Raza Awan

Dr. Raza Awan graduated from the University of Toronto’s faculty of medicine in 1995, and subsequently completed his residency training in physical medicine & rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. After completing his residency training, Dr. Awan finished an additional fellowship year in sports medicine and clinical neurophysiology (EMG) at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Awan is a diplomate of the Canadian society of clinical neurophysiologists, holds the Canadian academy of sports & exercise medicine diploma, and a Masters in health science from the University of Toronto. He has been working as a sports medicine physician and clinical neurophysiologist in Toronto since 2000.

He is currently the medical director and co-founder of Synergy Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, a multidisciplinary sports medicine clinic in Toronto. Dr. Awan teaches medical students and residents, and is a lecturer at the University of Toronto. He treats athletes of all ability levels ranging from professional athletes to weekend warriors, and is a consultant for the NHL Player's Association. Dr. Awan programmed Synergy's rehabilitation model called "Movement Based Rehabilitation". He was amongst the first sports medicine doctors in Toronto to incorporate movement-based practitioners such as rehabilitative pilates/yoga instructors into his model; at Synergy he has fully integrated yoga and pilates studios into the clinic. He was also amongst the first in the city to utilize small-group exercise classes for musculoskeletal injury rehabilitation, and secondary prevention. Synergy currently runs a dozen rehabilitative exercise classes. Dr. Awan also created the Synergy “Keep your game on" series to educate athletes on injury prevention.

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Dr. Steven Kent Baker

Dr. Baker obtained his undergraduate degree in Physical Education at Wilfrid Laurier University followed by a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. He then studied skeletal muscle physiology at the University of Waterloo where he obtained his MSc degree in 1996. He completed undergraduate medical training at McMaster University in 2000 followed by a residency program in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation where he sub-specialized in neuromuscular disorders. He currently works in McMaster’s Neuromuscular/Neurometabolic Clinic coordinating the peripheral nerve service. His areas of interest include acquired and hereditary peripheral neuropathies and toxic myopathies. He currently holds the Hamilton Hospital Assessment Centre Endowed Chair in Neuromuscular Rehabilitation and is the Research Director for the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.


Dr. Sukhi Bhangu

Dr. Bhangu completed her medical school training at the University of Manitoba. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Toronto. Dr. Bhangu is board certified in Physiatry in Canada and the U.S., and is EMG certified through the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists. Her primary interests and practice are focused on general musculoskeletal conditions and electromyography. Her practice is primarily community based. She also enjoys teaching students and residents.

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Neil Binkley, M.D.

Dr. Neil Binkley earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School (Madison, WI, USA) and subsequently received his training in Internal Medicine at the Marshfield Clinic. After several years in private practice, he returned to the University of Wisconsin and completed a Geriatrics fellowship. He is a Professor in the Divisions of Geriatrics and Endocrinology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He is also Director of the UW Osteoporosis Clinical Research Program and Associate Director of the UW Institute on Aging. He is past President of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry and a member of the International Osteoporosis Foundation Committee of Scientific Advisors. His current research involves evaluation of approaches to optimize assessment of vitamin D status, exploring racial/ethnic differences in response to vitamin D supplementation, evaluation of functional assessment in older adults and the importance of sarcopenia in fracture risk.

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Tharshini Chandra

Ms. Chandra is the Clinical Coordinator of the Hull-Ellis Clinic. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree (Neuroscience) from the University of Toronto. She has worked as a psychometrist in clinical practice and research for 22 years, working principally with patients with acquired brain injuries. Tharshini has been instrumental in developing the Hull-Ellis Clinic and is responsible for all of the day to day clinic activities as well as ensuring data collection and data quality is of the highest standard.

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Paul Comper

Dr. Paul Comper is a clinical neuropsychologist and research scientist.Paul and Medical Director Dr. Mark Bayley are the Co-Principal Investigators for the Hull-Ellis Clinic at Toronto Rehab.In addition to his work at Toronto Rehab, Paul is a faculty member at the University of Toronto where he teaches and supervises graduate students in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education and the Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science at U of T Scarborough. He has been the consultant neuropsychologist to the MacIntosh Sports Medicine Clinic at U of T since 1999.

Since 2002 Paul has been the consultant neuropsychologist to the National Hockey League Players’ Association and he is currently the co-chair of the joint NHL/PA Concussion Subcommittee. Dr. Comper has presented nationally and internationally on the topic of mild traumatic brain injury and sports concussions. He is the author of numerous peer- reviewed publications and most recently is the author of an Oxford Press book chapter entitled “Concussion and the College Athlete”.

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Sue Dojeiji, MD, MEd, FRCPC

Dr. Sue Dojeiji obtained her medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1993. She completed residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa in 1998, and a Masters of Education (Health Professions) from OISE/University of Toronto in 2000.  She successful completed the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists Electromyography exam.

Dr Dojeiji practices in Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation at the Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre.

