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2014 Division Day Speakers

Published: November 21, 2014
MacOrtho would like to introduce you to our esteemed line-up of speakers for this year’s Annual Academic Division Day being held on November 26th, 2014. Please RSVP directly to to attend this spectacular event, if you haven’t done so already!


Peter Ferguson


Dr. Peter Ferguson is an Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in Orthopaedic Oncology at Mount Sinai and Princess Margaret Hospitals. He served as the inaugural Director of the Competency Based Curriculum stream and Program Director in Orthopaedic Surgery, and is currently the Albert and Temmy Latner Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at University of Toronto. He is a member of the Sarcoma Executive Committee of the National Cancer Institute of Canada, Sarcoma Site Group Leader at Princess Margaret Hospital and President of the Canadian Orthopaedic Oncology Society and is member of the International Competency Based Medical Education Collaborators Group.

Dr. Ferguson has been the recipient of numerous undergraduate and postgraduate teaching awards including the Robert Salter Award from the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, the DR Wilson Award and Bruce Tovee Undergraduate and Postgraduate Teaching Awards from the Department of Surgery and the WT Aikins Award in undergraduate education and Excellence in Postgraduate Education Award from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.


Jason Busse


Dr. Jason Busse is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia at McMaster University. Dr. Busse’s clinical interests include insurance medicine, orthopedic trauma, chronic pain and other medically unexplained syndromes, and management of complex disability. He is the Co-Principal Investigator of the TRUST trial, a multi-centre, randomized controlled trial of low-intensity, pulsed ultrasound bone-stimulation in patients undergoing intramedullary nailing for tibial fracture. Dr. Busse is also interested in methodological research including, for example, expertise-based randomization and the use of composite endpoints in clinical trials.

Dr. Jason Busse

Georges Beauvoir


Dr Georges E. Beauvoir got his degree in Orthopedic Surgery from the State University of Haïti (UEH) under the leadership of Professor Antenor Miot. Later, he completed a two year fellowship at Hadassah Medical Center (Hebrew University) in Jerusalem, Israël. He detains a diploma for studies in Bioethics delivered by UNICEF through the Red Bioética based in Argentina. He also has a Master’s Degree in “Management of Health Services” from the University of Montreal.

Founding member of the Haitian Society of Orthopedic Surgery (SHOT), of which he remained the elected president for several terms, he is a former Head of the Department of Orthopedics at the State University Hospital (HUEH), in Port-au-Prince. Dr Beauvoir presently teaches at the State University Medical School of Haiti (FMP/UEH), where he now has been Chairman of the Orthopedic Department for the past seven years.


Bobby Umar


With a background in Brand Marketing, Engineering, and the Performing Arts, Bobby draws on his diverse background to lead Raeallan, a transformational training and speaking company ( Bobby has ran team-building activities, presented keynotes, and coached thousands of people across Canada. Major clients include most Canadian universities, TD Canada Trust, Telus, Canadian Tire and Kraft.Bobby has taught prep courses for the GMAT for over 10 years, currently for Veritas and previously for Kaplan, both top global test prep companies. In 2009, he was awarded the “Worldwide Instructor of the Year" for Veritas. Bobby’s varied career has included serving as Program Manager and Faculty of Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Engineering and Arts for McMaster University’s Shad Valley summer program for gifted high school youth. While working at Bombardier as an Aerospace Design Engineer, he founded and ran a musical theatre company, Markham Thespian Society, where he produced, performed, stage directed and supervised a team of over 100 people.


Diane Kelsall


Dr. Diane L. Kelsall was appointed Deputy Editor, Clinical of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) in November 2008. With the launch of CMAJ Open in January 2013, she also took on the role of Editor, CMAJ Open.

Dr. Kelsall completed her undergraduate studies, medical school and graduate studies, including an Academic Fellowship, at the University of Toronto. She has worked in Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston (at Queen’s University), Edmonton and East Sussex, UK. From 1997-2007, Dr. Kelsall was Editor of informed, a peer-reviewed publication from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. She was Editor of Canadian Family Physician, a peer-reviewed journal from the College of Family Physicians of Canada, from 2006-2008.

Dr. Kelsall was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, and Active Staff at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto from 1993 to 2010, including Director of the Family Medicine Inpatient Unit, Geriatric Intermediate Care Unit and Family Medicine Clerkship Program. While in the UK, she was Medical Advisor to Health Partners International-UK, a medical nongovernmental organization. She is in private practice in Ottawa.


Leslie Jamison


Leslie Jamison is the EVP, Managing Director at Self Care Catalysts Inc. and has more than 25 years experience in strategy development, marketing and product development in the healthcare industry. Self Care Catalysts is a health solutions company powered by patient intelligence and analytics with a mission to build innovative, patient-centered, and technology-driven self-care solutions that complement medications that may prevent, monitor, treat illnesses and promote wellness for healthcare.
Prior to joining Self Catalysts Inc. Leslie was Managing Director of in-sync an insight driven brand consultancy focused on healthcare where she led the organization to deliver 15 years of consecutive growth. She has vast experience understanding patient journeys with their illnesses and deeply believes in the importance of enabling self care to improve daily health decisions and drive innovative solutions.
Leslie has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from IMD, Switzerland.


