CanSAGE4 Faculty

Note: Presentations will be given in English.

Updated April 1, 2019

PRESENTATIONS and SPEAKERS – Thursday, September 26, 2019

Asherman: Finding the way in a sea of adhesions

Keith Isaacson – MD

Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and Infertility, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, Newton, MA

Dr. Keith B. Isaacson was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated cum laude from Tulane University with honors in biology in 1979 and attended medical school at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Isaacson finished his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, LA. He then finished a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and general Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Isaacson was the Division Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Massachusetts General Hospital from 1991 until 2001. In the fall of 2001, he left to open a center for minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and infertility at Newton Wellesley Hospital. He is currently director of the residency and fellowship for minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and infertility. Dr. Isaacson is the Co-Director of the Center for Gynepathology Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Isaacson is the immediate past president of the Society of Reproductive Surgeons (SRS) and the past president of the American Association of Gynecologic Surgeons (AAGL) and AAGL/SRS Fellowship Board of Directors and on the Board of Directors of the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons. His recent awards include the Distinguished Surgeon Award from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Isaacson has focused his clinical career in advance hysteroscopic and laparoscopic procedures in women wishing to maintain their reproductive potential. He has over 75 peer reviewed publications, numerous textbook chapters and had edited two textbooks on laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery.

When complex obstetrics meets gynecology: Invasive placentas

John Kingdom – MD, FRCSC

Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division, University of Toronto, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON

Dr. John Kingdom is Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Toronto and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Medical Imaging & Pathology. He is a Clinician-Scientist and High-Risk Obstetrician in the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division and an Associate Member of the LTRI. He established the Placenta Clinic with his colleague Dr. Rory Windrim in 1999. His current research focuses on improving clinical outcomes in women at risk of “placental insufficiency”, advanced imaging methods in IUGR pregnancies, the non-anticoagulant actions of heparin in-vitro and in-vivo and in the management of invasive placentation.

Cleve Ziegler – MD, FRCSC

Obstetrician Gynecologist, Assistant Professor, Jewish General Hospital / McGill University, Montreal, QC

Dr. Cleve Ziegler is an Obstetrician Gynecologist in practice at the Jewish General Hospital since 1994. He is an Assistant Professor in the McGill Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto Medical School, McGill Residency Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Fellowship Program in Gynecological Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic when MIS was known as “Gynecological surgery”.  Clinical interests include complex open and minimally invasive gynecological surgery, colposcopy and contraception. He has been a member of the residency training committee for over 15 years, was a Royal College examiner, and is involved in continuing medical education for both family physicians and specialists. When he is not busy seeing UFO’s, he can be found on his Vespa trying to survive Montreal traffic.

Leading change: Fostering a respectful workplace at the organization, university and departmental level

Nancy Baxter – MD, PhD, FRCSC

Professor of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

Dr. Nancy Baxter obtained her MD and PhD in Clinical Epidemiology from University of Toronto (UofT).  She is board certified in colon and rectal surgery and a Fellow of the ASCRS. Currently, she is the Head of the Division of General Surgery at St. Michael’s Hospital. She holds a Scientist position with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and is a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).

Dr. Baxter is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and a Professor in the Department of Surgery and Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the UofT. She holds the position of Provincial GI Endoscopy lead for Cancer Care Ontario.

Jubilee Brown – MD

Professor and Associate Director of Gynecologic Oncology, Levine Cancer Institute, Atrium Health, Charlotte, NC

Dr. Jubilee Brown is Professor and Associate Director of Gynecologic Oncology at the Levine Cancer Institute at AtriumHealth in Charlotte, North Carolina, after 17 years at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is the Vice President of the AAGL, chaired the AAGL Anti-Harassment and Diversity Task Force, the Chair of the AAGL Diversity and Inclusion Committee, is a member of the SGO Ethics Committee, and has been the AAGL Spokesperson for Morcellation and Tissue Extraction.

