Brent Kvern, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Winnipeg, MB (Chair/Président)
Suzanne Gagnon, MD, CCMF, FCMF, MA
G. Michael Allan, MD, CCFP
Adam Rostis, MD
Vivian R. Ramsden, RN, MS, PhD, MCFP (HON)
Curtis Handford, MD, CCFP, MHSc
Editorial Advisory Board Bios
Brent Kvern is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba. Even though he works in an academic family medicine setting, he provides "full service" family medicine, including after hours coverage and care for patients in the office, those admitted to hospital, and those on the labour floor. He is a former Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education and a former Family Medicine Program Director. He enjoys teaching many subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate medical trainees, but critical appraisal and procedural skills are two of his favorite areas. His research interests include guideline development and influencing physician clinical behavior, especially in the areas of osteoporosis and diabetes.
Docteure Gagnon est professeure agrégée du département de médecine familiale et de médecine d’urgence de l’université Laval à Québec. Elle est membre du comité de développement professionnel continu du Collège québécois des médecins de famille et fût présidente de ce comité de 1998 à 2004. Elle est membre du Conseil en développement professionnel continu du Québec. Elle est aussi chef de service et clinicienne à la clinique santé des immigrants-réfugiés du CSSS-de-la Vieille-Capitale. Elle est aussi membre du comité consultatif québécois sur la santé des voyageurs de l’Institut national de santé publique du Québec et responsable du programme santé-voyage à la Direction de santé publique de la Capitale-Nationale. Ses principaux intérêts professionnels sont : la santé-voyage et internationale, la santé des minorités ethnoculturelles, le travail en interdisciplinarité, le développement professionnel continu et la pédagogie tout particulièrement l’enseignement en ligne et les technologies de l’enseignement.
Mike has been in practice for approximately 16 years and currently works at the Northeast Community Health Centre in Edmonton. He has given more than 200 presentations and published more than 90 articles. He is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta and the Director of the Alberta College of Family Physician’s (ACFP’s) Evidence and Continuing Professional Development Program. Mike also participates in a weekly medical podcast, roadshows, and academic detailing visits, and writes Tools for Practice for the ACFP and Canadian Family Physician. Mike is happily married and has two teenage daughters.
Adam Rostis is a first-year resident in the family medicine program at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. His interests are in international health and disaster management. These interests were inspired by his work with the International Federation of the Red Cross in Zimbabwe and for the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office. Before studying medicine, Adam completed his PhD in management at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, for which he researched the organizational history of humanitarian agencies. He has contributed to several published volumes on management and organizational history and is the author of Organizing Disaster: The Construction of Humanitarianism. Upon completing his residency, he plans to practice medicine in Nova Scotia.
Dr Vivian R. Ramsden, registered nurse, received a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. She is currently, Associate Professor and Director of the Research Division in the Department of Academic Family Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She is an Honorary Member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been involved with the Section of Researchers. She served as a Member-at-Large on the Executive Committee of the Section of Researchers from 2000-2006, currently sits on the Section of Researchers Council and is currently Chair of the Research Directors. She served on the Task Force on Patient Education and is currently a member of the Patient Education Committee. Her background spans both critical care in acute care settings and primary health care in urban, rural, First Nations and international communities. Dr Ramsden is a passionate advocate for community-based participatory research; thus, her research interests are in primary health care, participatory processes of research and evaluation, mixed methods; and prevention and management of chronic diseases. Her unique strengths and vision have led to the creation of innovative curriculum related to the resident project for the residency program in Saskatchewan; community-based prevention programs; and changes in health policy.
Curtis Handford, MD, CCFP MHSc graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2001. He is a family physician who works at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. He also works clinically in addiction medicine at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He is the Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto with cross-appointment to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. He functions as Program Director for the Academic Fellowship, MScCH, and MPH (FCM) graduate degrees. He has been educating health professionals at all levels about family medicine and addiction medicine for several years. He is very interested in teaching core generalist knowledge, skills and attitudes to family medicine residents and graduate learners. He is the principal author of CAMH’s 2011 clinical practice guidelines for the use of Buprenorphine and Naloxone for opioid dependence.