Reflections on the Future of Work in the Imaging Professions

Panel: Greg Evans, Heidi Schmidt, William Tran, Catherine Wang
Moderator: Ann Russell


This panel discussion will explore the Future of Work in the imaging professions from leaders in health care, engineering and research. This session promises to be a dynamic exchange of reflections, ideas and predictions of what to expect moving forward. Our panelists will address questions related to how they perceive the professions changing in response to automation and artificial intelligence as well as the skills and competencies required to equip imaging professionals for the future of work. Our panelists live on the front lines as leaders of departments and organizations preparing for the future of work in imaging. What do they see and predict from their perspectives and what do we need to understand more about? Please join us for this dynamic session with this accomplished and inspiring group of panelists!

Panel Biographies

Greg EvansGreg Evans PhD, P.Eng, FCEA, FAAAS is the Director of the Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education and Practice and the Collaborative Specialization in Engineering Education. He is a 3M national Teaching Fellow, and a member of the University of Toronto President’s Teaching Academy. He has been learning and teaching Chemical Engineering for several decades as a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. His contributions to teaching have been recognised through the 2015 Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations Award, the 2014 Allan Blizzard Award for collaborative teaching, the 2013 Northrop Frye Award for integrating research and teaching, the 2010 Engineers Canada Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education. He is interests in transdisciplinary competencies, lab-based learning, metacognition, lifelong skills development and student data analytics.


Heidi SchmidtDr. Heidi Schmidt is the Department Head, Medical Imaging and Program Medical Director of the Joint Department of Medical Imaging at the University Health Network, Sinai Health and Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, and she is a Professor of Radiology at the University of Toronto.
She trained in Germany, where she graduated from Medical School in 1988, and finished her residency as a diagnostic radiologist in 1993. Following a research fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 1994, Dr. Schmidt was on faculty of the Department of Radiology at UCSF until she moved to Toronto in 2002. Since then, Dr. Schmidt is a staff radiologist in the Cardiothoracic Division in the JDMI.
After her recruitment to Toronto in 2002, her research focused on lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography, both as a site in the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP), as well as a site in the Pan-Canadian Early Lung Cancer Detection Study. Since 2017, Dr. Schmidt is the Radiology Quality Lead of the High Risk Lung Cancer Screening Pilot at Cancer Care Ontario.
For more than 10 years, from 2007-2018, Dr. Schmidt was the JDMI Site Director at Women’s College Hospital. For 6 years, she was also the head of the chest section in JDMI, before she became head of the cardiothoracic division in March 2016. In February 2018, she was appointed as interim radiologist-in-chief.


William TranDr. William Tran completed a B.Sc. in Anatomy and Cell Biology and specialty training in radiotherapy at McGill University and McGill University Health Centre in Montreal. He then completed an M.Sc., then a PhD in biomedical imaging and cancer radiomics at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. He returned to complete his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto. He currently works as a clinician scientist in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Odette Cancer Centre, where his clinical focus is on high-risk breast cancer.
William is appointed as scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute (Evaluative Clinical Sciences), and as assistant professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology and associate member of the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. He currently holds visiting professor status at the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam University in the United Kingdom and is adjunct professor at Ryerson University.

Dr. Tran’s research focuses on computational oncology imaging to improve diagnosis and treatment in patients with high-risk and locally advanced breast cancer.


Catherine WangCatherine Wang is the Vice President of Clinical Operations and Diagnostic Partnerships at University Health Network, Sinai Health Systems and Women’s College Hospital. In this role, she is the executive lead for the Joint Department of Medical Imaging, Canada’s largest academic radiology program that spans across UHN, Sinai Health and Women’s College Hospital. She also serves as the executive lead for UHN’s Laboratory Medicine Program as well as Microbiology, a partnership between Sinai and UHN. Catherine is appointed at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine as Assistant Professor for the Department of Medical Imaging. Earlier in her career, Catherine has had progressive management roles within the rehab, paediatric and acute care sectors. She has served the McGuinty government as the Senior Policy Advisor for Cabinet Office as well as worked within the Ministry of Health. Her focus throughout her career has been on quality improvement for patients at the hospital and system-level.