AMS announces 2020 Compassion and Artificial Intelligence Small Grants Awardees

January 25, 2021

AMS Healthcare is thrilled to announce the first awardees in our Compassion and AI Grants funding program. These seven remarkable individuals, and their multidisciplinary teams, will help transform healthcare by ensuring that technologies are enabling of healthcare’s compassionate purpose. Our new funding program supports research to generate knowledge and evidence that will enhance the education and training of healthcare professionals on the impact of digital technology and AI on compassionate care, and ultimately improve the experience of patients, families and caregivers. “We look forward to seeing the impact these projects will have on this important new field of research” states AMS CEO Gail Paech “I am sure that we will see many of these innovators go on to become AMS Fellows in Compassion and AI and truly revolutionize the face of healthcare.”


Ryan Brydges, PhD

Scientist, St. Michael’s Hospital
Designing learning technologies to support the development of compassionate and skilled physicians


Amy Hsu, BSc PhD

Investigator, Bruyere Research Institute
Predicting multimorbidity using self-reportable information and accelerometry data


Farzad Khalvati, PhD MASc BSc

Associate Scientist, Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
Increasing equity of access to diagnostic imaging by facilitating an AI driven scheduling approach to improve the experience and access by disadvantaged groups


Shehroz Khan, PhD

Scientist, KITE, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute- University Health Network
Developing an artificial intelligence driven personalized virtual or home-based cardiac tele-rehabilitation platform to determine patient engagement in their respective cardiac rehabilitation program.


Breanne Oryschak, PhD

Instructional Designer, Medical Council of Canada
Addressing the educational gap for virtual care competencies


Matthew Smith, MBA RN

Data Scientist, St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Developing an AI driven classification to identify patients at risk of extended ALC length of stay


Marina B. Wasilewski, PhD

Scientist, St. John’s Rehab- Sunnybrook Research Institute
Exploring Physiatrists’ experiences with compassionate care in the context of Telerehab


The Call for this year’s Compassion and AI Grants will open in Spring 2021