Network Structure

The Southern Ontario Network of Obstetrics and Gynaecology’s Executive Committee is responsible for suggesting research questions, fostering collaboration, promoting membership, and tracking success and progress. The Executive is also responsible for creating sub-groups which take shared responsibility for the successful completion of projects in a timely manner.

Members share accountability for hosting and coordinating full Network meetings. The host of each session is responsible for disseminating invitations, setting the meeting agenda, ensuring participants are briefed prior to the meeting and creating summary notes.

Executive Committee

Executive Committee Members

  • Jon Barrett, Chair, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Howard Berger, Teaching Hospital Representative, St. Michael's Hospital
  • Cynthia Maxwell, Teaching Hospital Representative, Sinai Health System
  • Filomena Meffe, Teaching Hospital Representative, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Adrian Brown, Community Hospital Representative, North York General Hospital
  • Kristina Dervaitis, Community Hospital Representative, Southlake Hospital
  • Colette Rutherford, Community Hospital Representative, The Scarborough and Rouge Hospital - Centenary
  • Peter Scheufler, Community Hospital Representative, Trillium Health Partners
  • Julie Goldstein, Community Hospital Representative, Lakeridge Health
  • Gareth Seaward, University of Toronto Representative, Sinai Health System
  • Ronald Heslegrave, Ethics Advisor, William Osler Health Centre
  • Elizabeth Asztalos, Neonatal Representative, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Prakeshkumar Shah, Neonatal Representative, Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Beth Murray-Davis, Midwifery Representative, McMaster University
  • Merryn Douglas, BORN Liaison, Better Outcome Registry and Network (BORN)

Network responsibilities

The Network will be responsible for:

  • Organizing meetings for discussion of questions pertinent to high-quality practise of obstetrics to improve practice, develop shared guidelines and spark research collaborations;
  • Organizing stronger connections between obstetricians practising in academic and community hospitals to advance practices and processes with the goal of improving quality and seamlessness of care;
  • Identifying quality and outcome improvement measurements and setting targets that the obstetrics community will endeavour to achieve;
  • Creating opportunities for all members (academic and community hospitals) to participate as equals;
  • Developing useful guidelines to improve standards of patient care across Southern Ontario;
  • Developing a robust, connected research and data collection platform.

Scope of authority

The Southern Ontario Network of Obstetrics and Gynaecology is a voluntary association of specialists for the purpose of shared learning, developing collective insight, advocacy and developing opportunities for collaborative research. The Network has no formal authority over its members or any of their affiliated institutions. Guidelines developed by the Network are advisory, not binding. Membership is at will, and members may withdraw from the Network at any time, however, membership reimbursements will not be given.