Dr. Evan Adams is a citizen of Tla’amin (Sliammon) First Nation in Powell River, BC.
Evan served as Deputy Provincial Health Officer (BC), where he provided direction on First Nations health issues to the Ministry of Health, reported to First Nations citizens on health issues affecting the general population, and set out a path for the improvement of First Nations health and wellness. Evan completed an MD at the University of Calgary, an Aboriginal Family Practice residency at St Paul’s Hospital/UBC (as Chief Resident), and a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.
Anna Adcock (Ngāti Mutunga) is a researcher and doctoral candidate in Te Tātai Hauora o Hine Centre for Women’s Health Research, Victoria University of Wellington. Anna’s professional specialty in Kaupapa Māori (by, for, with Māori) and community research using qualitative methods. Her research passions centre whānau (Māori family collective) health and wellbeing, equity, ethics, and Kaupapa Māori theory and methods.
Tsawaysia specializes in Language and Culture and provides innovative learning opportunities. Her English name is Alice Guss. She is a Squamish First Nation member and is strong, committed and active in preservation of their language/culture and heritage. Her father, Pekultn was a Hereditary Chief from Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Alice has over 20 years in Education; including Director Of Education, five years as an Employment Coordinator and 15 years delivering Sacred Drum making workshops.
Alice is masterful at bringing innovative learning opportunities to all people through workshops, drumming, singing, dancing and storytelling. She is an avid participant in healing Tribal Journeys and more recently co-produced a number of documentaries including Squamish Nation: Stories from the Heart and Tribal Journeys. During the 2010 Olympics, she coordinated her family’s Sea Going Canoe display and her Family shared songs, dances, history to the Czech Republic Bobsled Team.
As Vice Dean, Health Engagement, Dr. Allard works with health authorities, other health sector partners, academic organizations, and government to optimize academic activities and foster their integration in support of the B.C. health system. He also provides Faculty leadership in matters of Indigenous relationships and reconciliation. Dr. Allard, an alumnus of UBC, is a Cardiovascular Pathologist at St. Paul’s Hospital and a Professor and former Head of the UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
Emmett Aluli will be representing AONK on the Climate Change Panel.
Dr. Anderson is Cree-Anishinaabe. She practices Internal Medicine and Public Health as a Medical Officer of Health with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. She is Vice-Dean, Indigenous Health and Executive Director of Indigenous Academic Affairs in the Ongomiizwin Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, University of Manitoba. Chair, Indigenous Health Network of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada. Past President of IPAC and Past Chair of PRIDoc.
James Andrew is a member of the Lil'wat Nation, Mount Currie Band. He has been with the University of British Columbia for over 25 years. Twenty of those years has been with the Faculty of Medicine as the Indigenous Student Initiatives Manager where his role is to recruit and support the Indigenous medical students.
Nikki Barrett is a Māori (Indigenous peoples of Aotearoa/New Zealand), descendant of Ngāti Hauā and Ngāti Porou, health researcher. Nikki is a current PhD candidate focused on Hapūtanga (pregnancy) and has a wealth of experience in the New Zealand health industry. Prior to commencing her PhD, Nikki was a Senior Project Manager at the Waikato District Health Board, and has experience designing, developing, and implementing initiatives to achieve health equity.
Debra Beach Ducharme is Anishinabe and a registered member of the Lake Manitoba First Nation. She received a Bachelor of Education, Post Baccalaureate and Master Degree from the University of Manitoba. Her professional experience includes classroom teacher, counsellor, consultant, Director and administrator at various schools in the city of Winnipeg and in First Nations communities. Debra’s passion is supporting her community through advocacy for revitalizing Indigenous worldviews, languages and culture. She is currently the Director of Indigenous Health Integration at the Ongomiiziwin Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. Most recently, Debra received a Community Builder Award, Indigenous Staff Awards of Excellence by the University of Manitoba in March of 2020.
Dr. Shaquita Bell (Cherokee) is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington in the Division of General Pediatrics. She directs Seattle Children's Center of Diversity and Healthcare Equity.
Dr Ngaree Blow is a Quandamooka (Noonuccal Nation), Goreng-Goreng and Yorta-Yorta woman in her advanced training as a Public Health Physician. She works as the Director of First Nations Health for medical education at the University of Melbourne as well as dedicating part of her time to the COVID-19 response in the COVID-19 Vaccination program for the Department of Health in Victoria. Ngaree is also a board member of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA).
