Conference Chair

Chris Hoag, BSc(Hon), MD, FRCSC

Active Staff, Lions Gate Hospital
BSc(Hon), Biomedical Sciences, University of Guelph
Medical Doctorate, University of Ottawa
Urology Residency, University of British Columbia
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada|
Fellowship in Advanced Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery, Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Hoag’s medical degree was obtained from the University of Ottawa in 2003. During medical school, he did an optional ‘Enrichment Year’ where he studied medicine in New Zealand, South Africa, and Nepal. He graduated from the Urology program at UBC, obtaining his fellowship (FRCSC) in 2008. Further sub-specialty training in Advanced Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery was completed in Melbourne, Australia in 2009 at Monash Medical Centre & the Royal Melbourne Hospital under Dr. Daniel Moon. Dr. Hoag joined the urology group in North Vancouver at Lions Gate Hospital in 2010. He also provides urologic services to Sechelt Hospital on the Sunshine Coast. Dr. Hoag’s practice has an emphasis in urologic oncology, including laparoscopic surgery for prostate cancer, kidney cancer, adrenal cancer, urothelial cancer and obstructive uropathy.

Dr. Hoag was elected as President of the BC Urological Society in September 2018.  He is a Clinical Instructor in the UBC Department of Urologic Sciences.  He teaches medical students, family practice residents, and urology residents.  He has been repeatedly recognized by his patients through multiple generous donations to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation and in 2017 was the recipient of the Lions Gate Hospital Health Care Hero award.

faculty

Dr. Chasta Bacsu

Dr. Chasta Bacsu completed her medical education at the University of Saskatchewan and Urology Residency at the University of Alberta. She is fellowship-trained in Urinary Incontinence and Reconstruction in Sydney, Australia, and in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.  She is practicing in Victoria, BC since  2013 in general adult urology and her subspecialty expertise.

Jason Brooks

Jason works closely with individuals and groups to help them identify how to perform at their best. He has done extensive coaching and consulting with physicians and understands the performance challenges of the profession – and how to help deal with them effectively. Jason incorporates lessons from research in the areas of peak human performance, professional learning, mindfulness and stress management, leadership development, performance in high-pressure environments, attention and focus training, and reflective practice.

Through collaborations with top performers in the field of medicine and other high-pressure vocations (e.g. tactical police services, elite athletes, and business executives) he has gained valuable insight on how to help physicians become better at what they do. Specifically, he share’s lessons and strategies on how to maintain consistent and sustainable levels of high performance and to become more efficient at dealing with the inherent challenges within demanding professional settings.

Dr. Hilary Brotherhood

Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital
Trail, BC

Hilary was born and raised in Kamloops BC.  She earned her undergraduate degree from Simon Fraser University in Biomedical Physiology, and then went on to do her Medical School at UBC’s Island Medical Program.  She did her Urology residency training at UBC, and then has completed a fellowship in Reconstructive and Functional Urology through the University of Calgary.  She is now working at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail BC.

Dr. David Harriman

Assistant Professor
Department of Urologic Sciences
University of British Columbia

David Harriman was recently hired as an Assistant Professor in UBC’s Department of Urologic Sciences as a renal transplant surgeon-scientist. He completed an American Society of Transplant Surgeon accredited fellowship in Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Prior to his subspecialty training, Dr. Harriman completed his MD degree and Urology residency at UBC. Clinically, Dr. Harriman will provide pre-transplant, surgical care and post-transplant management of renal donors and recipients within a multidisciplinary, team environment. He is particularly interested in transplantation of kidneys from marginal donors and transplantation of medically and surgically high-risk recipients. His main research objectives, in collaboration with established basic scientists at the Vancouver Prostate Center, will be focused on elucidating molecular mechanism contributing to renal allograft dysfunction and understanding the human microbiome and how this relates to kidney health and disease. Dr. Harriman was born and raised in Surrey, BC, he is a past collegiate and minor league baseball player, as well as a husband and father to 4 young children.

Nathan Hoag, BSc, MD, FRCSC (Urology)

Clinical Instructor
Department of Urologic Sciences
University of British Columbia
Victoria, BC

Nathan Hoag completed his urology residency training at UBC in 2014. This was followed by a 2-year fellowship in voiding dysfunction and reconstructive urology in Melbourne, Australia. He now practices in Victoria, BC.

