EMU Faculty

Anne Aspler MD

Emergency Physician
North York General

Dr. Anne Aspler is an Emergency Physician at North York General Hospital.  She developed a deep interest in point of care ultrasound after working in resource limited settings internationally and in northern Canada. Anne completed her Masters at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and has done work with the World Health Organization and Zambian AIDS-Related TB program (ZAMBART). During her Emergency Medicine Residency Program, she completed her DTM&H through the Gorgas Institute in Peru, and an Ultrasound Fellowship at Harvard University, Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Melanie Baimel MD

Emergency Physician
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Melanie Baimel is an Emergency Physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Credit Valley Hospital (Trillium Health Partners). She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto where she completed her Family Medicine training with an Emergency Medicine fellowship in 2011. In 2012, Mel met her true love...an ultrasound machine. It was a perfect match and they have been inseparable ever since. Mel has gained a reputation amongst the POCUS nerds as having the best ultrasound cases at POCUS rounds. She is an award winning teacher and is very active in teaching at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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.

Jamie Blicker MD

Emergency Physician
North York General

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.

Kylie Booth MD

Emergency Physician
University Health Network

Dr. Booth obtained her medical degree from the University of Toronto. Dr. Booth is the Chief of Emergency Medicine at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. She holds faculty appointments in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and McMaster University and is active in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. Dr. Booth has a special interest in rural trauma and resucitation and Emergency Department ultrasound. Dr. Booth has received awards for teaching excellence and continues to present at various professional meetings in Emergency medicine.



Sean Caine MD

Emergency Physician
London Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Caine is an Emergency Physician at London Health Sciences Centre, and Assistant Professor with the University of Western Ontario. He is completing his Masters of Science in Community Health - Health Practitioner Teacher Education at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Kathy Cao MD

North York General

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.

Vanessa Cardy MD


Assistant Chief , Staff Physician
Chisasibi Hospital

Dr Vanessa Cardy is a family physician who has spent her career working in rural and remote environments. She is currently assistant chief and staff physician at the Chisasibi Hospital. a regional centre serving the James Bay Cree population of northern Quebec. She is also a deputy editor for EM:RAP and associate managing editor to Right On Prime (medical education podcasts).

David Carr MD

Emergency Physician
University Health Network

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.



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.

Kerstin de Wit MD


Emergency Physician
McMaster University

Dr de Wit trained in emergency and internal medicine in the UK. She completed a thrombosis fellowship in Ottawa and now works as an emergency and thrombosis physician in McMaster University. Her research focusses on diagnosis of bleeding and thrombosis in the emergency department. She leads a CIHR-funded multicentre study on older adults who present to the emergency department after a fall.

Nadia Farooki MD


Emergency Physician
University Health Network

Dr. Nadia Farooki completed her medical education at McGill University. She then joined the McGill Royal College Emergency Medicine Residency Program where she gained valuable expertise in resuscitation and critical care interventions. During residency, she focused her area of interest on medical education through simulation. Dr. Farooki is currently employed as a full time staff physician in emergency medicine at the University Health Network (UHN) and is a lecturer at the University of Toronto. She is completing her Master's Degree in Medical Simulation though the University of Illinois in Chicago. Her thesis is centered on Latent Safety Threats and their impact on the leadership team. She is the creator and chair of the UHN Emergency Medicine Simulation Committee (SimCom). Dr. Farooki also represents UHN on the simulation committee for the University of Toronto’s Royal College Residency Program in emergency medicine.

S. Blair Fearon MD

North York General

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.

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

Lenny is a combined Radiologist and Nuclear Medicine physician at NYGH, staff since 2008. He frequently interacts with ER docs, and enjoys taking strolls through the ED, to improve his 'clinical correlation'. He also used to be a big Scorsese fan, and currently thinks The Sopranos may be a tad overrated.

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.

