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Dr. Regina M. Taylor-Gjevre
Dr. Taylor-Gjevre is an Adult Rheumatologist and Professor of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She completed her undergraduate medical education and Rotating Interneship at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1988. She then went on to do an Internal Medicine residency in Winnipeg at the University of Manitoba and subsequently completed her Rheumatology training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in 1995. She has practiced Rheumatology in various centres in Canada and for the last decade has been in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She is Co-ordinator/Program Director for the undergraduate and post-graduate rheumatology education programs in Saskatchewan. Dr. Taylor-Gjevre holds a MSc in Clinical Epidemiology, her research has been largely in people with rheumatoid arthritis with a particular focus on sleep disorders in this group.
Dr. Carter Thorne
Dr. Thorne is on the Consultant Staff at Southlake Regional Health Care in Newmarket, Ontario, and Director of The Arthritis Program; this is a unique inter/trans-disciplinary program established to optimize outcomes for people who have arthritis and other rheumatic disorders. He is active in patient education, having established an Inflammatory Arthritis Program, Osteoarthritis Program, Fibromyalgia Program, JRA Program, as well as an Osteoporosis Program. He has worked extensively with the Arthritis Society including on the Web Site “arthritis.ca”. He has been involved in establishing Outreach Programs (Kenora, Ontario) and instrumental in setting up Arthritis Care Programs in other Centers; including The Barrie Arthritis Program at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie ON.
He is sought for his expertise in developing Outcome Based clinical Programs, not only in Arthritis Care, but also Shared Care in a Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Program, Wound Management and NeuroRehab/Stroke Care. These programs have resulted in measured improved standardized outcomes for patients, and for the improved reduction in hospital utilization and Length of Stay (Best Practice)
He is active in Clinical Research as Principal Investigator with The Arthritis Program Research Group Inc., assisting in Canadian as well as International Studies of new therapeutic agents as well as projects to better describe types of arthritis and their care. As part of a strategic interest in identifying ‘Best Practices’, he has established an Early Arthritis Clinic, collaborating with a national initiative (CATCH), and an Osteoporosis Intervention Clinic, establishing a unique collaboration with Osteoporosis Canada and the Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy. He sits on the Steering and Scientific Ctte of the Ontario Biologic Research Initiative, a collaborative attempt among stakeholders to describe and disseminate outcomes and best practices, in the management of Rheumatoid Arthritis. He is past-President of the Canadian Rheumatology Association (2012-2014) and is past-Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Rheumatology Association (1995-2004); and past Treasurer of PANLAR (Pan American League of The Association of Rheumatologists (2002-2006); founding member of the Ontario Rheumatology Association and past-President (2008); and past Chair of the Simcoe York District Health Council. He is a lecturer in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He holds a Fellowship with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and American College of Rheumatology.
Dr. Thorne has had the opportunity to provide advice on Arthritis Care to Governmental Agencies, The Arthritis Society and the Pharmaceutical Industry, including but not exclusive with today’s sponsor. He has participated in Guidelines development and co-authored the chapter on Rheumatoid Arthritis in the third edition of Therapeutic Choices (2000).
Dr. Karen Tu
Dr. Karen Tu is a Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of Toronto, with a cross appointment in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and a staff family physician at the University Health Network-Toronto Western Hospital Family Health Team. She received her MD from the University of Toronto and her MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing in a joint degree from the London School of Economics and the London School of Tropical Medicine.
Health Informatics, Health Service Delivery, Electronic Medical Records, Administrative Databases, Quantitative Data Analysis, Chronic Diseases, Observational Studies
Lori Tucker , M.D.
Dr. Tucker is a pediatric rheumatologist and clinical researcher at the BC Children’s Hospital. Her research interests include physical activity in juvenile arthritis, long term outcomes of childhood onset rheumatic diseases, transition of youth with rheumatic diseases to adult health care, and juvenile onset systemic lupus. She plays a leading role in the Canadian pediatric rheumatology research network, CAPRI, and collaborates with other pediatric rheumatology research networks in the US and Europe.