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Wendy Desjardins-KallarTaking on the role of Zone Clinical Department Manager almost 3 months ago came at a time of multiple leadership changes for the Department of Medicine. Seeing both Dr. Leigh move onto a new role as well as Andrew Jenkins ending his interim role as department manager occurred simultaneously with my onboarding as well as Dr. Schaeffer and Dr. Zarnke assuming their interim roles as Department Heads.

I think it is fair to say that some of the dust has settled and having the opportunity to connect face-to-face with the members of this team has been very meaningful to me in order to not only learn about you but also support you through this time of transition.

It has been a great opportunity to work with and to get to know a bit about each division to gain some understanding of both the successes and the challenges being faced. I have gained so much insight from the honest dialogue about everything that will be upcoming and anything currently that would directly impact the department as whole. Being able to take part in these conversations has inspired me by the teamwork that I observe and the willingness to work collaboratively. I am very eager to contribute to the solutions and goals of this department moving forward.

It is not lost on me that our health care organization is being tasked with large scale changes that affect both operations and physicians in differing measures. With change comes much angst about the possibilities and future outcomes, many of which the leadership team has no definitive answers for. I want to acknowledge the ongoing work and dedication the Department of Medicine team, both staff and physicians, continues to show despite the information we have received and the speculations that continue to surface. I will endeavor to be as transparent as I can in sharing information that is current and accurate as possible as well as to engage those affected as actively as I am able.

I want to thank all of you for being extremely welcoming and supportive as I transition into this role. Coming from clinical operations, there are some similarities but also some very key differences that, without your support and knowledge, I would not be able to learn and grow from. The staff on the 9th floor, the physician leadership, the medical affairs leadership and the clinical operations leadership has been very gracious with their time in reaching out to welcome me and bring me up to speed on the department. I look forward to working with all of you over the next year. I know that with great change can come great challenges; however, I feel that the individuals within this department are well equipped for what is ahead and I have no doubt that we will be able to achieve some great successes together.



Dr. Jayna Holdoyd-LeducAlberta Health Services’ (AHS) Calgary Zone and the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jayna Holroyd-Leduc, MD, as head of the Department of Medicine, effective July 1, 2020.

Dr. Holroyd-Leduc is a clinician researcher who has been with AHS and the CSM for more than 13 years. She is a professor in the departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, the deputy head (academic) for the Department of Medicine, the division/section head of geriatric medicine and the current holder of the Brenda Strafford Foundation Chair in Geriatric Medicine. She is also a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and O’Brien Institute for Public Health.

Since joining AHS and the CSM, Dr. Holroyd-Leduc has held several leadership roles, including medical director of Specialized Geriatric Services within AHS’ Calgary Zone, scientific director of the AHS Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network and program director of UCalgary’s Geriatric Medicine Training Program. She is a graduate of the CSM Leadership Program that is offered through UCalgary’s Haskayne School of Business, and recently attended the Harvard School of Medicine Leadership Skills for Women in Healthcare course.

In 2016, UCalgary named Dr. Holroyd-Leduc as a peak scholar for outstanding excellence in entrepreneurship, innovation and knowledge engagement. This achievement recognized Jayna for her impact in the area of health-care improvement, which has earned her, along with her colleagues, additional acknowledgement with the receipt of two Department of Medicine Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Awards (one in 2010, and one in 2013), and the 2018 AHS President’s Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievements in Innovation and Research.

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Please join us in welcoming the following new members to the Department of Medicine.

Dr. May Choi

Dr. May Choi
Assistant Professor – Rheumatology

Dr. Sidra Javed

Dr. Sidra Javed
Clinical Lecturer – General Internal Medicine

Dr. Britney Jones

Dr. Britney Jones
Clinical Lecturer – Rheumatology

Dr. Rameez Kabani

Dr. Rameez Kabani
Clinical Lecturer – General Internal Medicine



Louise KosmackOn behalf of the Department of Medicine Senior Leadership, we would like to advise that Louise Kosmack has announced her retirement from her position as Manager – Administrative Services for RRDTC, RGH, & SHC within the Department of Medicine, effective July 31, 2020.

Alberta Health Services and the Department of Medicine thank Louise for all her contributions and for her many years of service. Please join us in wishing her all the best in her retirement.

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Dr. Allison BrownThe Department of Medicine is pleased to announce that Allison Brown, PhD has joined the Department of Medicine as a Medical Education Researcher in the Office of Education.

Dr. Allison Brown is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. She completed a PhD in Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary, specializing in Medical Education, and a MSc in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University.Please join us in welcoming Dr. Brown to the Department.

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Dr. Erika DempseyThe Department of Medicine is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Erika Dempsey as the new Vice Chair of Telehealth Medicine, effective July 1, 2020.

Dr. Erika Dempsey is a Geriatric Medicine physician and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. She completed her medical degree at the University of Alberta and her training in internal medicine and geriatric medicine at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Dempsey has an interest in education with roles as the co-chair for the Neurosciences, Aging and Special Senses (Course 5) at the Cumming School of Medicine and is the Associate Program Director for the Geriatric Medicine Residency Training Program.

She has diverse clinical interests, including osteoporosis and is the medical co-lead for the Fracture Liaison Service in Alberta.

Her clinical practice involves inpatient consultation at the Peter Lougheed Centre and outpatient clinic at the Seniors Health Clinic. Recently, Dr. Dempsey also led the quality improvement program for the three Calgary Seniors Health Clinics.

Dr. Dempsey will be working with the Medical and AHS staff to support the provision of high quality, safe medical care through AHS approved telehealth services and platforms. Virtual Care, e-Advice, and Specialist Link are among the telehealth platforms, and the Department of Medicine will support efforts toward training, quality improvement, and development of best practices.

Please welcome and support Dr. Dempsey as she leads the Department in this emerging field.



Dr. Gabe Fabreau

The Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Gabriel Fabreau and his researchteam, including Dr. Aleem Bharwani, have been awarded a COVID-19 May 2020 Rapid Research Operating Grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for their study, “The Anatomy, Determinants, and Impacts of the Cargill COVID-19 Outbreak Among Newcomers and their Families in Canada”.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Fabreau and his team on this accomplishment.



Dr. Meghan Elliot

The Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Meghan Elliott is the recipient of a 2020 Kidney Health Research Grant from the Kidney Foundation of Canada (KFOC).

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Elliott on this accomplishment.