Speakers

Expanding Our Reach Together

Mohamed Abdelaal
University of Toronto
Dr. Mohamed Abdelaal has a Masters degree in Clinical Oncology and Nuclear Medicine from Egypt in 2016. Dr. Abdelaal worked as a lecturer of oncology in New Giza University in Egypt. He also worked as a clinical oncologist and medical director at Sphinx Cure Oncology Centre in Cairo. Currently, he is a clinical fellow in palliative care in University of Toronto, since July 2018. He is also pursuing research and teaching in palliative care in Toronto.
Amane Abdul-Razzak
Calgary Zone Palliative and End-of-Life Care
Dr. Amane Abdul-Razzak is a palliative consultant physician within the Calgary Zone Palliative and End-of-Life Care program and Clinical Assistant Professor within the Department of Oncology, University of Calgary. She completed her MD at McMaster University in 2007, followed by her Family Medicine residency at the University of Calgary, her MSc in Health Research Methodology (Clinical Epidemiology) at McMaster University and her fellowship training in Palliative Medicine at the University of Calgary in 2014.

She is the medical director of the Intensive Palliative Care Unit, a tertiary-level inpatient palliative care unit at Foothills Medical Centre.

Amane is a mother of a young toddler and also has a “fur baby.” In her leisure time she enjoys spending quality time with family, cooking and entertaining friends and exercising.

Amit Arya
Brampton Civic Hospital
Dr. Arya joined the Division of Supportive & Palliative Care at Brampton Civic Hospital in October of 2015. He holds a joint faculty appointment at McMaster University & the University of Toronto and takes an active role in mentoring medical trainees of all levels. He has presented workshops at various venues including Grand Rounds at William Osler Health System, Hospice and Palliative Care Ontario and Ontario Long-Term Care Clinicians Conference. Dr. Arya is also the chair of the “Compassionate Communities Brampton” committee. For his efforts, he has received the Community Preceptor Teaching Award from McMaster University.
Anne Boyle
McMaster University
Dr Anne Boyle is an Associate Clinical Professor Division of Palliative Care Department of Family Medicine McMaster University. She is Treasurer for the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians and holds a number of academic and leadership positions in the Division of Palliative Care Department of Family Medicine Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine McMaster University Hamilton Ontario and at St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Anne is an advocate for palliative care education for all health care professionals.
Martin Chasen
William Osler Health System
Dr. Martin Chasen, born in Pretoria, South Africa completed his undergraduate training at the University of Pretoria in 1983, later obtaining a specialist degree in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology and Master of Philosophy (Palliative Medicine) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is a founding member of the palliative care working group European Society of Medical Oncology and faculty member of ESMO education.

He is currently the Medical Director of Palliative Care, at William Osler Health System in Brampton. He was previously the Medical Director, Palliative Care, at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre and the Palliative Rehabilitation Program at Élisabeth Bruyère Ottawa.

He currently holds professorships at the Universities of Toronto, McMaster, Ottawa and McGill. He received the Elizabeth J Latimer Prize in Palliative Care from Mc Master University and Kay Blair Community Service Award, William Osler Health System

He has in excess of 100 peer reviewed publications, abstracts and book chapters. He is the principle investigator of Canadian Institutes of Health Research. MENAC (The Multimodal Exercise/Nutrition/Anti-inflammatory treatment for Cachexia), trial Also one of the chief investigators for clinical trials using Rolapitant-a novel NKI inhibitor in the treatment of chemo therapy induced nausea and vomiting.

He is on the Editorial Board, SA Journal of Oncology and Editor in Chief, Current Oncology.

Dr. Chasen has lectured internationally and nationally – and appeared on media including as invited Speaker “Palliative Care”, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada,

Dr Chasen was the Regional Palliative care physician lead for Palliative Care- Champlain LHIN and is presently the Medical co-lead for the Palliative Care Network in the Central West LHIN.

Dr. Chasen is a teacher and mentor to his peers, including being a LEAP Facilitator. He was recently appointed to be an executive member of the CCTG Supportive Care Committee. When Dr. Chasen is not lecturing, teaching, mentoring or researching, he enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, two daughters and two grandchildren. His enjoyment of arts and theatre are one of many of his passions.

