"Enabling Health with Quality Online Tools"

Mark Makowsky BSP, PharmD, ACPR

Principal Investigator

Shahnaz Davachi PhD, RD

Mark is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta.  He has 7 years of experience in the field of primary care, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and pharmacy practice research.  He has peer-reviewed grants from the Lawson Foundation and Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation.  His field of research is in understanding how patients are currently using novel communication technologies (like medical apps, social media, and interactive websites) to deal with health-related issues and how these tools are impacting patient engagement in self-management activities for chronic disease and subsequent healthcare outcomes.

Charlotte Jones, PhD, MD, FRCPC

Shahnaz holds a PhD in Nutrition and Community Development from UK and a Post Doctoral fellowship in Health Service Planning from Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary. In her current leadership role as the Alberta Health Services provincial Director of Diverse Populations, Dr. Davachi leads the design, development and implementation of targeted Primary Health Care models for diverse and vulnerable populations. Dr. Davachi has an extensive leadership experience in strategic planning, and execution of innovative and patient/family centered service delivery models and has championed multiple research initiatives through grant funding from the Lawson Foundation, and Health Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada.
Charlotte, an endocrinologist and leading researcher in the field of chronic disease prevention, is an Associate Professor with the UBC Faculty of Medicine Southern Medical Program in Kelowna, British Columbia. Her research focuses on increasing the awareness, detection, and control of cardiovascular disease risk factors in diverse and at risk populations including the elderly, ethnic minority groups, and Aboriginal peoples. Dr. Jones implemented a nation-wide community-based participatory research project entitled ‘Know Your Numbers, Chart Your Heart.’ The project, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and supported by the University of Calgary and Hypertension Canada, aims to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in Canadian South Asians.

Co-Investigators


Project Team

Bikram Jammu MD, Community Coordinator



Community Advisory Committee

The e-Patient Project is overseen by a community advisory committee who advises the research team on specific matters as they relate to the preparation and completion of the project. The committee is comprised of community leaders with representatives from the health care professions, community and religious organizations, and laypeople.  All have an interest in promoting health and wellbeing in the South Asian community. 

About the Team


The e-Patient Project is a partnership between researchers from the University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, Alberta Health Services and Community and Religious groups from the South Asian Community in Edmonton, Alberta.