Karen Wong Riff is a Pediatric Plastic Surgeon-Scientist at SickKids Hospital and the University of Toronto. She completed her MD and Plastic Surgery residency at the University of Toronto, followed by fellowship training at SickKids and Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan. She has a Ph.D. in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University. She is the co-developer of the CLEFT-Q and the FACE-Q Craniofacial Module, two patient-reported outcome measures for patients with conditions affecting facial appearance and function. Her clinical practice is focused on cleft care and microsurgical reconstruction.
Measuring Patient-Reported Outcomes in Global Cleft Care
Dr. Hanmer’s primary research focus is on health-related quality of life measurement, particularly health utility measurement. Her recent work has focused on developing a new health utility score for the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS). This work combines item response theory and econometric theory.
In addition, Dr. Hanmer is the Medical Director for Patient-Reported Outcomes at UPMC where she oversees the design and implementation of patient-reported outcome measure collection in clinical settings through Epic. In this role, she evaluates patient-reported outcomes in clinical populations and the effect of measure collection on practices. Dr. Hanmer is an attending physician on the inpatient general internal medicine service at UPMC Montefiore.