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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 is completing the second year of 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. 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. 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.
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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.