Dr. Cheryl Barnabe is a Métis rheumatologist with a graduate degree in Clinical Epidemiology. She is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. Dr. Barnabe’s research program, ‘Arthritis Care for Indigenous Populations’, is defining the burden of rheumatic disease afflicting the Indigenous populations of Canada, while co-developing promising health services interventions to bridge care gaps that exist.
Dr. Steven Bellemare completed his medical training at the University of Ottawa, and his residency in pediatrics at the University of Alberta. Having specialized in child maltreatment pediatrics, he was assistant professor at Dalhousie University and worked as a member of the child protection team at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax before joining the CMPA in 2009. Now the senior physician advisor with the department of Practice Improvement, he received the designation of Certified Physician Executive from the Certifying Commission in Medical Management in 2016 and has delivered over hundreds of risk management presentations to a variety of medical audiences across the country.
Dr. Chapman is the Director of the Neuromuscular Disease Unit at the Vancouver Hospital. She is a clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Chapman completed her undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy, and Neurology training at UBC, followed by a Neuromuscular and Neurophysiology Fellowship at Harvard. Dr. Chapman is actively involved in education locally at UBC, and nationally, and is an examiner for the CSCN EMG exam. Dr. Chapman is the Chair of the Canadian Neuromuscular Group, and is serving as Past President of the CSCN, and on the board of CFNS. She co-chairs the British Columbia Neuromuscular Task Force looking at utilization of IVIg in Neuromuscular Disease, and is the medical chair of the BC Neurodiagnostic Accreditation Committee. Her interests include autoimmune nerve disease and complex traumatic nerve injuries, and she very much enjoys working closely with her Physiatrist colleagues.
Irina graduated from a Collaborative Program in Life Sciences and Respiratory Therapy in 2006 and began her career as a Registered Respiratory Therapist at the Foothills Medical Centre. She completed her BScH Degree (Maj Life Sciences) at Queen’s University in 2009 while practicing Respiratory Therapy at Kingston General Hospital. During her first eight years in practice as a RRT, Irina was involved in the development and implementation of QI initiatives, clinical research activities, assumed a staff educator role, and began training in simulation-based education. Irina joined the AHS eSIM South Simulation Team in 2013 where she applied her prior training to the development of a simulation-based program for developing the Collaborative Care Competencies of AHS Interprofessional Preceptors and Mentors. She brought this expertise to the ATSSL when she joined the team as a Simulation Consultant in March 2015. She is a PALS and ACLS Instructor, and a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer.
Michèle completed a Bachelors in Anatomy and Masters in Biomedical Engineering from USask, and a Masters in Educational Technology from UCalgary. Michèle worked in the Office of Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) at the UCalgary for 6 years, prior to joining the ATSSL team in October, 2016.
Her research interests include computer-assisted feedback training, integration of electronic portfolios, fatigue risk management and virtual patient case development. Michèle has collaborated on national and international educational projects and facilitated the development of quality medical referral education workshops, modified objective-based clinical examinations and a successful 2015 PGME accreditation. Additionally, she has led projects that leveraged technology to facilitate communication and data management to optimize processes. As a TeamSTEPPS Canada – Master Trainer, she facilitates the promotion of sustainable teamwork strategies.
Dr. Cathy Craven
Dr. Cathy Craven is a Senior Scientist and the Neural Engineering and Therapeutics Team Leader at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and an Associate Professor in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, in the Department of Medicine (University Health Network) at the University of Toronto. Dr Craven’s clinical and research expertise in the prevention and management of secondary health conditions and multimorbidity after SCI – she has published over 140 articles on related topics. Dr. Craven co-leads the SCI-High project to develop quality indicators of SCI rehabilitation care by 2020. Dr. Craven leads the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation funded RoBaCO trial www.robacotrial.com. Dr. Craven is the current chair of the Rick Hansen Institute Care Committee. She has been the Scientific Co-chair of the 1-7th Canadian National Spinal Cord Injury Conference www.sci2017.com and is the founding Chair of the Canadian SCI – Rehabilitation Association. She leads the Central Recruitment corporate initiative at Toronto Rehab and is a member of the CAHO Patient Engagement in Research community of practice. Dr Craven was the 2017 CAPMR Award of Merit Winner.
