Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) 3 Members

Ontario and Nunavut

Member of Council

Roy Kirkpatrick, MD, FRCSC

Roy Kirkpatrick, MD, FRCSC (Huntsville, ON)
Chair of Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) 3

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Dr. Roy Kirkpatrick graduated from Queen’s University in 1977 followed by a one year internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He subsequently completed a residency in General Surgery at the University of Ottawa in 1983.After completing postgraduate training, he enjoyed an eclectic career. This included work as a doctor on a drilling ship in the North Atlantic, surgical locums in a number of small communities, and as an emergency room physician at The Ottawa Hospital’s General Campus. More


Emmanuel O. Abara, MD, FRCSC

Emmanuel O. Abara, MD, FRCSC (Richmond, ON)
Dr. Emmanuel O. Abara graduated in 1976 from the University of Ibadan as a Gold medallist in community health and received the Blair-Aitken Prize in Surgery. He completed General Surgery training at the Universities of Benin and Port Harcourt, and a Urology residency at the University of Toronto, with Fellowship in General Urology, Urodynamics, Pediatric urology and Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy.

He is currently a Director at the Richmond Hill Urology Practice and Prostate Institute, and works as a Consultant Urologist for Notre Dame Hospital, Hearst; The General Hospital, Smooth Rock Falls and Sensenbrenner Hospital, Kapuskasing. He is an Associate Professor, Division of Clinical Sciences, Northern Ontario School of Medicine with a special interest in rural and global health and use of technology in health services e.g. telemedicine.

Dr. Abara has served in many professional leadership capacities at the local and provincial levels, including serving as Secretary and Chair for Ontario Medical Association (OMA) District 5, as a member of the OMA Nominating Committee and Audit Committee, and as delegate and alternate to OMA and CMA Council. He currently serves on the CEPD/Faculty Development, and Education Advisory Board, Academic Council of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), and continues to serve as a reviewer and contributor to various medical journals e.g. the CUAJ.

Yvonne Chan, MD, FRCSC

Yvonne Chan, MD, FRCSC (Mississauga, ON)
Dr. Yvonne Chan is an Assistant Professor and the Continuing Professional Development Director in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto. She finished her Otolaryngology residency training at the University of Toronto and subsequently completed a Rhinology fellowship at the Georgia Nasal and Sinus Institute.

Dr. Chan obtained her medical degree and a Master’s of Science degree in molecular genetics and molecular biology from the University of Toronto. At the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, she is the undergraduate medical lead for Otolaryngology. Her clinical practice at Trillium Health Partners has a focus in advanced Rhinology and Endocrine Surgery. Since 2015, she has been the co-editor of the world renowned Otolaryngology textbook, K. J. Lee's Essential Otolaryngology 11th edition. Given her interests in education, she has co-authored a number of textbooks in the past few years in different areas of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery.

Joanna Lazier, MD, FRCPC

Joanna Lazier, MD, FRCPC (Ottawa, ON)
Dr. Joanna Lazier attended medical school at the University of Toronto, followed by residency in Medical Genetics at the University of Calgary. She worked at the Edmonton Medical Genetics clinic for a number of years, where she founded and directed the Prenatal Genetics Clinic.
She has now moved to Ottawa where she is a Medical Geneticist at in the regional Genetics Program at CHEO and an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa. She is also serving as program director of the Medical Genetics and Genomics residency program in Ottawa. Her clinical interests are in prenatal genetics, skeletal dysplasias and disorders of sexual development. In her role as program director, she is assisting with the implementation of the Competence by Design (CBD) curriculum for Genetics, as well as for CHEO.
Dr. Lazier first became involved with the Royal College as a resident, with involvement in the planning of multiple International Residency Leadership Summits. She has served as a resident representative on the Fellowship Affairs Committee, and is currently a Fellow member of Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) 3.

Amber Miners, MD, FRCPC

Amber Miners, MD, FRCPC (Iqaluit, NU)
Dr. Amber Miners is a Pediatrician, and Chief of Pediatrics in Iqaluit, Nunavut where she has lived and worked since 2010. She is a graduate of Queens University, Faculty of Medicine (class of 2004), and completed residency training in Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa in 2009. She holds faculty positions at the University of Ottawa and Memorial University and is an active participant in residency education for both pediatric and family medicine trainees in Nunavut. She has a keen interest in medical education and rural generalism.

Jonathan Smith, MD, FRCPC

Jonathan Smith, MD, FRCPC (Thunder Bay, ON)
Dr. Jonathan Smith attended medical school at the University of Ottawa followed by a residency in Emergency Medicine at McMaster University. Currently he works at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre as an Emergency Physician and a Trauma Team Leader. Dr. Smith is also very involved with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine where he is an Assistant Professor. He also serves as the Academic Director and Local Education Group lead for the Thunder Bay Emergency Group as well as the Post Graduate Education ED Director for NOSM’s West Campus.
Dr. Smith has a strong interest in medical education and curriculum development and is an active educator at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has also been involved in many projects looking to expand the educational platform and most recently completed a distributive learning module and academic learning portal to be used by post graduate learners on rotation in the ED.

Natasha Snelgrove, MD, FRCPC

Natasha Snelgrove, MD, FRCPC (Hamilton, ON)
Dr. Natasha Snelgrove is a general psychiatrist who graduated from McMaster’s Waterloo Campus psychiatry residency program in 2016. She works as a general psychiatrist in Hamilton doing general hospital outpatient psychiatric care as well as collaborative care. She has a particular interest in QI and measurement-based care in improving care for patients.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Snelgrove has a strong interest in postgraduate residency education, and is the current Core Curriculum Coordinator for McMaster’s psychiatry residency program.

Canadian Federation of Medical Students Representative

Victoria Turnbull

Victoria Turnbull

University Representative

Tarit K. Saha, Mmms, FRCPC

Tarit K. Saha, MD, FRCPC (Kingston, ON) - Queens University
Dr. Tarit Saha is an Anesthesiologist at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, and his clinical and academic interests are in Cardiac Anesthesia and Acute Pain. Dr. Saha also has a fellowship in Cardiac Anesthesia from Queen’s University.

CPD Educators

Vinita Bindlish, MD, FRCPC (Hamilton, ON)

Vinita Bindlish, MD, FRCPC (Hamilton, ON)
Dr. Vinita Bindlish graduated from medical school at McMaster University in 1995. She completed her residency in otolaryngology head and neck surgery from the University of Toronto in June 2000. She has been practicing in Kitchener-Waterloo since July 2001. More

Valerie Schulz, MD, FRCPC (London, ON)

Valerie Schulz, MD, FRCPC (London, ON)
Dr. Valerie Schulz graduated from Queen’s School of Medicine, completed a Royal College Fellowship in Anesthesiology at Western University, and a Master’s in Public Health at the University of Alberta. She focused her clinical career on advancing palliative medicine, patient care options and learner education programs. More