EMU 2021 Faculty

ANNE ASPLER MD

Emergency Physician North York General
Dr. Anne Aspler is an Emergency Physician at North York General Hospital. She developed a deep interest in point of care ultrasound after working in resource limited settings internationally and in northern Canada. Anne completed her Masters at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and has done work with the World Health Organization and Zambian AIDS-Related TB program (ZAMBART). During her Emergency Medicine Residency Program, she completed her DTM&H through the Gorgas Institute in Peru, and an Ultrasound Fellowship at Harvard University, Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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.

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.

KYLIE BOOTH MD

Emergency Physician Collingwood General & 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; Staff 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 in 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 a chapter on Occlusive Arterial Disease in the 7-9th Editions of Tintinalli's Emergency Medicine.

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 at McMaster University. Her research focuses on diagnosis of bleeding and thrombosis in the emergency department. She leads a CIHR-funded multi-centre 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

Emergency Physician, St. Michael's Hospital
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. Her academic interests include patient safety and knowledge translation, and specifically how to optimize the care of critically ill patients in the ED. Her most important achievements are her kids, who don’t care what she does at work all day, but who appreciate her chauffeuring skills and her sense of humour.

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.

Chris Hicks MD

Emergency Physician, St. Michael's Hospital
Chris is an emergency physician and trauma team leader at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. His is interested in how teams work, or fail to work, during crisis events. To that end, he has studied all sorts of peculiar stuff, from mental practice to stress inoculation training, in an effort to help make teams safer and more effective. Chris is an avid speaker and lecturer, staunch #FOAMed supporter, occasional runner, 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.

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 particularly enjoys bedside teaching with residents and medical students. When not in the ER, he can often be found in a greenside bunker or in 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 Reid completed her Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) Fellowship at CHEO in Ottawa.  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.  She is Editor and Ontario Lead for Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (www.trekk.ca), and PEM Educator for the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians Emergency Medicine Review Course.  Dr. Reid is involved in a number of research projects dealing with pediatric concussion and mental health care and serves on the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

Arun Sayal MD

Emergency Physician, North York General I Medical Director, CASTED and HIC
Arun Sayal is an Emergency Physician at North York General Hospital in Toronto and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.  Since 2005, he has run a weekly Minor Fracture Clinic at NYGH.  Combining his ED and fracture clinic experiences, CASTED was created in 2008.  CASTED is a series of practical, high-yield, hands-on orthopaedics courses.  Over 250 courses have been presented across Canada.  Dr. Sayal has won over a dozen awards for his teaching in the ED and with CASTED.

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.

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

Emergency Physician, Ottawa Civic Hospital
Dr. Ian Stiell is an Emergency Physician at Ottawa Civic Hospital in Ottawa. He is a Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa and Senior Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

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.

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 emigrating to balmy Montreal for a residency in emergency medicine. Having finished his training equipped with more confidence than knowledge, he accepted a faculty position at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City where he spent equal time rescuing health from the hands of disease and attending committee meetings. These days, he can usually be found working an evening or overnight shift in a Sinai or NYU-affiliated emergency department. His clinical areas of interest include airway management, analgesia and procedural sedation, decision-making and error.

Serena Thompson

Vice President & Director of Programs SCAO
Born in New York to West Indian parents, who never heard of Sickle Cell Anemia, Serena struggled physically and emotionally through life in her early years while living in Toronto. After experiencing 30 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 and was voted on as a Board Member and Social Support Committee Chairperson for 7 years until the end of 2016. She has now become the Vice-President and Director of Programs of SCAO’s 2019 new Board. Succumbing to frequent stays in the hospital, growing up with SCD was hard on the family, but even more so when Serena approached adolescence and was more aware of her condition when it came down to receiving quality treatment in the healthcare settings. The transition to adulthood is harder because the support system within my family, healthcare and community was not readily available compared to when she was a child. 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 car to the government. As a single mom living in Toronto with sickle cell anemia, she has continued to dedicate her time to help those who are also affected by sickle cell disease. Serena’s main focus is spreading awareness and advocacy through information sessions such as conferences, symposiums, seminars and panel discussions, through media such as radio and tv. She has joined the Miss Caribbean Canada Pageant Planning Committee to liaise with the contestants and help educate them more about sickle cell disease. Serena 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, TAIBU Adult Sickle Cell Support Group Steering Committee, Chair of Ujima: Emergency Sickle Cell Fund, and is the Outreach & Community Engagement Officer for youth in The EDGE Program & Cotillion Ball.

Yashi Yathindra MD

Emergency Physician, North York General Hospital
Dr Yashi Yathindra is an Emergency Physician at North York General Hospital and a Lecturer 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.