Michelle Ghert

Dr. Michelle Ghert joined the Faculty at McMaster in 2005 after completing residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center and a fellowship in Orthopaedic Oncology and Molecular Biology at the University of Toronto. Her clinical practice focuses on primary bone and soft-tissue sarcomas in both the adult and pediatric populations. She is the Associate Program Director for the Orthopaedic Training Program, and Deputy Director for Research at the Centre for Evidence-Based Orthopaedics. She has broad research interests ranging from Molecular Biology, to Medical Education, to Clinical Epidemiology and Clinical Trials. Dr. Ghert believes that the collegial and supportive environment at MacOrtho allows faculty and residents alike to excel as surgeons, educators and academicians. Dr. Michelle Ghert

Brett Dunlop


After high school Dr. Brett Dunlop completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo followed by Medicine at McMaster University. Dr. Dunlop stayed in Hamilton for his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery and undertook fellowships in spine and research in Toronto and London UK. On returning to Canada, Dr Dunlop became a staff Orthopaedic Surgeon at St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton.

Dr. Dunlop was the McMaster Orthopaedic Royal College residency director from 1990 to 2000 and the Academic Division Head from 1999 until 2010.

Dr. Dunlop's current interests are in the surgical management of adult back problems, the biochemistry of soft tissue injury and the improvement of timely care delivery in Orthopaedics.


Bill Ristevski


Dr. Ristevski became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2009. Following this, he completed two fellowships at the University of Toronto, focused on trauma and upper extremity reconstruction. Coming on staff recently, his goals are to continue a practice focused on orthopaedic trauma and its late sequelae. He is excited about becoming further integrated into the McMaster orthopaedic community and is looking forward to collaborating with colleagues to pursue research goals centered on the care of the patients with musculoskeletal injuries.

He currently resides in Kilbride with his wife and 2 young boys. His family is in the restaurant and jewelry business. Downtime is often devoted to the businesses where he serves as the primary taste tester, completely unofficial sommelier and occasional model maker. Prying away from these obligations he can sometimes be found following a F1 race or soccer match.


Douglas Orr


R. Douglas Orr, MD, is a Staff physician in the Center for Spine Health and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, located on the main campus of Cleveland Clinic. He was appointed in 2003. Dr. Orr's practice interests include adult spinal surgery, including minimally invasive surgery and deformity surgery. In addition, his research interests include outcomes in spinal surgery, spinal biomechanics and biomaterials.

Dr. Orr has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Silver Hip Award for Best Teacher awarded by the residents of McMaster University Orthopaedic Program and the Robin Sullivan Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Research for best resident research presentation at the University of Toronto Orthopaedic Research Day. He has authored numerous publications and presentations for medical journals and conferences across United States and in Canada.


Paul Zalzal


Dr. Paul Zalzal is a proud graduate of the McMaster Medical Program and the McMaster Orthopaedic Residency Program. Prior to that, he obtained his BASc in Mechanical Engineering followed by a MASc in Biomedical Engineering, both from the University of Toronto. After residency, he completed a one year fellowship at McMaster University followed by a two year fellowship in Adult Reconstruction at Mt. Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto. He is now very proud to be a Faculty Member at McMaster.

Dr. Zalzal enjoys the challenge of balancing his family life, clinical practice, research interests, and teaching commitments. He has four active children and a lovely, very hard working wife who keeps their family organized. He has coached many children’s soccer teams in the past. His current interests include golf and downhill skiing.


Ranil Sonnadara


Dr. Sonnadara holds academic appointments in the Departments of Surgery, Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, and Health Research Methodology at McMaster. He also holds an appointment as an Educator Researcher at the Wilson Centre for Health Professionals Education at the University of Toronto. A behavioural neuroscientist by training, Dr. Sonnadara uses a variety of different methodologies to study changes in the body which arise as a result of learning and practice, from the initial stages of skill acquisition through to elite and expert level performance across a wide variety of domains. He joined the Department of Surgery in 2012 from the University of Toronto where he held a position as Scientist at the Surgical Skills Centre, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery and the Graduate Department of Exercise Sciences.

Dr. Ranil Sonnadara

Jaydeep Moro


Dr. Jaydeep Moro is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at McMaster University. Dr. Moro obtained his Medical Doctorate (M.D.) degree at the University of Toronto. Subsequently, he trained in orthopaedic surgery as a resident at McMaster University. Next, he completed an upper extremity fellowship at the University of Western Ontario and a fellowship in sports and shoulder at Toronto Western Hospital.

He teaches surgical skills labs at local, provincial, and national institutes and supervises the research of orthopaedic surgery fellows and residents. Dr. Moro's practice specializes in upper extremity and sports injuries. Dr. Moro's research interests include total shoulder arthroplasty and rotator cuff repair treatments. He is the Clerkship Director for Orthopaedic Surgery and a member-at-large on the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery Executive Committee. Dr. Moro was also the recipient of the 2012 Orthopaedic Surgery Teaching Award as voted by the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine Class of 2012.




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