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Breakfast Symposia

Insightful and thought provoking presentations from world renowned keynote speakers

CAEP Symposia are created for our members and delegates to learn about a specific topic from both Emergency Physicians as well as other physician specialists who are experts in their area.

These presentations highlight recent discoveries and the latest in research developments of relevant topics in Emergency Medicine.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in the ED
Choosing Wisely - Choosing Safely

Sunday, May 28

8:00 - 9:00

Learning objectives:       

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the evolving paradigms for ED mild TBI care (epidemiologic review) (Medical/Family Medicine Expert, Scholar)
  2. Apply the Choosing Wisely in Emergency Medicine imaging decisions for mild TBI in adults & children, using validated clinical decision rules in shared decision-making (Medical/Family Medicine Expert, Scholar)
  3. Diagnose and manage head injuries in vulnerable populations: elderly patients, OAC use, or both (Medical/Family Medicine Expert, Scholar)


Ian Preyra


Dr. Ian Preyra is an emergency physician and Chief of Staff at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington, Ontario. He holds an academic appointment at McMaster University, where he served as Program Director for the RCPSC EM residency program. He has been a RCPSC Examiner in Emergency Medicine and a member of the national Specialty Committee. Dr. Preyra is a Chartered Director, and currently serves as a Member of Council and Vice President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. He is also Chair of the Ontario Hospitals Association Physician Leadership Network. Ian is the team emergency physician for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and remains confident that this is our year.


Catherine Varner


Dr. Catherine Varner is an emergency physician at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is the Deputy Director and a Clinician Scientist of the Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute (SREMI). She has two areas of research focus: mild traumatic brain injury and pregnancy care in the emergency department. 


Suneel Upadhye


Suneel Upadhye is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine/Health Research Methods, Evidence & Impact (HEI) at McMaster University.  He completed his Royal College Emergency Medicine training in 2001, and his Masters in HEI in 2005.  He is a co-founder of the Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine (BEEM) course since 2005.  He is a former Standards Chair for CAEP and Royal College EM Examiner, and is the inaugural Research Lead for the EM Researchers of Niagara (EMRoN).  He also serves as a Methodologist for the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Guidelines for Reasonable & Appropriate Care in the Emergency Room (GRACE) program since 2019, which has led to numerous guidance documents and reviews for EM practice.  He is also a jazz music enthusiast, founding bassist for Docs that Rock, master scuba diver, and mediocre golfer.

What is Thrombotic Microangiopathy (TMA) and Why Should I Care?

Monday, May 29

8:00 - 9:00

Learning objectives:       

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate an approach to thrombocytopenia, TMA, and other mimics. (Medical/Family Medicine Expert)
  2. List a differential diagnosis for TMA. (Medical/Family Medicine Expert)
  3. State an approach to how to collaborate and coordinate care in diverse settings (e.g., urban, rural EDs) (Collaborator)


Eddy Lang


Eddy Lang is a Professor and Department Head for Emergency Medicine at Cumming School of Medicine- University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services, Calgary Zone. His areas of interest are knowledge translation, evidence-based medicine and operations research. Dr. Lang has served as the chair of the CAEP Leadership Committee from 2017 to 2020. Dr. Lang is also an award-winning educator having received recognition at both the university, national and international levels. He also serves as Senior Editor for the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, Associate Editor for both ACP Journal Club and the International Journal of Emergency Medicine. In addition, he is a member of the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC). Dr. Lang chaired the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians Conference (CAEP) 2018 and he was appointed as the Scientific Director of the Emergency Strategic Clinical Network ESCN in Alberta


Federico Germini


Federico Germini is an MD, a specialist in emergency medicine, and completed a fellowship in adult thrombosis medicine and an MSc degree in health research methodology.

He is currently an assistant professor at McMaster University, with a research educator role, and a Ph.D. candidate in health research methodology.
His research interests include venous thromboembolism, hemophilia, and patient reported outcomes.


Eric Tseng


Eric Tseng is a non-malignant hematologist who works at St. Michael’s Hospital. His clinical practice is focused on thrombosis medicine, and his academic interests are in residency education and continuing education. His hospital is a referral centre for apheresis medicine including thrombotic microangiopathies.

Sickle Cell Disease – Recognition and Management of Common and Life-threatening Presentations

Tuesday, May 30

8:00 - 9:00

Learning objectives:

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the experience of a patient with sickle cell anemia presenting to the ED (Professional)
  2. Develop an up-to-date approach to fever and a pain crisis (Medical/Family Medicine Expert)
  3. Identify and treat a chest crisis (Medical/Family Medicine Expert)
  4. Learn the life threatening complications of sickle cell disease (Scholar)


Rahim Valani

MD MBA M Med Ed LLM(Health Law)

Dr. Rahim Valani has been practicing emergency medicine in some of Canada’s busiest emergency departments for over 18 years. He is Associate Professor at the University of Toronto and is also the Chair of the Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine program. He is also part of the International Federation of Emergency Medicine and recently spearheaded the international pediatric emergency medicine curriculum, which is now published.

He holds a Masters in Medical Education and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He is the co-editor of the Sickkids pediatric trauma handbook, and editor of the pediatric emergency handbook along with pain and procedural sedation in the emergency department.


Dominick Shelton


Dr. Dominick Shelton is an emergency physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto. He is the Medical Director of Quality & Safety for Sunnybrook’s Emergency Department.

Dr. Shelton co-founded Camp Jumoke, a camp for children with sickle cell anemia and was the camp’s former Medical Director. He was a member of the sickle cell expert panel that developed the Ontario Ministry of Health Clinical Handbook for Sickle Cell Disease Vaso-occlusive Crisis.


Madeleine Verhovsek


Dr. Madeleine Verhovsek is an Associate Professor in the Division of Hematology and Thromboembolism at McMaster University, Director of the Adult Hemoglobinopathy Program at McMaster University Medical Centre, Consultant Laboratory Hematologist for the Red Cell Disorders Laboratory (Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program) and the Chief of Medicine at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

Dr. Verhovsek has worked to establish SCD clinical guidelines with the American Society of Hematology, the European RARE-Best Practices group, the Canadian Haemoglobinopathy Association and the Ontario Ministry of Health, including the recently launched Ontario Health Sickle Cell Disease Quality Standards. She is passionate about health equity, anti-racism, advocacy and capacity building.


Biba Tinga

 Patient Representative, President-Executive Director Sickle Cell Disease Association of Canada

Biba Tinga is the mother of four with one of them being a young adult living with Sickle Cell Disease, SCD. As a caregiver, she has a unique understanding of the needs of the children and families dealing with the disease.

For more than 15 years, Biba has leveraged her experience in research for new drugs, the risks associated with hospitalization, and efforts to implement genetic testing to advocate on behalf of families in Canada and globally.

She brings a wealth of experience and a lifelong dedication to improving conditions for those living with sickle cell disease. 

She is currently the President/Executive Director of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Canada (SCDAC), the Canadian national umbrella for SCD organizations.

She also sits on the Board of Directors of GASCDO, the Global Alliance of Sickle Cell Disease Organizations and the Board of NRBDO (Network of Rare Blood Disorder Organizations).

She was named Sickle Cell Advocate of 2021 by Sickle Cell 101.