Our Team

Internationally known scientists, physicians and researchers who are all working toward improving care for people living with motility disorders

Dr Christopher N Andrews, MD MSc FRCPC

Dr Christopher N Andrews

Dr Christopher N Andrews MD MSc, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC) is a gastroenterologist and physician in Calgary Alberta and Clinical Professor at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Andrews completed postgraduate training in Internal Medicine (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC; FRCPC 2003) and Gastroenterology (University of Calgary, Calgary, AB; FRCPC 2004) then subsequently did an advanced Fellowship in Gastrointestinal Motility at Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN. He is currently a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Foothills Hospital, Calgary, and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Calgary.

Dr Andrews' research interests include clinical, translational, and diagnostic aspects of gut motility disorders including:

  • Gastroparesis
  • Intestinal Pseudo-obstruction
  • Functional Dyspepsia and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Acid Reflux and Esophageal motility disorders

Dr Michelle Buresi, MD PhD FRCPC

Dr Michelle Buresi

Dr. Buresi is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at South Health Campus, Calgary, Alberta and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Calgary.  She is also Site Lead at SHC, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Division.

B.Sc., University of Calgary, Honours in Zoology. Minor degree in Spanish.
Undergraduate Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Montpellier, France MD
University of Calgary PhD Gastrointestinal Physiology
Internal Medicine Residency, University of British Columbia
Gastroenterology Fellowship, University of British Columbia

Research Interests

Upper gastrointestinal tract motility disorders including IEM, jackhammer and achalasia, small bowel endoscopy (capsule and double balloon), health economics, medical education


Dr Milli Gupta, MD FRCPC

Dr Milli Gupta

Dr Milli Gupta provides dedicated care to eosinophilic esophagitis (unique in AB) and Barrett’s patients through dedicated clinics set up at the South Health Campus.

Curriculum Vitae

B.Sc.--University of Calgary
Doctor of Medicine--University of Western Ontario
Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology Training--University of Alberta
Esophageal motility and Barrett’s fellowship at Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN, USA

Certifications:
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons - Internal Medicine
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons - Gastroenterology

Research Interests

Esophageal and associated motility disorders. These include: Barrett’s esophagus, early esophageal cancer, eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), dyspepsia, GERD and IBS.  I  also support clinical and research endeavors through the Calgary Gut Motility Center. I provide dedicated care to eosinophilic esophagitis via the EoE clinic in conjunction with a Nurse Clinician (unique in AB), and a dedicated Barrett’s Esophagus assessment and endotherapy at the South Health Campus.


Dr Dorothy Li, MD FRCPC

Dr Dorothy Li

Curriculum Vitae

Doctor of Medicine, University of Toronto
Internal Medicine Residency Program, University of Toronto
Adult Gastroenterology Residency Program, University of Toronto
Master Teacher Program, University of Toronto
Clinical Associate, Gastroenterology, Women's College Hospital, Toronto
Motility Fellowship, University of Calgary, Calgary

Research interests include motility issues related to connective tissue disease and medical education.

 


Dr Yasmin Nasser, MD PhD FRCPC

Dr Yasmin Nasser

Dr. Yasmin Nasser is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and a clinician-scientist in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. As a clinician-scientist, she is a member of the Gastrointestinal Research Group and an associate member of the Snyder Institute for chronic disease. She completed her MD/PhD (Enteric Neurobiology) in 2008, medical residency at the University of British Columbia and gastroenterology fellowship training at the University of Calgary. Thereafter, she went on to complete both an advanced fellowship in Clinical GI Motility, as well as a postdoctoral fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Vanner at Queen’s University where she studied basic mechanisms of visceral pain and hypersensitivity.  She has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including a CAG/CIHR/CCC Fellowship, the John Alexander Stewart Fellowship, and a Young Investigator Award from the American Neurogastroenterology & Motility Society. 

Dr Nasser is an expert in the management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and upper/lower GI motility disorders. She is also co-lead for the High Risk Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) clinic, which sees undifferentiated patients with diarrhea and abdominal pain, many of whom are newly diagnosed with IBD.  Dr. Nasser’s laboratory is focused on the role of the microbiome in chronic pain, which pertains to disorders such as IBD and IBS. The overall goal is to develop innovative approaches to the treatment of chronic pain, thus improving quality of life and preventing the use of chronic narcotic therapy in these disorders

 


Renata Rehak, BSc MBT PhD

Dr Renata Rehak

Renata joined our team in 2019 as a Research Assistant and Study Coordinator. She is coordinating and managing multiple clinical research projects and has quickly become our REDCap expert. She brings a wealth of research skills and experience. She worked with the University of Calgary in the Department of Medical Genetics for over 5 years prior to joining our team.

Renata's educational background includes PhD (Neuroscience) and Master of Biomedical Technology earned at University of Calgary and BSc (Honors) from Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia.

 


Lynn Wilsack, BASc MSc CCRP

Lynn Wilsack

Lynn has worked with our group since 2010 as Study Coordinator. She has coordinated and managed multiple research projects including investigator initiated and sponsored clinical trials. These include interventional drug trials, emerging device and procedure trials and database investigations, all of which aim to improve clinical care for people living with motility disorders.

Lynn's educational background includes BASc (Honours) from University of Guelph and MSc from University of Manitoba. Lynn has been certified with Society for Clinical Research Professionals (SoCRA) as a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) since 2014.

 


Dr Matthew Woo, MD FRCPC

Dr Matthew Woo

Dr. Woo is currently a Consultant Gastroenterologist at the South Health Campus, Calgary, Alberta and Clinical Lecturer in the Division of Gastroenterology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Alberta.

  • M.D., Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
  • Gastroenterology Residency, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
  • Gastrointestinal Motility Fellowship, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

Research Interests

  • Clinical and diagnostic aspects of gastrointestinal motility
  • Connective tissue disease
  • Cyclic vomiting syndrome
  • Functional anorectal disease.