Howard Ovens

Howard Ovens is the former Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine for the Sinai Health System in Toronto, Canada. He’s a Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and a member of the CAEP Public Affairs Committee. He is also the former Lead for EM for the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and the Ontario Government Expert Lead for EM. He tweets on issues of public policy and administration related to EM and is the lead author for EM Cases ‘Waiting to Be Seen – Where EM Policy Meets Practice’, blog series.

Dr. Sarah Reid

Dr. Sarah Reid completed her medical degree from the University of Ottawa in 1999, followed by a Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).  She is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and a Clinical Investigator at the CHEO Research Institute.  Her main academic interest lies in improving the care of children seen in general emergency departments across Canada.  As such, she is Co-Lead of the CHEO Emergency Department Outreach Program, Ontario Region Nodal Leader for Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK, and PEM Educator for the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) Emergency Medicine Review Course.  She is involved in a number of research projects dealing with pediatric concussion and mental health care and serves on the Emergency Medicine Examination Board for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Dr. John Foote

John Foote is the the Director of The CCFP(EM) Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, The University of Toronto. He is a Staff Physician, Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Centre, Sinai Health Sciences, Toronto, Ontario.

Dr. Catherine Varner

Dr. Catherine Varner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine of the University of Toronto. She is an Emergency Physician and clinician scientist at Sinai Health Sciences and Deputy Director of the Schwartz-Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute.

Walter Himmel

Dr. Walter Himmel

Dr. Walter Himmel is an Emergency Physician at North York General and Toronto East General Hospitals. He is a world renowned speaker in Emergency Medicine on the topics of stroke, anticoagulants, transfusions and drug interactions and the recipient of multiple teaching awards.

Dr. Shirley Lee

Dr. Shirley Lee is an Emergency Physician at The Ottawa Hospitals and a Physician Advisor at the CMPA. She received her MD at Western University and her Emergency Medicine fellowship at the University of Ottawa, followed by her Masters in Health Science (Education) at the University of Toronto. Her areas of education interests are in simulation, procedural skills, e-learning and faculty development. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards.

Dr. Bjug Borgundvaag

Bjug Borgundvaag completed his PhD in Pharmacology in 1990, and received his MD in 1992. Following residency training, he joined the division of Emergency Services at Sinai Health Sciences, where he has practiced Emergency Medicine since 1995. He was appointed a DFCM Research Fellow in 2000, and was the Sinai Health Sciences ED research director from 2000-2014. In 2014 Dr. Borgundvaag was appointed Director of the Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute. He is an Associate Professor in the DFCM at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Megan Landes

Megan Landes is an Emergency Physician at University Health Network (UHN), and an Associate Professor, Clinician Investigator and Head of the Division of Emergency Medicine at Department of Family and Community Medicine. She is the founding and current Director of the Global Health Emergency Medicine (GHEM) Centre at the University of Toronto, as well as the founding co-Director of the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Emergency Medicine (TAAAC-EM). She works as an educator and a researcher across diverse settings and populations, including in the GTA, Northern Ontario, Lesotho, Malawi and Ethiopia.

Dr. Rick Penciner

Dr. Rick Penciner

Rick Penciner is an Emergency Physician and the Director of Medical Education and the Centre for Education at North York General Hospital in Toronto, Canada.  He is a Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.  Through is career, he has been involved as a teacher, educator, scholar and leader in the spectrum of medical education – from undergraduate, postgraduate to continuing education and professional development.  He spends most of his time teaching and coaching – medical students how to be doctors, residents how to be Emergency Physicians and colleagues how to teach.