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2016/2017 Leadership Team

James Douketis, MD, FRCPC
President

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Dr. James Douketis is Director of Vascular Medicine and Staff Physician in Vascular Medicine and General Internal Medicine at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, and Professor of Medicine at McMaster University.

He received his Doctor of Medicine degree and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto. He then completed a thrombosis fellowship at McMaster University.

Dr. Douketis’ research interests include: perioperative antithrombotic therapy; prognosis of patients with venous thromboembolism; hormonal therapy and thrombosis; prevention of venous thrombosis in medical patients; and clinical guideline development for the prevention and treatment of obesity.

Dr. Douketis has been a member of Thrombosis Canada since 2003 and holds executive positions with the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) and the North American Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis (NASTH).

André Roussin, MD, CSPQ, FRCP
Vice President

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Dr. Andre Roussin completed his medical training in Montreal, including a specialty in Internal Medicine. He did a number of post-doctoral studies in non-invasive techniques in vascular disease at the University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa) and at the University of Hamilton (Hamilton, Ontario) as well as research in Raynaud’s phenomenon at the UCSF in San Francisco. Dr. Roussin is heading the Vascular Lab, Notre-Dame Hospital, University of Montreal (CHUM) since 1985 and is associate professor at the Department of Medicine. He is presently assistant head of the Service of Internal Medicine (Notre-Dame Hospital). Dr. Roussin has been involved in the publication of numerous abstracts, reference articles and book chapters. He is a frequent presenter at meetings and symposia. Dr Roussin is presently Vice-President of Thrombosis Canada, as well as President and Co-founder of the Quebec Society of Vascular Sciences.

Marc Carrier, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Secretary

Marc CarrierDr. Marc Carrier, M.D., FRCP(C), MSc. is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa and a Senior Scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Program of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He is currently the Program Director for Adult Thrombosis Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Carrier’s primary clinical research interest is in cancer-associated thrombosis. He is holding a Tier 2 Research Chair in Venous Thromboembolism and Cancer from the University of Ottawa and New Investigator Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Alan D. Bell, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Treasurer and Chair, New Projects Committee

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Dr. Bell is a family physician and clinical researcher in Toronto, Canada. He is Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto and on the active staff of the Humber River Hospital. He is a recipient of the Canadian College of Family Physicians Award of Excellence.

His activities include:

  • Past Chair and current Primary Panel – Canadian Cardiovascular Society Antiplatelet Guideline Committee
  • Primary Panel – Canadian Cardiovascular Society Atrial Fibrillation Guideline Committee
  • Thrombosis Canada – Board of Directors
  • Hypertension Canada – Board of Directors
  • Heart and Stroke Canada Stroke Best Practices and Quality Leadership Committee
  • Canadian Medical Association Journal – Peer Reviewer

Dr. Bell’s involvement in continuing medical education includes the development and presentation of many national projects. He has served as faculty and chair of countless committees and advisory boards dedicated to serving the common interests of the medical profession and the public. His research, commentaries and letters have been presented and published internationally.

David Airdrie
Executive Director

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David Airdrie is an experienced leader and manager. David comes to Thrombosis Canada with the expertise required to grow and support the organization as it looks to the future. With over 25 years in the health care field, he brings experience in strategic development, knowledge translation, medical communications, community engagement and execution that will support Thrombosis Canada as it builds its capacity. His experience includes leading development of a broad range of medical education and communication programs in many therapeutic areas including thrombosis, developing innovative digital programs and developing strategic communications plans for many health care organizations.

Jeffrey Habert, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Co-Chair of Clinical Guides Committee

jeff-habert-photo-dec-2016-web-version-2bDr. Habert is a Family Physician in Toronto, Canada. He is Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto and on staff at North York General and Scarborough Hospitals .

His activities include:

  • CPSO Peer Assessor
  • Thrombosis Canada – Co-Chair Guidelines Committee
  • 2016 Secondary Stroke Prevention Guidelines committee member
  • Investigating Coroner, City of Toronto

Dr. Habert’s involvement in continuing medical education includes the development and presentation of many accredited and non-accredited National educational projects. He has given numerous talks in the areas of Thrombosis/Stroke Prevention, Stroke, Depression, Diabetes and Osteoporosis. He has served as both a faculty member and chair of numerous advisory boards aimed at improving the education of Family Physicians and related specialists. He is published in the areas of Thrombosis, Depression and EMR use in Family Practice.

Shannon Bates, MDCM, MSc, FRCPC
Co-Chair of Clinical Guides Committee

Dr. Shannon Bates is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University, where she holds the Eli Lilly Canada/May Cohen Chair in Women’s Health and serves as the Director of the Division of Hematology and Thromboembolism and of Hematology in Laboratory Medicine. She is the current Vice Chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Area of Focused Competence Committee in Adult Thrombosis Medicine.

Dr. Bates’ clinical and academic work focuses on women’s issues in thrombosis and anticoagulant therapy, especially as they relate to pregnancy, assisted reproduction, and hormonal therapy. Dr. Bates was lead author for the chapter examining the use of antithrombotic agents during pregnancy in the 7th, 8th and 9th editions of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) Evidence-Based Clinical-Practice Guidelines for Antithrombotic and Thrombolytic Therapy and for a new chapter examining the diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis for the 9th edition of those guidelines. She is the Chair of the American Society of Hematology Guideline Panel on venous thromboembolism in the context of pregnancy and a member of the panel on venous thromboembolism diagnosis.