Dr. Chantel Debert is an academic physiatrist at the University of Calgary. She currently is a member of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences and Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI). She is the research lead for the Calgary Brain Injury Program and is responsible for the research strategies within the program. She is the co-lead for the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Initiative driven by HBI. Clinically, she sees brain injury patients and sport concussion in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. Dr. Debert’s current research interests include treatments for persistent post-concussion symptoms and examining the relationship between fluid biomarkers and sport-related concussion. http://www.hbi.ucalgary.ca/profiles/dr-chantel-t-debert
2018 Award of Merit
Dr. Doherty is Professor and Chair/Chief of the Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation within the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University. He is a consultant physiatrist at St. Joseph’s Health Care London (Parkwood Institute) and clinical electromyographer and physiatrist within the Neuromuscular Program at London Health Sciences Centre. He is an Associate Scientist at Parkwood Institute Research, Lawson Research Institute.
Prior to completion of clinical training Dr. Doherty completed a BEd (Physical Education) at UNB, an MSc at Dalhousie University, and a PhD in Kinesiology at Western University under the supervision of Dr. William F. Brown – the focus of this work was aging and the peripheral motor system. He then completed medical school and residency training in PM&R at McMaster University. He has continued to study the influence of the physiological effects of aging on the human motor system as well as the impact of neuromuscular disease on human performance. Dr. Doherty has pioneered the development of quantitative EMG techniques that have been employed to study aging, motor neuron disease and peripheral neuropathies. More recently, in collaboration with colleagues from Pediatrics, Fowler-Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic and Robart’s Research Institute, Dr. Doherty is also involved with research on concussion in young athletes.
Dr. Doherty has published over 110 peer-reviewed papers, 16 book chapters and presents frequently at National and International Meetings. He has held over 4 million dollars in research funding. Dr. Doherty has served on the editorial boards of Muscles and Nerve, American Journal of PM&R and The Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease. He served as president of CAPM&R from 2005 to 2007. Dr. Doherty held the Canada Research Chair in Neuromuscular Function in Health Aging and Disease (2005-10) and was selected as The Distinguished Reseacher Award recipient in 2014 by the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
He and Alison are the very proud parents of Erin (21) and Calum (18).
2018 Meridith Marks Award for Excellence in Education
Dr. Nancy Dudek is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She received her MD from The University of Western Ontario in 1999. She became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2004 in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In 2005 she completed a Master of Education program at the University of Toronto.
She has a diverse clinical practice and works at The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. She focuses on Amputee Rehabilitation, Prosthetics and Orthotics. Dr. Dudek’s academic interests are in Medical Education. Her focus is the assessment of medical students and residents with a particular interest in work based assessment. She holds several grants related to research in this area. Dr. Dudek has served as the University of Ottawa’s undergraduate coordinator for Musculoskeletal Medicine and as the Director for the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program. She is the recipient of an Ottawa Hospital Compass Award, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Young Educators Award and the Dr. Meridith Marks Educator Award for Innovation & Scholarship in Medical Education. She currently works as a Clinician Educator for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Dr. Karen Ethans is a Physiatrist and Service Chief of Winnipeg’s Spinal Cord Injury Program, Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba, and Director of the Clinical Spinal Cord Injury Research Program at the Health Sciences Centre. She did her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Dalhousie University, and is a fellow of the Royal College of Canada in the same. Dr. Ethans has successfully passed the American Board exams in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as the subspecialty exams in Spinal Cord Injury. She has extensive experience with Spinal Cord Injury and symptom management, secondary prevention, and research, in particular with both clinical experience and research in the area of cannabinoids, neurogenic bladder and bowel, spasticity, and neuropathic pain. She is recognized for her expertise in managing spasticity and neuropathic pain with cannabinoids, and has spoken as an invited speaker on this topic at both local and international meetings regarding the same. Dr. Colleen O’Connell completed medical school at Memorial University of Newfoundland and residency in PM&R at Dalhousie University. She specializes in neurorehabilitation and is Research Chief at the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation in New Brunswick, holding faculty appointments with Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine and University of New Brunswick Faculty of Kinesiology. Her research and scholarly activities include mobility, pain and spasticity management, as well as clinical practice guidelines development. She a member of the Canadian ALS Clinical Research Network, the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids, the Canadian Neuromuscular Diseases Network, and the Rick Hansen Institute Clinical Research team. In addition to her clinical and research practice, Colleen is founder and chair of Team Canada Healing Hands, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing rehabilitation care and training in developing countries.
