Bios

This page will provide bios and disclosures for all authors.  Authors are listed in alphabetical order according to last name.


Hamidreza Abdi MD FEBU

Dr Abdi graduated from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 2001. He completed his residency training in Urology at Shahid Beheshti Medical University in Tehran, and has been a urologic oncology fellow (research and clinical) at the Vancouver Prostate Centre since 2013. His research here has focused primarily on the use of MRI in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. He has also contributed to the development of clinical databases for patients with bladder and prostate cancer, and is interested in biomarker discovery and validation in uro-oncology.

See Dr. Hamidreza Abdi’s contributed posts

Disclosures: No disclosures.


Kourosh Afshar MD MHSc FRCSC

Dr. Afshar is a graduate of UBC Urology program. This was followed by a two-year fellowship in Pediatric Urology at the University of Toronto (Hospital for Sick Children). He has special interest in minimally invasive surgery, genital reconstruction and pediatric renal transplant. Dr. Afshar has a Masters Degree in Clinical Epidemiology from UBC and is Associate Professor of Urology and an associate faculty member of School of Public Health. He is the director of research of the Division of Urology and Associate Chief of Surgery at BC Children’s Hospital.

See Dr. Kourosh Afshar’s contributed posts

Disclosures: No disclosures.


Catherine Allaire MDCM FRCSC

Dr. Catherine Allaire (MDCM, FRCSC) is a gynaecologist with special interest and expertise in endometriosis, pelvic pain and surgical education.
Dr. Allaire is Clinical Professor in the UBC Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Division of Gynaecologic Specialties and Division of REI. She is the Director of the UBC Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) rotation, Director of the UBC Advanced Training Program in Pelvic Pain, Endometriosis, and Advanced Laparoscopy, and has a strong clinical and research interest in endometriosis and pelvic pain. She is currently the medical director of the BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis, an interdisciplinary clinic that was created in 2011.

See Dr. Catherine Allaire’s contributed posts

Disclosures: Member of advisory committees for Abbvie, Actavis, and Bayer. Member of a Speaker’s Bureau for Covidien. No conflict of interest: only generic names used and evidence based recommendations and guidelines. Mitigating Potential Bias:
• Recommendations are consistent with published guidelines
• Treatments or recommendations in this article are unrelated to products/services/treatments involved in disclosure statements


Judith M. Allen MD FRCPC

Dr. Judy Allen works at the Sleep Disorder programme at UBC, as well as the psychiatric clinic at the Mood Disorders Association of BC. She is an Associate Clinical Professor at UBC and a psychiatrist with a subspecialty in Mood Disorders.

See Dr. Allen’s contributed posts

Disclosures: No disclosures


Deborah Altow MD

Dr. Deborah Altow works as an Adjunct Professor for UBC’s Faculty of Medicine.

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Disclosures: No disclosures


Neda Amiri MD

Dr. Neda Amiri is a rheumatology fellow at University of British Columbia. She also completed her medical school and residency at UBC as well. Her areas of research in the past have included vasculitis, and Lupus.

See Dr. Neda Amiri’s contributed posts

Disclosures: No disclosures.


Ashraf Amlani

Ashraf Amlani is an epidemiologist at the Harm reduction program at BC Centre for Disease Control, where she works on research & surveillance activities to understand overdose trends across British Columbia. She has a Master of Public Health from the University of Washington’s Community-Oriented Public Health Practice program and Bachelors in Science from the University of British Columbia.

See Ashraf Amlani’s contributed posts

Disclosures: Works with Dr. Jane Buxton (physician epidemiologist) at the BC Center for Disease Control on the BC Take Home Naloxone Program. The program is a provincial initiative aimed at reducing opioid overdoses. This program trains individuals who use opioids (prescription or illicit) in overdose recognition and response, and provides free naloxone kits. The kits are currently being distributed a 72 sites across BC.The THN kits are distributed and covered by the BCCDC, at no cost to patients. If naloxone is prescribed directly (separate from the THN kit), it is not currently covered by Pharmacare. However, naloxone is covered by most third party insurance plans.


Hugh Anton MD FRCPC

Dr. Hugh Anton is a physiatrist practicing in Vancouver and a member of the medical staff at the G.F. Strong Rehab Centre and Vancouver General Hospital. His clinical practice at present includes medical and rehabilitation management of patients with musculoskeletal pain syndromes, neurological disorders (including spinal cord injury and acquired brain injury) and multiple trauma. He is a member of the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of British Columbia and participates in teaching and research.

See Dr. Anton’s contributed posts

Disclosures: No disclosures.


Dr. Anne Antrim

Dr. Antrim qualified in General Paediatrics in 1992 and worked as a Community Paediatrician until December 2007. She joined the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Women’s and Children’s Hospital full time in January 2008 as a Clinical Associate. Under the supervision of the neonatologists, she is responsible for the care of sick neonates both in the NICU and occasionally on transport. Dr. Antrim also works one day a week in the Neonatal Follow-up Programme clinic which follows children who have graduated from the NICU with birthweight less than 800 g or gestation of less than 26 wks, children who had congenital diaphragmatic hernia, children who had ECMO and solid organ transplant recipients (other than renal).

See Dr. Antrim’s contributed posts

Disclosures: No disclosures.


Dr. Linlea Armstrong

Linlea Armstrong is a Clinical Geneticist (An MD in the area of Medical Genetics). She sees patients for genetic concerns such as hereditary cancer and intellectual disability at BC Cancer Agency and BC Women’s and Children’s Hospitals. She is involved in teaching and educational leadership in the MD Undergraduate Program particularly in the first year genetics content, and the fourth year Preparation for Medical Practice course. Within her department she contributes to the Residency and Fellowship programs, as well as the training of the graduate students and laboratory scientists. In early 2011, she decreased her clinical work to accommodate a position as Faculty Development Director, Vancouver-Fraser Medical Program. Her first big focus within this role has been the Faculty Assessment Initiative, which aims to move the MDUP towards a more comprehensive and unified approach to Faculty Assessment.

See Dr. Linlea Armstong’s contributed posts

Disclosures: No disclosures.


Dr. Ric Arseneau

Dr. Ric Arseneau is an academic general internist working out of St. Paul’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital, University of British Columbia. In addition to interests in medical education and medical informatics, Dr. Arseneau’s clinical interests include chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and related disorders. He is Director of Program Planning and a clinician at the Complex Chronic Diseases Program (CCDP).

See Dr. Ric Arseneau’s contributed posts

Disclosures: Dr. Arseneau is the Director of Program Planning and a clinician at the Complex Chronic Diseases Program (CCDP).


Shelina Babul, PhD

Dr. Shelina Babul is the Associate Director and Sports Injury Specialist with the BC Injury Research and Prevent Unit, BC Children’s Hospital. She focuses primarily on sport & recreational evidence-based research, with a particular specialization in concussions/traumatic brain injuries and their prevention, recognition, treatment and management. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and has a cross appointment with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC; an Investigator with the Child & Family Research Institute and the Djavad Mowafaghian Center for Brain Health, UBC; chair of the BC Concussion Advisory Network (BC CAN); and co-chair of the BC Sport and Recreation Injury Prevention Advisory Committee.

See Dr. Shelina Babul’s contributed posts

Disclosures: No disclosures.


Dr. Hector Baillie

Dr. Baillie trained in Glasgow (Scotland), and Winnipeg (Manitoba) before settling in Mission (BC) as a community internist/intensivist. He moved to Nanaimo (BC) in 2002, where he practices Cardiovascular Medicine and runs the Heart Function Clinic. He is the community representative on the RCPSC-IM-Specialty Committee, and editor emeritus of the Canadian Journal of General Internal Medicine. He is married with 3 children. He enjoys teaching residents, travel, painting and kayaking

See Dr. Hector Baillie’s contributed posts

Disclosures: No disclosures.


Sue Barlow BPE BSc OT

Sue Barlow currently works at GF Strong Rehab Centre as an Occupational Therapist and the Coordinator of the Self Management Program for patients with persistent post-concussion symptoms. She is also an Honorary Clinical Instructor with the University of British Columbia Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Sue’s strong interest in the self-management model has her involved in research and projects supporting this approach at GF Strong. She also works in private practice.

See Sue Barlow’s contributed posts

Disclosures: Ms. Barlow owns a private OT practice.


Rosemary Basson MD FRCP (UK)

Rosemary Basson, Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry is the Director of the University of British Columbia Sexual Medicine Program. In 2003 and 2009 she was vice-chair of the 2nd and 3rd International Consultations on Men and Women’s Sexual Dysfunction sponsored by ICUD, ESSM, WAS, IASR, ISSWSH. Recent CIHR funded research includes collaboration with Professors John Petkau and Fernand Labrie to use measures of total androgen activity by means of androgen metabolites in the detailed assessment of women with and without sexual dysfunction, finding no differences between the two groups. However, stress hormones differed leading ongoing studies of Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal dysregulation in women with and without dysfunction. Her 70 plus peer reviewed publications include a series in The Lancet on sexual dysfunction subsequent to illness and a NEJM review on clinical aspects of women’s sexual dysfunction plus online reviews for the British Medical Journal Point of Care and BMJ Best Practice. A major clinical and research focus currently is the management of sexual pain from Provoked Vestivulodynia.

See Dr. Basson’s contributed posts

Disclosures: No disclosures


Monica Beaulieu MD FCPSC

Dr. Monica Beaulieu is a nephrologist at St. Paul’s and also the director of the integrated care clinic – a clinic that provides integrated care for patients with Chronic Kidney Disease, Diabetes Mellitius with and without cardiac disease. She has a special interest and has written several articles on the primary-specialty care interface and the use of multidisciplinary care models and links to primary care.

See Dr. Beaulieu’s contributed posts

Disclosures: No disclosures.


Dr. James Bergman

Dr Bergman graduated from University of Manitoba medical school in 1991. He completed a Pediatric residency at the University of Manitoba in 1995 and went on to complete a Clinical Allergy and Immunology fellowship in 1996. He completed his residency in Dermatology at the University of British Columbia in 1999. Following that he completed a fellowship in Pediatric Dermatology at University of California San Diego in 2001. He was a staff physician at UCSD Children’s hospital until 2004. Thereafter, he returned to Vancouver and formed the Pediatric Allergy Dermatology Centre which is a multidisciplinary clinic that treats pediatric patients with cutaneous diseases and allergic disorders.

See Dr. Bergman’s contributed posts

Disclosures: No disclosures


Dan Bilsker PhD RPsych

Dr. Dan Bilsker is a psychologist practicing in Vancouver. His clinical practice is focused upon Cognitive Behavioural Therapy of depression, anxiety and other psychological disorders. His research is focused upon innovative ways to deliver psychological interventions and build psychological health and safety in the workplace. His academic appointments are Clinical Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University.

See Dr. Bilsker’s contributed posts

Disclosures: No disclosures


Peter Black MD FRCSC

Dr. Black is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Urologic Sciences, UBC and a Research Scientist at The Vancouver Prostate Centre. Dr. Black trained in Urology at the University of Washington in Seattle and completed a fellowship in Urologic Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He treats all urologic cancers including prostate, bladder, renal and testicular carcinoma, with a special clinical focus on bladder cancer and robotic surgery. He has established a laboratory research program at the Vancouver Prostate Centre investigating novel targeted agents in the treatment of bladder cancer.

See Dr. Blacks’s contributed posts

Disclosures: No disclosures


Bob Bluman MD CCFP FCFP

Dr. Bob Bluman received his MD from the University of British Columbia and completed his specialty training in Family Medicine at McGill University (CCFP). He has been in active family practice for the past 30 years and is a Clinical Professor in the UBC Department of Family Practice. He has been a Designated Medical Practitioner, Federal Department of Citizenship and Immigration since 1987 and a Preceptor in the Family Medicine Residency Program since July 2001.

