Featured Speaker

Featured Speaker

Get to know the Perioperative Care Congress speakers. Each week, we will feature a different speaker. Consult the program for presentation times.

Dr. Greg Bryson, University of Ottawa
Greg Bryson is an Associate Professor and the Vice-Chair of Research at the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Ottawa and an Associate Scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Greg is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia, the Past-President of the Perioperative Medicine Section of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society, and the former Co-Chair of CAS’s Choosing Wisely Canada Campaign.

What is your favorite book and why?
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams. It was nice to discover someone as genuinely perplexed by the world as I was.

What is the greatest piece of advice you have received?
“It is easier to educate the motivated than to motivate the educated.” Howard Nathan

How do you achieve work-life-balance?
A combination of saying “no” and running… it’s not working.

Which technology could you do without?
Processed food. I mean, how hard is it to eat an apple?


Dr. Paul MacDonald, Cape Breton University
Paul MacDonald received his medical degree from Dalhousie University, Halifax in 1988. After interning at the University of Western Ontario, he practiced family medicine for two years before continuing his training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at Dalhousie University. He is currently an Assistant Professor with Dalhousie University.

In August 2015 he was appointed Medical Department Head, Eastern Zone. He has various medical interests including being Director of the Heart Failure Clinic and Coronary Care Unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney, N.S. He has also been involved in conducting local research.

In his spare time Paul enjoy’s boating, golfing, runs and bikes with his wife Christine, attends charity events and volunteers his time giving information sessions to the general public on cardiac issues.

Was there a defining moment that led you to choose a career in medicine?
My interest in the practice of medicine stems both from interests and success in the study of sciences as well as engagement in the humanities and a hope to be able to provide service to others in need. I was also hoping to find a career in a field free of politics – which reflects my inexperience in the field.

What is your favorite book and why?
Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot. The frail hero in this book struggles to do the right thing despite public and social pressures to conform to expectations.

What is the greatest piece of advice you have received?
“Don’t worry that the horse is blind, just load the wagon.”

If you could have dinner with anyone alive or dead, who would it be and why?
I would chose to have dinner with my family and close friends. While there is great attraction to famous people in history, I have a much stronger draw to those who have had the greatest impact in my life.