EMU Faculty

Krishna Anchala MD

Emergency Physician
Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Krishnapriya (Krishna) Anchala is an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto and staff emergency physician at the Hospital for Sick Children.

Her background includes residency training in pediatrics and fellowship training in pediatric emergency medicine at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.  During her fellowship, she was selected to participate in the NIH-funded Clinical Research Scholars Program, earning a Master of Science degree in clinical research from Case Western Reserve University while examining efficacy of written asthma treatment plans in pediatric patients. In addition to providing clinical service in the pediatric emergency department, Dr. Anchala has led hospital wide patient safety initiatives and assisted with provincial trauma planning for pediatrics and has interests in emergency department in situ training and evaluating morbidity in pediatric emergency patients.

Emily Austin MD

Emergency Physician
St. Michael's Hospital

Emily is a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.  She also works as a toxicologist at the Ontario Poison Centre.  She completed her training in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Toronto.

Suzanne Beno MD

Paediatric Emergency Medicine Physician
The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Suzanne Beno is a Paediatric Emergency Medicine specialist at The Hospital for Sick Children. She completed her subspecialty training at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, became faculty at The University of Alberta in 2006, and joined the Division of Emergency Medicine at SickKids in 2010. She is currently the Co-Director of both the Paediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Training Program as well as the SickKids Trauma Program. In addition, she is the Site Director for the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program through the Public Health Agency of Canada. Dr. Beno's professional interests focus on the continuing improvement of paediatric trauma care and injury prevention and control through medical education and public awareness, research and advocacy.

Mike Betzner MD

Emergency Physician
Calgary Health Region

Dr Mike Betzner is a graduate of University of Alberta Medical School in 1991 followed by a Royal College Residency in Emergency Medicine which was completed in 1996. Full time Emergency Physician and Clinical Lecturer for U of C in the Calgary Health Region since then. Voted by the residents FRCPC preceptor of the year for Emergency Medicine at U of C 2013. Heavy involvement in pre-hospital emergency care air transport within Alberta as Medical Director of STARS Air Ambulance in Calgary for >15 yrs. Still an active flight physician for STARS and involved in Pre-hospital, rural, and residency Emergency Medicine Education and Human Patient Simulation.

S. Blair Fearon MD

North York General Hospital

Dr. Blair Fearon is a Staff Ophthalmologist at North York General Hospital and Humber River Memorial Hospital.  He graduated from medical school and receive his Royal College in 1983 and finished his specialty in ophthalmology from the University of Toronto in 1988.  Dr. Fearon has been a licensed private pilot for 20 years as well as a certified scuba diver for 10 years.

Jamie Blicker MD

Emergency Physician

Jamie Blicker is an Emergency Physician at North York General Hospital. He completed medical school at McGill University and residency at the University of Manitoba. He then worked in Cleveland, Ohio and Victoria, BC prior to finally settling in Toronto. His interests include Airway Management, Procedures in Emergency Medicine, and Point of care Ultrasound.

Isaac Bogoch MD

Infectious Diseases Specialist
University Health Network

Dr. Isaac Bogoch is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Medicine, and is an Infectious Diseases consultant and General Internist at the Toronto General Hospital with a focus on tropical diseases, HIV, and general infectious diseases. He completed medical school and Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Toronto, and then specialized in Infectious Diseases at Harvard University.  He holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, and has completed fellowships in both Tropical Infectious Diseases and HIV care. Dr. Bogoch divides his clinical and research time between Toronto and several countries in Africa and Asia.


Peter Brindley MD

Critical Care Physician
Alberta Health Services

Full-time Critical Care Doc at the University of Alberta Hospital; Professor of Critical Care Medicine, Anaesthesiology, and Medical Ethics. Over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 25 book chapters, 50 lesser manuscripts, and a handbook. Over 400 invited presentations in 12 countries, and over 40 plenaries.

A founding member of the Canadian Resuscitation Institute; and previous Medical-Lead for Simulation, Residency Program Director, and Education Lead at the UofA. Has advised the Royal College of Canada, and Edinburgh Royal College of Physicians and helps organize a bunch of national and international conferences. Is proudest of two “feral” children, and still very much in love with his long suffering wife. Is convinced happiness is about finding meaning and showing gratitude- he occasionally succeeds.

Sean Caine MD

Emergency Physician
London Health Sciences Centre

After graduating medical school at the University of Toronto, Dr. Caine spent 4 years in Calgary where he completed his residency in Family Medicine and a third year of training in Emergency Medicine. During his final year in Calgary he worked in the emergency departments of both the regional trauma centre at Foothills Hospital, and Peter Lougheed Hospital. He returned to Toronto in July 2010 and worked both the UHN and North York General Hospital.  He currently is working in London at the London Health Sciences Centre.

