Kidney Transplant Advisory Committee (KTAC)

The Kidney Transplant Advisory Committee (KTAC) provides expert guidance to the development, operation and evolution of the national Kidney Paired Donation (KPD) program and Highly Sensitized Patient program (HSP) with the goal of increasing kidney transplantation in Canada. The KTAC also reviews proposed matches from each KPD match run.

 

Members

Title and Organization

Dr. Rahul Mainra

(Chair)

Division of Nephrology Saskatchewan Transplant Program

St. Paul’s Hospital

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Dr. Steven Paraskevas

(Vice Chair)

Director, Pancreas and Islet Transplant Program

MUHC - Royal Victoria Hospital

Montréal, Québec

Dr. Eric Wagner

(NHLAAC Chair Representative)

Laboratory Director, Immunology and Histocompatibility 

CHU de Québec-Université Laval-CHUL

Chair, ASHI DTRC committee

Quebec, Quebec

Dr. Tom D. Blydt-Hansen Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia Director, Multi Organ Transplant Program BC Children’s Hospital Vancouver, British Columbia

Dr. John Gill

Nephrologist

Kidney Transplant Program

VCH/PHCA - 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. Sita Gourishankar Associate Professor
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
Edmonton, Alberta

Dr. F. Mauricio Monroy Cuadros

Surgeon

AHS - Foothills Medical Hospital

Calgary, Alberta

Ms. Ami Vavra

Renal Transplant Coordinator

Saskatchewan Transplant Program

St. Paul’s Hospital

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Dr. Martin E. Karpinski

Internal Medicine, Nephrologist

Nephrology Program

Health Sciences Centre

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Dr. Lakshman Gunaratnam

Co-Director, Kidney Transplant Program

London Health Sciences Centre

Chair, OMA Section on Nephrology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Schulich Clinician-Scientist

Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University

London, Ontario 

Dr. Christine Ribic

HLA Lab Director

Transplant Nephrologist

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

Hamilton, Ontario

Dr. G V Ramesh Prasad

Nephrologist

St. Michael’s Hospital

Chief Medical Officer, Transplantation

Trillium Gift of Life Network

Toronto, Ontario

Mr. Michael Garrels

Transplant Assessment Coordinator, Kidney Transplant Clinic

UHN - Toronto General Hospital

Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Sunita Singh

(LDAC Chair Representative)

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. M. Khaled Shamseddin

Director, Kidney Transplant Program

Kingston General Hospital

Kingston, Ontario

Dr. Stephanie Hoar

Division of Nephrology, The Ottawa Hospital,

Riverside Campus 

Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Michel R. Pâquet

Medical Advisor, Transplantation Canadian Blood Services

Director, Kidney Transplant Program

CHUM - Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal

Montreal, Quebec

Dr. Lynne Senécal

Nephrologist

Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital

CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal

Montreal, Quebec

Dr. Mélanie Masse

Director, Nephrology

CHUS – Fleurimont Hospital Centre hospitalier de l’université de Sherbrooke

Sherbrooke, Quebec

Dr. Isabelle Houde

Nephrologist

Program Director, Kidney Transplant Program

CHU de Québec - Pavillon Hôtel-Dieu de Québec

Quebec, Quebec

Dr. Nessa Gogan

Internal Medicine, Nephrologist

Nephrology Program

Saint John Regional Hospital

Saint John, New Brunswick

Dr. Tammy Keough-Ryan

Attending Staff Nephrologist, Division of Nephrology Nova Scotia Health Authority QEII Health Sciences Centre

Victoria General Hospital

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dr. Sean Martin

Nephrologist, Eastern Health

Clinical Assistant, Professor Memorial University

St. John’s, Newfoundland

Dr. Joseph Kim

Associate Professor of Medicine Department of Medicine (Nephrology), University of Toronto Director, Kidney Transplant Program

Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network

Toronto, Ontario

CANADIAN BLOOD SERVICES
Ms. Peggy John  Acting Director, Donation and Transplantation
Canadian Blood Services
Vancouver, British Columbia
Ms. Charley Bekolay (Prog Lead)

Program Associate

Canadian Blood Services
Edmonton, Alberta

Ms. Jodi Caseley

Program Liaison

Canadian Blood Services
Edmonton, Alberta

Ms. Sabita Dadlani
Observer Participant

Analyst - Business Systems

Canadian Blood Services
Ottawa, ON

Ms. Fatima Dharsee

Specialist

Canadian Blood Services
Vancouver, British Columbia

Mr. Sean Delaney

Advisor - Sr & Lead - System Development

Canadian Blood Services
Edmonton, Alberta

Ms. Beth Forman

Registry Liaison Specialist

Canadian Blood Services
Edmonton, Alberta

Ms. Jodi Caseley

Program Liaison

Canadian Blood Services
Edmonton, ON

Mr. Clay Gillrie

Associate Director- Interprovincial Organ Sharing

Canadian Blood Services
Vancouver, British Columbia

Mr. Kyle Maru
 

Sr. Data Analyst

Canadian Blood Services
Ottawa, ON

Ms. Sarah Parfenuik 

Program Manager

Canadian Blood Services
Burlington, ON

Ms. Christina Parsons

Program Manager

Canadian Blood Services
Edmonton, Alberta

Ms. Kathy Yetzer

Senior Advisor & Program Lead

Canadian Blood Services
Edmonton, Alberta

Last updated June 2021