Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Derryck Smith

Co-chair, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Derryck Smith, MD FRCPC, graduated from Medical School at the University of Western Ontario and completed training and certification in psychiatry at UBC in 1985. Dr. Smith currently focuses his practice on treating ADHD and brain injury in children and adults. He also performs psychiatric assessments for individuals with workplace disabilities. He has particular expertise in the area of traumatic brain injuries in the workplace.

 

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Dr. David Amies

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

David Amies was born and raised in England. He attended the London Hospital Medical School and graduated MB, BS, with honours in 1957. In 1970, he became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. In 1989, he became a fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists of U.K. Along the way, he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.

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Dr. Brett Belchetz

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Brett Belchetz is an emergency room physician and former management consultant with McKinsey and Company. 

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Dr. Mark Bernstein

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Mark Bernstein is a neurosurgeon at Toronto Western Hospital, in the University Health Network, and a professor of surgery at the University of Toronto.

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Dr. John Dale

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

John Dale, MD, graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland and from Cambridge University (Polar Studies).

He has lived in Canada, working mainly as a GP, since 1970. He is the author of three books, including a memoir about his experiences as a flying doctor in the Canadian Arctic (sold well) and two on philosophy (didn't sell at all well!). He qualified as a Commercial Pilot and ran a couple of aviation businesses and retired from flying 5 years ago after
3,200 hours all over Canada, USA and Alaska.

He was a GP and Occupational Physician in Nelson, B.C., where he now lives in retirement running a DIY Bio Lab for a hobby.

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Dr. Justine Dembo

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Justine S. Dembo, MD, FRCPC, completed medical school and her residency in psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She worked at the Thompson Centre for Anxiety Disorders at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, specializing in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and is temporarily working in Los Angeles, both in private practice and at an intensive outpatient program for trauma. 

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Dr. Jay Detsky

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Jay Detsky, MD PhD, is a resident physician in radiation oncology at the University of Toronto. He practises out of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital.

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Dr. James Downar

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

James Downar is a critical care and palliative care physician at the University Health Network in Toronto. He graduated from McGill Medical School and completed residency training in internal medicine, critical care and palliative care at the University of Toronto. He has a master’s degree in bioethics from the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. He is also the current chair of the Postgraduate Education Committee of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians.

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Dr. Adrian Fine

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Fine received his medical degree from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1968. He went on to do specialty training in medicine and nephrology in Oxford, Glasgow and the West Indies. In 1978, he moved to Canada to practise and teach, starting in Newfoundland. In 1983, he moved to Manitoba, having taught at the University of Manitoba and worked as the head section of nephrology at St. Boniface Hospital.

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Dr. Anne Kenshole

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Kenshole trained in internal medicine and OBGYN in the U.K. before coming to Canada to do one year of post-graduate research. She never left. Instead, Dr. Kenshole has spent the past 40 plus years working and teaching in Canada.

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Dr. Klaus Kuch

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Klaus Kuch, MD FRCPC, attended medical school in Heidelberg and Munich, Germany and graduated with a Doctorate in Pathology. He was a licensed general practitioner in Germany and Canada and holds Canadian and US specialists’ certificates in Psychiatry. He has published widely on anxiety disorder, PTSD and chronic pain and has extensive medico-legal experience with civil and criminal cases in Canada, Germany and the USA.

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Dr. Robert Langford

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Robert Langford, CD MD CM DPH, graduated from Queen’s University in 1958. Dr. Langford has been a practising physician for more than 50 years. He also taught as a professor of community medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Now retired from teaching, he has continued an active clinical practice in family therapy.

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Dr. Patrick Perry Lydon

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Patrick Perry Lydon was born in Galway, Ireland. He gained his Medical Degree at University College Galway and did a Fellowship in Psychiatry.  He emigrated to Canada with his wife Anne Marie in 1975. Dr. Lydon practiced in Brandon, Manitoba and then Cranbrook, BC, before moving to Victoria in 1983. he continues to maintain a private practice in the city of Victoria, with a special focus on the assessment and management of Adult ADHD.

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Dr. Jean Marmoreo

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Jean Marmoreo is a specialist in midlife medicine. She has written on women's issues for The National Post and The Globe and Mail and now has a column in Zoomer Online entitled This is What 70 Looks Like. The popularity of her columns led her to write a book, The New Middle Ages: Women in Midlife, which was published in 2002.

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Dr. Richard Mathias

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Mathias serves as Professor Emeritus, SPPH UBC, having retired in March 2013.  Dr. Mathias has had extensive experience in evaluating public health issues for many years, including health outcomes.

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Dr. Ian Mitchell

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Ian Mitchell is currently a professor of paediatrics at the University of Calgary, the director of the Office of Health and Medical Education Scholarship in the Cumming School of Medicine and a paediatric respirologist with the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

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Dr. Arnaud Painvin

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. G. Arnaud Painvin, MD FRCSC, was born in France, where he completed his medical degree before migrating to Canada in 1973. He completed specialties training in cardiac surgery, traumatology, transplantation and intensive care in Montreal, Toronto and Houston. He then practised in Boston and Toronto before retiring three years ago. He now provides meditation-based stress management in Oakville.

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Dr. Vona Priest

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Vona Priest is a psychiatrist living in Williams Lake, B.C. She serves a rural area the size of Newfoundland. She graduated from the University of British Columbia's medical school in 1983 and earned her psychiatry qualifications in 1988.

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Dr. Gregory Robinson

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Gregory Robinson, MD MHSc CCFP FCFP FRCPC, is a physician with a specialty in Public Health Sciences.  For many years he delivered family-based care in a palliative care setting. Dr. Robinson has been a long-standing advocate for people with HIV/AIDS. Living life with a chronic illness, Greg is using his formidable skills as an activist to fight for the right to die for the sick and dying. 

