Speakers


 
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Adam Bass

Dr. Adam Bass is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Cumming School of Medicine. He is a general nephrologist and a medical educator.

 
 
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Fergus Caskey

Dr Caskey is a nephrologist, consultant senior lecturer and medical director of the UK Renal Registry. Having graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1993, he went on to obtain a Masters in Public Health and Health Services Research and then an MD in the Cost-effectiveness of Dialysis in Europe from the University of Aberdeen.

He undertook his specialty training in the south west of England and after a year at the German Renal Registry in 2004/5 was appointed consultant nephrologist in Bristol in 2005. After a number of years collaborating with colleagues in renal registries in the UK and Europe, Dr Caskey was appointed medical director of the UK Renal Registry in 2013. As well as supporting the core audit and quality improvement functions of the Registry, he has built a programme of health services research that has moved its research from being core-funded to being externally and competitively funded. His research interests include the epidemiology of chronic kidney disease and end stage kidney disease particularly around equity, the application of mixed methods research to understand the reasons behind observed differences, and the measurement of patient reported outcomes. He is increasingly involved in randomised trials embedded routine healthcare data and is lead investigator for two such trials – Prepare for Kidney Care and the High-volume haemodiafiltration vs High-flux Haemodialysis Registry Trial.

Dr Caskey recently moved to being primarily employed by Population Health Sciences at the University of Bristol and is part of and Bristol Renal research group.

 
 
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Sandra Cockfield

Dr. Sandra Cockfield received both her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Toronto. After completing residency training in general internal medicine and nephrology in Toronto, followed by a research fellowship in transplant immunology In Edmonton, she joined the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta. She is currently a Professor of Medicine and is the Medical Director of the Renal Transplant Program and Co-Director of the Living Kidney Donor Program of Alberta Kidney Care North.

 
 
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Sandeep Dhillon

Sandeep is a nephrology pharmacist at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton where she has worked since completing her BScPharm at the University of Alberta, and her hospital residency in Calgary. Her clinical interests have a particular focus on nephrology, antimicrobial stewardship, and quality improvement. In her free time, Sandeep enjoys dancing. She’s perfected the art of the floss.

 
 
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Maoliosa Donald

Maoliosa Donald is a Senior Research Associate in the Division of Nephrology, University of Calgary. Her research focuses on using pragmatic research approaches to identify strategies to improve personcentered care for individuals with chronic kidney disease. She is interested in bridging the gap between evidence and practice, focusing on features that lead to successful adoption and sustainability of interventions in order to maximize effective outcomes important to patients.

 
 
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Janine Farragher

Dr. Janine Farragher is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Calgary, with a keen interest in investigating fatigue management strategies for people with chronic kidney disease. Dr. Farragher’s clinical background is in occupational therapy. She completed her PhD at the University of Toronto’s Rehabilitation Sciences Institute in 2018, where she developed and tested a novel rehabilitative approach to fatigue management (energy management education) in people on chronic dialysis therapy. Dr. Farragher was awarded a prestigious Vanier Scholarship and a KRESCENT Allied Health Doctoral Award to undertake this doctoral work. Dr. Farragher’s broader research interests all center around exploring occupational therapy solutions, that can improve the independence and quality of life of people with chronic kidney disease.

 
 
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Louis Girard

Dr. Louis Girard is a Clinical Associate Professor and Nephrologist at the University of Calgary. He is the Medical Director of Glomerulonephritis and Apheresis. Dr. Girard has a strong research interest in therapeutics for patients with GN, Vasculitis, and Genetic Kidney Disease.

 
 


Janis Heal

Janis Heal is the nurse clinician on the home hemodialysis unit for AKC - South.

 
 
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Eleanor Hollenbeck

Born in Ireland, Eleanor immigrated to Canada at age 9. Shortly after that, Eleanor was diagnosed with renal failure. She first went on to peritoneal dialysis, then hemodialysis. She has had two transplants, a live one from her father lasting only a few years, and a cadaver lasting 16 years. She is currently on hemodialysis. 

Eleanor works for the Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA). She believes the patient voice is paramount to understanding the nature of illness and its long-lasting effects and to influence and improve the delivery of care.