Charlie Chen
Fraser Health
Dr. Charlie Chen is a palliative care consultant with Fraser Health, BC. He was recently the Program/Regional Medical Director for Palliative Care in Fraser Health. A Clinical Associate Professor with UBC Faculty of Medicine, he is also the Program Director of the Year of Added Competency in Palliative Care Residency Program. He completed a Master of Education degree from Simon Fraser University in 2014. He is passionate about medical education, advance care planning, and the promotion of a palliative approach to care.
Margaret Cottle
Hamilton Health Sciences
James Downar
University of Ottawa
James Downar is a Critical Care and Palliative Care physician in Ottawa, and the Head of the Division of Palliative Care at the University of Ottawa. He is the co-chair of the Pan-Canadian Palliative Care Research Collaborative, the chair of the Ethical Affairs committee of the Canadian Critical Care Society, and the co-chair of the Ontario Palliative Care Network’s Provincial Education Steering Committee. He has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, has been principal investigator on a dozen peer-reviewed grants, and is a former Associated Medical Services Phoenix Fellow. His research interests include communication and decision-making for seriously ill patients and their families; Palliative Care for the Critically Ill; and Palliative Care for Noncancer Illnesses.
Pippa Hawley
University of British Columbia
Dr. Hawley completed Internal Medicine training in New Zealand in 1986 after completing medical school and internship in England. In 1997, she set up the Pain and Symptom Management/Palliative Care Program for the BC Cancer Agency and is the first accredited Royal College Palliative Medicine specialist in BC, as well as a Clinical Professor in the UBC Department of Medicine and Head of the UBC Division of Palliative Care.

Dr. Hawley has research interests in many areas of supportive and palliative care, including medical cannabis, constipation and severe cancer pain.

She designed the Bow Tie Model of 21st Century palliative Care to encourage early integration of palliative care into chronic disease management, and has recently co-authored a book for patients, families and caregivers: “Lap of Honour: a no fear guide to living well with dying

David Henderson
Integrated Palliative Care NSHA
David Henderson MD CCFP (PC) is the past president of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians. He currently serves as the Senior Medical Director of the Integrated Palliative Care Program for Nova Scotia as well as medical director of the Colchester East Hants Palliative Care service. David is the chair of the Section of Palliative Medicine with the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He is a proud father of 4 children and enjoys coaching hockey in his spare time.
Leonie Herx
Queen’s University
Dr. Leonie Herx is a Palliative Consultant in Kingston, Ontario. She is the Head of the Division of Palliative Medicine, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, and W. Ford Connell Chair in Palliative Medicine at Queen’s University. Dr. Herx is on the Board of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) and is currently serving as President of CSPCP.
David Hui
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Dr. David Hui is a tenured associate professor at the Department of Palliative Care, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine, with a joint appointment to the Department of General Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA. His research interests include symptom management clinical trials, prognostication, integration of supportive/palliative care into oncology and research methodology. He has authored and/or co-authored over 200 scientific papers, with his work appearing in various peer review journals such as the Journal of American Medical Association, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Lancet Oncology and Annals of Oncology. He is the principal investigator of several randomized controlled trials funded by the National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Nursing Research and American Cancer Society. He is the author/editor of 3 books (Approach to Internal Medicine, Drugs & Drugs, and Internal Medicine Issues in Palliative Cancer Care). In addition to academic pursuit, he is active clinically in both palliative care and medical oncology.
Ahmed Jakda
Ontario Palliative Care Network
Dr. Ahmed Jakda is the Provincial Clinical Co-Lead at the Ontario Palliative Care Network, and a palliative physician at the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre. He completed his training in Family Medicine and Fellowship in Palliative Care at The Ohio State University, and is dual board-certified. He also completed an MBA at the Ivey School of Business. He is an Associate Clinical Professor with McMaster University and the University of Western Ontario, and has research interests in system policy, data analytics, and change management. He co-chaired the Health Quality Ontario’s Palliative Quality Standards, and acted as Clinical Lead for the palliative IDEAS cohort at the University of Toronto.
Martin LaBrie

