Chris Boulias, Assistant Professor, Consultant Physiatrist, West Park Healthcare Centre
Dr. Chris Boulias is a Physiatrist and a Clinical Researcher at West Park Healthcare Centre. Dr. Boulias has been instrumental in the development of the clinical, education and research arms of the Spasticity Management Program at West Park. Dr. Boulias devotes considerable time to teaching and research, particularly in the field of Spasticity. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is also a faculty member of several programs, the Canadian Spasticity Group Residency Course, and the Canadian Botulinum Toxin Conference. He is an invited member of the International Neurotoxin Association and serves as a Director on its Board. He has more than 50 publications and several studies ongoing. Dr. Boulias obtained his medical degree from the University of Toronto. He received his PhD in the area of myelin research from the University of Toronto. Dr Boulias is also a student of art history and has a keen interest on the application of the visual arts in the teaching of medicine.


Anthony S. Burns, Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Dept. of Medicine, University of Toronto
Anthony S. Burns graduated from the Yale University School of Medicine in 1994, and afterwards completed combined residency training in Internal Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University, followed by a SCI fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a past participant in the Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. From 2000 through 2007, he was Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia PA; Assistant Director of the Regional SCI Center of the Delaware Valley; and adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia PA. Since 2007, Dr. Burns has held a clinical appointment in the University Health Network - Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program, the largest program of its kind in Canada. He is also an Associate Professor in the Division of Physiatry, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto. His clinical and research interests focus on the clinical management of spinal cord injury and related secondary complications.

Elizabeth David, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center
I'm and interventional radiologist at sunnybrook and have been in practice for 15 years. My areas of research are primarily cancer and women's imaging. Presently sunnybrook is participating in the Medtronic Osteocool trial for pathological fractures.


Marek Jan Gawel, Associate Professor Medicine (Neurology), University of Toronto
Education University of Cambridge UK MA 1968 MB BCh 1971. MRCP(UK) 1973. House jobs at Addenbrooke's Cambridge, Residency Neurology St Paul' Vancouver 1975, Lecturer Charing Cross Hospital , London 1975 -1981. Staff Neurologist Sunnybrook Hospital Toronto 1981-present. Staff Neurologist Rouge Valley (now SHN) 1985- present. Assistant professor U of T 1981 Associate Professor U of T 1994- present. FRCPC 1983. President of the Canadian Headache Society 1994-1995. Organiser International Headache Symposium Toronto 1995. Extensive research in the area of headache treatment and pathophysiology. Director and codirector Sunnybrook Neuromuscular/ALS clinic 1984-2015. Numerous publications on headache


Michael Gofeld, MD, FRCPC, DEAA, FIPP, CIPS michael.gofeld@uhn.ca http://www.drmichaelgofeld.com/

Dr. Gofeld completed fellowship training in Chronic Pain at the University of Toronto in 2005. He defended his Doctorate thesis in Spinal Sonography at the University of Maastricht. He served as the Director of Clinical Operations at the Center for Pain Relief was cross-appointed with the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington. He returned to Ontario in 2013 and joined the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto. Dr. Gofeld substantially contributed to the development and launching of the Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute (TAPMI). He served as an interim Medical Director of the Women’s College Pain Clinic, as the Advisor on Chronic Pain at the Department of Anesthesia, and as a vice-chair of the Chronic Pain Registry Committee at the Adult Chronic Pain Network Advisory for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care of Ontario. He founded the Canadian Interventional Special Interest Group at the Canadian Pain Society and developed the first in the country continuing medical education program for practicing pain physicians. Since 2018 Dr. Gofeld accepted the role of Medical Director of Clinical Services, Innovation and Strategic Initiatives at The Clinic Network. Most recently opened Unika Medical Centre is focused on multifaceted assessment of chronic pain and associated disorders related to personal injuries.

Suneil K Kalia MD PhD FRCSC
Dr. Kalia is a graduate of the MD/PhD program at the University of Toronto, where he entered the neurosurgery residency program. During his PhD he discovered novel molecular targets which contribute to the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in Parkinson’s disease. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease, Harvard University. He subsequently resumed residency training and graduated from the Toronto program in 2012 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada that year. From 2012-13, Dr. Kalia completed a clinical fellowship in functional and stereotactic neurosurgery at Toronto Western Hospital, and was recruited to the Division of Neurosurgery with a staff appointment at Toronto Western Hospital. He is appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He is an expert in using neuromodulation approaches for the surgical management of movement disorders, pain and epilepsy. His research laboratory is within the Krembil Research Institute and focuses on understanding molecular mechanisms of protein homeostasis in neurodegeneration and on establishing model systems to study novel applications of neuromodulation in diseases of the central nervous system.

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Nimish Mittal, Department of Medicine - Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Toronto
Dr. Nimish Mittal is Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Toronto. He holds a full-time staff appointment at the Comprehensive Pain and Musculoskeletal Program at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. He is the Medical Lead of GoodHope EDS Program, Toronto General Hospital. He has completed three one year fellowships in pain management and holds a Master’s in Health Research Methodology. His clinical and research interests include comprehensive multimodal pain management, including image-guided interventions and management of complex connective tissue disorders.

See the source imageSimran Singh Basi, Assistant Clinical Professor and Associate Program Director, McMaster University
Dr. Simran Singh Basi is a staff physiatrist at the Regional Rehabilitation Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. He completed his medical school and physiatry residency at McMaster University. His practice focuses on inpatient and outpatient stroke rehabilitation as well as electrodiagnostics and sports/MSK medicine. He also serves as the Associate Program Director for the McMaster University Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, soccer and spending time with his wife and daughters.


Dr. Paul S. Tumber, Toronto Western Hospital
Dr. Paul Tumber graduated with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan. He then completed a degree in Family Medicine (CCFP) before moving on to a career in Anesthesiology. He has been a consultant in Pain Medicine since completion of a multidisciplinary pain fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1998. He has a special interest in acute and chronic pain, as well as in the use of ultrasonography in interventional pain medicine.