Omar Nazif , BASc, PEng, MD, FRCSC

Conference Chair

Clinical Instructor, Department of Urologic Sciences, UBC
Consultant Urologist, Surrey Memorial Hospital, Surrey, BC
BASc Mechanical Engineering – University of British Columbia 1993
Professional Engineer – Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC 1998
MD – University of British Columbia 2001
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (Urology) 2006
Laparoscopy and Endourology Fellow, University of Alberta, 2007

Dr. Omar Nazif is a graduate of the UBC Urology Residency Program in 2006. He practices adult and general pediatric Urology in Surrey, BC. He is fellowship trained in laparoscopy and endourology and specializes in minimally invasive surgery of the kidney, adrenal, and prostate. He also specializes in the endourologic management of stone disease.

Areas of interest include laparoscopic radical prostatectomy with nerve sparing technique for localized prostate cancer, laparoscopic radical and partial nephrectomy for localized renal masses, laparoscopic adrenalectomy for the treatment of functional and non functional adrenal masses. Other areas of specialization include endourologic management of stone disease with ureteroscopy, nephroscopy, percutaneous nephrolithotomy, and laser lithotripsy. He is fellowship trained in extra corporeal shock wave lithotripsy for treatment of stone disease. He also specializes in KTP (Green Light) laser photovaporization for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Dr. Nazif is actively involved in the BC Urological Society and the Canadian Urological Association. He is a clinical instructor in the Department of Urologic Sciences at the University of British Columbia. He has published papers and presented at various conferences.

Dr. Jeff Donovan


Dr. Donovan is a US and Canadian board-certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in the treatment of hair loss. He is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He received his medical degree from the University of Ottawa in 2004.  His post-graduate clinical training in Dermatology and PhD studies in molecular biology were conducted at the University of Toronto.

In addition to his Canadian and American board certifications, post-specialization training included: i) post-doctoral fellowship training in New York at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine ii) training in the Hair Loss Program at the University of California San Francisco under mentorship of world renowned hair dermatologist Dr. Vera Price and iii) training in hair transplantation under mentorship of preeminent dermatologist Dr. Walter Unger.

In 2010, Dr. Donovan joined the faculty at the University of Toronto to lead the program in Hair Transplantation and Hair Loss before ultimately establishing his private practices in Toronto and Vancouver.   He continues to teach and lecture nationally and internationally on hair loss.  In 2013, Dr. Donovan co-founded Okavana Laboratories, a cosmetic company committed to developing better products for hair care and to developing new treatments for individuals affected by hair loss.  He is currently the President of the Canadian Hair Loss Foundation, a non-profit organization which supports education and research in hair loss.

Dr. Donovan is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.  He has authored and co-authored over 40 articles which are published in a variety of research journals and is the recipient of several national and international awards for his research and leadership. In 2016, Dr. Donovan was honoured with the Canadian Skin Patient Alliance “Dermatologist of the Year” Award.


Dr. Donovan is devoted to the care of individuals experiencing hair loss.  Individuals who are interested can read more about his practice philosophy and the principles that guide his practice in the links below.

Dr. Donovan continues to be active in teaching and research. His teaching focuses on educating both medical professionals as well as the general public. Dr. Donovan teaches medical students, dermatology residents and fellows and conducts a week-long International Hair Course for Physicians. In addition to teaching physicians, Dr. Donovan enjoys teaching the public. He serves as a volunteer with several hair loss organizations, including the Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation (CaNAAF) and the Canadian Association of Scarring Alopecias (CASA) and the Canadian Hair Loss Foundation. His work with these groups helps ensure accurate information about hair loss gets conveyed to the public. In addition, Dr. Donovan frequently answers questions for the public about hair loss through a variety of online forums. In addition to questions patents ask on blogs posted here on this website, Dr. Donovan has provided over 3000 answers to questions about hair loss on the popular website RealSelf.com. In addition, Dr. Donovan’s Instagram posts now number over 1,100 and have gained widespread recognition as a valuable educational and interactive medium for teaching the public about hair loss. He is also active on Drugs.com providing educational information for patients with hair loss related questions.  Individuals around the world have the opportunity to learn about hair loss through these platforms.

Dr. Donovan is active in hair loss research. His current research interests include hair loss in women, scarring alopecia, ethnic hair disorders, alopecia areata and hair transplantation. Dr. Donovan is on the editorial board of several medical and scientific journals, including the International Journal of Clinical Dermatology & Research, the Journal of Clinical and Investigative Dermatology, the Journal of Cosmetology and Trichology and the Journal of Dermatology & Skin Biology, Dermatology – Open Journal, and Clinical Pediatric Dermatology. He serves as an independent consultant for a variety of legal issues in the field of hair loss.  His views and opinions on a variety of topics related to hair growth and hair loss are frequently cited in the media.