Dr. Bluman has served as the Assistant Dean, Continuing Professional Development since 2003. In addition to participating in the planning, development, organization and implementation of numerous CME/CPD programs within the Division of CPD and with key stakeholders, he has taken the lead in the development of the Commercial Support Guidelines document which has been submitted and approved by the Faculty Executive Committee. Dr. Bluman is also the Chair of the national SCCPD working group on industry relations and CME. He continues to take charge of the Accreditation application document and process for the UBC Faculty of Medicine. His research activities include his role as the Principal Investigator of several large-scale BC wide CME/CPD and cancer screening needs assessments. Dr. Bluman actively works with many provincial and national stakeholders to optimize CME/CPD delivery to physicians.

See Dr. Bluman’s contributed posts

Disclosures: No disclosures


Dr. N. John Bosomworth

Retired Family Physician, having practiced for 40 years, mainly in Princeton, B.C. Fellowship in Family Medicine. Fellowship in Rural and Remote Medicine. Honorary Lecturer University of British Columbia.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Brian Bressler MD MS FRCPC

Dr. Brian Bressler is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, in the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Medicine. Dr. Bressler received his MD from the University of British Columbia and completed his residency in internal medicine and gastroenterology at the University of Toronto. He received an MS in Epidemiology from the Harvard Public School of Health and completed an advanced fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bressler is a recognized expert in inflammatory bowel disease. His research interests include population based studies focusing on colon cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease, and clinical trials in inflammatory bowel disease.

See Dr. Bressler’s contributed posts

Disclosures: Dr. Bressler has received an Honorarium from Ferring, Abbott and Merck.


Heather Buckley MD CCFP FCFP Clinical Educator Fellow

Dr. Heather Buckley graduated with her medical degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Buckley has practiced family medicine in both Ontario and British Columbia. She has tutored in the UBC Vancouver Fraser Medical Program for the past 10 years, and is excited to be starting her Master of Health Professions Education at Maastricht University and the Clinical Educator Fellowship Program at CHES.

See Dr. Buckley’s contributed posts

Disclosures: Dr. Buckley was not involved in selection or editorial process for this submission.


Dr. Karen Buhler

Dr. Karen Buhler is family physician, who has been practicing in Vancouver for over 30 years, 25 of which were as a full service GP, and the past 5 years as a specialized focused practice of maternity care. She completed her BSc, MD, and Family Medicine Residency at UBC. She has a strong interest in Quality Improvement, Appreciative Inquiry, interdisciplinary collaboration, and leadership. She was instrumental in helping midwifery become regulated in BC. She was the Head of the Department of Family Practice at BCWH and the Assistant Head Quality prior to that. She founded and is the lead for the Sue Harris Family Practice Research Grant, a competitive grant for new researchers in Family Medicine women’s health. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor and regularly teaches at meetings and conferences. She is a member of the General Practices Service Committee Maternity Working Group and the Division of Family Practice Maternity Committee. She is currently a member of the Perinatal Addictions Service and Family Practice Maternity Service with whom she provides clinical care to pregnant and birthing women.
She has two children and loves to spend time with her family and friends hiking, skiing, kayaking, and canoeing–anything to get outdoors. Promoting and facilitating group care for pregnancy (Connecting Pregnancy and Connecting Families) and bringing Mindfulness meditation practice into pregnancy care are two of her current passions.

See Dr. Buhler’s contributed posts

Disclosures: No disclosures


Glen D. Burgoyne MD CCFP FCFP

Dr. Glen Burgoyne is a family physician in Penticton B. C.. He was the family practice liaison physician during the introduction of the first pilot project for colon cancer screening in 2009.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Dr. Jane Buxton MBBS MHSc

Dr. Buxton was a family physician in the UK for 7 years. She is currently a Professor in the UBC School of Population and Public Health; and physician epidemiologist and harm reduction lead at the BC Centre for Disease Control. She chairs the Drug Overdose Alert Partnership with members from enforcement, health, BC Coroners Service, Ambulance Service and Drug and Poison Information Centre. Her research engages people who use drugs and identifies interventions to reduce harms related to substance use. In August 2012 she led the implementation of the BC Take home naloxone program (THN), the longest running provincial THN program in Canada.

See Dr. Jane Buxton’s contributed posts

Disclosures: Dr. Buxton is the project lead for the development of the BC take home Naloxone Program (BC THN program). The BC Take Home Naloxone program is a provincial initiative aimed at reducing opioid overdoses. This program trains individuals who use opioids (prescription or illicit) in overdose recognition and response, and provides free naloxone kits. The kits are currently being distributed at 72 sites across BC.The THN kits are distributed and covered by the BCCDC, at no cost to patients. If naloxone is prescribed directly (separate from the THN kit), it is not currently covered by Pharmacare. However, naloxone is covered by most third party insurance plans.


Douglas Cave MSW RSW PhD RPsych MA AMP MCFP

Dr. Cave is a Counselling Psychology Consultant, Clinical Leader, and a founding member of the Centre for Practitioner Renewal (CPR) team. He is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is also the Site Faculty for Behavioural Medicine in the Department of Family Practice in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. He received both his Master’s degree in Social Work and Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from UBC. He received his Post-Doctoral Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology from New Mexico State University.

At CPR, he is working to combine his interests in psychology, medicine and social work to develop a comprehensive program of service, education and research with the goal of helping health care providers to sustain themselves in the workplace.

While his previous areas of practice include forensic psychology, addictions, and sex-related concerns, his current research, education and practice are in the areas of communication among healthcare teams, both primary and vicarious trauma.

See Douglas Cave’s contributed posts

Disclosures: No disclosures.


Edmond S. Chan MD FRCPC

Dr. Edmond S. Chan completed medical school (University of Alberta) and residency in Pediatrics (University of Manitoba), and finished his training with a fellowship in Pediatric Clinical Immunology and Allergy (University of Manitoba). He has been practicing in Vancouver since 2005. Currently, he is the Head of the Division of Allergy & Immunology in the Department of Pediatrics. He is Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. He is Program director of the UBC Pediatric Clinical Immunology and Allergy Fellowship training program. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. His research interests are in food allergy and eosinophilic esophagitis.

His other duties include: Pediatric Section Head and Board of director of the Canadian Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Co-Director, BC Children’s Hospital Eosinophilic Esophagitis Clinic, Clinical Investigator at the Child and Family Research Institute, and Clinical lead of the HealthLink BC Dietitian Allergy Advisory Council in the BC Ministry of Health Services.

See Dr. Chan’s contributed posts

Disclosures: No disclosures.


Alexander Chapman PhD RPsych

Dr. Alex Chapman is a Registered Psychologist, an Associate Professor, and Coordinator of the Clinical Science area in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University (SFU) as well as the President of the DBT Centre of Vancouver. Dr. Chapman received his B.A. from the University of British Columbia and his M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Idaho State University, following an internship at Duke University Medical Center. He completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Marsha Linehan (founder of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) at the University of Washington. Dr. Chapman directs the Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory at SFU, where he studies the role of emotion regulation in BPD, self-harm, impulsivity, and other behavioural problems. He has published numerous scientific articles and chapters on these and other topics and has given many scientific conference presentations on his research. Dr. Chapman is a DBT Trainer and Consultant with Behavioral Tech, LLC. He is certified in CBT by the Canadian Association of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. Dr. Chapman regularly gives local, national, and international workshops and invited talks on DBT and the treatment of BPD, has consulted with and trained clinicians in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., and trains and supervises clinical psychology students. He has received the Young Investigator’s Award of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (2007), the Canadian Psychological Association’s (CPA) Early Career Scientist Practitioner Award (2011), and an 8-year Career Investigator Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. He has co-authored 7 books. In addition, Dr. Chapman is an assistant instructor at his local martial arts studio, is involved with Zen and mindfulness meditation practice, and enjoys hiking, skiing, and spending time with his wonderful wife and two young sons.

See Dr. Chapman’s contributed posts

Disclosures: No disclosures.


Charlie Chen MD CCFP-PC

Dr. Charlie Chen is a palliative care consultant working at the Royal Columbian Hospital and in the community of New Westminster and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC, Department of Medicine. He received his M.D. from UBC in 1994, and then completed his Family Medicine residency and Palliative Medicine fellowship at McGill. Having spent many years focusing on both family medicine and palliative care, he is now devoted fully to palliative care as a clinician, educator, and advocate. He completed a Master’s of Education degree in 2014 from Simon Fraser University. A leader in Advance Care Planning, he sits on Provincial and National task forces to promote person-centred care. He is the Program Director for the Palliative Medicine Residents at UBC and he is also the physician education lead for the Palliative Care Program at Fraser Health.

See Dr. Charlie Chen’s contributed post

Disclosures: No disclosures.


Christopher Cheung MD

Christopher Cheung is an internal medicine resident at the University of British Columbia. He completed his undergraduate training in Physiology at the University of Alberta, and medical school at the University of British Columbia. His interests include medical education, academic medicine, and critical appraisal.

See Dr. Christopher Cheung’s contributed post

Disclosures: No disclosures.


Dr. Maria Chung

Dr. Maria Chung graduated from McGill Faculty of Medicine in 1983, and completed her Internal Medicine residency and Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at UBC. She is a currently on staff at VGH and UBCH as a Consultant Geriatrician, and is active in teaching as well as inpatient and outpatient care. She also provides consultative support for the Broadway Lodge Residential Care Facility, and Pacific Spirit Health Unit. She also is Site Medical Director for UBCH, and Medical Manager for the Subacute Medical service at VGH, and the Acting Co-Head of UBC Division of Geriatric Medicine. She is interested in acute care of the elderly, as well as transitions of care between hospital and community.

See Dr. Maria Chung’s contributed posts

Disclosures: No disclosures.


Dr. Catherine Clelland

Dr. Cathy Clelland is a graduate of the University of Alberta MD program and did her Family Medicine Residency at the Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton. She began practice in Full Service Family Medicine in Prince George BC from 1986 – 1989, then relocated to Kelowna until 2004. Since 2004, she has been the Executive Director of the Society of General Practitioners of BC and until very recently, maintained a part time family practice in Coquitlam. She provides staff support to the GP Services Committee and is the chair of the GPSC Practice Support Program End of Life Module steering committee. Her interest in end of life care stems from a commitment to “cradle to grave” family practice and the ongoing relationship with her patients throughout the span of their lives.

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Disclosures: No disclosures


Dr. Richard Cohen

Dr. Richard Cohen is a Clinical Associate Professor in the UBC Division of Respiratory Medicine. He chairs the Pulmonary Block in the first year of the UBC MD Undergraduate Program, and also teaches the ABC Primer for the Office of Faculty Development.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Dr. Marisa Collins

Marisa Collins is a family physician whose interests lie at the interface of primary care and public health. After graduating from McMaster (’88) she completed the rural residency program through UBC, and practiced in Hazelton, then Pemberton, until 2007. Somewhere in between she completed a Master’s in Community Medicine and Epidemiology. She has provided focused primary care in sexual and reproductive health in Whistler for the past 15 years. Recipient of a Vancouver Foundation Community-Based Clinician Investigator Award, 2007-2010, her research interests include sexually transmitted infection screening. She recently served as Physician Lead for the HIV Testing Initiative in Family Practice, and is currently on leave as Site Research Faculty for the Vancouver Fraser Family Practice Residency Program.

See Dr. Marisa Collins’ contributed posts

Disclosures: Served as a Physician Lead for the HIV Testing Initiative in Family Practice at time of writing May I add an HIV test to your bloodwork today?.


