CanSAGE Board of Directors
MEET THE CANDIDATES
MEMBER AT LARGE – This position is intended for a community-based practicing gynecologist from either a rural or an urban center. The responsibilities will include the conduct, management and control of the affairs and business of CanSAGE, including making rules and regulations consistent with the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. They will foster and promote publications and contributions to medical and other scientific literature connected to the objects and purposes of CanSAGE. The term of this position will be two years.
Dr. Huse Kamencic
Dr. Kamencic received his medical degree from the University of Sarajevo. He worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow and taught Anatomy at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Then he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Saskatchewan. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Saskatchewan. He then took a clinical fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecology in Regina. Since 2008 he has been actively involved in teaching fellows and residents Minimally Invasive Surgery in Regina. Dr. Kamencic has received several research awards and awards for outstanding teaching. He was a Royal College examiner for the last 5 years. His major research areas include pelvic floor myalgia, endometriosis, pelvic pain, and QI projects in the OR. He also completed the 2019-2020 Saskatchewan Leadership Program.
Thank you for considering my application to be a Board Member for CanSAGE.
I believe that with my background (basic and clinical research, teaching activities, and leadership skills) I can make significant contributions to our Society. I am currently the Scientific Program Co-Chair for CanSAGE at home. Since 2008 I have been a preceptor for the Fellowship program in Minimally Invasive Gynecology at the University of Saskatchewan. Early in my residency I realized the importance of using a minimally invasive approach in the treatment in many gynecologic conditions. At that time there were limited spots to obtain additional training in Minimally Invasive Gynecology. I strive to be a preceptor who can teach our residents and fellows and collaborate with colleagues across the country in this field. I believe that communication and research collaboration in our discipline is key to achieving success. Through our Society I aim to deliver better medical education for our trainees, provide better care for our patients, increase public awareness of our work in research, and promote excellence in gynecology. Being a Board Member will allow me to accomplish these goals.
Dr. Shiraz Moola
I am a rural Obgyn in Nelson BC and have been in practice for 18 years. I trained at Queens University for medicine and the University of Toronto for residency. I have also worked as a clinical associate in gyn oncology at the University of Western Ontario. I hold a faculty teaching position at UBC. In addition, I am a researcher with the UBC centre for Rural Health. Current grant-funded projects include a unique rural telehealth project, the MOM ( Mobile Maternity). My hobbies include helping to raise three children, creative cooking and mountain biking.
I wish to be considered for the member at large position because I believe I have a lot to offer the board and the CanSAGE organization.
I have had the privilege to practice from Charlottetown to Whitehorse in rural, urban community and academic centres. I feel this pan Canadian and broad clinical experience has given me a comprehensive perspective. I have an interest in MIS surgery and have a strong desire to disseminate the skill set broadly. To this end, I have welcomed practicing Obgyns and residents to our centre to help preceptor them. I feel strongly that MIS expertise and surgery should be available to all Canadians regardless of their geography. I currently possess a leadership role within our local hospital and regionally. I think this skill set would be an asset to the CanSAGE organization. I am also involved with local initiatives regarding anti-racism in medicine. I would hope to leverage these experiences to help foster a national conversation regarding women's health regarding access and improved outcomes for "BIPOC" patients and other vulnerable populations. I also wish to develop a Canadian gyn online network to support each other and our patients for optimal care.
Dr. Cici Zhu
My name is Cici Zhu, and I am an Obstetrician-Gynecologist working at North York General Hospital in Toronto. After finishing residency at Western University, I pursued Fellowships in both Minimally Invasive Gynecology and Medical Education/Simulation. I am now expanding my practice in the North York community, promoting medical and surgical management of complex gynecology, as well as utilizing my medical education background as the OBGYN resident coordinator for my site with the University of Toronto. Outside work, I love reading, traveling, spending precious time with friends and family, and I am now finally learning how to cook (currently beginner level).
I have been lucky enough to be a part of CanSAGE since the beginning of my career, from a first year fellow attending my first conference to becoming an active member.
