Faculty

Shahriar Shahrokhi

Shahriar Shahrokhi MD FRCSC FACS
Conference Program Director
Attending Surgeon, Ross Tilley Burn Centre
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Program Chair & Strategic Planning
Canadian Burn Association

Dr. Shahrokhi is an Attending Surgeon at the Ross Tilley Burn Centre (RTBC) at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Fellow of American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Shahrokhi’s clinical practice interest encompasses total burn care and complex wound care. In addition to the clinical aspects of the practice, he currently serves as the strategic planning officer on the executive board of the Canadian Burn Association and the Program Committee Chair for the CBA. Dr. Shahrokhi has served as the past coordinator of medical education and director of the burn fellowship at RTBC for over a decade. In addition, he had been a longstanding member of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Resident Program committee and department of surgery mentorship committee. He has contributed to multiple book chapters and journal articles in the field of burns and is also an editor of the book “Burn Care and Treatment – A Practical Guide.”

Jack Rasmussen

Jack Rasmussen MD FRCSC
Conference Program Director
Assistant Professor Department of Medicine
Dalhousie University
Burn Unit Director
QEII Health Sciences Centre
Nova Scotia Health

Dr. Jack Rasmussen is a plastic surgeon and intensivist working at the QEII HSC in Halifax, NS, with a clinical focus on burn care, complex surgical and traumatic wounds, and pressure injuries. Before joining the hospital as staff in July of 2018, he completed his plastic surgery residency at Dalhousie University in 2016, and his Critical Care Medicine fellowship between Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto, with training at the Ross Tilley Burn Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital. He is the Director of the QEII HSC Burn Unit, and as assistant professor at Dalhousie University.

Guest Speakers

Stefan J. Friedrichsdorf

Stefan J. Friedrichsdorf MD, FAAP
Professor of Pediatrics, University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) Chief, Division of Pediatric Pain, Palliative and Integrative Medicine UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals

Stefan Friedrichsdorf is a Professor of Pediatrics and the inaugural Chief of the Division of Pediatric Pain, Palliative and Integrative Medicine at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland.

As the medical director of the Stad Center for Pediatric Pain, Palliative and Integrative Medicine he proudly leads one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind in the country: The interdisciplinary pain program is devoted to prevent and treat acute, procedural, neuropathic, total, visceral, and chronic pain for pediatric patients in close collaboration with all clinicians and subspecialties at the Benioff Children’s Hospitals. The palliative care team provides holistic care for pediatric patients with life-limiting diseases and adds an extra layer of support to the care of children with serious illness and their families. Integrative Medicine provides and teaches safe evidence-based integrative therapies (such as massage, acupuncture/acupressure, biofeedback, aromatherapy, self-hypnosis) to provide care that promotes optimal health and supports the highest level of functioning in all individual child’s activities. In 2020 the Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco received the prestigious ChildKind International pain relief certification and the Joint Commission Palliative Care Certification.

Dr. Friedrichsdorf is the physician lead for the 2022 systemwide “Benioff Children’s Hospitals Comfort Promise: We promise to do everything possible to prevent and treat pain. For every child. Every time.” aiming to reduce pain and anxiety caused by needle procedures. He received the 2016 “Elizabeth Narcessian Award for Outstanding Educational Achievements in the Field of Pain” by the American Pain Society and the 2011 “Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award”. He was the medical director of the department of pain medicine, palliative care & integrative medicine at Children’s Minnesota from 2005-2020 and under his leadership the department grew into one of the largest in the country. It received the “Circle of Life Award” by the American Hospital Association in 2008 and was the 2013 recipient of the “Clinical Centers of Excellence in Pain Management Award” by the American Pain Society, and in 2018 the Albert Bandura Influencer Award from VitalSmarts.

He was associate editor of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2013-2020, the principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) / National Cancer Institute (NCI) multisite study on the creation, implementation and evaluation of the Pediatric Palliative Care Curriculum “Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (EPEC)-Pediatrics”, which so far trained 1,554 clinicians from 100 countries. In 2008 he founded and since then directs the annual Pediatric Pain Master Class, a unique week-long intensive course for interdisciplinary health professionals.