Kathy Cao MD

Dr. Cao received her Bachelor’s degree with distinction in Biochemistry from Queen’s University in 2002. She then graduated with her medical degree from the University of Toronto in 2006, and completed her residency training in Ophthalmology at University of Toronto in 2011. She also completed her Master of Education at the University of Toronto in 2015.

Dr. Cao also has a passion for medical education and teaches medical students, residents, family physicians, emergency physicians, ophthalmologists and other healthcare professions.  She is the current Medical Education Section Editor for the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. 

Dr. Cao is devoted to community service with the goal of preventing blindness. She volunteers with Orbis and Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care, and provides public education on eye health through radio, TV, and social media.

David Carr MD

Dr David Carr is an Associate Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto.  He is an Emergency Physician and Clinical Investigator at the University Health Network in Toronto.  He has been the recipients of multiple Undergraduate and Post Graduate Clinical Teaching awards.   During the Baseball season, he works at the Roger's Centre as the Medical director of Stadium Medicine for the Toronto Blue Jays.  In 2010, he pursued his passions serving as an ER physician in the Athletes Village for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.  Since 2010, He has co- authored a chapter on Occlusive Arterial Disease in the 7-9th th Editions of Tintinalli's Emergency Medicine.



Lucas Chartier MD

Emergency Physician
University Health Network
North York General

Dr. Lucas Chartier is an emergency physician who divides his time between the emergency departments of North York General Hospital and University Health Network in Toronto. He completed his residency training in the Royal College program of the University of Toronto, and completed a Masters of Public Health with a focus on quality improvement and patient safety at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is now the Director of Quality and Innovation for the emergency department at the University Health Network. His academic and clinical interests reside in resource stewardship and the provision of safe patient care.

Jordan Chenkin MD

Emergency Physician
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Jordan Chenkin is an emergency physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, and a Transport Medicine Physician for Ornge Air Ambulance. He is an Assistant Professor and Clinician Educator at the University of Toronto. He is the Director of the Emergency Point-of-Care Ultrasound Fellowship at the University of Toronto. He teaches for several national ultrasound courses and is an active researcher on the use of POCUS in the emergency department.

Anthony Crocco, MD

Division Head & Medical Director
Pediatric Emergency Department
McMaster Children's Hospital

Dr. Anthony G. Crocco is the Division Head & Medical Director of the Pediatric Emergency Department at McMaster Children's Hospital as well as Associate Professor at McMaster University. Anthony has taught with DevelopingEM, BEEM (Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine), is a recurring guest with the Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine podcast and runs the website Sketchy EBM.

Matt Distefano MD

Emergency Physician
Collingwood General & Marine Hospital

Matt Distefano is the former Education Coordinator at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Emergency Department.  As a preceptor, Matt has been teaching med students and residents at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital for over 15 years.  One of the first graduates of the McMaster Family Medicine Rural Stream Program, Matt has been practicing in the Emergency Departments in Collingwood and Grey Bruce Health Services, in addition to running a hand clinic at CGMH.  

Dr. Glaucomflecken MD

Stand Up Comedian

Dr. Glaucomflecken has been writing satire for years with Gomerblog, covering a wide variety of medical and surgical specialties.  In addition to writing, Dr. Glaucomflecken is also an accomplished academic speaker, delivering a variety of CME accredited talks.

Sara Gray, MD

Emergency Physician
St. Michael's Hospital

Dr. Sara Gray is cross-trained in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. She works in both areas at St. Michael's Hospital and is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. Her academic interests include patient safety and knowledge translation, and specifically how to optimize the care of critically ill patients in the ED. Her most important achievements are her kids, who don’t care what she does at work all day, but who appreciate her chauffeuring skills and her sense of humour.

Leonard Grinblat MD

North York General

Dr Leonard (Lenny) Grinblat is a combined Radiologist and Nuclear Medicine physician at NYGH for the past 10 years. He enjoys interacting with both general GPs, internists, and specialists alike, and strives to be the best clinical radiologist possible. He also believes that humans did indeed land on the moon.

Jesse Guscott MD

Collingwood General & Marine Hospital

Dr. Guscott is a rural generalist and medical educator.  He trained in Rural Family Medicine and Family Practice Anesthesia through McMaster’s community based programs.  His ever evolving clinical practice has included Anesthesia, Emergency and Hospitalist medicine in Collingwood, Ontario.  A passionate, award winning educator, he is the long standing Program Director for the McMaster Family Practice Anesthesia resident training program and he is the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Simulation Program Director.  He loves all things airway, resuscitation and human factors and teaches a number of accredited CME courses such as AIME, HIC and his own simulation course SCORE.


