Speakers

Krishna Anchala MD, MS, FAAP

Staff Physician, Paediatric Emergency Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children

Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Anchala is an associate professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto, Temerty Faculty of Medicine and a staff emergency physician at the Hospital for Sick Children. In addition to providing clinical service in the pediatric emergency department, Dr. Anchala has led hospital-wide patient safety initiatives and assisted with provincial mental health and trauma planning. As SickKids’ pediatric emergency physician lead for community partnerships and alliances, Dr. Anchala collaborates with partners to improve pediatric emergency care across the GTA.

Suzanne Beno MD, FRCPC, DABP

Medical Co-Director, Trauma Program

Staff Physician, Paediatric Emergency Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children

Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Beno is a Paediatric Emergency Medicine Specialist and Medical Co-Director for Trauma at The Hospital for Sick Children. She is the SickKids Site Lead for TREKK, and Chair of the Injury Prevention Committee for the Canadian Paediatric Society. Dr. Beno’s professional interests focus on the continuing advancement and improvement of paediatric trauma care and
injury prevention/control through quality improvement and research, medical education, knowledge translation and advocacy.

Natasha Collia MD, FAAP

Staff Physician, Paediatric Emergency Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Collia is a Staff Physician in the Emergency Department and Simulation Educator. Her other roles include: Program Director for the Community PEM Focused Fellowship, Hospital Site coordinator for the EM Resident Training Program and a hospital Peer Support Mentor. Her passion for Simulation Medicine and Trainee Education are both highlighted in her current goal to formalize and grow the Hospital Simulation Trauma Training Curriculum.

Dr. Collia is recognized as a Sick Kids Ambassador and featured in her own commercial for the VS campaign. Her passions expand beyond the hospital walls where she brings Public Education from the institutional level to Social Media, being an ambassador for common pediatric illnesses and educating parents on how to advocate for their children.

Beyond the hospital setting, Dr. Collia enjoys an active lifestyle, with an adventurous spirit. She can be found spending time pampering her fur-baby Nikko, supporting a local charity event or attending outdoor concerts. Her guilty pleasure? Catching the latest superhero film, never passing on the popcorn!

Adrienne Davis MD, MSc, FRCPC

Staff Physician & Research Director, Paediatric Emergency Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Davis is a staff physician and researcher in the division of paediatric
emergency medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children. She completed her medical degree at Cornell Medical College followed by paediatrics residency at Mount Sinai in New York and a paediatric emergency medicine fellowship and research fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children. She completed an MSc in clinical epidemiology from McMaster University. She leads research education for SickKids residents and fellows and is Director of the SEARCH program: SickKids Emergency Assistants for Research In Child Health. Areas of research interest include neurologic emergencies, ocular point-of-care-ultrasound and injury prevention.

Joana Dos Santos MD, MHSc, FRCPC

Staff Physician, Urology

The Hospital for Sick Children

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Dos Santos joined the Division of Urology at SickKids in July 2015 as the
first Medical Urologist in Canada, and subsequently to the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor of Paediatrics. After completing medical school at the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, she underwent Paediatrics and Paediatric Nephrology residency training at the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Dos Santos started at SickKids in 2011 as a research fellow in Paediatric Nephrology, and later became a true pioneer as the first Medical Urology Fellow with training focused on clinical management of urological conditions. Dr. Dos Santos developed a new grading system for the management of Antenatal Hydronephrosis, which has been published in 2015. She is an active researcher with publications on bladder and bowel dysfunction (BBD) in children, congenital abnormalities of the kidneys and urinary tract (CAKUT), and renal stones. Dr. Dos Santos leads the Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction Network, an innovative initiative from a group of pediatricians across the GTA aiming to improve the quality of care for children with BBD closer to home with the support of Sickkids Urology. She is responsible for the Medical Urology Clinic, as well as the Newborn Circumcision clinic. Dr. Dos Santos is passionate about education on medical urology, the medical management of urological conditions and continuous improvement of the care of children with nephrourological conditions.

Gabrielle Freire MDCM FRCPC MHSc

Staff Physician, Paediatric Emergency Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Gabrielle Freire is a paediatric emergency physician and early career researcher at SickKids. She did her general paediatric residency training at SainteJustine, in Montreal, and her PEM fellowship here, at SickKids. Since then, she has completed a master’s in translational research at the University of Toronto, and a graduate diploma in clinical epidemiology at McMaster University. She is using her research skills to develop a program of research focused on improving Canadian pediatric trauma care, through understanding differences in practice and needs across emergency department settings, and the codevelopment and implementation of interventions.