Over the years, I have witnessed the community grow and thrive, and watched the conference become an important national platform for gynecological research and surgical advancement. The community has also given me amazing opportunities to present my own research and videos on a national stage to colleagues that I respect and admire, and I owe no small part of my career to the connections I have made at CanSAGE conferences. I am therefore committed to the success and promotion of CanSAGE, having firsthand experience its impact on gynecological advancement. Because of this, I would be honoured to have a role as Member at Large on the CanSAGE Board of Directors. With my background in MIS and medical education, I would be an asset with regards to supporting research, disseminating ideas, and understanding the society’s goals. I would be grateful and eager, and will work so hard, to continue the great work that has been done already to expand the society to even higher standards. Thank you for your consideration.
ONTARIO REPRESENTATIVE – The responsibilities will include the conduct, management and control of the affairs and business of CanSAGE, including making rules and regulations consistent with the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. They will foster and promote publications and contributions to medical and other scientific literature connected to the objects and purposes of CanSAGE. The term of this position will be two years.
Dr. Leslie Po
Dr. Leslie Po is an Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. She currently practices at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where she completed training as an AAGL Fellow in Minimally Invasive Surgery. Dr. Po holds a Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and will be obtaining a Certificate in Knowledge Translation. Dr. Po’s research interest is in quality improvement and patient safety (QIPS). She is a member of the executive committee for QIPS at the University of Toronto and is involved nationally with the SOGC in their Gynecology Clinical Practice Guidelines and Choosing Wisely Canada Committees.
Thank you for considering my nomination for Ontario Representative on the CanSAGE Board of Directors.
As the Ontario Representative, I would continue to promote CanSAGE’s mission of providing quality care for complex gynecologic conditions. Canada, and in particular Ontario, is vast with a culturally and ethnically diverse population. CanSAGE has the opportunity to identify barriers to accessing care and the ability to assess the implication on outcomes for Canadian gynecologic patients. As a minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon with experience in quality improvement and patient safety, my goal is to advocate for safe, effective, patient-centered care which is delivered in a timely, efficient, and equitable manner. I plan on developing a platform to bridge the gap between research, policy, and practice. There is a tremendous amount of excellent research being performed across Canada. However, it can be challenging to keep up with new developments. I intend on fostering collaborative research and education throughout both Ontario and Canada, as well as developing partnerships between academic, community, and rural gynecologic surgeons to ensure knowledge is shared in a timely manner. Thank you again for your consideration. I look forward to representing Ontario gynecologists and minimally invasive surgeons as a CanSAGE Board Member.
Dr. Abheha Satkunaratnam
I am an academic community-hospital based obstetrician, gynaecologist, colposcopist and minimally invasive surgeon at the University of Toronto. I am a recognized expert in minimally invasive surgery and pelvic floor reconstructive surgery. I hold administrative and leadership positions in clinical programs which I have developed and implemented. I have strong relationships with thought leaders, academics, practitioners and industry within the field of gynaecology. I am also involved in education at both the leadership and mentorship level for undergraduate, post-graduate, and continuing medical education programs for faculty. I have over 15 years of clinical, educational and administrative experience.
It is with enthusiasm and optimism that I apply for the position of Ontario Representative on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Society for the Advancement of Gynecologic Excellence.
I have had the fortune to be part of the Canadian gynaecologic surgery landscape for more than 15 years and have seen the work and determination that finally lead to the successful formation of this society. It is with this background and drive, that I respectfully submit my nomination for this position. As Ontario representative, I hope to share and use my extensive experience and knowledge of working, and now leading women’s health initiatives in our country. I have held various leadership positions that would be relevant to this role, the most current of which as Chief of a large community-based academic hospital in the greater Toronto region. I have a deep understanding of our healthcare system and the intricacies therein. I continue to be engaged in the academic arena of gynaecology excellence and am determined to foster and promote excellent work in this area. I believe that the Society would benefit in having me as their representative, and I humbly ask for your support. Thank you! Abheha
Dr. Eliane Shore
Dr. Eliane Shore is a member of the division of Gynaecologic Surgery and Pelvic Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. Shore has a diverse practice including low risk obstetrics, advanced gynecological surgery, colposcopy and management of vulvar disorders. Dr. Shore’s research interests include surgical simulation, surgical education, resident selection, use of videos and technology to enhance surgical performance (the Operating Room Black Box), and clinical gynecology. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and actively involved in the Residency Program.
