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Drs. Jeff Schaefer and Kelly Zarnke – Interim Zone Clinical & Academic Department Heads

Dr. Jeff Schaefer

Dr. Kelly Zarnke

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jeffrey Schaefer and Dr. Kelly Zarnke have been appointed the interim Zone Clinical and Academic Department Heads, respectively, for the Department of Medicine, effective January 1, 2020.
Dr. Jeffrey Schaefer is a General Internist, Clinical Professor and Chief for the Division / Section of General Internal Medicine, as well as the Deputy Department Head (Clinical) for the Department of Medicine. He can be reached at jpschaef@ucalgary.ca or jeffrey.schaefer@ahs.ca.
 
Dr. Kelly Zarnke is an Associate Professor in the Division / Section of General Internal Medicine, Vice Chair of Workforce Planning, and Foothills Medical Centre Site Chief for the Department of Medicine, as well as the General Internal Medicine Director of Consultation Services, Foothills Medical Centre. He can be reached at kzarnke@ucalgary.ca or kelly.zarnke@ahs.ca.

Please join us in congratulating Drs. Schaefer and Zarnke!

All documents for departmental signature should continue to go through the office of Tara Miller, Executive Assistant to the Zone Clinical & Academic Department Heads. Her office is located in FMC North Tower, Room 929 and she can be reached at (403) 944-8222 or tara.miller2@ahs.ca.

Wendy Desjardins-Kallar – Zone Clinical Department Manager

Wendy Desjardins-KallarWe are pleased to announce that Wendy Desjardins-Kallar joined the Department of Medicine as the new Zone Clinical Department Manager on December 9, 2019.
 
Wendy began her career at AHS as a Respiratory Therapist at FMC and RGH in 2003. Since then, she has worked as a Clinical Educator and Supervisor within Respiratory Therapy at RGH and PLC, and then took on the role of Clinical Safety Lead for the PLC site, Critical Care and Women’s Health portfolios. In the spring of 2018, as a Senior Project Manager, she was responsible to plan and help operationalize the Addiction Recovery and Community Health (ARCH) program at PLC. After its successful launch, in late 2018 Wendy became a Unit Manager at the PLC responsible for Unit 41 (pediatric inpatients), the Cast Clinic, Vascular Outpatient Clinic, and Vascular Surgery Administrative Support team. In 2017, Wendy received her Masters of Health Studies, specializing in Health Administration from Athabasca University.
 
Wendy’s office is located in FMC North Tower, Room 926, and she can be reached at (403) 944-1182 or wendy.desjardins-kallar@ahs.ca.
 
Please join us in welcoming Wendy to the Department.

Dr. Sofia Ahmed – Vice Chair, Research

Dr. Sofia AhmedWe are pleased to announce that Dr. Sofia Ahmed has been appointed the Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Medicine, effective January 1, 2020.
 
Dr. Ahmed is a specialist in nephrology and a Professor in the Department of Medicine, as well as the Sex and Gender Lead for the Can-SOLVE CKD Network. She has research expertise in sex differences in human cardiorenal physiology and translational research.
 
Dr. Ahmed’s research interests are in the study of how women and men differ in terms of progression and complications of kidney disease, and how factors such as sleep apnea and nutrition play a role. She completed her MD and internal medicine residency at the University of Toronto and a renal fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.
 
Dr. Ahmed completed her Master’s in medical sciences at Harvard University. She is an Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions Investigator and is leading projects supported by the Kidney Foundation of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.