vandanaDr. Vandana Ahluwalia
Corporate Chief of Rheumatology, William Osler Health System Center 

Dr. Vandana Ahluwalia heads the Rheumatology Division of the William Osler Health Centre in Brampton, Ontario. She sees patients in her Brampton community practice as well as in the combined Rheumatology/Orthopedics MSK clinic at Brampton Civic Hospital. A graduate of Queen’s University and the University of Toronto Medical School, she continues to be actively involved in clinical trials and studies related to inflammatory arthritis and has co-authored various articles within this therapeutic area.

Dr. Ahluwalia has been actively involved as an OBRI investigator since its inception in 2008. She is a committed member of the Planning & Review Board leadership team and has also been nominated to chair several Industry Council Meetings.

Most recently Dr. Ahluwalia held the position of President for the Ontario Rheumatology Association. She continues to remain active within her professional association as Director of Models of Care and leads 2 important committees namely, the New Models of Care (MOC) committee and the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) committee. Through her leadership, the MOC committee has been working to identify strategies that accelerate access to care for inflammatory patients while delivering improved health and system outcomes. There continues to be a growing adoption of EMR into clinical practice and Dr. Ahluwalia is actively championing the needs of her colleagues to ensure that Rheumatology specific tools are fully integrated within existing EMR platforms. With point of care tools in place, data can be pulled seamlessly into the large observational databases such as the OBRI research platform. In 2012, Dr Ahluwalia received the Community Rheumatologist of the Year award by the University of Toronto, Rheumatology Division. Recognized by her peers, and the Ontario Rheumatology Association in 2013, Dr. Ahluwalia also received the ORA President’s Award for her “brilliant leadership, commitment to excellence and unsurpassed effort.”