Maria J. Santana

Dr. Maria J. Santana is a health services researcher, patient and family-centred care scientist, Professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada.

Dr. Santana has received training in clinical pharmacy (BPharm, MPharm, London School of Pharmacy, UK, Universidad La Laguna, Spain), public health and clinical epidemiology (PhD, University of Alberta, Canada).

She is the provincial director, Patient Engagement for the Alberta Strategy for Patient-oriented Research (https://absporu.ca/patient-engagement-2/ ). She is the principal investigator for the Person-centred Care Research Team, https://cumming.ucalgary.ca/research/person-centred-care and the academic director of the Patient and Community Engagement in Research, PaCER, https://www.ucalgary.ca/patient-community-engagement-research .

In 2023, she received the President Award by the International Society for Quality of Life Research. Recently, she has collaborated in three major international initiatives: World Health Organization – Patient Engagement: Technical Series on Safer Primary Care; Pan-American Health Organization – World Hypertension League Hypertension Monitoring and Evaluation Framework to aid Hypertension Control Programs; and the International Consortium for Health Outcome Measurement Adult Diabetes. She is a scientific advisor for the Gothenburg Person-centred Centre, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.