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Mehran Anvari


Dr. Mehran Anvari is a tenured Professor of Surgery at McMaster University, the Chair of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Surgical Innovation at McMaster and an Adjunct Scientist for the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). He is past president of the Canadian Association for Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons (CABPS), and past president and founding member of the Minimally Invasive Robotic Association (MIRA).

Dr. Mehran Anvari is a tenured Professor of Surgery at McMaster University, the Chair of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Surgical Innovation at McMaster and an Adjunct Scientist for the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). He is past president of the Canadian Association for Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons (CABPS), and past president and founding member of the Minimally Invasive Robotic Association (MIRA). Dr. Anvari is the founding director of the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery (CMAS), the clinical lead and chair of the Ontario Bariatric Network (OBN) and the Scientific Director and CEO of the Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation (CSii), which recently partnered with MDA to create Insight Medbotics Canada Corporation (IMCC) – a startup to commercialize a new generation of intelligent robotic systems.

Dr. Anvari has been involved in teaching laparoscopic bariatric procedures for over 15 years in Canada and internationally, and is a faculty member for a number of bariatric programs, including the European Institute of Telesurgery (EITS) in Strasbourg, France.

As a researcher, supervisor, mentor and advisor, Dr. Anvari has a continued commitment to teaching, education, publication and innovation. He has authored over 200 publications; holds several patents; and is the principle investigator of numerous studies related to obesity, gastrointestinal disease, and surgical robotic systems and techniques.

Dr. Anvari has been honored many times for his innovation and research: he was awarded the ORION Leadership Award in 2010 and the ISS R&D Innovation Award in 2015. Dr. Anvari’s work with telerobotics has also been recognized by the federal and provincial government with the “Gold Medal of Distinction” and the “Diamond Award for Innovation in Technology”.  In 2017, Dr. Anvari was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree at the University of Toledo. Most recently, Dr. Anvari was appointed to the Order of Ontario for his support in the development of medical robotics for early detection and treatment of cancers.

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Amy Neville


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Boji Varghese


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Boris Zevin


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Carla Cormack


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Chris Schlachta


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Darren Jermyn


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Deanna Abbott-McNeil


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Stephen Glazer

Humber River Hospital, Queens University, University of Toronto


Internal Medicine, Diplomat of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, Medical Director Bariatric Program Humber River Hospital President of the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons, Assistant Professor-Department of Medicine Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Lecturer- Department of Internal Medici

Internal Medicine, Diplomat of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, Medical Director Bariatric Program Humber River Hospital President of the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons, Assistant Professor-Department of Medicine Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Lecturer- Department of Internal Medici

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Jason Petro

Manager, Ambulatory Services

Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare


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Joe Shaban


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John Hagen


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Kim Towes


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Maria Tiboni

Medical Lead Bariatric Surgical Centre

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton


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Reece Bearnes

Executive Director, Ambulatory & Virtual Care

The Ottawa Hospital


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Sonia Canzian

Executive Vice President Clinical Programs and Chief Nursing & Health Professions Officer

Unity Health Toronto


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Terri Stuart-Mc Ewan

Executive Director Surgical Services, Adjunct Lecturer

Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret University Health Network, University of Toronto


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Tony Chetty


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Asiru Abu-Bakare


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Ken Reed

Staff Surgeon, Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery

Guelph General Hospital, McMaster University


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Julie Vernon

Clinical Director, Ambulatory Services, Site Director, King Campus

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton


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Jacqueline Veneruz

Manager, Diabetes Care and Bariatric Medicine Programs

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Care Group


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Tim Jackson


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Jhanvi Solanki


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Ori Rotstein