I would like the opportunity to work with the CanSAGE executive to influence education and change at a national level.
I am a MIGS staff at St Michael's Hospital in Toronto. I have attended and participated in the last several CanSAGE meetings. I have been so impressed by the quality of the speakers at the meetings and the outstanding group of Canadian MIGS surgeons that CanSAGE has unified. I would like the opportunity to work with the CanSAGE executive to influence education and change at a national level. I bring experience in surgical education and simulation along with use surgical videos to facilitate education to the position, which is even more important in the COVID-19 climate.
FELLOW REPRESENTATIVE – This position is intended for a first-year fellow. They will hold an ex officio non-voting role on the Board and will be responsible for the representation of fellow and trainee concerns and for communication of relevant Board and CanSAGE issues to the Canadian fellowship group. The term of this position will be one year.
Dr. Siddhi Mathur
I am a first-year fellow at Mount Sinai hospital in Toronto, ON and I hope to represent your interests at the CanSAGE Board of Directors. I completed my residency at the University of Toronto and prior to that I received my medical degree at the University of Ottawa and a Masters in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University. I have long been an advocate for my peers and worked in curriculum development in Global Health, surgical coaching, resident teaching and building research capacity within the program. Most recently, I served as the resident representative on the Ob/Gyn Research Committee and Academic Half-day Committee.
I have developed a passion for advanced surgery, academic medicine and research.
As the Fellow representative I hope to further build our community of fellows. I intend to create a support and resource network for each other that spans province boundaries and health systems as the differences in our training programs and diversity of experience is our collective strength. I hope, through this community, to create a formal Research Symposium where we can have the opportunity to comment on projects, support and challenge each other to grow beyond our respective fellowships. I have demonstrated my fit for this role with different academic leadership and education experiences during my residency training and currently serve as the Co-Chair of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident Half-Day Committee where I advocate for my peers and our learning objectives. I have also engaged in the greater Ob-Gyn community by attending workshops such as the Council on Residency Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident Course with the aim to further my leadership and academic development. With your support we can create formal and informal spaces of collaboration to learn and grow from our unique experiences and collectively continue the build excellence in Gynecology.
Dr. Elizabeth Miazga
My name is Liz Miazga and I am a first year MIS fellow at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. I am originally from Saskatoon and did my undergraduate degree at McGill University. I completed medical school and residency training at the University of Toronto. I am interested in health policy, advocacy and global health and am pursuing a Master of Laws in Health Law at York University during fellowship. When I’m not at work I enjoy playing basketball, traveling and baking.
I want to be the fellow representative as I have substantial experience in these types of administrative roles and really enjoy contributing back to organizations I am a part of.
I have been an active member representing my peers on governing bodies since my undergraduate training; most recently I was a representative on the resident program committee for the past 5 years. CanSAGE is a great organization and has become an even stronger community during the past few stressful months. As the fellow representative I would work with the board to find novel ways to offer a fellows bootcamp this year and continue building upon the excellent virtual education currently offered. I would love to be the voice of trainees on the board and work to make this organization even stronger.
The CanSAGE Nominating Committee for this year will be Catherine Allaire, Liane Belland and Jamie Kroft (Current President, Vice-President and Secretary).
The Nominating Committee will distribute the confidential ballots and list of nominees and job description for each position at 0700h EST 17 August 2020, voting will close at 1700h EST 14 September 2020.
Each CanSAGE member shall be entitled to cast one vote by ballot for each of the Director positions to be filled.
Nominees receiving the most votes will be elected to the Board.
The results of the election shall be announced at the Annual Meeting (virtual meeting on September 26, 2020).
The new Board will hold a meeting in September 2020.
Only CanSAGE members in good standing will be entitled to vote (dues paid for current term June 30, 2020 to June 1, 2021).
Thank you for your involvement in CanSAGE!
Catherine Allaire, Liane Belland, and Jamie Kroft