Daniel Y. Dodek MD CCFP FCFP

Dr. Daniel Y. Dodek obtained his Medical Degree from the University of British Columbia in 1999. He then went on to complete his Family Medicine Residency at the University of Calgary. He has worked as a full service family medicine physician since 2001. He works at City View Family Practice in Vancouver. He also has a special interest in geriatrics and works at St. Vincent Langara nursing home and is part of the Mt. St. Joseph Hospital Geriatric Rehabilitation Unit. He is involved in planning the Annual St. Paul’s Hospital CME for Primary Care Physicians. Dr. Dodek has a special interest in developing innovative ways to educate patients, including group meetings, newsletters, and coaching.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Dr. Dean Elbe PharmD BCPP

Dean Elbe completed his Undergraduate degree in Pharmacy at the University of British Columbia in 1992, and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Washington in 2010. Dean is a Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist, a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Programs at BC Children’s Hospital, an author and international speaker. He is an editor of the psychopharmacology section of the Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Lead Editor of the Clinical Handbook of Psychotropic Drugs for Children & Adolescents, 3rd edition.

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Disclosures: Dean was the project leader for the development of the www.DrugCocktails.ca website which launched in September 2013.


Dr. Dan Ezekiel

Dr. Dan Ezekiel is a family physician in Vancouver, BC. He graduated from the medical school at the University of Toronto in 1988 and completed his post-graduate residency in Family Medicine at the University of British Columbia in 1991. At present, Dr. Ezekiel is an Attending Physician at Vancouver General Hospital and a Clinical Instructor with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Prior to his present office-based practice, he worked extensively in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Ezekiel is well-travelled and occasionally works as a ship’s physician for the cruise ship industry.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Michael Clifford Fabian FRCPC FRCSC FACS

Dr. Cliff Fabian has experience as a clinician, educator, administrator and researcher. He has practiced ENT in both the urban and community setting. Clinically, he presently concentrates on community otolaryngology in BC Northern communities, as well playing a role in medical student and resident teaching. He is dually trained and certified as both a Pediatrician and Otolaryngologist/Head and Neck Surgeon and is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Surgery at the University of British Columbia.

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Disclosures: No disclosures


Dr. Kevin Fairbairn

Kevin Fairbairn is a UBC Family Practice resident at the Chilliwack site. He completed his undergraduate medical degree from UBC as well. Interests include the intersection of medical education and primary care.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Dr. Andrew Farquhar MB ChB BSc DA

Andrew Farquhar is an Edinburgh Medical school graduate who emigrated to Canada in 1975. He worked for 3 years in the Arctic and in Australia for 6 months (locum work). 1981 to present Solo Private Practice in Kelowna BC.

Dr. Farquhar has a special interest in diabetes with a significant referral practice and has given multiple talks on diabetes management throughout Canada, and also in USA, Switzerland, Bermuda, New Zealand, Dubai and 2 presentations at the World Diabetes Congress in Montreal in Oct 2009 and Dubai Dec 2011. His publications include: “Diabetes Review: What’s New?” as presented at the BC College of Family Physicians 21st Annual Scientific Assembly, Vancouver; Can Journal of Diagnosis, May 2009; “The Kelowna Diabetes Program”, Canadian Journal of Diabetes, May 2008; “Insulin Protocols for Hospital Management of Diabetes”, Can Family Physician, Oct 2007; “Intensive Insulin management in Type 2 Diabetes” supplement to The Medical Post Oct 2006; “Exercising Essentials” Diabetes Dialogue Fall 1996.

Dr. Farquhar is passionate about: Diabetes Education for health professionals and patients, Endurance sports -The benefits of an active lifestyle; Photography – have won several national and international photo awards and had numerous publications, including a cover on the National Geographic Traveler calendar; and Adventure Travel/ Writing – published photo essays on the Arctic, rafting the Tatshenshini river in BC, climbing desert dunes in Namibia, shooting Hong Kong and a recent one published on the Galapagos Islands. Photo web page: www.afarfotos.com

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Disclosures: No disclosures


Taryl Felhaber, MSc MBChB CCFP NCMP FCFP

Dr. Taryl Felhaber graduated in medicine from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) in 1993. After many years in family practice, including stints in emergency and sports medicine, she became a general practitioner in oncology. She presently works in medical oncology and pain and symptom management at the BCCA. She obtained the NAMS certified menopause practitioner designation in 2009. She is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Family Medicine at UBC.

See Dr. Taryl Felhaber’s contributed posts

Disclosures: Given talks for Novo-Nordisk and Merck, but nothing since February 2014. Mitigating Potential Bias: Recommendations are consistent with current practice patterns; Treatments or recommendations in this article are unrelated to products/services/treatments involved in disclosure statements.


Dr. Caroline Ferris

Dr Caroline Ferris graduated from UBC in 1986 and has been a certificant of the College of Family Physicians of Canada since 1993 and a Fellow since 2003. After 20 years in full-service family practice, she began working full-time in Mental Health Substance Use. She teaches medical students and Family Practice Residents and holds the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Family Practice. Currently working in Addiction and Street Medicine, Dr Ferris is an educator and innovator in initiatives around the harm reduction approach to addictions treatment.

See Dr Caroline Ferris’ contributed posts

Disclosures: Works with Dr. Jane Buxton (physician epidemiologist) at the BC Center for Disease Control on the BC Take Home Naloxone Program. The program is a provincial initiative aimed at reducing opioid overdoses. This program trains individuals who use opioids (prescription or illicit) in overdose recognition and response, and provides free naloxone kits. The kits are currently being distributed a 72 sites across BC.The THN kits are distributed and covered by the BCCDC, at no cost to patients. If naloxone is prescribed directly (separate from the THN kit), it is not currently covered by Pharmacare. However, naloxone is covered by most third party insurance plans.


Sarah Finlayson MD FRCPC

Dr. Finlayson is a Gynecologic Oncologist with the Ovarian Cancer Research Program at VGH and BC Cancer Agency. She is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Her career is focused on the surgical and medical care of women with gynecologic cancers. Her academic interests include minimally invasive surgery in gynecologic oncology and medical education. She is currently focused on a knowledge translation project entitled, “Preventing Ovarian Cancer: the role of the gynecologist”. This educational outreach project targets all BC gynecologists and aims to decrease new cases of high grade serous ovarian cancer by 50% over the next 20 years.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.

Gordon A. Francis MD FRCPC FAHA

Dr. Francis is a Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism in the Department of Medicine at UBC, Director of the Healthy Heart Program Prevention (formerly Lipid) Clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital, and Associate Director of the UBC Centre for Heart Lung Innovation.

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Disclosures: Dr. Francis is an advisory board and speaker’s board member for Alexion, Amgen, and Sanofi.


Dr. Jiri Frohlich

Dr. Frohlich is a UBC Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Director of the Clinical Trials Division of St. Paul’s Hospital Healthy Heart Program.
Having obtained his medical degree from Karlova University, Prague in 1965, Dr. Frohlich relocated to Montreal in 1968 and worked as a research fellow and trained in internal medicine and clinical pathology at McGill University and UBC. Before assuming his current positions in 1995, Dr. Frohlich was the associate director of the department of pathology of the Shaughnessy/ University Hospital, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Over the last 30 years, his service activities centered on establishing the first B.C. Lipid Clinic (1980) and being instrumental in the development of lipid clinic outreach programs throughout B.C. His research has focused on the biochemistry of lipoprotein metabolism, the pathology of atherosclerosis, and the development of new markers for the prediction of atherosclerosis. In addition to his service, research and teaching duties Dr. Frohlich also reviews numerous grants and publications and serves on the Editorial Board of scientific journals in the field of clinical biochemistry. Dr. Frohlich is a prolific author (co-author) of over 250 publications in journals such as Circulation, Laboratory Investigation, Nature, Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, American Journal of Cardiology and Canadian Journal of Cardiology, among others dealing mostly with HDL metabolism, LCAT, clinical trials and guidelines.
Dr. Frohlich is a member of The Canadian Cardiovascular Society Dyslipidemia Working Group and the Canadian Cardiovascular Risk Assessment Working Group. He has also served on the British Columbia Heart Foundation Committee for the chair in cardiology. Dr. Frohlich is the president of the Healthy Heart Society of British Columbia (HHS) a non-profit organization which facilitates improvements in cardiovascular prevention practices in B.C. communities and collaborates with BCMA and Ministry of Health to improve management of chronic diseases. HHS received the BCMA “Excellence in Health Promotion Award” for these activities in 2005. In 2006 Dr. Frohlich received the UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine’s “Excellence in Service” Award.

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Soren Gantt MD PhD MPH FRCPC

Dr. Gantt is an Associate Professor at UBC and a pediatric infectious diseases attending at BC Children’s Hospital. His research focuses primarily on viral pathogenesis and the development of vaccines to prevent cytomegalovirus and Epstein-Barr virus infections in children.

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Disclosures: No disclosures. Valganciclovir has not been approved for the treatment of congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV) infection by Health Canada and coverage requires application to the Special Authority Program. Only published trial data are presented. Recommendations are consistent with current practice patterns.


Dr. Karen Gelmon

Dr. Gelmon is a Professor of Medicine at the UBC and a Medical Oncologist at the BCCA, combining clinical and translational research. She is Co Chair of the Breast Site Committee for the NCIC Clinical Trials Group and a member of the NCI Breast Steering Committee and of the BIG (Breast International Group) Advisory Group. She sits on the NCIC-CTG IND executive and is a past Chair of this committee. She is Clinical leader of Advanced Therapeutics department at the BCCA. She sits on the International Advisory Board of The Lancet, The Lancet Oncology, The Oncologist and Clinical Breast Cancer. She is a reviewer for journals and grant review panels and recently has become a member of the Scientific Advisory Council for the Susan Komen Foundation. She has been track chair for Breast at ASCO and is on the Education Committee currently. She is an active teacher interested in education of health care professionals and the public and has published extensively. She has been a member of the Board of the BC Cancer Foundation, on the Medical Advisory Board of the BC/Yukon Chapter of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and sits on the board of Rethink Breast Cancer. She was the recipient of a YWCA Woman of Distinction award in 2003. She is the mother of two daughters and is active on volunteer boards for the arts and community in Vancouver.

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Disclosures: No disclosures


William T. Gibson MD PhD FRCPC

Dr. Bill Gibson is a Medical Geneticist who researches rare genetic disorders that cause obesity. He is an Assistant Professor at UBC, and sees patients of all ages in his clinical practice at BC Children’s Hospital.

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Sharlene Gill BSc (Pharm) MD MPH FACP FRCP(C)

Dr. Sharlene Gill is a medical oncologist specializing in gastrointestinal (GI) malignancies at the BC Cancer Agency and an Associate Professor of Medicine at UBC. She received a BSc in Pharmacy and MD from the University of British Columbia in 1996 followed by residencies in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. Dr. Gill subsequently completed a fellowship in Gl Oncology at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) and a Master’s of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health (Boston, MA) before returning to BC in 2003. She is enthusiastically involved in residency teaching and is an active investigator with several research publications to her credit. She currently serves as the NCIC Clinical Trials Group Co-Chair for the Intergroup Colon Cancer Task Force and is on the NCIC.CTG GI Disease Site Executive. She is Chair of the BCCA GI Tumour Group.

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Dr. Kenneth Gin

Dr. Gin graduated MD at UBC in 1985; completed his internal medicine & adult cardiology training, followed by an echocardiography fellowship. Appointed by the UBC Department of Medicine and VGH Division of Cardiology in 1992, he achieved the rank of Clinical Professor in 2008. He was Director, UBC Postgraduate Cardiology Program for 10 years until 2009; under his tutelage the program grew from 2 residents to 17. From 2009 to 2012 he served as Head of the UBC Division of Cardiology for Vancouver Acute. Since 2009 to the present, he has served as Head of the VGH Division of Cardiology. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the prestigious 2010 UBC Killam Teaching Prize and the 2011 Canadian Cardiovascular Society Distinguished Teaching Award. He has published in the NEJM, Lancet, JACC and other high impact peer reviewed journals. In 2013 he received the Clinical Excellence award from VGH.