Dr. Grant is a physiatrist who works at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary and is a member of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences as well as the Department of Critical Care Medicine. His practice includes inpatient trauma and inpatient critical care rehabilitation medicine consults. He is one of four physiatrists working at the Calgary Brain Injury Clinic. He is the lead of the Calgary ICU Recovery clinic.
Dr. Sivakumar Gulasingam is a staff Physiatrist attached to the Brain and Spinal Cord Program and Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network. He is Clinician Teacher and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto. His areas of clinical expertise include SCI rehabilitation, men’s health in SCI and sports & exercise medicine.
Dr. Gulasingam is the current Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) Lead at the University of Toronto, Division of PMR and the Chair of the International Rehabilitation Special Interest Group (INT-SIG) of the CAPMR. In the field of sports & sports medicine he have provided coverage at many able bodied and adaptive sports championships both nationally & internationally. He is a National Trainer & Para Athletics Classifier with Athletics Canada, Head of Classification for Para Dance Sport Canada, International Classifier with International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) World Para Athletics (WPA) and World Para Dance Sports (WPDS). Most recently, he developed the first formal classification system for the Invictus Games 2017 in his role as the Classification Director and Head of Multisport Classification.
Dr. Kirton is Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary and an attending Pediatric Neurologist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. His research focuses on applying technologies including non-invasive brain stimulation and neuroimaging to measure and modulate the response of the developing brain to early injury to generate new therapies. He is a clinician scientist and CIHR Foundation Grant Recipient. Dr. Kirton directs the Calgary Pediatric Stroke Program, Alberta Perinatal Stroke Project, ACH Pediatric Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Laboratory and University of Calgary Noninvasive Neurostimulation Network (N3).
Dr. Emily Krauss MD MSc FRCSC is a practicing plastic surgeon in Victoria BC, specializing in Hand and Peripheral Nerve Surgery. She received a Master of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Alberta prior to attending medical school at the University of Calgary Cummings School of Medicine. After residency training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Dalhousie University, she completed a fellowship in Hand and Microsurgery at Washington University in Saint Louis with Dr. Susan Mackinnon. During fellowship training, Dr. Krauss published book chapters and peer-reviewed publications on nerve transfers in spinal cord injury and brachial plexus injury. Dr. Krauss and Dr. Paul Winston organized the Peripheral Nerve Clinic in Victoria BC where they assess patients with complex upper extremity problems including stroke, brachial plexus, peripheral nerve, and spinal cord injury, for peripheral nerve surgery. She is delighted to attend this years’ CAPM&R meeting in Whitehorse with her young family.
Caitlin Lee is a 3rd year medical student from the University of Alberta. She has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and worked in pulmonary rehabilitation at the G.F. MacDonald Centre for Lung Health in Edmonton, AB prior to medical school. In addition, she has also worked as a research assistant at the Clinical Physiology Laboratory within the Division of Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Alberta. Caitlin’s goal is to pursue a career in physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Dr. Gentson Leung is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. He is the residency program director for the physiatry program at the University of Calgary. His practice includes both inpatient and outpatient stroke rehabilitation at the Dr. Vernon Fanning Centre in Calgary, Alberta. He completed his medical degree at the University of British Columbia (2008), and completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation training at the University of Calgary (2013).
