EMU 2021 Faculty

ANNE ASPLER MD

Emergency Physician, North York General
Dr. Anne Aspler is an Emergency Physician at North York General Hospital. Originally from Alberta, she developed a deep interest in point of care ultrasound (POCUS) after working in resource-limited settings internationally and in northern Canada. Anne completed her Masters’ at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, DTM&H from the Gorgas Institute in Peru, and has done work with the World Health Organization and Zambian AIDS-Related TB program. After realizing POCUS will transform care in practice environments without access to advanced imaging, she completed an Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at Harvard University, Brigham and Women's Hospital. She has two wonderful girls of her own that have given her further motivation to help improve timely, appropriate emergency care for kids using POCUS.

Clare Atzema MD

Emergency Physician, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Dr Atzema is a Staff Emergency Physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and a Senior Scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute, ICES, and IHPME at the University of Toronto. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications, which are focused primarily on care of cardiovascular disease in the emergency setting, and beyond (i.e. transfer of care back to longitudinal care providers). Her primary focus is on atrial fibrillation (AF), with a secondary focus on hypertension and heart failure. She has been a member of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society’s Primary AF Panel since 2014, and a member of the CAEP AF checklist committee since it’s inception in 2017.

Suzanne Beno MD

Paediatric Emergency Medicine Physician, 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 SickKids Site Lead for TREKK, and 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.

MIKE BETZNER MD

Emergency Physician Calgary Health Region
Dr Mike Betzner is a graduate of University of Alberta Medical School in 1991 followed by a Royal College Residency in Emergency Medicine which was completed in 1996. Full time Emergency Physician and Clinical Lecturer for U of C in the Calgary Health Region since then. Voted by the residents FRCPC preceptor of the year for Emergency Medicine at U of C 2013. Heavy involvement in pre-hospital emergency care air transport within Alberta as Medical Director of STARS Air Ambulance in Calgary for >15 yrs. Still an active flight physician for STARS and involved in Pre-hospital, rural, and residency Emergency Medicine Education and Human Patient Simulation.

Priyank Bhatnagar MD

FRCP Resident, University of Toronto
Priyank is a second-year resident in the FRCP Emergency Medicine program at the University of Toronto. He is the resident lead for the Hot Debriefing program at UHN His academic interests include quality improvement and geriatric emergency medicine.

Kylie Booth MD

Chief of Emergency Medicine, Collingwood General and Marine Hospital
Dr. Booth obtained her medical degree from the University of Toronto. Dr. Booth is the Chief of Emergency Medicine at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. She holds faculty appointments in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and McMaster University and is active in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. Dr. Booth has a special interest in rural trauma and resuscitation and Emergency Department ultrasound. Dr. Booth has received awards for teaching excellence and continues to present at various professional meetings in emergency medicine.

Kathy Boutis MD

Associate Professor, University of Toronto; Emergency Physician, Hospital for Sick Children
Dr. Kathy Boutis completed her medical school at the University of Toronto and completed her residency in pediatrics and fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Boston Children’s hospital, Harvard University. She then joined the Department of Pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children as an emergency physician and Clinician Investigator, during which time she completed a Master’s degree in Health Research Methods at McMaster University. Dr. Boutis has become an internationally recognized thought leader in pediatric emergency medicine whose research has challenged dogma is transforming practice on the management of pediatric injuries. She also links her core research area to other key areas in academic pediatrics - child abuse, radiation exposure, and how trainees learn. Of note is her established work on learning curves and the interpretation of diagnostic images which beautifully combines scholarship in education theory, decision-making, and implementation science. The strength of her work has been recognized in several publications, grants and awards, including the Terry Klassen National Research award, University of Toronto Physician Researcher Award for Scientific Accomplishments and several awards for innovation in on-line education.