Dr. Dojeiji was a Maintenance of Certification accreditor with the University of Ottawa Continuing Medical Education Office, University of Ottawa PM&R Program Director (2004 – 2009) and PM&R Chief and Chair (2009 – 2015).  She was chair of the RCPSC PM&R Fellowship Examination Committee (2010 – 2016).

She is a RCPSC Clinician-Educator supporting the work of the CanMEDS Education and Competence By Design (CBD) offices.  She’s collaborated on several CanMEDS-related publications and learning tools.  Her current work entails facilitation of CBD workshops with several specialty committees in preparation for CBD implementation.

As a Clinician-Educator, Dr. Dojeiji’s scholarship focus includes developing, implementing and evaluating verbal, written and team-based communication skills programs.  She has developed elearning modules related to creating effective consultation letters and leading family conferences.  Her most recent scholarship project validated a communication and collaboration tool for family conferences.

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Rosa Dragonetti, MSc, RP

Rosa Dragonetti, MSc, RP is the Project Director of Addictions Research and Education at CAMH. Rosa plays a key role in developing a strategy for education research and programming initiatives including the TEACH project. Some of the other projects she is involved with include the STOP Program, PREGNETS, Canadaptt and various other tobacco-related projects. She has been a MINT Trainer (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) since 2009 and had delivered numerous workshops and training on basic and advanced motivational interviewing skills. Rosa was trained as an Addiction Therapist and continues her clinical work offering CBT and motivational interviewing to clients who struggle with depression, anxiety and substance use.

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Dr. Nancy Dudek

Dr. Nancy Dudek is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She received her MD from The University of Western Ontario in 1999. She became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2004 in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In 2005 she completed a Master of Education program at the University of Toronto.

She has a diverse clinical practice and works at The Rehabilitation Centre, the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. She focuses on Amputee Rehabilitation, Prosthetics and Orthotics. Dr. Dudek’s academic interests are in Medical Education. Her focus is the assessment of medical students and residents with a particular interest in work based assessment. She holds several grants related to research in this area. Dr. Dudek has served as the University of Ottawa’s undergraduate coordinator for Musculoskeletal Medicine and as the Director for the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program. She is the recipient of an Ottawa Hospital Compass Award, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Young Educators Award and the Dr. Meridith Marks Educator Award for Innovation & Scholarship in Medical Education. She currently works as a Clinician Educator for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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Michael Gofeld, MD, FRCPC, DEAA, FIPP, CIPS

Current appointment:

Associate Professor, University of Toronto and McMaster University

Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, University Health Network, Toronto, Canada

Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, McMaster University

Professional Societies:

Immediate Past-President: World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography

Vise-Chair (Ultrasound), Board of Examination, World Institute of Pain

Creative Professional Activity:

Chair, Chronic Pain Registry Committee, Advisory Board, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

Peer-Reviewed Journals

Section Editor: Current Headache and Pain Reports (Neuromodulation), Pain Practice (Imaging)

Associate Editor: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

Peer-Review Publications: 41 Book Chapters: 39


Clinical: Neuromodulation, musculoskeletal and neurological diagnostic and procedural ultrasonography, radiofrequency, vertebral augmentation, spinal injections, regenerative medicine, managing complex cancer and non-cancer pain, advanced imaging (high-frequency ultrasound, CT, navigation)

Education: medical student curriculum, chronic pain fellowship, CME courses

Research: preclinical and clinical interventional pain studies including multicenter trials, patient-oriented research.

Administration: Chronic pain clinic protocols, design and maintenance of triage and clinic database, quality improvement projects 

Research Interests:

Mechanisms of neuromodulation, novel image-guided approaches, joint innervation, chronic pain outcomes

Clinical interests:

Non-surgical treatment of osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions, nerve injuries, sport injuries, facial pain and headaches, regenerative medicine  

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Brian C. Liem, MD, FAAPMR

Brian C. Liem, MD, FAAPMR is a board certified attending physiatrist and sports medicine physician at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. He earned his medical degree at NYU School of Medicine and completed his residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (now Shirley Ryan AbilityLab). He completed his fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Washington. He serves as the director of UW residency Clinical Musculoskeletal (MSK) Course and MSK Ultrasound Course and is on the sports medicine fellowship committee. Other responsibilities include being a section editor of Current PMR Reports. He also is the team physician for Ballard High School in Seattle, WA. Dr. Liem is a member of AAPMR, AMSSM, ACSM.

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Dr. Alex Lo

Dr. Alex Lo is a physiatrist specializing in Stroke and Acquired Brain Injury rehabilitation at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. He is a Clinician-Teacher and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, and is cross-appointed to the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. He has a Masters in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety from the University of Toronto, and his academic focus is on curriculum and faculty development, teaching and project mentorship in quality improvement.