Jameel Janjua

Jameel Janjua is an experimental test pilot for Calspan Corporation, where he is an F-16 variable stability in-flight simulator test aircraft (VISTA) instructor pilot at the United States Air Force (USAF) Test Pilot School (TPS), Edwards Air Force Base, California. Jameel recently retired as a Major from the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). As an exchange officer to the USAF for more than four years, Jameel was the lead test pilot for the team of experts exploring the development and application of automatic collision avoidance technologies for the USAF and the wider aviation world. The systems that Jameel has helped develop have already been credited with saving the lives of eight fighter pilots and their aircraft, with plans for future application of these safety systems to other types of aircraft and beyond. As a test pilot for Calspan, Jameel is proud to continue his support for these USAF test efforts. Jameel is passionate about finding parallels where his experience as a combat-proven fighter pilot and test pilot can be applied to how medical professionals achieve success in their fields. Born in Calgary, Alberta, Jameel graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Materials Engineering and earned the
Governor General’s medal as the top graduate. He subsequently was awarded a Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) scholarship and completed his Master of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston.

Jameel’s fighter pilot training started in the CF-18 where he finished as the top graduate in his class and was later selected to complete the prestigious Fighter Weapons Instructor Course. He was chosen to serve as the RCAF exchange officer to the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force, during which time he flew the Tornado GR4 in combat missions in Afghanistan in support of NATO ground forces. In addition, he flew combat missions over Libya to enforce the United Nations Security Council resolution 1973 during the Libyan civil war in 2011. Upon returning to Canada, Jameel was selected to attend the USAF Test Pilot School, where he graduated top in his class, becoming only the 4th Canadian to do so in over 70 years. He then commenced an assignment to the 416th Flight Test Squadron, where he was dual-qualified as a test pilot and instructor pilot on both the
F-16 and F-15SA. Jameel has 3,600 hours of flying experience in more than 35 aircraft, including captaincy on the F-16 Viper, F-15 Eagle, CF-18 Hornet, and Tornado GR4. He was also one of the final four candidates in the Canadian Space Agency’s 2009 astronaut recruitment campaign that received over 5,000 applicants. He has published on the use of simulation in endovascular neurosurgery, presented numerous technical papers at national and international symposia, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. In 2019, Jameel was invested as an Officer in the Order of Military Merit, the second highest order administered by the Governor General-in- Council in Canada, in recognition of a career of outstanding meritorious service in duties of responsibility. Jameel and his wife, Sylvie Villeneuve, currently live with their two sons near Edwards Air Force Base – the same base where, in 1947, Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier in the Bell X-1.

Dr Alex Kavanagh, MD FRCSC

Reconstructive Urology
Clinical Assistant Professor | Department of Urologic Sciences | Faculty of Medicine | The University of British Columbia
Gordon & Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre

Dr. Kavanagh is a reconstructive urologist certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He completed his undergraduate electrical engineering and medical school at the University of Calgary followed by a Master of Public Health (clinical epidemiology) at Harvard University. His urologic residency was completed at UBC in 2013, and he has since completed a fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery in Houston, as well as a 6 month visiting fellowship in male urethral and pelvic reconstruction with Dr. Sanjay Kulkarni in Pune, India. Dr. Kavanagh has also completed visiting fellowships at several centres of excellence in gender-affirming surgery, including Crane and Brownstein Surgical (Drs. Curtis Crane and Richard Santucci), the New York Langone School of Medicine (Dr. Lee Zhao) and Mount Sinai Hospital (Dr. Ting). In addition to his reconstructive urology practice, he recently established the BC Gender Surgery clinic at VGH in conjunction with plastics co-founder, Dr Krista Genoway. He has also recently assumed the role of medical director of the UBC Bladder Care Centre. His clinical interests include radiation induced urethral stricture, endometriosis related ureteric obstruction, gender affirmation surgery and reconstructive surgery for neurogenic bladder. His research interests include development of a wireless telemetry system for measurement of ambulatory urodynamic evaluation in the Yucatan pig model of neurogenic bladder and development of auto-sterliizing urinary catheters with integrated bactericidal photodynamic therapy.

