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Alfiya Battalova
Alfiya Battalova

Alfiya Battalova is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. She earned her PhD in Disability Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests include sociology of health, disability policy, disability and gender.

Anthony Chang
Anthony Chang

Dr. Chang is currently the Chief Intelligence and Innovation Officer (CIIO) and Medical Director of the Heart Failure Program at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. He has also been named a Physician of Excellence by the Orange County Medical Association and Top Cardiologist, Top Doctor for many years as well as one of the nation’s Top Innovators in Healthcare. 

 He is the founder and medical director of the Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute (MI3) that is supported by the Sharon Disney Lund Foundation. The institute is dedicated to implement data science and artificial intelligence in medicine and is the first institute of its kind in a hospital. The new institute is concomitantly dedicated to facilitate innovation in children and health care all over the world. He is the organizing chair for the biennial Pediatrics2040: Emerging

Trends and Future Innovations meeting as well as the founder and director of the Medical Intelligence and Innovation Summer Internship Program, which mentors close to 100 young physicians-to-be every summer. He has organized a pediatric innovation leadership group called the international Society for Pediatric Innovation (iSPI). 

He intends to build a clinician-computer scientist interface to enhance all aspects of data science and artificial intelligence in health and medicine. He currently lectures widely on big data and artificial intelligence in medicine (he has been called “Dr. A.I.” by the Chicago Tribune and has given a TEDx talk as well as on the Singularity University faculty) ([1]). He has published review papers on big data and predictive analytics as well as machine learning and artificial intelligence in medicine ([2])([3]). He has completed a book project with a book series with Elsevier: Intelligence-Based Medicine: Principles and Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Clinical Medicine and Health Care and is the editor-in-chief of the journal of the same title. He is the founder and organizing chair of many Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AI Med) meetings in the U.S. and abroad (Europe and Asia) that will focus on artificial intelligence in healthcare and medicine (www.ai-med.io). He recently started a new group for clinicians with a special focus on data science and artificial intelligence as Medical Intelligence Society, or MIS. Finally, he is the dean of the nascent American Board of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (ABAIM) that will have education and certification of artificial intelligence in clinical medicine and health care as its mission.

 He is the founder of three startup companies in artificial intelligence in medicine:

  1. CardioGenomic Intelligence (CGI), LLC is a multifaceted company that focuses on artificial intelligence applications such as deep learning in clinical cardiology (cardiomyopathy and heart failure as well as other cardiovascular disease) and genomic medicine. 
  2. Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIMed), LLC is an events company that organizes meetings and educational programs in artificial intelligence in medicine in local as well as global venues. 
  3. Medical Intelligence 10 (MI10), LLC is an education and consulting/advising conglomerate for executives and physician leaders as well as investors for the evaluation and implementation of AI strategies in healthcare organizations, for evaluation and recommendation of AI in healthcare vendors, and assessment and implementation of cybersecurity in healthcare organizations.
 

                                                                                                                                                                      
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Brent Thoma
Brent Thoma

Brent Thoma, MD MA MSc, is an Associate Professor of emergency medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and a Clinician Educator at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He has an academic interest in technology-enhanced learning with a focus on learning analytics and data visualization.

Catherine Lajoie
Catherine Lajoie

Catherine Lajoie has been president of the Fédération des étudiants en médecine du Québec since July 2020, and as such is a member of numerous provincial and national committees.
She received her Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the Université de Sherbrooke. During her undergraduate studies, she completed internship in legal services at VIA Rail Canada and in tax litigation at PwC Law. She pursued with a medical degree at the Université de Montréal. While studying medicine, she served as a representative for prep year before becoming president of the medical student association at the Université de Montréal for two consecutive years. She completed in 2020 the summer program called Women’s Leadership Program at the Yale School of Management – Executif education.

Chris Cook
Chris Cook

Chris Cook is a Ph.D. student in the Counselling Psychology program at the University of British Columbia and coordinator for UBC Research-based Theatre Collaborative. Chris is also a registered clinical counsellor and a playwright, and their work passionately explores mental health through inquiry and art.

Dimitri Papanagnou
Dimitri Papanagnou

Dimitri Papanagnou, MD (@dmitripapa) is Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In the medical school, he serves as the Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Director of the Scholarly Inquiry Track in Medical Education and the Health Systems Science Curricular Thread. He is currently a Macy Faculty Scholar through the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation. His academic interests are in medical education, faculty development, and workplace learning.

