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Internal Medicine Resident University of Toronto Internal Medicine Resident at the University of Toronto  Chief Medical Resident at St. Michael's Hospital  Incoming GI Resident in Toronto

Marysia (Mish)


Nurse Practitioner - Safer Opioid Supply Clinical Lead Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre Marysia (Mish) Waraksa is a Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Lead for the Parkdale Queen West Safer Opioid Supply Program in Toronto, a Health Canada-funded program for people at high risk of harm from the toxic unregulated drug supply. Mish is a consultant for the National Safer Supply Community of Practice (NSS-CoP), providing support to clinicians new to Safer Supply practice. Mish has a passion for creating transformative health care programs for people alienated by our health care system and strives to provide client-centered care for people who use drugs.



Human Resources The Citadel Theatre I am a liver transplant recipient (2018) and an advocate for all individuals (and their support networks) to increase education around liver disease, particularly NASH.



Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto Dr. Weizman is a gastroenterologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Ontario and an Associate  Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba and subsequently did a Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Toronto. He completed the Advanced Fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California and a Master's degree (MSc) in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety from the Institute of Health Policy, Evaluation, and Management at the University of Toronto. His research interests include healthcare quality and health outcomes, with a focus on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Dr. Weizman is the Medical Director of the Centre for Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Mount Sinai Hospital and Head of Quality and Patient Safety for the Division of Gastroenterology at Mount Sinai Hospital and the University Health Network.



Assistant Professor of Medicine Dalhousie University Dr. Williams is a Gastroenterologist and IBD specialist working out of Dartmouth General Hospital, near his hometown of East Preston NS. He runs a busy private GI practice but is also the Internal Medicine Site Lead and Endoscopy Site lead at Dartmouth General Hospital. He is involved in several ongoing initiatives designed to improve cultural competence in medicine and diversity in the institution.



Professor UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN Joyce Wilson received her PhD from Queen’s University, postdoctoral training at the University of Georgia and the University of Toronto and is currently a Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research focuses on how viruses interact with the host and how these interactions can be exploited in antiviral strategies. Her HCV research focuses on how miR-122, a liver specific miRNA promotes HCV infections. MiR-122 is required for efficient genome replication and it an important regulator of HCV tropism to the liver. Her research also investigates virus-host interactions between SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 and how specific mutations affect the pathology of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern. Her research is funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC).



Associate Professor University of Waterloo Dr. Wong is a Decision Modeller and an Associate Professor at the School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo. He is also a member of the Ontario Health Technology Advisory committee (OHTAC) for Ontario Health where he served as a health economics modeling expert for the province. The committee reviews health technology assessments and makes recommendations on which health care services and devices should be publicly funded. Dr. Wong’s research focuses on system-level policy modeling, infectious diseases modeling, particularly in hepatitis B and C, for health technology assessment, cost-effectiveness analysis, and pharmacoeconomics evaluation studies.



Assistant Professor of Medicine University of Toronto/University Health Network Dr. David Wong is a Hepatologist at the University Health Network and St Michael's Hospital in Toronto. He was trained in Cellular Immunology as well as Clinical Hepatology. His clinical interests include Hepatitis B, Alpha-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency, Hepatoma, Alcohol Associated Liver Disease.



Director, Division of Gastroenterology University of Alberta Dr. Clarence Wong is a gastroenterologist, director, and professor with the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Alberta. He is a therapeutic endoscopist focusing on the management of gastrointestinal cancers. He is currently the medical director of both the SHARPGI Central Triage and the Endoscopic Ablation Programs. He helped develop and lead the SCOPE Edmonton zone colon cancer screening program; and was the provincial medical director of the Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening program. Dr. Wong is a Past-President of the Alberta Society of Gastroenterology and was appointed fellow of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAGF) in 2020. Dr. Wong has received awards for excellence in medical education including the Certificate of Merit from the Canadian Association of Medical Education, the University of Alberta Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and has also been awarded the Alberta Medical Association Long-Service Award.

