Speakers

Asim Ali MD

Staff Physician, Ophthalmology

The Hospital for Sick Children

Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Ali is the Ophthalmologist-in-Chief at the Hospital for Sick Children and holds the rank of Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto. Following an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Waterloo, he completed his medical degree and residency training in Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto. He then went on to further postgraduate training with separate fellowships in Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and Cornea and External Disease at Washington University, St. Louis, USA. Since returning to Canada to establish a practice at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, his clinical work and research have focused on anterior segment disorders in children including cataract, glaucoma and congenital abnormalities, with a special emphasis on corneal transplant and external disease. He is co-developer (with colleagues G. Borschel and R. Zuker) of the minimally invasive approach to corneal neurotization using sural nerve grafts. He holds the endowed Mira Godard Chair in Vision Research at the Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Ali is also the Co-Director of the Paediatric Cornea Fellowship.

Natasha Collia MD, FAAP

Staff Physician, 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!

Yousef Etoom MD

Staff Paediatrician, Cardiology

St. Joseph’s Unity Health Toronto

Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Etoom is a staff Paediatrician and Paediatric Cardiologist at St Joseph’s Unity Health Toronto. He is also the Director of Postgraduate Medical Education for the Paediatric Department. At the Hospital for Sick Children, Dr. Etoom is a staff physician in the Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine, and he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Etoom received his medical degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology and earn his training with unique combination in Paediatric Intensive Care, Paediatric Cardiology, and Paediatric Emergency Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Etoom holds a Master’s Degree of Health Professions Education, and he also completed The Stepping Stone Certificate Program from the University of Toronto. Dr. Etoom has an active interest in research, and he has published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed journals and has been the recipient of several competitive grants. He has also been an invited speaker to national and international conferences. As Postgraduate Medical Education Director, Dr. Etoom ensures ongoing growth within the program by maintaining open, collaborative, and feedback-driven discussions that lead to enhanced paediatric experiences for all levels of trainee. Dr. Etoom next great venture is the development of an online module that learners can use to practice their Paediatric-ECG interpretation skills. Outside of work, Dr. Etoom devotes time to his wife and three kids. He loves the outdoors and enjoys readings.

Heather Farina 

Nurse Practitioner, Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect Program

The Hospital for Sick Children

Heather Farina is a nurse practitioner with the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Program at The Hospital for Sick Children. She is both a paediatric and primary care nurse practitioner as well as a certified paediatric sexual assault nurse examiner. She has worked in the field of sexual abuse, assault and sexual exploitation since 2009, in both paediatric and adult settings. Heather was involved in the planning and development of the Lotus Health clinic at Sick Kids Hospital, which is a health and advocacy program for children and youth under the age of 18 who have experienced, are currently experiencing or are at risk of experiencing commercial sexual exploitation or trafficking. Heather has continued to work clinically in Lotus Health since it opened in September 2019.

Jabeen Fayyaz MD

Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Fayyaz completed her medical training at Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan. She was later awarded for diploma in child health from KU and MCPS and FCPS Peadiatrics from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan. In Pakistan, Dr. Fayyaz was actively involved in the development of the Emergency Medicine program. She developed a blended learning course for the management of acute paediatric emergencies. In Toronto, Canada, Dr. Fayyaz completed her Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) Fellowship and Simulation Fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children and facilitates several simulation-based courses including APLS, procedural sedation, acute care resuscitation training for residents and PEM fellows. She is the APLS course director and resuscitation lead. She has implemented Virtual simulation during the COVID-19 pandemic using the Virtual resuscitation room to bridge the SBE gaps. Her interests include resuscitation, patient safety and quality improvement practices utilizing simulation. Dr. Fayyaz recently completed her Master’s in Health Professional Education, a Teaching Scholarship Program and a Certificate Course in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety – from the University of Toronto.

Eduardo Gus MD

Staff Physician, Surgery

The Hospital for Sick Children

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Eduardo Gus is a staff surgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He completed his medical degree at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, and undertook General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery specialty training in Brazil. He is a board certified Plastic Surgeon since 2010.

Dr. Gus pursued fellowship training in adult and paediatric burns, paediatric plastic surgery, and breast reconstruction at the University of Toronto, which were followed by an appointment at the Victorian Adult Burns Service, in Melbourne, Australia. He returned to the Division of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery in 2021, to join the Burn Program at the Hospital for Sick Children.

Dr. Gus’ clinical practice interest encompasses acute and reconstructive burn surgery, complex wounds, scar management, laser therapy, skin lesions, and breast conditions in the paediatric population. His research interest centres on understanding burn epidemiology and informing policies for burn injury prevention. In addition, he collaborates with SickKids Burn Program’s research team, which has a research focus on scar management and laser therapy.

Vy Kim MD

Staff Physician, Immunology & Allergy

The Hospital for Sick Children

Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Kim completed her medical degree at McMaster University, her Paediatric residency and Paediatric Clinical Immunology & Allergy subspecialty residency at SickKids and her Master of Science in Community Health in Health Practitioner Teacher Education at the University of Toronto. She is director of the Immunology clinic and co-director of the Advanced Immunodeficiency Management (AIM) clinic at SickKids. She is the Program Director for the Paediatric Clinical Immunology & Allergy subspecialty residency program at the University of Toronto. Her clinical work includes inborn errors of immunity, stem cell therapy, anaphylaxis and food and drug allergies. She also has a special interest in medical education and quality improvement.

