Our Team


Dr. Roger Deeley 
Vice President, Health Sciences Research, KHSC and President & CEO, KGHRI
t: +1.613.533.6627
e: deeleyr@queensu.ca


Smita Sengupta 
Financial Officer 
t: +1.613.549.6666  x. 6844 
e: Smita.Sengupta@kingstonhsc.ca

Danielle Blanche
Research Financial Facilitator
t: +1.613.549.6666  x. 7406 
e: danielle.blanche@kingstonhsc.ca

Research Support

Wilma Hopman 
Research Methodologist
t: +1.613.549.6666  x. 4941
e: wilma.hopman@kingstonhsc.ca

Andrew Day 
Senior Biostatistician
t: +1.613.549.6666  x. 4998
e: andrew.day@kingstonhsc.ca

Patrick Norman
t: +1.613.549.6666 x. 3019
e: patrick.norman@kingstonhsc.ca

Lisa McAvoy 
Clinical Research Liaison Officer
t: +1.613.549.6666 x. 3344
e: lisa.mcavoy@kingstonhsc.ca

Leah Garrison
Research Operations Assistant
t: +1.613.549.6666  x. 8171
e: leah.garrison@kingstonhsc.ca

Shari Glustein
Research Assistant
Hotel Dieu Hospital Kingston Research Institute
t: +1.613.544-3400 x. 2115
e: shari.glustein@kingstonhsc.ca 


Veronica Harris-McAllister 
Director, Health Sciences Research
t: +1.613.549.6666  x. 3653
e: veronica.harris-mcallister@kingstonhsc.ca

Vic Sahai
Hotel Dieu Hospital Kingston Research Institute
t: +1.613.544-3400 x. 3642
e: vic.sahai@kingstonhsc.ca

Mary Anne Beaudette
Communications Consultant
t: +1.613.549.6666  x. 3722
e: maryanne.beaudette@kingstonhsc.ca



Roger Deeley, PhD
Dr. Roger Deeley is the President & CEO of the Kingston General Health Research Institute.  He also holds the positions of Vice President, Health Sciences Research at Kingston Health Sciences Centre, Vice-Dean Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University, and an endowed chair in basic oncology. Previously Dr. Deeley served as Vice President and then Director of Research for Cancer Care Ontario.  He was also one of the founders and the first Director of the Queen’s University Cancer Research Institute, a position he held for 13 years. Dr. Deeley has extensive experience working with provincial and federal health research funding agencies, charities and the private sector.

Prior to moving to Canada, Dr. Deeley spent 10 years as a scientist at the US National Cancer Institute and since then has maintained a highly successful research career studying mechanisms of resistance to cancer therapeutics. His pioneering work, with Queen’s University co-investigator Dr. Susan Cole, and their subsequent discovery of the gene coding for a multidrug resistance protein (MRP), represented a significant advancement in scientific understanding of how the body deals with drugs, toxins and other chemicals. Author of approximately 200 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and with more than 17,000 citations, Dr. Deeley is also a named inventor on 12 patents worldwide relating to this work, which continues to contribute significantly to drug development and cancer research. 

In 2005, he was a recipient of the Robert L. Noble Prize presented jointly by the National Cancer Institute of Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society, and in 2007 received a National Cancer Institute of Canada’s Diamond Jubilee Award, both for outstanding contributions to cancer research.  In 2013, he became a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and in 2014 he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada.


Smita Sengupta, MBA, CPA, CGA

Smita Sengupta joined Kingston Health Sciences Centre in May 2005.  In her role as the Institute’s Financial Officer, she is responsible for financial management, budgeting and reporting functions.  She brings to her position extensive financial experience in corporate and not-for-profit organizations. Prior to joining the Institute, she was the Finance and Administration Manager of the Kingston General Hospital Foundation.   

Danielle Blanche
Danielle Blanche is the Research Financial Facilitator for Kingston General Health Research Institute. She facilitates the full accounting cycle of the funds held by the Research Institute. Before becoming a part of the Kingston General Health Research Institute team, Ms Blanche was a senior member of the accounting department for a local property management firm. Previously she spent two years as a junior member on the accounting team of a Fortune 30 pharmaceutical company. She is a graduate of St. Lawrence College, with an Advanced Accounting diploma in Business Administration.  

Research SUPPORT

Wilma Hopman, MSc
Wilma M. Hopman is the Research Methodologist for the Kingston General Health Research Institute, and holds an Adjunct appointment in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Queens University. She also contributes to teaching in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy and the School of Nursing. She has served as an external reviewer for 8 funding agencies and 22 peer-reviewed journals, and currently has 129 peer-reviewed publications (July, 2015).  Prior to joining the Research Institute, she was the Associate Director of Case Mix Research (Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Queen’s University) and more recently the Director of the MacKenzie Health Services Research Group (also at Queen’s University). She is a graduate of Brock University (BA Psychology) and Queen’s University (MA, Applied Psychology). 

