UOHS 2024 Speakers
This year's lineup will feature diverse speakers that come from different backgrounds in healthcare and technology . Check out our lineup for UOHS 2024!
DR. EDWARD LEMAIRE
PRESIDENT-ELECT OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF PROSTHETICS AND ORTHOTICS
PhD; MSc; Professor at University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Edward Lemaire received a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) and MSc in Biomechanics from the University of Ottawa. In addition to academic appointments in the uOttawa Faculty of Medicine, Engineering, and Health Sciences, Dr. Lemaire is a member of the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Computer Science and the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Biomedical Engineering. His research focuses on technologies to enhance mobility for people with physical disabilities, wearable technologies to improve mobility assessment and outcome measurement, and the biomechanical investigation of pathological human movement.
DR. AMOL VERMA
PHYSICIAN, SCIENTIST, AND PROFESSOR
PhD, Temerty Professor of AI Research and Education in Medicine at the University of Toronto, and a Provincial Clinical Lead for Quality Improvement in General Medicine at Ontario Health.
Amol Verma is a physician and scientist in General Internal Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital, the Temerty Professor of AI Research and Education in Medicine at the University of Toronto, and a Provincial Clinical Lead for Quality Improvement in General Medicine at Ontario Health. He is a health services researcher, studying and improve hospital care using electronic clinical data. Amol co-founded and co-leads GEMINI, Canada’s largest hospital clinical data research network, which is collecting data from >30 hospitals in Ontario.
Integration of AI in Future Healthcare
This panel aims to explore how what healthcare looks like with the possibilities of AI. What are the benefits and risks? What ethical dilemmas exist? The speakers come from diverse domains and will bring their perspectives to this topic that is at the forefront of health science today.
DR. REBECCA THORNHILL
PROFESSOR AND IMAGING SCIENTIST
Rebecca Thornhill is an imaging scientist working in the Department of Medical Imaging at the Ottawa Hospital. She has a PhD in Medical Biophysics from Western University, focused on magnetic resonance imaging in heart disease. She works with Radiologists and Cardiologists in Ottawa on imaging research projects concerning cardiac MRI, radiomics, and machine learning. Rebecca is also an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University, where she supervises graduate students. Most recently, Rebecca and her students have been focused on developing strategies for explaining AI model decision-making in medical imaging
DR. AYUB AKRI
PROFESSOR AND NEPHROLOGIST
Ayub Akbari is an associate scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He is a nephrologist and Medical Director, Multi-Care Kidney Clinic, Nephrology Pre-conception and Pregnancy Clinic, and Director of Data and Analytics for Division of Nephrology at The Ottawa Hospital and full professor at the University of Ottawa. His research team is using artificial intelligence to see if they can predict when patients will need dialysis. Ayub’s current projects investigate clinical efficacy and usability of an automated digital counseling intervention for patients with chronic kidney disease, as well as artificial intelligence for the prevention of unplanned dialysis
DR. ANDREW SEELY
VICE-CHAIR OF RESEARCH - DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY
Andrew Seely is a Professor of Surgery within the Divisions of Thoracic Surgery and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Ottawa, vice-chair of research in the department of surgery at the university of ottawa, President of the Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons, as well as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Therapeutic Monitoring Systems Inc. Andrew’s scholarly interests include theoretical research exploring the clinical insights of complex systems science, physiologic understanding of complex biologic variability, applied research monitoring multiorgan variability, and prediction of likelihood of organ donation success.