Esther Kim
Esther Kim

Dr. Esther Kim is a third-year diagnostic radiology resident at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg. She is currently the President of Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC).

GB Olarewaju

GB Olarewaju is a 2nd year medical student at UBC and was the inaugural Chair of the Black Medical Students' Association of Canada. Hailing from Nigeria, he has experience Canada as an international student, an immigrant and a queer Black man. His passion for advocacy led him to work in international and refugee student affairs, gbMSM health and he continues being an advocate for change in Medical Education.

Henry Li
Henry Li

Henry Li is currently a 4th-year medical student at the University of Manitoba. His interests in medical education and physician leadership have led him to engage locally and nationally through the Manitoba Medical Students' Association (MMSA) and the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS). After serving as Western Regional Director on the CFMS Board as well as Vice-Chair of the CFMS Governance Committee, he then served as President of the CFMS for the 2020-2021 academic year.

James Makokis & Anthony Johnson
James Makokis & Anthony Johnson

Dr. James Makokis is from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Northern Alberta.  Currently he works as the sole Family Physician at Kehewin Health Services on Kehewin Cree Nation.  Dr. Makokis leads one of North America’s most progressive and successful transgender focused medical practices in south Edmonton.  He is the inaugural Medical Director of Shkaabe Makwa, at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.  His strong connections to his cultural beliefs, nehiyaw maskihkiya, preventative health through the Cree medical system, spirituality, and Two-spirit perspective has helped him save lives within the LGBTQ2 and First Nation communities.  Dr. Makokis participated alongside his husband as "Team Ahkameyimok" on Season 7 of The Amazing Race Canada and won. Dr. Makokis is the recipient of the Indspire Award and Alumni Awards of Distinction from University of Ottawa and Macewan University.  

 

Anthony Johnson, a self-proclaimed spiritual nomad, is an artist, poet, photographer, cultural documentarian, public speaker, and strategic analyst whose mission in life is to explore the beauty of the Earth and its inhabitants. A proud Dine (Navajo) man who was born and raised on the Navajo Nation, he’s lived in many cities across Turtle Island and even had a short stint in Shanghai, China. After graduating from Harvard University in 2009 with a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Social Anthropology of East Asia, he has worked in the tech industry, fashion world, and project consulting. His move to Treaty 6 Territory in Edmonton, Alberta marked the beginning of the newest chapter in his life when he wed his husband, Dr. James Makokis, while running the BMO Harris Vancouver Marathon in 2017. Canada, and the world, were introduced to the couple when they competed on and won Season 7 of the Amazing Race Canada. Anthony currently works as a Project Coordinator in Kehewin Cree Nation where he is helping to revitalize Traditional Cree birthing practices, medicines, and ceremonies as they relate to the Cree 7 Stages of Life philosophy. He is an aspiring film-maker who believes in the power of stories to bring healing.

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Julien Poitras
Julien Poitras

Dr. Julien Poitras is the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Laval University and an emergency physician at the Centre hospitalier affilié universitaire Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis of the CISSS de Chaudière-Appalaches. His deanship has focused on social responsibility through, among other things, strategic planning jointly built with the citizens of the Laval University health network.

Laen Hershler
Laen Hershler

Laen is a performing artist and expert facilitator of creative processes across professional, artistic and academic contexts. He has vast experience working with teachers, researchers, artists, and business people using theatre for both social impact and personal development. Since 2011, he has been a re-occurring sessional instructor at the Creative Studies Faculty at UBC (Kelowna) and the Education Faculty at UBC (Vancouver). Most recently, Laen has devoted considerable time towards creative practice and evaluation in the field of Research-Based Theatre.

Laura Yvonne Bulk
Laura Yvonne Bulk

Dr. Laura Yvonne Bulk is a scholar, advocate, friend, learner, woman, teacher, mentor, daughter, accessibility advisor, mentee, disabled person, occupational therapist (OT), Christian, artist, and activist. Her work focuses on innovative, creative, and participatory approaches that will reach the public, policymakers, and scholars to impact affective and practical changes; amplification of previously silenced stories; examination and exposure of inclusive and exclusionary practices and policies. Some keywords that describe her work include belonging, allyship, solidarity, #HigherEd, health professions education, teaching and learning, accessibility, palliative care, occupational science, and #DisabilityAsDiversity.