Dr. Soojin Kim

Pediatric Urology
BC Children’s Hospital
Vancouver, BC

Soojin recently completed her fellowship training in pediatric urology at Northwestern University in Chicago. Her fellowship training included a wide breadth of cases and conditions with an emphasis on multidisciplinary and patient-centered care.  Soojin also completed a graduate program in Health Services and Outcomes Research at Northwestern University with a focus on large databases and patient-centered outcomes. Prior to her subspecialty training in paediatric urology, Soojin completed her medical degree and urology residency at McMaster University.

Soojin joined the Division of Pediatric Urology at BC Children’s Hospital in August 2019, providing service to the pediatric population of BC along with Drs. Afshar, MacNeily and Masterson. As a new team member, Soojin will contribute her skills in endoscopic, laparoscopic, robotic, and reconstructive surgeries. She will also be actively involved in managing patients with complex urologic conditions, including renal transplant, neurogenic and congenital anomalies, in a multidisciplinary approach.

Soojin has an academic interest in patient-centered outcomes and quality improvement research. She will be continuing her studies towards a master’s degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research. She is interested in evaluating direct and indirect factors that affect patients’ health service experience. She will also be involved in medical education across various training levels.

Dr. Andrew E MacNeily, MD, FRCSC, FAAP

Professor and Head Division of Pediatric Urology
University of British Columbia
Department of Urologic Sciences

Dr MacNeily is a surgeon and an Educator with a clinical focus on Pediatric Urology. He is a graduate of Queen’s University faculty of Medicine. He completed his postgraduate Urological training at UBC followed by fellowship training in Pediatric and Reconstructive Urology at NorthWestern University Chicago Illinois, and The Institute of Urology, London UK. He began his practice in adult and pediatric Urology at Queen’s University in 1994, and assumed the role of Postgraduate Educational director in 1995. In 2000 Dr MacNeily was recruited to UBC in the dual positions of Head of Pediatric Urology at BC Children’s Hospital, and Postgraduate Educational Director. In 2010 he completed his tours of duty as Program director and served a six year term as chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Specialty Committee for Urology. He is the 2019-2020 President of the Canadian Urological Association. Dr MacNeily has received numerous awards for teaching and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts on postgraduate education and clinical pediatric urology.

Dr. Carol-anne Moulton

Associate Professor
Department of Surgery, University of Toronto

Dr. Carol-anne Moulton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, University of Toronto and Staff Surgeon with the Division of General Surgery, University Health Network. She is currently the Medical Director of the Operating Room at Toronto General Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital, and a Scientist in the Wilson Centre. Dr. Moulton’s research program focuses on understanding the complexity of surgical judgment, the development of surgical expertise, and underlying causes of surgeon error.

Christina Poon

Christina Poon completed her MSc, MD and Urology Residency at the University of British Columbia. Her fellowship in Female Urology, Incontinence and Urodynamics at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas in 2003 focused on female functional urology, including  the management of complex incontinence and pelvic prolapse. Since 2004, she has been on staff at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver and attends a urodynamics clinic at the UBC Bladder Care Centre.

Dr. Arman Rahmim

Associate Professor of Radiology and Physics
University of British Columbia (UBC)
Vancouver, BC

Arman Rahmim is Associate Professor of Radiology and Physics at the University of British Columbia (UBC), as well as Senior Scientist and Provincial Medical Imaging Physicist at BC Cancer. He received his PhD in medical imaging physics at UBC, and was subsequently recruited by Johns Hopkins University (JHU) to lead a high-resolution PET imaging physics program and to pursue research at the JHU Department of Radiology. In 2018, he was recruited back to Vancouver, where he leads the provincial molecular imaging and therapy physics program, and his lab (rahmimlab.com) pursues research in tomographic imaging. He has published a book, over 120 journal articles and 250 conference proceeding papers/abstracts. He was president (2018-2019) of the Physics, Instrumentation and Data Sciences (PIDS) Council of the Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), and was awarded the John S. Laughlin Young Scientist Award by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) in 2016.

Dr. Himat Vaghadia

Clinical Professor in Anesthesiology (UBC) Active Staff (VGH) since 1989 Member of VPSA Community Building & Wellness Committee