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Presenter & Moderator Biographies

Sam D. Shemie MD
 
 
Dr. Shemie’s area of specialty is organ replacement in critical illness. He is pediatric critical care physician and director of Extracorporeal Life Support program at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, McGill University. His recent research interests have included the clinical and policy impact of organ failure support technologies and the development and implementation of national ICU based organ donation strategies. He is the former chair of the Donation Committee of the Canadian Council for Donation and Transplantation. In April 2003, he chaired a Canadian Forum entitled “From Severe Brain Injury to Neurological Determination of Death” which has developed new medical standards for brain death determination and organ donation in Canada for all age groups. In February 2004, he chaired a Canadian Forum entitled “Medical Management to Optimize Donor Organ Potential” which has developed national consensus guidelines to optimize organ donor function for the purposes of transplantation. In February 2005, he chaired a Canadian Forum on ‘Donation after Cardiocirculatory Death’.
 
In December 2006, he was appointed as the Bertram Loeb Chair in Organ and Tissue Donation in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ottawa. The mandate of the Loeb chair is to provide research leadership in current and emerging issues related to technology, death, organ donation and transplantation with an emphasis on collaborative interdisciplinary research (ethical, philosophical, religious, cultural, legal, technological and biomedical).
 
In August 2008, he was appointed Executive Medical Director (Donation), Organs and Tissues, for the Canadian Blood Services. With CBS, he has been involved with health care system redesign for organ/tissue donation and transplantation in Canada, including the development of ICU-based donation physician specialists. His current focus is advancing the science and practice of deceased donation, including leading the development of international consensus guidelines, by CBS in collaboration with the WHO, on death determination after cessation of neurological or circulatory function.
 
 
  
Roanne Thomas, PhD
 
 
Dr. Roanne Thomas completed her graduate work in Sociology at the University of New Brunswick. Currently, she is a Canada Research Chair in Qualitative Health Research with Marginalized Populations and Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on the use of qualitative methods to understand the impact of chronic illness upon peoples’ everyday lives.
 
 
Saleem Razack, MD  
 
 
 Dr. Saleem Razack is a Pediatric Intensivist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at McGill University. He is currently the Assistant Dean of Admissions, Equity, and Diversity in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. Academically his research interests related to diversity and equity in medical education, from student selection, to curriculum and clinical exposures. He is the recipient of the Haile T. Debas and May Cohen awards for leadership in the promotion of equity and diversity both locally at McGill University, and nationally.
 
 
Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, PhD, RN  
 
 
Dr. Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham is Professor and Director of the Graduate program in the School of Nursing at Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C. Her research is in the area of plurality and equity in healthcare, focusing on the intersections of religion, spirituality, race, class, and gender. Her research is demonstrating how religion and spirituality are negotiated for social inclusion or exclusion in post-secular healthcare settings, and how religion and spirituality may form social pathways to health and illness. She is co-Director of Trinity Western University’s new Centre for Equity and Global Engagement, and a founding member of TWU’s Religion in Canada Institute, the Institute of Gender Studies, and University of British Columbia’s Critical Research in Health and Health Inequities Unit.   

 

  Kevin Pottie, BSc, MD, MClSc, FCFP

 

Dr. Pottie is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology & Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa.  He is a Principal Scientist at C.T. Lamont Primary Health Care Research Centre, Elisabeth Bruyère Research Institute and at the Centre for Global Health, Institute of Population Health.  He is a member of the Canadian Task Force for Preventive Health Care, CFPC Global Health Committee, and practices as a family physician in Ottawa.
He completed his Medical Doctor degree at Dalhousie University, a Masters in Family Medicine at the University of Western Ontario, an AMS Senior Education Fellowship: ‘Medical Education in an Age of Pluralism’, and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Trans-Disciplinary Primary Health Care Research Fellowship. 
His research focuses on developing methods to improve primary health care for disadvantaged populations.  His research includes developing evidence-based guidelines, narrative-based podcasts, decision aids, cultural tailoring of diabetes and HIV interventions, and developing a knowledge platform for global health scholarship.   
 
Josephine Etowa, PhD, RN

 

Dr. Josephine Etowa is an Associate Professor and Loyer DaSilva Research Chair in Public Health Nursing, in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa. She completed her B.Sc.N and Masters in nursing degrees from Dalhousie University and her PhD at the University of Calgary. As a nurse, midwife, lactation consultant, researcher and educator, she has worked in various capacities within the Canadian health care system and abroad over the past 25 years. In the last 12 years her research program has been in the area of reducing inequities in health and health care with a particular focus on the health of African Canadians. She is a co-founder and past president of the Health Association of African Canadians. Over the past last decade, Dr. Etowa has generously volunteered her time to serve on numerously local, national and international committee and events. These include participating in the national Think Tank for the National Collaborative Centre (NCC) for the social determinants of health for Atlantic Canada and serving on the Board of Directors, Centertown Community Health Centre, Ottawa. She is currently a member of the editorial Board for the International conference on health in the African Diaspora; an initiative led by John Hopkins University’s Center for Health Disparities Solutions in Maryland, USA. Dr. Etowa has and continues to be instrumental in bringing issues of racism and health inequities within the Canadian contexts to the forefront in local, national and international arenas. In 2009, she co-authored a book on antiracism health practice.
 
 Louisa Taylor

 

Ms. Louisa Taylor is a senior writer at the Ottawa Citizen, where she writes local and national stories with a particular interest in social policy, including immigration and diversity. Louisa’s career includes four years as a freelance reporter in East Africa and eight years at the Toronto Star, where she edited features and led the investigations and special projects team. In 2011 Louisa received a journalism fellowship from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, which enabled to produce the series Unhealthy Welcome, about immigrant and refugee health. That series won a 2012 Canadian Medical Association media award for excellence in health reporting.