Speakers2019-10-18T11:17:44+00:00

Meet the PCC Speakers

Saturday, November 2
Presentation: Impact of Frailty on 1-Year Outcomes After Noncardiac Surgery

Sunday, November 3
Presentation: Association Between Delay of Urgent/Emergent Surgery and Mortality and Use of Health Care Resources

Dr. Daniel McIsaac is an Associate Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine and the School of Epidemiology & Public Health at the University of Ottawa, and a full status Adjunct Scientist at IC/ES. His clinical practice is as an Anesthesiologist at The Ottawa Hospital. He obtained his MD from Dalhousie University, a Master of Public Health from Harvard University and his anesthesiology residency at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. McIsaac leads the Aging Innovation in Perioperative Medicine and Surgery (AIMS) Research group, a multidisciplinary team which aims to improve the care and outcomes of older people having surgery. Dr. McIsaac’s group is currently completing a number of CIHR-funded studies evaluating patient-centered recovery after surgery in older people, as well as trials of home-based prehabilitation for people with frailty.

What is the greatest piece of advice you have received?
Slow down and take the time to enjoy the journey

How do you achieve work-life balance?
Work life balance doesn’t just happen, it requires active effort like anything where you want to be successful. But knowing that work won’t be successful if life isn’t in balance is a great motivator.

What makes you laugh?
Mostly my wife and kids

One thing we might be surprised to learn about you?
I spent the first 17 years of my life milking cows on a farm in PEI

Saturday, November 2
Presentation: Avoidance and Management of Narcotic Side Effects

Su-Yin started her career as a professional ballet dancer before completing her BSN at UVIC (2005). After two years as a medical-surgical Registered Nurse, she obtained her MD at UBC (2011). Her Residency in Anesthesiology at UBC (2017) was lengthened slightly by having two daughters. Following residency, Su-Yin had additional training in Perioperative Vascular Medicine in Hamilton, Ontario and Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) certification through CHEST. Su-Yin is presently studying her masters in Perioperative Medicine, through the University College of London.

As a staff Anesthesiologist at St. Paul’s Hospital (Vancouver), Su-Yin is part of the ERAS working group, Perioperative Anesthesia group and is the Perioperative Medicine Fellowship Director (Anesthesia). She is involved with planning the Whistler Anesthesiology Summit, ultrasound training and has recently helped create a Confidential faculty advisor committee for residents. She looks forward to returning to Guatemala for her second surgical mission in April 2020.
Outside of medicine, Su-Yin continues to dance, reluctantly cleans up after her husband and two young children, and tries to read before falling asleep with the light on.

Was there a defining moment that led you to choose a career in medicine?
I was always interested in a career in health care. I grew up in a small town, without many female doctors to look up to, so I hadn’t really had a chance to consider what professional options were open to me. As a nursing student, I asked why insulin was used as a treatment for hyperkalemia. I was told to look it up, so I did. I thrived on the challenge, and the information I learned along the way. I realized then that I needed a deeper understanding of the interventions I was participating in. My inquisitive nature and excitement to learn led me to apply to medical school.

What is your favourite book and why?
“Mao’s Last Dancer” by Li Cunxin because it describes the journey of a boy who rises from a village in China to work as a reknown professional dancer. The story touches me personally as it speaks to my mother’s journey from a farm in Malaysia to Canada, as well as being set in the professional ballet world.
What is the greatest piece of advice you have received?
There is swearing involved, so I better not say.
If you could have dinner with anyone alive or dead, who would it be and why?
Before bed each night I read my two daughters a few pages from “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. The book features short stories about real women throughout history who can be role models to children. I can imagine a thrilling conversation around my kitchen table with a random selection of any three women from the book.
How do you achieve work-life balance?
It’s a good thing I am an early riser. I wake up at 4:30 am most mornings to work on my non-clinical responsibilities in my department and other professional goals, which recently has included working on a masters in Perioperative Medicine. I leave my evenings open for family and ballet class. I’m in bed shortly after my kids are asleep.
What makes you laugh?
Recently, my husband who works in an office was complaining about his “cubicle body”. I asked him if I could sign him up for a running group that would meet once a week for some casual workouts. My husband agreed. Shortly after he arrived at the first workout my husband sent me a text complaining that I had signed him up for a marathon training program – of course I had! I still laugh thinking about his face and shuffle as he came home that night. But, I’m also happy to say he’s still out there training.
One thing we might be surprised to learn about you?
I’m allergic to almost everything. Seriously, I should have been raised in an inflatable bubble. Horses are the worst.

Saturday, November 2

The Debaters
Physicians in the perioperative setting should focus on absolute blood pressure measurements instead of relative changes in blood pressure measurements from the patient’s baseline measurement
PRO: Daniel Sessler
CON: Don Young

Moderator: Donald Redelmeier

Was there a defining moment that led you to choose a career in medicine?
I came from a medical family (Dad GP, Mom RN), but moving into a University Residence with a bunch of guys making a go at achieving good results as Undergrad students to go into post-grad education was my eye opener to the possibilities of education and how to achieve them.