Venetia Lawless
Health Canada
Venetia Lawless led the Health Canada team in the consultations and development of the Framework on Palliative Care in Canada, which was tabled in Parliament on December 4, 2018. She has over 20 years of experience in policy development at the provincial and federal levels, focusing the past 15 years on health policy. She moved from the Public Health Agency to Health Canada specifically to develop the palliative care framework, as it is an area she relates to on a very personal level. She has a deep respect for palliative care physicians and care providers, and hopes the Framework will support and facilitate the work they do.
Tara Lohmann
University of Calgary
Dr. Tara Lohmann is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Respirology in Calgary. After completing her respirology training, she pursued additional training in palliative care at the University of Calgary and in the UK where she worked with the Cambridge Breathlessness Intervention Service. She created the CARE clinic (Calgary Advanced Respiratory diseasE) clinic, a multidisciplinary clinic designed to address the palliative care needs of people living with advanced respiratory disease and support their families. She works at the local, provincial and international levels to improve the provision of palliative care for patients with advanced non-cancer lung disease.
Paolo Mazzotta
Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care
Paolo Mazzotta MD HBSc MSc CCFP(PC) FCFP. Paolo Mazzotta is a Family Physician who practices palliative care at the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care through Sinai Health System in Toronto where he provides home based palliative and end of life care. He is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Family and Community Medicine and an active member of the Division of Palliative Medicine at the University of Toronto. His areas of interest include teaching, mentorship and capacity building in education in palliative and end of life care from a global health perspective, as well as health and death literacy and communication skills related to palliative and end of life care.
Corey Metcalf
BC Cancer
Dr. Metcalf completed his undergraduate medical and internal medicine training at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, then moved to Vancouver to pursue a medical oncology fellowship at the University of British Columbia at the BC Cancer Agency. After discovering a further interest in palliative care, he completed an additional year of competency through UBC. He hs been working at BC Cancer – Vancouver since graduating in 2014. After locuming for almost 2 years in a variety of tumor sites, he finally settled into his current position as a 0.5 medical oncologist treating melanoma and GI malignancies and a 0.5 palliative care physician working in the Pain and Symptom Management/Palliative Care outpatient clinic.
Mino Mitri
University of British Columbia
After graduating from McGill University’s medical school in 2011, Dr. Mino Mitri trained in the specialty of Internal Medicine at Queen’s University. Fuelled by a passion in education and palliative care, he pursued a Masters of Education while at Queen’s University. He currently lives in Vancouver, BC where he is completing his training in the new Royal College Subspecialty of Palliative Medicine with the goal of advancing the field of palliative care in non-cancerous conditions. Prior to medical school, Mino trained in the art of public speaking, and learned to refine these skills during his medical training through the delivery of various talks and teaching lessons.
Janis Miyasaki
Alison Murray
Jeff Myers
Barbara Pesut
University of British Columbia
Barbara Pesut PhD, RN is a Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia and holds a Canada Research Chair in Health, Ethics, and Diversity. Her program of research focuses on achieving access to high quality palliative care for rural populations. She is implementing and evaluating a model of volunteer navigation, called Nav-CARE, which is designed to improve the quality of life of adults living at home with serious illness. Nav-CARE is currently being scaled out to 24 sites across Canada.
Hayden Rubensohn
Jessica Simon
University of Calgary
Dr Jessica Simon is Associate professor and Division head for Palliative Medicine, Department of Oncology at the University of Calgary. She co-leads two provincial research programs, one studying the implementation of an Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care Policy in Alberta (www.acpcrio.org) and the other about the integration of an early palliative approach to care with advanced cancer, “Palliative Care Early and Systematic: Impact on patient and health system outcomes” (www.pacesproject.ca). She also works as Physician Consultant for Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care, in the Calgary Zone of Alberta Health Services, and as a palliative care consultant in acute care.
Michael Slawnych
Ronald Spice
University of Calgary
Dr. Ron Spice worked as a comprehensive rural family physician for 14 years before shifting to a consulting palliative medicine role in 2001. He continues to support rural primary care teams in the management of their palliative patients. Ron is also the Clinical Department Head for the Rural Department of Alberta Health Services’ Calgary Zone and the Academic Rural Director and Assistant Professor with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary.
Amy Tan
Chandra Thomas
Rardi van Heest
William Osler Health System
Dr van Heest graduated from UBC Medical School in 1998, and from Dalhousie General
Surgery in 2003. She then returned to UBC for a Trauma Fellowship and remained in BC to work at Royal Columbian Hospital as Chief of Trauma.In October 2013 she joined WOHS as Corporate Chief of General Surgery. And in January 2019, she became the interim Medical Director of Cancer Care at WOHS. Her practice has evolved from General Surgery with a focus on Breast Cancer to Oncology Survivorship. She joined the multidisciplinary WOHS Oncology Survivorship team in September 2017.
Christian Wiens
John You
McMaster University
Dr. John You is a hospital-based general internist at Hamilton Health Sciences. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University and a Joint Member in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster. His main clinical and scholarly interest is to improve the quality of communication, decision-making, and care for hospitalized patients with serious illness and their families.