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UOHS 2019 Keynote Speakers

UOHS 2019 is going to be an amazing conference! Learn about our keynote speakers below




B.Sc, B.Ed, M.Sc, Ph.D

Dr. Raywat Deonandan is a Global Health Epidemiologist, novelist and journalist. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, and formerly the Chief Science Advisor to the Canadian federal government on the topic of Assisted Human Reproduction. In 2017, Deonandan was honoured with the 2nd annual University of Ottawa Open Scholarship Award for his commitment to transparent and accessible research. In 2016, he was given the OCUFA Teaching Award, the highest professorial teaching honour in the province of Ontario. A critically acclaimed fiction writer, Deonandan's works have been published in nine countries and in five languages. He was awarded the national book award of Guyana in 2000, as well as writing awards from the Canadian Author's Association, the University of Toronto, and the Canada Council for the Arts. A journalist with features in newspapers around the world, in 2012 he was given an award for international journalism by the news syndicate New America Media, for his work on the ethics of reproductive tourism. Dr. Deonandan is also the founder and Executive Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Health Sciences, and host of the science education podcast "Science Monkey."



MD, DPhil FRCPC, Director of Geriatrics of the Sinai Health System, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at University of Toronto and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

One of the biggest truths our healthcare system has to face today is the aging population and who better to advocate for older adults than Dr. Samir Sinha, Canada’s “most compelling voice for the elderly” as per Maclean’s magazine. Dr. Sinha was appointed by the Government of Ontario as the expert lead on Ontario’s Seniors Strategy in 2012, and he is now in the process of developing a National Seniors Strategy. Dr. Sinha currently works as the Director of Geriatrics of the Sinai Health System and the University Health Network in Toronto and the Peter and Shelagh Godsoe Chair in Geriatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital. After completing his MD from the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Sinha was awarded the Rhodes Scholar distinction, following which he obtained his Masters in Medical History and Doctorate in Sociology at the University of Oxford’s Institute of Ageing. He then pursued his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto and in Geriatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 2014, Dr. Sinha was listed as one of Canada’s 50 most influential people by Canada’s Maclean’s Magazine. Without a doubt, Dr. Sinha has extensive knowledge and experience with this topic and his expert opinion is one you do not want to miss hearing at UOHS 2019!

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