In her spare time, Eleanor likes to read, colour, and spend time with friends and family.

 
 
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Natalie Ilkiw

Natalie Ilkiw joined the Kidney Health Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) in 2017 as the Quality Improvement Consultant. This role has allowed her to apply her background in clinical experience, research, and program development to contribute to quality improvement initiatives throughout Southern Alberta Renal Program (SARP). Prior to her role with the SCN, Natalie worked as a kinesiologist with the Primary Care Network, Alberta Healthy Living Program, and SARP to improve patient quality of life through activity. Natalie obtained her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at the University of Alberta and MBA from Queen’s University.

 
 
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Kailash Jindal

Dr. Kailash Jindal is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology Dept. of Medicine University of Alberta. He is the Medical director for AKC North and Co chair of AKC council. His clinical and research interest includes CKD, Diabetic Kidney disease and Dialysis.

 
 
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Sharon Kelly

Sharon Kelly graduated from a hospital based school of nursing in Toronto, Ontario. This was followed by a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Calgary. Since 1990, she has worked as a diabetes educator. She began work with diabetes and chronic kidney disease in 1997. She has provided diabetes related counselling to people with stage 4 – 5 CKD, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and transplant. Because there are very few people who specialize in diabetes care in this population, there is very little written. The people she has cared for have been great teachers who have allowed her to learn from their experiences. Finding academic validation for glycemic profiles in this group continues to be an ongoing and fascinating endeavor.

 
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Scott Klarenbach

Dr. Scott Klarenbach is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, and Assistant Dean, Health Outcomes at the University of Alberta. His research interests include health outcomes and health economics research has conducted numerous economic evaluations and health technology assessments for both chronic and acute conditions. He holds the Kidney Health Research Chair at the University of Alberta, and is the co-Scientific Director of the Kidney Health SCN.

 
 
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Kali Lehman

Kali Lehman has worn many hats. Of all of her roles, being a mom is the most important to her. It was the introduction into this role that also introduced her to the world of kidney disease.

 
 
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Adeera Levin

Dr Levin is a Professor of Medicine, Head Division of Nephrology at the University of British Columbia,  and Consultant nephrologist at Providence Health Care/ St Paul’s Hospital, in Vancouver Canada.

 She is the Executive Director of the BC Renal Agency, which oversees the care, planning and budgets for Kidney services in the province of British Columbia

 She is active in international activities across the spectrum of kidney education, research and administrative activities, and was past President of International Society of Nephrology (ISN), from 2015-17). And a founding member of the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG). She advocates for patient rights to equitable access to care, and in the prevention of exploitation of vulnerable populations.

 Her major research interests include  CVD in CKD patients, variability in the progression of CKD and optimal models of care. She has over 300 peer reviewed publications, and numerous book chapters. She is the Principal Investigator on a patient oriented network grant CAN SOLVE CKD.

 Her teaching and research awards include :Canadian Society of Nephrology Outstanding Contributions to Canadian Nephrology(2013), Kidney Foundation Research Medal of Excellence (2014),  and is a fellow of Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2014), and the Aubrey J Tingle Research Award for contributions to the province of BC (2015). In 2015,  she was awarded the highest civilian honour in Canada, The Order of Canada, for her contributions to the life of Canadians.

 
 
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Jennifer MacRae

Dr MacRae is an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine with a cross appointment with the Department of Cardiac Sciences. 

Her clinical and research interests revolve around improving the care of hemodialysis and she uses her administrative role of Medical Director for Hemodialysis for Alberta Kidney Care South to strive toward this goal.

 
 
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Magdalena Michalska

Dr. Magdalena Michalska is a general nephrologist working at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and University Hospital in Edmonton. She graduated from Warsaw Medical University in Poland and did her Internal Medicine and Nephrology training at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She also did training in renal disease in pregnancy at the University of Toronto. Her special interest is renal disease in women of reproductive age and she has been involved in preconception counselling, pregnancy and postpartum management of women at different stages of renal disease including dialysis and transplant patients. She has developed subspecialty Obstetric Nephrology Clinic and information booklets for women of reproductive age with renal disease.

