Dr. Jason Fung Keynote

Dr. Jason Fung, born in 1973, trained in Los Angeles and Toronto as a kidney specialist. He
founded The Fasting Method (www.TheFastingMethod.com) to provide evidence-based advice for weight loss and managing blood sugars, focusing on low carbohydrate diets and
intermittent fasting.

It had become obvious that conventional medical treatments were failing patients. Many of
today’s chronic medical issues are related to diet and obesity yet treatments were focused on
medications and surgeries. If you don’t deal with the root cause, the problems never improves. A dietary problem requires a dietary solution.

Dr. Fung is the author of The Obesity Code, The Complete Guide to Fasting and The Diabetes Code He is also the scientific editor of the Journal of Insulin Resistance and the managing director of the non-profit organization Public Health Collaboration (Canada), an internationalgroup dedicated to promoting sound nutritional information.

Dr. Erin Lovett

Dr. Lovett is an associate professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Schulich. She maintains a clinical practice in general obstetrics and gynecology with additional training in minimally invasive surgery and contraception and abortion provision. Academic roles include deputy director of the residency training program, medical director of the pregnancy options program, and CBME department lead. New interests include provision of aesthetic gynecology services and maintaining a zero work -life balance.

Dr. Heather MacKenzie

Dr. MacKenzie completed a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education and General Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences at Queen’s University.  She then went on to complete her degree  in Medicine at the University of Toronto, and her residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Western University.  Most recently, Dr. MacKenzie completed a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of  Public Health.  She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of PM&R at Western University.  Dr. MacKenzie is a consultant physiatrist in the Spinal Cord Injury and Brain Injury Rehabilitation Programs at Parkwood Institute.  Her research focuses  on the development of prognostic models and predicting outcome after mild traumatic brain injury and concussion.

Dr. Andy Shih

Dr. Andy Shih received his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2013 at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. He has been committed to community service and academia through his involvement with the Ontario Dental Association, the London Dental District Society, the Dental Outreach Community Service program, and the Thames Valley Dental Study Club. More recently, he has been actively engaged with a nation-wide pilot project involving patients with special needs to help provide an easier transition from pediatric to adult clinic care.

Dr. Andy Shih is currently practicing dentistry as a solo practitioner at Komoka Family Dentistry.

Dr. Christopher Mackie

As the Medical Officer of Health and CEO of Canada’s largest independent local public health agency, Dr. Christopher Mackie leads a dynamic organization of more than 300 staff that is recognized as an influential leader in public policy, transparency and accountability.

As a champion of harm reduction, Dr. Mackie established support among citizens and policy-makers for London’s award-winning and life-saving Naloxone Program, in addition his contributions towards establishing consumption and treatment services in the community. His work in this area also included chairing the City of London’s Opioid Crisis Working Group, which includes several key partners such as London Police Services, the LHIN and several harm reduction agencies across the region.

Dr. Mackie also announced Canada’s first case of severe pulmonary illness related to vaping, after a teen became so severely ill that it was necessary for them to be put on life support.

A strong advocate for some of the most vulnerable and at-risk members of the community, Dr. Mackie also chaired the Mayor of London Ontario’s advisory panel on poverty, which engaged citizens in generating recommendations on how to address poverty.

Dr. Daniel Leger

Dr. Daniel Leger is an Associate Professor for the Department of Family Medicine at Western University.  Originally from Kingston, Ontario, he received his Bachelor of Life Sciences at Queen’s University, pursued his Medical Degree at the University of Ottawa and completed his Family Medicine residency at Western University.  He is the creator of the Family Medicine Study Guide, a non-profit app designed to enhance family medicine education and help provide financial assistance to impoverished families worldwide.  He has a keen interest in medical education, philanthropy and innovative teaching methods.  He was the recipient of the Schulich Excellence in Education Award and received the Department’s own Best Core Family Medicine Teacher Award.  He was also the recipient of the Canadian Family Physician of Canada Team Williams Innovation Grant and was also nominated for the Western Humanitarian Award for his work on the app.

Dr. Alex Summers

Dr. Alex Summers is the Associate Medical Officer of Health at the Middlesex-London Health Unit in London, Ontario. He completed his training in public health and preventive medicine at the University of Toronto. In his portfolio, he provides consultation on environmental health and communicable diseases, oversees population health assessment and surveillance activities, and helps to provide strategic direction for the organization.

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