The Living Donation Advisory Committee (LDAC) provides expert advice for advancement and implementation of national initiatives in partnership with Canadian Blood Services on issues relating to the donation and transplantation of organs from living donors to recipients.

Living Donation Advisory Committee Members

Dr. Sunita Singh (Chair) Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto Medical Director, Living Kidney Donation Program Transplant Nephrologist, Kidney Transplant Program Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Christine Dipchand (Vice-Chair), Medical Director, Living Kidney Donation program, Multi-Organ Transplant Program, NSHA - QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dr. Steven Paraskevas, (KTAC Chair Representative), Associate Professor of Surgery, McGill University Health Centre, Royal Victoria Hospital, Montréal, Québec

Dr. Justin Gill, Transplant Nephrologist, Kidney Transplant Program, St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia

Dr. Olwyn Johnston, Medical Director Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Vancouver General Hospital Transplant Nephrologist Gordon and Leslie Diamond Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia

Dr. Serdar Yilmaz, Transplant Surgeon, AHS - Foothills Medical, Medical Director, Southern Alberta Transplant Program Calgary, Alberta

Dr. Sita Gourishankar, Associate Professor (with tenure), Assistant Dean, Admissions, MD Program, Director of Kidney Transplant Fellowship Training Program, Acting Medical Director, Kidney Transplant Program Division of Nephrology and Transplantation, University of Alberta

Dr. Abubaker Hassan, Nephrologist, Saskatchewan Transplant Program, SHR - St. Paul’s Hospital, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Dr. Leroy Storsley, Nephrologist, Kidney Transplant Program, Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Dr. Dervla Connaughton, Director of Living Kidney Donation, Nephrology Department, London Health Sciences Centre, London, Ontario, 

Dr. Matthew Miller, Nephrologist, St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton, Ontario

TBD, Renal Transplant Program, Unity Health Toronto, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Anand Ghanekar, Medical Co-Director, Kidney Transplant Clinic, Kidney Transplant Surgeon, Kidney Transplant Clinic Staff Physician, Liver Transplant Clinic, UHN - Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario

Dr. M. Khaled Shamseddin, Director, Kidney Transplant Program, Kingston General Hospital, Kingston, Ontario

Dr. Suzon Collette, Director, Renal Transplantation Program, Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, Montreal, Quebec

Dr. Marie-Chantal Fortin, Principal Scientist Division of Nephrology, CHUM – Research Centre, Montreal, Quebec

Dr. Michel Pâquet, Medical Advisor, Transplantation, Canadian Blood Services, Director, Kidney Transplant Program, CHUM - Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal Montreal, Quebec

Dr. Shaifali Sandal, Transplant Nephrologist, Living Donor Kidney Transplantation McGill University Health Centre, Montréal, Québec

Dre Alexandra Viau-Trudel, NephrologistCentre Hospitalier Universitaire Sherbrooke, Hospitalier de l’Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Québec

Dr. Julie Lesage, Nephrologist, CHU de Québec - Pavillon Hôtel-Dieu de Québec Quebec, Quebec

Dr. Christine Pippy, Nephrologist, Saint John Regional Hospital, Saint John, New Brunswick

Dr. Pamela PikeAssociate Professor of Medicine (Nephrology), Discipline of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Health Sciences Centre, St. John’s, Newfoundland


Catherine Butler, DirectorOrgan & Tissue Donation & Transplantation

Kathy Yetzer, Senior Advisor & Program Lead, Canadian Blood Services

Darlene Jagusic, Program Manager, Canadian Blood Services

Last updated May 2024