Lynn Ashdown
Lynn Ashdown

Dr. Lynn Ashdown is a patient experience expert who advocates for the patient voice to be included in all levels of healthcare. She has a medical degree from The University of Ottawa, and was close to finishing her residency in family medicine when she began, and continues to navigate, a complex journey as a full-time patient. She has gained a unique insight into the system from lived experience as both a provider and receiver of healthcare. She is a senior patient partner, locally, at The Ottawa Hospital, and nationally, for various organizations. She gives presentations, participates in research, and is involved in curriculum renewal at The University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine. She is currently working on her masters in medical education with a focus on including patient partnerships in medical education. Her expertise from lived experience as a patient drives her passion for advancing patient engagement in healthcare.

Marcia Anderson
Marcia Anderson

Dr. Marcia Anderson is Cree-Anishinaabe and grew up in the North End of Winnipeg. Her family roots go to the Norway House Cree Nation and Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. She practices both Internal Medicine and Public Health as a Medical Officer of Health with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. She is the Vice-Dean, Indigenous Health and the Executive Director of Indigenous Academic Affairs in the Ongomiizwin Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. She serves as the Chair of the Indigenous Health Network of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada. She is a Past President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada and Past Chair of the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress. She was recognized for her contributions to Indigenous peoples health with a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in March 2011. In 2018 she was named one of the 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network.

Marcia Anderson
Marcia Anderson

La Dre Marcia Anderson est d'origine crie-anishinaabe et a grandi dans le nord de Winnipeg. Ses racines familiales sont issues de la nation crie de Norway House et de la Première nation de Peguis au Manitoba. Elle pratique à la fois la médecine interne et la santé publique en tant que médecin hygiéniste à l'Office régional de la santé de Winnipeg. Elle est vice-doyenne de la santé autochtone et directrice exécutive des affaires académiques autochtones à l'Ongomiizwin Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, à la Faculté des sciences de la santé Rady de l'Université du Manitoba. Elle préside le Réseau de l’AFMC sur la santé autochtone. Elle est ancienne présidente de l'Association des médecins autochtones du Canada et ancienne présidente du Congrès des médecins autochtones de la région du Pacifique. Elle a été récompensée pour sa contribution à la santé des peuples autochtones par un Prix national d'excellence décerné aux Autochtones en mars 2011. En 2018, elle a été nommée l'une des 100 femmes les plus puissantes du Canada par le Réseau des femmes exécutives.

Marlies Van Dijk
Marlies Van Dijk

Marlies is a registered nurse and worked in critical care early in her career. She has a Masters in Health Sciences from department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. She has led large scale change initiatives at both a provincial and national level since 2005.  She was a leader in Safer Healthcare Now! and launched the BC Surgical Quality Action Network to reduce surgical site infections across 25 surgical programs. 

She is currently the Innovation Leader for Quality and Healthcare Improvement and leads the Design Lab at Alberta Health Services. The Lab team supports AHS teams to create new business models and services through user centre design methodology. They provide three core things to the organization: 1) consultancy in user centred design; 2) capacity building to scale innovation and user centred design; 3) facilitation for complex strategic challenges. They work in the area of mental health, home care, cancer control, and varied clinical teams. Her team also supports large provincial strategies to address system wide challenges in the health and care environment.  They use virtual design sprints, user research, and co-design workshops on a daily basis.  Marlies is a non-conformist and calls herself a positive rebel.  She is huge proponent of using social movement theory, crowd sourcing and liberating structures to guide her work. 

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Michael Gottlieb
Michael Gottlieb

Michael Gottlieb, MD, is the Director of the Emergency Ultrasound Division and the Program Director for the Clinical Ultrasound Fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. He is also the co-creator and Chief Academic Officer for the Academic Life in Emergency Medicine (ALiEM) Faculty Incubator. He has authored over 250 peer-reviewed publications, is an Editor for five journals. He is Chair of the CORD Education Committee, Chair of the CORD Best Practices Subcommittee, and a nationally-recognized speaker and educator. His academic interests include faculty development and online education.