Jayna Holroyd-Leduc – MD, FRCPC

Deputy Head, Dept of Medicine; Division Head and Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine; Brenda Strafford Foundation Chair in Geriatric Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

Dr. Jayna Holroyd-Leduc is an academic geriatrician. She is the Department of Medicine Deputy Head (Academic), Geriatric Medicine Division Head and Professor at the University of Calgary. Her major research interests involve the use of knowledge translation (KT) to improve the care provided to older adults. She is an Associate Editor for the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the Cumming School of Medicine Brenda Strafford Foundation Chair in Geriatric Medicine, and KT Committee Chair of the Canadian Frailty Network.

FRIDAY at CanSAGE4 ...
PRESENTATIONS and SPEAKERS – Friday, September 27, 2019

Understanding chronic pain in the perioperative setting

Sawsan As-Sanie – MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Director of Minimally Invasive GYN Surgery and the Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain Clinic, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Dr. Sawsan As-Sanie is an Associate Professor, Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, and Director of the Endometriosis and Chronic Pelvic Pain Program at the University of Michigan. She is Past-President of the International Pelvic Pain Society and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. Dr. As-Sanie is an NIH-funded clinician scientist who has published and lectured widely on the central nervous mechanisms of chronic pelvic pain and post-surgical pain, with a particular focus on endometriosis-associated pelvic pain.

Nerve sparing in radical endometriosis surgery: Balancing risks

Nucelio Lemos – MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Toronto, Mount Sinai and Women’s College Hospitals, Toronto, ON

Dr. Nucelio Lemos is Associate Professor, University of Toronto, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Mount Sinai and Women’s College Hospitals. Gynecology, Urogynecology and MIS training and PhD in Sao Paulo Brazil; Fellowship in Neuropelveology under Marc Possover, in Switzerland. Dr. Lemos is Past Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the International Continence Society (2013-2016); Founder and Chairman of the Scientific and Education Committee of the Latin American Pelvic Floor Association (ALAPP); and Founding Member of the International Society of Neuropelveology. 

Surgical menopause: Longterm implications and treatment strategies

Lindsay Shirreff – MD, MSc(HQ), FRCSC

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

Dr. Lindsay Shirreff graduated from the Obstetrics and Gynaecology residency program at the University of Toronto. She then completed fellowships in Minimally Invasive Gynaecologic Surgery at St. Michael’s Hospital and Mature Women’s Health and Menopause at Mount Sinai Hospital. She also completed a Master of Science in Healthcare Quality at Queen’s University.  Dr. Shirreff is an assistant professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at University of Toronto and is a member of the Generalist Division at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto.  

Simulation-based surgical education in the era of CBD

Glenn Posner – MDCM, FRCSC, MEd

Associate Professor, uOttawa Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Innovation in Medical Education, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

Dr. Glenn Posner is an Associate Professor and clinician educator in the department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Ottawa. He is the inaugural medical director of the Simulation Patient Safety Program at The Ottawa Hospital, and the medical director of the University of Ottawa Skills & Simulation Centre. Glenn is a Simulation Educator for the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Posner's program of research relates to the assessment of the intrinsic CanMEDS roles and patient-safety competencies using all forms of simulation.   

PRESENTATIONS and SPEAKERS – Saturday, September 28, 2019

Alternatives to mesh for pelvic organ prolapse

Roxana Geoffrion – MDCM, FRCSC

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Dr. Roxana Geoffrion is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia and has a clinical urogynecology practice at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. Dr. Geoffrion completed her medical degree at McGill University in 2001 and her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Ottawa in 2006.  She then pursued subspecialty fellowship training in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Calgary. She serves on the Urogynecology committee of the Society of Obstetrician Gynaecologists of Canada and is the principal author of the upcoming guideline on Surgical Management of Apical Prolapse in Women.  

