Speakers

Krishna Anchala MD

Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children

Associate Professor, University of Toronto

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

Adelle Atkinson MD

Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Staff Immunologist/Allergist

The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Atkinson completed her MD at McMaster University in 1994 and went on to complete her Paediatric Residency at the University of Toronto in 1998 taking on the role of Chief Paediatric Resident in her final year. From 1998 – 2000 Dr. Atkinson completed two years of subspecialty training in Paediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of Toronto. After completing this program, she was offered a consultant position in the Division of Immunology and Allergy with a cross appointment to the section of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

Dr. Atkinson in currently an Associate Professor of Paediatrics in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto and a consultant Immunologist/Allergist in the Division of Immunology and Allergy. Her clinical work focuses on patients with primary immunodeficiencies, bone marrow transplantation, and complex allergic diseases with an emphasis on reactions to food, drugs and biologics.

Suzanne Beno MD

Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Suzanne Beno is a Paediatric Emergency Medicine Specialist and Medical Co-Director for Trauma at The Hospital for Sick Children. She is the Site Director for the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program, and the SickKids Site Lead and representative for TREKK, a national knowledge translation organization for emergency medical knowledge and care of children. She is also the incoming 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 medical education, quality improvement initiatives, research, public awareness and advocacy.

Maya Capua MD

Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Maya Capua is a paediatric emergency medicine staff physician and a member of the POCUS Faculty at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. She received her medical degree at The Sackler School of Medicine in Israel, and completed her paediatric residency at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in New York. She then went on to complete her Paediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York. Dr. Capua completed her Paediatric Point-of-care Ultrasound (POCUS) fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Capua has presented research in multiple national and international conferences, and has lectured on the use of POCUS to both physicians and physician assistants. She has also participated in medical mission trips to low resource areas. Her research interest lies in POCUS educations and identifying barriers to use of POCUS by clinicians, as well as dissemination of POCUS to low-resource settings for improving paediatric health and medical management.

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!

Andrea T. Cruz MD

Research Chief, Paediatric Emergency Medicine

Director, Children’s Tuberculosis Clinic

Texas Children’s Hospital

Associate Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

Site Principal Investigator, Paediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN)

Dr. Andrea Cruz is a native of Miami, Florida. After completing her undergraduate degree at Harvard and her medical degree at Vanderbilt, she has been in Houston for 20 years, first for her pediatrics residency, followed by fellowships in pediatric emergency medicine and pediatric infectious diseases. She is now an associate professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, an associate editor for Pediatrics, the PECARN site PI for Texas Children’s Hospital, and the vice-chair of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Collaborative Research Committee. She is the chief of research for pediatric emergency medicine and is the director of the hospital’s pediatric tuberculosis clinic. Her research interests include evaluation of the febrile infant, rapid recognition and treatment of sepsis, and childhood tuberculosis.

Adrienne Davis MD

Staff Physician and Researcher, Emergency Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children

 

Dr. Adrienne Davis is a staff physician and researcher in the division of pediatric emergency medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children. She completed her medical degree at Cornell Medical College followed by paediatrics residency at Mount Sinai. She then completed a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship and research fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children including an MSc in clinical epidemiology from McMaster. Dr. Davis directs Research Education for PEM fellows at SickKids and serves as site representative for the national pediatric emergency research collaborative, PERC. Her research interests include early management and outcomes of children with neurologic and neurosurgical emergencies. Dr. Davis is the Sickkids site investigator for an active randomized controlled trial evaluating different return-to-activity regimens in children with acute concussion.

Gabrielle Freire MDCM, MHSc

Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine

Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Gabrielle Freire is an Academic Clinician in the division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children. She completed her medical training at McGill University and her general paediatrics and paediatric emergency medicine subspecialty at Sainte-Justine Hospital and SickKids, respectively. Following this, she obtained a Graduate Diploma in clinical epidemiology at McMaster University and a masters degree in Translational Research at the University of Toronto. She has a strong interest for knowledge translation and aims to study the implementation of innovative knowledge transfer strategies to ultimately standardize care across various settings for children presenting to emergency departments in Ontario and Canada.

Charlotte Grandjean-Blanchet MD

Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine

Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Charlotte Grandjean-Blanchet completed her paediatric residency at CHU Sainte-Justine in Montreal and her paediatric emergency medicine fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She is currently a POCUS fellow at The Hospital for Sick Children and is completing a Masters in Healthcare Quality at Queen’s University

Mohamad Halabi MD

Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine

Trauma Fellow

Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Mohamad Halabi completed his Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario, in London. 

Pierre LeBlanc MD

Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, Trauma Team Lead Fellow

Hospital for Sick Children and CHU de Québec

Transport Physician with EVAQ

Emergency Physician Specialist FRCPC

 

Dustin Jacobson MD, FRCPC

Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children

Dustin is a paediatrician in Toronto. He completed his residency and has added experience in paediatric emergency at SickKids Hospital.

