2016 CMBES Emeritus member

Anthony C. (Tony) Easty

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University Health Network and

Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering,

University of Toronto,

Toronto, ON




PhD, DIC, Department of Zoology, Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, United Kingdom

BSc, Electronics, University of Sussex, Falmer, Sussex, United Kingdom

Certified Clinical Engineer, Canadian Board of Examiners for Clinical Engineering Certification

CMBES Fellow, 2006


Tony Easty recently retired from his position as team leader and researcher with HumanEra and Global eHealth Innovation, University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto. Tony has had a long and distinguished career as a leader in Clinical Engineering in Canada, and internationally. In 2010, he was named the inaugural holder of the Baxter Chair in Health Technology at UHN. He has held several positions in Medical Engineering in Toronto hospitals, most recently as Senior Director of the Dept. of Medical Engineering at UHN. He served as Chair of the Clinical Engineering Certification board of examiners of the CMBES, from 2009-2013. In 2008, he received the ExCEL award for excellence in clinical engineering leadership from the American College of Clinical Engineering.

Tony's research interests have been focussed on human factors engineering, and safety in healthcare and the use of healthcare technology, with the primary objective of enhancing patient safety. His research team has studied the interaction between users and medical technology, with the goal of suggesting strategies and designs to improve workflow, and insure safe interaction with medical equipment and the safe delivery of medication. The team has also developed interactive training tools for clinicians to learn how to most effectively use new technology. Tony was promoted to Professor with the Institute for Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) at U of T, and has been integral to the delivery of their Clinical Engineering program. He is now an Adjunct Professor at IBBME.

Tony is an active member of a number of professional societies, including CMBES. He served as CMBES president 1992-1994. Most recently, he was co-chair of the organizing committee for the IUPESM World Congress on Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics which was held in Toronto in 2015. This was a major international conference, involving five societies (including CMBES), and requiring extensive planning and organization. Tony's involvement helped to insure the success of the Congress.

Tony Easty has been named an Emeritus member of CMBES for his many achievements and outstanding contributions to the profession of Biomedical Engineering, in research, education and service.