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Site Lead Profiles Vancouver, British Columbia Spinal Cord Injury Program – GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, Vanco uver Coastal Health Andrea Townson MD, FRCPC (PM&R) is clinical associate professor and head, University of British Columbia Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is also medical site lead, GF Strong Rehab Centre, and head of the Vancouver Acute Division of PM&R, Vancouver, B.C. Dr. Townson’s primary research interests are in the areas of high-lesion tetraplegia, fatigue and education. A physiatrist is a medical specialist who focuses on the areas of physical medicine and rehabilitation medicine, and provides care to individuals who have lost partial or complete physical function, to restore or maximize functional ability and improve their quality of life. In Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons accredits postgraduate education programs for physiatrists. A rehabilitation scientist focuses on the systematic study of promoting, maintaining or restoring human function, mobility, occupation and wellbeing. Using basic and applied methodologies to understand phenomena at the level of the cell, person, family, community or society, a rehabilitation scientist develops and evaluates theories, models, processes and measures interventions and policies to prevent, reverse, or minimize impairments, enable activity and facilitate participation. In Canada, most rehabilitation scientists have graduate degrees at the doctoral level. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Spinal Cord Injury Program – Saskaton City Hospital , Saskaton Health Region; and University of Saskatchewan A Gary Linassi BSc (Hon), BSc, MB, FRCPC is clinical lead, Spinal Cord Injury and Amputee Programs of the Department of PM&R, University of Saskatchewan and Saskatoon Health Region. His primary research interests are in the areas of technological applications in SCI rehabilitation, neuropathic pain and burnout in clinical rehabilitation caregivers. Winnipeg, Manitoba Spinal Cord Injury Program – Health Sciences Centre Winipeg, Winipeg Regional Health Authority Karen Ethans MD, FRCPC (PM&R) is a physiatrist with subspecialty certification in SCI medicine, and an associate professor at the University of Manitoba. She completed her medical degree and specialty training at Dalhousie University, and has been the chief of the SCI Rehabilitation program in Winnipeg since 1999. Dr. Ethans is both a clinician and a researcher, focusing on symptom management and secondary prevention for individuals with SCI. In particular, her main areas of research interest include management of spasticity, pain, and erectile, bladder and cardiovascular dysfunction. 212 CAPTURING CAPACITY IN CANADIAN SCI REHABILITATION


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