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iCT SPOR Team


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Eleanor Benterud

Eleanor has been working as a Senior Research Coordinator with Dr. Matthew James focusing on acute kidney injury for the past 5 years In the role, Eleanor enjoys organizing projects and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of health professionals/systems for patients Eleanor has a master’s degree in Nursing and when she is not working Eleanor enjoys kitesurfing, travelling, and spending time with her husband and two boys

Dr. David Campbell

Dr. David Campbell

Dr. David Campbell has been working as a researcher and medical specialist, focusing on diabetes care and prevention of cardiovascular disease for 10 years. In this role, Dr. Campbell enjoys creating new ways to improve patients’ access to care for their chronic diseases.

Dr. Campbell is a physician with specialist training in endocrinology & metabolism and a Ph.D. in Health Services Research.  

Outside of the office, Dr. Campbell enjoys watching hockey and football and playing sports with his four kids.

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Kirnvir Dhaliwal

Kirn is a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. David Campbell and has been assisting with the PAUSE study since September 2020. She enjoys working on various aspects of the PAUSE study and collaborating with a diverse group of colleagues. Kirn is a registered nurse and holds Master of Nursing and Ph.D. degrees. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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Dr. Maoliosa (Mo) Donald

Maoliosa (Mo) Donald has been working as an Implementation Scientist with Dr. Matthew James and the team focusing on the PAUSE study for the past 2 years. In this role, Mo enjoys supporting the team in investigating strategies to support person-centered care for patients with chronic diseases.

Mo’s has a Ph.D. in Health Sciences and has been a Physical Therapist since 1992.

Outside of the office, Mo enjoys cycling, hiking, and hanging with her Dachshunds (Lola and Faryn).

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Sarah Gil

Sarah Gil is a graphic designer and digital engagement specialist with the Division of Nephrology at the University of Calgary and has been supporting the PAUSE team for the past 2 years. In this role, Sarah loves the challenge of taking scientific research and turning it into tools, figures and images that can be enjoyed and understood by all.

Sarah has a BSc. with honours in Ecology and Evolution, as well as a graphic design certificate and a digital engagement certificate. 

When Sarah isn’t creating you can find her outside or at the gym. She loves dragging her dogs, kids and husband up mountains even if they don’t always agree with the adventure.

Dr. Michelle Graham

Dr. Michelle Graham

Dr. Michelle Graham is a cardiologist and Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta.  Her primary research interests are varied and include Acute kidney injury after invasive cardiac procedures, perioperative medicine, cardiac care in the elderly, processes of care, and decision support tools.

Michelle obtained her medical degree at the University of Ottawa, followed by training in Internal Medicine at Western University, Cardiology at Dalhousie University, and a fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at the University of Calgary. She has spent her entire academic career at the University of Alberta.

Outside of the office, Michelle enjoys reading, cooking and hanging out at her cottage with her husband and three children.

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Dr. Tyrone Harrison

Tyrone has been working on completing his Ph.D. in health services research with Drs Brenda Hemmelgarn and Paul Ronksley, which is focused on understanding and improving the care for people with kidney failure around the time of surgery.

In this role, Tyrone enjoys working with and learning from members of this world-class research team, whether they be students in the ICDC trainee program, statistical and research associates, or investigators in the group. Tyrone is a Nephrologist and has the goal of being a Nephrology Clinician-Scientist at the end of his training.

Outside of the office, Tyrone enjoys being outside with his wife and children - whether that be hiking, kayaking, or chasing his two daughters (they have way too much energy).

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Pantea Javaheri

Pantea has been working as a Project Coordinator with Dr. Matthew James focusing on ensuring the success of crossover AKI projects in the departments of nephrology and cardiology for the past 5 years. Pantea plans, coordinates, and executes assigned research projects, with a focus on identifying areas of improvement, research priorities and developing research roadmaps. 

Pantea offers extensive knowledge of the development, implementation, evaluation and sustainability of strategic plans and community-based health programs and is the developer of the AHS’s online Psychological First Aid educational series designed for the front-line workers at times of disasters, such as the Fort McMurray fire and COVID-19. 

Pantea has a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Science and is a certified PMP. Outside of work, Pantea enjoys volunteering, travelling, and spending time with her family

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Dr. Kerry McBrien

Dr. Kerry McBrien has been working as a researcher and family doctor, focusing on the development and evaluation of innovative models of care for 11 years.  In the role, Dr. McBrien enjoys integrating a focus on the social determinants of health in primary care. 