Medical and surgical management of adenomyosis in infertility

Sarah Maheux-Lacroix – MD, PhD, FRCSC

Gynecologist, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, CHU de Québec, Université Laval, Québec, QC

Dr. Sarah Maheux-Lacroix is a Clinical Investigator and Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology at the CHU de Quebec – Université Laval. During her medical training and residency specialist training in obstetrics-gynecology at Université Laval, she completed a Master’s and PhD in Epidemiology. She then performed a  fellowship in Advanced Gynecologic Laparoscopy at UNSW in Sydney, Australia. Her research, funded by the Fonds de Rercherche en Santé-Québec, focuses on improving the management of women with abnormal uterine bleeding and endometriosis.

Bowel and urologic complications: Help, how can I fix this?

Christina Williams – MD, FRCSC

Clinical Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre, Vancouver, BC

Dr. Christina Williams holds degrees of the University of Barcelona, Spain, the UBC Residency in ObGyn and the UBC REI Fellowship. She has made endometriosis her lifelong interest. Her roles have been Medical Director of the UBC In Vitro Fertilization Program, director and member of the Multidisciplinary Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis program BC Women’s Hospital. She is the Gynecology Resident Director and is engaged in surgical education of Residents and Fellows in the Endometriosis/CPP Program.

Retroperitoneal surgical anatomy: The solution to difficult surgery

Fariba Mohtashami – MD, FRCSC

Head, Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of OBGYN, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Dr. Fariba Mohtashami is Clinical Associate Professor and Head of Division of General OBGYN at UBC. She is passionate about surgical education with emphasis on fundamentals of surgery such as anatomy, dissection, electrosurgery and suturing. She is a regular chair, faculty and speaker at a variety of international courses such as cadaveric anatomy and laparoscopic suturing workshops as well as live animal labs. She has received several awards for outstanding surgical teaching and mentorship. 

Joannie Neveu – MD, FRCSC

Gynecologic-Oncologist – Advance Laparoscopy, and Associate Professor, Bliss Murphy Centre, Memorial University, St. John's, NL

Dr. Joannie Neveu graduated medical school from Sherbrooke University and trained in Ob/Gyn at Memorial University. She completed a first fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at University of Calgary and recently graduated from a second fellowship subspecialty in Gynecologic-Oncology at Université de Montréal. She is now an Associate Professor within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Health Science Centre and a clinician at the Bliss Murphy Centre  in St. John's, NL.

CanSAGE4 Gala –

Bring it on! Strategies for personal resiliency 

Meg Soper – Motivational Humorist Speaker, Toronto, ON

Professional speaker and comedienne Meg Soper is recognized as one of the premiere motivators in North America. She combines her remarkable sense of humour with her unique perspective of life to captivate her audience and provide a presentation filled with inspiration and entertainment.

Meg has appeared as a keynote speaker and feature performer at conferences and corporate functions across North America and internationally. She has shared the stage with such celebrities as Ray Romano and Ellen Degeneres. With over 30 years experience in the health care industry and as a Registered Nurse in the Operating Room, she understands how your attitude affects those around you at home and in the workplace environment. Meg is co-author of the book, “From the Stage to the Page - Life Lessons from Four Funny Ladies”. She has appeared on the CBC Television Network, Women’s Television Network and Prime TV, as well as being featured in many radio programs and comedy festivals. Meg has a tremendous ability to connect with her audience and take every event to a higher level.


Myomectomy approaches and obstetrical considerations 

Darrien Rattray – MD, FRCSC

Associate Program Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Saskatchewan, Regina, SK

I am originally from a small reserve in northern BC.  I went to university and medical school at the University of Alberta.  I did my Obs/Gyne residency training at Dalhousie University in Halifax NS before doing an MIS Fellowship in Regina SK.  I currently practice in Regina where I live with my wife and 2 children.  I am involved in coordinating the MIS Fellowship Program in Regina and I’m the Obs/Gyne Residency Program Director.  I have an interest in fibroids, endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain, and surgical simulation and am involved in several research studies in these areas.