Dr. Friedrichsdorf has presented more than 800 lectures about pediatric pain medicine, palliative care and integrative medicine in 30 countries on all six continents and has a track record of research and publications in the field, including more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and contributions to more than 25 books on the subject. He is the current president of the Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).

Dr. Friedrichsdorf received his MD degree from the Medical University of Lübeck, Germany, completed his 5- year pediatric residency at the University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany (Children’s Hospital Datteln), and undertook his fellowship in Pediatric Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at the University of Sydney, Australia (Children’s Hospital at Westmead). He is double boarded in Pediatrics in Germany and the United States, a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics, and trained in pediatric clinical hypnosis.

He also has worked as a newspaper delivery boy, tour guide, factory worker, youth group leader, not particularly talented actor, assistant nurse, journalist, paramedic, EMT, lifeguard, and children’s theater artistic director. He is happily married to Ruth (a much smarter pediatrician) and they live with their three children in the groovy Bay Area of California.

Alisa Savetamal

Alisa Savetamal MD FACS
Medical Director
Connecticut Burn Center
Yale New Haven Health /Bridgeport Hospital

Dr Savetamal was raised in the small town of Belle Plaine, Iowa. She studied government at Harvard College and subsequently received a master’s degree in political science from Columbia University. She then switched fields and attended medical school at Columbia. Dr Savetamal trained in general surgery at Stamford Hospital (CT), followed by a trauma fellowship at University Medical Center in Las Vegas and a surgical critical care fellowship at University Hospital/UMDNJ in Newark. She has been at Bridgeport Hospital/YNHH since 2006 and director of the Connecticut Burn Center since 2013. She has served on various committees of the American Burn Association and is the president of the Northeast Region Burn Conference organization. Her research interests include elderly burn care, palliative care in burns, early mobilization after skin grafting, and reducing the use of central lines in the burn unit.

Program Committee

Dr. M. Boyle
Psycho-Social

Lindsay Burnett

Lindsay Burnett RN BScN MN
Nursing
Clinical Nurse Educator
Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Centre,
Foothills Medical Centre
Calgary, AB

Lindsay completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 2007 and later completed her Master of Nursing thesis at the University of Calgary in 2013. She has been actively involved in the Burns community since graduation. Lindsay was the President of the Canadian Association of Burn Nurses (2013-2015). Lindsay holds committee appointments on the Education Committee and Nursing Certification Committee with the American Burn Association. Currently employed as the Clinical Nurse Educator on the Calgary Firefighter’s Burn Treatment Centre at the Foothills Medical Centre, Lindsay’s role includes teaching staff, patients, and their families. Lindsay enjoys being involved in various research and quality improvement initiatives, and has Co-Chaired the FMC Burn Quality Committee since it was established in 2014. Lindsay is also highly involved in the Burn Survivor community and is a SOAR Coordinator for the Phoenix Society’s Burn Peer Support Program in Calgary.

Nancy Coutris RD
Dietian
Clinical Dietitian
Manitoba Firefighters Burn Unit
Health Sciences Center Shared Health

Nancy Coutris is Clinical Dietitian with the Burn Program at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, MB. Following the completion of her degree in Human Nutritional Sciences from the University of Manitoba in 1997, she completed her dietetic internship at the Health Sciences Centre in 1999. Since then she has worked in various areas of the hospital until 2008 when she became the Clinical Dietitian for the Burn Program at the Health Sciences Centre, while continuing to cover in the areas of critical care.

Aside from direct patient care, she serves on the Program Committee for the Canadian Burn Conference and is the chair for Clinical Nutrition. She has been involved in numerous presentations at the American and Canadian Burn meetings. She is involved in ongoing clinical research and has published in peer reviewed journals. Nancy is involved in mentoring nutrition, nursing, and medical students, and has an active role in SGA (Subjective Global Assessment) training at the Health Sciences Center.