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Dr. Konia Trouton

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Konia Trouton is a family physician on Vancouver Island. She has been involved in social justice aspects of health care since medical school in the 1980s, and she welcomes the legislation from Canada on physician-assisted death. She and a team of physicians will soon offer services as they strengthen their network.


Dr. Ken Walker (a.k.a. Dr. Gifford Jones)

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Ken Walker (aka Dr. Gifford-Jones) is a graduate of the University of Toronto and The Harvard Medical School. He trained in general surgery at the University of Rochester and McGill University and in gynecology at Harvard.

He has been a general practitioner, ship’s surgeon and hotel doctor. His weekly medical column is published by 80 newspapers in Canada and the U.S. and in the international newspaper The Epoch Times. His advice contains a solid dose of common sense and he never sits on the fence with controversial issues. He is the author of seven books including The Healthy Barmaid and his autobiography You’re Going To Do What?

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Dr. Ellen Wiebe

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Ellen Wiebe is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia.

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Dr. David Abriel

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. David Abriel is a palliative care physician from Mahone Bay Nova Scotia.  


Dr. Gerald Ashe

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Gerald Ashe, MD, CCFP (PC), FCFP, is a family doctor who has practised for 39 years, six of those in PEI and the last 33 in Brockville, Ontario. He has a special interest in palliative and geriatric medicine. 

Dr. Ashe has supported the right to die both by speaking up in his local community and by submitting letters, published in the Globe and Mail, in support of end-of-life choice.

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Dr. Marcel Boisvert

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Marcel Boisvert, MSc MD, is a retired palliative-care physician from Montreal’s Royal Victoria Hospital. 

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Dr. M. Ruth Campling

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

M. Ruth Campling, BSc MD, graduated from UBC Medicine in 1981. She is a family physician with an interest in women's health, transitioning from obstetrical care, to midlife care, and finally to end of life care. She has held a number of volunteer positions including board member and President of Family Services of the North Shore, and President of the North Shore Menopause Society.

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Dr. Brian Finnemore

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Brian Finnemore, MD, was born and bred in Saskatchewan, but raised in B.C. He graduated in medicine from UBC in 1957. The bulk of his medical practice has taken place in very rural areas of Newfoundland, Labrador, northern Ontario, Saskatchewan, B.C. and finally the central Arctic. He has long been active in the right to die movement and is currently one of the coordinators of the Salt Spring Island Chapter of Dying With Dignity.

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Dr. Philip Hébert

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Hébert is a family physician and has taught professional ethics for over 25 years. He graduated from York University with a PhD in philosophy in 1983 and from the University of Toronto medical school in 1984. His residency in family medicine was completed at McMaster in 1986 and, since 1989, he has been on clinical staff at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Dr Hébert is a Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine at the University of Toronto and the author of a textbook on ethics for physicians and other health care professionals, Doing Right (3rd edition, 2014).

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Dr. Paul Henteleff

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Henteleff grew up in Stonewall, a small community near Winnipeg. He graduated from medicine in 1956. Initially, he worked in a general family practice, but after 12 years he took a job as the Assistant Executive Director of Manitoba Health Services Commission. In that role he helped design the Manitoba Personal Care Home Program. Dr. Henteleff then returned to clinical practice, this time at St. Boniface Hospital. There he quickly assumed the role of medical director of the Terminal Care Unit. The "Terminal Care Unit" which opened in November 1974, was soon renamed "Palliative Care Unit," following the example of Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal.

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Dr. Georges L'Espérance

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Georges L'Espérance is a neurosurgeon based in Montreal, Quebec.

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Dr. Roey Malleson

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Roey Malleson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice at UBC and has worked variously as a Medical Health Officer, Medical Director of Planned Parenthood Association of BC, Division Head of Adolescent Medicine at BC Children’s Hospital, Director of Education at BC Women’s Hospital, an abortion provider and now a provider in medical assistance in dying.

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Dr. Kamal Rungta

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Kamal Rungta is a psychiatrist and a professor in the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Medicine.


Dr. John A. Thomson

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. John A Thomson, BPHE, MD, DPH received his medical degree from U of T in 1951. Dr. Thomson was involved in training, research, and medical practice in Wawa and Elliot Lake Ontario.

In 1963 he completed his diploma in public health and worked in various positions in Health Canada: the Food and Drug Directorate, Medical Services Branch and Canada Pension Plan.

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Dr. Ed Weiss

Member, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Ed is a family physician practicing in the west end of Toronto. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario and completed his family medicine residency at McMaster University. His special interests include care of the elderly, LGBTQ primary care, and palliative care.


Dr. Joyce Barrett

In Memoriam, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Joyce Barrett died on January 18, 2014. 

Dr. Joyce Barrett graduated from University of Toronto's medical school in 1968.  She did  a rotating junior year at the Wellesley Hospital in Toronto and then moved to Peterborough in 1970.  She set up a family practice which was a source of great joy and eventually did nothing but obstetrics, with a big interest in VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarian) and home birth.  Dr. Barrett is very active in the Peterborough community for a number of social justice causes.

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Dr. Dave Lambert

In Memoriam, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council

Dr. Lambert died on August 30, 2014. Read his obituary here.

Dr. Lambert, MD MSc FRCS, is a retired orthopaedic surgeon, originally from England. Dr. Lambert trained in Rehabilitation Medicine in Seattle where he worked with the Pain Clinic. He then moved to Quebec and spent 20 years trying to learn French. Diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer in 2012, he wrote a brief outline of a secular morality called "Notes on a Life" to leave as a guide for his young son.

Dr Lambert has also written a letter to the MNAs of the Quebec National Assembly encouraging them to pass Bill 52. 

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