DATACANN Coordinating Centre
Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, ON
Medical Director, Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic, Hamilton Health Sciences
Dr. Zacharias received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Western Ontario and subsequently his Fellowship in General Surgery in 1987. He was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Washington. Dr. Zacharias was Founder and CEO of Med-Emerg International Inc from 1983-2009 Canada’s largest physician recruiting company. He held that position while performing a number of leadership roles in the field of medicine. From 2001-2007 he served on the Board of Governors of Ryerson University.
He is currently the Medical Director of the Michael G DeGroote Pain Clinic which is one of the largest Academic Interdisciplinary Pain Clinic. He is the Principal Investigator in a Cannabis Registry in Ontario and was recently appointed as the Medical Advisor to the Centre for Medical Cannabis Research at McMaster University.
In 2012, Dr. Zacharias became an investigating coroner for Ontario and he has been a member of the Geriatric Long Term Care Review Committee since 2015.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Anesthesia, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University
Founding Director of the Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre dedicated to best practice pain care
Scientific Director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care
Nominated Principal Investigator for the CIHR-SPOR Chronic Pain Network
Chief Scientific Officer, Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Veterans
A faculty member since 1988, Dr. Norm Buckley is currently Professor in the Department of Anesthesia, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton. Dr. Buckley’s interests are pain, both acute and chronic. He led the development and organization of the acute post-operative pain service for adult and pediatric patients, the pediatric sedation services, and was the Director of the Pain Management Centre at the Hamilton General Hospital from its opening in 2000 until 2014.
His clinical practice focuses on chronic pain management at the DeGroote Pain Clinic at McMaster University Medical Centre. Within the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Institute, Dr. Buckley established the Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre, and is Scientific Director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care. The mission of the Institute is to improve the management of pain through dissemination of best practice information; use persistent post-surgical pain to explore chronic pain, and provide unique learning opportunities.
Prior to his appointment as Chair, Dr. Buckley also held hospital administrative positions as Operating Room Director, Chief of Anesthesia (Chedoke-McMaster) and Deputy Chief (Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation). In 2017 Dr. Buckley completed 13 years as Chair of the Department of Anesthesia.
Clinical Pharmacist, Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic, Hamilton Health Sciences
Dr. Vikas Parihar is a clinical pharmacist at the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia at McMaster University. He is currently involved in patient education at the Michael G. DeGroote pain clinic on safe and appropriate opioid use, as well as use of cannabinoids. In addition to working with chronic non-cancer pain, he has also worked in palliative care for over 4 years in the area of chronic cancer pain management.
Pharmacist, Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic, Hamilton Health Sciences
Anna Rogers obtained her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto. She has been working as a clinical pharmacist for the Interdisciplinary Pain Program at the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic since 2003. Prior to joining the Pain Program, she worked as a clinical pharmacist in various inpatient and outpatient programs within Hamilton Health Sciences, including the Diabetes Care and Research Program, the Amputee Rehabilitation Program, the Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Unit, and the Acquired Brain Injury Program.
She became a Faculty Member of the Institute for Healthcare Communication and a facilitator of the Choices and Changes Self-Management Program in 2013. She has also received training in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia. She is currently involved in patient education on the safe and appropriate use of cannabinoids at the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic.
Over the last four years. Ms. Rogers has also worked as an independent consultant pharmacist providing education and advice specific to diabetes disease management to promote healthier patient outcomes and implementing a physician/pharmacist collaborative management approach to optimize effective use of drug therapies.
Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medical Cannabis Research, McMaster University
Dr. Laura Katz is a Clinical, Health, and Rehabilitation Psychologist at the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic at McMaster University Medical Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. She is also an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, along with being a member of the Institute of Pain Research and Care at McMaster University. She completed her M.Sc. and Ph.D. at Queen’s University, a residency in the Health and Rehabilitation Track at the London Clinical Psychology Internship Consortium, and she is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.
Her clinical practice involves assessment, treatment, consultation and research. More specifically, she employs a cognitive-behavioural framework for assessment, conceptualization and psychological treatment to help individuals manage their chronic pain, engage in value-driven activities and improve their overall quality of life, and she is in the process of developing an Interdisciplinary Chronic Pelvic Pain Program at the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic. Her research to date has focused on understanding the process of coping in individuals with chronic health conditions, and more specifically, in women with chronic pelvic pain from a biopsychosocial perspective. She has presented at both national and international conferences, and published her work in peer-reviewed journals.
Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medical Cannabis Research, McMaster University
Dr. Jason Busse is a chiropractor and clinical epidemiologist with appointments as an Associate Professor in the Departments of Anesthesia and Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI) at McMaster University. He is a researcher within the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care, and the Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre. He is an instructor for the Systematic Review Methodology graduate course at McMaster University, and he has authored 26 systematic reviews. He has also co-authored a number of studies regarding optimal conduct of systematic reviews
Dr. Busse has been active clinically in the management of disability secondary to chronic pain since 1999. He has authored over 180 peer-reviewed publications with a focus on chronic pain, disability management, predictors of recovery, and methodological research. His academic efforts have been supported by a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and he was the principal investigator on the update and revision of the 2017 Canadian Opioid Guideline.
The evidence synthesis for the guideline involved comparison of cannabis with opioids for chronic pain, and found similar effects on both pain relief and functional improvement. Dr. Busse is also a Principal Investigator on a CIHR-funded review exploring the evidence for cannabis in the management of chronic non-cancer pain.
Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre, McMaster University
Li Wang graduated from West China School of Medicine, Sichuan University, China in 2000. She was a researcher and teacher in the Chinese Cochrane Centre and Chinese Evidence-based Medicine Centre since 2000 and a systematic reviewer in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at London Health Sciences Centre, Western University since 2012.
She is presently an assistant professor at Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care, Department of Anaesthesia, McMaster University. She has authored over 50 systematic reviews, over 10 methodology or policy research, and 10 book chapters. Her research interests include chronic pain, peri-operative pain management, systematic review & meta-analysis and methodological research.
Research Coordinator, Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic, Hamilton Health Sciences
Jennifer Anthonypillai is a full-time research coordinator at the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic. After having obtained her Bachelor in Medical Science and Biology at the University of Western Ontario she went on to pursue a graduate diploma in Clinical Trials Management through the University of Western Ontario. Since this graduate diploma was offered online she was able to take on positions in Medical Education at CTC Communications and MEDUCOM where she worked on the development of medical content for big pharma. However, her interests lie in clinical research, so when she came across a co-op position at the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic as a Clinical Research Assistant she applied and worked as an intern over the summer. She now works as a full-time Research Coordinator and hopes to continue growing as a Research Coordinator and acquiring more knowledge about clinical trials and its management.