Doctors' Program

The 23rd Annual Conference Preliminary Program is available in the following format:

Friday, November 1, 2019
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Registration Open
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm President’s Welcome Dinner
(Italian Country)
Saturday, November 2, 2019
7:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration Open
7:00 am - 9:30 am Breakfast
8:15 am - 8:30 am Welcome & Opening Remarks
Speakers: Drs. Imran Rasul & Emily Ching
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Imran Rasul, MD, FRCP(C)
Chair of the Endoscopy Unit
Credit Valley Hospital
President, OAG

 

Dr. Imran Rasul completed his undergraduate training at the University of Toronto in 1992. He went on to complete his Medical Degree, Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology training at the University of Toronto. Further training in Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy was completed at University of Toronto. He has been practicing in Mississauga at the Credit Valley Hospital for the past seven years. Dr. Rasul has an interest in Advanced Endoscopy and is Chair of the Endoscopy Unit at Credit Valley Hospital.


Emily Ching, MD, FRCPC
GI Health Centre
Treasurer, OAG

Dr. Emily Ching received her medical degree at McMaster University. She then completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is a recent gastroenterology training graduate from McMaster University in 2010, where she also served as a chief gastroenterology resident.

Upon completing her gastroenterology training, Dr. Ching has done gastroenterology locum at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. She also worked at various outpatient clinics while being a part-time gastroenterology consultant at Baycrest Geriatric Centre in the Greater Toronto area. With the recent change in job climate in gastroenterology, she embraced the challenge to the new paradigm shift and co-found an outpatient-based gastroenterology clinic, GI Health Centre, along with Dr. Sapna Makhija and Dr. Avantika Marwaha in Burlington, Ontario, in the summer of 2012. Dr. Ching and her partners strive to shorten healthcare wait time while maintaining patient follow up and continuity of care.

8:30 am - 8:50 am Barrett's Esophagus: Esophageal Lesions and Therapeutic Options for Dysplasia
Speaker: Dr. Mohammad Yaghoobi
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Mohammad Yaghoobi, MD, MSc (Epi), AFS, DABIM, FACG, FRCPC
Therapeutic Endoscopist,
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology
Site coordinator, Adult Gastroenterology residency program, Hamilton General Hospital
Coordinator, GI elective, Undergraduate Medical Program
Co-director, GI Health Technology Assessment, The Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute
Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine
McMaster University
McMaster University Medical Center

 

Dr Yaghoobi is a gastroenterologist and an advanced endoscopist. He is an assistant professor of medicine and attending gastroenterologist at McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences. He received his medical degree from Tehran University School of Medicine followed by an AFS degree from University of Paris in France. He then completed simultaneous Master’s Degree in Health Research Methodology as well as a research and clinical fellowship at McMaster University. Afterward, he finished his residency in internal medicine at University of Toronto and his clinical fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at McGill University. He was then appointed as the Clinical Instructor in Advanced Endoscopy Program and staff gastroenterologist at the Medical University of South Carolina before accepting his current position at McMaster University.

Dr Yaghoobi is certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and Hepatology from both the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of Internal Medicine. His clinical and academic interests include anemia, family history of digestive cancer or polyps, GI bleeding, Barrett’s esophagus, advanced endoscopic procedures, water-exchange colonoscopy, complex polyp removal, endoscopic ultrasound, ERCP and minimally invasive endoscopic surgeries. He has vast expertise in performing conventional meta-analysis, meta-analysis of diagnostic test accuracy as well as GI Health Technology Assessment.

Dr Yaghoobi has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles, editorials, invited reviews, abstracts, and book chapter, mainly as the lead author. His publications have been cited more than 1500 times. He was appointed as the first Editor-in-Chief of the ACG Case Reports Journal by the American College of Gastroenterology and is currently serving as member of Publication and Education Committees at the American College of Gastroenterology. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of GI Perspective by the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation (CDHF), an editor of the Cochrane Upper Gastrointestinal and Pancreatic Diseases Review Group and an associate editor of the Journal of Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (JCAG). He is also co-director of GI Health Technology Assessment at the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute.