Greg Hall MD

Emergency Physician
Brantford General Hospital

Dr. Greg Hall is an emergency physician at the Brantford General Hospital and assistant clinical professor at McMaster University.  He completed his residency at Western U. and has an interest in point-of-care ultrasound and continuing education.  He is co-author of the textbook Essentials of Point of Care Ultrasound, helped develop numerous POCUS training programs, and has won clinical and teaching awards.   He is currently Vice President of the Canadian Point of Care Ultrasound Society.

Walter Himmel, MD

Emergency Physician
North York General & Michael Garron Hospital

Dr. Walter Himmel is an Emergency Physician at North York General and Michael Garron Hospitals. He is a world renowned speaker in Emergency Medicine on the topics of stroke, anticoagulants, transfusions and drug interactions and the recipient of multiple teaching awards.

Charisse Kwan MD

Paediatric Emergency Medicine Physician
Hospital for Sick Children
PEM Program Director

Charisse Kwan is Director of the Paediatric Emergency Medicine Point of Care Ultrasound Program and Fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto and works as a PEM physician at the The Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Kwan has developed and taught many national and international PEM POCUS workshops integrating low-fidelity simulation into ultrasound learning. She is also interested in how people of all levels learn POCUS and is researching learning curves, deliberate practice and assessment scales. The rest of her time and interests are now taken up by her newborn son, yet she will still find the time to discuss anything PEM POCUS!




Constance Leblanc MD

Dalhousie University

Dr. Constance LeBlanc (Connie) has worked in all adult tertiary Academic Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada for 28 years and is a professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University. Education is very important to me and I have served as EM Program Director, Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) CME Chair and now as Associate Dean for Continuing Professional Development and Medical Education Research for Dalhousie University. I believe that ED docs are weird and unique and that we live life in a way ordinary folk often don’t, perhaps due to the nature of our work- this is something to celebrate!


Michelle Lee MD

Pediatric Emergency Physician
Michelle Sin Lee  is a pediatric emergency physician at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. She received her medical degree at McGill University and completed her Pediatric residency at McMaster University. At the Hospital for Sick Children, she then completed both of her fellowships in Pediatric Emergency Medicine as well as point-of-care ultrasound. She has lectured nationally and internationally on the use of pediatric POCUS. Her research interest lies in the dissemination of POCUS amongst other medical technologies to low-resource settings for improving child health.


Shirley Lee, MD

Emergency Physician
Ottawa Hospital

CMPA Physician Advisor

Dr. Shirley Lee is a Physician Advisor at the Canadian Medical Protective Association and an Emergency physician at the Ottawa Hospital. She is an Associate Professor, DFCM, at the University of Toronto. She has been a passionate medical educator for over 20+ years. Her education interests focus on supporting physician practices to optimize safe medical care delivery and patient safety across Canada.

Eric Letovsky, MD

Chief of Emergency Medicine
Trillium Health Partners

Dr. Eric Letovsky is a graduate of Yale university and completed Medicine at McGill. He is the Chief of the Emergency Medicine Program at Trillium Health Partners, which consists of the Emergency Departments at the Credit Valley Hospital and the Mississauga Hospital, as well as the Urgent Care Centre at the Queensway Health Centre. He is the Director of the Division of Emergency Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Toronto, where he is a Full Professor in the Faculty of Medicine.

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Amal Mattu, MD

Vice Chair Emergency Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Dr. Mattu completed an emergency medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, after which he completed a teaching fellowship with a special focus on emergency cardiology. Since joining the faculty at the University of Maryland in 1996, he has developed an academic niche in emergency cardiology and electrocardiography, and he also enjoys teaching and writing about other topics such as emergency geriatrics, faculty development, and risk management. He currently is a tenured professor and Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He lives near Annapolis, Maryland with his wife and three kids.

Hugh McGowan MD

North York General

Dr. McGowan is an Ophthalmologist with an interest in Emergency Care teaching with a number of years of experience in coordinating emergency eye care with ER physicians.  He has a special interest in Ocular Oncology and has practiced with a subspecialty group at the Princess Margaret Hospital with the University of Toronto.  He enjoys teaching medical students, interns, residents and clinical fellows.

Michael Misch MD

Emergency Physician
North York General

Dr Michael Misch is an Emergency Physician at North York General Hospital in Toronto. He is an associate editor of EM Cases and writes the CritCases blog.

George Porfiris MD

Emergency Physician
Michael Garron Hospital

George Porfiris has worked as an emergency physician at Michael Garron Hospital for 20 years. He is an assistant professor at the DFCM, U of T and the director of Emergency Medical education. He currently lives in Toronto with his wife and 2 children.


Nadia Primiani MD

Nadia is an Emergency Physician at the Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Centre, Mount Sinai Hospital.  She previously worked in Vancouver and Calgary before coming to Toronto.  Dr. Primiani is the Post Graduate Education Coordinator for the Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Centre and her academic interests include medical education and simulation.