Janna DiPinto
Psycho-Social

Joel Fish

Joel Fish MD MSc FRCSC
Pediatric Burn Care
Medical Director Burn Program Hospital for Sick Children
Professor Department of Surgery
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Temerty Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto

Dr. Joel Fish specializes in burns and complex wound care and is currently is the Medical Director of the Burn Program at SickKids. He is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and holds the position of Full Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. Dr. Fish’s clinical practice focuses on the treatment of pediatric burn injuries which includes the full continuum from the acute injury, rehabilitation, and secondary reconstruction. Dr. Fish also specializes in treating severe complex wound conditions from a variety of other causes.

In addition to his clinical role at SickKids, Dr. Fish is a member of the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto and currently supervises several graduate students. At present, his research team is focused on evaluating the effectiveness of laser therapy to improve burn scars in children. Moreover, Dr. Fish’s team is also working on several other projects related to the development of patient-reported outcome tools for children with scars.

Lisa Forbes
Rehabilitation Medicine

Dr. M. Godleski
Rehabilitation Medicine

Marc Jeschke

Marc Jeschke MD PhD FACS FRCSC
Research
Professor – University of Toronto
Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Immunology
Director Ross Tilley Burn Centre – Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Chair in Burn Research
Senior Scientist – Sunnybrook Research Institute
President Canadian Burn Association

Dr. Marc Jeschke has been caring for burn patients and conducting research in the field of burns for over 20 years. He is a global leader in burn care, research, and education; according to Expertscape, he is the second highest-ranked expert in burns in the world. Dr. Jeschke was appointed Director of the Ross Tilley Burn Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in 2010. He is a Surgeon Scientist and a Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Immunology at the University of Toronto. He also is the Director of the Translational Research Committee for the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. Before joining Sunnybrook, Dr. Jeschke held faculty positions and the distinguished Annie Laurie Howard Chair in Burn Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch and Shriners Hospital for Children. He worked as a Staff Surgeon and Coordinator of Research with a focus on increasing research productivity and obtaining independent grant funds.

Dr. Jeschke has a continuous commitment to scholarly work with over 350 peer-reviewed articles, books, and book chapters on burn care. He has been funded continuously since 2000 and has a significant track record of successes with federal funding agencies and private foundations. He has a total lifetime funding of over $20,000,000 as principal or co-investigator. Dr. Jeschke has an essential role in worldwide multicenter clinical trials and is currently engaged in multiple ongoing multi-centre trials. His work is translational and his research interests include investigating the profound metabolic alterations post-burn injury and novel techniques for wound coverage and skin regeneration.

Charis Kelly

Charis Kelly RN(EC), NP-Pediatrics
Burn Program, SickKids
Adjunct Lecturer, Faculty of Nursing
University of Toronto

Charis completed 2 undergraduate degrees from Queen’s University before receiving her Masters of Nursing and Nurse Practitioner designation in 2004. She has worked at SickKids since 2000 transitioning from bedside nurse, to Nurse Educator and has been the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Burn/Plastic Surgery Program since 2007.

Charis provides comprehensive care to pediatric burn patients and their families throughout the entire continuum of care. She utilizes her expertise afforded to her as an NP to coordinate inpatient care as well as discharging patients efficiently. She ensures families are well transitioned to the outpatient setting. Charis is highly skilled at providing pain and anxiety management for this vulnerable population ensuring optimal quality of care. She independently leads her own Nurse Practitioner Burn Clinic where she effectively cares for her patients and families ensuring all Burn Team members provide needed services. She focuses on treating the pediatric burn population as well as children with complex wounds and skin conditions. She has played a valuable role having SickKids recognized as the first Verified Pediatric Burn Program in Canada as well as the creation of the Laser Therapy Program for Burn Scar Modulation, making SickKids the first pediatric facility to provide this therapy in Canada.

Charis is on the Pain Matters Committee; additionally she is a member of the RNAO, NPAO and American Burn Association. She is Chair of the Burn Prevention Outreach Committee at SickKids where she has spearheaded prevention materials such as a video news release which has been translated into a variety of languages as well as a poster which won the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 ABA Conference. Charis’s contributions have been recognized locally by her peers as well as provincially having received the 2012 Grace Evelyn Simpson Reeves Excellence Award in APN Category and the 2013 Toronto Star Nightingale Award.