8:50 am - 9:10 am Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Surgical Options and Treatment Criteria
Speaker: Dr. Gonzalo Sapisochin (surgeon)
9:10 am - 9:30 am Pancreatic Cystic Lesions
Speaker: Dr. Paul James
9:30 am - 9:50 am Genetic Associated Gastrointestinal Malignancies
Speaker: Dr. Rob Gryfe
9:50 am - 10:10 am Panel Discussion
Moderator: Dr. Daniel Green
10:10 am - 10:35 am Nutrition Break/Exhibits
10:20 am - 10:40 am Average Risk and Surveillance for Colon Cancer
Speaker: Dr. Jill Tinmouth
10:40 am - 11:00 am Therapeutic Interventions for Polypectomy
Speaker: Dr. Gary May
11:00 am - 11:40 am KEYNOTE ADDRESS:  Topic - TBA 
Speaker: Dr. Doug Rex
11:40 am - 12:00 pm Panel Discussion
Moderator: Dr. Maria Cino
12:00 pm - 12:05 pm

Closing Remarks
Speaker: Dr. Emily Ching

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Emily Ching, MD, FRCPC
GI Health Centre
Treasurer, OAG

 

Dr. Emily Ching received her medical degree at McMaster University. She then completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is a recent gastroenterology training graduate from McMaster University in 2010, where she also served as a chief gastroenterology resident.

Upon completing her gastroenterology training, Dr. Ching has done gastroenterology locum at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. She also worked at various outpatient clinics while being a part-time gastroenterology consultant at Baycrest Geriatric Centre in the Greater Toronto area. With the recent change in job climate in gastroenterology, she embraced the challenge to the new paradigm shift and co-found an outpatient-based gastroenterology clinic, GI Health Centre, along with Dr. Sapna Makhija and Dr. Avantika Marwaha in Burlington, Ontario, in the summer of 2012. Dr. Ching and her partners strive to shorten healthcare wait time while maintaining patient follow up and continuity of care.

SOCIAL PROGRAMS
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch @ Morton's Grille (Niagara Falls)
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Social Program: TBA
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Cocktail Reception
7:30 pm - 12:30 am Gala and Awards Presentation(Havana Nights)
Sunday, November 3, 2019
7:00 am - 11:00 am Registration Open
7:00 am - 9:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am - 8:50 am Food Allergies, Elimination and Testing
Speaker: Dr. Julia Upton
8:50 am - 9:10 am IBD and Associated Malignancies 
Speaker: Dr. Sanjay Murthy
9:10 am - 9:30 am The Role of Microbiome in the Treatment of IBD and IBS
Speaker: Dr. Premysl Bercik
9:30 am - 9:50 am Alternative Therapies in IBD
Speaker: Dr. Neeraj Narula
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Neeraj Narula, MD, MPH, FRCPC
Assistant Professor of Medicine
McMaster University

 

Dr. Neeraj Narula is the Director of the IBD Clinic at McMaster University and a Staff Gastroenterologist at Hamilton Health Sciences.  He completed the Present-Levison Advanced IBD fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York, NY, in 2015.  He trained to be a Chartered Accountant at the University of Waterloo and has worked at Ernst & Young and KPMG.  He subsequently attended medical school at the University of Alberta.  He completed his internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship training at McMaster University. He also obtained a Masters in Public Health at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.  His research interests are predominantly in clinical epidemiology, nutrition, and pharmaceutical trials in IBD.

Presentation Overview
This presentation will review gastrointestinal pathologies which may benefit from treatment with fecal microbiota transplantation.

9:50 am - 10:10 am Panel Discussion 
Moderator: Dr. Keith McIntosh
10:10 am - 10:45 am Working Nutrition Break
10:10 am - 10:40 am OMA Section of GI AGM
Moderator: Dr. Iain Murray

 

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Iain Murray, MD CM, FRCP(C)
Past President, Ontario Association of
Gastroenterology
Section Chair, OMA Section
of Gastroenterology

Dr. Iain Murray's family immigrated from far overseas in 1972. He attended school and CEGEP on the island of Montreal. His Bachelor of Science was obtained at the University of Toronto and Master's degree at the Anatomy Department of McGill University. He graduated from McGill Medical School in 1990. Dr. Murray did his post-graduate training in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at the University of Western Ontario. He first set up practice at Markham-Stouffville hospital in 1995. In 2003 he became co-found of the current Intestinal Health Institute where he continues his gastroenterology practice. Dr. Murray is the Past President of the Ontario Association of Gastroenterology. He is also the Chair of the Section on Gastroenterology at the Ontario Medical Association. Dr. Murray is married with three children.
10:40 am - 11:55 am Annual General Meeting
(Closed Meeting - Members' only)
11:55 am - 12:00 pm Closing Remarks
Speaker: Dr. Imran Rasul
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Imran Rasul, MD, FRCP(C)
Chair of the Endoscopy Unit
Credit Valley Hospital
President, OAG

Dr. Imran Rasul completed his undergraduate training at the University of Toronto in 1992. He went on to complete his Medical Degree, Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology training at the University of Toronto. Further training in Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy was completed at University of Toronto. He has been practicing in Mississauga at the Credit Valley Hospital for the past seven years. Dr. Rasul has an interest in Advanced Endoscopy and is Chair of the Endoscopy Unit at Credit Valley Hospital.

 


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