Jennifer Bryan MD

Emergency Physician, University Health Network
Dr. Bryan is an emergency physician at the University Health Network in Toronto. She is the Director of Operations of the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Emergency Medicine (TAAAC-EM) and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is a founding member of the University Health Network emergency department sickle cell working group and is the lead of the upcoming CAEP2021 panel on Antiracism and Anticolonialism in emergency medicine.

DAVID CARR MD

Emergency Physician University Health Network
Dr David Carr is an Associate Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is an Emergency Physician and Clinical Investigator at the University Health Network and Mackenzie Health Hospital. He is also the Continuing Professional Development Lead in the Tri-Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto. He has been the recipients of multiple Undergraduate and Post Graduate Clinical Teaching awards. During the Baseball season, he works at the Roger's Centre as the Medical director of Stadium Medicine for the Toronto Blue Jays. In 2010, he pursued his passions serving as an ER physician in the Athletes Village for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Since 2010, He has co- authored the chapter on Occlusive Arterial Disease in the 7-9th editions of Tintinalli's Emergency Medicine.

Anthony Crocco, MD

Deputy Head of Pediatrics, McMaster Children's Hospital
Anthony is the Deputy Head of Pediatrics at McMaster Children's Hospital as well as an Associate Professor at McMaster University. Anthony has taught with DevelopingEM and BEEM, is a recurrent guest on Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine, and runs SketchyEBM.

KERSTIN de WIT MD

Emergency Physician, McMaster University
Dr de Wit trained in emergency and internal medicine in the UK. She completed a thrombosis fellowship in Ottawa and now works as an emergency and thrombosis physician in Queen’s University. Her research focusses on diagnosis of bleeding and thrombosis in the emergency department. She leads a CIHR-funded multicentre study on older adults who present to the emergency department after a fall.

Alia Dharamsi MD

Staff Emergency Physician at the University Health Network
Alia is a Staff Emergency Physician at the University Health Network; co-lead for ED In Situ Simulation; lead for In Situ Simulation Knowledge Translation and Quality Improvement; Lead for the novel Hot Debriefing program at UHN; as well as Co-Lead for University of Toronto FRCPC Simulation program. Alia led the UHN ED’s COVID-19 interdepartmental and interdisciplinary simulation training sessions, as well as “Ace the Airway," an airway skills course for ED physicians. Alia’s interests are in hybridizing knowledge translation, quality improvement, and simulation via the creating of digital and visual aids to establish shared mental models in resuscitative care.

Sara Gray MD

Associate Professor, St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto
Dr Gray works in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care at St. Michael's Hospital. She co-leads their ED wellness program, and is the Vice-Chair of the CAEP Wellness Committee. She also works as a professional coach for physicians across the country. When COVID is over, she plans to resume her primary interests which include travelling, seeing friends and eating in fabulous restaurants.

Dr. Glaucomflecken

Ophthalmologist, Writer & Comedian
Will Flanary is an ophthalmologist, writer, and comedian who moonlights in his free time as “Dr. Glaucomflecken” on Twitter and TikTok. Effortlessly blending humor with education, Dr. Glaucomflecken has spent the last 5 years informing audiences on a wide range of topics, like navigating the confusing world of over-the-counter eye-drops, the horrifying consequences of sleeping in contact lenses, and his recent experiences as a patient in the medical system. His writing has been featured in The Ophthalmologist and The British Medical Journal. He has a passion for educating non-ophthalmologists about ophthalmology and is a frequent speaker at medical conferences across multiple specialities, including emergency medicine, primary care, and critical care medicine.

JESSE GUSCOTT MD

Anesthetist, Collingwood General & Marine Hospital
Dr. Guscott is a rural generalist and medical educator.  He trained in Rural Family Medicine and Family Practice Anesthesia through McMaster’s community based programs.  His ever evolving clinical practice has included Anesthesia, Emergency and Hospitalist medicine in Collingwood, Ontario.  A passionate, award winning educator, he is the long standing Program Director for the McMaster Family Practice Anesthesia resident training program and he is the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Simulation Program Director.  He loves all things airway, resuscitation and human factors and teaches a number of accredited CME courses such as AIME, HIC and his own simulation course SCORE.

