Regional Advisory Committee 1 Members
British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon Territory, and the Northwest Territories
Member of Council
Marcia Clark, MD, MSc, FRCSC
Chair of Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) 1
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Marcia is an Orthopaedic Surgeon and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Calgary and the Chief of Surgery at the South Health Campus Hospital. Her academic interests are in Simulation Based Medical Education (SBME), National and Global Medical Education, and the intersection of Health and Technology. More
Brinda Balachandra, MD, FRCPC (Edmonton, AB)
Dr. Brinda Balachandra is an Anatomical Pathologist at Alberta Precision Laboratories and Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Alberta. She obtained her Medical degree from the University of Manitoba. She completed a residency in Anatomical Pathology at the University of Alberta. This was followed by a Gastrointestinal and Liver pathology fellowship at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. She is a fellow of the Royal college of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a diplomate of the American Board on Pathology in Anatomical Pathology. She joined the department of Lab Medicine and Pathology at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton in 2006 where she remains to date. She has active roles in Undergraduate and Graduate medical education, Alberta Medical Association and College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.
Sylvia Cheng, MD, FRCPC, FAAP (Vancouver, BC)
Dr. Sylvia Cheng received her medical degree at the University of British Columbia and completed her postgraduate training in Paediatrics and Paediatric Hematology/Oncology at the University of Toronto. She also completed a Masters of Science in Community Health in the Health Practitioner Teacher Education program from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, focusing on assessment in postgraduate medical education. She is currently a paediatric oncologist at BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia and an aspiring clinician educator working with the paediatric residency program in refining assessment for residents within a competence by design framework.
Maria Chuquer, MD, FRCPC (Lethbridge, AB)
Dr. Maria Chuquer obtained her medical degree in 2004 at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and did her Anesthesiology residency in 2010 at SANE, Brazil. She completed a General Anesthesia Fellowship in 2011 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto.
She is a staff Anesthesiologist at Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, and has a staff appointment at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. She has an Assistant Professor appointment with the University of Calgary since 2013. Dr. Chuquer has a special interest in Perioperative Medicine and is currently enrolled in a Perioperative Masters program at University College London, United Kingdom. In March 2019, Dr. Chuquer became the Alberta Health Services South Zone Perioperative Medicine Lead.
Kristin DeGirolamo, MSc, MD FRCSC (Vancouver, BC)
Dr. DeGirolamo is originally from Victoria BC and is currently practicing general surgery in the Vancouver area in BC. She received her medical degree and completed general surgery residency at UBC and her fellowship in Acute Care Emergency Surgery at the University of Alberta. Her interests include general surgery, breast surgery and acute care emergency surgery. Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son doing anything outdoors.
Felicia Huang, MD, FRCPC (Whitehorse, YT.)
Dr. Felicia Huang grew up in St. John's NL where her parents still live. She attended medical school in Ottawa and completed a general surgical residency at McGill. A year of locums after graduation help her to decide to follow the path of community general surgery, eventually leading to Yukon where Dr. Huang has practiced for the last ten years.
Dr. Huang still enjoys doing locums and volunteering in developing countries to keep stimulated and challenged as well as to give back to community.
Debakanta Jena, MD, FRCSC (Medicine Hat, AB)
Dr Debakanta Jena grew up in Odisha, India and obtained his MBBS degree from SCB Medical College, Cuttack where he also completed a three-year Masters degree in Orthopedic Surgery. Dr Jena subsequently completed his Orthopedic residency and higher surgical training from the University of Manchester, England. He did advanced fellowship training in Arthroplasty and Sports Surgery at the University of Alberta.
Dr. Jena is currently a staff Orthopedic Surgeon at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. He is the surgical champion of NSQIP. He has a special interest in shoulder and knee sports surgeries, and holds an academic appointment with the University of Calgary as an Assistant Professor. Dr Jena has been involved with the Royal College as an examiner for Orthopedics since 2018, and is also a member of the Complaints Review and Hearing Committees of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.
