Residents’ Pre-Course Speaker Biographies

Dr. Shane Shapera
Dr. Shapera is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is currently the Director of the Interstitial Lung Diseases Program at the Toronto General Hospital which is part of the University Health Network. He also works with the Toronto Lung Transplant Program providing pre-lung transplant assessments for patients with interstitial lung disease.

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Dr. Troy Torgerson
Dr. Torgerson is the Director of Experimental Immunology at the Allen Institute for Immunology and an Affiliate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has a longstanding interest in the molecular basis of immune dysregulation and autoimmunity in humans and in advancing transplant and non-transplant therapies for immune deficiency and immune dysregulation disorders.
Jinoos Yazdany Dr. Yazdany is Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) and the Alice Betts Endowed Professor of Medicine at UCSF. As a rheumatologist specializing in systemic lupus, she practices at SFGH and co-directs the UCSF Health Lupus Clinic. Dr. Yazdany’s scholarship focuses on improving health care quality, safety and outcomes for individuals with chronic rheumatic diseases

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Dr. Jinoos Yazdany
Dr. Yazdany is Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) and the Alice Betts Endowed Professor of Medicine at UCSF. As a rheumatologist specializing in systemic lupus, she practices at SFGH and co-directs the UCSF Health Lupus Clinic. Dr. Yazdany’s scholarship focuses on improving health care quality, safety and outcomes for individuals with chronic rheumatic diseases.

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Dr. Joanie Pinard
Dr. Joanie Pinard is a dermatologist working at Hotel-Dieu de Lévis and CHU de Quebec – CHUL. Dr Pinard received her medical degree from Université de Sherbrooke, followed by a residency in dermatology at the Université Laval in Quebec City. She subsequently completed a fellowship in Dermatology-Rheumatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she received advanced training in managing cutaneous manifestations of adult and paediatric connective tissue diseases, neutrophilic dermatosis, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. She is dedicated to advancing patient care, and is actively involved in training future dermatologists in her academic role.

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Dr. Eric Fortin
Dr. Fortin is a graduate of the Laval University medical program and ophthalmology residency program. He completed fellowship training in uveitis and ocular immunology at the National Eye Institute (1996-1998) in Bethesda, Maryland. He is presently Associate professor of Ophthalmology with the University of Montreal and concentrates his practice on pediatric and adult uveitis at Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital. He is presently clinical director of the University of Montreal Ophthalmology Center at HMR. He was a founding member and the first president (2003-2006) of the Canadian Uveitis Society. He has represented Canada in many international organizations including the IOIS and has has been involved in organizing national and international symposia on uveitis. He is dedicated to teaching with residents and fellows and has received awards from the faculty of medicine of the University of Montreal for his involvement. His current research interests focus on pediatric uveitis, infectious causes of uveitis and immunosuppression.

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Dr. Alexandra Saltman
Dr. Alexandra Saltman is a staff rheumatologist at Mount Sinai Hospital and a Palliative Care Physician at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto. Her practice focuses on the clinical and educational niche at the intersection of these disciplines, caring for patients with complex, life-limiting autoimmune and connective tissue diseases, and for patients with advanced malignancies who develop cancer-associated arthropathies and de novo autoimmune conditions secondary to cancer immunotherapies.

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Dr. Amanda Steiman
Dr. Amanda Steiman is a Clinician in Quality and Innovation at Mount Sinai Hospital/University Health Network. Her clinical niche is in young adults with SLE transitioning to adult care. Her Quality Improvement initiatives are focused on improved delivery of care to patients with rheumatologic diseases.

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Dr. Deborah Levy
Dr. Deborah Levy is the Clinical Director, Division of Rheumatology at SickKids, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto. As Director of the SickKids Lupus clinic her research primarily focuses on the long-term medical and psychosocial outcomes of childhood-onset SLE. She is also interested in alternate models of care for children with rheumatic disease and is working with advanced practitioners to develop a new network of pediatric rheumatology providers for children in underserved communities within Ontario. Advocacy work as the past Chair of the Pediatric Committee of the CRA and as the VP (Pediatric) of the Ontario Rheumatology Association has helped to improve access to drugs for pediatric rheumatology patients. Dr. Levy has lived, trained and worked in the US and Canada.

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Dr. Mohammed Bardi
Dr. Bardi has completed his training in Rheumatology at the University of British Columbia. In addition, he completed an additional fellowship in musculoskeletal ultrasound through the American College of Rheumatology USSONAR program. He pursued further training in ultrasound in Norway and the UK, focusing on vascular ultrasound in Giant Cell Arteritis. He helped establish the Rheumatology Downtown Eastside outreach clinic at Pender Clinic. He provides rural Rheumatology clinics in Willams Lake and Fraser Lake. His research areas include the use of ultrasound in the assessment and diagnosis of rheumatic conditions.

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Dr. Tommy Gerschman
Dr. Tommy Gerschman is a pediatric rheumatologist in a community practice in North Vancouver, BC. He has previously worked across Western Canada, including six years at Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. Dr. Gerschman completed his pediatric rheumatology training at UBC. Subsequently, he obtained his MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise, and Health from University College London (UK). Dr. Gerschman served as President of Specialists of BC during the COVID-19 pandemic, advocating for access to and support of virtual care platforms for specialists in BC. He sits on BC’s Ministry of Health Digital Health Clinical Leadership Committee. He currently serves on the CRA Telehealth Working Group.

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Dr. Beth Hazel
Dr. Hazel is an associate professor of medicine at McGill University and has been the head of the YARD Clinic for last 15 years. She was Program Director at McGill University from 2012-2021.

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Dr. Dax Rumsey
Dr. Dax G. Rumsey is a paediatric rheumatologist and associate professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB. His main rheumatologic area of interest is in Juvenile Spondyloarthritis (JSpA).

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Dr. Stephanie Tom
Dr. Stephanie Tom is the Division Head of Rheumatology at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga and lecturer at University of Toronto. She completed her internal medicine residency in Calgary and rheumatology training in Toronto. She is currently on the CRA Board of Directors.

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