Speaker Bios

Dr. Andrew Simor

Dr. Andrew Simor

Dr. Andrew E. Simor is Chief of the Department of Microbiology and Division of Infectious Diseases at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He is also a Senior Scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute and a professor with the Departments of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology, and Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Simor is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the field of hospital epidemiology.  

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Barry Glaspell

Barry Glaspell

Barry Glaspell is a senior litigation partner with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Toronto. He specializes in class actions, complex contract disputes, pension and health claims, conflict of laws issues and tax litigation. Barry has been counsel on more than 70 class actions involving pharmaceutical, banking, health, privacy, environmental, pension and insurance claims. He is counsel to Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital on the C. difficile class action.

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Dr. Michael Silverman

Dr. Michael SilvermanDr. Michael S. Silverman is an Infectious Disease specialist at Lakeridge Health and Rouge Valley Hospital. He is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Toronto’s Department of Medicine and at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Dr. Silverman has been named a Global Scholar by the PAS Center for International Health, Mount Sinai Hospital. 

 

 

Dr. Daniel Ricciuto

Dr. Dan Ricciuto

Dr. Dan Ricciuto is an Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases specialist at Lakeridge Health, as well as Physician Lead for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention and Control, and Chair of Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee at Lakeridge Health. He is currently an adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and Queen’s University. Dr. Ricciuto has been involved in developing Antimicrobial Stewardship programs on a local level at Lakeridge Health and on a provincial level as a member of the Public Health Ontario Provincial Antimicrobial Stewardship Advisory Committee.   

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Dr. Scott Weese

Dr. Scott Weese

Dr. J. Scott Weese is a veterinary internist and microbiologist. He is a professor at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph and a Zoonotic Disease and Public Health Microbiologist at the University of Guelph’s Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses. He is also Chief of Infection Control at the Ontario Veterinary College Teaching Hospital and holds a Canada Research Chair in zoonotic diseases.

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Judy McCarten

Judy McCarten

Judy McCarten, RN is a nurse with more than 35 years of experience in health care and holds credentials from the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology. An Infection Control Practitioner at Lakeridge Health, C. difficile has long been a concern for Judy as she works to change the culture of tolerance for health care associated C. difficile infections and reduce HAI rates.

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Andrew E. Simor, MD, FRCPC 

Chief, Department of Microbiology and Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; Senior Scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute; Professor, Departments of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology, and Medicine, University of Toronto. 

Dr. Simor graduated with a medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1976, and completed Royal College fellowship training in internal medicine, infectious diseases, and medical microbiology.  He has worked at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre since 1993.  Dr. Simor is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the field of hospital epidemiology.  He has received research funding from peer-reviewed and industry-based granting agencies.  He has published a large number of papers in scientific journals, and he is on the Editorial Board of the journal, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.  His primary research interests include:  antimicrobial resistance, hospital-acquired infections, and the application of molecular technologies to the diagnosis and management of infectious diseases. 

Dr. Simor has received several teaching award from the university, and in 2005 was selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award from the university’s Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology.  In 2001 he received the CHICA-Canada Award of Merit for service in the advancement of infection prevention and control.  

Barry Glaspell, LLP

Barry Glaspell is a senior litigation partner with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Toronto. He specializes in class actions, complex contract disputes, pension and health claims, conflict of laws issues and tax litigation.

One of Canada's most experienced class action lawyers, Barry has been counsel on more than 70 class actions involving pharmaceutical, banking, health, privacy, environmental, pension and insurance claims. Barry also acts as class action settlement counsel and is regularly asked to speak at national and regional class action conferences. He is counsel to Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital on the C. difficile class action.

Recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for public service, Barry has been selected by peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Class Action Litigation). Barry teaches the private international law course at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

Prior to joining Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Barry Glaspell clerked for Justice W. Z. Estey at the Supreme Court of Canada. Barry holds law degrees from Harvard Law School, University of Toronto Law School and Cambridge University (Trinity College).

You can follow Barry on Twitter @glaspell and Barry’s recent publications can be accessed on LinkedIn.

Dan Ricciuto, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Dan Ricciuto is an Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases specialist, Physician Lead for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention and Control and Chair of Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee at Lakeridge Health.

He completed his undergraduate training in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Western Ontario in 2002, his MD at the University of Toronto in 2006 and Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases specialty training in 2011, also at the University of Toronto. 

He is currently an adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and Queen’s University. His research interests have included molecular virology and host-pathogen interactions and biomarkers in sepsis.  Ongoing research focuses on the microbiology and outcomes in Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia and risk factors for MRSA infection and more recently on outcomes of Infection Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship interventions on the transmission of antibiotic resistant organisms.  

Dan’s main professional interest involves Patient Safety and Quality Improvement through Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention and Control.   He has been involved in developing Antimicrobial Stewardship programs on a local level at Lakeridge Health and on a Provincial level as a member of the Public Health Ontario Provincial Antimicrobial Stewardship Advisory Committee.  

Dan spends his spare time pretending to be a hockey player, in the Twitterverse (@Abx_ID_Doc), and most importantly, with his lovely wife and two young children.

J. Scott Weese, DVM DVSc DipACVIM

Dr. Weese is a veterinary internist and microbiologist, and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He is a Professor at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph and a Zoonotic Disease/Public health Microbiologist at the University of Guelph’s Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses. He is also Chief of Infection Control at the Ontario Veterinary College Teaching Hospital and holds a Canada Research Chair in zoonotic diseases.

Dr. Weese has authored or co-authored over 200 papers in peer reviewed journals, edited two books and speaks extensively on infectious disease topics. His research interests include Clostridium difficile, microbiome assessment, surgical site infection, antimicrobial resistance, methicillin-resistant staphylococci, infection control, emerging diseases and zoonoses. 

Judy McCarten, RN CIC

Judy is a Nurse with 35 years’ experience of changes in health care. Keeping life interesting, she has morphed her career while working at St. Mikes, Wellesley and Lakeridge from General medicine to ICU, ER, Utilization, Decision Support and Patient Process Management to Infection Prevention and Control.

In 2003 as SARS unfolded, Judy was “seconded” into Infection Control, and realized this was the direction that would to meet her need for challenge and change without straying too far from cool science and patient advocacy. Judy has obtained “CIC” credentials from the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, and has successfully challenged re-certification as is required. 

C. difficile has long been a concern for Judy, and she has personally reviewed every case at Lakeridge for the past several years. She says, “Each of these cases represent a person with a unique story, and nowhere for it to be told”.  The IPAC team has worked very hard at changing the culture of tolerance for health care associated C difficile infections, and are excited at the decline in HAI rates.

Aside from a keen interest in IPAC, Judy and her husband have taken up sailing and are learning to meet the challenges of the Great Lakes.