Dr. Erik Brodt grew up in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and earned his M.D. from the University of Minnesota. He completed Family Medicine residency at the Seattle Indian Health Board. He is an Associate Professor at OHSU and Director of the Northwest Native American Center of Excellence. Beyond this work, he is the COO of Ginew®, President of WE ARE HEALERS, and enjoys time with his wife Amanda, daughter Honukōkūlaniokauna’oa (Honu), and dogs Stinky & Pippa.
Aaniin Boozhoo, Dr. Mandy Buss is Métis from the Red River Settlement in Manitoba, Canada. She is the mother of an amazing 8 year old son. Mandy is a Family physician working in a resident teaching clinic that services northern transient patients, and marginalized community in the inner city of Winnipeg. She is the Indigenous Health Lead for the Faculty of Family Medicine and the Director of Indigenous Health Longitudinal Curriculum for the Undergrad Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba.
Dee-Ann Leialoha Carpenter, M.D., is an award-winning Native Hawaiian Board-Certified Internal Medicine physician and an Associate Professor at the University of Hawai‘i, John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) with the Department of Native Hawaiian Health and the Office of Medical Education. She excels in cultural competency training, Native Hawaiian health, mentoring and professionalism. She is the past president of ʻAhahui o nā Kauka (Association of Native Hawaiian Physicians) and Chair of the 2018 PRIDoC.
Prof Christensen is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist who investigates the causes and consequences of mental ill-health. He is the Director of the Research School of Psychology at the Australian National University and, previously, Associate Dean (Culture & Wellbeing) in the College of Health and Medicine. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia and his PhD from Vanderbilt University. He has worked in Australia, Canada, USA and the UK
Dr. Wayne Clark is originally from Churchill and an enrolled Inuk beneficiary of the Nunavut Land Claim Agreement (Tikiraqjuaq). He is currently the Executive Director, Indigenous Health Initiatives for the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. Previously, Dr. Clark was the Director of Indigenous Health Services for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority overseeing Indigenous language interpretation, discharge planning, and patient advocacy for Indigenous patents receiving health services within Winnipeg health facilities.
Carly Lee Keaulani Coleman was born and raised in Mililani, Oʻahu. She graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with her Bachelors of Science in Biology. Carly has since been part of the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Centerʻs research project “No Ke Ola Pono o Nā Kane,” which aims to address health and cultural issues in Native Hawaiian. She is currently a first year medical student at the John A. Burns School of Medicine.
Andie Kealohi Sato Conching was born and raised in Mānoa, HI. She attended Dartmouth College where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and completed research grounded in her passion to understand health disparities. She went on to pursue research at the National Institutes of Health before leading a National Science Foundation grant focused on building Covid-19 prognostic tools. She is currently a first-year medical student at the John A. Burns School of Medicine.
River Cornelius is Oneida (Turtle Clan) and Two Spirit (she/they/he). They are a 4th year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine, planning to pursue Family Medicine with an ObGyn subspecialty. They are passionate about serving the Indigenous community, providing full-spectrum care, and providing gender-affirming care and support to Indigenous youth as a visible Two-Spirit physician.
Wendy Dallas-Katoa (Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha) has over 25 years of experience in the health sector in a variety of roles and has represented Māori interests on a number of boards and organisations. Wendy undertakes research that seeks to reduce health inequalities for Māori and was part of the team that developed the Meihana Model. Wendy is a Kaumātua with He Hono Wāhine and Te Tātai Hauora o Hine, the Centre for Women's Health Research.
Sheri Daniels will be participating in the moderated COVID-19 panel
Tanisi! My name is Sebastian; I am a member of Cowessess First Nation. I graduated from Western University in 2021 with a BHSc., and am beginning my medical studies at the University of Toronto. I have been investigating Indigenous medical workforce development in Canada since 2019, alongside other researchers at the Centre for Education Research and Innovation at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Dr. Jason Deen (Blackfeet) is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Washington in the Divisions of Cardiology. He is a co-principal investigator of the Strong Heart Study, a large epidemiologic study of cardiovascular disease in American Indians. He currently directs the Indian Health Pathway through the Office of Healthcare Equity through UW Medicine. His main research interest is cardiovascular risk stratification in American Indian children and adolescents.
Leah Ke‘ala‘aumoe Dowsett, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at JABSOM UH and a clinical geneticist at Hawai‘i Community Genetics. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Medical Genetics & Genomics and is proud to serve on the board of ‘Ahahui o nā Kauka. Her clinical focus includes general genetics, dysmorphology, and inborn errors of metabolism. Her primary research focuses on improving genomic health disparities in underrepresented minority populations and Native Hawaiian health.