Sudeep Shivakumar, MD, FRCPC
Chair of Fellowship & Training Committee

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Dr. Shivakumar is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at Dalhousie University, and a clinical hematologist at the Nova Scotia Health Authority in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  He is currently the Director of Thrombosis and Anticoagulation and the Program Director for Post-Graduate Education in the Division of Hematology.

He received his Doctor of Medicine degree at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and subsequently completed his Internal Medicine and Hematology residencies at Dalhousie University.  He then went on to complete a clinical fellowship in Thrombosis at the University of Ottawa.

His practice includes benign and malignant hematology, but his clinical focus is on venous thromboembolism and anticoagulation.  His research interests include malignancy related thrombosis, as well as medical education.

Anil Chopra, MD
Chair of Emergency Medicine

ChopraDr. Anil Chopra is the Division Director of Emergency Medicine and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is also the Medical Director of the Emergency Departments at University Health Network in Toronto.

He received his Doctor of Medicine degree and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Chopra’s clinical and research interests are in the management of venous and arterial thrombosis. He has contributed several publications in the area of thromboembolism. He has been a member of Thrombosis Canada since 2012.

Peter Gross, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Research/CanVector Liaison

peter-gross-web-2Dr. Peter L. Gross obtained his MSc in Biochemistry and his MD from the University of Toronto.  He did his Core Internal Medicine training in Toronto.  He did his Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Teaching Hospital.  He was Clinician Scientist in the Department of Medicine at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto from 2003 to 2007.  He is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Hematology and Thromboembolism at McMaster University, Hamilton and the Thrombosis Clinic Director at the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre.

Dr. Gross’s basic science laboratory at the Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis Research Institute (TaARI) focuses on models of thrombosis and hemostasis, and biomarkers for these conditions. Dr. Gross is also is involved in various capacities in clinical trials in venous thrombosis. He is also a member of the Canadian Hemophilia Foundation Research Advisory Board.

Laurie Sardo, RN, MScN, NP, MBA
Co-Chair, Patients and Family Committee

sardo-web-3Laurie Sardo is a Nurse Practitioner with the Thrombosis service at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton.
She graduated with her NP from McMaster with honours in 2014, and had previously worked at McMaster University as a clinical research nurse in Thrombosis for over a decade. Prior to that Laurie worked in Emergency, Finance and completed a Fellowship in Hospital Administration at Scarborough Centenary Hospital.

Laurie’s interests are in both patient and staff education. She joined Thrombosis Canada as a member of the Family and Patient education committee in 2015 and wrote the Shared Decision Making Tool for Atrial Fibrillation patients. She has served as Chair of the Nursing and Allied Health Committee for the International Society of Thrombosis and Hemostasis. Laurie initiated and leads the Thrombosis Nursing journal club in Hamilton and continues to enjoy patient and nursing education initiatives.

Tammy J Bungard, BSP, PharmD
Co-Chair, Patients and Family Committee

Biography to come

Martin R. Lemieux
Founder & President of Clots Matter

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Martin R. Lemieux is the Founder & President of Clots Matter, a patient based non-profit organization offering education and community for thrombosis patients throughout Canada. Martin has suffered through multiple blood clots for over 19 years, including five DVTs in his left leg, one DVT in his right leg and one DVT in his left pelvic area. He also has a hereditary condition called Factor V Leiden (prone to clotting) and a vascular illness called Livedoid Vasculopathy, which causes non-healing leg ulcers for 9 years now.

Martin has over 20 years’ experience in marketing. He previously owned an advertising agency for 12 years which was world renown online for small-business advice and marketing tips. His marketing network managed to reach across the globe, serving more than a million unique visitors a month, while operating within the top 5,000 most popular websites in the world.

Mr. Lemieux now works closely with thrombosis experts as the Patient Ambassador for Thrombosis Canada and a Patient Partner for CanVector.

Eddy Lang, MD, MDCM, CCFP(MU) CSPQ
Co-Chair, Social Media Committee

lang-2016-web1Eddy Lang is the Academic and Clinical Department Head and a Professor of the Department of Emergency Medicine, at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. He also holds the position of Senior Researcher with Alberta Health Services. He co-chaired the 2007 Academic Emergency Medicine Consensus Conference on Knowledge Translation which remains an ongoing interest.

Dr. Lang is a member of the GRADE working group and has led the development of GRADE-based clinical practice guidelines in pre-hospital care in the US and is currently engaged in the same activity with the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation.

Dr. Lang is also an award-winning educator having received recognition at both the university, national and international levels. He also serves as Senior Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine and Associate Editor for ACP Journal Club and the International Journal of Emergency Medicine. He also writes a quarterly column for the Calgary Herald on Evidence-Based Medicine.

Lana Castellucci MD, FRCPC, MSc
Co-Chair, Social Media Committee

l-castellucci-2017-web-1Dr. Castellucci is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and Associate Scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Program of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

She received her Doctor of Medicine degree and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She also completed a Critical Care fellowship at the University of Calgary and then completed her training in Thrombosis medicine and earned a Master of Science in Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Castellucci’s primary clinical research interest is in bleeding risks associated with venous thromboembolism and anticoagulation in high risk populations.