Raj Rathee MD

Ophthalmic Surgeon
North York General

Dr. Rathee attended medical school at Dalhousie University and then specialized in Ophthalmology at Queen’s University with a primary focus on cataract and refractive surgery. He is currently a staff ophthalmic surgeon at North York General Hospital and the Herzig Eye Institute, and a lecturer at the University of Toronto. Although born and raised in Nova Scotia, Dr. Rathee takes pride in communicating with our diverse patient population and speaks fluent French, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, as well as some Tamil, Cantonese, Mandarin, Italian, and Farsi.

Sarah Reid, MD

Associate Professor
University of Ottawa
Pediatrics & Emergency Medicine Departments

Sarah Reid completed her Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) Fellowship at CHEO in Ottawa.  She is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and a Clinical Investigator at the CHEO Research Institute.  Her main academic interest lies in improving the care of children seen in general emergency departments across Canada.  She is Editor and Ontario Lead for Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (www.trekk.ca), and PEM Educator for the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians Emergency Medicine Review Course.  Dr. Reid is involved in a number of research projects dealing with pediatric concussion and mental health care and serves on the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

Salim Rezaie, MD

Founder REBEL EM and REBEL Cast

Emergency Physician
Greater San Antonio Emergency Physicians

Dr. Salim Rezaie  completed his medical school training at Texas A&M Health Science Center, and continued his medical education with a combined Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine residency at East Carolina University.  Currently, he is working as a community emergency physician at Greater San Antonio Emergency Physicians (GSEP), where he is the director of clinical education.  Salim is also the creator and founder of REBEL EM and REBEL Cast, a free, critical appraisal blog and podcast that try to cut down knowledge translation of research to bedside clinical practice

Arun Sayal MD

Emergency Physician
North York General
Medical Director, CASTED and HIC

Arun Sayal is an Emergency Physician at North York General Hospital in Toronto and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.  Since 2005, he has run a weekly Minor Fracture Clinic at NYGH.  Combining his ED and fracture clinic experiences, CASTED was created in 2008.  CASTED is a series of practical, high-yield, hands-on orthopaedics courses.  Over 250 courses have been presented across Canada.  Dr. Sayal has won over a dozen awards for his teaching in the ED and with CASTED.

Robyn Shafer MD

Emergency Physician
North York General

Dr. Robyn Shafer practices full time in the Emergency Department at North York General Hospital and is a Medical Director for Advanced Cardiac Life Support. She is a Lecturer at the University of Toronto and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate medical trainees.

Amit Shah MD

Emergency Physician
Emergency Department Lead for the South West LHIN

Amit Shah is an Emergency Physician and award winning educator hailing from Western University, London, Canada.  He splits his emergency medicine practice between academic and community sites, and has previously worked as a family and emergency physician in rural and remote locations.   His interests include procedural sedation, thrombolysis for pulmonary embolus, ED efficiency and service, and procedures in the ED.  When not in the ED, he can be found chasing after a large number of children and dogs, or chasing a squash ball.  Amit’s last biking experience for a charity ride resulted in much encouragement from the senior citizens passing him on the last 40 km of the ride.




Carolyn Snider, MD

Chief of Emergency
St. Michael's Hospital

Dr. Carolyn Snider is the Chief of Emergency Medicine at St. Michael's Hospital. Dr. Snider’s research focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of interventions for marginalized and under-served populations. Importantly, Dr. Snider harmonizes her work with a full life outside the hospital and university. She is a very happy mother, wife, traveler, singer, reader, cook and gym-goer.

Steve Socransky MD

Emergency Physician
Health Sciences North
Director of the EDE 2 Course

Steve Socransky is an emergency physician at Health Sciences North and Associate Professor at NOSM in Sudbury. Credits include: Started the CAEP Ultrasound Committee, Director of Canada’s first emergency ultrasound fellowship, Director of the EDE 2 Course (www.ede2course.com), Editor of Essentials of Point-of-Care Ultrasound, print and iBook. Steve has also presented and published research both nationally and internationally. He lives in the bush just outside Sudbury with his wife, 2 sons, Harper the dog and Peaches the cat.

Reuben Strayer MD

Emergency Physician

Reuben Strayer was born on the shores of Lake Michigan but raised and schooled in Texas until emigrating to balmy Montreal for a residency in emergency medicine. Having finished his training equipped with more confidence than knowledge, he accepted a faculty position at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City where he spent equal time rescuing health from the hands of disease and attending committee meetings. These days, he can usually be found working an evening or overnight shift in a Sinai or NYU-affiliated emergency department. His clinical areas of interest include airway management, analgesia and procedural sedation, decision-making and error.

Natalie Wolpert MD

Emergency Physician
Natalie is a staff physician at both North York General Hospital and St. Michael's Hospital and a Trauma Team Leader at St. Michael's.