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Disclosures: Research for Bayer, Ad board Bayer, BI, Pfizer.


Dr. Craig Goldie

Dr. Craig Goldie graduated with his medical degree from Queen’s University in 2008. He completed a family medicine residency at St. Paul’s in Vancouver then worked as a locum family physician for several years before starting a year of added competency in palliative care through the University of British Columbia. He also has a degree in computer engineering and special interest in electronic medical records to enhance communication between health care providers.

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Ran Goldman MD

Dr. Ran Goldman is the current Assistant Dean of UBC Continuing Professional Development. Dr. Ran Goldman was the recent Chief of the academic Division of Emergency Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at BC Children’s hospital and is a full Professor with the Department of Pediatrics. He is heading the Pediatric Research in Emergency Therapeutics (www.PRETx.org) research and education program and published over 150 peer reviewed publications in pediatrics. Dr. Goldman was trained in pediatric emergency medicine and clinical pharmacology and is the co-lead in the new Division of Clinical Pharmacology in the Department of Pediatrics at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. Ran is passionate about research, clinical medicine, and education and developed curricula for several large CPD events.

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Dr. Keyvan Hadad

Dr. Keyvan Hadad is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia and the Medical Director of the Intermediate Nursery at BC Women’s Hospital. He is the recipient of multiple Postgraduate Teaching Awards in Family Practice and the British Columbia Children’s Hospital Outstanding Hospital-Based Pediatrician. He is a Past President of the North Pacific Pediatric Society. His major area of interest is the implementation of evidence-based initiatives in otherwise healthy neonates.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Jan Hajek MD FRCPC DTMH

Dr. Hajek is an Infectious Diseases physician at Vancouver General Hospital. He specializes in TB and Tropical Medicine. He completed his Infectious Diseases fellowship in Toronto, including a malaria research fellowship in Guyana, and tropical medicine training in Peru. He has been a medical advisor for Citizenship and Immigration Canada and has worked overseas with governmental and non-governmental organizations in resource-limited settings.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Jason Hart MD FRCPC

Dr. Jason Hart trained in Hematology and Medical Oncology in Edmonton, Alberta.  He completed training in 2005, and joined the Medical Oncology team at the Vancouver Island Cancer Centre in the fall of that year.  He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, and at the University of Victoria. Areas of clinical practice and research interests include benign and malignant hematology, as well as sarcoma.

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Amanda Hill MD FRCPC

Dr. Hill is a Consultant Geriatrician, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at UBC. She is also an Operations leader for geriatric medicine at St Paul’s Hospital. Dr. Hill is actively engaged in an in-patient and out-patient practice in geriatrics and internal medicine. She has a particular interest in the elderly in acute care and the impact of systems on their care.

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Dr. Devin Harris

Dr. Devin Harris is a Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, UBC and a Staff Emergency Physician, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver. He is on the Steering Committee of the British Columbia Stroke Strategy (BCSS) and is currently the Chair of the Measurement and Evaluation Committee of the BCSS. He has authored numerous publications, spoken, and been an investigator for multiple studies on the management of patients with transient ischemic attack and stroke. He is currently completing a PhD in the School of Population and Public Health, UBC, with a focus on stroke health services research. Originally from Penticton, B.C., he completed medical school, residency and graduate studies at UBC.

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Alison Hoens

Alison Hoens is the BC Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker – a position supported by a funding partnership of (1) UBC Faculty of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy (2) Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (3) Providence Health Care Research Institute and (4) Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia. The mandate of the position is to foster evidence-informed practice and practice-informed evidence through collaborations for research and knowledge translation with researchers, educators, clinicians and decision-makers.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Susan Hollenberg BSc MD MCFP

Dr. Susan Hollenberg is a UBC Med School Graduate. She has been in General Practice in urban and rural settings since 1989. Dr. Hollenberg is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Family Practice, teaching in the UBC Health Clinic, where she supervises medical residents, students and interdisciplinary learners in a Family Practice setting. For over twenty years, she has provided pre-travel health advice, both at the ‘Vancouver Coastal Health Travel Clinic’ and the ‘Travel Medicine and Vaccination Centre’ (ISTM Certificate in Travel Health, 2007). Dr. Hollenberg is also a member of TMEG, the Tropical Medicine Group of B.C, and is a consultant to the BC Immunization Committee Professional Education Working Group.

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Andrew Howard MD FRCPC

Dr. Andrew Howard completed an undergraduate degree in psychology from Harvard University and an MD from Queen’s University before returning to Vancouver for residency in psychiatry and a clinical fellowship in neuropsychiatry. He is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UBC and a Neuropsychiatrist in the British Columbia Neuropsychiatry Program, which focuses on the inpatient and outpatient assessment and treatment of patients with complicated organic brain syndromes and somatoform disorders. His particular area of focus and research is in the natural history of psychogenic movement disorders, the psychiatric syndromes of Huntington disease, psychosis in Parkinson’s disease, deep brain stimulation for movement disorders and psychiatric conditions, and education of residents, fellows, and other clinicians in the assessment and management of complicated somatoform disorders.

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Ms. Susan Inman

Susan Inman’s memoir After Her Brain Broke, Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity (Bridgeross, 2010) has been recommended both by NAMI and by EUFAMI which are the world’s largest organizations advocating for families coping with mental illnesses; in Canada it has also been recommended by the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, the BC Schizophrenia Society, and numerous professional journals including the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Susan’s articles about mental illness have appeared in a variety of publications including the National Post, the Globe and Mail, the Province, The Tyee, the BC Teacher Newsmagazine, and CMHA-BC’s Visions magazine. Susan is a Past-President of the British Columbia Schizophrenia Society’s Vancouver/Richmond branch and a Past Vice-chair of Vancouver Coastal Health’s Family Advisory Committee.
While continuing to provide ongoing assistance to her daughter, who is recovering from a severe schizoaffective disorder, Susan is a very active public speaker about the situations of families coping with psychotic disorders. Susan has taught secondary school in Vancouver for over twenty years.

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Dr. Kara Jansen

Dr. Kara Jansen graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2002, and went on to complete her Family Medicine residency in Ottawa. She moved to Vancouver in 2004, and has been practicing Family Medicine here since then. In 2009, Dr. Jansen lived in Melbourne, Australia, for a year, and studied Breastfeeding Medicine at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2010, the same year she joined the Vancouver Breastfeeding Center.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Dr. Amin Kanani

Dr. Amin Kanani is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Medicine at the University of British Columbia and an attending physician in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at St. Paul’s Hospital. He graduated from McGill University School of Medicine. He then did his residency in Internal Medicine at UBC and his fellowship in Clinical Immunology and Allergy at the University of Toronto. Dr. Kanani is President of the BC Society of Allergy and Immunology. He is a medical director at the Vancouver Allergy Clinic and Surrey Allergy Clinic.

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Disclosures: Dr. Kanani has been a member of an Advisory Board: Pfizer, Sanofi, Merck, Novartis. He is involved in research grants and funding from industry: Novartis. He has participated in a clinical trial with Novartis. He has received honorarium from Pfizer, Sanofi, Merck, and Novartis. No conflict of interest.


Dr. Clara van Karnebeek

Clara van Karnebeek, MD PhD FCCMG, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UBC, and works as certified pediatrician and biochemical geneticist in the Division of Biochemical Diseases at BC Children’s Hospital. She is Scientist at Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, Child & family Research Institute, and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar (http://www.cmmt.ubc.ca/research/investigators/vankarnebeek/lab). Clara co-established the Treatable Intellectual Disability Endeavour in British Columbia (TIDE-BC.org, funded as 1st Collaborative Area of Innovation) with Dr. Sylvia Stockler. Clara’s main interest lies in enhancing early diagnosis of treatable inborn errors of metabolism in patients with intellectual developmental disorders; together they developed the TIDE protocol and will publish their study findings in 2015. Clara also leads the Omics2TreatID project, an international collaboration, which focuses on the discovery of novel inborn errors of metabolism via an integrated genomics and metabolomics approach.

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Disclosures: Research funding / involvement in clinical trials (Ultragenyx, Shire) and sits on an Advisory Board (Sobi, Actelion, Medunik). There is no direct conflict of interest.


Richard Kendall MD FRCSC

Dr. Richard Kendall is an Orthopaedic Surgeon with practice in Richmond, BC.
He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Kendall is also a member of the Faculty of Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia: Clinical Assistant Professor UBC Faculty of Orthopaedics.

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Disclosures: No perceived conflict of interest. Involved in research grants/funding with Bionet Canada. Ownership of a specialist referral clinic.


Daniel Kim MD FRCPC

Dr. Daniel Kim is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Point of Care Ultrasound Fellowship Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine at UBC. He is also a Staff Emergency Physician at Vancouver General Hospital. He completed his emergency medicine residency training at the University of Toronto and an emergency ultrasound fellowship at Denver Health Medical Center. He is currently Co-Chair of the Education Working Group of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) Emergency Ultrasound Committee. His interests include point of care ultrasound, medical education, and strategies to make emergency medicine easier.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Brian T. Kunimoto MD FRCPC

Dr. Kunimoto practices medical dermatology at the Skin Care Centre, 835 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4E8. He is the Director of Continuing Medical Education for the Department of Dermatology and Skin Science and the founding Director of the Vancouver General Hospital Wound Healing Clinic, established in 1990. MD degree: UBC 1983. Dermatology FRCPC: 1989. Clinical Appointment: Clinical Associate Professor.

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Disclosures: No disclosures


Margot Kuo MPH

Margot Kuo (MPH) is an Epidemiologist, Harm Reduction portfolio, at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). She trained as an epidemiologist at the University of Washington and UBC, and has worked at the BCCDC for 10 years in various service lines including Enterics, Harm Reduction, and Sexually Transmitted Infections/Blood Borne Infections (STIBBI).

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Disclosures: No disclosures


Joseph M Lam MD FRCP(C)

Dr. Joseph M Lam is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Department of Paediatrics and an Associate Member at the Department of Dermatology and Skin Sciences, UBC. Dr. Lam completed his medical degree at McGill University and a residency in Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia. He completed 2 years of fellowship training in Pediatric Dermatology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and at Rady’s Children Hospital at the University of California, San Diego. He currently practices Pediatric Dermatology in Vancouver. He has particular interests in infantile hemangiomas and atopic dermatitis.

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Disclosures: Member of the advisory board for Johnston and Johnston, Suneva. Member of the Speaker’s bureau for Johnston and Johnston.


Heather Leitch MD PhD FRCPC

Dr. Heather Leitch completed a PhD in microbiology (leukemia stem cell research) at UBC in 1992. She graduated from medical school at UBC in 1995, trained in internal medicine at UBC, and completed a hematology fellowship at McGill University in 2000, where she also completed course requirements toward a master’s degree in epidemiology and biostatistics. She completed post-fellowship training with the Lymphoma Tumour Group at the B.C. Cancer Agency in 2002, and currently holds the position of Clinical Associate Professor at UBC. Dr. Leitch has been a member of the hematology/oncology group at St. Paul’s Hospital since 2004, and actively participates in research projects and clinical trials with a focus on hematological malignancies. She is the Director, Hematology/Oncology Research, Providence Health Care.

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Disclosures: The MDS Clear Path was supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Celgene Corporation. All content was developed independently by the panel of hematologists involved. Heather A. Leitch has received honoraria, research funding and served on advisory boards of Alexion, Celgene and Novartis Corporations. She is a member of the Exjade Speaker’s Bureau. Mitigating Potential Bias: Recommendations are consistent with current practice patterns. The MDS Clear Path is a comprehensive clinical practice guideline for the diagnosis, workup and management of MDS. It incorporates information from clinical trials, multiple guidelines, and usual clinical practice. Treatments or recommendations in this article are unrelated to products/services/treatments involved in disclosure statements.


