Our strategy is to further expand the members of the Board and to include potential major strategic supporting organizations that have interest in the mission and goals of CanHealth, and that share our values.
Dr. Karim Qayumi,MD, PhD, FRCSC
is the founder and CEO of CanHealth International. Dr. Qayumi fled Afghanistan in 1983 but has maintained strong ties to his home country and believes health care will play a vital role in Afghanistan’s reconstruction. He is a professor and Director of the University of British Columbia … Read more
spent a decade fundraising for Vancouver General Hospital and its related institutions and has a deep respect for the role health care plays in society. He joined CanHealth International because he sees its potential to assist some of our world’s neediest people.
Dr. Richard Finley, MD FRCSC FACS FACCP
Chair of CESEI, is a thoracic surgeon and educator. He received a Master Teacher award from UBC. One of CESEI’s founding board members and past vice-president of the American College of Surgeons, he has focused on improving health care education throughout his career
Mr. André Nudelman, MBA
was born in Brazil and now lives in Vancouver. Mr. Nudelman is the president of the Canadian Education Services Latin America – Maple Bear South America. As chair and president of the Canadian Forum for the Americas,… Read more
Dr. Ryan Wiley, PhD
works on health care related partnerships, research and commercialization initiatives and economic development as President of Shift Health. Dr. Wiley has extensive experience i… Read more
Ms. BJ Skladanowski
Business Operations Manager, BC Provincial Health Services Authority. Ms. Skladanowski brings 15 years of international management experience in public and private sectors of education, healthcare, and government not-for-profit. She has … Read more
Dr. Michael JanuszMD, FRCSC
is the Director of Thoracic Aortic Surgery Service and is a Clinical Professor at the University of British Columbia. He serves as a cardiothoracic surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital where he specializes in major aortic disease, ventricular remodelling, valve-sparing aortic root replacement, spinal cord protection during descending and thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery, thoracic stents among others. … Read more
CanHealth aims to form a powerful, inter-professional Advisory Council consisting of internationally recognized medical educators with exceptional talent and expertise in health education.
The function of this Council is to support and amplify the curricular and academic strengths of CanHealth, in curricular development and prioritization of specific programs for individual country needs, distribution, and market development. The Advisory Council oversees the quality of curricula and ensures the overall standards of CanHealth products and services.
Dr. Carlos Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI (Hon.)
is the Chair of the CanHealth Advisory Council. Dr. Pellegrini is the Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington. He is a world-renowned surgeon in esophageal diseases. … Read more
Dr. Abdullah Al-Dohayan, FRCS
is a Professor of Surgery with the Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA and is the Chairman of the Saudi Laparoscopic Surgeons Society.
Dr. Suzanne Campbell, PhD, Nursing
is the Director of the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. She is the recipient of the AJN Book of the Year Award, 2013 for Co-edited Text “Simulation Scenarios for Nursing Educators: Making it real.”
Dr. Alfonso Solimano, MD
Dr. Alfonso Solimano is a neonatologist, teacher and researcher at the Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia, and a Clinical Professor at UBC. … Read more
Dr. Paul Gamble, MHSc, DrPH
is currently serving as the Director of International Outreach for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as well as the Director of Royal College International. … Read more
Dr. Soma Ganesan, MD, FRCPC
is a Psychiatry Fellow in the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. He was born in Vietnam, where he lived through the war and left his country in 1976. … Read more
Dr. Evangelos Georgiou, MD, PhD
Dr. Evangelos Georgiou is a Nuclear Medicine Physician and Professor at the Medical Physics Laboratory within the School of Medicine at the University of Athens. He is also Director of the Athens Medical School Simulation Centre. … Read more
Dr. York N. Hsiang MB. ChB. MHSc. FRCSC.Head of Vascular Surgery at UBC
is also a Consultant Surgeon at the Vancouver General Hospital. Born in Taiwan, educated in the United States, New Zealand, and Canada, Dr. Hsiang has diverse interests in vascular engineering, vascular biology, lasers, and clinical epidemiology. Dr. Hsiang was the former Director of Surgical Research in the UBC Department of Surgery. He also has a special clinical interest in wounds and served on the Board of the Canadian Association of Wound Care.
Dr. Richard K. Reznick, MD, MEd, FRCSC, FACS, FRCSEd (hon), FRCSI (hon)Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences Queen’s University
Since his first faculty appointment at the University of Toronto in 1987, Dr. Reznick has been active in both colorectal surgery and research in medical education. … Read more
The Curriculum Committee, made up of expert educators, supports the standardization of global health education in order to improve the quality of healthcare delivery and patient safety. The strategy is to develop competency-based, student-centered education programs and curricula in the areas that are initially identified and to develop further programs and curricula identified by developing nations.
