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Multi Organ Transplant Program Toronto General Hospital
Atul Humar is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto. Dr. Humar received his medical degree from the University of Ottawa. He completed his residency and did further training in Transplant Infectious Diseases in Toronto and Boston. Dr. Humar’s research interests are in virology with a focus on the pathogenesis of herpesvirus infections post-transplant. He is involved in both basic and clinical research assessing immunologic and virologic determinants of infection. Dr. Humar is the Director of Multi Organ Transplant Program at the University Health Network and the University of Toronto Transplant Institute. He is also active in the Canadian Society of Transplantation as a President and has been very active in both the AST and TTS. Dr. Humar operates a joint research lab with his wife, Dr. Deepali Kumar, who is also a faculty member at the University of Toronto.
Departments of Surgery, Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
QEII Health Sciences Centre
Dr. Ian Alwayn (1968) is the Surgical Lead of the Atlantic Multi-Organ Transplant Program at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia and the QEII Foundation Endowed Chair in Transplantation Research. He maintains a busy clinical practice in Hepatobiliary and Transplant Surgery.
Dr. Alwayn graduated cum laude from Leiden University Medical School, The Netherlands and completed his Surgical Residency at Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He received his Ph.D. from Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands based on research performed at the Transplantation Biology Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School. Following his residency, Dr. Alwayn received a fellowship from the Dutch Cancer Society to specialize in Hepatobiliary and Multi-Organ Transplant Surgery in Rotterdam, Paris and Boston.
Ian is actively involved in advancing transplantation in Canada, is the current past-president of the Canadian Liver Transplant Network, and a member of the Organ Donation and Transplantation Expert Advisory Committee of Canadian Blood Services. He runs a basic science laboratory, has over 65 peer reviewed manuscripts and is a member of Project 1 of the Canadian National Transplant Research Program.
Division of Nephrology and HLA Laboratory, University Health Network
University of Toronto
Dr. Kathryn Tinckam is a Transplant Nephrologist and Co-Director of the Histocompatibility Laboratory at the University Health Network in Toronto since 2007. She is also Medical Advisor – Transplantation at Canadian Blood Services with responsibilities in Listing and Allocation, Kidney Paired Donation, the Highly Sensitized Patient Program, and the Canadian Transplant Registry.
She completed her undergraduate medical and Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Manitoba, Nephrology and Transplant fellowships at the University of British Columbia and Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Training at Harvard University.
Dr. Tinckam’s clinical and research focus is in the diagnosis and management of antibody mediated processes in organ transplantation, and in the standardization and optimized utilization of HLA laboratory testing in clinical practice.
Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research
Dr. Mengel is Chair of the Department for Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He is a sub-specialized Transplantation and Renal Pathologist at the Division of Anatomical Pathology, University of Alberta Hospital. Outside his faculty Dr. Mengel is engaged in various international sub-specialty societies related to nephropathology and organ transplantation: past Chair Transplant Diagnostics Community of Practice in the American Society of Transplantation; Board member International Banff Foundation for Allograft Pathology; Board member Canadian Society of Transplantation; past Chair Program Committee International Renal Pathology Society.
He studied medicine at the Semmelweiss University in Budapest, Hungary before going on to specialise in pathology and further in transplantation pathology and nephropathology. Before moving to Edmonton he was head of the transplant pathology service at the Hannover Medical School, Germany. In Edmonton, Dr. Mengel’s current work is focused on applying molecular techniques to biopsy specimens, with the aim to increase diagnostic precision in the area of organ transplantation.
McGill University Health Centre Associate Professor of Surgery
Dr. Steven Paraskevas is a multi-organ abdominal transplant surgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery at McGill University Health Centre. Originally from Winnipeg, he obtained his B.A. from Harvard and M.D. from McGill. He completed surgical training at McGill and his transplant surgical fellowship at the University of Minnesota.
He is Director of the Pancreas and Islet Transplant program and Director of Transplant Research at MUHC, where he has worked since 2002. Dr. Paraskevas runs the Human Islet Transplantation Laboratory, a state-of-the-art facility which serves as a research islet distribution core for eastern Canada, and which supports the MUHC’s clinical islet transplant program.
Dr. Paraskevas has been an active member in the national and international transplantation community, serving on the CST Board since 2009, and as the CST President, 2013-15. He is a member of Canadian Blood Services’ Kidney Transplant Advisory Committee. He has also been an active member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, serving as Co-Chair of the Planning Committee of the American Transplant Congress in Philadelphia, 2011. He is an Associate Editor for Transplantation.
The Ottawa Hospital
University of Ottawa
Dr. Todd Fairhead is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa and a Clinical Investigator at The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He received his M.D. at Queen’s University in 2000 and completed postgraduate training in internal medicine and nephrology at the University of Alberta in 2005. He subsequently completed a three-year Krescent fellowship in transplant immunobiology at the University of Western Ontario under the guidance of Dr. J. Madrenas.
Dr. Fairhead’s clinical responsibilities include the evaluation and care of kidney transplant recipients in The Ottawa Hospital Kidney Transplant Program. He participates in the education and training or our AST-ASTS Transplant Fellow and nephrology trainees. His research interest is the immunology of renal disease including autoimmune, alloimmune, and inflammatory injuries to the kidney. Dr. Fairhead is focused on clinical and translational studies examining the immune system response in glomerulonephritis and infections when immunosuppressed.