Roberto Leon MD FRCSC FRCOG FCOG (SA)

Dr. Roberto Leon is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist in Kelowna, BC. Originally trained in OB-GYN in Cape Town, South Africa, he just gave up Obstetrics and Surgery, so his practice is focused on medical gynecology, especially contraception, minimally painful IUD insertions, menopausal symptoms management, hormonal abnormalities and treatments, sexual dysfunction as well as a range of other gynecological conditions. Dr Leon is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He teaches Family Practice Residents the skills required for minor gynecological procedures in a GP Office. Dr Leon is also involved with humanitarian projects in his country of birth, Paraguay, in association with the Steve Nash Foundation and Step-Canada.

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Disclosures: Received an honorarium from Bayer for a speaking at CME events on IUDs. No conflict of interest. Mitigating potential bias: Only published trials are included.


Adeera Levin MD FRCPC

Dr. Levin is a Professor at UBC in the Division of Nephrology. She is also the Executive director of the BC Provincial Renal Agency. She has clinical research interest in early kidney disease and prevention of progression – she has authored over 160 peer reviewed publications, and sits on numerous editorial boards for major journals. She continues an active outpatient practice focusing on chronic kidney disease.

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Disclosures: No disclosures


Dr. Alisa Lipson

Dr. Alisa Lipson is a Clinical Associate Professor in Pediatrics at UBC. She maintains a private practice in general pediatrics and is on staff at BC Children’s Hospital. She is the pediatric consultant at the UBC Health Clinic, and is on the BC Autism Assessment Network team at Sunny Hill Health Centre. Dr Lipson is a frequent CME speaker on developmental and general pediatrics.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose

Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, PhD, PT, is an Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Physical Therapy, and Director the Aging, Mobility and Cognitive Function Laboratory. She is a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator. Her current research focuses on defining the role of exercise to promote both cognitive function and functional independence among seniors. Dr. Liu-Ambrose is a member of the UBC Brain Research Centre and a principal investigator of the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility. She is also the Research Director of the Vancouver Falls Prevention Clinic (www.fallsclinic.com).

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Jennifer Loffree BHk MOT

Jennifer Loffree currently works at GF Strong Rehab Centre as an Occupational Therapist and the Coordinator of the Early Response Concussion Service. She is also an Honorary Clinical Instructor with the University of British Columbia Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Along with working directly with patients, Jennifer is passionate about partnering with other health care service providers to ensure that educational resources and supports are available for patients in the acute stage of recovery from concussion.

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Disclosures: Ms. Loffree is a member of the BC Concussion Advisory Network and is a community partner on a research study with WorkSafe BC. No conflicts of interest.


Dr. Stan Lubin

My qualifications are as follows: I graduated with a B.A. from McGill University in 1966. I received a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics in 1969. I graduated in Medicine from McGill University in 1973. I did my rotating internship at St Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, B.C. in 1973-1974. From 1975 to 1987, apart from 2 years doing extra training, I worked as a family physician in the rural community of Sechelt, B.C. In 1978-1979 I did a year of extra training in anesthesia and obstetrics in the United Kingdom. In 1983-1984, I studied epidemiology at the University of Hawaii and was awarded a Master’s of Public Health degree. From 1987-1982 I was Head of the Department of Family Practice, University Hospital, Shaughnessy site. From 1993-1997 I was the Program Director of the UBC Family Practice Residency Program. From 1987 to the present time I have worked as a family physician in Vancouver B.C. In 1981 I became a certificant of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. In 1991 I became a Fellow of the College. I have certificates in advanced cardiac life support, acute trauma life support and neonatal resuscitation. I worked regular shifts in the emergency department at St Mary’s Hospital, Sechelt B.C. from 1975 to 1987. I worked regular shifts in the emergency Department at St Vincent’s Hospital, Vancouver B.C from 1987 to 1988. I worked as a volunteer emergency physician on Whistler Mountain from 1999 to 2007. I am an Emeritus Professor, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia.

In 2012 I received the Family Physician of the Year Award from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (view UBC article). In 2013 I was awarded honorary member status by the Canadian Medical Association.

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George H. Luciuk MD FRCP(C)

Dr. George Luciuk completed his medical school at University of Alberta and pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland and Winnipeg Children’s Hospital, Manitoba. Allergy/Immunology Fellowship was completed at Health Sciences Center, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland and Seattle Children’s Orthopedic Hospital, Washington. Dr. Luciuk is also a part of the Medical Advisory Committee, B. C. Lung Association Research Centre and the Patient/Public Education Committee, B. C. Lung Association.

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Disclosures: No disclosures


Kenneth M. Madden MSc MD FRCPC

Dr. Ken Madden is an associate professor of geriatric medicine at the University of British Columbia. His main area of research is exercise interventions in Type 2 diabetes and preventing falls due to syncope in older adults. He is the medical manager of the Acute Care for Elders Unit and Vancouver General Hospital.

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Dr. Iain Mackie

Dr. Iain Mackie graduated from University of Toronto Medical School in 1979 and completed his residency at the University of Western Ontario, Internal Medicine and Critical Care in 1984. He stayed at the UWO as the Head of Division of General Internal Medicine before moving to UBC in 1996 as a Clinical Professor of Medicine. Dr. Mackie was the Head of Division of General Internal Medicine at UBC from 1998 to 2004 and at the Vancouver Hospital & Health Sciences Centre from 1996 to 2014. Currently, he is the Medical Director of Perioperative Medicine Programme at VHHSC and the Director of Internal Medicine Clinical Teaching Units, VGH.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Dr. Roey Malleson

Dr. Roey Malleson is a clinical associate professor holding joint appointments in both the department of family practice and the department of pediatrics. She is currently Education Director in the Department of Specialized Women’s Health at BC Women’s Hospital and provides reproductive health services in various community settings in Vancouver.

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Disclosures: No Disclosures.


Dr. Julian Marsden

Julian Marsden is an emergency physician who has been in practice for almost 21 years, most of those at St. Paul’s Hospital.
His other interests include knowledge translation and the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine as well as quality improvement and he is the Clinical Director of the Clinical Care Management Program at the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council.

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Disclosures: No disclosures


Françoise Mathieu MEd CCC

Françoise is director of Compassion Fatigue Solutions Inc., whose aim is to offer consulting and training to helpers on topics related to self-care, wellness, burnout and compassion fatigue. She is a Certified Mental Health Counsellor and a Compassion Fatigue specialist. Her experience stems from many years as a crisis counsellor, working in a hospital emergency ward, university counselling service and community mental health environments. Her positive outlook and commitment to helping clients grow are hallmarks of her work. Françoise is one of the leaders in Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma education in Canada. Since 2001, Françoise has given hundreds of seminars on compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma across the country to thousands of helping professionals in the fields of health care, trauma services, law enforcement, education and addiction treatment. She is the author of The Compassion Fatigue Workbook which was published by Routledge in 2012.

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Disclosures: Director of Compassion Fatigue Solutions Inc., a company that provides educational training and materials on topics related to compassion fatigue.


James McCormack BSc(Pharm) Pharm D

James received his undergraduate pharmacy degree at the University of British Columbia in 1982. He received his doctorate in pharmacy (Pharm D) in 1986 from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. His focus is shared-informed decision-making using evidence based information and rational therapeutic principles. He has presented over 300 seminars on drug therapy, has published over 100 articles in the medical literature, mainly in the area of rational drug therapy, and worked as editor for two internationally recognized textbooks on appropriate/rational drug therapy. He is also the co-host of a weekly podcast called the Best Science (BS) Medicine podcast.

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Disclosures: No Disclosures


Dr. Diane McIntosh

Dr. McIntosh graduated from Dalhousie University, where she completed an undergraduate degree in pharmacy before completing her medical residency (2 years pediatrics and adult psychiatry). She is a clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia, has a busy private practice and clinical research program. She presents continuing medical education programs to colleagues nationally and internationally, with a focus on rational pharmacology.
As a researcher, Dr. McIntosh has been a principle or sub-investigator in many clinical trials (phase II-IV), both industry sponsored and investigator initiated, and is the author of numerous papers. She has a particular interest in the neurobiology of mood and anxiety disorders. She sits on the Board of Directors of CANMAT, the Canadian Network For Mood and Anxiety Treatments.

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Disclosures: Dr. McIntosh has received research support, spoken for, or sits on advisory boards for the following companies: Astra-Zeneca, BMS, Otsuka, Sunovion, Eli Lilly, Janssen-Ortho, Shire, Lundbeck.


Barbara Melosky MD FRCPC

Dr. Melosky is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and a Medical Oncologist at the British Columbia Cancer Agency. She graduated from medical school at the University of Manitoba and did a residency in internal medicine and a oncology fellowship at the University of British Columbia. She is currently a medical oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency with clinical interests in lung and gastrointestinal malignancies.

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Disclosures: No Disclosures


Yazdan Mirzanejad MD DTM&H FRCPC FACP ASTMH

Dr. Mirzanejad is a Consultant in infectious diseases at Surrey Memorial Hospital- Fraser health Authority and a Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of ID – UBC. He’s an MD Graduate 1985 from Iran University of Medical Sciences and completed his Internship in 1988 at St. Paul’s Hospital- UBC. Residency in Internal Medicine – University of Manitoba 1994. Fellowship in Infectious diseases and Microbiology Vanderbilt University Medical Centre 1994- 1997. Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from Gorgas institute 2008.

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Disclosures: No Disclosures


Julio Montaner MD DSc(hon) FRCPC FCCP FACP FRSC OBC

Professor of Medicine, UBC and St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation Chair in AIDS Research, Head of Division of AIDS, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia; Director, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, St. Paul’s Hospital-Providence Health Care; Past-President, International AIDS Society, Canada.
Dr Julio Montaner is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He received his Medical Degree with Honors from the University of Buenos Aires in 1979. In 1981, Dr. Montaner joined the University of British Columbia (UBC) at St Paul’s Hospital (SPH) where he completed his training in Internal Medicine and Respiratory Medicine. While still in training, he led several clinical studies that demonstrated the role of adjunctive corticosteroids in PCP-related respiratory failure. In 1988, he became the Director of the AIDS Research Program and the Immunodeficiency Clinic at SPH/UBC. Since then, he focused his research in the development of antiretroviral therapies and management strategies. In the mid 90’s, he played a key role in establishing the efficacy of NNRTI based highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). This was one of the pivotal contributions emerging from the IAS-sponsored Vancouver 1996 International AIDS Conference, of which he was a co-organizer. He is a Professor of Medicine at UBC and has held the Endowed Chair in AIDS Research at SPH/UBC since 1996. He is a founding Co-Director of the Canadian HIV Trials Network. He is the Director of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. He has been a member of the International AIDS Society since 1988, an elected member of the North American Region since 2002 and President from 2008-2010. Dr. Montaner has authored over 400 scientific publications on HIV/AIDS. His current research interests include HAART as prevention, optimal use of HAART, salvage therapy, new antiretrovirals, as well as hard to reach populations and harm reduction. In 2008, he received the inaugural Avant-Garde Award of $2.5 million over 5 years, from the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to support his project entitled “Seek and Treat for Optimal Outcomes and Prevention in HIV & AIDS in IDU (STOP HIV/AIDS)”. In September 2009, he was the recipient of the $100,000 Knowledge Translation Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health (CIHR) and, in November 2009, he was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada-The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences (RSC). Founded in 1882, the RSC, consisting of distinguished Canadian scholars, artists and scientists, is Canada’s senior and most prestigious scholarly organization. In 2010, he received a Doctor of Science honoris causa from Simon Fraser University, the Order of BC as well as the Albert Einstein World of Science Award.