Terence Kwan-Wong MD, FRCSC

Staff Surgeon, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Terence Kwan-Wong is a staff surgeon in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children. He completed his medical degree, as well as his residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery, at the University of Alberta. Following this, Dr. Kwan-Wong underwent additional training in paediatric plastic surgery before being recruited as a staff surgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children in 2018. His practice includes general paediatric plastic surgery, cleft lip and palate, trauma, and oncologic / post-traumatic reconstruction. Dr. Kwan-Wong is also cross-appointed to Mount Sinai Hospital as a surgeon in the fetal myelomengocele program at the Ontario Fetal Center. His academic focus is on medical education at the undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development levels.

Michelle Lee MDCM, FRCPC, RCPSC(PEM), FAAP

Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Michelle Lee is a paediatric emergency physician at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. She is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. She received her medical degree at McGill University and completed her Paediatric residency at McMaster University. At the Hospital for Sick Children, she then completed both of her fellowships in Paediatric Emergency Medicine as well as point-of-care ultrasound. She has lectured nationally and internationally on the use of paediatric POCUS. Her research interest lies in the dissemination of POCUS amongst other medical technologies to low-resource settings for improving child health.

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.

Theo Moraes MD, PhD, FRCPC

Staff Respirologist, Scientist

The Hospital for Sick Children

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Theo Moraes is a Pediatric Respirologist and Scientist at SickKids in Toronto. His research focuses on respiratory epithelial biology and includes work in respiratory viruses, asthma and cystic fibrosis. His outpatient clinics include severe asthma, premature infants and aerodigestive. One of his hobbies is the area of smoking cessation and vaping advocacy. He has been a medical spokesperson for the Lung Association, edited position statements for the CLA regarding e-cigarettes and water pipes and is a member of the Tobacco Action Committee at the American Thoracic Society and the Adolescent Vaping Advisory Committee for the Lung Health Foundation.

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).

Tania Principi MD

Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Tania Principi is a Paediatric Emergency Physician at SickKids and Director of Quality Improvement and Strategic Operations for the Emergency Department. She specializes in quality improvement methodology, improving operations to enhance the patient experience and has pioneered the integration of Artificial Intelligence into clinical workflows.

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 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.

Arun Sayal MD, CCFP (EM)

Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine and Fracture Clinic

North York General Hospital

Arun is an Emergency Physician at North York General – a busy community teaching hospital in Toronto. In addition, once a week he works in the Minor Fracture Clinic and one other day he assists the orthopedic surgeons with their trauma cases. These experiences led to CASTED – an ED orthopedics course he created in 2008 and it has been presented almost 400 times across Canada and in the US, UK, and Middle East.

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.

Michelle Science MD, MSc, FRCPC, CIC

Staff Physician, Infectious Diseases

The Hospital for Sick Children

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Michelle Science is an Academic Clinician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at The Hospital for Sick Children and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. Since 2012, she has been the Medical Advisor for Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) and the co-lead of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) at SickKids. More recently, she joined Public Health Ontario as a consulting IPAC physician and is involved with the update of the provincial hand hygiene program. Her research has focused on identifying metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of antimicrobial stewardship programs and strategies that prevent antimicrobial resistance. She has several ongoing quality improvement projects focused on optimizing antimicrobial use and beta-lactam allergy delabeling in both the hospital and outpatient settings.

Dennis Scolnik MD

Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine & Clinical Pharmacology/Toxicology

The Hospital for Sick Children

Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Dennis Scolnik is a Staff Physician in Paediatric Emergency Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology/Toxicology at SickKids, Toronto. He did his initial medical training in Zimbabwe, followed by 10 years of general paediatrics in the UK and Israel. Before taking up his present position at SickKids he did fellowship training in Nephrology and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology. He also earned a Collaborative MSc in Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and International Relations at the University of Toronto, and is currently an Associate Professor of Paediatrics. He has participated in medical missions to Guyana and has taught in China and Ethiopia.

Rae Yeung MD, PhD, FRCPC

Staff Physician, Rheumatology

The Hospital for Sick Children

Senior Scientist, Cell Biology, Research Institute

Professor, Immunology & Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto

Dr. Rae Yeung is presently Professor of Paediatrics, Immunology and Medical Science at the University of Toronto, and a Senior Scientist in Cell Biology Research at The Hospital For Sick Children (SickKids). She attended the University of Toronto where she obtained her Medical Degree. Subsequently, she trained in Paediatrics and was Chief Resident at SickKids prior to completing her PhD in Immunology at the Ontario Cancer Institute under the supervision of Dr. Tak Mac. Following her PhD studies, Dr. Yeung returned to clinical training and trained in Paediatric Rheumatology at  SickKids and subsequently came on staff in 1999. 

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