What is your favourite book and why?
At present, it is “Pi of Life – The Hidden Happiness of Mathematics”, by Sunil Singh.  Sounds nerdy, right? As my kids broach the field of Mathematics in grade school this book has offered incredible insight into the atrocious job we have done in teaching Mathematics to kids.  The author is trying to change things from the present process that largely amounts to “cerebral ditch digging” to one with a joyful, enlightened and inspired human aspect.

What is the greatest piece of advice you have received?
King Arthur: “Merlin, what is the greatest virtue of Knightship?”

Merlin: “Truth.  When a man [woman] lies he [she] murders some part of the world”.

If you could have dinner with anyone alive or dead, who would it be and why?
My paternal Grandparents (they died before I was born).  They left all behind in Scotland in 1929 to start a new life in Vancouver.  I want to hear their story directly from them.
How do you achieve work-life balance?
Find ways to fit activities into your life style.  For exercise, ride your bike to work.  For kids activities, help with coaching or teaching.  For Spouses/Partners, have some sacred time set aside.
What makes you laugh?
Monty Python.
One thing we might be surprised to learn about you?
Ornithology (Birding) is a passion of mine.

Saturday, November 2

Presentation: Campfire Session: Who Can and Should Manage Perioperative Pain
Dr Slawski is a Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Beginning in 2004, she developed a collaborative, multi-disciplinary perioperative program from inception that now delivers a universal standard of care using evidence-based protocols, making significant impacts on patient outcomes, efficiency and cost of care. This program includes a multidisciplinary preoperative clinic caring for over 14,000 patients annually and an inpatient co-management service within the Section of Perioperative and Consultative Medicine, of which Dr Slawski is the inaugural chief. The programs and protocols developed by Dr. Slawski and her team are models of care locally, regionally, and nationally. She is a frequently requested speaker at national professional meetings and has authored multiple book chapters, journal articles, and is the Director of the Perioperative Medicine Summit.
Was there a defining moment that led you to choose a career in medicine?
I was working as a basic scientist seeking a PhD and was continually distracted from my work by reading about the clinical applications of my research. I realized that I would be more professionally satisfied as a clinician.
If you could have dinner with anyone alive or dead, who would it be and why?
My husband. I really enjoy his company.
How do you achieve work-life balance?
I will tell you when I do.

Saturday, November 2

The Debaters
Physicians in the perioperative setting should focus on absolute blood pressure measurements instead of relative changes in blood pressure measurements from the patient’s baseline measurement
PRO: Daniel Sessler
CON: Don Young

Moderator: Donald Redelmeier

Dr. Daniel Sessler is the Michael Cudahy Professor and Chair of the Department of Outcomes Research at the Cleveland Clinic. He is also Director of the Outcomes Research Consortium: the Consortium is the world’s largest clinical anesthesia research group and publishes a full paper every 3 days. He is an editor for Anesthesiology and serves as a reviewer for more than 50 journals. His grants total more than $60 million. Dr. Sessler has published 775 full research papers which have been cited more than 33,000 times – making him the world’s most published anesthesiologist. His awards include a Fulbright Fellowship and the ASA Excellence in Research prize.
What is the greatest piece of advice you have received?

I will never forget my father repeating, with increasing frustration, “write what you mean; write what you mean.” And then “Don’t write around your point and don’t make readers try to guess what you mean. Simply tell them.” It’s still good advice!

Saturday, November 2

Presentation: Campfire Session: Who Can and Should Manage Perioperative Pain
Sadeesh Srinathan  MD MSc FRCSC FRCS C-Th
Thoracic Surgeon
Associate Professor
Research Director, Thoracic Surgery
Department of Surgery, University of Manitoba
Dr. Srinathan is a Thoracic Surgeon at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. He obtained his undergraduate and MD degrees at McMaster University. His subsequent training and travels took him to Montreal (completing General Surgery), St. Louis (Research fellowship) and eventually Birmingham, UK where he trained in Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery. He obtained his MSc in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University in 2009. He has been involved in a number of studies in perioperative medicine, including VISION, POISE-2, MANAGE and COP-AF. He is married to Beth and is the tired father of 4 boys.

Was there a defining moment that led you to choose a career in medicine?

Not sure, but certainly watching MASH helped. Funny thing is that my hero Hawkeye was a “Chest Cutter”, which although I had no intention of being at the time, I have become.

What is your favourite book and why?

Depends on when I am asked. But for some reasons I like dystopian novels, favourite among them is The Trial by Kafka and Animal Farm by Orwell. I like the clear eyed view of what the world can be like and to some extent is. But, I am an optimist despite my taste in books. Another is “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman”, the autobiography by this famous physicist.

What is the greatest piece of advice you have received?

RELAX!

If you could have dinner with anyone alive or dead, who would it be and why?

I assume it is someone who I have not dined with….then Richard Feynman. From what I can gather from his writings and lectures, I would like to experience his intellect and joyous enthusiasm about science and the world.

How do you achieve work-life-balance?

I don’t.

Which technology could you do without?

My phone. My great luxury is putting it out of sight and mind when I am holiday.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Not sleep.

Do you have a pet peeve?

Not being thoughtful-both in the intellectual sense and temperament and being unkind. These are faults which are annoying in myself and others.