Hannah M.


MSc Student Queen's University Hannah is an MSc student working under the supervision of Dr. Alan Lomax and Dr. Prameet Sheth in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Science at Queen's University. She started her program in September 2021. Hannah received a BSc in Biomedical Science from Trent University. During her undergrad, she completed a clinical placement, an honours thesis, and published two peer reviewed papers. She is the recipient of a CIHR CGS-M award and an aspiring PhD student. In her free time, Hannah enjoys being outside and spending time at the family goat farm.



Associate Professor Western University Dr. Brian Yan is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Western University. He completed his MD at the University of Calgary, Internal Medicine residency at Western University, and Gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Calgary. Dr. Yan received a CIHR Clinical Fellowship to train in Advanced Endoscopy at Stanford University. Dr. Yan joined the Division of Gastroenterology at Western University in 2010 and is currently the Citywide Medical Director of Endoscopy. Dr. Yan is currently the chair of the Division of Gastroenterology Competence Based Medical Education (CBME) Committee, member of the Department of Medicine CBME Committee, and sits on the Western University CBME Steering Committee. Dr. Yan is a member of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) Education Committee and is the outgoing Chair of the Maintenance of Competence subcommittee. Dr. Yan was awarded the Department of Medicine Excellence in Administration Award in 2016, CAG Fellowship in 2020, and the CAG Excellence in Education Award in 2021.



Research associate BC Children's Hospital Research Institute I received a Ph.D. in Veterinary medicine from Seoul National University and studied about mucosal immunology in infectious diseases using animal model. I joined Bruce Vallance lab in BC Children’s hospital Research Institute for postdoc training and focused on human enteric bacterial infection in mouse. Recently, I established a mouse model for an E. coli pathobiont isolated from UC patient and identified its virulence factors important in its pathogenesis and published the study in Gut Microbe a couple of years ago. Now I continue my work as a research associate in Bruce Vallance lab for further investigation about how the host interact with pathobiont at mucosal surface.



Publisher, OA Journals Oxford University Press Sara is a Chicago-based Publisher on OUP's Open Access team, where she manages a portfolio of Gold OA neuroscience and medicine journals, including the Journal of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology. Prior to joining OUP, she spent time at Cambridge University Press and Springer Nature.



Resident/Fellow in Gastroenterology University of Toronto Russell is currently a PGY4 in gastroenterology at the University of Toronto. Prior to this, he attended medical school at McGill University, where he also completed his internal medicine residency. Russell has an MSc in Global Health from McMaster University, with a specialization in the global burden of disease.



Executive Director AIDS Committee Newfoundland & Labrador Gerard Yetman, BA, B Ed, M.A . Gerard is one of the founding members of the Newfoundland & Labrador AIDS Committee (ACNL) and serves as the Executive Director of ACNL and The Tommy Sexton Centre. Gerard has served on provincial, regional and national Boards of Directors of AIDS Service Organizations and is presently the Chair of Action Hepatitis Canada and Co-Chair of the Atlantic Interdisciplinary Research Network. Gerard has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS for 33 Years.



Nurse Practitioner University Health Network Colina Yim is a nurse practitioner from the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease where she has worked for 3 decades with clinical focuses on viral hepatitis and decompensated liver disease. She received her Master’s in Nursing from U of Toronto, has an adjunct appointment with the faculty of Nursing. She is the founding president of the CAHN. Colina has been involved in many education and leadership initiatives at national and international levels. She has also established the Chinese Hepatitis B peer support group a decade ago which is still going strong.



Associate Professor University of Alberta Dr. Zepeda-Gómez is the Director of the Endoscopy Unit, Program Director of the Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy Fellowship, and Co-Director of the Small Bowel Endoscopy Program at the University of Alberta. His main areas of expertise include endoscopic mucosal resection, pancreatico-biliary diseases, balloon-assisted endoscopy including balloon-assisted ERCP, endoscopic treatment of Zenker’s diverticulum and enteral stenting for malignant and non-malignant strictures