Janell Dymus-Kurei is currently working as GM - System, Strategy & Policy at Hāpai Te Hauora.
Dr. Rebekah Eatmon, BHK MD CCFP is an Indigenous Family Physician serving both urban and rural Indigenous peoples. She is Tsimshian from Lax Kw’alaams, from the Raven Clan on her father’s side and Métis on her mother’s side. She works for Lu’ma Medical Centre in Vancouver, as well as Carrier Sekani Family Services in Northern BC, where she is proud to deliver culturally safe care to her patients.
Allison Empey is a general pediatrician at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Her professional interests include newborn care, Native American health, community engagement, and mentorship for underrepresented minorities in healthcare. She is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde in Grand Ronde, Oregon and practices one day per week at her own tribal clinic. She currently chairs the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Native American Child Health and is the Vice Chair of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in her Department of Pediatrics at OHSU
Dr. Olivia Evans is a Gomeroi woman, who grew up in Newcastle, NSW on Awabakal land. She has a PhD in social psychology from the University of Newcastle and is currently an Indigenous post-doctoral research fellow at the ANU in the research school of Psychology. Olivia’s work sits at the intersections of social, community and clinical psychology investigating the social determinants of mental health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on inequality and identity.
Sasha Fernandes born and raised in Hawaii, is a Mama, Teacher, and Pediatrician who studied sociology focused on Social justice and then attended med school. In 2010, she joined NHCOE as lead faculty for the Native Hawaiian Student Pathway to Medicine program to guide premed students on their pathway. She also co-leads the Native Hawaiian Interdisciplinary Health program, where Native Hawaiian premed and social work students learn from their community and Native Hawaiian healers.
Sam Filipenko (he/him) is a non-Indigenous person of white-settler ancestry who helps manage two cultural safety research projects at the Well Living House. He is a graduate of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Masters of Public Health program in the Social and Behavioural Health Sciences and an annual volunteer at the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival. Sam will be presenting alongside Dr. Janet Smylie.
Amanda Fowler-Woods is Anishinaabe originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario but who has called Winnipeg, Manitoba, her home for the past 21 years. Amanda and her wife Melinda are mothers to 2 daughters, ages 15 and 3. Amanda is a Research Associate at Ongomiizwin Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing at the University of Manitoba and a PhD candidate in the Department of Community Health Sciences. Amanda’s research focuses on the impacts of racism as a determinant of health, the use of Indigenous research methodologies, and the practice of anti-racist healthcare and research
Melinda Fowler-Woods is a Metis/Mi'kmaq woman who grew up on Canada's east coast. She is currently an orthopaedic surgery resident in Winnipeg with backgrounds in Nursing, Chiropractic, and Family Medicine. She is the Director of Ongomiizwin Education and an Indigenous physician mentor at Ongomiizwin Institute of Health & Healing. Melinda & her wife Amanda are mothers to 2 beautiful daughters and as a family work on maintaining physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental health through ceremony & cultural teachings.
Lily Fraser is from the tribe of Kai Tahu in the South Island of New Zealand. She is the graduate of full immersion Maori language education Kura Kaupapa Maori to becone a doctor. She is currently the Clinical Director of Turuki Healthcare in Mangere, Auckland- a large Maori Health Provider of primary health and social services. She worked in clinical practice throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and was a regular spokesperson in the media regarding COVID-19.
Jayde Fuller is a Gamilaroi woman from western New South Wales. She is the Program Manager of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Unit in for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra).
She has held public service roles for over 15 years in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy, specialising in mental health, community engagement, project management and in frontline service. She has an interest in culturally safe care and Indigenous leadership.
Dr. Sarah Minwanimad Funnel is a First Nations Family Physician and Founding Director of the Centre for Indigenous Health Research and Education at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Funnell is also on the Board of Directors of both the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Sarah is co-chair of the Indigenous Health Committee at the College of Family Physicians of Canada and also sits on the Indigenous Health Advisory Committee at the Royal College.
Janina, of Tongan/Polish ancestry, is studying toward a Masters of Health, Sport and Human Performance at Te Huataki Waiora School of Health at the University of Waikato.