After family practice residency and extra training in neonatology, anesthesia and tropical medicine I began work in Inuvik NWT with my husband Bob Zimmerman in 1978. Since 1980 most of our career has been in Yukon with several months in Zimbabwe in 1985 and 18 months in Nepal’s Himalayas 1995-96. After 35 years of a full spectrum practice including anesthesia, emergency and obstetrics I left my family practice the end of 2013. I then trained in oncology and presently work as a GPO and in a Kwanlin Dun health clinic weekly. Yukon has been a wonderful home both professionally and as a place to raise our two daughters.
McKyla McIntyre is a PGY-3 in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Toronto. She is originally from Victoria, BC, where she completed secondary school. She completed undergraduate studies at Western University in Medical Sciences (specialization in Physiology). Her medical degree was completed at the University of British Columbia (2011-2015). While in medical school, she completed an education outreach project in rural Uganda in 2012 with UBC’s Global Health Initiative. More recently, she was involved in the 19th NepalAbility education project in Tansen and Pokhara, Nepal.
Truly an East-coaster, and never far from water, Colleen completed medical school at Memorial University of Newfoundland and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Dalhousie University. She specializes in neuro-rehabilitation, and is Research Chief at New Brunswick’s Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation. Despite no medical school in Fredericton, she holds appointments at Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine and the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Kinesiology. A strong believer in collaboration, or perhaps having difficulty saying no, she is a member of many networks: the Rick Hansen Institute, Canadian SCI Knowledge Mobilization Network, Canadian Neurologic Diseases Network, Canadian Neuropulmonary Consortium, Atlantic Mobility Action Project, Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids and Co-Chair of the Canadian ALS Research Network. Research interests and outputs are broad (a reviewer may say unfocused), and reflect tendencies of an early adopter, so include treatments and applied technologies for mobility impairment and function. Development of best practice recommendations are priorities, and she contributes as member of the PVA SCI Guidelines Consortium, Heart and Stroke’s Best Practices Advisory Committee, MS BEST guidelines group, ALS Canada Best Practice Recommendations Working Group and and the Canadian Home Mechanical Ventilation Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee.
Passion for international health work predates medical training. With few options for rehabilitation professionals within established organizations, along with husband Jeff Campbell she founded Team Canada Healing Hands in 2002, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing rehabilitation care and training in developing countries. She has had opportunity to work in areas of rehabilitation care delivery, training, and research in Central America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia, and in disaster response in Haiti and Nepal. She is a member of the International Spinal Cord Society External Relations Committee and the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Disaster Committee. She has co-authored numerous publications on and provided technical guidance to the World Health Organization on rehabilitation in the humanitarian field.
She is a hockey mom of her teenage sons Sam and Vénel. In another life, she would have been an adventure travel agent, or maybe an archeologist.
Dr. Osler graduated from medical school at the University of Manitoba in 1992. Following this, she completed a rotating internship at the Health Sciences Centre and St. Boniface General Hospital from 1992 to 1993. She began studying Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Manitoba in 1993 and graduated from the residency program in 1997. This was followed by a Rhinology fellowship at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC. She has been in practice in Winnipeg since 1998. Current CMA President-Elect. A recognized advocate for physician health, Dr. Osler co-chaired the 2015 Canadian Conference on Physician Health and served as chair of the Physician Health and Wellness Committee for Doctors Manitoba. In 2017, she was awarded their Health or Safety Promotion award in recognition of her efforts to develop and implement programs to support the health and well-being of doctors.