Mimi Lu MD

Clinical Professor

Department of Paediatric Emergency Medicine

University of California San Francisco

Dr. Lu is an emergency physician and fellowship-trained in pediatric emergency medicine. She is a graduate of ACEP’s Teaching Fellowship and frequently lectures locally and nationally on a variety of pediatric emergency medicine topics. She has received various teaching awards including the AAEM’s Young Educator Award and ACEP’s Faculty Teaching Award. 

Trent Mizzi MD, FRCPC

Staff Physician, Paediatric Emergency Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children

Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Trent Mizzi obtained his medical degree from the University of Calgary, and then completed his paediatric residency training at The Hospital for Sick Children. Following residency, he completed a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine in 2001, and has since been employed as a full-time academic paediatric subspecialist in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at SickKids. He provides clinical care across all zones of acuity, including trauma and resuscitation, and maintains his certification through the
Royal College’s MOC program, as well as participating in annual competency-based skills training sessions.

His leadership roles began as Director of Operations in 2011, then Medical Director since 2015, and he just completed his term as President of the SickKids Medical Staff Association. His numerous administrative activities focus on clinical operations and process improvement, and he sits on many hospital committees and working groups that emphasize patient safety and quality of care. Dr. Mizzi has also worked 22 years as a doctor at Camp Huronda which
caters to children and youth living with type 1 diabetes, and since 2015 has been the camp’s Medical Director and member of the Diabetes Canada National Medical Task Force.

Olivia Ostrow MD, FAAP

Staff Physician, Paediatric Emergency Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Ostrow is an academic clinician and the patient safety lead for the Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children, and an assistant professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. She received her MD at West Virginia University School of Medicine and completed a combined Internal Medicine and Paediatrics training at the University of California San Diego and the University of Rochester. She is board certified in both specialties and holds a certificate in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety from the University of Toronto. Locally, she is a medical safety leader at the Hospital for Sick Children and plays a key leadership role in the hospital’s Choosing Wisely campaign along with other frontline improvement work. At the provincial level, she is actively involved in the P4R Emergency Department Return Visit Quality Initiative with Health Quality Ontario. Dr. Ostrow is the co- director for the certificate course at the Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (C-QuIPS).

Jeffrey Pernica MD, FRCPC

Head of Division, Infectious Diseases

Associate Professor, McMaster University

Dr. Pernica, is the Head of the Division of Infectious Disease and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University. His clinical interests, aside from infectious disease in general, include immunization (he is the co-chair of the Ontario Immunization Advisory Committee) and tropical medicine (he is a member of the PHAC Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel). His research interests relate to the optimization of the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory infections, enteric infections, and sepsis, both in Canada and in resource-limited settings.

Jonathan Pirie MD, MEd, FRCPC, ABP (PEM)

Staff Physician, Paediatric Emergency Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children

Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Pirie is a staff physician and medical educator in the Division of Pediatric
Emergency Medicine and Professor, University of Toronto. He is a medical educator and the Director of the PEM Simulation Program. His clinical interests are in the resuscitation of acutely ill or injured children and the management of febrile infants and children at risk for serious or invasive bacterial infection.

Evan Propst MD, MSc, FRCSC

Staff Otolaryngologist-Head & Neck Surgeon

The Hospital for Sick Children

Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Propst is a Staff Otolaryngologist–Head & Neck Surgeon, The Hospital for Sick Children, and Associate Professor, University of Toronto, Canada. His clinical practice focuses on airway reconstruction, complex sleep-disordered breathing, and head and neck surgery. He is Co-Director, Disorders Relating to the Airway and Mouth in Sleep (DREAMS) clinic. He has authored over 130 peer-reviewed journal articles, 22 book chapters, and a book on open airway reconstructive surgery, and produces posters and synthetic airway models for teaching airway surgery to trainees. He enjoys waterskiing, snow skiing, playing guitar, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Suzan Schneeweiss MD, MEd, FRCPC, CPC(HC)

Staff Physician, Paediatric Emergency Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children

Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Schneeweiss is a Professor of Paediatrics and Associate Dean of Continuing Professional Development in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. As Associate Dean of CPD, she promotes the academic mission of the largest CPD office in Canada. She is a staff physician and Director of Education for the Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Dr. Schneeweiss is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine and holds a Masters of Health Professional Education degree from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto. As an academic program director and conference chair for a variety of CPD programs and conferences, she has acquired a broad range of experience in the complexities of program development and has been extensively involved in teaching. Her academic clinical interests include paediatric procedural sedation and pain management.

