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Lesley Gotlib Conn

Associate scientist

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave., Room K3W 28
Toronto, ON
M4N 3M5

Phone: 416-480-6100, ext. 85263


  • BA, 1998, anthropology, Western University, Canada
  • MA, 1999, anthropology, University of Toronto, Canada
  • PhD, 2004, anthropology, U of T, Canada
  • Collaborative program in women and gender studies, 2004, U of T, Canada

Appointments and Affiliations:

Research Foci:

  • Qualitative research and ethnography
  • Surgery
  • Knowledge translation, implementation research, quality improvement research
  • Interprofessional teamwork
  • Medical education research

Research Summary:

The focus of Dr. Gotlib Conn's research is applying anthropological research methods to the study of health care provider and hospital culture. Her interests include understanding the factors that influence interprofessional collaboration and teamwork, physician communication, and implementation and quality improvement research in surgery.

Selected Publications:

See current publications list at PubMed.

  1. Haas B, Gotlib Conn L, Rubenfeld GD, Scales D, Amaral AC, Ferguson ND, Nathens AB. “It’s parallel universes”: an analysis of communication between surgeons and intensivists. Crit Care Med. 2015 Oct;43(10):2147–54.
  2. Gotlib Conn L, Haas B, Cuthbertson BH, Amaral AC, Coburn N, Nathens AB. Communication and culture in the surgical intensive care unit: boundary production and the improvement of patient care. Qual Health Res. Epub 2015 Oct 18. doi: 10.1177/1049732315609901.
  3. Gotlib Conn L, McKenzie M, Pearsall E, McLeod RS. Successful implementation of an enhanced recovery after surgery programme for elective colorectal surgery: a process evaluation of champions' experiences. Implement Sci. 2015 Jul 17;10:99.
  4. McLeod RS, Aarts MA, Chung F, Eskicioglu C, Forbes SS, Gotlib Conn L, McCluskey S, McKenzie M, Morningstar B, Nadler A, Okrainec A, Pearsall EA, Sawyer J, Siddiqui N, Wood T. Development of an enhanced recovery after surgery guideline and implementation strategy based on the knowledge-to-action cycle. Ann Surg. Epub 2015 Feb 14.
  5. Ahmed N, Gotlib Conn L, Chiu M, Korabi B, Qureshi A, Nathens A, Kitto S. Career satisfaction among general surgeons in Canada: a qualitative study of enablers and barriers to improve recruitment and retention in general surgery. Acad Med. 2012 Nov;87(11):1616–21.

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