Sarvesh Logsetty

Sarvesh Logsetty MD FACS FRCSC
Research
Director Manitoba Firefighters Burn Unit
Professor Department of Surgery Divisions of Plastic and General Surgery Psychiatry Pediatrics and Child Health
Max Rady College of Medicine
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
Chair Burn Care Canada Network
President Canadian Burn Association

After graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science and M.D in 1990, Dr. Logsetty obtained his Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Toronto in 1996. Dr. Logsetty completed the Surgical-Scientist Program at University of Toronto in 1994-1996. He continued his training in fellowships in Acute Burn Care & Reconstructive Surgery at Ross Tilley Burn Centre in Wellesley Hospital in Toronto, Ontario (1996-1998) and in Critical Care of Burns at Harborview Medical Centre in Seattle, Washington (1998-1999).

He was appointed to the position of Associate Director of the Firefighters Burn Treatment Unit at the University of Alberta Hospital in 1999. In 2007 he was recruited by the University of Manitoba and the Health Sciences Centre to take on the position of Director of the brand new Burn Unit located at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. He is currently Professor (Surgery, Psychiatry, and Children’s health) at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Logsetty holds certifications with The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Logsetty holds memberships in many Medical and Scientific organizations and is widely published in many topics, including Burns and trauma, his chosen areas of interest. Research by Dr. Logsetty, his students, and burn team have won numerous national and international awards, and have led to changes in clinical care.

He is Chair of the Canadian Burn Network and a founding member of the Canadian Burn Association. As well he has been an active member of the American Burn Association, sitting on a number of committees over the years. He is an active ATLS instructor and led the revision of the burn chapter for the tenth edition.

Claudia Malic

Claudia Malic MD MRCS(Eng) FRCS(Plast) MD FRCSC
Quality Assurance
Plastic Surgeon
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Vice-Chair Quality and Patient Safety
Associate Professor Department of Surgery
University of Ottawa

Dr. Claudia Malic has been caring for pediatric plastic surgery and burn patients since 2014 in Ottawa at CHEO. She has been conducting research in the field of burns, quality improvement, cleft pathology and patient education. Dr Malic was appointed as Vice-Chair of Quality and Patient Safety for the Department of Surgery, University of Ottawa in July this year after holding the position as Director of Research for the Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Ottawa since 2016. She is also the Surgeon Champion for the P-NSQIP at CHEO and the Lead and Founder of the Perioperative QI Program at CHEO. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa.

Before joining CHEO, Dr. Malic finished 3 fellowships in burns, plastic and reconstructive surgery in UK and Canada (Soft Tissue Reconstruction Fellowship, Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship, Total Burn Care Fellowship). She is an active member of ISBI Prevention Committee, Member of the ABA Education Committee and QBR Committee. She is also the secretary for the Canadian Burn Association

Dr Malic has a continuous commitment to scholarly work with 40 peer-reviewed articles, with over 70 national and international podium presentations and over 40 national and international posters.

Her work is more focused on how to implement an evidence-based practice at bedside in burns, cleft and plastic surgery, as well as through implementation and translation of QI and KT in surgery.

Michael Seltzer
First Responders

Joshua Wong

Joshua Wong MD MSc FRCSC
ABLS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Plastic, Reconstructive and Burn Surgery Edmonton Firefighters’
Burn Treatment Unit University of Alberta

Dr. Joshua Wong completed his medical school at the University of Alberta in 2009. Thereafter, he completed his residency in Plastic Surgery and a Master of Science in peripheral nerve regeneration at the University of Alberta in 2016. He further specialized his training by completing a burns and surgical critical care fellowship at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle Washington from 2016-2017. He has returned to the University of Alberta and manages an academic clinical practice in burns, trauma, melanoma and skin malignancies. His research interests are burns clinical outcomes, wound management and critical care. He also has particular interest in international surgery, global health, and burn prevention/education.