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Dr. Susan Brien is Senior Vice President Medical, Academic and Research Affairs for Horizon Health Network. Originally from New Brunswick and prior to joining Horizon, Dr. Brien served as the Director, Practice and System Innovation at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She played an integral part in the Royal College’s international initiative as the Vice-President Asia Pacific. Her portfolio included overseeing new regional, national and international projects, facilitating professional development activities such as team training, simulation, performance assessment, simulation accreditation, and curriculum integration.

Dr. Brien also held leadership roles including Chief of Neurosurgery at Le Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Gatineau, where she had practiced as a neurosurgeon. She served as the inaugural Director of Operations for Quebec, Eastern Canada and Nunavut with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, where she was responsible for national patient safety education. Dr. Brien is an Adjunct Professor of Surgery at the University of Ottawa and a faculty lecturer with the Division of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University, where she also served as the UGME Accreditation Lead for the Gatineau Campus. She is a certified physician executive and member of the American Association of Physician Leaders. As Vice President Medical, Academic and Research Affairs, Dr. Brien oversees and ensures systems, policies and procedures support excellence in medical care and champions constant improvement, innovation, and research.