Rebecca Levy MD, FRCPC

Staff Physician, Dermatology

The Hospital for Sick Children

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Rebecca Levy completed her medical doctorate at the University of Toronto, followed by a paediatric residency at the University of Toronto. She subsequently completed a two year clinical fellowship in paediatric dermatology at the Hospital for Sick Children. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and a full-time staff physician in the Section of Dermatology at the Hospital for Sick Children. She is also a staff physician at Scarborough Health Network, where she runs a weekly paediatric dermatology clinic out of the Centenary site and provides dermatology consultation services. Clinical and research interests include novel treatments for common paediatric skin diseases, laser therapy of vascular lesions, and management of cutaneous toxicities associated with targeted cancer therapies.

Alan L. Nager MD, MHA

Director,  Emergency and Transport Medicine

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Professor, University of Southern California

Dr. Nager received his undergraduate degree in Public Health and Child Psychology, his graduate degree in Healthcare Administration, his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and his training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.  In addition, Dr. Nager is a trained mediator and has lectured extensively worldwide, authored numerous peer-reviewed publications, written and published children’s books and poetry, and has appeared frequently in the media. 

Olivia Ostrow MD

Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Olivia 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 Pediatrics 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).

Naveen Poonai MD

Chair, Children’s Health & Therapeutics

Children’s Health Research Institute

Associate Professor, Paediatric Emergency Medicine

Western University

Dr. Poonai completed his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 2004 and his paediatric residency and emergency medicine fellowship training at Western University in 2009. He obtained his Master of Science in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University in 2013.

Dr. Poonai joined the Department of Paediatrics in the Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine in 2009 at the rank of Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2016. He is cross-appointed to the Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology & Biostatistics. He is the Chair of the Children’s Health & Therapeutics Division of the Children’s Health Research Institute, the Research Director of the Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine, and a member of Western University’s Health Sciences Research Ethics Board.

On a national level, he is a Decision Editor for the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, the Paediatric Section Lead for the Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine (BEEM), the Pain Assessment Toolkit Lead for Children’s Healthcare Canada, a member of the Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC) Executive, and a Pain in Child Health (PICH) faculty member.

His research interests include procedural sedation and management of acute pain in children. To this end, he has published over 75 peer-reviewed articles and has had over 20 invited speaker engagements in 6 countries. Recognitions include the John Dreyer Research Excellence Award from the Division of Emergency Medicine in 2017, the Young Investigator Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in 2018, the Terry Klassen Young Investigator Award from Paediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC) in 2019, the Early Researcher Award from the Province of Ontario in 2019, and the Faculty Scholar Award from the Department of Paediatrics at Western University in 2021.

Daniel Rosenfield MD, MHI, FRCPC (Paeds, PEM)

Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Dan is a paediatric emergency physician who completed a 1-year fellowship in injury prevention and trauma at SickKids. He has a passion for injury prevention and informatics, and has focused his research on injury prevention policy. He is the site director at SickKids for the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program. He recently completed a Masters in Health Informatics at U of T, and is interested in combining technology, virtual care and injury surveillance to improve child health.

Deborah Schonfeld MD

Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Deborah Schonfeld is a proud Montrealer and a graduate of McGill University Faculty of Medicine. Following medical school, she moved to the US to complete a residency in General Pediatrics at New York University, followed by her fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. She joined the Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine at SickKids in 2013. In 2016 she completed a year-long certificate course in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement from the University of Toronto C-QuIPS. Currently, her main academic focus is the recognition and management of sepsis in the paediatric emergency department. She also loves teaching and is very involved in trainee education from the undergraduate through fellowship level.

Jenny Smith MD

Staff Physician, Paediatric Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Jenny Smith is an academic clinician with the Division of Paediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children and assistant professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. She completed her medical degree at the University of Nottingham, UK, followed by a paediatric residency at the University of Toronto. She subsequently completed an Academic Paediatric fellowship in Child Maltreatment at the Hospital for Sick Children and a Masters of Science (Public Health) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Currently, Dr. Smith is a full-time staff physician in general paediatrics and the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Program. Clinical and research interests include, child maltreatment and its impact, populations facing structural vulnerabilities, and secondary traumatic stress and promoting resilience in the child maltreatment paediatrics.

Alia Sunderji MD

Staff Physician, Paediatric Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Sunderji is a paediatric emergency physician who is passionate about using the emergency department to diagnose public policy shortcomings and advocate for their reform. She completed a Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and currently leads the testing strategy for Peel Public Health. Her advocacy initiatives include congressional lobbying against the detention of children at the United States border and partnering with Human Rights Watch to assess malnutrition among indigenous children in Colombia.

Alene Toulany MD, MSc, FRCPC

Staff Physician, Adolescent Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Toulany is a Pediatrician and Adolescent Medicine Specialist at The Hospital for Sick Children and Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics and IHPME at the University of Toronto. She is also an Associate Scientist-Track Investigator at the SickKids Research Institute and ICES Fellow in the Life Stage and Mental Health and Addictions research programs. Dr. Toulany co-leads the Adolescent Medicine Consultation Service and Clinics at SickKids. Her research interests include quality of care and health services outcomes for young people with complex, chronic medical and co-morbid mental illness and the transition period to adult care.

Mary Woodward MD

Staff Physician, Neonatology

The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Woodward completed her Paediatric and Neonatal Perinatal medicine training at McMaster University. In addition to clinical neonatology with an interest in functional outcomes, Dr. Woodward’s research focus is in medical education, specifically the use of educational theory in scholarship and assessments in competency based education. She completed her Master’s in Health Science Education from McMaster University with a dissertation titled, ‘Exploring residents and recent graduates’ perspectives on competency acquisition in neonatal resuscitation’.

Register Now!

Contact Us