Bridgepoint Health

Dr. Ross Upshur new Bridgepoint Scientific Director

Posted on Tuesday September 16, 2014

Bridgepoint Active Healthcare is pleased to announce that Dr. Ross Upshur is the new Scientific Director of the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation. This first-of-its kind research institute has the goal of being the world leader in developing, testing, evaluating, and teaching approaches to address the needs of the growing number of people living with complex health conditions.

“Bridgepoint has been a committed leader of this increasingly important area of healthcare,” said Dr. Upshur. “As a physician and a scientist, Bridgepoint presents the opportunity to work in a living laboratory where we can model, test and evaluate our research in a way that we see our results in action.”

Dr. Upshur played a leadership role in the creation of the IMPACT model: a validated interprofessional, team-based model of care for patients with multiple chronic conditions and complex medical and social needs, which is now being utilized by a number of primary care teams. Under his direction, Bridgepoint will launch three new clinics based on the IMPACT model. IMPACT-I, the first time the model is being implemented to enhance inpatient care for medically complex patients; Bridge to Home, which will help support discharged patients and re-connect them back to their community and primary care physician; and the CARE clinic, which is designed for community-residing elderly patients who are at risk of hospitalization and/or placement in long-term care.

“Bridgepoint is excited to welcome Dr. Upshur to lead the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation. He will advance its groundbreaking applied research to create best models of care for complex patients and help to inform how we create a sustainable health system,” said Marian Walsh, President & CEO of Bridgepoint Active Healthcare.

Dr. Upshur is a long-time outstanding scholar in primary care, chronic disease and complexity, bioethics, and global health. In addition to leading the Collaboratory, Ross will continue to be the Head of the Division of Clinical Public Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and a Professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, and the Canada Research Chair in Primary Care Research.