Andrew Day, MSc
Andrew Day has been the Senior Biostatistician at Kingston General Health Research Institute for the past 14 years. In this role he supervises a small team of MSc-trained research data analysts and serves as a statistical consultant, collaborator and co-investigator on many clinical trials and other diverse medical research projects. He has directly collaborated with more than 250 faculty, residents and graduate students. These collaborations have led to well over 250 peer reviewed publications (130 as co-author) and more than 50 successful grant applications (30 as co-investigator). Mr. Day holds a cross-appointment with the Department of Public Health Sciences at Queen’s University. He is a graduate of Queen’s University (MSc, Statistics).

Patrick Norman, MSc
Patrick Norman is a biostatistician at the Kingston General Health Research Institute. In this role, he provides methodological guidance and analytical support to KGHRI-associated researchers. Mr. Norman completed his MSc from Queen’s University, where his Master’s project involved creating an artificial neural network-based model to predict survival time in the presence of complex, nonlinear covariate-response relationships. Mr. Norman maintains an interest in the design and analysis of clinical trials and observational epidemiological studies.

 Lisa McAvoy, MA, CCRP
Lisa McAvoy is the Clinical Research Liaison Officer at the Kingston General Health Research Institute. Ms. McAvoy oversees the day-to-day operations of the W.J. Henderson Centre for Patient-Oriented Research and plays a supportive and collaborative role for the research community as well as advocating for patient engagement in research across the Kingston hospitals. Ms. McAvoy supports investigators, research staff, students, and trainees on all study-specific queries, develops and implements educational materials and training programs for hospital-based research, and is a hospital institutional administrator for TRAQ for quality and regulatory assurance. Ms. McAvoy has over 20 years of diverse research experience in social science and clinical research.  She has filled roles on several committees and working groups related to the clinical trial industry.  She is a graduate of Carleton University (MA, Psychology) and has been SOCRA certified since 2010.

Leah Garrison
Leah Garrison is the Research Operations Assistant at the Kingston General Health Research Institute. In this role, Ms. Garrison serves as a hospital institutional administrator for both clinicaltrials.gov registry and TRAQ, and assists with the day-to-day operations of the W.J. Henderson Centre for Patient-Oriented Research. Ms. Garrison joined us from the Kingston Health Sciences Centre Hotel Dieu Hospital site, where she was Referral Coordinator for the Native Patient Services Program. Ms. Garrison has several years of administrative experience in various roles such as a registration clerk, administrative assistant and receptionist. Ms Garrison is a graduate of St. Lawrence College with diplomas in Medical and Legal Office Administration and is currently working towards a BA in Psychology at Queen's University.

Shari Glustein
Shari Glustein has worked as Research Assistant at Hospital Dieu Hospital Kingston Research Institute since August 2013, supporting researchers in all phases of projects, and the Institute in all of its daily operations. Prior to this she worked in the library science and legislative publishing fields for several years. She is a graduate of Western University (Master's of Library and Information Science) and McGill University (BA, Psychology).


Veronica Harris-McAllister, MSc
Veronica Harris-McAllister is the Director of Health Sciences Research at the Kingston General Health Research Institute. Previously she held the role of Manager of Health Sciences Research at the Research Institute (2008-2017). Ms. Harris-McAllister has over 20 years of experience working in clinical, pharmaceutical, and administrative research.  Prior to joining the Research Institute, she worked in the Respiratory Investigation Unit at Queen’s University (2004-2008) and at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute in the Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre (2001-2004). Ms. Harris-McAllister is a graduate of Queen’s University (BSc, Biochemistry), University of New Brunswick (BPHE, Sports Science), and East Stroudsburg University (MSc, Cardiac Rehabilitation & Exercise Sciences).

Vic Sahai, MSc

Vic Sahai has more than 27 years of experience working in the health research field, including planning health information initiatives, knowledge exchange, public health research and epidemiological methodology. He has authored and co-authored many publications.

Mr. Sahai was appointed Director of Research at Hotel Dieu Hospital (Kingston) Research Institute in 2012. He is an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) in the Department of Public Health Sciences, Queen’s University. Previously he was Senior Director of Performance, Contract and Allocation, North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN (2006-2009), and he was Founding Director of the Northern Health Information Partnership (1997-2006), where he was responsible for providing innovative leadership to the planning, direction and operational implementation of health intelligence initiatives in Northern Ontario. During this time he was cross-appointed to Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, where he was Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research. He was also Research Coordinator of the Northeastern Ontario Family Medical Residency Program (1996-2006) and Assistant Professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). He is a graduate of Queen’s University (MSc, Community Health Administration & Epidemiology). 

Mary Anne Beaudette
Mary Anne Beaudette is communications consultant for the Kingston General Health Research Institute. Previously she was Director of Communications at PARTEQ Innovations, the technology transfer office of Queen’s University, where she established a national reputation for effectively communicating the impacts of university-generated research discoveries. During this time she also provided communications support, including branding, website development, corporate communications and trade show coordination, to more than 15 PARTEQ spinoff companies in the alternative energy, pharmaceutical, environmental, power electronics, biomedical and advanced materials sectors. Previously she worked as a newspaper reporter and editor at the Kingston Whig-Standard before joining Queen’s University as manager of the institution’s internal communications, including Editor of the Queen’s Gazette. She is founder of Substantive Communications, specializing in corporate and institutional communications, including writing, editing, website expertise and graphic design support. She is a graduate of University of Guelph (BA) and Queen’s University (BEd).