Summer 2021 (Volume 31, Number 2)
Updates from Ontario
News from Northern Ontario
By Sahil Koppikar, MD, FRCPC
Rheumatology care in Northern Ontario continues to
evolve. Drs. Saara Rawn and Matthew Piche have set up
permanent practices in Sault Ste. Marie and had full clinics
within a few weeks! Most importantly, Saara had a
little boy named Matti in September 2020!
In Timmins, Drs. Laurence Rubin and Simon Carette
have retired from the area after 30 years of providing outreach
clinics. Their outstanding care and commitment to
the region will surely be missed. We are lucky to have recruited
Dr. Medha Soowamber to the Timmins program,
and we will continue to provide clinics every three months
in addition to virtual consults. Dr. Maysam Khalfan,
after graduating from UBC Rheum in 2020 and returning
to Ontario, has enthusiastically set up outreach clinics
in Kapuskasing and Hearst, where he will visit several
times a year.
Through the new ORA Northern Ontario committee,
we are working to set up partnerships between interested
rheumatologists and Advanced Clinical Practitioners in
Arthritis Care (ACPACs) in Northeastern and Northwestern
Ontario. We hope to leverage new virtual care skills
that rheumatologists have developed over the pandemic to
support northern remote and rural communities.
By Michelle Batthish, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Pediatric rheumatology in Hamilton has seen much
growth in the past few years. Dr. Liane Heale was hired
as the third pediatric rheumatologist in 2018, joining
Drs. Batthish and Cellucci. Julie Herrington, an ACPAC-trained
physiotherapist, is another welcome addition to
our small but mighty group! Maddie Fyfe has also joined
our team as a physiotherapist.
The pediatric rheumatology team has developed a new
specialty clinic for children and adults with suspected autoinflammatory
diseases in partnership with our allergy/
immunology colleagues. We have also expanded our Transition
to Adult Rheumatology Care Program with twice
monthly transition clinics. Our multi-disciplinary team
works to improve self-management skills with our patients
using validated tools, including the MyTransition App.
News from Kingston
By Mary Clements-Baker, MD, FRCPC
In Kingston, the third wave is certainly challenging us
as we see overflow from the Greater Toronto Area. We
welcome new rheumatologist Dr. Emma Tang, a recent
U.S. graduate, originally from the Kingston area! We are
proud to note that our division chief, Dr. Mala Joneja, is
the director of Diversity and Equity for Queen’s Medical
School. Dr. Tabitha Kung, and Dr. Tan Towheed and myself
continue our Queen’s positions. Dr. Henry Averns
provides community teaching for our residents. Dr. Roberta
Schellenburg provides community care.
Dr. Anasstasiades is enjoying retirement but joins us for rounds. Here’s to getting together in person soon!
A distanced grad ceremony in June 2020, with a hockey stick basket to hand over diplomas along with a