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Medical Advisory Board

CMEatSEA's Medical Advisory Board members are leaders in their field, committed to progressive medical education and making the most of your CMEatSEA experience. Their practical approach to CME will give you the contemporary clinical and management tools you need to keep up with the changing demands of modern medicine.

Dr. Timothy Cook, MD, FRCPC, MHP, DTMH, CD, LCol (Ret’d)

Dr. Cook completed his MD at Queen’s University (1986), General Internal Medicine fellowship at the  University of Toronto (1995) and a Master’s degree in Public Health (Health Promotion) from the University of London (UK) (2006). LCol Cook (Ret’d) enjoyed 20 years in the Canadian Forces Medical Services, retiring in 2003. He trained in occupational and environmental health, had several deployments abroad and also served as the personal physician to two Governors General of Canada.
Since then he has been recognized for his work in executive and corporate health and was the Associate Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer of two executive health clinics in downtown.

Over the past decade Dr. Cook has expanded his interest in disease prevention and management  through the incorporation into his life and clinical practice of Mind-Body medicine, mindfulness meditation and integrative health. In 2013 he founded the P3 Health Clinic for Personalized, Participatory and Preventive Medicine, and directs a multi-disciplinary team of conventional and complementary health practitioners.

Dr. Virginia Clark, BSc, BN, MD, CCFP, IBCLC

Virginia Clark is a practicing family physician with active obstetrical privileges at both the Foothills Hospital and Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary. In addition to obstetrical services, she provides primary care to a wide range of patients from infants to geriatrics, with the inclusion of mental health and palliative care. As a complement to the obstetrical care, Ginny, as she is known to most, provides her services as a lactation consultant in the Foothills Breastfeeding Clinic. Women’s Health has been a passion since graduating from the University of Calgary Medical school in 1998 and, through a number of pursuits, Ginny is heavily involved in promoting family practice obstetrics at the clerkship, residency and physician level in Calgary.

Dr. Benjamin Burko, MD

Dr. Benjamin Burko is a graduate of McGill University (BSc. 1984, MDCM 1988) and completed his General Pediatrics Residency/Emergency Fellowship at The Montreal Children’s Hospital in 1993. He is an assistant professor of medicine at the McGill University Health Centre in the department of Pediatrics and Family Medicine, and clinician teacher, supervising 50 students per year. He is the practice manager and medical director of Tiny Tots Medical Centre, the largest (non-hospital) pediatric ambulatory facility in Canada, which features the services of 41 Physicians and 11 therapists in two locations – servicing the needs of 130,000 patient visits annually. He has been on the forefront of using technology to enhance medical office administration and clinical encounters, driving operational expenses and office overhead to record lows while creating efficiencies enjoyed by the Physicians, Support Staff and Patients alike. He is a regular speaker on a national and international level in Pediatrics and on issues dealing with Practice Management. He is married and has two sons.

Dr. Derek Puddester, BA BMedSc MD MEd FRCPC

Dr. Derek Puddester is an Associate Professor at uOttawa's Faculty of Medicine where he also is the Director of the Faculty Wellness Program.  The program provides support, advocacy, research, and educational services to medical students, residents, and practicing physicians.  Dr. Puddester is also a Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario where he co-leads the Behavioural Neurosciences and Consultation-Liaison Team.  He completed his undergraduate training at Memorial University of Newfoundland, residency at McMaster, and fellowship at uOttawa.  In 2008, he completed an MEd in Teaching/Learning at uOttawa with his research focused on physician health education.  Dr. Puddester has developed several national and international curricular resources on physician health including,, the Royal College of  Physician and Surgeon's Physician Health Guide, and the Canadian Medical Association's  undergraduate curriculum in physician health.

Dr. Nicholas Leyland BASc, MD, MHCM, FRCSC Chair 

Dr. Nicholas Leyland is Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University and Chief of Women's Reproductive Health Program at the Hamilton Health Sciences.

Dr. Leyland received his Bachelor of Applied Science degree with distinction from the    University of Guelph and his MD with honours from the University of Toronto where he graduated as the Cody Silver Medalist.  Dr. Leyland received a Master of Science in Health Care Management from Harvard University.

Dr. Leyland is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in gynecological surgery. He has contributed academically to the advancement of women’s health in the development and the provision of the least invasive surgical options for a variety of surgical conditions. He is an award winning teacher and researcher and sought after speaker on a variety of issues in women’s health, patient safety and quality in medicine. He has developed many innovative laparoscopic techniques including a laparoscopic operation to correct cervical incompetence in pregnant patients, an operation that he has trained surgeons to perform across Canada and in many other countries.

He is the Chair of the Gynecology Clinical Practice Committee of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, helping to set standards for the profession and is the President of the Society of Minimally Invasive Gynecologists of Canada. The majority of his academic career has been at the University of Toronto where he developed one of Canada’s first comprehensive fellowships in minimally invasive gynaecological surgery. He continues to train residents and surgical fellows in complex endoscopic surgery and maintains an active research program in OB/GYN.

Mr. Michael Fraleigh, B.A., J.D.

Michael is a Partner at Fogler, Rubinoff LLP where he heads the health law group. He is also a former member of the Firm's Executive Committee. Michael has extensive experience in all aspects of health law including the representation of physicians in regulatory matters involving complaints, discipline, quality  assurance,  fitness  to practice and  registration  issues.  He  has  represented  numerous physicians in hospital privilege disputes as well as in matters involving the management and business operations of a medical practice including billing issues.  He also advises hospitals,  corporations and institutions with respect to health law issues. Michael is also an experienced medical malpractice litigator having both defended physicians and represented plaintiffs.  Michael is a frequent speaker at continuing education programs for health care practitioners and lawyers on issues relating to health law and medical practice. Michael is a past chair of the Ontario Bar Association Health Law Section and  Past President of the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto.

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