Anton Helman MD

Emergency Physician, North York General
Dr. Anton Helman is an Emergency Physician at North York General in Toronto. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Division of Emergency Medicine, the Education Innovation Lead at the Schwartz-Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute. He is the founder, chief editor and host of Emergency Medicine Cases, Canada’s most popular EM podcast with 10 million podcast downloads to date.

Chris Hicks MD

Emergency Physician, St. Michael's Hospital
Dr Christopher Hicks is an emergency physician and trauma team leader at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, and Assistant Professor and Clinician-Educator in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is an education research scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge institute, and appointee to the International Centre for Surgical Safety, with a program of research that focuses on simulation-based psychological skills training, human factors and clinical logistics. He has innovated in several areas of resuscitation and psychological skills, including mental practice, stress inoculation training and the trauma black box program. In 2018, Chris co-created and chaired resusTO, an inter-professional simulation-based resuscitation conference in Toronto with international acclaim. In 2020, he co-founded Advanced Performance Healthcare Design, consulting with hospitals and industry using simulation to inform the design of systems, spaces and teams. Chris is an avid speaker and lecturer, staunch #FOAMed supporter, occasional runner and cyclist, fledgling boxer, semi-retired pianist, and proud father of three lunatic boys.

Walter Himmel MD

Emergency Physician, North York General & Michael Garron Hospital
Dr. Walter Himmel is an Emergency Physician at North York General and Michael Garron 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.

MARIA IVANKOVIC MD

Emergency Physician, St. Joseph's Health Centre
Maria Ivankovic is an emergency physician at St. Joseph's Health Center in Toronto, assistant professor and faculty development lead for the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Kevin Katz MD

Medical Director, Infection Prevention & Control, North York General
Dr. Kevin Katz is the Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at North York General Hospital. He is a Medical Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases specialist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. He is the Head of Microbiology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences and the Medical Director of Shared Hospital Lab, one of Ontario’s highest volume COVID-19 testing labs. He has special research interests in healthcare-acquired infections.

George J. Kovacs MD

Emergency Physician & Trauma Team Leader, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences
Dr. George Kovacs is a full-time professor of Emergency Medicine and is cross-appointed in the Department of Anaesthesia, Department of Medical Neuroscience and Division of Medical Education at Dalhousie University. He works clinically as an Emergency Physician and Trauma Team Leader at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. He is Medical Director of LifeFlight, the Provincial Critical Care Transport program. He has edited textbooks, authored numerous publications and is one of 3 emergency physician co-authors of upcoming separate national (Canadian Airway Focus Group) and international (Project for Universal Management of Airways) multidisciplinary management guidelines related to his area of interest, airway management. He is an award-winning educator and recently received CAEP’s 2020 President’s Award for his contributions to Emergency Medicine. He co-developed the internationally recognized airway education program (Airway Interventions & Management in Emergencies- AIME). He has four children and in addition to his passion for airway management education he loves being at his cottage on the Medway river spending time with his two loves of his life, his family and his Massey Ferguson tractor.

Michelle Lee MD

Pediatric Emergency Physician, Hospital for Sick Children
Dr. Michelle Lee is a pediatric emergency physician at the Hospital for Sick Children and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. She received her medical degree at McGill University and completed her Pediatric residency at McMaster University. At the Hospital for Sick Children, she then completed both of her fellowships in Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) as well as pediatric point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS). She has lectured nationally and internationally on the use of pediatric POCUS and various topics in PEM. Her academic interests lie in the dissemination of POCUS amongst other medical technologies to low-resource settings for improving child health.

Amal Mattu MD

Vice Chair Emergency Medicine University of Maryland School of Medicine
Dr. Mattu completed an emergency medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, after which he completed a teaching fellowship with a special focus on emergency cardiology. Since joining the faculty at the University of Maryland in 1996, he has developed an academic niche in emergency cardiology and electrocardiography, and he also enjoys teaching and writing about other topics such as emergency geriatrics, faculty development, and risk management. He currently is a tenured professor and Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He lives near Annapolis, Maryland with his wife and three kids.

