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Our People  


Leanne Tran, JD, MD (she/her)

Head of the Health, Law, Innovation, and Policy Lab

Dr. Leanne Tran (JD, MD) is the Managing Research Counsel and Head of the Health, Law, Innovation, and Policy Lab (HLIP Lab) at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute (LTRI), Sinai Health System (Sinai Health). She is a health lawyer with over 25 years of combined experience in the health and legal sectors. Prior to joining Sinai Health, Dr. Tran worked at a global law firm, a boutique health law firm, a medical device company, and in-house at two Toronto teaching and research hospitals, as well as at a Canadian financial institution. She is also Principal at JD MD Solutions, offering services at the interface of law, medicine, science, and research. At JD MD Solutions, Dr. Tran was counsel, consultant, and advisor to health sector organizations, clinician researcher entrepreneurs, and medical malpractice/personal injury/product liability/class action law firms. She not only has expertise in contracting, regulatory, commercialization, intellectual property, data security, and privacy matters, but also has experience in medical and scientific due diligence, governance, systems review, process improvement, health administration and policy, quality assurance, and risk management.

Dr. Tran is a board director of several non-profit healthcare organizations, an executive member of several legal associations, and a Legal/Privacy Expert and Scientific member of the Women’s College Hospital Research Ethics Board. She has taught courses and workshops at the University of Toronto and its affiliated hospitals, and serves as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Dr. Tran has also led clinical research and quality improvement projects at several academic hospitals and at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She has received grant funding for her research, including from the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA).

Dr. Tran has written, published, and spoken extensively on medical and legal matters in Canada, the United States, and Europe. She has authored numerous papers and four medical legal books:

Dr. Tran is currently writing several other medical legal books to be published over the next few years.


Current Students


Student Alumni 

The Health, Law, Innovation, and Policy Lab has received invaluable support from the following team of talented and dedicated students:

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