SPEAKERS

Anthony Battad MD, MSc., MPH, FRCPC

Dr. Battad graduated as a Doctor of Medicine at University of Manitoba in 1999 and completed a General Internal Medicine Residency at University of Manitoba in 2003. He is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Clinical Skills Program, Undergraduate Medical Education, at Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba, based at the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg.

Dr. Battad is a past Program Director of the GIM Residency Program (University of Manitoba) and past Medical Director, Master of Physician Assistant Studies (University of Manitoba.)

He was a Canadian Forces physician (2012), retired after 24 years and multiple tours of duty, and his interests include global health, tropical medicine, and medical education.

Alice Y.Y. Cheng, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Cheng is an Endocrinologist at Trillium Health Partners and Unity Health Toronto and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto.  She has been involved with the development of the Diabetes Canada clinical practice guidelines since 2003 and served as Chair for the 2013 version.  Currently, she is the Chair of the Professional Section of Diabetes Canada and an Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Diabetes. 

In recognition of her contribution, she has received the national Charles H. Best Award and the Gerald S. Wong Service Award from Diabetes Canada.  She is also the creator of The Med Ed Pledge – an initiative to increase Diversity & Inclusion in continuing medical education (www.theMedEdPledge.com

 

Dr. Margot Davis

Margot Davis is an advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist at Vancouver General Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital, a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, and Director of the UBC Cardiology-Oncology Program. She completed fellowships in Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology and Cardio-Oncology & Cardiac Amyloidosis at Stanford University School of Medicine.

She obtained her Master of Science degree in clinical epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Davis is Co-Chair of the CCS/CHFS Position Statement on Cardiac Amyloidosis, a Primary Panel member of the CCS Cardio-Oncology Guidelines, and a Secondary Panel member of the CCS Heart Failure Guidelines.

She is on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Heart Failure Society Board of Directors and she is Vice President of the Canadian Cardiac Oncology Network. Her research interests are focused on the prevention, diagnosis, and management of heart disease related to cancer therapy, cardiac amyloidosis, and advanced heart failure.

 

Dr. Megan Devlin

Dr. Megan Devlin completed her medical training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of Toronto. She has completed additional training in Tropical Medicine. 

She joined the Faculty of Medicine at Western University as an Assistant Professor in Infectious Diseases in 2018.

In 2020, she co-created the LHSC Urgent Covid Care Clinic, providing virtual care to patients with COVID in the London community.   

 

Amy Hendricks, MDCM, FRCPC Internal Medicine

“The last time I presented for a CSIM plenary, feedback indicated that reaching remote populations through virtual care was idealistic and impractical. We have all changed – and been changed – since that time. This time I’ll share lessons from my most unlikely professors, suggest some heretical concepts around culture and collegiality, and steer clear of buzzwords since I think joy is a greater good than resilience.”

Dr. Amy Hendricks has been a general internist for 19 years – 14 in the Arctic and 5 in Nova Scotia. Her clinical practice includes mostly cardiology (including pacemaker follow-up and echo), and she has delved into inpatient practice at 32 hospitals in Nova Scotia, as senior medical director for acute medicine in 2017-2018. She has worked in both fee-for-service and salaried environments, and counts rural family physicians and specialized NPs among her closest colleagues and friends.

She has a particular interest in physician inpatient coverage models outside of academic hospitals. Dr. Hendricks enjoys building new services in areas like echo, heart failure, diabetes and tuberculosis; but she also really loves pulling apart her old barn with a crowbar, driving the tractor, and playing classical music with opera singers and chamber musicians.

 

Dr. Maura Marcucci

Dr. Maura Marcucci

Dr. Marcucci is an internationally trained internist (Italy). She completed an MSc in Health Research Methodology and a clinical fellowship in Hematology/Internal Medicine at McMaster University. In 2013-2016 she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Milan, Department of internal and geriatric medicine.

She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Departments of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI), and Medicine at McMaster University. She is an attending physician in the Division of General Internal Medicine (GIM) and Division of Perioperative Care. She works with the Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine, and Surgical Research Group at the Population Health Research Institute. She is the Research Director for the Division of GIM.

 

Dr. Raj Padwal

Professor of Medicine, University of Alberta and Director, University of Alberta Hypertension and Dyslipidemia Clinic

  • Academic General Internal Medicine specialist, with expertise in Clinical Pharmacology and Clinical Epidemiology. Director of the Hypertension Dyslipidemia Clinic, University of Alberta.
  • Over 7 million in peer-reviewed funding received and over 270 peer-reviewed papers published.
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Alberta Innovates, Canadian National Research Council IRAP funded researcher in the fields of technology assisted care and blood pressure measurement.
  • CEO of a digital health company, Millimetres Mercury (mmHg) Inc., focusing on creating low-cost solutions that are widely scalable and enable best practice.
  • Past Chair of the Canadian Hypertension Education Program guidelines and member of national and international blood pressure guideline committees.

 

Dr. Raj Padwal
Dr. Glen Pearson

Dr. Glen J. Pearson, BSc, BScPhm, PharmD, FCSHP, FCCS

Dr. Glen Pearson is a tenured Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology at the University of Alberta (2012-present). 

He was the Associate Chair of the Health Research Ethics Boards Biomedical & Health Panels from 2012-2020 and is the current Chair of the Trainee Research Access Committee for the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.  He is the Medical Co-Director of the Cardiac Transplant Clinic at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute.  He was appointed by the Minister of Health to serve as a member of the Alberta Expert Committee on Drug Evaluation & Therapeutics Committee since 2011. He has been a member of the Canadian Dyslipidemia Guidelines primary panel since 2009, served as the Vice-Chair for the 2016 CCS Dyslipidemia Guidelines and was the Co-Chair for the 2021 CCS Dyslipidemia Guidelines. 

He currently teaches in the Cardio-Renal Block of the first Medical Practice course for medical and dental students. He also lectures in cardiovascular pharmacotherapeutics to the both the undergraduate and graduate health professions students at the University of Alberta (PharmD, MD, and MSc/PhD graduate programs).  In addition to his clinical and academic responsibilities, Dr. Pearson has an active interest in practice-based research. 

 

 

Dr. Ali Zentner, University of British Columbia

Dr. Ali Zentner received her undergraduate medical degree from McMaster University and completed her Internal Medicine Residency with an extra year of Cardiology training at the University of Calgary. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. She is a clinical associate at UBC Department of Internal Medicine.

With a wealth of clinical and practical experience, Dr. Zentner built Revolution Medical Clinic and serves as its Medical Director. The clinic has been recognized as a centre of excellence by the European Association for the Study of Obesity. It is one of the largest multidisciplinary clinics in Canada run exclusively through the socialized health care system

Dr. Zentner is the founder and director of the Canadian Obesity Peer Support Program, an online and in person peer support educational platform for clinicians wanting to learn about obesity. The program has trained over 600 clinicians in a peer support setting. Ali is also the founder and director of The Obesity Project, a multilevel educational program that addresses weight bias in medicine. The project involves patients and clinicians and educates medical trainees, doctors and nurses on weight sensitivity and bias. It currently is working to promote weight sensitivity training in all medical schools and residency programs across Canada.