Michael Misch MD

Emergency Physician, North York General
Dr Michael Misch is an Emergency Physician at North York General Hospital. He is an EM Cases contributor and has been recognized for his excellence in bedside clinical teaching. When not in the ER, he also enjoys teaching ACLS, PALS and the Hemodynamic Instability Course. And when not at work, he can often be found in a greenside bunker or his garden.

Justin Morgenstern MD

Emergency Physician, Markham Stouffville Hospital
Justin is an emergency physician and the director of simulation education at Markham Stouffville Hospital. He loves skepticism, education, and medical ethics. He is the founder of the medical education blog First10EM.com and is an associate editor of Emergency Medicine Cases.

George Porfiris MD

Emergency Physician, Michael Garron Hospital
George Porfiris has worked as an emergency physician at Michael Garron Hospital for 20 years. He is an associate professor at the DFCM, U of T and the director of emergency medical education. He currently lives in Toronto with his wife and 2 children.

Sarah Reid MD

Pediatric Emergency Physician, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Sarah completed her medical degree at the University of Ottawa, followed by a Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) Fellowship at CHEO. She is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Her major academic interest lies in improving the emergency care of children seen outside of pediatric hospitals. She is the Editor and Ontario Lead for Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (www.trekk.ca) which develops clinical resources for common and important PEM topics, and has taught emergency medicine audiences all across Canada. She and her husband Alex are the proud parents of three delightful boys who have occasionally required their mom's medical services.

Tim Rutledge MD

President and CEO, Unity Health Toronto
In March 2018, Tim Rutledge was appointed as the first President & CEO of the network bringing together St. Michael’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and Providence Healthcare, which has since been named Unity Health Toronto. He was previously President & CEO of North York General Hospital from 2010 to 2018. With a background in Emergency Medicine, Tim has held a number of leadership positions, including Medical Director of Emergency Services at North York General from 1996 to 2007, and Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee from 2002 to 2004, providing leadership during the SARS epidemic in 2003. Tim developed a special interest in medical education early in his career. He chaired the committee that developed University of Toronto’s first undergraduate course in Emergency Medicine and was the director of that course from 1995 to 2001. He has been recognized for his work in education with a number of awards including University of Toronto’s esteemed W. T. Aikins Award in 1997. Tim is sought out as a writer and speaker on education, physician engagement and leadership. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of Toronto.

Arun Sayal MD

Emergency Physician, North York General Creator, CASTED
Arun Sayal is an Emergency Physician at North York General Hospital where he runs a weekly Minor Fracture Clinic. His main teaching interests focus on ED MSK injuries.

Amit Shah MD

Emergency Department Lead, Southwest LHIN
Amit Shah is an Associate Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine. He completed Medicine at Western University, and residency at the University of Ottawa. He splits his practice between academic (London Health Sciences Centre) and community (St. Thomas-Elgin General) sites, and has previously worked as a family and emergency physician in rural and remote locations. His interests include procedural sedation, thrombolysis for pulmonary embolus, ED efficiency, and procedures in the ED. When not in the ED, he can be found trying to keep up with his children, dog, or a squash ball.

Rob Simard MD

Emergency Physician, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Robert Simard is an emergency physician who has interests in medical education, Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS), and Advanced Life Support. He completed a Bachelor of Science in his home-town of Sudbury at Laurentian University in the chemistry and biochemistry program. With his body unsuitable for mining or farming, he went on to complete medical school at the University of Ottawa, residency at the University of Toronto, and a POCUS fellowship at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. He enjoys teaching weekend ACLS, PALS and POCUS courses. In his leisure time, Rob is a baseball fanatic, and can be found cheering for his beloved Toronto Blue Jays.

