Lori MacCallum, BScPhm, PharmD
Co-investigator member, MedsCheck and Pharmaceutical Opinion project
Lead, AHRQ, Development of a diabetes decision aid for patients and pharmacists
Dr. Lori MacCallum is a co-investigator on OPEN’s MedsCheck and Pharmaceutical Opinion project, a research study that benefits greatly from her expertise and experience in diabetes management and knowledge translation. She is also the lead of an applied health research question that will develop a diabetes decision aid for patients and pharmacists. Lori is the Program Director of Knowledge Translation and Optimizing Care Models at the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. In this role, she leads the development and implementation of innovative programs and educational tools to support community pharmacists in improving care for people with diabetes and those at risk of diabetes.
Lori is also an Assistant Professor at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, the Sun Life Financial Professor in Wellness and Diabetes Education, and a co-author and member of the expert committee for both the 2008 and 2013 Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines (PDF).
Throughout her career Lori has worked in community, long-term care and hospital pharmacy. She developed an interest in diabetes while caring for patients in diabetes and chronic kidney disease clinics in the Diabetes Comprehensive Care Program at St. Michael’s Hospital. Her clinical and research interests focused primarily on managing diabetes in people with chronic kidney disease and she has given numerous presentations and published several papers on this topic. She also served as Chair of the Renal Pharmacists Network and continues to be very interested in supporting pharmacists in providing optimal care to patients. She has been recognized for her efforts in developing pharmacist-led patient programs and has received the Douglas J. Stewart Award from the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists for the development and evaluation of a pharmacist-led smoking cessation program.
More recently Lori has moved to the area of knowledge translation, initially as Clinical Lead at the Health Design Lab, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital where she led the development of patient education tools using multimedia for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Centre for Innovation in Complex Care and now as Program Director at the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre. She continues to practice as a pharmacist at a community health centre in Toronto specializing in women’s health.
Lori earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from Dalhousie University and a PharmD from the University of Toronto.