Yoshiko Nakamachi, RN, BScN, BA, PMP
ASP Lead, Program Manager
Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
T: 416-340-4800 x 3582
Yoshiko began her career at The Hospital for Sick Children and Toronto General Hospital, where she worked in clinical research with a focus on cystic fibrosis and liver diseases. She later extended her knowledge of clinical research as a Project Manager of clinical trials within the pharmaceutical industry at Schering Plough Research Institute (now Merck & Co.), with a focus on anti-infectives. In this capacity, she was also a principal contributor to process harmonization, an initiative focused on devising a common set of best practices within the global/international clinical research division. She was also a subject matter expert, driving requirements for a web-based data collection and management solution that became the industry standard.
Yoshiko joined the Sinai Health System-University Health Network Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in 2012 as the Project Manager for the CAHO ASP Intensive Care Units ARTIC initiative, a two-year provincial project aimed at establishing and facilitating antimicrobial stewardship programs in ICUs in Ontario’s academic hospitals. Upon completion of this initiative, Yoshiko took on her current role as Program Manager with the Sinai Health System-University Health Network Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and has also worked with community hospitals to develop antimicrobial stewardship programs, is involved in a multi-centre ASP initiative in Primary Care, and is a member of Public Health Ontario’s Provincial Antimicrobial Stewardship Roundtable Steering Committee.
At a national level, Yoshiko is a member of the AMS Steering Committee for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Canadian Hospital, Healthcare and Community settings and is also a member of the federal/provincial/territorial (F/P/T) Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Stewardship Task Group to develop a pan-Canadian Framework for Action and a pan-Canadian Action Plan on AMR at the inter-governmental level. She is currently leading the Canadian NAPS (national antimicrobial prescribing survey) initiative, using the Australian NAPS tool. This tool is being used to gather information in Canadian hospitals in each province to provide a national estimate of antimicrobial prescribing behaviour, including prevalence of antimicrobial use (AMU) and appropriateness of antimicrobial prescribing. This information will help inform future targets for antimicrobial stewardship interventions.