Dr. Randi George is First Nations (Wet'suwet'en) & Metis two-spirited female from Northern BC. She is currently a second year Psychiatry Resident with the University of British Columbia (UBC), with an interest in childhood & inter-generational trauma. As the grand-daughter of an Indian Residential School Survivor & daughter of an Indian Hospital & Indian Day School Survivor, Randi is very passionate about increasing cultural safety/understanding in the medicine system & working towards Truth & Reconciliation for my family, communities, & People.
Jordan Gibbs is a cis-gender woman who comes from Ngai Tahu and Te Atiawa in the South Island of Aotearoa. She graduated from Otago Medical School in 2017 and has been working in her home rohe/region since. Dr. Gibbs is a dual training registrar in Rural Hospital Medicine and General Practice who is currently working within General Practice. She holds a special interest in LGBTQI+ Health; particularly around providing safe sexual health practices for all as well as gender affirming health care.
Ryan Giroux is a Métis man from the Métis Nation of Alberta, with roots in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta. He is a General Pediatrician working at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Inner City Health Associates in Toronto, and is one of two Indigenous Educators at the Royal College. He grew up in rural Alberta (Treaty 6 and Treaty 8 Territory) prior to completing a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology in Edmonton, and completed medical school and residency at the University of Toronto.
Olivia Glatt completed her medical degree at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). She is planning to apply into Internal medicine this fall. Her interests in medicine include ICU medicine, addiction medicine and working with the underserved namely Indigenous and LGBTQIA+ folks. She is tribally affiliated with the Blackfeet Nation and feels a consistent call towards increasing Native representation in medicine.
Emily is in her final year of medicine at UBC. She has spent years working on the DTES serving womyn* who do sex work, Indigenous youth, LGBTIAQ2S* people and refugees, and those living with mental health and addictions. Emily joined medicine so that she would be able to use her power as a physician to help dismantle policies that continue to oppress Indigenous peoples.
Billie-Jo Hardy is an Assistant Professor at the Waakebiness Institute for Indigenous Heath at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto where she partners with Indigenous communities and Indigenous-led organizations on projects that aim to improve health care pathways, quality of care and outcomes for Indigenous patients and their families. Her research interests include innovation sciences, emerging technologies, health equity and research ethics.
Celine recently graduated from medical school & will be beginning her neurosurgery residency at UBC.
Dr. Rebecca Howse is Cree-Metis and grew up in Stony Plain, Alberta. She completed medical school at the University of Alberta and graduated from the Indigenous Family Medicine residency training site through the University of British Columbia in 2015. Her clinical work is focused on Indigenous Health and Addictions. She also works with UBC UGME as the Indigenous Curriculum lead and in PGME as an Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Co-Lead.
Madelyne is a proud Wiradjuri woman. She is an early-career academic currently working as a lecturer within the First Nations health team at The University of Melbourne part time. Madelyne is also a Clinical Psychologist at the Victorian Aboriginal Health service.
Marcus Kawika Iwane, MD, is an internist for Hawaii Permanente Medical Group. He is Chief of Kaiser West Oahu Medical Office. He earned his medical degree from the University of Hawaii School of Medicine. In 2018, he was named to Pacific Business News’ 40 Under 40 list of exceptional leaders and was recognized on the peer-nominated list Best Doctors in America®. He is the 2021 recipient of the Kaiser Permanente David Lawrence Community Service Award.
Lisa Kaanoi, MPH is Kānaka Maoli and Sivuqaq Yupik. She is the Engagement Specialist for Mauli Ola Mālamalama, our health workforce development center, at Papa Ola Lōkahi. She has a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and brings experience from Alaska and Oregon. She assists us in coordinating scholar engagement opportunities and develop a network of scholars and alumni by health profession on all islands, to include the continental U.S.
Martina Leialoha Kamaka is a Native Hawaiian Family Physician and Associate Professor in the Department of Native Hawaiian Health at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. Her professional interests lie in the area of cultural competency training, Native Hawaiian and indigenous health. She is a board member of the Ahahui o na Kauka (Assoc.. of Native Hawaiian physicians) and a PRIDoC founder.
Sachi Kahelelani Kaulukukui has been faculty at the Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence for 10 years, and has worked at the UH over 17 years. Her teachings immerse first-year medical students in Native Hawaiian, rural, and adolescent healthcare and teaching that inspires youth to enter college and health careers. Sachi’s other NHCOE work includes Native Hawaiian JABSOM med student support, state/congressional initiatives, and professional service with medical school admissions and diversity matters.