– Dr. Kate Chipperfield – BC Children’s Hospital, MD, FRCPC
– Dr. Daniel Holmes – UBC, MD, FRCPC
– Dr. Christopher Lowe – UBC, MSc, MD, FRCPC
– Dr. Michael Nimmo – UBC, BA, BSc Honours, LLB, MD, LMCC, FRCPC
– Dr. Michael Payne – UBC, MD, DTM&H, D(ABMM)
– Dr. Tyler Smith – UBC, MD, MHSc FRCPC
– Dr. Sophia Wong – UBC, MD
– Dr. Peter Choi – UBC, BSc, MD, FRCPC, MSc
– Dr. Andrew Horne – UBC, BSc, PhD
– Dr. David Miller – UBC, MD,
– Dr. Ric Procyshyn – UBC, BSc, MSc, Pharm.D., PhD
– Dr. JJ Sidhu – UBC, FRCPC, MPH
– Dr. Michael Walker – UBC, BSc, PhD
is the founder and CEO of CanHealth International. Dr. Qayumi fled Afghanistan in 1983 but has maintained strong ties to his home country and believes health care will play a vital role in Afghanistan’s reconstruction. He is a professor and Director of the University of British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Simulation Education & Innovation (CESEI), and a champion of the possibilities and opportunities that online education offers the health care sector. He is the Director of Research, UBC Divisions of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Director of Surgical Techniques Training Programs for undergraduate medical students, core surgical residents and specialty surgical residents and is the past editor, Journal of Investigative Surgery Member, Residency Education Committee.
André Nudelman, MBA
was born in Brazil and now lives in Vancouver. Mr. Nudelman is the president of the Canadian Education Services Latin America – Maple Bear South America. As chair and president of the Canadian Forum for the Americas, he is involved with many organizations that foster improved relations between Canada and Latin America. He is also a strong believer in the value of North American educational standards, having founded a global network of schools that deliver Canadian curricula.
Dr. Ryan Wiley, PhD
works on health care related partnerships, research and commercialization initiatives and economic development as President of Shift Health. Dr. Wiley has extensive experience in the areas of economic development, health research strategy, and technology due diligence. He has successfully worked with industry, governments, academic institutions and non-profit organizations around the world.
Ms. BJ Skladanowski
Business Operations Manager, BC Provincial Health Services Authority. Ms. Skladanowski brings 15 years of international management experience in public and private sectors of education, healthcare, and government not-for-profit. She has liaised partnerships. . She has led provincial and national initiatives such as Aboriginal practice education, interprofessional education and collaborative practice, the electronic health library of BC, and workforce optimization. She comes with extensive networks in academia, government and healthcare delivery sectors and has led many multi-sector stakeholder engagements.
Dr. Carlos Pellegrini
is the Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington. He is a world-renowned surgeon in esophageal diseases. He has been a Director of the American Board of Surgery, President of the American Surgical Association, and is the immediate past President of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Alfonso Solimano
Dr. Alfonso Solimano is a neonatologist, teacher and researcher at the Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia, and a Clinical Professor at UBC. Dr. Solimano’s research interests are in acute intensive care.
As an educator, Dr. Solimano co-created and has lead the ACoRN (Acute Care of at-Risk Newborns) Program to its present international presence. ACoRN teaches the principles and practice of newborn stabilization.
Dr. Paul Gamble
Dr. Gamble is currently serving as Director of International Outreach for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as well as Director of Royal College International. He was previously President and CEO of the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences from 2003 until late 2012. Prior to his appointment at the Michener Institute, Dr. Gamble was Associate Professor and Director of the School of Health Management at Ryerson University, and before that he was the President of the Hospital Council of Metropolitan Toronto. Dr. Gamble earned a Doctor of Public Health in health policy from the University of Michigan and holds a Master of Health Science degree in Health Administration from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from McMaster University. He is also a former PEW Health Policy Fellow and former Fellow of the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration.
Mr. Paul Gamble
Dr. Soma Ganesan is a Psychiatry Fellow in the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. He was born in Vietnam, where he lived through the war and left his country in 1976. He came to Vancouver as a refugee in 1981 and trained at the University of British Columbia from 1984 to 1988. He has been a practicing psychiatrist in Canada since 1988. Dr. Ganesan is the founder and Director of the Vancouver General Hospital Cross Cultural Clinic, which provides mental health services to individuals from a broad array of cultural backgrounds, including refugees from around the world. He is also a founding member of the Vancouver Association for the Survivors of Torture (VAST) – a non-profit group dedicated to serving and treating refugees and immigrants who suffer from psychological and physical injuries as a result of political violence and torture. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia and Head and Medical Director for the Department of Psychiatry Vancouver Acute, Vancouver Community & Tertiary Mental Health in addition to being the Director of the VGH Cross Cultural Program. Dr. Ganesan’s own research focuses on immigrant mental health, cross-cultural psychiatry, and spirituality.