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Dr Thomas A Miller, MD FRCPC

Dr. Miller is a graduate of Queen’s University (MD, 1989), in Kingston Canada. He subsequently trained in physical medicine & rehabilitation ( U of Ottawa) and a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology (Sydney, Australia UNSW). Tom is an associate professor in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University (London, Canada) in the department of PM&R. He is the medical director of the neuromusculoskeletal rehabilitation program at Parkwood Hospital, Director of the Electrodiagnostic laboratory, consultant physiatrist with the Hand and Upper Limb Centre, and co-director of the Peripheral Nerve Clinic at St. Josephs Health Care, London. The PNC program was one of the first to offer an multidisciplinary assessment and treatment (surgical & rehabilitation) for major nerve injuries in Canada. Dr. Thomas A. Miller, is a past President of the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (CAPMR) and the current Chair of the Canadian Physiatrists Research and Development Foundation (CPRDF).

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Dr. Nimish Mittal

Dr. Nimish Mittal is currently a clinical fellow in interventional pain and electromyography at the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Toronto. He completed his medical school and specialty training in physical medicine and rehabilitation from India. Subsequently, he worked in an academic role in India for several years and travelled extensively in US as part of an academic visitor program. His expertise involves comprehensive multimodal pain management including USG and fluoroscopy guided interventions. Dr Mittal is passionate about finding pain solutions beyond boundaries and limitations.

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Kristin Musselman, PT, PhD

Dr. Kristin Musselman is a Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network and an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. Previously she was a CIHR Post-doctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute from 2010-2013. One focus of her laboratory is the prevention of falls and rehabilitation of walking and balance following a spinal cord injury.

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Colleen O’Connell, MD, FRCPC

Colleen completed medical school at Memorial University of Newfoundland and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Dalhousie University. She specializes in neuro-rehabilitation, and is Research Chief at New Brunswick’s Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation. She holds appointments at Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine and the University Of New Brunswick Faculty Of Kinesiology. She is a clinician researcher with the Canadian ALS Research Network, The Rick Hansen Institute Research Network, The Canadian Neurologic Diseases Network, The Canadian Neuropulmonary Consortium, and the Atlantic Mobility Action Project. Research foci include treatments and applied technologies for mobility impairment in neurologic injury and disease, treatments in neurologic diseases including ALS and MS, and development of best practice recommendations. She is a member of Heart and Stroke’s Best Practices Advisory Committee and an author of the Managing Stroke Transitions in Care Best Practice Recommendations and the Canadian Home Mechanical Ventilation Clinical Practice Guidelines.

In addition to her clinical and research practice, Colleen has over 25 years of global health experience. Colleen is founder and chair of Team Canada Healing Hands, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing rehabilitation care and training in developing countries. She has had opportunity to work in areas of care delivery, training, and research in Central America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. She is a member of the Disaster Committee of the International Spinal Cord Society and represents Canada with the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. She has co-authored numerous publications on and provided technical guidance to the World Health Organization on rehabilitation in the humanitarian field.

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Mark Ratto

Dr. Matt Ratto is Chief Science Officer at Nia Technologies, an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, and directs the Semaphore Research Cluster on Inclusive Design, Mobile and Pervasive Computing. Matt is an avowed expert on 3D printing and digital fabrication, having carried out research on this topic since 2009. His work explores the intersections between digital technologies and the human life world, with a particular focus on new developments that trouble the divide between online and offline modes of production. His current research is funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Ministry for Innovation, the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, CBM Canada, Autodesk Foundation, and Google Foundation.

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Narda G. Robinson, DO, DVM, MS, FAAMA

Narda G. Robinson, DO, DVM, MS, FAAMA teaches both human and veterinary healthcare providers through her company, CuraCore Integrative Medicine & Education Center. CuraCore courses emphasize the need for a scientific approach to integrative medicine, through courses that include medical acupuncture, massage, botanical medicine, and photomedicine. In addition, Dr. Robinson also served on the faculty of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Fort Collins, Colorado for nearly 20 years, teaching, researching, and practicing integrative therapies.

Dr. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Arts (AB) degree from Harvard/Radcliffe, a doctorate in osteopathic medicine (DO) from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, a doctorate in veterinary medicine (DVM), and a master’s degree (MS) in biomedical sciences from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She attained the status of Fellow through the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture and serves on the American Board of Medical Acupuncture, for which she heads the examination committee for board certification in medical acupuncture.

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Dr. Nabila Soomro, MBBS, FCPS

Dr. Nabila Soomro is the first tenured professor of PM&R in Pakistan and the first lady to achieve this milestone. She is currently the director of the Institute of PM&R at DOW University of health sciences, Karachi. IPM&R is the only PM&R institute dedicated to a multidisciplinary rehabilitation in the civil sector in Pakistan. She is a dynamic person with a passion to further strengthen and develop PM&R in the public and private sector of Pakistan.

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Rebecca Titman

Rebecca Titman is a 3rd year PM&R resident at the University of Toronto and the assistant Chief Resident of the program.

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Ricardo Viana

Dr. Ricardo Viana is an assistant professor at Western University. His inpatient clinical focus is shared between stroke and amputee rehabilitation while his outpatient clinics also include EMG and chronic pain management including ultrasound guided interventions. He also spends much of his time focused on undergraduate and postgraduate medical education working on curriculum design, feedback and clinical assessment.

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