Winter 2018 (Volume 28, Number 4)
News from Ontario
Update from Deborah Levy, MD, FRCPC, MSc
Pediatric Rheumatology at SickKids continues to thrive. This
year we celebrated Dr. Earl Silverman’s amazing career with
an international symposium and recently enjoyed a retirement
roast and toast for
Dr. Bonnie Cameron. We have welcomed
Dr. Andrea Knight to our faculty, a native Torontonian
who spent several successful years at The Children’s Hospital
of Philadelphia. We are currently training 8 spirited core
rheumatology fellows (6 are Canadian!) and 2 subspecialty
fellows in SLE and vasculitis.
Update from John Thomson, MD, FRCPC
Ottawa is humming! Over the past year, six new rheumatologists
have sprung into action in the national capital region.
Drs. Noura Alosaimi, Hafsah Al-Azem, Catherine Ivory, Krista
Rostom, and Nancy Maltez are all recent graduates of our
training program. Dr. Ivory has taken a full-time faculty appointment
in the division. Dr. Maltez is completing a year of
fellowship training in scleroderma/myositis, while taking on
some clinical responsibilities. Noura, Hafsah, and Krista are all
practicing and involved in teaching and on-call responsibilities.
Dr. Ashley Sterrett has joined us in Ottawa after practicing
in the USA for some years. She has a busy clinical practice
and is actively involved in teaching and on-call duties.
Gunnar (Kraag) and Doug (Smith) have very recently retired
after many years of very distinguished service. This is big.
These guys are missed.
Most importantly, on May 24, 2018, Drs. Ines Midzic and
Nataliya Milman each delivered beautiful baby boys one hour
apart in the same hospital. We are a close-knit group!
Update from Shirley Lake, MD, FRCPC, MSc
The 8th annual Canadian Rheumatology Ultrasound Society
Basic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course was held in
Toronto in October 2018. It was a fun weekend of learning
with rheumatologists from across the country, and even
joined by some physiatrists, orthopedic surgeons and internal
Dr. Dana Jerome (far left), the University of Toronto Rheumatology Program Director, with a new rheumatology fellow Dr. Bahar Moghaddam to her left, and two recent graduates of the rheumatology program, Dr. Vanessa Ocampo and Dr. Alexandra Saltman. They were at the ACR meeting in Chicago.
Update from Roberta Berard, MD, FRCPC
An update from Pediatric Rheumatology at the Children's
Hospital, London Health Science Centre: Dr. Erkan Demirkaya
joined the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology at the Children's
Hospital and Western University as a Professor of Pediatrics
in 2017. Dr. Demirkaya’s main research interests are
in the autoinflammatory diseases, vasculitis and outcomes
in rheumatic diseases in children. Dr. Demirkaya’s aim is to
develop a comprehensive multidisciplinary translational research
program in Behçet’s and Autoinflammatory disease at
Dr. Berard has successfully piloted an Advanced Clinician
Practitioner in Arthritis Care (ACPAC)-led pediatric rheumatology
outreach clinic with the use of the Ontario Telehealth
Network in Windsor, Ontario. Sue MacQueen, ACPAC physiotherapist
(PT) travelled to Windsor from Kitchener to run
these clinics. Many thanks to Sue and to the funders for this
project – the Ontario Rheumatology Association, the Arthritis
Society and Sick Kids.