Chris Hicks

Emergency Physician
St. Michael's Hospital

Chris is an emergency physician and trauma team leader at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. His is interested in how teams work, or fail to work, during crisis events. To that end, he has studied all sorts of peculiar stuff, from mental practice to stress inoculation training, in an effort to help make teams safer and more effective. Chris is an avid speaker and lecturer, staunch #FOAMed supporter, occasional runner, semi-retired pianist, and proud father of three lunatic boys.

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.

Greg Ikonnikov MD

Emergency Physician
Southlake Regional Health Centre

Greg is an Emergency Physician at Southlake Regional Health Centre and Trillium Health Partners, Mississauga Hospital.

Maria Ivankovic MD

Emergency Physician
St. Joseph's Health Centre

Maria Ivankovic is an emergency physician at St. Joseph's Health Center in Toronto, assistant professor and faculty developlment lead for the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Dinesh Krishna MD

Emergency Physician
North York General

Dinesh Krishna, CCFP-EM is an Emergency physician at North York General Hospital, a leading community academic hospital in Toronto, Canada; Post Graduate Director of Education at NYGH ED and lecturer at University of Toronto; and past recipient of the Anna Jarvis Award for Postgraduate Teaching Excellence in Emergency Medicine, recognizing excellence in education at the local, provincial and national level. His non-EM interest is global rehabilitation health for people with disabilities and he has been leading an initiative to provide access to early intervention therapy for children with developmental disabilities in rural India, as a Director of a Canadian Charity - Handi-Care Intl. and as a consultant to Amar Seva Sangam, an NGO in India. For these efforts, he was awarded the prestigious MIT Solver Award in 2019.

George Kovacs MD MHPE FRCP

Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Dalhousie University

Dr. George Kovacs is a full-time professor of Emergency Medicine and is cross-appointed in the Department of Anaesthesia, Department of Medical Neuroscience and Division of Medical Education at Dalhousie University. He works clinically as an Emergency Physician and Trauma Team Leader at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. He is Medical Director of Lifeflight, the Provincial critical care transport program. He has authored and edited textbooks and numerous publications related to his area of interest, airway management. He is an award-winning educator who co-developed the internationally recognized airway education program (Airway Interventions & Management in Emergencies- AIME). He has four children and in addition to his passion for airway management education he loves being at his cottage on the Medway river spending time with his two loves of his life, his family and his Massey Ferguson tractor.

Michelle Lee MD

Pediatric Emergency Physician
Hospital for Sick Children

Michelle Sin Lee MDCM, FRCPC, RCPSC(PEM), FAAP is a pediatric emergency physician at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. She is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. 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.

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.

Justin Morgenstern, MD

Emergency Physician
Markham Stouffville Hospital

Justin is an emergency physician and the director of simulation education at Markham Stouffville Hospital. He loves skepticism, education, and medical ethics. He is the founder of the medical education blog First10EM.com and is an associate editor of Emergency Medicine Cases.

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

Emergency Physician
Mount Sinai Hospital

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.

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
Western University

Amit Shah is an Emergency Physician and award winning educator 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, privacy and medicolegal issues, and procedures in the ED.  When not in the ED, he can be found chasing after unruly children, a poorly trained dog, or a squash ball.



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.

Ian G. Stiell MD

Emergency Physician
Ottawa Civic Hospital

Dr. Ian Stiell is an Emergency Physician at Ottawa Civic Hospital in Ottawa. He is a Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa and Senior Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

Rob Simard MD


Emergency Physician
Sunnybrook Hospital
Robert Simard is an emergency physician who has interests in medical education, Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS), and Advanced Life Support. He completed a Bachelor of Science in his home-town of Sudbury at Laurentian University in the chemistry and biochemistry program. With his body unsuitable for mining or farming, he went on to complete medical school at the University of Ottawa, residency at the University of Toronto, and a POCUS fellowship at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. He enjoys teaching weekend ACLS, PALS and POCUS courses. In his leisure time, Rob is a baseball fanatic, and can be found cheering for his beloved Toronto Blue Jays.


Reuben Strayer MD

Emergency Physician
Mount Sinai School of Medicine

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.