Ali MacRobie is a Research Assistant who has been working with W21C since 2015. Based out of the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH), Ali supports the Efficiency, Quality, Innovation and Safety (EQuIS) research platform. Her current research work is focused on pediatric surgery, primarily in quality and safety improvement initiatives.
Previously Ali worked with Alberta Health Services on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in an administrative role. In that role, Ali learned the inner workings of the NICU and spent time with the NICU data management office learning different databases.
She is trained in realist review research methodology, and is currently pursuing training in research impact assessment and project management.

With Dr. Mary Brindle and the EQuIS platform, Ali’s current research projects include: a realist review of dedicated operating room time for urgent and emergent non-scheduled surgical procedures at ACH; evaluating pain outcomes of caudal vs. ilioinguinal nerve block in children undergoing hernia repair or orchiopexy, and a review of CAPSNet and CDHSG databases tracking all babies born with gastroschisis and congenital diaphragmatic hernia, and following them during pregnancy, birth, through surgery, and through their stay on the NICU.