My name is Lihchen Ke. I graduated from School of Nursing, National Taiwan University (NTU), , and earned my master's degree in Health Science Education from University of Florida,. I currently work as the section chief of Health Care Section of Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP).
My first encounter with Taiwan indigenous was at a volunteer group at NTU.My marriage to an indigenous Taiwanese, from the Bunun tribe, helped my understanding of indigenous culture, while twelve years of working at CIP that made me fully comprehend the historical trauma that colonialism inflicted on indigenous groups, and that the manner of “providing help” to improve indigenous health was actually a secondary source of harm.
President Tsai’s apology to indigenous people on behalf of the country in 2016 created new opportunities for indigenous culture. In 2018, the national caregivers training program was first included in the introduction of indigenous cultural security courses. In the future, we aim to incorporate the accreditation of cultural care courses into post-secondary education. I hope to share my experience in promoting indigenous health care in Taiwan.
Joel Kettner MD MSc FRCSC FRCPC
Public health physician
Associate professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Manitoba.
Co-chair, Postgraduate Medical Education Truth and Reconciliation Action Plan.
Dr Alexandra King, a citizen of the Nipissing First Nation (Ontario), is an Internal Medicine Specialist with a focus on HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis and PI on various research grants related to Indigenous peoples. Dr King works with Indigenous communities and stakeholders to understand the health and wellness needs of First Nation and Métis people in Saskatchewan and the structural changes required for improved Indigenous health outcomes. Dr King contributes to USask’s decolonization, reconciliation and Indigenization.
Dr Malcolm King, a member of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, is a health researcher in Indigenous health at the University of Saskatchewan and Scientific Director of the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient Oriented Research. Dr King previously led the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health, spearheading the development of a national health research agenda aimed at improving wellness and achieving health equity for First Nations People, Métis and Inuit in Canada.
Dr. Darlene Kitty is a Cree family physician working in Chisasibi since 2006. She has been a passionate clinician and advocate, collaborating with health professionals and administrators to improve health services and resources for the Crees. She is also Director of the Indigenous Program at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa and Chair of the Indigenous Health Committee for the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Assistant Professor Vinay Lakra is the President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP).
Assistant Professor Lakra became a RANZCP Fellow in 2007. He is the Clinical Director of North West Area Mental Health Service, North Western Mental Health and a member of the Victorian Board of the Medical Board of Australia. He served as the Deputy Chief Psychiatrist of Victoria for three years during 2016–19.
Dr. Mark Lawrence completed his medical training at the University of Otago before receiving his RANZCP Fellowship in 2009. He has whakapapa links to Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri and Ngā Puhi iwi. He works as a Consultant Psychiatrist in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga within an integrated model of care with both Kaupapa Māori and mainstream services. He is a recipient of the Henry Rongomau Bennett Memorial Scholarship and proudly the 9th Māori Fellow of the RANZCP.
Professor Bev Lawton ONZM (Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti), is an internationally-recognised expert in women’s health. Her influential research addresses health inequity by driving kaupapa Māori (by Māori, with Māori, for Māori) research innovation to transform health services, systems, and policy across Aotearoa and around the world. Professor Lawton founded Te Tātai Hauora o Hine (the Centre for Women’s Health Research) in 2005.
Dr. Joseph LeBlanc is a life-long Northern Ontarian and member of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory. He was appointed as the Northern Ontario School of Medicine's (NOSM) Associate Dean of Equity and Inclusion on July 1st, 2021. Before joining NOSM, he worked for a diverse range of organizations, including academic institutions, charities, non-profits, and Indigenous organizations. Dr LeBlanc holds an Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Forest Conservation, an Environmental Management Certificate, and a PhD in Forest Sciences from Lakehead University.
Ashley Lee: Ashley Mainani Lee is a proud Native Hawaiian-Chinese-Japanese-Filipina woman who calls Heʻeia, Oʻahu, Keʻanae, Maui and Keaukaha, Hawaiʻi home. She graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with her Bachelors of Science in Biology and went on to the John A. Burns School of Medicine after taking a gap year to serve as the primary founder of Mōhala Mauli Ola and as a medical scribe at Hawaiiʻs only level-one trauma centerʻs Emergency Department.
Winona Kaalouahi Lee MD, Faculty, NHCOE & ʻImi Hoʻōla, DNHH, UH JABSOM
Winona Kaalouahi Lee is a pediatrician and medical educator driven by a passion for promoting the success of disadvantaged and underrepresented students in medicine. Dr. Lee oversees diversity programs at the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) including the ʻImi Hoʻōla Post-Baccalaureate Program and the Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence. In her role as the AAMC Diversity Officer, she leads the creation of policies and initiatives to enhance diversity throughout JABSOM.