 
 
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Valerie O'Leary

40 plus years of Nephrology nursing including 16 years of peritoneal dialysis, 24 years in Hemodialysis with experience as unit manager of the home dialysis programs. Currently in the position of Vascular access nurse in the NARP program.

 
 
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Kelly Picard

Kelly Picard graduated with honours from the dietetics program at the University of British Columbia. In BC, she worked with the Fraser Health Authority in Diabetes and Hemodialysis.  She has also worked in Haida Gwaii working with first nations and chronic disease management. Kelly started working with for Alberta Kidney Care in 2015, in the Diabetes Nephropathy Prevention Clinic and the Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton.

 
 
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Nathalie Saad

Nathalie is an Endocrinologist based out of the South Health Campus and her clinical practice includes transgender medicine, general diabetes, general endocrinology and diabetes in pregnancy. In her transgender practice, she sees patients 16 years old and older to provide gender-affirming hormonal therapy.

 
 
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Marta Shaw

Marta Shaw is an MD/PhD student at the University of Calgary. She defended her PhD thesis in 2018 in the department of Community Health Sciences. Her thesis work was focused on the development and implementation of an integrated knowledge translation team process intervention to improve Advance Care Planning in a hospital setting.

 
 
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Hilary Short

Hilary Short is a Research Coordinator for the Alberta PROMs and EQ-5D Research Support Unit (APERSU) at the University of Alberta, conducting research related to patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) and health-related quality of life in various patient populations. Hilary previously worked for the Clinical Trials Program in the Division of Nephrology at the University of Alberta Hospital, coordinating various drug and observational trials in renal transplant, dialysis, and renal insufficiency patient populations. Hilary holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology and a Master of Science in Health Policy Research from the University of Alberta.

 
 


Joyce van Deurzen

The Executive Director of both the Southern Alberta Branch and the Saskatchewan Branch of The Kidney Foundation of Canada.  Holds a master’s degree in management from McGill University and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Calgary.

 
 
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Nancy Verdin

Nancy retired 2016 after 30 years as an orthopedic occupational therapist. She has lived with kidney failure for 31 years. Her lived experience made joining PIKS the perfect avenue for patient driven  changes to the dialysis system. Working with Rachel Lewis has broadened her experience both with research and patient directed change.

 
 
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Tracy Wasylak

Tracy Wasylak is the Chief Program Officer, Strategic Clinical Networks™ with Alberta Health Services.  She has held numerous senior leadership roles within Alberta Health Services and the previous Calgary Health Region. Tracy holds an adjunct assistant professor appointment with the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary.  Tracy received the Order of Merit, Nursing Policy Award, from the Canadian Nurses Association in March 2018. She was the recipient of the 2015 AHS Presidents Excellence Award in the category of Innovation.

 
 
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Tracy Zeiler

Registered Nurse with AHS for 30 years. Started nephrology in 1988 as a frontline staff nurse for 3 years. Worked in emergency and operating room nursing.  Returned to nephrology working as a hemodialysis nurse in 2002. In 2005, started working in peritoneal dialysis. Transitioned to the Modality Educator role within AB Kidney Care – South in 2015, providing modality education to patients in all stages of chronic kidney disease. Focus is on transplant, peritoneal , home hemo and facility based dialysis and conservative care to enable patients to make informed decisions of the choice of treatment that best suits their lifestyle.

 
 


Lauren Zanussi

Dr. Lauren Zanussi has degrees in Biochemistry and Medicine before being trained in psychiatry at the University of Calgary.  He has been working with patients with serious medical conditions and their mental health concerns for the past 15 years.  He is a highly awarded educator and head of the psychiatry test committee for the Medical Council of Canada.  He is currently working as a consultant psychiatrist for the Southern Alberta Transplant Program and the Site Chief for Psychiatry at the Foothills Medical Centre.

 
 
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Sylvia Zuidema

Sylvia is a Nurse Practitioner who has worked in the Nephrology service at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for 15 years.  Her areas of responsibility are inpatient Nephrology,  Consults and Hemodialysis rounds. 

Recently Sylvia has perfected the art of an Axe throw.  In the event of a Zombie Apocalypse she will  be ready.