Olivier Fortin
Olivier Fortin

Dr Olivier Fortin is an R4 in Pediatric Neurology at McGill University, having completed his MD at the University of Montreal. Passionate about medical education and university policy, he was involved during his undergraduate medical studies with the University of Montreal’s medical student association, AÉÉMUM, then with the Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec (FMEQ). Sustaining his momentum on starting residency, he joined the Association of Residents of McGill (ARM) as a delegate, then as its representative on the FMRQ’s Academic Affairs Committee – Specialties. During these years, he became familiar with the various bodies governing the complex world of postgraduate medical education, both locally, provincially, and nationally. In 2019-2020, he joined the FMRQ Board, chairing the Academic Affairs Committee – Specialties, and thus continuing to manage the files initiated by his predecessors on continuous improvement of training quality in non-FM specialty residency programs in Quebec, particularly with respect to accreditation processes and the switch to Competence by Design (CBD). In 2020-2021, he is President of the Federation, thus pursuing the pedagogical mission he has developed over the past few years.

Onye Nnorom
Onye Nnorom

Dr. Onye Nnorom is a Family Doctor and a Public Health & Preventive Medicine specialist. She is the Associate Program Director of the Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto, and is the Black Health Theme Lead for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. As the Black Health Theme Lead, she is tasked with developing educational content for teaching medical students about Black Canadian health, and inequities due to systemic racism. She is also a clinical consultant for the Nicotine Dependence Clinic at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

She is the President of the Black Physicians' Association of Ontario. She was also the chronic disease prevention lead at TAIBU Community Health Centre, where she led a number of successful cancer screening initiatives. Most recently she has taken the role as the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, within the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. And she is the host of a podcast called Race, Health and Happiness where she interviews successful Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color, providing wisdom on how to stay well in a “racialized world”.

Dr. Nnorom completed her medical degree at McGill University and then completed a Masters of Public Health (Epidemiology) and residency training at the University of Toronto. Being of Nigerian and Trinidadian heritage, she is particularly interested in Black community health and wellness, and racism as a social determinant of health.

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Saleem Razack
Saleem Razack

Dr. Saleem Razack is a professor of pediatrics and health sciences education, inaugural director of the Office of Social Accountability and Community Engagement, and Director of the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at McGill University and the Montreal Children’s Hospital. His research interests focus on equity, diversity, inclusion and social accountability in health professions education.

Tal Jarus
TalJarus

Dr. Tal Jarus is a Professor at the Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy department at the University of British Columbia. She is an occupational therapy in her background and has a doctoral degree in occupational therapy from New York University (1988). She received few distinguished awards, the most recent is the 2018 Canadian Occupational Therapy Association Fellow, recognizing and honouring outstanding contributions and service made by an occupational therapist over an extended period of time.

Her research stem from the disability studies, focusing on investigating barriers to full participation of diverse groups of people with disability. Her primary areas of research is diversifying the health and human service professions, and the transition into and out of university for students with disabilities, in particular looking at the facilitators and barriers for the participation of students and clinicians in the health and human service professions. Tal use innovative technics in her research, including art, such as photovoice or Research-Based Theatre.

Teresa Chan
Teresa Chan

Teresa Chan, MD, MHPE is an associate professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine and Division of Education & Innovation, Department of Medicine at McMaster University. She is the assistant dean for McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Program for Faculty Development (@MacPFD). She is an avid scholar in health professions education and works with the MERIT group (@MERIT_McMaster), and conducts research and scholarship within this area.

Yael Mayer
Yael Mayer

Dr. Yael Mayer is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy department at the University of British Columbia. She is a clinical psychologist in her background and holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Tel-Aviv University. Yael’s focus is on designing psycho-educational evidence-based programs that increase Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) for marginalized groups in society.

Yael’s research stems from critical social and psychological perspectives. It focuses on three unique groups: health and human services students with disabilities, children with disabilities, and undocumented children and their families. Yael’s primary goal is to build bridges between the academia and community and increase the impact of scientific knowledge to promote the wellbeing of equity-seeking groups. Yael utilizes in her studies innovative Knowledge Translation and community participation methodologies.

Yusuf Yilmaz
Yusuf Yilmaz

Dr. Yusuf Yilmaz (@YusufYilmazPhD) is a postdoctoral fellow at McMaster University. He is situated within the McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Program for Faculty Development (@MacPFD), MERIT (@MERIT_McMaster), and the McMaster Department of Medicine (@MacDeptMed). He is an avid scholar in health professions education, and conducts research and scholarship within education technology.