Climate Change representative for MAIPT
Dr. Lin, De-Win will be participating in the moderated COVID-19 panel
Dr. James Makokis is a Nehiyô (Neh-hee-yo) two-spirit physician from the Onihcikiskapowinihk (Saddle Lake Cree Nation) in Treaty Number Six Territory. He practices Family Medicine in Kinokamasihk (Kih-no-kum-a-sick) Cree Nation in northeastern Alberta and has a transgender health focused practice in South Edmonton. He was the inaugural Medical Director at Shkaabe Makwa (Shkaa-bay Muh-kwa) at the Centre For Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto - the first Indigenous health centre designed to lead systems' transformation in Indigenous mental health across the country. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta.
In 2019, Dr. Makokis competed alongside his husband Anthony Johnson as "Team Ahkameyimok" (Ah-ka-may-mook) (Never Give Up in the Cree Language) on the Amazing Race Canada and won, becoming the first two-spirit, Indigenous, married couple in the world to do so. In 2020 Dr. Makokis was named one of 30 most powerful physicians in the country by The Medical Post, but believes power is a concept that should be shared amongst others. He is currently working with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta to help create a restorative based process for addressing Indigenous specific complaints, especially around racism. Dr. Makokis is passionate about revitalizing the Nehiyô medical system, educating people about Treaty, and working toward the vision of Turtle Island, which is to live together in peace and friendship.
Erik Mandawe is a resident doctor in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Dalhousie University.
Dr. Terry Maresca (Mohawk Tribe, Kahnawake Band) is a family practitioner and clinical associate professor at University of Washington School of Medicine currently focusing on residency training with the Seattle Indian Health board. Since 1987, she has served tribal, Indian Health Service, and urban Indian health programs and loves blending both Indigenous plant medicine work with Western approaches to health. She is a past AAIP President and recipient of their Indian Physician of the Year award.
Sarah Momilani Marshall is a Native Hawaiian community researcher focused on health disparities that persist among rural Hawaiian populations. She is specifically interested in pathways that lead to the adoption and integration of evidence-based health interventions in community settings. Currently she is the principal investigator on a National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) grant focused on the potential of charter schools to improve the academic achievement and social-emotional well-being of Native Hawaiian students.
Dr. Natasha Martin is a Cardiothoracic Registrar working in Aboriginal Health. She is a proud Maori doctor of Ngati Ranginui and Te Arawa descent, currently living on Kaurna land in Australia. She is completing a Masters of Public Health and Health Leadership Management through the University of New South Wales.
Dr. Marjorie Leimomi Mala Mau is a NH physician-scientist and founding chair of the Dept. NH Health at UH. She is a Professor and BC-endocrinologist. One of only a handful of NH faculty at UH who remain continually funded by NIH for 27+ years. She has served as Medical Officer with PVS and 'Ohana Wa'a since 2007. She shares her life with husband Dr. Ted Mala, twins Kaiapo & Makaiwa, adult sons Makana & Ka'ulu.
Dr. Hinewaiora McCleery is currently a Cardiothoracic Registrar based at Waikato Hospital in the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. She is a proud Maori doctor of Tanui and Ngati Porou descent.
Lorrilee McGregor is an Anishinaabe from Whitefish River First Nation. She is an Assistant Professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine where she teaches about Indigenous peoples’ health. Dr. McGregor has focused her research on mental health and addictions, diabetes, physical activity, and nutrition. For the past 20 years, Dr. McGregor has been a member of the Manitoulin Anishinaabek Research Review Committee, a community research ethics committee.
Dr. Lisa Monkman is an Anishinaabe rural Family Physician. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba where she currently works as the Indigenous Health Curriculum lead at the PGME level. She practices primary care at the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation Medical Clinic. Lisa volunteers and sits on several different advisory boards including Returning to Spirit, the Mercury Disability Management Board, the Organizing Committee for the Meetings on Indigenous Child health and the Indigenous Health Advisory Committee to the Canadian Pediatric Society.
Dr. Melanie Morris is Métis and the first Indigenous pediatric surgeon in Canada. Dr. Morris is an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba and a member of IPAC. She is the Lead of Indigenous Health at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital. Melanie is the founder and medical director of the Winnipeg Global Surgical Office. She is an Associate Professor at UBC is an Instructor in the Masters in Global Surgery course on Indigenous and Remote Surgical Health.