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Disclosures: Dr. Montaner is supported by the Ministry of Health Services and the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport, British Columbia; supported through Knowledge Translation Award from CIHR; and through an Avant-Garde Award from NIDA-NIH. Funding is also received from Merck, Gilead, and ViiV Healthcare to support research into Treatment as Prevention.


Dr. Erin Morley

Dr. Erin Morley is an academic general internist and UBC clinical instructor at Vancouver General Hospital. She completed her medical school undergraduate training at UBC in 2009 as a Wesbrook Scholar and her internal medicine residency in 2013 at UBC where she served as Chief Medical Resident. Dr. Morley’s fellowship took place at UBC in General Internal Medicine and also at McMaster University where she focused on Perioperative Cardiovascular Medicine. She has a special research and clinical interest in perioperative medicine.

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Disclosures: None.


Paul Mullins MBBS DM FRCP

Dr. Paul Mullins is Head of Gastroenterology at University Hospital of Northern BC and Colonoscopy Lead to the Northern Health Authority for the BC Colon Screening Program. He graduated from The University of London, trained in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology in the UK, was a Lecturer at the University of Southampton, and a Consultant Gastroenterologist in Lancashire UK, where he was Clinical Director of Medicine, Lead in Upper GI Cancer and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. He maintains interests in education, training, clinical research, and clinical service delivery.

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Disclosures: None.


Dr. Kishore Mulpuri

Dr. Mulpuri graduated from Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India and subsequently completed his residency there in Orthopaedics in 1997. After completing Pediatric Orthopaedic fellowships in Australia and Vancouver, Dr. Mulpuri joined BC Children’s Hospital as a Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon in 2003 and joined the UBC faculty in the Department of Orthopaedics in 2004. He has a special interest in chronic pediatric hip conditions including developmental dysplasia of the hip and Perthes disease, as well as Cerebral Palsy. He is Research Director of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI) and is the co-lead of the Evidence to Innovation theme at the Child and Family Research Institute (CFRI).

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Disclosures: Receives research support in the form of grant funding from Depuy, Johnson & Johnson. Currently participating in a multi-centre, prospective observational study of infants with hips dislocated at rest by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI). No conflict of interest: Depuy, Johnson & Johnson funding support is for studies unrelated to this article. This article has been based on published recommendations and guidelines and don’t incorporate findings from the ongoing IHDI study. Mitigating Potential Bias: Recommendations are consistent with published guidelines by the AAOS: The detection and non-operative management of developmental dysplasia of the hip in infants up to six months of age: evidence-based guideline and evidence report.


Sue Murphy

Sue Murphy is Senior Instructor and Associate Head, Clinical Education in the Department of Physical Therapy. Her research interests are in clinical and interprofessional education. Sue currently holds a TLEF grant related to the formation of a student led clinic at Royal Columbian Hospital and a grant from the Vancouver Foundation Cedar Lodge Fund which to allow a pilot project in interprofessional education on an acute neurosciences unit. Sue is also involved in a pilot project to assist internationally educated Physical therapists obtain licensure in Canada. She was a Killam Teaching Award winner in 2011.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Eileen Murray MD FRCPC

Dr. Eileen Murray was a clinical dermatologist and Professor, University of Manitoba and now Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia, Department of Dermatology and Skin Science. She received her MD from the University of Manitoba and did her residency in dermatology at McGill University.
She has served on the Executive Council of the Winnipeg Clinic, the Board of Directors of both the Canadian Dermatology Foundation and the Canadian Dermatology Association for which she was also secretary-treasurer.
She was the coordinator of the dermatology curriculum for the Manitoba Telehealth Video Conferencing Educational Program for rural and northern physicians. Dr. Murray has numerous abstracts and19 publications, including a digital textbook: Diagnosing Skin Diseases: A diagnostic tool and educational resource for pediatricians and primary caregivers.

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Disclosures: Served as a consultant for the pharmaceutical industry and participated in clinical research evaluating new therapies for psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Mitigating potential bias: Treatments or recommendations are unrelated to products/services/treatments involved in disclosure statements.


 Nawaaz Nathoo MD FRCSC Clinical Educator Fellow

Dr. Nawaaz Nathoo is a first-year clinical educator fellow at the Centre for Health Education Scholarship. Through the Clinical Educator Fellowship Program, he is completing his Master of Health Professions Education through Maastricht University. After growing up in Calgary, Dr. Nathoo moved to Vancouver for his BSc in pharmacology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). While doing this, he spent a semester abroad in Singapore working in a research lab as part of a co-op program. After completing his degree at UBC, he moved to Edmonton to attend medical school at the University of Alberta, and subsequently moved back to Vancouver where he completed his residency in ophthalmology in 2015.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Daniel Ngui BSc (PT) MD FCFP

Dr. Ngui is a Family Physician who works at a Vancouver Coastal Community Health clinic in Kerrisdale. He is involved with the family medicine training program at St. Paul’s Hospital and has been involved with promoting, developing and providing continuing health education with the BCCFP and hospital CME committees.

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Disclosures: National Advisory Boards/Speakers Bureau for Amgen Canada, BMS, Astra Zeneca, Merck, Pfizer, Novo Nordisk, Valeant, Complete Medical Communications, Science and Medicine Canada, Canadian Urological Association, Osteoporosis Canada, Primary Care Updates, Healthchoicesfirst.ca, UBC CPD CME and Memorial University CME committees and Committee member for St. Paul’s Hospital CME committee.


Dr. Karen Nordahl

Dr. Nordahl is a family physician who practices obstetrics at BCWH in Vancouver. She takes a special interest in the benefits of exercise and pregnancy, and has authored two books on the subject. She is also a regular speaker both locally and internationally on the topic.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Cait SE O’Sullivan PharmD

Cait O’Sullivan works for Island Health in medical education with BC’s Provincial Academic Detailing (PAD) Service. She received her PharmD from the University of Washington, a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Brunswick.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Breay W. Paty MD FRCPC

Dr. Paty is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine . He works in the VGH Diabetes Clinic, the UBC Bone Marrow Transplant and the Islet Transplant Programs and is Program Director for the Division of Endocrinology.

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Disclosures: Dr. Paty has received speaking fees and/or sat on advisory boards for Merck, Novo Nordisk, Astra Zeneca, and Boehringer Ingelheim.


Hadley Pearce, MSc, MSiMR

Hadley Pearce is a neuroscientist working at the Child and Family Research Institute where she works on brain injury research and concussion awareness and management education. She has a Master of Science in Cognitive Neuroscience from University College London and a Masters of Science in Integrative Medicine Research from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She received her Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Natasha Press MD FRCPC

Dr. Natasha Press works as an Infectious Diseases physician at St. Paul’s Hospital. She graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School, and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of British Columbia. Following that, she did a research fellowship in HIV clinical trials. She is the program director of UBC’s Infectious Diseases training program, and currently runs the anal dysplasia clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital.

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Disclosures: Advisory board meeting for BMS – attendee; involved in research study (unfunded) with Acroptronix; dealings with multiple pharmaceutical companies to obtain funding for the Infectious Diseases Residents’ Education Fund.


Launette Marie Rieb MSc MD CCFP FCFP

Dr. Launette Marie Rieb is a Family Physician certified by both The American Board of Addiction Medicine and the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia where she is the Director of the Addiction Medicine and Inter-collegial Responsibility Program for education of undergraduate medical students and Family Medicine residents. Dr. Rieb works at OrionHealth (Vancouver Pain Clinic) in chronic pain rehabilitation, utilizing her graduate degree in the area of pain physiology. Also, she works at The Three Bridges Community Health Centre where the focus of her practice is Addiction Medicine, including methadone maintenance. She is an invited speaker locally, nationally and internationally, including recently for the Olympic Committee in Doha, Qatar. She teaches regularly for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (biannual methadone conference), and for the Foundation of Medical Excellence – from Portland, Oregon (Pain and Suffering annual conference). In the past, Dr. Rieb was a consultant for St. Paul’s Hospital where she was also Site Faculty of Curriculum for Family Practice, UBC. She is a past Board Member of the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine and past Chair of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s Inquiry Board for Physician Incapacity due to drug dependence and mental illness.

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Disclosures: Medical consultant at OrionHealth – Vancouver Pain Clinic. It is 51% worker owned, including Dr. Rieb’s shares. Employed as a medical consultant for clinical work in the Pain Management Program.


Greg Rosenfeld MD FRCPC

Dr. Greg Rosenfeld is a gastroenterologist with additional subspecialty training in Gastroenterology. He is currently completing an Advanced Fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and a Masters of Health Science at UBC. Dr. Rosenfeld is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the UBC department of Family Practice and will be joining the St. Paul’s Hospital division of Gastroenterology in July 2014. Dr. Rosenfeld’s research interests are in diagnostic techniques for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Hayden Rubensohn MD, R3 in Internal Medicine

Dr. Hayden Rubensohn completed his medical school training at the University of Calgary in 2012, and is thrilled to be continuing his training in Vancouver through UBC. He is currently a 3rd year internal medicine resident planning on pursuing a career in palliative medicine. Hayden previously completed 2 years of psychiatry residency training and is interested in psychosocial aspects of end of life care. Given his early residency focus on inter-personal dynamics, Hayden is interested in the way physicians communicate with patients and their families, and looks forward to enhancing and utilizing these skills in a palliative setting.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Carol-Ann Saari MD FRCPC

Dr. Carol-Ann Saari is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and the Medical Director of the Provincial Youth Concurrent Disorders program at BC Children’s hospital. Dr. Saari received her MD and completed specialty training in psychiatry at UBC. She consults to the Child and Youth Crisis Program, Youth Concurrent Disorders Program and General Child Teaching clinic in the Fraser Health Authority and is the PGE liaison for child psychiatry in the Frasers. Dr. Saari is the current president of the BC Psychiatric Association.

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Disclosures: Honorarium by Reckitt Benckiser to present on “trauma, women and addictions” and on “adolescent brain development and youth concurrent disorders”.


Suren Sanmugasunderam MD FRCS (C)

Suren Sanmugasunderam finished medical school at the University of Ottawa and completed his residency at UBC in ophthalmology. He is a clinical professor at UBC.
His clinical practice is in cataract and refractive surgery. His research interests are in clinical service delivery.

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Disclosures: No Disclosures


Dr. Laura Sauvé

Dr. Laura Sauvé is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious and Immunological Diseases and the Pediatrics Residency training program director. She did her medical school and pediatrics residency at the University of Calgary, followed by an infectious diseases fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children and a Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Her research interests include public health surveillance, especially with respect to vaccinology and pediatric HIV/AIDS. She is the BC Investigator for IMPACT (the Immunization Monitoring Program, ACTive) which does surveillance for vaccine preventable diseases and adverse events following immunizations.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Dr. Alex Scott

Dr. Alex Scott is a graduate of the UBC PT program (BSc), and the UBC Experimental Medicine program (PhD). He is a full time researcher in the Department of Physical Therapy, where he also teaches pathology in the Master of Physical Therapy program. Alex’s research targets tendinopathy, and current projects include two randomized controlled clinical trials; one examining the effect of IMS (intramuscular stimulation) for Achilles tendinopathy, and the other looking at PRP (platelet rich plasma) for patellar tendinopathy. His research group is located at Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, Centre for Hip Health and Mobility.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Dr. Tara Sedlak

Dr. Tara Sedlak received her Bachelor’s degree with Honours from the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta) and her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, British Columbia). Dr. Tara Sedlak was awarded the Gold Medal for top graduate from the Doctor of Medicine Program. She completed two specialist residencies (Internal Medicine and Cardiology) at the University of British Columbia, where she twice served as Chief Medical Resident. Dr. Tara Sedlak also completed a fellowship at Cedar Sinai Medical Centre (Los Angeles, California) with Dr. Bairey Merz, the world’s leading expert in women’s heart health. Dr. Tara Sedlak is the only Canadian physician to have completed this program.
Dr. Tara Sedlak practices General Cardiology for men and women. She is also the only certified Women’s Heart Health Cardiologist in Canada. Her research interests include etiologies of myocardial infarction in women with normal coronary arteries and therapeutic strategies in microvascular coronary dysfunction and spontaneous coronary artery dissection.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Dr. Mary V. Seeman

Mary V. Seeman O.C. is a psychiatrist; she graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University in 1960 and completed her residency in N.Y.C. and her Fellowship in Cambridge, U.K. Her clinical interest has always been in the study of schizophrenia, especially in gender differences. Formerly in charge of an outpatient clinic for women with schizophrenia, she is currently Professor Emerita at the University of Toronto. Since her retirement from clinical practice, she works with graduate students at the Institute of Medical Science, U. of T.

