Course Director & Weekend Five
Robert Lam, MD, MS, CCFP (COE), FCFP
Family Physician, Family Health Team and Consultant, Falls Clinic, University Health Network
Physician, Geriatric Rehabilitation Program, Toronto rehabilitation Institute
Associate Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto
Weekend 5 Theme: Approach to Elderly Patients with Failure to Thrive
Robert Lam, MD, MS, CCFP, FCFP (Care of the Elderly) is Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Toronto and has an active family practice in the Toronto Western Family Health Team. He provides geriatric consultations in the Falls Prevention Program and the Geriatric Rehabilitation Program at Toronto Rehab, University Health Network.
Dr. Lam completed his medical school and family medicine residency training at The University of Western Ontario. He received a Master of Science degree in family medicine and gerontology from the University of Minnesota where he also completed a geriatrics fellowship and obtained the certificate of added qualifications in geriatric medicine from the American Board of Family Medicine.
Dr. Lam is president of the Canadian Geriatrics Society and representative on the College of Family Physicians of Canada Health Care of the Elderly Committee. He was the co-chair of the 2017 Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) Preventing Falls and Reducing Injury from Falls Clinical Best Practice Guideline.
Linda Lee, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Director, Memory Clinic, The Centre for Family Medicine FHT; Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, University of Western Ontario, and Queen’s University; Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy
Weekend 1 Theme: Diagnosis & Management of Mild Cognitive Impairment & Dementia
Linda Lee is a family physician at the Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team and the Director of the Centre for Family Medicine Memory Clinic. She is the Schlegel-UW Director of Primary Healthcare Education and a primary panelist for the 4 th Canadian Consensus Conference on Dementia.
Her academic affiliations include Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University as well as affiliations with the Departments of Family Medicine at Western and Queen’s University, at the School of Pharmacy at University of Waterloo, and in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at University of Waterloo.
In partnership with the Ontario College of Family Physicians, she has developed a Memory Clinic Training Program which has assisted 30 other primary care settings in Ontario to develop new Memory Clinics. For her work helping to improve the care of seniors with memory disorders, in 2009 the Regional Geriatric Program of Hamilton Health Sciences awarded Dr. Lee the Individual Achievement Service Award for Geriatric Excellence. In 2009, Dr. Lee was also named Regional Family Physician of the Year by the Ontario College of Family Physicians. In 2012, she was named McMaster University Department of Family Medicine’s Outstanding Researcher of the Year as well as the recipient of the Association of Family Health Teams Bright Lights award for Outstanding Achievement in Improving Patients’ Experience of Care.
Joyce Lee, BScPhm MD CCFP (COE)
Physician Lead, Geriatrics Outreach Program, Geriatrics Day Hospital, Geriatrics Parkinson’s Program, North York General Hospital;
Lecturer, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
Weekend 2 Theme:
Approach to Physically Frail Elderly Patients with Falls
Joyce Lee is a Care of the elderly physician specialized in the comprehensive assessment and treatment of elderly patients with complex medical problems, particularly Parkinsonism and dementia. Joyce is the founder of the Geriatrics Clinic for Parkinson's at North York General Hospital and is the physician lead for this program, as well as the Geriatrics Day Hospital and Outreach Program.
Joyce is one of the co-founders of the Five Weekend Care of the Elderly Certificate Course at University of Toronto, an annual course aiming to educate primary care providers in provision of care for older patients.
Her research interests include dementia, medication use and the management of Parkinson's disease in the elderly. She has presented her research at the World Parkinson’s Congress and Canadian Geriatrics Society Meeting.
Bachir Tazkarji, MD, CCFP, ABFM
Care of the Elderly Physician, Geriatric Rehabilitation Program, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – UHN; Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Toronto
Weekend 3 Theme: Mental Health & Chronic Pain Management
Bachir Tazkarji graduated from the University of Aleppo in 1997, completed Family Medicine residency and Geriatrics Fellowship training at East Carolina University, North Carolina, USA. He has been an active staff member with the Geriatric Rehab program at Toronto Rehabilitation institute since 2007. Currently, he is the attending physician for a geriatric psychiatry rehabilitation unit and a full time faculty lecturer with the department of family and community medicine, University of Toronto. He is also the
residency program site director for the Mississauga hospital Family Medicine residency site. Dr. Tazkarji has a family medicine practice with a focus on elderly care. His special interests are dementia care, rehab potential in dementia patients and preventative care for the elderly. He serves as a committee member on the Canadian Geriatrics Society's CPD committee.
Patrick W. Chu, MBBS MRCP (UK), FRCP (Edin),
Consultant, Geriatric Day Hospital
Consultant, Outreach Team, North York General Hospital
Lecturer, Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto
Weekend 4 Theme: Management of Common Medical Problems in the Elderly
Patrick Chu graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 1981. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) in 1998. He received his training in Internal Medicine/Geriatric Medicine at Princess Margaret Hospital and Queen Mary Hospital, University of Hong Kong. He received his post-graduate training in Geriatric Medicine at Gartnavel General Hospital, University of Glasgow, Scotland.
Dr. Chu has been an attending physician in the Specialized Geriatric Services of North York General Hospital since 1997. He was the Medical Director of the In-patient Acute Geriatric Unit from 1997 to 2000. He is currently the physician of the Geriatric Day Hospital and Geriatric Outreach Team. He has been active in teaching medical students and Family Practice Residents in Geriatric Medicine at North York General Hospital for 20 years. He received the inaugural Teaching Excellence Award in Undergraduate Medical Education at University of Toronto in 2018.
Dr. Chu received the Dr. Morris Siu-Chong Memorial Award presented by the North York General Hospital Foundation in 2012, for his work and contribution in Geriatric Medicine. His Geriatric Day Hospital Team won the RGP Team Award of Excellence in 2012 and the Best Team Award of North York General Hospital in 2018.