John Kortbeek, B.Med Sc., MD, FRCSC, FACs (Calgary, AB)
John B. Kortbeek, MD, FRCSC, is a graduate of the University of Alberta. He completed an internship at St. Thomas Hospital, Akron Ohio and a General Surgery residency at the University of Calgary. He trained as a Critical Care fellow at the University of Calgary and as a Trauma fellow at Carraway Methodist Medical Centre. He has held an appointment at the University of Calgary since 1991 and is currently a Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Critical Care.
Maryana Kravtsenyuk, MD, FRCPC (Edmonton, AB)
Maryana Kravtsenyuk, MD, FRCPC, received her postgraduate psychiatry training at the University of Alberta. She completed a forensic psychiatry fellowship at the University of Toronto. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and University of Alberta since 2017.
Resident Doctors of Canada Representatives
Harrison Anzinger, MD (Victoria, BC)
Harrison completed his Undergraduate and Medical Degree at the University of Alberta. He is now a Pediatrics Resident in Victoria with the University of British Columbia Vancouver Island Distributed Site. He also serves as an executive on the Residency Doctors of British Columbia Board. His academic interests lie in general pediatrics, knowledge translation, and access to care for rural communities. He hopes to represent residents and advocate for their interests within the Royal College through his term on the RAC 1.
Miranda Wan, MD (Calgary, AB)
Dr. Miranda Wan completed her medical school at the University of Alberta and is currently a Neurology resident at the University of Calgary. She has a strong interest in medical education and currently serves as a University of Calgary delegate to the Professional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta.
Canadian Federation of Medical Students Representatives
Sherry Mahmood, University of Alberta
Sheharzad (Sherry) Mahmood is originally from Calgary, Alberta and is currently a third-year medical student at the University of Alberta. She is holding this role as the Western Regional Director for the Canadian Federation of Medical Students. In her future career path, Sherry hopes to pursue surgery and centre equity in a meaningful way with her work. Outside of medicine she enjoys basketball, boxing, and yoga.
Alvin Qiu, University of British Columbia
Alvin Qiu grew up in Toronto, Ontario and completed his undergraduate degree at McGill University. He is currently a 6th-year student in the combined MD/PhD Program at the University of British Columbia. His PhD thesis work is investigating the epigenetic mechanisms underlying a soft tissue cancer called synovial sarcoma. Outside of medicine, he enjoys spending his time competing in triathlons, snowboarding, and playing the piano.
Christie Newton, MD, CCFP, FCFP (Vancouver, BC)
Dr. Christie Newton completed her undergraduate and postgraduate training at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. She earned her Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP) in 1997 and Fellowship in the College of Family Physicians of Canada (FCFP) in 2011.
Dr. Newton started her career at the Queen’s Family Practice Teaching Unit in 1997. In 2001 she moved to the West Coast and joined the University of British Columbia (UBC)’s Family Practice Teaching Clinic in Vancouver. She became an academic faculty member in UBC’s Department of Family Practice in 2005.
Dr. Newton has held many positions within the Department including Director of Continuing Professional Development since 2010, Interim Co-Chair of the Department (2017-2019) and Medical Director of the UBC Health Clinic where she has a part-time teaching practice.
Dr. Newton is a Board Director of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and serves on many CFPC committees including Governance Advisory, Finance, and Patients Medical Home Steering Committees. Outside of these roles at the CFPC and UBC, she is a member of the Doctors of BC CPD Nucleus Committee, is co-chair of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada’s Interprofessional Education Network and serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative.
Rod McFadyen, MD, FRCPC (Victoria, BC)
Dr. Rod McFadyen received his MD degree from the University of Manitoba in 1978. He has practised emergency medicine at the Royal Jubilee and Victoria General Hospitals since 1989. He is a clinical professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia. More
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Marcia Clark, MD, MSc, FRCSC, Chair
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