Karima Velji

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Dr.
Karima
Velji

Dr.
Karima
Velji

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Biography

Karima Velji is a health-care executive with over 25 years of progressive leadership experience across the full continuum of care. Her work includes developing and implementing innovations for patient-centered outcomes on models of care, interprofessional practice, and quality and safety systems. Most recently, Velji was the chief operating officer and chief nursing executive at Baycrest, a global leader in advances on aging and brain health. She was also Vice-President of patient care and chief nursing executive at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, now a program in the University Health Network.

A member of several boards, including those of Accreditation Canada, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, the University of Toronto (Mississauga), the Canadian Nurses Foundation and Assessment Strategies Inc., she was recently appointed by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Sunnybrook Hospital to be an external reviewer for Sunnybrook’s veteran’s centre.

Cross-appointed to the University of Toronto (U of T) and McMaster University, Velji has won several awards, including the Sigma Theta Tau Award of Excellence in nursing administration, the Ontario Hospital Association’s Margaret Comack National Award of Excellence in Nursing Leadership and, from the U of T’s Lawrence S. Bloomberg faculty of nursing, both the Distinguished Alumni Award for Nursing Practice and the Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award. 

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