CanSAGE3 Invited Faculty


Thursday, September 27

Surgery, an extreme sport? Why physician wellness matters

Jane Lemaire – University of Calgary

Dr. Jane Lemaire is a Clinical Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine, and Vice Chair, Physician Wellness and Vitality, Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She is also the Wellness Lead at the W21C Research and Innovation Center at the University of Calgary. Dr. Lemaire’s research interest is in physician wellness.

Friday, September 28

Leading change

Michael Gardam – Humber River Hospital

Dr. Michael Gardam is a pioneer of using complexity science approaches to improve healthcare in Canada and internationally. He is currently the Program Director of the York University Physician Leadership Development Program and an instructor for Joule. Michael is Chief of Staff at Humber River Hospital and an associate professor of medicine at University of Toronto.

Saturday, September 29

Endometriosis and co-morbidity: Coincidence or cause?

Stacey Missmer – Michigan State University

In 2003, Prof. Stacey Missmer joined the Harvard faculty–her alma mater. She is Scientific Director of the Boston Center for Endometriosis, WES Treasurer, ASRM Endometriosis SIG Chair, and leads WERF EPHect with Krina Zondervan. Dr. Missmer became an endowed Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Michigan State University in 2016.

PANEL DISCUSSION – Thursday, September 27
Medico-legal aspects of MIS: from philosophy to practicality

MIS: Can we stay out of trouble?

Guylaine Lefebvre – Canadian Medical Protective Association

Dr. Lefebvre completed medical school and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Ottawa, and did her fellowship in advanced gynecologic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She was chief of obstetrics and gynecology at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, where she also directed a fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. Dr. Lefebvre was President of the SOGC in 2007-08.  She received the inaugural joint chair of women’s health for St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto.  In August 2015 she returned to Ottawa, joining the CMPA as Director of Practice Improvement.

How can we avoid/mitigate surgical complications

Philippe Laberge – Université Laval, CHU de Québec

Dr. Laberge is currently professor in the Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology at Laval University and chief of Gynecology at the CHUL.  Dr. Laberge’s interests are in gynecology, mainly laparoscopic and hysteroscopic procedures and related clinical teaching and research. Dr. Laberge has written numerous articles and done many clinical courses and preceptorships in endoscopic surgery across Canada, the United States and Europe since 1991. He is currently Director of the Laval University fellowship in advanced laparoscopy and hysteroscopy.  

INVITED SPEAKERS – Friday, September 28

Endometriosis-associated infertility: Surgery or IVF?

Mohamed Bedaiwy – University of British Columbia

Mohamed Bedaiwy MD, PhD, is Professor with tenure and Division Head of REI, FoM, UBC. He is double certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in general obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He is a fellow of the RCPSC. He has over 250 publications, including 132 peer-reviewed, cited more than 6000 times with an i-10 index of 84 and H index of 41 according to Google Scholar.

Cannabinoids 101: 

What we know and what remains to be determined

Robert Laprairie – University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Robert Laprairie is back home as Assistant Professor and GlaxoSmithKline Chair in Drug Discovery and Development in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan. Originally born here, Robert did his BSc. in Biochemistry at the U of S, followed by an MSc and PhD at Dalhousie University. Robert then moved down to The Scripps Research Institute in Florida to conduct a postdoctoral fellowship. Robert has been researching cannabinoids since 2010, with a special focus on neurological diseases.

DEBATE – Saturday, September 29
"Be it resolved that there is no shame in a minimally invasive hysterectomy for the treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding in 2018."
The mentor versus the minions…

Conservative Perspective:

John Thiel – University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Thiel is a Clinical Professor and the Provincial Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Saskatchewan. He is the director of the postgraduate fellowship program in Minimally Invasive Gynecology for the University of Saskatchewan. He has been awarded both the CREOG and APGO Excellence in Teaching Awards for resident teaching and the 2010 Golden Hysteroscope award for best hystereoscopy paper at the 39th Global Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery. His clinical and research interests include intra-operative evaluation, hysteroscopic tubal sterilization, alternatives for fibroid management, endometrial ablation and chronic pelvic pain.

Pro Perspective:

Karine Lortie – University of Ottawa

Dr. Lortie is an assistant professor with the University of Ottawa’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She completed her medical training at the University of Ottawa, obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Saskatchewan and Ottawa and fellowship training in minimally invasive gynecology, endoscopic surgery and urogynecology with the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Lortie is the AAGL MIG cofellowship Director in Ottawa.

Medical Perspective:

Darrien Rattray – University of Saskatchewan

Originally from a small reserve in northern BC, Dr. Rattray attended the University of Alberta and did his Obs/Gyne residency training at Dalhousie University prior to a MIG Fellowship in Regina under Dr. John Thiel. He is the Obs/Gyne Residency Program Director with the University of Saskatchewan, as well as the Simulation co-director for the program. Darrien has an interest in fibroids, endometriosis, hysteroscopic sterilization, chronic pelvic pain, and surgical simulation and is involved in several research studies in these areas. He is also a huge fan of the Patriots and likes flashy socks.

Updated May 7, 2018