Ms. Jenny Mun is a medical student at the ANU. She holds a Bachelor of Philosophy - Honours (Science) degree (ANU) and was primarily involved in cancer research before becoming interested in Indigenous health. Her recent project investigated the use of Machine Learning to predict breast tumour characteristics. She was born in Seoul and grew up in Melbourne on Kulin Nation and identifies as a Korean-Australian. She aspires to become an advocate for Indigenous health.
Dr. Karen Nicholls will be representing AIDA on the Climate Change panel.
Mary Owen, MD, is from the Thunderbird House of the Shark Clan of the Tlingit people of Alaska. She is the Director of the Association of American Indian and Minority Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota before returning to practice full-scope family medicine for her tribe in Juneau, Alaska. She is the current president of the Association of American Indian Physicians.
Christine Phillips (PhD MBBS BMedSc MA MPH DipEd FRACGP MD AM), leads the Social Foundations of Medicine group at the ANU Medical School, where she instituted a curriculum integrating the social sciences of medicine and health across all four years of the curriculum. Her research areas include: health services; health of marginalised persons/ populations, and quality in health care. In 2020 she became a Member of the Order of Australia for service to medical education, refugee and migrant health.
Dr Wanda Phillips-Beck is an Anishinaabe women from the Hollow Water First Nation located on the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba. Her background is in northern nursing, working both at the community level in several First Nation communities in Manitoba, and regionally in nursing management positions. Dr Phillips-Beck is a research member of several teams focusing on Maternal Child Health and is Manitoba’s first Indigenous Research Chair in Nursing.
Roberta has worked for many years as an Elder for the Richmond, Delta & Burnaby School Districts as well as in Elder Visiting Program for BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital. She has also worked with the UBC School of Nursing as an Adviser/Research Partner and Elder. Elder Roberta also is the Indigenous Co-Lead for the UBC Family Medicine Program. She frequently responds to respectful requests to speak at local, national and international conferences.
Jillian Roberge is a Métis woman from the traditional territory of the Red River Settlement. She is an Emergency Physician at Hamilton Health Sciences and is the committee lead for Indigenous Health Education for PGME at McMaster. Jill grew up in Winnipeg Manitoba and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Manitoba. Following this Jill moved to Ontario and completed her medical school and postgraduate training at McMaster University.
Chris Robertson is Executive Director, Strategy and Policy for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra). He has held senior leadership roles for over 15 years in health policy and regulatory reform, as well as workforce planning and innovation. He is an authority in the design and application of the National Law across 15 health profession boards and established a single national regulatory scheme for what is now over 740,000 registered health practitioners in Australia.
Sherry Sandy is a Haudenosaunee woman from the Onondaga Nation, Wolf Clan. Sherry resides in her traditional territory of Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario. Sherry is the Program Manager - Indigenous Health at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Sherry received her BA - Sociology Combined with Indigenous Studies and BSW from McMaster University. Sherry received her MSW - Indigenous Stream from Wilfred Laurier.
Jason Seto grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii and attended Iolani High School. He went to Amherst College in Massachusetts and graduated in 2019. He went to Malaysia as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in January of 2020 but returned to Hawaii in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is currently a first year medical student at the John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Dr. Smylie is Director of the Well Living House, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Advancing Generative Health Services for Indigenous Populations in Canada; and Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.
Her research focuses on addressing Indigenous health inequities in partnership with Indigenous communities. She has practiced and taught family medicine in diverse contexts for 28 years.
A Métis woman, Dr. Smylie acknowledges her family, traditional teachers, and ceremonial lodge.
Dr. Kelly Soros is Métis and Norwegian. She is currently in her second year in the Indigenous Family Medicine Program at the University of British Columbia. She comes into medicine with a background in emergency nursing. She is particularly interested in trauma-informed and culturally safe care within emergency and family medicine.
Tim Stevenson from Peguis First Nation, Manitoba. He is a leader in indigenous cultural facilitation locally and internationally. Tim has worked extensively with indigenous communities providing research, facilitation and liaison addressing complex issues such as health and wellness, education within communities. Tim facilitates cross cultural connections for indigenous health and wellbeing to be included in policy and frameworks that directly affect Indigenous communities. By engaging stakeholders and utilizing community development approaches with an Indigenous lens.