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Disclosures: Medical Advisor to Clera Inc


Ken Seethram MD FRCSC FACOG

Dr. Seethram is a clinical lecturer in the department of OBGYN at the University of British Columbia. He received his undergraduate and post-graduate training at the University of Alberta. He is certified through the Fetal Medicine Foundation to provide First Trimester Screening. Conjunctly, he works at the Pacific Centre for Reproductive medicine, providing advanced fertility investigations and assisted reproductive technologies. In addition, he is the co-chair of both the Specialist Services Committee (SSC), and the Shared Care Committee (SCC) which work in concert with the Ministry of Health to deliver practice changing programs. His special interests include ultrasound, minimally invasive pelvic surgery, and fertility.

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Disclosures: Dr. Seethram works at the Pacific Centre for Reproductive medicine, providing advanced fertility investigations and assisted reproductive technologies. In addition, he is the co-chair of both the Specialist Services Committee (SSC), and the Shared Care Committee (SCC) which work in concert with the Ministry of Health to deliver practice changing programs.


Dr. David Sheps

Dr. Sheps received his medical degree at the University of Manitoba in 1997 and completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Saskatchewan in 2002. He undertook further subspecialty training following his residency, completing a shoulder fellowship at the University of Alberta in 2003 and an elbow and wrist fellowship at the University of Calgary in 2006. Concurrent with his fellowship in elbow and wrist surgery, Dr. Sheps fulfilled the requirements of a Master of Science in Epidemiology at the University of Calgary. He recently completed a Master of Business Administration at the Sauder School of Business at UBC.
Dr. Sheps joined the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic as a consultant in 2008. His clinical practice includes the treatment of disorders of the shoulder, elbow, and wrist, with a particular focus on the arthroscopic treatment of disorders of the shoulder. As part of the upper extremity group at the Sturgeon Community Hospital, Dr. Sheps also treats traumatic injuries of the shoulder, elbow, and wrist. Dr. Sheps has been the Site Medical Director for the Sturgeon Community Hospital since 2012.
His research interests include clinical outcomes following shoulder, elbow, and wrist surgery as well as the epidemiology of injuries of the shoulder and elbow. He is a member of both JOINTS Canada (Joint Orthopaedic Initiative for National Trials of the Shoulder) and SURGE (Shoulder and Upper extremity Research Group of Edmonton).

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Dr. Kam Shojania

Dr. Kam Shojania is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and Head of the Divisions of Rheumatology at UBC, Vancouver General Hospital and Providence Health Care – St. Paul’s Hospital. He is also the Director of the Rheumatology Postgraduate Program at UBC.
Dr. Shojania is an investigator at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC) in Vancouver and was a founding member and Director of the Canadian Rheumatology Research Consortium. His ongoing research is in the areas of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, ankylosing spondylitis and the appropriate use of diagnostic tests in the management of connective tissue diseases.
From 2001 to 2006, he was the recipient of the Clinician-Teacher Award from The Arthritis Society and the 2003 recipient of the UBC Faculty of Medicine Award for Excellence in Teaching. Earlier this year, Dr. Shojania was awarded the 2013 Canadian Rheumatology Association Teacher-Educator Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to rheumatology teaching and education in Canada.

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Disclosures: No conflict of interest. Has been involved with: Augurex, Pfizer, UCB, Abbvie, Janssen, Roche, and Celgene.


Sandra Sirrs MD FRCPC

Dr. Sandra Sirrs is an endocrinologist at Vancouver General Hospital. She is also the medical director of the Adult Metabolic Diseases Clinic which specializes in the diagnosis and therapy of adults with inborn errors of metabolism.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Martha Spencer MD FRCPC

Dr. Martha Spencer did her Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine residencies at UBC, then fellowship training in geriatric incontinence at the University of Alberta and McGill. She works on the Clinical Teaching Unit (CTU) at St. Paul’s and VGH, and does inpatient and outpatient geriatric medicine at Mount St. Joseph’s Hospital. She also does outreach work in Terrace, Kitimat and Dease Lake. She is currently a Clinical Instructor at UBC, and has focus areas in geriatric incontinence and medical ethics.

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Disclosures: Education grant from Pfizer to help support my incontinence fellowship in Edmonton, Grant from Pfizer ($10 000) to support start-up costs for the Geriatric Continence Clinic at SPH. Mitigating potential bias: Only published trial data is presented and recommendations are consistent with current practice patterns. No direct reference is made to products made by Pfizer in the article.


Dr. Pam Squire

Dr. Squire currently practices in Vancouver BC where she has a consultative practice in complex pain. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia and is involved in medical education and curriculum development for both undergraduate and post-graduate physicians.  She was a member of the guidelines committee (2010-2012) for Pain Medicine, the national group mandated to write the curriculum for the new Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons specialty of Pain Medicine.
In 2008 she was given the inaugural Helen Hays award for excellence in pain management and in 2010 she was given the Academic Pain Educator of the Year award by the American Society of Pain Educators.

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DisclosuresDr. Squire has received financial support from the following companies within the last 2 years: Speakers Bureau/Honoraria: Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Purdue. Consulting Fees: Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Purdue, Astra Zeneca.


Ted Steiner MD

Dr. Steiner received his MD and completed internal medicine residency at Duke University. He did his infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Virginia, training in enteric pathogenesis and Tropical Medicine with Richard Guerrant. Dr. Steiner joined the faculty at UBC in 2000 and he is currently Associate Professor and Associate Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases. His clinical interests are intestinal infections, Tropical Medicine, and Infections in patients on biologic agents. His research focuses on basic immunology of the gut.

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Disclosures: Honorarium for educational speeches from Amgen, Wyeth, and Pfizer. Iroko Pharmaceuticals advisory board.


Chris Stewart-Patterson MD CCBOM FACOEM

Dr. Stewart-Patterson has practiced Occupational medicine since 1989. He provided occupational medical services to the City of Vancouver, BC Government Occupational Health Programs, Health Canada’s Workplace Health, RCMP, BC Rail and Canadian Armed Forces among other organizations. He specializes in fitness to work evaluations for safety critical/sensitive occupations such as police, fire, and railway personnel. He frequently lectures both locally and internationally on both medical and psychiatric disability evaluation including a series of lectures at Harvard Medical School Dubai Center. He has instructed for the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) lecturing on assessment of disability in workers and is the co-director of the ACOEM Foundation Course for new Occupational Physicians. Dr Stewart-Patterson is a clinical instructor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, is a course director at Harvard Medical School and is an honorary Senior Lecturer in Occupation Medicine at University of Otego.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Dr. Sylvia Stockler

Sylvia Stockler-Ipsiroglu, MD PhD FRCPC, is a Professor of Pediatrics in at the Department of Pediatrics, UBC and Head of the Division of Biochemical Diseases at BC Children’s Hospital. With her background in biochemical genetics and pediatric neurology her main interest resides in finding treatments for children with neurometabolic conditions. Together with Dr Clara van Karnebeek, she developed the TIDE protocol which aims to screen children with developmental intellectual disabilities for treatable inborn errors of metabolism (www.tidebc.org). This ongoing project was funded as the first collaborative area of innovation by the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. She is also the PI of several investigator initiated and industry sponsored clinical trials for rare disease treatments and is especially interested in practice and observation-informed evidence in rare diseases.

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Disclosures: Research funding / involvement in clinical trials (Biomarin, Ultragenyx, Shire) and sits on an Advisory Board (MedUnik). No direct conflict of interest.


Sarah Stone MD CCFP

Sarah Stone, MD, CCFP, is a Family Physician working in Vancouver in the John Reudy Immunodeficiency Clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital where she has practiced since 2004. Sarah has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including rural medicine, low risk obstetrics, and as a hospitalist and clinical associate. She completed her MD at the University of British Columbia and her residency in the Rural Family Medicine Program at the University of Calgary. Sarah is a member of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Providence Health care. She is a Clinical Instructor at the University of British Columbia and actively teaches and mentors medical students, residents and nurse practitioners in primary care and HIV medicine.

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Disclosures: Involved in a study funded by CIHR CTN (Canadian Institutes of Health Research Canadian HIV Trials Network) using the Merck vaccine. Received honoraria from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead, Merck, and Viive for speaking fees and attending conferences.


Nigel Sykes MA FRCP FRCGP

Dr. Nigel Sykes has served as Treasurer of the Association of Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland, and as a member of the Association’s Executive and Ethics committees. Currently he is a member of the Neurological Diseases Strategy Group of the UK National Council for Palliative Care. He set up the first UK clinical ethics committee to be located in a hospice and has spoken on television and radio, and made presentations to British parliamentary committees, on ethical issues relating to palliative care.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Shirley Sze BMSc MD CCFP FCFP

Dr. Shirley Sze started full service family practice in 1979. Dr. Sze has been a member of the Continuing Medical Education Committee for the Royal Inland Hospital for over 20 years and Chair of the Committee for over 10 years and has been highly involved in organizing and chairing CME for physicians as provincial CME Coordinator. She has taught and facilitated at various educational workshops. Dr. Sze has been involved with CME for the BCMA, the Practice Support Program (PSP) as a presenter, Family Practice Champion, and has received the Distinguished Leadership Award for the Improvement of Primary Care in BC through the PSP. Dr. Sze has been a member of many Advisory Committees through UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) and continues to Chair the BCMA Continuing Medical Education Nucleus Committee. She has been a representative for BC and Yukon to the CMA Council on Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development. Recently, Dr. Sze was an invited presenter at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement for Re-designing the Clinical Office Practice in 2009 and 2010. She reviews online medical educational programs for University of Western Ontario and UBC and is a Faculty Member for Health Literacy Prototype Collaborative (Ministry of Health). Dr. Sze continues to be involved with teaching and research forums and highly committed to CME for BC Family Physicians.

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Disclosures: Funded by Interior Health Tobacco Cessation Program to attend Mayo Conference on Tobacco Cessation and to teach in this area – paid on hourly basis. Not funded to submit the article.


Dr. Paul Thiessen

Dr. Thiessen obtained his undergraduate and medical degree at the University of Alberta, completing his pediatric training at UBC and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He has a strong interest in children with special needs, and is the Medical Director of the Spinal Cord Clinic at BC Children’s Hospital which provides co-ordinated multidisciplinary care for children with spina bifida and spinal cord injuries. He has a keen interest in International Health, and has enjoyed the challenge of volunteer medical projects in Honduras, Ecuador, India, Ukraine and Uganda. He has a longstanding interest in medical education, and is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UBC.

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Disclosures: No Disclosures


Glynnis Tidball MSc (Aud, SLP) RAUD

Glynnis Tidball is a clinical audiologist at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver and clinical instructor at the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Her primary professional focus for the last 16 years has been clinical management of tinnitus and hyperacusis.