Dr. Patrick M. Pilarski is a Canada Research Chair in Machine Intelligence for Rehabilitation at the University of Alberta, and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Medicine. Dr. Pilarski is a principal investigator with the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) and the Reinforcement Learning and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (RLAI). Dr. Pilarski received the B.ASc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 2004, the Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2009, and completed his postdoctoral training in computing science with Dr. Richard S. Sutton at the University of Alberta. Dr. Pilarski’s research interests include reinforcement learning, real-time machine learning, human-machine interaction, rehabilitation technology, and assistive robotics. He leads the Amii Adaptive Prosthetics Program—an interdisciplinary initiative focused on creating intelligent artificial limbs to restore and extend abilities for people with amputations. As part of this research, Dr. Pilarski explores new machine learning techniques for sensorimotor control and prediction, including methods for human-device interaction and communication, long-term control adaptation, and patient-specific device optimization. Dr. Pilarski is the author or co-author of more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, a Senior Member of the IEEE, and is currently supported by provincial, national, and international research grants.
Stephanie Plamondon, MD, FRCPC, CSCN(EMG) is a Clinical Associate Professor for the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Calgary, and former program director for the residency training program. Clinical interests are Neuromuscular rehabilitation, medical education and patient safety/QI. Dr. Plamondon trained in Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor, Ontario, and moved on to complete both her MD in 1996, and her Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) Residency in 2000 at McMaster University. Recent further training has included completion of the Certificate in Patient Safety and Quality Management at the University of Calgary, and the Royal College ATSSL Simulaton Facilitator Training.
Dr. Rajiv Reebye is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) specialist. Dr. Reebye is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada(FRCPC). He is a Clinical Associate Professor in the department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Reebye is a PMR specialist at GF Strong Rehabilitation Center, Vancouver. He is an attending physician on the inpatient neuro-musculoskeletal program and on the outpatient acquired brain injury programs at GF Strong Rehabilitation Center. He is also a consulting physician in the spinal cord clinic at BC Children’s Hospital and at the UBC Multiple Sclerosis Clinic. Dr. Reebye is the director of the New Westminster Rehabilitation Medicine spasticity clinic- a community based spasticity clinic focusing on the treatment of patients with adult spasticity and also children with spasticity transitioning to adulthood. He actively teaches ultrasound for
chemodenervation to residents and physiatrists locally and internationally. He has organized numerous accredited workshops on ultrasound for guidance in the treatment of spasticity. His research interests include casting post botulinum toxin injections for post stroke spasticity and use of ultrasound for chemodenervation in the treatment of spasticity. Dr. Reebye enjoys clinical teaching and was awarded the Patricia Clugston Award for Excellence in teaching from the provincial association of residents of BC (PAR-BC) for outstanding teaching contributions to training physicians. Dr. Reebye was also awarded the Duncan Murray excellence in teaching award from the UBC division of PMR for teaching physiatry residents in 2010 and 2016. He is a bilingual examiner (English and French) for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Alexandra Rendely is a PGY-3 in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Toronto. She completed her B.A.&Sc. from McGill University before attending McMaster University for medical school. Alexandra has had a strong interest in travel and global health, and was recently involved in the 19th NepalAbility education project in Tansen and Pokhara, Nepal.
Dr. Larry Robinson is Professor and Department Division Director (DDD) for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Toronto and holds the John and Sally Eaton Chair in Rehabilitation Sciences. Dr. Robinson is based at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre where he serves as Program Chief for Rehabilitation and Program Research Director. He came to us in 2014 from the University of Washington where he served as Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and later as Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs and Post Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Robinson has published extensively on rehabilitation and electrodiagnosis with >130 publications in the peer-reviewed literature. He is American but is aspiring to be Canadian soon.
Thank you, grandfathers, for this land, and thank you grandmothers for my ancestry and for my identity.
I am an Inland Tlingit and my ancestral community is Teslin Yukon. Long ago Raven Clan history connects the Teslin Tlingit to Taku Kwaan (community) and to Angoon on the Southeast Coast of Alaska. Long ago Wolf Clan history connects Teslin Tlingit to the Stikine and beyond.
