Dr. Bill Ghali – Royal Society of Canada Fellowship

Dr. Bill GhaliDr. Bill Ghali was recently awarded a fellowship within the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) for his outstanding work in health systems and public health. His cutting-edge research in the domain of health information science (especially health outcomes assessment and e-health innovation) is contributing crucial knowledge toward the development of innovative solutions for enhancing health care.
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Clinical Analytics Grant, DOM

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Analytics Grant today entitled “DOM Clinical Analytics Grant” which is an annual award of up to CAD $50,000 to support the development of clinically relevant process and outcome measures within the Department of Medicine.
The Project should align with the DOM Health Analytics Working Group (HAWG), statement of purpose “To promote and develop clinical outcome, process and structure measures for important patient populations that the department is accountable for in whole or in part. Clinical measures created by the HAWG will identify opportunities for clinicians and AHS operational leaders to improve patient care, reduce cost and resource use, and improve patient experience.”
Completed packages are to be received electronically by the DOM Research Office ( on or before Nov 1, 2017 with decisions rendered by January 15, 2018.

Dr. Gilles Lauzon – 2016-2017 Clinical Teaching Award, PARA

Dr. Gilles LauzonCongratulations to Dr. Gilles J. Lauzon for being awarded the 2016-17 Clinical Teaching Award from the Professional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta (PARA). PARA reflects the interests of many resident physicians across Alberta.

Dr. Ping Liu – 2016/2017 CIHR Fellowship

Dr. Ping LiuDr. Ping Liu currently a Postdoctoral Scholar with the Section of Nephrology in the Department of Medicine is the proud recipient of a CIHR Fellowship for the 2016/2017 competition. Her submitted article for this competition is titled “Timing of Referral to Nephrology Care and Impact on Kidney Failure, Hospitalization and Mortality in People with Chronic Kidney Disease”.
In addition to working with her Supervisors Drs. Pietro Ravani and Robert Quinn, her Mentors and Career Advisors are Dr. Brenda Hemmelgarn and Dr. Hude Quan. Also part of her committee is Dr. Paul Ronksley.

Dr. Thomas Louie & Team – Alberta Health Services President’s Excellence Award

Congratulations to Dr. Thomas Louie and his team for receiving the Alberta Health Services President’s Excellence Award for their outstanding work in CDI treatment. The team includes Dina Kao (PI), Karen Wong (GI), Brandi Roach (RN), Matt Emberg (technician), Karen Madsen (PhD), and stool donors Ralph Ennis-Davis, Ashleigh Peterson, Melody Lenz, Mighel Del Rosario from Edmonton, and Marisela Silva, Paul Beck, Kevin Rioux, Kaiyu Wu, Kristine Cannon, Craig Pearce, Robyn Louie, Heidi O’Grady, Linda Ward and Thomas Louie from Calgary.
Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is the main cause of infectious diarrhea and colitis in hospitalized patients, affecting ~ 1% of patients being treated with antibiotics for common infections such as pneumonia, urinary tract infection, or suspected sepsis. Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) is a relatively new therapy shown to be highly effective for this type of infection.
FMT has been given by different ways such as by feeding tube placed through the nose or mouth into the stomach, by an enema or by colonoscopy as the commonest methods used up until a few years ago. Albertans with CDI have been treated through FMT. Comparing the safety and effectiveness of giving FMT by colonoscopy or by oral capsules also showed the cure rate of CDI as 96% in the capsule arm and 95.8% in the colonoscopy arm. Patients preferred the oral capsules before the procedure and afterwards and the quality of life was equally improved by either method of FMT.

Dr. David Campbell – First Prize, CSCI Award for Excellence in Resident Research

Dr. David CampbellDr. David Campbell’s abstract entitled “Financial Barriers and Adverse Clinical Outcomes Among Patients with Cardiovascular-Related Chronic Diseases” submitted for consideration for the 2017 CSCI Award for Excellence in Resident Research has won the first prize. The prize includes $1000 with an additional $1000 provided by PGME. Also, included is a complimentary CSCI membership for 2 years and a certificate signed by the CSCI President.