Dr. Schreiber is a consultant pathologist at Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia and a Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at UBC. He is also the medical director of the Provincial Toxicology Centre, which performs specialized drug testing for the province. Since joining the faculty at UBC, Dr. Schreiber has committed a large part of his career to the education of medical students, residents and colleagues. He directed the Medical Biochemistry Residency Program for 10 years and served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education at UBC from 1999-2002. Dr. Schreiber is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Society for Clinical Pathology and serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Clinical Pathology and Lab Tests Online, an on-line directory of laboratory tests. He has also served as a member of the Clinical Chemistry Test Development Committee for the American Board of Pathology.
Dr. Godin is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anesthesia, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of British Columbia. Dr. Godin served as Department Head for a 5-year term from 1998-2003. His research interests include drug action at the membrane level, biochemical aspects of myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury, and the role of endogenous antioxidant systems in diabetes. Throughout his academic career, Dr. Godin has had a passionate commitment to teaching, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards for excellent in teaching. He has also been involved in medical curriculum planning, in relation to the teaching of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the “problem-based” format. Since his “official” retirement in 2007, Dr. Godin has continued to be actively involved in teaching in such diverse areas as dose-response analysis, pharmacokinetics, age-related changes in drug disposition, drug interactions, the biophysics of drug-receptor interactions, structure-activity relationships, and the pharmacology of local anesthetics and antimicrobial agents.
Dr. Savvas is an Associate Professor of Diagnostic Radiology, Vice-Chair of the Undergraduate Education and Continuing Professional Development for the UBC Department of Radiology and the Director of Emergency/Trauma Radiology at Vancouver General Hospital. His outstanding research in Emergency Radiology has helped him receive a Certificate of Merit and Bronze medal from the American Roentgen Ray Society in 2011 and 2012, and two Certificates of Merit from the Radiological Society of North America in 2012. He has authored over 90 peer-reviewed scientific publications and over 200 educational exhibits, with current research in Cardiac, Musculoskeletal and Emergency radiology. He is one of Canada’s most experienced educators in Emergency Radiology, and his lectures locally, nationally and internationally accordingly reflect his dedication, expertise and outstanding collaborative skills.
Dr. Pachev is the Director and a lecturer in the Educational and Assessment office of Educational Support and Development in the Faculty of Medicine, UBC. He brings to the field of health professions education a strong background in research methodology, statistics, testing, and educational measurement.
Dr. Korol is a psychologist in Inpatient Psychiatry at Vancouver General Hospital and the project lead for the new Kelty Online Therapy Service at Vancouver Coastal Health. Funded by the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation, this is an innovative service, set to launch in early 2015, using technology to bring relief to more people who are struggling with anxiety, depression, chronic pain and other mental health concerns. She is also columnist/cartoonist for TILT Magazine, a publication for therapists interested in integrating the latest developments in technology into their practice.
Since his first faculty appointment at the University of Toronto in 1987, Dr. Reznick has been active in both colorectal surgery and research in medical education. He was instrumental in developing a performance-based examination, which is now used for medical licensure in Canada. He ran a research program on assessment of technical competence for surgeons and supervised a fellowship program in surgical education.
At the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, he was the inaugural Director of the Faculty’s Centre for Research in Education at University Health Network (The Wilson Centre) from 1997 to 2002. In 1999 he was appointed Vice President of Education at University Health Network. He served eight years as the R. S. McLaughlin Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto from 2002-2010.
In July 2010, Dr. Reznick assumed the position of Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University and Chief Executive Officer of the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization (SEAMO).
Dr. Reznick has received numerous awards for his work in education, including the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Medal in Surgery and the James H. Graham Award of Merit, the Association for Surgical Education Distinguished Educator Award, the National Board of Medical Examiners John P. Hubbard Award, the Daniel C. Tosteson Award for Leadership in Medical Education, the 2006 Inaugural University of Toronto President’s Teaching Award and the Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education. In 2015, he was the recipient of McGill University’s Medicine Alumni Global Award for Lifetime Achievement. Dr. Reznick is a honourary fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland.
Dr. Reznick is the author of over 130 peer-reviewed publications and has delivered nearly 300 lectures to hospitals, universities and scientific organizations around the world.