My name is Yeskeitch Aantookwasaak. This name means “works well with her hands” and the “cry of the raven over the land”. These are old Tlingit names and once you understand the name you understand how most Tlingit names bear Tlingit history about clan origins, about land, migration, and more.
I am from the raven moiety.
My clan is Ganach.adi and my house (hit) is Kookhittaan.
I am a grandchild of the Big Salmon People. My paternal uncles and aunts have ancestral and historical land connections to Big Salmon and Tagish Yukon.
Mother who is pictured above has ancestral connections to One Hundred Mile, near Teslin Yukon and to Douglas Island near Juneau Alaska and the Taku.
Mother went to mission school and Mother’s historical and ancestral claim to her territories have been blurred by Acts, Borders, and Policies against Canada’s Indigenous peoples. Lucky that the Tlingit found ways to ensure that Tlingit history would live on. I am grateful for all those Elders and Knowledge Bearers who work tirelessly on ensuring that our Indigenous history lives on so that our great-great grandchildren will never forget who they are. Thank you for this opportunity to introduce myself.
Joan is a 3rd year medical resident in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is originally from Calgary and received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering with a biomedical specialization from McGill University prior to returning to Calgary for medical school and residency. She is currently completing a MSc in Neuroscience on a project using rTMS for the treatment of post-traumatic headaches and persistent post-concussion symptoms. She is interested in biomedical technology applications within the field of rehabilitation.
Dr. Paul Winston is the president of the CAPMR. He is the Medical Director of Rehabilitation and Transitions for Island Health. He is a Clinical Associate Professor at UBC and the Island Medical Program. He received his medical degree from the University Of Western Ontario and his fellowship in PMR at the University of Toronto
Professor Jörg Wissel, MD, FRCP, born 16.09.1957 in Germany, married, two kids, living in Potsdam, Germany Since 1995 board certified in Neurology, Camber of Physicians, Berlin, Germany additional board certification in Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, Psychotherapy, Social Medicin. Since 2012 Head of Department, Neurological Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy Department of Neurology, Vivantes Hospital Spandau, Berlin, Germany, Since 2010 Professor of Neurology and Sportsmedicin, University of Potsdam, Brandenburg 2001-2012 Head of Neurorehabilitation Hospital Beelitz-Heilstätten, near Berlin (250 in-patients) Since 2000 Venia Legendi Medical Faculty Leopold Franzens University, Innsbruck, Austria Professor of Neurology, Ludwig Franzens University, Innsbruck, Austria Since 2008 Fellow of the Royal College of Physician, London, UK (FRCP) 1995-2001 Consultant in Neurology at Department of Neurology, University of Innsbruck, Austria, 1992 Fellowship: Restorative Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA 1988-1994 Residency, Department of Neurology, Rudolf Virchow Klinikum, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany 1990 Promotion / MD, Free University, Berlin, Medical Faculty (Dr. med.) 1988 Board Certification Physician Camber of Physicians, Berlin, Germany 1982-88 Medical Faculty at University of Bochum and Free University Berlin, Germany
Dr. Jennifer Yao is currently the chair of the Specialty Committee for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She has an interest in medical education and has been involved with curriculum planing and design, education resource development and examination development at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at UBC. Dr. Yao is also the head of the UBC Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, as well as Medical Site Lead for G.F. Strong Rehab Centre in Vancouver. Her clinical work is in the areas of acquired brain injury and neuro-rehabilitation.
I have spent 40 years in primary care medicine in Inuvik, NWT (1978-79} and in Whitehorse,Yukon (1980-present). In addition I worked in Zimbabwe (1986), Nepal (1995-1996), and Haiti (2015).
As a full spectrum general practitioner I have extensive experience in provision of acute and chronic medical care in remote rural settings both in Canada and abroad. This has provided considerable cross-cultural experience relating to the health care needs of First Nations and Inuit populations of northern Canada as well as developing countries abroad.
I am now semi-retired but continue to provide regular scheduled medical clinic services to the fly-in community of Old Crow, 600 miles north of Whitehorse.