Dr. Bodo Knudsen, MD, FRCSC

Dr. Bodo Knudsen is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Urology at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, OH.  He holds the Henry A. Wise II Endowed Chair in Urology and is the Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Urology and is the Director of the OSU Comprehensive Kidney Stone Program.  Dr. Knudsen is a member of the EDGE Research Consortium.  He completed his residency program at the University of Manitoba in 2002 and then went on to Fellowship training in Endourology under Dr. John Denstedt and Dr. Stephen Pautler at the University of Western Ontario.  His clinical practice is focused on stone disease and HoLEP.  Dr. Knudsen has published extensively in the areas of stones disease and medical devices.  Dr. Knudsen co-directs an Endourology Fellowship Program at the Ohio State University and offers both 1 and 2 year training positions.

Dr. Justin Lee, BMSc, MD, MPH, FRCSC

Dr. Justin Lee, BMSc, MD, MPH, FRCSC

Dr. Justin Lee received his medical degree from the University of British Columbia followed by his Postgraduate Residency Training in Urology at the University of Toronto. Following residency, Dr. Lee completed a two-year fellowship in Urologic Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York in 2016. During his fellowship, he completed a Masters of Public Health in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.Dr. Lee now has the privilege of working alongside the North Shore urology group at Lions Gate Hospital. Throughout his training, he has been active in clinical research and expects to continue these scholarly endeavours in both clinical oncology research and medical education.

Dr. Mike Metcalfe

Dr. Mike Metcalfe

Dr. Michael J. Murray, MD, CCFP(EM), MHSc, CHE

Dr. Murray most recently held the position of executive medical director for quality improvement and chief medical information officer for the Interior Health Authority. Prior to this he was the senior medical director for tertiary acute services for the Interior Health Authority. He brings with him five years of health leadership and administration experience in BC, and over a decade of health administration experience from Ontario in his roles of VP medicine and chief medical executive, and chief of staff at a regional acute care hospital. Dr. Murray has held the position of president of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians and president of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine.

He has been a member of various provincial committees including the Physician Services Strategic Advisory Committee (PSSAC), Physician Quality Assurance Steering Committee (PQASC), and the IMIT Executive Committee (IMITEC).

Dr. Murray obtained his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1983. He holds certification in family medicine and emergency medicine from the University of Ottawa. In 2008 he obtained a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Toronto, and received the distinguished Robert Woods Johnson award that same year. He is designated as a certified health-care executive from the Canadian College of Health Leaders, and is a clinical lecturer in the department of family practice at UBC. Previously, he was clinical associate professor in the department of family medicine at McMaster University.

Dr. Henry Tran, MD, B.A.Sc

Assistant in Clinical Urology/Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow
Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital

Dr. Adam White, MD, FRCPC

Clinical Assistant Professor
Site Director, St. Paul’s Hospital


University of British Columbia, 2003, MD
University of British Columbia, 2006, Internal Medicine Residency
University of British Columbia, 2008, Endocrinology Fellowship
University of British Columbia, 2009, Clinical Educator Fellowship

Clinical Interests

Male Hypogonadism/ Low Testosterone

Dr. Graham Wong, MD

VGH, CCU, Acute Coronary Care
Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Wong obtained his MD and internal medicine training at UBC followed by fellowship training in cardiology at McGill University and a Research Fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Wong is the Clinical Director of the Coronary Care Unit at Vancouver General Hospital, the Medical Co-Director of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority Regional STEMI Program and the Regional Physician Lead for Acute Coronary Care for the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority / Providence Health Care. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at UBC and the Director of Education for the UBC Division of Cardiology.

Dr. Wong has won a number of major teaching awards including the UBC Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012, the UBC Killam Teaching Prize in 2014 and UBC Division of Cardiology Clinical Mentor Award in 2014. He is a 7-time recipient of the Shelley Naiman Teaching Award from the UBC Postgraduate Medicine Training Program.

He has authored or co-authored over 30 peer reviewed manuscripts. He was the Co-Chair of the 2016 Canadian Cardiovascular Society Position Statement on the Optimal Care of the Post Arrest Patient and will Co-Chair the 2018 Canadian Cardiovascular Society ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) Guidelines. He is also a member of the Primary Author Panel for the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Guidelines on Antiplatelet Therapy.

Dr. Chris Zappavigna, BSc, MD, FRCSC

Dr. Zappavigna received his Medical Doctorate (MD) in 2009 from the University of British Columbia. In 2014, he completed his residency in Urology with the Division of Urology at the University of Ottawa. During his residency, Dr. Zappavigna received both research and teaching awards.

Subsequent to his residency, Dr. Zappavigna completed one year of subspecialty fellowship training in the areas of reconstruction, neurourology, functional and female urology at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre at the University of Toronto. During this time at the largest trauma centre in Canada, he studied under the tutelage of Drs. Herschorn, Kodama and Carr. At the conclusion of his fellowship, Dr. Zappavigna received a research award from the Canadian Urologic Association. Dr. Zappavigna has authored, and been a co-author, on a number of urology-related publications and presentations.

Dr. Zappavigna was born and raised in East Vancouver and lives in the Lower Mainland with his wife and growing family. He enjoys spending time with extended family and close friends and is also interested in exercise, nutrition and following his beloved Vancouver Canucks and Oakland Raiders.