Sanaz Riahi

Sanaz Riahi
Vice-President, Practice, Academics and Chief Nursing Executive

Sanaz Riahi is Vice-President, Practice, Academics and Chief Nursing Executive at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores). Ms. Riahi joined Ontario Shores in 2009, and since that time has held progressive leadership roles, most recently as the Senior Director, Professional Practice and Clinical Information.

Ms. Riahi works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, maximizing the use of technology, to support, promote and advance quality interprofessional practice environment to optimize outcomes for patients, staff and the organization.

Her recent accomplishments include leading Ontario Shores in the achievement of HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence, HIMSS EMRAM Stage7 revalidation, placing Ontario Shores as the first hospital in Canada to receive these awards in recognition of its Electronic Health Record System. Other key activities where she has provided corporate leadership includes recovery-oriented initiatives, implementation of a patient portal in mental health care, and implementation of clinical practice guidelines leveraging technology.

Ms. Riahi is an active researcher and educator who has done numerous presentations and has publications in the areas of nursing education, the minimization of seclusion and restraint and the implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines. She has received numerous individual and team awards for her clinical achievements and nursing leadership including the 2015 Emerging Leader in Health Informatics Award, Canadian Health Informatics Award, COACH.

Prior to Ontario Shores, she worked in various nursing positions at Baycrest Centre for Geriatrics in Toronto and Mount Carmel Health System in the United States.

She is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Toronto and is currently completing her PhD studies at University of Central Lancashire in UK.