Dr. Bethany Foster is a Pediatric Nephrologist and Clinical Epidemiologist and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at McGill University. She commits about 70% of her time to research activities, 25% to clinical care, and the remaining time to teaching. Her primary research interest is in the long term outcomes of children and young adults with kidney transplants. Dr. Foster’s research focuses in particular on adolescent and young adult kidney transplant recipients, whom she has identified to be at particularly high risk of graft loss. Graft losses in this interval are often due to poor adherence to immunosuppressive medication related to developmental stage and possibly to the changes in care practices associated with transfer from pediatric to adult-oriented care. Recently, she has extended her studies of young transplant recipients to heart and liver recipients.
Dr. Foster is currently leading a multi-centre study funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health to test an intervention to improve medication adherence among 11 to 24 year-old kidney transplant recipients. She is also the co-lead of the Canadian National Transplant Research Program (CNTRP) POSITIVE study, which focuses on children and adolescents with solid organ transplants. Within the POSITIVE study, Dr. Foster leads a Canadian national cohort study to identify care processes and structures that promote better adherence among young solid organ transplant recipients. This study is unique in that it includes both pediatric and adult transplant programs. She also has extensive experience conducting studies using large databases such as the United States Renal Data Systems database and the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.
At the McGill University Health Centre, Dr. Foster is the Associate Director of the Centre for Innovative Medicine, which provides investigators with the infrastructure and personnel to conduct patient-oriented research. She is also a member of the Child Health Research Advisory committee. At McGill University, Dr. Foster teaches epidemiology to both graduate and medical students, and renal physiology to medical students.
University of Manitoba
Dr. Aviva Goldberg is a Pediatric Nephrologist in Winnipeg, Manitoba and head of the Section of Pediatric Nephrology in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba. She completed her fellowship in pediatric nephrology at the University of Manitoba in 2004, and did further training in pediatric nephrology and transplantation at Northwestern University’s McGaw Medical Center/ Children’s Memorial Hospital (now Lurie Children’s) from 2004-2006. She is also an ethicist, and completed a Master’s degree in Bioethics and Health Policy at Loyola University Chicago and a clinical ethics fellowship at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
Dr. Goldberg contributes to the Canadian transplant community clinically, through scholarly activity, and as an administrator. She is a member of the CNTRP, and has recently co-edited the first book on pediatric transplant ethics (to be published in 2016) and is Chair of the Kidney Transplant Review Committee of Transplant Manitoba. She lectures nationally and internationally on ethics and transplantation, including sessions at the CST, CSN, AST, WTC, IPTA, ESOT, PAS and Kidney Foundation and invited rounds at several Canadian and American universities.
S. Joseph Kim
Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network
University of Toronto
Dr. S. Joseph Kim is a staff nephrologist in the Division of Nephrology and co-director of the Kidney Transplant Program at the Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.
He is the President of the Canadian Organ Replacement Register Board of Directors, Vice-Chair of the U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network Data Advisory Committee, and the Associate Head of the Kidney, Dialysis and Transplantation program at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.
Dr. Kim completed medical school, internal medicine residency, chief medical residency, and fellowships in nephrology and kidney transplantation at the University of Toronto. In 2008, he completed a PhD in epidemiology and a Masters in biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
His research interests are in the areas of access to and outcomes of kidney transplantation using data from both centre- and population-based cohorts. His methodological interests include survival analysis and statistical models for causal inference.
Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network
Dr. Jeffrey Schiff completed his medical school, Internal Medicine and Nephrology training at McGill University, followed by a fellowship in kidney and pancreas transplantation at McGill University and Hôpital Notre-Dame. In 2004, he joined the Division of Nephrology and the Multi-Organ Transplant Program at the Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network (UHN). He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Schiff is a member of the Kidney Transplant Program and Medical Director of the Pancreas and Islet Transplant Programs at UHN. He currently leads the renal transplant desensitization program and championed a transition program for pediatric renal transplant recipients. He has also worked with other organizations that play a role in transplant including Canadian Blood Services as chair of the Pancreas/Islets Data Working Group; Trillium Gift of Life Network as an on-call Transplant Support Physician; and the Ontario Regional Blood Coordinating Network in developing guidelines for the use of IVIg.
Dr. Schiff is heavily involved in educating the next generation of transplant professionals. He is the Program Director for the Adult Renal Transplant Fellowship at UHN and the chair of the CST Education Committee. He has also developed free web-based educational resources in transplantation.
Associate Member Liaison Officer
Multi Organ Transplant Program, Toronto General Hospital
Ms. Norgate started nursing in the early 90’s, initially in paediatrics followed by surgical oncology and moved to the multi-organ transplant unit in 1993. She started as a staff nurse and then moved to the coordinator role in 1996 and enjoyed working in every organ program. From 2005 onward, she has been the Kidney Pancreas Transplant Coordinator at Toronto General Hospital. She also continues to work in the emergency department at Guelph General Hospital as a staff nurse. Ms. Norgate has travelled the world during disaster relief efforts and travelled to Pakistan and Haiti with the Canadian Relief Foundation. She received her initial nursing education from George Brown College in Toronto and received an undergraduate degree in Science from York University.
Critical Care Donations Specialist Liaison Officer
McMaster University, Professor, Department of Medicine
Dr. Meade is a Professor at McMaster University and a Hospital Donation Physician of the Trillium Gift of Life Network of Ontario. She is also an executive member of the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group, the Canadian National Transplant Research Program, and the Canadian Blood Services Deceased Donation Guideline Group. Dr. Meade is spearheading the Canada-DONATE Research Program, a national collaboration of scientists with a shared research interest in the intensive care of deceased organ donors. The aim of this program is to build a strong national research platform that will support future clinical trials addressing issues relevant to the management of deceased organ donors, from coast to coast.