Expert Lunch  – THURSDAY 12:00 – 13:00

Six participants plus one expert per table; Sign up for the topic of interest
Ticketed event (limited seating)
TwentyTwo, The Westin Ottawa – 22nd floor
Note: Presentations will be given in English.

Updated April 2, 2019

Appendectomy in gynecology - This table is complete

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.

“In the bag” – Morcellation techniques and safety - This table is complete

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.

Everything you wanted to know about medical marijuana (and more!) - This table is complete

Rahim Dhalla – PharmD, MBA

Owner/Founder of Hybrid Pharm, Doctor of Pharmacy, Pharmacist, ​Ottawa, ON

Dr. Rahim Dhalla graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 2009 with a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree and earned an MBA in 2013 at Bryant University in Rhode Island. After completion, Rahim returned to Ottawa to run the family pharmacy practice. However, his father passed in late 2016 with Stage 4 colon cancer. It was from this experience, that Rahim founded Hybrid Pharm, Canada’s 1st cannabis specialty compounding pharmacy. 

Laparoscopy in the pregnant patient

Srinivasan Krishnamurthy – MD, FRCS(Ed), FRCOG

Associate Professor, Vice Chair of Education, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, McGill University and McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, QC

Dr. Srinivasan Krishnamurthy works at McGill University Health Centre as an attending Obstetrician & Gynecologist since arriving from the UK in 2000. He trained in ObGyn in Glasgow and Dundee in the UK and obtained his pelvic surgery fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and is a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, United Kingdom. His special interests include medical education, PCOS & operative gynecology. He has been actively involved in training medical students and residents  over the last 25 years  both in the UK and Canada.

Transitioning from residency to fellowship to practice with success

André Laroche – MD, FRCSC

Chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Humber River Hospital, Toronto, ON

Dr. Andre LaRoche is currently Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Director of the Maternal/Child Program and Division Head of Gynecologic Surgery at Humber River Hospital in Toronto. He completed his residency at McMaster University before heading to the University of Ottawa to complete a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecology. He is an adjunct professor with McMaster University and an assistant professor at Queen’s University.

Choosing leadership: Empowering women to embrace leadership

Guylaine Lefebvre – MD, FRCSC, FRCOG

Director, Practice Improvement, Safe Medical Care, Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA), Ottawa, ON

Dr. Guylaine Lefebvre completed medical school and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Ottawa. She then completed a fellowship in advanced gynecologic surgery at the Mayo Clinic. After 10 years on staff at the Civic site of the Ottawa Hospital, she joined St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. At St. Michael’s she was chief of obstetrics and gynecology, and chaired the hospital’s medical advisory committee. Dr. Lefebvre was a member of the Board of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada for over a decade, serving as president in 2007–08. She has contributed to provincial and national education bodies including committees of the Medical Council of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Lefebvre received an honourary fellowship to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award for her work in women’s health. In August 2015 she returned to Ottawa, joining the Canadian Medical Protective Association as director of practice improvement within the safe medical care group.

How to use surgical videos to improve your practice

Eliane Shore – MD, MSc, FRCSC

Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, St Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

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 technology to enhance surgical performance, and clinical gynecology. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and actively involved in the Residency Program. 

Elevated BMI and gynecologic surgery: Avoiding pitfalls and pearls for success

Jackie Thurston – MSc, MD, FRCSC

Assistant Professor, Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

Dr. Jackie Thurston is a member of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, at the University of Calgary. She completed her MIGS fellowship training at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and concurrently obtained a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Quality through Queen’s University.  Prior to this, her MD/MSc degrees and residency training in obstetrics & gynecology were done at the University of Calgary.