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Dr. Fuad Alnaji is a Pediatric Emergency Physician and Intensivist at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa. He trained at Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain before beginning his pediatric residency at CHEO, where he also completed subspecialty training in pediatric critical care medicine and pediatric emergency medicine in 2012. Dr. Alnaji works in CHEO’s pediatric critical care unit as well as the emergency department. His interests in transport, trauma, resuscitation and medical simulation have lead him to pursue work as a trauma team leader as well as transport medicine physician with ORNGE.
Emily Austin is an Emergency Physician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. She completed the Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology subspecialty program at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Benjamin Bell is a specialist in General Internal Medicine with an appointment at North York General Hospital. He is a Lecturer in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a member of Thrombosis Canada and in this role has been given the opportunity to develop online knowledge translation tools and algorithms to provide health care providers with point-of-care decision aids. He has a particular interest in venous thromboembolism.
Dr. Bjug Borgundvaag is an Emergency Physician at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He completed his PhD in Pharmacology in 1990, and received his MD in 1992. He is Research Fellow since 2000 in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, and the Director of Research in the ED at Mount Sinai Hospital from 2000-2014. His work has focused on commonly encountered conditions in the ED, in particular those related to infectious diseases, cardiovascular care, and addiction/mental health. Dr Borgundvaag was appointed Director, of the Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute at MSH in 2014. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at U of T.
Peter Brindley is a Critical Care Physician at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. His clinical duties involve both General Systems Intensive Care and Neuro Sciences Intensive Care. Peter is a Professor in Critical Care and an Adjunct Professor in Ethics. His publications centre on resuscitation; its education and its ethics. These include prognostication; the use of simulation, and the importance of crisis management and human factors. Peter is a founding member of the Canadian Resuscitation Institute, its current vice-chair, and a current advisor to several national and international education groups. He is a former Medical Lead for Simulation; a former Education Lead for his University School, and a former Program Director.
Dr. Shira Brown, BMT, MD, CCFP(EM), FCFP is Chief of Emergency Medicine, South Niagara Sites and Transformation Lead, Emergency Medicine at Niagara Health. Dr. Brown has an area of special interest in airway management and simulation, and serves as the Regional Chair of the Niagara Health Difficult Airway Committee.
Dr. DeCaen is a pediatric intensivist at the University of Alberta’s Stollery Children’s Hospital, and chairs the Pediatric Forum of the AHA Emergency Cardiovascular Council. He is the lead author of the 2015 Pediatric Advanced Life Support Guidelines.
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Dr. Sara Gray is cross-trained in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. She works in both areas at St. Michael’s Hospital and is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. In addition to being the Chair of the CAEP Critical Care Committee, she is also the Medical Director of Emergency Preparedness at St. Mike’s. Her academic interests include patient safety and knowledge translation, specifically how to optimize the care of critically ill patients in the ED.
Dr. Michelle Klaiman is an Emergency and Addiction Medicine Physician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and faculty at the University of Toronto. In addition, she has a community addiction medicine practice. Michelle completed her FRCP-EM training at the University of Toronto and an Addiction Medicine Fellowship at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health.
Dr. Paul Koblic is an Emergency Physician at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. He has won multiple postgraduate teaching awards for his role in leading the University of Toronto CCFP EM simulation program.
Dr. Daniel Kollek is an award winning Emergency Physician, an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Section of Emergency Medicine at McMaster University, Chair of the CAEP disaster committee and past Executive Director of the Centre for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness. He also has served as Emergency Department Chief and Program Director in both Hamilton & Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. Prior to his career in Medicine he was a combat officer in the Israeli Defence Forces and now he dabbles in script writing and improvisational theatre.
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Dr. Laurie Mazurik is an Emergency (Sunnybrook Health Science Centre) and Critical Care Transport Physician (ORNGE) with over 25 years of clinical experience. Since being a member of the SARS Operational Centre in 2003, she has advocated for better disaster readiness in health care, by running over 30 mass casualty simulations in multiple countries,developing training (www.cbrnecc.ca) and surge plans for health systems. She has served as a consultant for MOHLTC, Global Affairs Canada and WHO.
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).
Dr. Hans Rosenberg is an Emergency Physician at the Ottawa Civic Hospital in Ottawa. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa, Department of Emergency Medicine as well as the IT Director. He is the co-host of EM: RAP’s Canadian Edition podcast and is the recipient of multiple teaching awards.
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Dr. Michelle Science is an Infectious Disease specialist at Hospital for Sick Children and Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. She is a researcher in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and has a special interest in antimicrobial stewardship.
Dr. Rob Simard is an Emergency Physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and North York General Hospital in Toronto. He is an EDE ultrasound instructor and a lecturer at the University of Toronto. He completed a fellowship in ultrasound at NOSM and is now an EDE Master Instructor, instructor with the National EDE 1 ultrasound course, and a lecturer with the National EDE 2 ultrasound course. Rob hopes to impart some clinical pearls in EM Cases POCUS Pearls videos in an engaging and fun way that will help you provide stellar care to your patients.
Dr. Swaminathan is an Assistant Professor of EM at St. Joe’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey. He is the Deputy Editor of EM:RAP, Managing Editor of EM Abstracts and Associate Editor of REBEL EM.
Chris Trevelyan, MSW works as a clinical and educational consultant at the Office of Resident Wellness, Postgraduate Medical Education, University of Toronto. In this role, Chris offers counselling/psychotherapy to medical residents and fellows. He also develops and delivers educational programming, and conducts research, related to the non-biomedical physician competencies, particularly with respect to their contribution to medical trainee/physician wellness.