Dr. McBrien is a family physician with an MPH and post-doctoral training in applied health economics.  She is an Associate Professor in family medicine at the University of Calgary.

 Outside of the office, Dr. McBrien enjoys spending time with her kids and dog, biking in the summer, and skiing in the winter.

Sandra Robertshaw

Sandra Robertshaw

Sandra Robertshaw has been working as a patient partner with the PAUSE research project team, for the past 9 months. As a patient partner Sandra enjoys providing feedback from the patient perspective, asking questions when unclear on discussion points, participating in focus groups and hearing about the work in progress from other research team members.  

Sandra’s areas of lived experience include PCOS, hypertension (along with 3 of her siblings), diabetes, gastrointestinal disease, and she is a supportive caregiver to her mother and mother-in-law. 

When not participating in research Sandra enjoys spending time with family and friends, mountain biking, supporting her husband in his home business, going to movies and live theatre and music concerts, long walks, decorating for every holiday, and reading.

Dr. Neesh Pannu

Dr, Neesh Pannu

Dr. Neesh Pannu has been working as a researcher and kidney doctor at the University of Alberta since 2002.  Her work focuses on understanding how acute kidney injury affects long term health and what  can be done to minimize the risk of developing it and its health consequences.

Dr. Pannu is a nephrologist with additional training in critical care medicine as well as an MSc in epidemiology.  She is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta, and the Associate Dean of Clinical Research. She is co-scientific director of the Kidney Health section of the Alberta Health Services Medicine Strategic Clinical Network.

 Outside of the office, Dr. Pannu enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, spin classes, gardening and enjoying the outdoors.

Dr. Ross Tsuyuki

Dr. Ross Tsuyuki

Dr. Ross Tsuyuki is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and Director of EPICORE Centre at the University of Alberta. In these roles, Ross enjoys supporting his colleagues in their research and other academic endeavours.

Ross’s education or background includes a BSc, PharmD, residency and fellowship in clinical trials and an MSc in health research methods.

Outside of the office, Ross enjoys hiking, cycling, and watching hockey.

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Dr. Paul Ronksley

Dr. Paul Ronksley has been working as a health researcher, focusing on improving access to care for patients with multiple chronic conditions, for 15 years. In this role, he enjoys finding new ways to use the vast amount of health data generated within Alberta to identify and remove the barriers to healthcare that exist for many patients.

Paul’s education includes an MSc and Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Calgary, and a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.   

Outside of the office, Paul spends his time playing guitar, piano, and drums and is out in the mountains with his wife and two kids as much as possible

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Nancy Verdin

Nancy Verdin has been working as a patient partner with the PAUSE team, for the past year. As a patient partner, Nancy enjoys participating in meetings, providing the patient voice and representing others who are too quiet to join.

Nancy’s areas of lived experience include living with kidney failure which was diagnosed in a crash-start on hemodialysis at the age of 28, 3 failed transplants, and the use of peritoneal dialysis, in-centre dialysis, and home hemodialysis. Her knowledge as an occupational therapist (now retired) was instrumental in helping her cope with her kidney failure. She had bilateral atypical fractures of the femur and numerous other surgeries, and she has also spent time in the ICU following a minor stroke.  

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Dr. Kaitlyn Watson

Dr. Kaitlyn Watson has been working as a postdoctoral research fellow with Dr. Ross Tsuyuki, focusing on pharmacy practice research for the past 2 years. In this role, Kaitlyn enjoys working with frontline clinicians and empowering them through research projects to upskill and improve patient care.

Dr. Watson has a Ph.D. in pharmacy practice research, focusing on disaster and emergency management and she is a registered pharmacist in Australia.

Outside of the office, Dr. Watson enjoys reading, skiing, and exploring Canada with her family.

Dr. Stephen Wilton

Dr. Stephen Wilton

Dr. Stephen Wilton is a Cardiologist and Associate Professor of Cardiac Sciences and Community Health Sciences. His research spans epidemiology, clinical trials and health services investigations of cardiovascular disease. He leads the activities of the APPROACH cardiac registry and is the Principal Investigator of the IMPROVE CV Care Trial, which is part of the ICDC SPOR Innovative Clinical Trials Program.

In this role, Steve enjoys working with our amazing multidisciplinary team of clinicians, researchers and patient partners to better understand and hopefully improve cardiovascular care in Alberta.  

Outside of work, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife Jan, his 3 great children and their dog, and playing in the Rocky Mountains.