Department of Radiology

Virtual Dialysis Access and Interventions Course

Virtual Dialysis Access and Interventions Course

Ashish Gupta, MBBS, MD - Co-Course Director

Dr. Ashish Gupta is an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Ottawa and is a member of both the Thoracic Radiology and Vascular and Interventional Radiology divisions at The Ottawa Hospital. He has participated in CMEs and conferences at the provincial as well as the national level. During his fellowship, his research focus was on pleural tumors. He is currently working on lung adenocarcinomas with genetic mutations and outpatient thrombectomy for DVT. He has several peer-reviewed publications to his credit. 

 

Specialties: Vascular and Interventional Radiology; Thoracic Radiology 

 

Clinical Interests: Thoracic, GI, and venous interventions; simulation in interventional radiology 

 

Residency: Sawai Man Singh Medical College, Jaipur, India 

 

Fellowships: Thoracic Radiology (2010), Vascular and Interventional Radiology (2011), University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 

Adnan Hadziomerovic MD, FRCPC

Dr. Adnan Hadziomerovic is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Ottawa and is the Lead of the Vascular and Interventional Radiology division in the Department of Medical Imaging at the Ottawa Hospital. 

 

Dr. Hadziomerovic has published articles on vascular access, arterial interventions, and renal sympathetic denervation. He has also presented at several national meetings. 

 

Specialty: Vascular and Interventional Radiology 

 

Clinical Interests: Arterial and venous interventions including vascular access; transarterial chemoembolization; endovascular aneurysm repair 

 

Residency: University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 

 

Fellowship: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

Speakers

Pierre Antoine Brown, MD, M.Sc., FRCPC 

Dr. Pierre Antoine Brown graduated from medical school at the University of Ottawa and completed residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Nephrology, both at the University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital. 

He then completed a Master’s in Science in Medical Informatics, from Northwestern University. He also completed the “Improving Quality and Patient Safety: The Physician Leadership Program” offered by the Telfer School of Management. 

His clinical interests include hemodialysis, Polycystic Kidney Diseases (PCKD) and general nephrology. He is the Medical Director for The Ottawa Hospital’s Hemodialysis program. 

He is actively involved in Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Improvement (QI) initiatives in the Division of Nephrology. 

He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals on varied topics including acute dialysis initiation, hemodialysis, and peritoneal dialysis. His current research interests include QA and QI projects. 

Clinical Interests: Hemodialysis, CKD, PCKD, General Nephrology 

Educational Interests: Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in nephrology 

Publications: Search PubMed for Brown PA 

Akshat Gotra, MD, FRCPC 

Dr. Akshat Gotra is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Ottawa and an interventional radiologist in the Department of Medical Imaging at The Ottawa Hospital. He is also the Vascular and Interventional Radiology Residency Program Director at the University of Ottawa. 

Dr. Gotra is a member of the Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) and the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR). 

Specialty: Vascular and Interventional Radiology 

Clinical Interests: Dialysis interventions, advanced embolization procedures, peripheral vascular disease, endovascular aneurysm repair 

Residency: McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada 

Fellowship: University Health Network, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

Sudhir Nagpal, MD, FRCSC 

Dr. Sudhir Nagpal is the Chief/Chair of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Ottawa. He completed post-fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Endovascular Surgery. Since then, he has had extensive experience in complex endovascular aortic reconstruction and the full complement of peripheral endovascular procedures. He has proctored surgeons across the country in these interventions. He also has extensive experience in vascular endovascular imaging presenting to national audiences about fusion and optimal OR flows in the hybrid suite. As an educator, he has won two Department of Surgery Teacher of the Year awards at the University of Ottawa. 

Kevin O'Kelly, MD, BCh, BOA, FRCSI, FRCPSC 

Dr. Kevin O’Kelly is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Ottawa and a member of the Vascular and Interventional Radiology division in the Department of Medical Imaging at the Ottawa Hospital. His research interests centre on dialysis access. Outside of work, his interests include cycling, music, and theatre.

