Meera Dalal, Christopher Doig & Andreas Laupacis
Dr. Meera Dalal is pursuing her specialty training in Internal Medicine at Vancouver General Hospital. She has a special interest in knowledge translation of medical information into practical use and hopes to use journalism and social media to engage health professionals and empower the public. She is a strong advocate for patients and underserved communities and has a passion for medical education. She is an avid proponent in the intersection of the arts and medicine and her leadership in this arena has been recognized with the Rachael Bagnall Arts in Medicine Award. Dalal is an accomplished dancer and writer — she has written for Al-Jazeera and ABC — and currently works as a reporter for CBC News Vancouver. She is known for her questionable sense of humor and love of all things unusual. Follow Meera on twitter @DrMeeraDalal
Dr. Christopher Doig is Head of the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Calgary, as well as a Professor in the Departments of Critical Care Medicine, Internal Medicine and Community Health Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine. He was president of the Alberta Medical Association from 2010 to 2011. He has over 90 peer-reviewed publications including in journals such as Nature Medicine, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Canadian Medical Association Journal. He is married with 4 children. He is an avid cyclist, swimmer, and soccer player….currently ranked 4th in his family in goal scoring, but hoping to improve.
Dr. Andreas Laupacis is the Executive Director of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital and a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a general internist whose interest in health care is driven by his experiences as a consumer, practitioner, researcher and involvement in health care governance. He served on the Board of Directors of Alberta Health Services from 2008 to 2010, and was Chair of its Quality committee from 2009 to 2010. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Health Quality Ontario and a Board Member at Cancer Care Ontario. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Health Policy and Citizen Engagement. He is convinced that the health care system would be better if there is more informed input from citizens. Follow Andreas on Twitter @AndreasLaupacis
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Sandra Duvlock was 58 when she was diagnosed with dermatomyositis. The gradual inflammation of her muscles had gotten to the point where she was unable to walk, clean or feed herself. When this relatively rare disease was diagnosed, Duvlock was prescribed intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) treatment and long-term physical rehabilitation. IVIG is a blood product that uses plasma proteins…