Durhane Wong-Rieger, PhD

President and CEO, The Institute for Optimizing Health Outcomes
Durhane Wong-Rieger, PhD is President and CEO of the Institute for Optimizing Health Outcomes. She is also president of the Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders and head of Consumer Advocare Network, a national network to promote patient engagement in healthcare policy and advocacy. Internationally, she serves as Chair of the Board of the International Alliance of Patient Organizations and is Co-Vice-Chair of the Steering Committee of Health Technology Assessment International Interest Group on Patient /Citizen Involvement. She is a licensed T-Trainer with the Stanford-based Living A Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.

As president of the Canadian Hemophilia Society, Durhane advocated on behalf of victims of tainted blood and named to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Blood Services and the National Blood Safety Council. Dr. Wong-Rieger has served on numerous health policy advisory committees and panels, including Project Coordinator for the Policy Dialogues for the Commission on the Future of Healthcare in Canada and consultant to the Ontario Premier’s Advisory Board on Organ Donation. She is a member of Health Canada’s Expert Advisory Committee on Vigilance of Health Products and Expert Advisory Panel on Special Access Programme.

From 1984 to 1999, Durhane was professor of psychology at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. Durhane has a BA in psychology from Barnard College in New York City and an MA and PhD in social psychology from McGill University in Montreal. She is author of two books and many articles and a frequent lecturer and workshop leader.