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Chris Hayes is the Chief Medical Information Officer with St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton where he led the implementation of the hospitals advanced health information system.  He is a staff critical care physician and an associate professor in the department of medicine at McMaster University.

Chris is a 2013-14 Canadian Harkness/IHI Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, where he spent a year at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement researching strategies to improve the success and sustainability of quality improvement and patient safety initiatives. Formerly, Dr. Hayes was the medical director of quality and performance at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, and from 2008 to 2015 Chris was the medical officer for the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, where he chaired the Canadian Safe Surgery Saves Lives program. He is a recognized leader in patient safety and quality improvement, working with regional, national, and international organizations, and has received multiple distinctions and awards.