The Rounds Table
The Rounds Table is a free weekly podcast hosted by Healthy Debate. Its purpose is to provide an informative and irreverent discussion of new research from major medical journals. Each week it explores topics from the latest medical research.
The Rounds Table has received funding from a Canadian Society of Internal Medicine Education and Research Grant and a University of Toronto Office of Continuing Professional Development Continuing Education Research & Development Grant.
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Kieran Quinn is a fellow in General Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto and will begin his PhD in Clinical Epidemiology in the care of advanced nonmalignant disease in 2017. He received the University Health Network outstanding housestaff award and St. Michael’s Hospital’s Murray Muirhead award for excellence in medical expertise and humanity as a resident in Toronto.
He completed his Master of Science degree in cardiovascular physiology in the Cardiovascular Collaborative Sciences Program in the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto in 2008 and was the recipient of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society’s Have a Heart Bursary. He went on to complete his medical degree at Queen’s University in Kingston where he was awarded the Neil Currie Polson Memorial Prize for excellence in practice.
He is the loving father of Hunter and Austin and enjoys his summer weekends at the cottage tinkering away on various woodworking projects with his boys. You can follow him at @kieranlquinn.
Paxton Bach is a Fellow in General Internal Medicine at the University of British Columbia, and a Clinical Addictions Medicine Fellow at the BC Centre for Substance Use. He completed his medical school at Queen’s University, prior to returning to the west coast for his post-graduate training. Paxton has a diverse research background with a particular interest in the evidence-based treatment of substance use disorders. His current research projects with the BCCSU focus on the epidemiology of stimulant use disorders, and the medical complications associated with using these substances. Follow him at @paxbach.
Michael is a Masters student at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard and Research Fellow in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics and the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His research interests include assessing medication safety and effectiveness using large healthcare databases, advancing pharmacoepi methods (e.g., propensity score matching), and assessing the long-term sequelae of concussion. He is also completing the Clinician Scientist Training Program at the University of Toronto and works as a general internist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. Follow him @fralickmike.
Lauren Lacroix is a resident in her final year of training toward FRCPC certification in Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She has a certification in Resuscitation and Reanimation from Queen’s University. She studied Biomedical Science and Psychology at the University of Ottawa and obtained her medical degree from Queen’s University. Her academic interests include simulation, medical education and resuscitation. Her personal interests include travel, eating and making delicious food, and celebrity gossip. Follow her @llacroix4.
Ariel Lefkowitz is a fellow in General Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto. He completed his medical degree at McGill University, where he also completed an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Mathematics, and Computer Science. His academic interests include communication, medical ethics, and innovation in medical education, and his work has appeared in the Canadian Medical Association Journal and the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Ashley Minuk is a family doctor in Trenton, Ont. She completed medical school and residency at Queen’s University. After completing her training, Ashley relocated to a high-needs area, where she has a broad scope of practice. She manages a family medicine clinic and also works as hospitalist at Trenton Memorial Hospital, which includes acute care, complex continuing care, and palliative care. In her spare time she enjoys Netflix, puzzles, yoga, and her new waterfront view. You can follow her @ashleyminuk.
Fraser Pollard moved to Frankford, Ont., after finishing his residency in Family Medicine at Queen’s University in June 2015. He now considers himself a men’s league hockey player. He plays defence on Sunday nights, and center on Wednesday evenings. When his hockey schedule allows he is also a family physician and hospitalist in Trenton, Ont. His practice is broad, with the majority of his time spent on diabetes, palliative care, osteoarthritis, and chronic pain. He enjoys the not so perfect science of taking the current evidence and trying to apply it to his patients.
Jay Spiegel is a senior resident in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto. He holds a medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and a BSc in Biology from York University. He has an interest in hematologic malignancies and plans to pursue subspecialty training in Hematology. His current research project studies the impact of mutational profile on treatment in myelofibrosis. His work has been published in Leukemia & Lymphoma and he will be presenting a poster abstract at the upcoming American Society of Hematology annual meeting.
Laura Walker is a PGY-5 in the General Internal Medicine fellowship at the University of Toronto. She has a special interest in Obstetrical Medicine. She was a former Chief Medical Resident at St. Michael’s Hospital in 2016/2017. She holds a medical degree from the University of Toronto and an undergraduate degree in Clinical Biochemistry from Western University. Follow her at @l_walk5.
Emily Hughes is a third year medical student at the University of Toronto. She earned an Honours Bachelor of Sciences, specializing in Life Sciences, at Queen’s University in 2015. While at Queen’s, she kindled a passion for journalism through producing and hosting the award winning international affairs radio show, Right of Reply on CFRC 101.9fm. She is currently involved in basic neuroscience research, focusing on the effects of stress on learning and memory. In another life, she loves to sing. She was Vocals Lead for the 106th annual University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine’s charity musical, Daffydil. Follow her @emmy_hughes.
Emilio Garcia Flores
Emilio is a second-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto pursuing a Bachelor of Science, specializing in Neuroscience. Aside from this, Emilio has an aspiration to one day reach the ranks of others involved with the podcast, and would like to pursue a career in medicine. Outside of the academic life and in addition to his expertise in audio production, his most notable achievements in the arts include his various first-place competitive performances on the classical guitar and his grade 10 RCM skill level on this instrument.
Anthony Maher is a fourth year medical student at Memorial University. He is a member of the Canadian Medical Association General Council Task Force, has assisted with research on public-private partnerships, and has worked as a research fellow in the Department of Dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco. He also holds an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford. Anthony is a 2016 recipient of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame award.
Director of Special Segments
Sheliza Halani is a fourth year medical student at the University of Toronto. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering, with a specialization in Biomedical Engineering, at the University of British Columbia in 2014. She completed her final year engineering design project with BC Children’s Pediatric Anesthesia Research Team, working on a real-time nociception monitor for use in the operating room. Her research projects have allowed her to marry her interests in medicine and technology. While at UBC, she wrote for The Ubyssey, the university’s official student newspaper and at present at UofT she has been passionate about initiatives regarding medical education and student wellness. Follow her @sheliza_halani
Founder and Faculty Lead
Amol Verma is a staff physician in General Internal Medicine and research fellow in the Li Ka Shing Centre for Healthcare Analytics Research and Training at St. Michael’s Hospital and Phillipson Scholar in the Clinician-Scientist Training Program at the University of Toronto Department of Medicine. He is developing an area of research studying opportunities to improve hospital care for complex, aging, and frail patients using data from electronic health records. After medical school at the University of Toronto, he completed a Masters in Economic and Social History at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, where he studied health service delivery in conflict zones. Follow him @AmolAVerma.
Wilson Kwong is a third year Internal Medicine resident at the University of Toronto. He holds a medical degree from Queen’s University and a MSc degree in pharmacology from the University of Toronto. While trying to establish an interest in the medical humanities, he served as one of the primary organizers of the Department of Medicine’s inaugural Story Slam event. In his free time, he runs a Toronto-based cinema website throwdown815 (www.throwdown815.com).
None of The Rounds Table staff have any financial conflicts to disclose.
We gratefully acknowledge the efforts of our past hosts, Amol Verma, co-hosts, Janice Kwan, Travis Murdoch, Reena Pattani, Fahad Razak and Nathan Zilbert, and producer Annie Wang.