Carolyn Snider MD

ED Chief, St. Unity Health Network - St. Michael's Hospital
Dr. Carolyn Snider is the Chief of Emergency Medicine at Unity Health Toronto - St. Michael's Hospital. Dr. Snider’s research focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of interventions for marginalized and under-served populations. Importantly, Dr. Snider harmonizes her work with a full life outside the hospital and university. She is a very happy mother, wife, traveler, singer, and cook.

Steve Socransky MD

Emergency Physician, Health Sciences North I Director of the EDE 2 Course
Steve Socransky is an emergency physician at Health Sciences North and Associate Professor at NOSM in Sudbury. Credits include: Started the CAEP Ultrasound Committee, Director of Canada’s first emergency ultrasound fellowship, Director of the EDE 2 Course (www.ede2course.com), Editor of Essentials of Point-of-Care Ultrasound, print and iBook. Steve has also presented and published research both nationally and internationally. He lives in the bush just outside Sudbury with his wife, 2 sons, Harper the dog and Peaches the cat.

Ian G. Stiell MD

Professor, University of Ottawa
Dr. Ian Stiell is Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Ottawa, Distinguished Professor, University of Ottawa, and Senior Scientist of the Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He leads a productive team of Emergency Medicine researchers and chairs an Internationally recognized Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship. He presently holds and has held millions of dollars of peer-reviewed funding and has published 433 peer-reviewed papers including 30 in very high impact journals. His major research initiatives have been in two main areas within the field of emergency health services: a) development of clinical decision rules, and b) resuscitation clinical trials. He developed the Ottawa Ankle Rules and Canadian C-Spine Rule and was the Principal Investigator for the landmark OPALS Studies for prehospital care. His current research interests include acute atrial fibrillation and acute heart failure. Dr. Stiell was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine in 2018.

Reuben Strayer MD

Emergency Physician, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Reuben Strayer was born on the shores of Lake Michigan but raised and schooled in Texas until moving to balmy Montreal for a residency in emergency medicine and now lives and works in New York City. His clinical areas of interest include airway management, analgesia, opioid misuse, procedural sedation, agitation, decision-making and error. His extra-clinical areas of interest include sweeping generalizations and jalapeño peppers. He is happily employed at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, tweets @emupdates and writes at emupdates.com.

Serena Thompson

Vice President & Director of Programs SCAO
Serena lives with sickle cell disease and after experiencing over 40 years of humiliation, mis-understanding, isolation in schools, hospitals and at her places of employment, Serena became engaged in the sickle cell community as an advocate by joining the Sickle Cell Association of Ontario in 2009 where she is now the Vice-President and Director of Programs. The main challenge was having to prove to the emergency room staff on how excruciating sickle cell crisis pain should be taken seriously and treated with priority to help prevent unnecessary extended stay or admissions in the hospital which in turn will reduce the cost of care to the government. Serena’s main focus is advocacy and spreading awareness through information sessions such as conferences, symposiums, seminars and panel discussions, through media such as radio and television. Alongside Serena’s patient advocacy in the community, she recently served as a member of the Minister’s Patient and Family Advisory Council. She is serving on the Healthy Debate Committee, Medical Doctors Admissions Committee, Patient Alliance for Patient Safety, Essential Together Patient and Caregiver Advisory Group, Patient Partner Advisory Group and is the Outreach & Community Engagement Officer for youth in The EDGE Program & Cotillion Ball.

Natalie Wolpert MD

Emergency Physician, North York General, St. Michael's Hospital
Natalie is a staff physician at both North York General Hospital and St. Michael's Hospital and a Trauma Team Leader at St. Michael's.

Yashi Yathindra MD

Emergency Physician, North York General Hospital
Dr Yashi Yathindra is an Emergency Physician at North York General Hospital and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is also the Academy Career and Transitions Lead for the Peters-Boyd Academy and is actively involved in teaching, mentorship, career and electives advising, and providing CaRMS support for undergraduate medical students.