CPFF Educational Forums Virtual Event
Dedicated to supporting people living with pulmonary fibrosis
CPFF Virtual Educational Forums took place across Canada throughout September 2020. A diverse line up of healthcare experts led 16 sessions and shared the latest pulmonary fibrosis (PF) research, insights on disease management, the impact of COVID-19 on PF, advance care planning, palliative care, and more. If you missed out on some of the sessions or would like a recap of these insightful sessions, then we have good news! All the webinars will be available to view on demand on this page in the coming weeks. Simply click the videos to watch the sessions.
Dr. Deborah Assayag
Dr. Deborah Assayag is a pulmonologist and Director of the Interstitial Lung Disease Clinic at McGill University, Montreal, QC. She is particularly interested in the role of autoimmunity in the development of ILD and in connective tissue disease-related lung involvement.
Dr. Charlene Fell
Dr. Fell is the founding chair of the Canadian Thoracic Society’s Clinical Assembly on Interstitial Lung Diseases and the Director of the University of Calgary Interstitial Lung Disease Program and has dedicated her research efforts to unraveling the mystery of IPF and making a difference in the lives of patients and their caregivers living with the disease.
Sarah Goodwin is a Registered Respiratory Therapist at the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. She is the Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Coordinator, working with patients diagnosed with ILD. Her clinical role supports the ILD clinical specialists by providing patients in the specialized ILD Clinics education, symptom support and management, access to anti-fibrotic medications and monitoring of tolerance
Dr. Nathan Hambly
Dr. Hambly is the clinical lead of the Firestone Institute Pulmonary Hypertension Program at St. Joseph’s Hospital and McMaster University and works as a consultant respirologist at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. His clinical interests include pulmonary hypertension, interstitial lung disease, and sarcoidosis.
Warren Harper was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and is a lung transplant recipient.
Dr. Paul Hernandez
Dr. Hernandez is a Respirologist and Head/Chief, Division of Respirology (Central Zone, Nova Scotia Health Authority), Medical Director of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program and co-lead of the 3-Intermediate Care Unit at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. He is a Professor of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Dr. Kerri Johannsen
Dr. Johannson is a pulmonologist and Research Director of the Interstitial Lung Disease Program at the University of Calgary, Calgary AB. Her research interests focus on IPF, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and environmental/occupational exposures as risk factors for the development and progression of fibrotic lung diseases.
Dr. Lawrence Homik
Lawrence Homik, MD, FRCPC is a community-based Respirologist /Intensivist based at Winnipeg Clinic, Concordia and Grace Hospitals. He is regularly involved in medical education for family physicians and fellowship program candidates in intensive care and Respirology. He has extensive experience in clinical research trials involving Asthma, COPD, and Pulmonary Fibrosis, with published papers in Asthma and Hypoxemia.
Dr. Meena Kalluri
Dr. Meena Kalluri is an interstitial lung disease and pulmonary fibrosis expert, founder and director of the Multidisciplinary Collaborative Interstitial Lung Diseases (ILD) Clinic at the University of Alberta. Her goal is to provide patient-centred, multi-disciplinary care with an early integrated palliative approach for patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and other interstitial lung diseases (ILD)
President and CEO, British Columbia Lung Association
Chris Lam, President, and CEO of the British Columbia Lung Association is dedicated to finding breathing breakthroughs for the 1 in 5 British Columbians struggling with lung health. For more than 110 years, the British Columbia Lung Association has led the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air, whether it’s searching for cures to lung diseases, keeping kids off tobacco and e-cigarettes, or fighting for laws that protect the air we all breathe.
Marc-Andre has been in marketing and communication for 25+ years. He focused his marketing career in qualitative research in 2001. As a trained professional moderator, he leads sessions with professionals in many industries including pharmaceutical and medical. Marc-Andre is bilingual and will be moderating our French session.
Dr. Martin Kolb
Dr. Martin Kolb is an associate professor of medicine and director of research for the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, Ontario. He looks after several hundred patients with interstitial lung disease in his specialty clinic and also practices in General Respirology and General Internal Medicine.
Sharon Lee is responsible for supporting CPFF’s board of directors and volunteer groups. She serves as the main public contact and spokesperson for the organization and represents the foundation in all professional business capacities. She works to continue Founder Robert Davidson’s vision and dedication to Canadians touched by pulmonary fibrosis.
Dr. Stacey Lok
Dr. Stacey Lok is a Respirologist and current recipient of the 2019-2020 CPFF Robert Davidson Fellowship, currently completing her Interstitial Lung Disease fellowship at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Drs. Kerri Johannson and Charlene Fell. She completed her medical school, internal medicine and respirology residencies at the University of Saskatchewan.
Dr. Ariel Masetto
Dr. Masetto is an assistant professor at the Department of Rheumatology of the Université de Sherbrooke since 2006, He is very implicated in CME for primary care and he’s involved in a lot of teaching activities including lectures, workshops, and clinical fellowships. With the Centre de Formation Continue de l’Université de Sherbrooke, he’s in charge of an organisation of a post-graduation program in Musculoskeletal medicine directed to family physicians. As a medical teacher and a regional opinion leader, he strongly believes in the urgent needs of increasing rheumatologic clinical skills of primary care physicians. He’s directing his career efforts towards this crucial goal.
He’s also interested in scleroderma research and he’s an active member of the Canadian Scleroderma Research Group.
Dr. Onofre Moran
Dr. Moran completed an Internal Medicine specialty in Mexico City (UNAM) and his Fellowship in Respirology subspecialty at UBC. He is an Associate Professor at the Division of Respirology and Sleep Medicine and is the founder and Director of the Interstitial Lung Diseases Clinic and Program at Queen’s University where he follows over 110 patients with IPF.
Kirk Mathison is a Registered Nurse with Alberta Health Services in Calgary, AB. He has been the Interstitial Lung Disease Nurse Clinician at the South Health Campus since 2012. He founded the Calgary Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group in 2013.
Dr. Janet Pope
Dr. Janet Pope is a Professor of Medicine and head of the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Western Ontario (UWO), Schulich School of Medicine, London, Ontario, Canada. She has published over 500 peer-reviewed articles and mentored more than 125 trainees. Research expertise includes scleroderma, SLE and RA. She has been inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
Dr. Chris Ryerson
Dr. Christopher Ryerson is a leading expert in the study of treatment of patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD). His research aims to identify management strategies to improve symptoms and quality of life in patients with ILD, with a specific focus on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
Fran Schooley is the Patient Clinic Manager of the Pacific Lung Health Centre (PLHC) at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. PLHC is an academic clinical program dedicated to the care for patients with lung disease.
Dr. Shane Shapera
Dr. Shane Shapera is an Associate Professor and Clinician Educator 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.
Melanie Stevenson is a seasoned exercise therapist with LiveWell Chronic Disease Management, Royal University Hospital – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Health Authority.
Dr. Pierce Wilcox
Dr. Wilcox is a Respirologist at St. Paul’s Hospital, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and Medical Director for the UBC Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program based at St. Paul’s Hospital. His clinical activities include general Respirology with a focus on Cystic Fibrosis and on Pulmonary manifestations of Connective Tissue Disorders.
Dr. Alyson Wong
Dr. Alyson Wong is involved in several interstitial lung disease (ILD) research projects, is completing a Master of Health Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and spends time treating patients in ILD clinics at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.
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