Dr. Claude Laflamme
Dr. Claude Laflamme is the Chairperson of Enhanced Recovery Canada's Governance Committee and is a cardiac anesthesiologist at Sunnybrook HSC in Toronto. He has a great passion for patient safety and surgical quality improvement and has demonstrated that through his many and various contributions locally and beyond including as the physician lead for CPSI's
Safer Healthcare Now! Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Prevention Getting Started Kit and former Chair of the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society's (CAS) Patient Safety Committee.
Claude also holds a Masters Degree in Health Administration and is Assistant Professor, at the University of Toronto.
As the inaugural Canadian Ambassador for Fit for Life after organ transplant international program, Claude also inspires and influences healthy living after organ transplant by sharing his insights and experience with medical professionals, transplant recipients and the wider transplant and organ donation community.
Melinda Baum represents the patients voice on the ERC governance group. She has been working as a patient/family advocate on various projects in Saskatchewan since 2014. She is passionate about patient and family contribution toward consistent best practice access and delivery of surgical intervention across Canada. Melinda has a Master of Social Work Degree from University of Regina and has worked in human services for 30 years in rural Saskatchewan.
Erin Ballah graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Science, from Dalhousie University with a Master of Science (Physiotherapy), and returned to Memorial for a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Clinically, she worked as an inpatient physiotherapist in adult acute care. She is currently the Regional Program Coordinator of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS(R)) at Eastern Health in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Francesco Carli, MD, Mphil
Francesco Carli, MD, Mphil is Professor of Anesthesia at McGill University and Associate Professor in the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at McGill University. Staff anesthesiologist at the McGill University Health Centre. Previously Wesley Bourne Professor and Chairman of the McGill Department of Anesthesia (1994-2004). Gold Medal, Canadian Anesthesiologists Society. Elected Member of the American Academy of Anesthesia. Member of the International Board of the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Society. Founder and President of the Peri-Operative Program. His research interests are metabolic response to surgical stress, enhanced recovery after surgery and prehabilitation of surgical patients.
He is the author of over 250 peer-review scientific articles, a recipient of over 50 peer and non peer-review grants. He lectures worldwide on ERAS and prehabilitation.
Dr. Leah Gramlich
Dr. Leah Gramlich is a physician, nutritionist specialist and Gastroenterologist. She is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta with a cross appointment in Agriculture Life and Environmental Science. She is also Provincial Medical Advisor for Nutrition Services in Alberta Health Services.
Dr. Gramlich is dedicated to patient care and has an evolving interest in food for health and in empowering health practitioners with the tools to meet patient needs relative to food and activity for health. She developed "Wellness Rx" a educational approach for undergraduate health professionals focused on nutrition and activity. She is the medical co-lead for Enhanced Recovery After Surgery in Alberta. Her other research interests include nutrition and cancer, nutrition in critical illness, nutrition therapy in the home and nutrition education. She is past president and founding president of the Canadian Nutrition Society. She is on the board of directors of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and is current chair of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force.
Dr. Ahmer A. Karimuddin, MD, MAEd, FRCSC
Dr. Ahmer A. Karimuddin, MD, MAEd, FRCSC is a Colorectal Surgeon working at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, BC. He is Co-Director of the General Surgery Residency Training Program and an Associate Professor (Clinical) at the University of British Columbia. He has special expertise in the management of cancer of the colon and rectum, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and proctology.
Dr. Karimuddin is the President of the British Columbia Surgical Society and has been past president of the General Surgeons of British Columbia. He served as the Surgical Lead for the British Columbia Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Collaborative. In addition to his role on Enhanced Recovery Canada's Governance Committee he is an active member of the Colorectal Cancer Tumour Group and has participated in development of Clinical Guidelines for Colorectal Cancer at the BC Cancer Agency. Dr. Karimudden is also involved in the development and maintenance of screening guidelines for colorectal cancer in BC.
Dr. Gregg Nelson
Dr. Gregg Nelson is Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Cumming School of Medicine in Calgary, Alberta. He is also Section Chief of Gynecologic Oncology at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. His principal research interests are the development and study of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols in ObGyn and cancer surgery. He holds the position of Surgical Lead, ERAS Alberta and he also leads the ERAS® Society Women's Health Chapter. Dr. Nelson and his international team of collaborators published the ERAS® Guidelines for Gynecologic/Oncology Surgery, a publication that has transformed and helped to align perioperative care in the discipline. Dr. Nelson has over 120 peer-reviewed publications and has presented numerous times internationally. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer and is the Secretary of the ERAS® Society.
Pascal-André Vendittoli, MD, MSc, FRCS
Pascal-André Vendittoli, MD, MSc, FRCS is Professor of Surgery and Clinical Researcher in orthopaedic surgery at Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, University of Montreal (UdM). His principal research activities are the evaluation of new surgical techniques, technologies, and orthopaedic implants. He completed a fellowship training in hip and knee reconstruction in Melbourne, Australia and in knee replacement with Paolo Aglietti in Florence, Italy. Dr. Vendittoli has the Research Director of the Orthopaedics Division of UdM and Professor of Surgery, supervised multiple doctors in specialized training in arthroplasty. He is the Program Director of the UdM postdoctoral program in hip and knee reconstruction. He is recognized as a senior clinical researcher by his government's institution (F.R.Q.S.). To date he has published more than 125 articles on hip and knee arthroplasty in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Vendittoli has received a number of awards, including the John Charnley Award from the American Hip Society (2009), the Founders' Medal for best basic science research work from the Canadian Orthopaedic Association (2010), and the highest recognition from the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, the Edward Samson Award (2016). Aiming at offering his patients a normal quality of life and a forgotten joint replacement, he spent the last 18 years trying to find ways to improve his patients results. With his team, he develops a very effective enhanced recovery protocol allowing safer THA and TKA outpatient surgeries. In 2016, he did the first ERAS outpatient THA and TKA in Canada. In a clinical study, his protocol offered significant benefits for the patients and now he wants to disseminate his experience with other teams through ERC.
Debbie Watson has been the ERAS care pathway coordinator at the McGill University Health Centre-Montreal General Hospital site since 2008. Deborah completed a bachelor of science in Nursing from the University of Montreal and a Masters Degree in Nursing from Athabasca University.
Her understanding of the role, tasks and responsibilities of the nurse coordinator in the creation, implementation and sustainability of an Enhanced Recovery program can encourage and inspire those who want to expand on an existing program or for those who are new to the concept of Enhanced Recovery.
Carla Williams is a registered nurse and Senior Program Manager at the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. Throughout her career, Carla has held various leadership and quality improvement patient safety roles in both the acute and long-term care sectors and is passionate about safety improvement and improved patient outcomes. Carla leads the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery program and oversees the day-to-day activities of Enhanced Recovery Canada.
Raphael is a graduate of Experimental Surgery at McGill and is passionate about resolving the void in the healthcare industry by allowing each patient to be empowered through knowledge.
Raphael is the Founder and CEO of Precare, a digital platform that provides patients with solution-oriented animated videos to prepare and recover from medical procedures and own the process. Raphael envisions a healthcare system where patients obtain their information online in simple, targeted and easy-to-digest video snippets for free available in 20 languages.