Specialties: Vascular and Interventional Radiology; Thoracic Radiology 

Clinical Interests: Full spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic interventional procedures 

Residency: Surgery: University College Hospital, Galway, Ireland; Radiology: University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 

Fellowship: University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada 

Stephen Ryan, MD, PhD, FRCPC 

Dr. Stephen Ryan completed a PhD in Biochemistry in 2000 at the University of Ottawa and graduated from the University of Calgary Medical School in 2003. He returned to the University of Ottawa to complete residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at the Ottawa Hospital in 2008. This was followed by a one-year fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology before joining the Department of Medical Imaging at the Ottawa Hospital in 2009. Dr. Ryan is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa and Director of the Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship Program. 

Specialty: Vascular and Interventional Radiology 

Clinical Interests: Arterial and venous interventions; vascular access; interventional oncology 

Residency: University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 

Fellowship: Vascular and Interventional Radiology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 

Karl Smyth, MD, FRCPC 

Dr. Karl Smyth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Ottawa. He is a member of both the Vascular and Interventional Radiology and Body Radiology divisions within the Department of Medical Imaging at the Ottawa Hospital and provides radiological services at both The Ottawa Hospital and regional rural hospitals. Dr. Smyth has an interest in international health and volunteers in Haiti. 

Dr. Smyth is an active participant in both the medical student and residency education programs. 

Specialties: Vascular and Interventional Radiology; Body Radiology 

Clinical Interests: Angiography; general and hemodialysis interventions; body and general radiology; international health 

Residency: University of Ottawa, Ottawa Ontario, Canada 

Fellowship: Vascular and Interventional Radiology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 

Dheeraj Rajan, MD, FRCPC 

Dr. Dheeraj Rajan completed his Diagnostic Radiology residency at Wayne State University in 1999 and Fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. Over his career, he has published 100 manuscripts primarily focused on arterial and dialysis interventions, multiple book chapters and one textbook titled “Essentials of Percutaneous Dialysis Interventions”. He is a Professor of Medicine and the Division Chief of VIR at the University of Toronto. Dr. Rajan also sits on various committees for the Society of Interventional Radiology, the KDOQI rewrite and Implementations committees, and CoreHealth Vascular Network of Ontario. He formerly was an Associate Editor for the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology and reviews for multiple medical journals. Dr. Rajan’s current focus is on the percutaneous creation of dialysis fistulas where he was one of the pioneers for the procedure itself. He also serves as an advisor to multiple start-up and established companies with devices focused on vascular interventions. 

Sarah Hobbins, RN 

Sarah Hobbins graduated from Algonquin College in 2001 with an RN Diploma. Joining The Ottawa Hospital in 2006 as a dialysis nurse, she remained in the role for eight years where she then moved to Oncology. In 2018, she returned to dialysis and has been in her current role in Nephrology since March of 2020. 

Dana Ross, RN, C-Neph 

Dana Ross graduated with distinction from Heritage College Cegep in 1998 with an RN Diploma. She started her Nephrology career overseas in Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis in 1999 at Hammersmith Hospital in London, England. In 2001 she joined The Ottawa Hospital in Hemodialysis, transitioning to Home Dialysis in 2006 and then to her current role as a Dialysis Access RN in 2014.

Rima Aina, MD, FRCPC 

Dr. Rima Aina is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Ottawa and is a member of both the Thoracic Radiology and Vascular and Interventional Radiology divisions in the Department of Medical Imaging at The Ottawa Hospital. She has participated in CMEs and conferences at the provincial as well as the national levels. She is a former examiner of the Diagnostic Radiology oral exam at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Aina is an active participant in the medical student education programs. 

Specialties: Vascular and Interventional Radiology; Thoracic Radiology 

Clinical Interests: Varied spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic interventional procedures 

Residency: CHUM, Montreal, Quebec, Canada 

Fellowship: Vascular and Interventional Radiology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA