Canadian Olympic Team Names Specialists to Lead Health and Science, Mental Performance and Athlete Preparation for London 2012

Marc Rizzardo will reprise his role as chief therapist, which he held at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. For the 2012 Games, he will support Dr. Alleyne by managing the team of therapists. A physiotherapist in Burnaby, B.C., he was Canada’s chief therapist for the 2007 Pan American Games, and a member of the 2008 Olympic health and science Team, as well as sport-specific therapist at the 1984 Olympic Games. Rizzardo has worked as a physiotherapist for many prominent sport organizations including the Canadian Soccer Association, Fencing Canada and the Minnesota Wild National Hockey League franchise. At the last Summer Games, Rizzardo was head physiotherapist for the women’s football team in Beijing. Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan will lead the team of mental performance consultants to help prepare athletes to compete at the London Games. For the past decade, Dr. Amirault-Ryan has worked in this role in professional sport for the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, New York Knicks and the Columbus Blue Jackets. For 12 years, she has worked with Canada’s women’s hockey, cross-country ski and speed skating teams. Most recently she was Canada’s lead mental performance consultant for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Dr. Amirault-Ryan is director of sport psychology at the Canadian Sport Centre in Calgary. In 2009, she was one of Canada’s most influential women in sport and physical activity.

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Canada to Host World’s Medical Specialists

The beautiful city of Vancouver, B.C. will welcome the world’s dermatology community as it hosts the 23rd World Congress of Dermatology in 2015. The Canadian Dermatology Association is delighted by the announcement that delegates at the 22nd World Congress of Dermatology (WCD) in Seoul voted to see the largest conference of dermatologic specialists come to Canada. Other locations that were in the running to the host the 23rd WCD included Rome, Vienna, Istanbul and Bangalore. “The Vancouver Bid Committee has worked tirelessly over the last three years attending countless dermatology meetings and strengthening international relationships in order to put a face to the Canadian bid,” says Dr Ian Landells, CDA President. The theme for the Vancouver WCD will be A Global Celebration of Dermatology and will mark the first time the conference has ever been held in Canada. To encourage participation from dermatologists around the globe, the Committee established a comprehensive scholarship program targeted at dermatologists and trainees from developing countries who might otherwise be unable to attend. “Vancouver is a dynamic, multicultural city in a spectacular natural environment and we’re honoured our colleagues around the world elected to use it as the setting for the 2015 World Congress of Dermatology,” says Dr Jerry Shapiro, Vancouver Bid Committee President. Canada’s dermatologists and their supporters will be taking time to celebrate this well-earned victory at the WCD Gala in Seoul before returning home to begin planning for the 2015 WCD. About CDA The Canadian Dermatology Association, founded in 1925, represents Canadian dermatologists. The association exists to advance the science and art of medicine and surgery related to the health of the skin, hair and nails; provide continuing professional development for its members; support and advance patient care; provide public education on sun protection and other aspects of skin health; and promote a lifetime of healthy skin, hair and nails. For further information:

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Canadian Specialist Hospital holds special live laparoscopic surgery workshop and symposium

Dr Rajesh Devassy Specialist Obstetrics Gynaecology.

The live surgeries will take place in the CSH operation rooms. The workshop will bring together a group of highly experience Laparoscopic surgeons with international reputation, who are pioneers in the innovative and safe technique of modern laparoscopic procedure. The surgeons are part of renowned training centers from around the world, such as the Pius Hospital Minimal Invasive Training and Gynecological Oncology Centre located in Oldenburg, Germany. The surgeries will be performed at the Canadian Specialist Hospital in Dubai and streaming live to the auditorium of the hospital. The doctors who will perform the surgeries are Doctor Rajesh Devassy from Canadian Specialist Hospital, Dubai and Doctor Professor Rudy Leon De Wilde form Germany. Following the live surgeries, Doctor Devassy and Doctor Professor Leon De Wilde will give lectures to the audience tackling different issues of gynecology. The workshops will also consist of hands-on training for all the participating Doctors. All doctors at the CSH are encouraged to attend in order to promote a learning environment of self-improvement to ensure that the doctors are up to date with the latest procedures. These initiatives ensure that patients are given the best form of treatment worldwide and at the same time the event has been kept open for Obs/ Gyn specialists associated with other centers. Dr. Hayder Al Zubaidy, CEO of CSH Dubai said, “Such events not only help promote a learning environment for our doctors, but they also help us gain international expertise to benefit from. Canadian Specialist Hospital recognizes that medicine is a dynamic world in which we must continue to evolve in order to remain among the best.” Dr Rajesh Devassy Specialist Obstetrics Gynaecology.

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