Marcello TonelliMD, SM, FRCPCChair
Dr. Marcello Tonelli is Senior Associate Dean (Clinical Research) at the Cumming School of Medicine and Associate Vice President (Health Research), nephrologist and Professor at the University of Calgary. Dr. Tonelli serves as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases and the Cochrane Renal Group, and is a member of the Editorial Boards for Journal of the American Society of Nephrology and Kidney International. Dr. Tonelli is a member of national and international nephrology guideline panels and is the past President of the Canadian Society of Nephrology. Dr. Tonelli is a founding member of the Alberta Kidney Disease Network and co-leader of the AHFMR Interdisciplinary Chronic Disease Collaboration (ICDC) research team.
Richard BirtwhistleMD, MSc, FCFPCVice-Chair
Dr. Birtwhistle practices family medicine as part of the Queens’ Family Health Team and he is a Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences and Director of the Centre for Studies in Primary Care at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He is also chair of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network CPCSSN for chronic disease. He has had a long standing interest in the incorporation of evidence informed prevention in primary care.
C. Maria BacchusMD, MSc, FRCPC
Dr. C. Maria Bacchus completed her medical degree, internal medicine residency, general internal medicine fellowship and MSc in clinical epidemiology and health care research at the University of Toronto. She is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Calgary where she was the Deputy Head, the Site Chief for Foothills Hospital and Vice Chair of Leadership and Mentorship for the Department of Medicine. Prior to this, she was the Head of GIM and Program Director for the Core Internal Medicine Training Program at the University Health Network, University of Toronto. Dr. Bacchus’ interests are in educational assessment, strategic planning and mentorship. She is presently the Chair of the Internal Medicine Exam Board and a Senior Advisor for the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada, as well as the past President for the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine.
James A. DickinsonMBBS, PhD, CCFP, FRACGP
James Dickinson has been a Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health Sciences at University of Calgary since 2002. He is a Family Physician with special interest in screening and preventive care, especially for cancer and immunization. He has worked in medical schools in Australia (where he wrote his PHD on Preventive Activities in General Practice), in the Department of Health in Canberra, and in Hong Kong. He has been involved in development of screening (including cervical screening policies) in these countries, and also since returning to Canada, both in Alberta and on National Committees. He also runs the Alberta surveillance system for influenza, and participates in research about effectiveness of immunisation.
Roland GradMDCM, MSc, FCFP
Roland Grad is a practicing family doctor and associate professor of Family Medicine at McGill University. In his research, he studies how doctors, nurses and pharmacists use clinical information (such as a guideline recommendation) to improve health care and the health of their patients.
Stéphane GroulxMD, CCFP, FCFP
Dr Stéphane Groulx is a practicing family physician in Longueuil, Quebec and a medical advisor for the Montérégie Public Health Directorate. He is an assistant clinical professor at the Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Sherbrooke and an associate reseacher at the Charles-LeMoyne Hospital Research Center. Dr Groulx in involved in promotion, support and evaluation of health professional preventive practices, in continuing professional development, in teaching to pre and post graduate medical students and in primary healthcare management.
Scott KlarenbachMD, MSc, FRCPC
Dr. Scott Klarenbach is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta. He received his medical training at the University of Alberta, and completed his MSc in Health Economics at the University of York, United Kingdom. His research interests include health outcomes and health economics research and he has conducted numerous economic evaluations and health technology assessments for both chronic and acute conditions. He is currently Chair of the Canadian Society of Nephrology Clinical Practice Guideline Committee and Chair of the Alberta Expert Committee on Drug Evaluation and Therapeutics, and serves on the Canadian Organ Replacement Registry Board and the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care.
Gabriela A. LewinMD, CCFP
Dr. Gabriela Lewin is a family physician in Kemptville, Ontario. She is an assistant professor at the Department of Family Medicine at University of Ottawa, supervising and teaching residents. Dr. Lewin has worked as a research associate at the Chalmers Research Group located at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (2002–2006) and has conducted multiple clinical systematic reviews. Many of the reviews were used to support recommendations and decision making, including systematic reviews conducted for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, U.S. National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements, Canadian Blood Services and the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health, Common Drug Review. Dr. Lewin brings expertise in the area of evidence-based medicine and systematic reviews to the work of the CTFPHC.
Ainsley MooreMD, MSc, CFCP
Dr. Ainsley Moore is a family physician and Associate Professor of Family Medicine, at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where she supervises and teaches medical learners and provides comprehensive care for a diverse population. She has developed and co-leads an integrated programme for frail elderly, The Senior’s Collaborative Care Programme. She is engaged in research on translating evidence based recommendations on dementia care for family physicians into practice, as well as medical education supporting women’s health, mental health and quality improvement in primary care. She was in private family practice for 9 years, providing a broad scope of care in a large mutidisciplinary team in Hamilton, Ontario. Dr. Moore also works in the Women’s Surgical Centre, Hamilton Health Sciences, where she is medical director.
Kevin PottieBSc, MD, MCLSC, FCFP
Dr.Pottie is a family physician and Associate Professor, Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology & Community Medicine, University of Ottawa. He is a Principal Scientist at the Ottawa Research Group Primary Health Care, Bruyère Research Institute and at the Centre for Global Health, Institute of Population Health. He is an appointed member of the World Health Organization Guideline Review Committee. He leads the Cochrane and Campbell Collaboration Migrant Health Methods Subgroup and the Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health CCIRH. Dr. Pottie brings expertise in applying “GRADE” methods in guideline development to the CTFPHC, and a special interest in using evidence based health equity approaches to improve primary health care for disadvantaged populations.
Harminder SinghMD, MPH, FRCPC
Dr. Harminder Singh is a clinician scientist, an assistant professor of medicine in the departments of Internal Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba and consultant medical staff, Department of Medical Oncology and Hematology, CancerCare Manitoba. Dr. Singh’s research interests include prevention, detection and screening for cancers and health services research. He brings expertise in clinical epidemiology and public health to the work of the CTFPHC.
Brett D. ThombsPhD
Dr. Brett Thombs is a Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He is an Associate Editor with the Journal of Psychosomatic Research, a Methods Editor with the Cochrane Depression, Anxiety, and Neurosis Group, and an Academic Editor with PLOS ONE. He is the Founder and Director of the Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network, an international collaboration designed to develop an infrastructure for ongoing testing of psychosocial and rehabilitation interventions in a rare disease context. Dr. Thombs also conducts evidence reviews on mental health and behavioural interventions in medical settings and investigates how research methods may affect the applicability of research to clinical settings.
Brenda J. WilsonMB ChB, MSc, MRCP (UK), FFPH
Brenda Wilson is a Professor in the School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She completed her medical degree at the University of Edinburgh, with residency training in internal medicine, and public health medicine, in the UK National Health Service. She is the former Director of Graduate Studies in Epidemiology, and of the Public Health and Preventive Medicine residency program at the University of Ottawa. Her research interests are in the evidence-based application of genetic knowledge in the health system, particularly in relation to patients, families, and primary care practitioners.