companies.

“We are delighted to have such a renowned international health systems expert join the WIN team,” says Dr. H. Allan Conway, Dean, Odette School of Business. “Dr. Alessi’s extensive experience developing the interface between health, business, industry, and government will be invaluable to the Network and will contribute significantly to foster and strengthen the work being done to lead the adoption of health system innovation here in Canada and in the U.S.”

Dr. Alessi has a wealth of experience in health care, specifically designing and scaling innovative primary care models. His work includes input into the implementation of health systems internationally in the European Union, the United States, Brazil, Canada, the Middle East and North Africa, Libya and Sudan.

Through mentorship and scholarship, this newly-announced academic team will cultivate a field of highly skilled, specialized entrepreneurs and professionals to build capacity to scale innovative health systems, processes and technologies.

“I am honoured to join this highly-respected group of academics as a visiting scholar and to work with Dr. Snowdon and the Odette WIN team to foster and develop needed revolutionary, and disruptive health system initiatives,” says Dr. Alessi. “As the first Canadian health innovation centre with formal ties to the U.S., WIN will build collaborative partnerships between these countries and advance health care systems with an approach that has not been previously done.”

WIN’s main areas of focus includes supporting world-leading research to provide value for the health sector, helping to ensure that Canadian discoveries and innovations are accessed by key enablers necessary for adoption and scalability in health systems both in North America and globally.

With this distinguished group of experts, WIN moves forward in building a legacy of influence with an impact that will shape the future of health systems in Canada and around the world.


Visiting Scholar biography

Dr. Charles Alessi, LRCP, MRCS Co Chair, National Association of Primary Care, NHS Confederation Senior Advisor, Public Health England Lead Dementia, Public Health England Lead new models of care and wellness, Public Health England Senior Advisor NHS Clinical Commissioners, London, England Dr. Charles Alessi is a practising General Practitioner in south west London and a Senior Advisor and Lead for preventable dementia in Public Health, England. He has extensive experience of the NHS in a variety of senior positions in both primary and secondary care as well as PCTs and Health Authorities and assumed the role of Chairman of NAPC from 1st January 2012. He is also Chairman of NHS Clinical Commissioners. Further, he is intimately involved in the one of the Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group providing services to over 195,000 patients, 29 practices and over a 130 General Practitioners. He has extensive experience working at senior levels both nationally and internationally, in Europe and the Americas. As Chair of the NAPC, he is at the heart of health reform, and internationally he has been active in advising both governments and international organizations. He also has experience of military medicine acting as Director of Medicine and Clinical Governance for the British Armed Forces in Germany.

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