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The ATSSL Team

  1. Chandrew Rajakumar MD, FRCSC

    Dr Chandrew Rajakumar joined the ATSSL in January 2021 as the Medical Director. He is currently Division Head for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at the University of Calgary; President of the Section of OBGYN for the Alberta Medical Association; Provincial Lead for Benign Gynecology for ERAS Alberta; and Simulation Lead for the Dept. of OBGYN, CSM.

  1. John Kortbeek MD, FRCSC FACS

    Dr John Kortbeek joined the ATSSL in January 2021. He is currently a Professor with the Departments of Surgery, Anesthesia and Critical Care, University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services. Dr Kortbeek has served as regional Trauma Services Director for Calgary, as Director of the Intensive Care unit at the Foothills Medical Centre, Site Chief of Surgery at Foothills and as Chairman of the Department of Surgery for the University of Calgary & AHS.

  1. George Mulvey

    George Mulvey was the first ATSSL staff member, joining the lab as the operations manager in early 2014. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of ATSSL including managing the human and physical resources, operational planning, financial management and reporting, compliance with Occupational Health and Safety, Biosafety and Medicolegal Standards, as well as monitoring, summarizing and communicating operations of the ATSSL with stakeholders.  

  1. Kevin Weir

    Kevin Weir joined the ATSSL in November 2019. He coordinates the administrative and reception functions of the ATSSL, providing administrative support for the ATSSL Manager and Medical Director, as well a some additional administrative support to the Body Donation Program.

    Special Interests: Communication, Media, and Published Author.

  1. Heather Hill

    Heather Hill joined the lab in 2014 and has been instrumental in coordinating logistics ever since. She schedules, coordinates, oversees the preparation of, and manages the execution of activities in the laboratories.  She collaboratively facilitates the design of simulation experiences to provide positive outcomes in patient safety, quality improvement, and cost containment.  She has created unique training models that are consistently used to develop learners’ procedural skill mastery.

  1. Irina Charania

    Irina Charania joined the ATSSL in March 2015. She was previously a simulation consultant with the AHS eSIM team and practiced as a Registered Respiratory Therapist at Foothills Medical Centre.  She provides clinical and academic leadership to the simulation program; she provides curriculum development support and guides the executution simulation activities.  She offers expertise in the field of interprofessional and interdisciplinary medical education.  

    Special interests: Cognitive psychology and teamwork training.

  2. Michèle Cowan

    Michèle Cowan joined the ATSSL team in November 2016. She provides technology support to facilitate communication and optimize processes for data management.  She collaborated on national and international educational projects to facilitate the development of quality medical referral education and modified objective-based clinical examinations.  

    Special interests: Virtual reality, artificial intelligence and birthing support.

  1. Stephanie Jaunin

    Stephanie Jaunin joined the ATSSL in 2014. She oversees the operational design, policies, planning and support for the SSL.  She upholds the day-to-day setup, maintenance and repair of the facility.  She has developed and created new simulation models, often hybriding cadaveric animal tissues with dry models to improve fidelity. 

  2. Chris Bergeron

    Chris Bergeron joined the ATSSL in September 2019. He previously worked for the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine as both an anatomy technician and pathology technician. In the ATTSL he provides day-to-day support for the clinical simulation lab. He prepares high fidelity manikins and task trainers for simulation-based educational sessions, schedules and coordinates sessions, and provides technical support to users.

    Special Interests: Biological Sciences, Photography, Gardening, and Graphic Design.

     

  3. James Faul

    James joined the ATSSL in 2021 as the Prosector Preparator Program Technician. He has a strong background in human cadaveric preparation and work experience in anatomy laboratories. He is committed to the development of  quality teaching material and some of his prosections are on display in the Grant’s Museum of Anatomy.

  1. Jaime Cowie

    Jaime Cowie joined the lab in 2020. She provides professional administration of the CSM Body Donation Program. She handles donated cadaveric specimens for the purposes of embalming and preparing for use in medical educational programs, and organizes the internment ceremony every two years.

    Special Interests: Travel, psychology, the death positive movement


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