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Disclosures: A) I am the audiologist that runs the St. Paul’s Hospital Tinnitus Clinic mentioned in the article. Patients pay the hospital for the services they receive here as tinnitus management is not covered by MSP.
B) Widex, a hearing instrument manufacturer, sponsors me to give presentations and pays for my registration fee at international tinnitus conferences. The article describes the benefits of hearing instruments but does not specifically identify Widex which is one of several manufacturers that make instruments for hearing loss and tinnitus management.
C) I have no financial interest in Sound IdEARS clinic.


Dr. Anna Tinker

Anna Tinker MD, FRCPC, Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC Department of Medicine and the UBC Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Oncologist, British Columbia Cancer Agency. Dr. Tinker is a Medical Oncologist at the British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver Centre and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. She treats women with gynecologic cancers as her primary clinical focus. She enjoys teaching and mentoring students and residents. Her research interests are in the area of clinical trials and translational research. She has been an active member of OvCaRe and is the present Director of the Cheryl Brown Ovarian Cancer Outcomes Unit. She is an active member of the NCIC- Clinical Trials Group, and sits on the NCIC Ovarian Cancer Working Group Committee.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Mustafa Toma MD FRCPC

Dr. Mustafa Toma is a clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia. He completed his training in internal medicine and cardiology in Edmonton, AB followed by training in advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation at the Cleveland Clinic. His areas of interest are in advanced heart failure, cardiac transplantation, and mechanical circulatory support.

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Disclosures: Received honoraria from Pfizer Canada.


Dr. David Topps

Dr. David Topps is a Family Medicine Professor at the University of Calgary. Previously Director of Clinical Informatics at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, with over 20 years of experience in educational technology, mobile communications and ubiquitous computing. A family physician by background, he has worked in rural and remote medicine since 1984, turning to academic medicine in 1997. He has worked and taught in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, and has been part of a number of international collaborative projects. Current areas of research include digital professionalism, virtual patients, and mixed modality simulation in Interprofessional education.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Erica Tsang

Erica Tsang is a medical resident at the University of British Columbia. Her interests include internal medicine, medical education, public health, and working with marginalized populations.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Kristin Turner MSc CCGC CGC

Kristin Turner is a board certified genetic counsellor with the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors and American Board of Genetic Counselling. She is a clinical genetic counsellor with the Hereditary Cancer Program (Abbotsford site) at the BC Cancer Agency. Kristin holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Queen’s University and a Master of Science in Genetic Counselling from the University of British Columbia.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.

Dr. Antoinette van den Brekel

Dr. van den Brekel graduated from McGill Medical School, interned at St. Paul’s Hospital and went on to do pediatric residency at New England Medical Center in Boston. Following this she returned to Vancouver for fellowship training in pediatric hematology oncology. She has been practicing as a general pediatrician in BC since 1998. She is on staff at St Paul’s Hospital, caring for newborns. She is also active in undergraduate medical education. She is interested in seeing patients aged 0 to 18 with acute and chronic medical concerns. Aside from her passion for pediatrics, she is a happy wife and mother of three .

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Dr. Kiran Veerapen

Dr. Kiran Veerapen is Regional Faculty Development Director of the Island Medical Program. She completed medical training in Rheumatology in the United Kingdom and practiced as a Rheumatologist in Malaysia from 1986-2004. She has a long-standing interest in medical education and in 2008 completed a Masters in Medical Education degree through the University of Dundee, Scotland. In June 2012, Dr. Veerapen was awarded a PhD from the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program at the University of Victoria. Her doctoral thesis is entitled “The impact of uni-professional medical and nursing education on the ability to work collaboratively.” Dr. Veerapen is responsible for planning, supporting, developing, implementing and evaluating educational activities to meet the needs of members of the teaching faculty. Through these activities she hopes to promote a culture of teaching and learning amongst the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching faculty on Vancouver Island region.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Andrea Warnick

Andrea Warnick is a Nurse Psychotherapist whose passion lies in helping families and communities support children who are grieving the illness or death of someone close to them. With a degree in nursing, a Master’s degree in Thanatology and years of nursing experience both in Canada and abroad, Andrea brings to her work a rare mixture of medical and psychosocial expertise. Andrea currently runs an independent education and counselling in Toronto, Andrea Warnick Consulting.

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Disclosures: Self-employed Nurse Psychotherapist. No conflict of interest.


Randall F. White MD FRCPC

Dr. Randall F. White is clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia and the medical director of the British Columbia Psychosis Program at UBC Hospital. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and has practiced psychiatry in Canada and the United States. In addition to pursuing clinical care, research and education in his subspecialty of treatment-resistant psychosis, he has collaborated with family physicians in several primary-care settings. He has written on medical topics and health policy for Medscape.com, The Vancouver Observer, The Victoria Times-Colonist, The Medical Post, and maintains a blog on psychosis research at www.bcpsychosis.org.

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Disclosures: Dr. White is a freelance medical writer for Medscape.com which is sponsored by pharmaceutical companies including Shire, Janssen, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.


Graeme E Wilkins MD FRCPC

Dr. Wilkins was a Clinical Professor Emeritus (Ret.) at the UBC Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and he also chaired the weekly Endocrine Rounds for residents and staff at St. Paul’s Hospital. His major teaching interest have been to introduce residents and fellows to the management of patients with endocrine disease by utilization of clinical practice and office practice. Post Graduate Training: Junior internship: Toronto Western Hospital- 1965-66.
Assistant Resident Medicine: Vancouver General Hospital- 1966-67. Fellow in Metabolism: Toronto Western Hospital- 1967-1968. MRC Fellow in Endocrinology: Vancouver General Hospital 1968-69. Chief Resident Medicine: Vancouver General Hospital- 1969-1970. Fellow in Nuclear Medicine: Vancouver General hospital- 1970-1971.

He’s the recipient of 2006 The Prix d’Excellence from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Region 5, in recognition of his longstanding contribution to medical education and to the academic community. Dr. Wilkins has also received Career Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching: Awarded by UBC Faculty of Medicine in 2005.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Dr. Christina Williams

Dr. Christina Williams is a Gynaecologist at the BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis. She holds a UBC Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
Dr. Williams’ practice involves helping women with pelvic pain, endometriosis, infertility, fibroids, and recurrent pregnancy loss. Her expertise is in advanced minimally invasive surgery for both pelvic pain and infertility including microsurgical tubal reversal, laparoscopic tubal reconstruction, fibroid removal, excision of complex endometriosis and laparoscopic hysterectomy.
As the former Medical Director of the BC Women’s Centre for Reproductive Health and UBC IVF Program, she continues to be very interested in Assisted Reproduction, especially where it pertains to Endometriosis. Through Dr. Williams’ advocacy efforts, the interdisciplinary Centre for Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis was created in 2011 and continues to provide active research, teaching and clinical services for women with this complex disease.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.


Dr. Michelle Withers

Dr. Michelle Withers is a community-based medical and surgical dermatologist. She completed her undergraduate training and medical school at the University of British Columbia. She graduated from the Department of Dermatology and Skin Science at UBC in 2004 and now practices in north Burnaby. Dr. Withers is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UBC Department of Dermatology and Skin Science and teaches medical students and residents in her private office. She is the president of the Dermatology Society of British Columbia and an active member of the Canadian Dermatology Association.

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Disclosures: Advisory board for Pediapharm and Valeant, both makers of barrier repair creams. Honorarium from Valeant, speaking on atopic dermatitis.


Steve Wong MD FRCPC

Dr. Steve Wong completed his MD degree at the University of Calgary. He joined the Internal Medicine residency program at the University of British Columbia and completed a fifth year in the General Internal Medicine Fellowship with a focus on perioperative medicine.

Dr. Wong has developed a number of courses and initiatives aimed at bridging technology, evidence-based medicine and clinical practice in close collaboration with the UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD).  He is currently the Medical Director for “This Changed My Practice” — a free, web-based educational resource for BC physicians at UBC CPD.

In addition, Dr. Wong is the Medical Director for Clinical Practice Reviews, a new initiative in partnership with the Ministry whereby BC specialists and GPs provide direct feedback regarding new drugs on the Pharmacare formulary.

Currently in practice in Vancouver at the Seymour Clinic and in Richmond, BC as a General Internist, Dr. Wong’s clinical interests include hypertension, lipids, cardiology and global management of diabetics. He also attends on the clinical teaching unit at VGH and has trainees 12 months a year integrated into all of his practice environments.

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Disclosures: I own ~35 shares in AAPL. I am not affiliated with any iOS app developer. Speaker’s honoraria: Abbott, Glaxosmithkline, Merck, Novartis, Novonordisk, Boehringer-Ingelheim, UBC-CPD, Vancouver Coastal


Dr. Alissa Wright

Dr. Alissa Wright is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC in Infectious Disease. Her specialty is infections in immunocompromised hosts; her practice is largely the care of pre- and post-transplant patients at Vancouver General Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital. She is currently the program director for Transplant Infectious Disease at UBC and she also works with BC Transplant as a consultant for their infectious disease issues.

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Disclosures: Received UBC-Pfizer Transplant ID Training Award for July 1, 2012-June 30, 2014. UBC-Sunovion grant for Masters from July 2013-2014


Julianne Yeager

Julianne Yeager is an associate lawyer and a member of the Law Society of British Columbia. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with an undergraduate degree in Political Science, and graduated with Distinction from the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice in Oxford, England. Julianne has appeared as counsel before the Provincial and Supreme Courts of British Columbia. In her litigation practice she represents clients, both employees and employers, from the initial stages of negotiation up to trial. She also advises employers on workplace matters including employment contracts, employee discipline, and lawful termination of employment. She lives and works on Vancouver’s North Shore.

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Disclosures: Associate lawyer at an employment law firm. Mitigating potential bias: Recommendations are consistent with legal advice.


Eric M. Yoshida MD MHSc FRCP(C) FACP FACG

Dr. Eric Yoshida is a Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Gastroenterology of the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver General Hospital. Dr. Yoshida is the past Medical Director of the Liver Transplant Program of BC Transplant and remains a member of the liver transplant program. He is the Head of the BC Hepatitis Program, a partnership of the BC Centre for Disease Control and the UBC Division of Gastroenterology and is the Past President of the Canadian Association for the Study of Liver. He is a member of the national governing board of the Canadian Liver Foundation.

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Disclosures: Dr. Yoshida has been the principle investigator of clinical trials sponsored by Vertex Inc, Merck Inc (formerly Schering Plough), Hoffman LaRoche Inc, Pfizer Inc, Boringher Ingleheim Inc, Norvartis Inc, Gilead Sciences Inc, Astellas Inc, Human Genome Sciences Inc. He has received unrestricted research grants from Cangene Corp, Hoffman LaRoche Inc and has received honouraria for CME lectures and industry sponsored forums/symposia from Hoffman LaRoche, Merck Inc, Vertex Inc and Cangene Corp. He is a consultant for BC Pharmacare in the area of viral hepatitis adjudication.


Terence Yung MD FRCPC

Dr. Yung received his MD from the University of Toronto and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of British Columbia. Currently he is finishing his fellowship in General Internal Medicine, with a focus in perioperative medicine. Most recently at McMaster University, he completed the Perioperative Vascular Medicine training program under the mentorship of Dr. PJ Devereaux.

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Disclosures: None.


Dr. Nadia Zalunardo

Dr. Zalunardo is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine in the UBC Division of Nephrology. Her clinical practice is based at Vancouver General Hospital; she also provides Nephrology consultation service in North Vancouver. She is the medical director of the kidney care clinic at VGH. She has an interest in optimizing the timing of dialysis preparation including vascular access creation for hemodialysis.

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Disclosures: No disclosures.