Suzanne Schuh MD

Staff Physician, Paediatric Emergency Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children

Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Schuh is an internationally recognized investigator in optimizing management of acute respiratory illnesses in children, such as acute asthma, bronchiolitis, and croup.

Her national and international research aims to generate new evidence for the best treatment of refractory severe acute asthma and for minimizing unnecessary use of technology and non-beneficial interventions in bronchiolitis. She has mentored numerous academic emergency department fellows in clinical research who now serve in various academic posts around the world.

Katharine Smart MD, FRCPC

 President, Canadian Medical Association

Dr. Smart is a paediatrician in Whitehorse, Yukon. Her work is centred on developing collaborative partnerships with community and government services to serve marginalized children using a model of social paediatrics.  She works primarily with children who have experienced trauma and adverse childhood events, and she witnesses the broad and lasting impact these events have on children and their development daily. She is passionate about improving services for marginalized children in an effort to change their life trajectories. In addition to her community-based work, Dr. Smart enjoys acute care and provides on-call services to the hospital. Before moving to the Yukon, she was a paediatric emergency medicine physician at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary.

As president of the Canadian Medical Association—the national voice of the medical profession–Dr. Smart has cemented a reputation as a trusted, authoritative voice to advance key priorities for Canadian physicians. Her presidency has been underscored by some of the most difficult challenges health care workers have ever faced in Canada. She is one of the country’s leading health care experts, respected and lauded by colleagues across the country.

Dr. Smart is the 10th woman to take on the presidency in the association’s 154-year history. She’s leading the profession at a key moment in time, as more women enter medicine than ever before and the need for health leadership is paramount.

Padmaja Subbarao MD, MSc

Associate Chief, Clinical Research

The Hospital for Sick Children

Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Subbarao is a Clinician-Scientist in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, specializing clinically in severe asthma. Trained in both Epidemiology and infant and preschool lung function, she holds appointments at the University of Toronto in the Departments of Paediatrics, Physiology and in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Jeffrey Traubici MD

Staff Physician, Medical Imaging

The Hospital for Sick Children

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Traubici is a staff paediatric radiologist. In the area of computed tomography, his research interests include radiation dose reduction, CT angiography, high resolution CT in patients with immunodeficiency and the application of newer computer based processing tools to imaging of the pediatric patient. In the area of ultrasound, his research interests include high resolution ultrasound especially in how it applies to imaging of the kidney in patients with cystic renal diseases, Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome and transplant patients. In the area of oncology his research interests include the imaging of children with AML, renal cell carcinoma and liver neoplasms. Traubici sits on the Medical Staff Association as the radiology representative and shares responsibilities for weekly Diagnostic Imaging/NICU conferences.

Anupma Wadhwa MD

 Staff Physician

The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Wadhwa is an associate professor of paediatrics at the University of Toronto and staff physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). She has a clinical interest in gram positive community-acquired infections. She is a clinician educator and has completed a Master of Education with a focus on qualitative research methods. She is the training program director of the Paediatric Infectious Diseases residency program and international clinical fellowship program. She is chair-elect of the RCPSC specialty committee in infectious diseases.

Miriam Weinstein MD, FRCPC

Staff Physician, Dermatology

The Hospital for Sick Children 

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Weinstein received her B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia, a BScN in Nursing from the University of Toronto, and her MD from Queen’s University. She trained in Paediatrics and Dermatology at the University of Toronto, receiving her FRCPC in both specialties. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto and a Staff Physician at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), and has a variety of community practices in paediatric dermatology as well.

Weinstein’s clinical interests include atopic dermatitis, laser therapy, sun protection and skin cancer prevention. She has developed and runs the dermatology laser program at SickKids and the eczema educational program for patients.

She is involved in educational administration and was an Examiner at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for six years. She currently chairs the Continuing Professional Development Awards Committee for the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

She has been active on committees and boards for many organizations including the Canadian Dermatology Association, Paediatrics in Review Editorial Board, the American Academy of Paediatrics and the International Eczema Council. She has a passion for teaching and lectures extensively from the local to international level.

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