Francesca Storey is a non-Indigenous researcher with Te Tātai Hauora o Hine. With a background in neonatal and flight nursing, Francesca is interested in neonatal and maternal health and wellbeing, and currently manages a maternity-focused research project in partnership with Iwi to reduce inequities for Māori.
Dr. Wes Sumida is an Associate Professor with the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy and completed his residency at the University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Sumida currently teaches pharmacy students on rotation at the Queen's Medical Center, West Oahu Campus and lectures at the College of Pharmacy in Hilo. His research interests include health disparities affecting Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.
Stewart Sutherland (Wiradjuri)(PhD) has 20+ year experience in Indigenous health, in more recent years focusing on identity, Culture and Environment, and mental health particularly Social and Emotional Wellbeing of people forcibly removed from their families. He works at ANU School of Medicine as the Senior Lecturer Indigenous Health, where he is building on work of those before him, to ensure that Indigenous health and people are at the core of the curriculum and school.
Dr Moerangi Tamati is Obstetrics & Gynaecology trainee, with a background of Registered Nurse, working in Maternity - namely postnatal and neonatal units. She is from Taranaki, New Zealand and intends to return there following her training to make Women's Health a more equitable speciality for Taranaki women, including continuing her work in Hapū Wānanga
Kasey is a O&G Surgeon (OB-GYN in your land) working in an area of very high Māori population where inequitable outcomes blight the community. Kasey is big on prevention of cervical cancer, equitable outcomes across her specialty, cultural safety with her specialty college and has been very active in the Te Rōpu Whakakaupapa Urutā (COVID19) efforts to get appropriate resource and action for Māori communities.
Ciwang Teyra is a member of MAIPT & will be part of the LGBTQ2S+ panel.
Dr. Tien, Huei-Win is a member of MAIPT & will be the keynote speaker at PRIDoC 2022
Dr. Georgia Vermette is a Métis woman, with roots from the Red River Valley on her mother’s side and mixed-European heritage on her father’s side. She was part of the graduating class of 2022 of UBC’s Island Medical Program and is pursuing a career in family medicine. Georgia wishes to incorporate two-eyed seeing into her practice as a physician and aims to continue advocating for the incorporation of Indigenous ways of wellness into our healthcare system.
Donald Warne, MD, MPH is Oglala Lakota and serves as the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and as Director of the Indians Into Medicine (INMED) and Public Health Programs, and Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of North Dakota. He received his MD from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1995 and his MPH from Harvard School of Public Health in 2002.
Shannon Waters will be representing IPAC on the Climate Change Panel.
Dr Mark Wenitong is a member of AIDA and will be their COVID-19 panelist.
A/Prof Lisa Whop is a Torres Strait Islander NHRMC Early Career Research Fellow and epidemiologist. She is Australia’s leading authority in cervical cancer elimination among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Dr Crystal Williams is a Wiradjuri woman and consultant dermatologist who is clinical lead and founder of the Royal Melbourne First Nations Dermatology Clinic. She undertook her junior doctor training in Northern Australia where she was first exposed to the burden of skin disease. She has trained in both Australia and Oxford and is a recipient of a prestigious Digital Health Award for her innovative First Nations Clinic.
Amanda Wingett is a Yandruwandha-Yawarrawarrka woman. Over the past 15 years she has held roles in Indigenous health. Amanda has a Masters of Public Health (Nutrition), with a research focus on recruitment and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students into tertiary nutrition and dietetics education. In recent years she has had more of a focus on Indigenous health policy and planning. Amanda currently works at the Indigenous Health ANU School of Medicine.
Vanessa Wong, MD is a Palauan Family Physician who was born and raised in Guam. She is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine and Family Medicine Residency Program. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Native Hawaiian Health and the Office of Medical Education, working on cultural competency curriculum development and mentoring of underrepresented students. She is Co-Director for JABSOM’s Learning Community Program.
Kara Wong Ramsey, MD is a neonatologist at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, Assistant Professor Pediatrics at University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine, and board member of Ahahui o Na Kauka Native Hawaiian Physicians Group.
Kimberly Barnes Yamauchi is a faculty member at the Department of Native Hawaiian Health. Kim is from the island of Saipan, CNMI, and is of Chamorro, Carolinian, and Caucasian descent. She received her Bachelor’s in Communication and a Masters in Public Administration from the UHM bringing over 15 years of experience working in the area of recruitment and retention of underserved and indigenous students in Hawaiʻi and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands.