Kerri Novak is an academic gastroenterologist at the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic, University of Calgary. She completed ultrasound training in Germany and Diagnostic Imaging in Calgary. Kerri is the lead of the first clinic in North America to incorporate bedside US performed by gastroenterologists into routine, standard care for patients with IBD and champions research and clinical innovations in gastrointestinal imaging. She is also the lead for Quality Assurance for the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Calgary, with interest in clinical decision support tools, such as US, to aid in best care for patients.
Christine Merrill works with Dr. Stephanie Wilson, a world leader in contrast ultrasound application and technology, as lead technologist in the outpatient ultrasound facility at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. The department has been specializing in contrast enhanced ultrasound for more than 10 years. Christine organized the live CEUS demonstrations at the ICUS conference in Calgary last year and is co-author of Ultrasound of Inflammatory Bowel Disease: State of the Art Diagnosis (currently in press). She completed ultrasound training at Mohawk/McMaster and has a BSC from the University of Guelph.
John O’Neill is a Radiologist at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and an associate professor at McMaster University with a strong interest in MSK ultrasound. He has published a foundation textbook and DVD, MSK Ultrasound: Anatomy & Technique and worked with NASA on MSK ultrasound in extreme environments. He also has a strong interest in Imaging in Rheumatology including a textbook, Essential Imaging In Rheumatology, and 3 interactive mobile Apps.
Jag Dhanju is the founder and director of the Canadian Centre for Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (CCMSU) – a unique state of the art ultrasound imaging centre located in Toronto. He works closely with many health professionals (Sports Medicine Physicians, Orthopedic Surgeons, Hand Surgeons and Pain Specialists). Jag has played a major role in pioneering MSK ultrasound in Canada over the last 20 years. He has lectured extensively on MSK ultrasound at many academic centres across North America (UCLA, Stanford and Thomas Jefferson Universities). He has published many MSK journal articles (Seminars in Ultrasound, CT and MRI, Seminars in Musculoskeletal Radiology and an Ankle/Foot chapter in Clinical Sonography by Roger Sanders. Over the years, Jag has successfully organized the Annual North American MSK Imaging Symposium held in Toronto, Calgary and Montreal.
Tim Van Mieghem is a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto and associate professor at the University of Toronto. He completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium, where he also briefly worked as a maternal-fetal medicine specialist (2013-2016). Tim’s research and clinical practice focus on prenatal diagnosis and fetal therapy of fetal anomalies, and in particular, central nervous system anomalies. He is an associate editor for the journal Prenatal Diagnosis.
Ray Lappalainen has worked in the field of Medical Imaging for more than 35 years. During his career he has been an MRT, Sonographer, Clinical Educator, Senior Tech, Industry Applications Specialist and Assistant Manager at Brant Community Healthcare System. He has been the sole sonographer in a small hospital, senior technologist in a large teaching hospital, manager in a medium sized hospital and is now semi-retired and working on projects that are of interest to him. Ray has a passion for learning and teaching ultrasound and has published articles on the subject. He holds a seat on the Board of Directors of the OAMRS and has had past positions on the OSDMS and CSDMS boards.