Abhimanyu Sud

Abhimanyu Sud MD, CCFP

Dr. Sud is Academic Director of Safer Opioid Prescribing and has a played a key role in the initial and ongoing development of the course. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Toronto, he is a community-based family doctorwho also has a community practice in comprehensive chronic pain medicine. He has played an active role in advocating for comprehensive and effective solutions for Canada’s opioid crisis and in particular for the role of evidence-informed education in chronic pain and opioid prescribing at all levels of medical training. He is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine.

Kathleen Doukas

Kathleen Doukas MD, CCFP

Kathleen Doukas is a Family Physician and Lecturer at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.
She completed her medical school at McMaster and went on to do residency at the University of Toronto. Following this, she pursued a fellowship in low risk obstetrics and women’s health. She is the current education lead at Inner City Health Associates, a group of over seventy physicians who work in shelters and drop ins throughout the GTA. She also works part time doing adolescent medicine at CovenantHouse Toronto.

Meera Harris

Meera Harris MB BChir, MPharm, BA (Hons), CCFP

Dr. Meera Harris is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, School of Clinical Medicine in England. She was awarded the Cambridge Commonwealth Scholarship and is currently a Fellow of the University of Cambridge Commonwealth and Overseas Society. Dr. Harris trained in Anesthesiology at the University of Toronto for 3 years, followed by Family Medicine Residency training. She also holds a Masters degree in Pharmacy which she obtained from the University of Brighton. Dr. Harris is specialised with a focused practice in Chronic Pain Management. She is the Academic Lead Physician at Rivlin Medical Group and an Associate Staff Physician at Trillium Health Partners, Mississauga site. In her spare time, Dr. Harris enjoys teaching residents and medical students and is a full time faculty member at the University of Toronto (Lecturer).

Dr. Harris is very passionate about novel methods for Chronic Pain Management and promoting the practice of safe opioid prescribing.

Patrick Skalenda

Patrick Skalenda MD, MHSc, CCFP, FCFP

Dr. Skalenda has been a practicing family physician since 1995 and is currently on staff at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, a University of Toronto affiliated teaching hospital. Over the years, his clinical interests have included emergency medicine, palliative care, addiction medicine and the care of the elderly. His interest in safe opiate prescribing has arisen from opiate challenges he has encountered in each area of practice.

Kirsten Dixon

Kirsten Dixon MD, CCFP

Dr. Dixon graduated from the School of Medicine at Queen’s University in 2006 and completed her residency in Family Medicine through St. Michael’s Hospital at the University of Toronto. She is a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital and at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Dr. Dixon is also a staff physician with Inner City Health Associates and is the Lead Physician at Seaton House.

Bilingual Faculty Members


Alan A. Monavvari MD, MHSc, CCFP (PC), CHE, CPHQ

Graduated from Medical School (MD) in 1992 in Iran. He obtained a Master of Science (MHSc) in Health Administration from the University of Toronto in 2006. He is a certified member of Canadian Health Services Executives (CHE) and an international certified member of Professional Healthcare Quality (CPHQ). He is an Associate Professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of Toronto. Currently he is the Chief of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital and an active staff at North York General Hospital. He is the representative of the Ontario College of Family Physicians in National Committee in Continuous Professional Development (NCCPD) at the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Il a reçu son diplôme de Médecine (MD) en 1992 en Iran. Par la suite, Il a obtenu sa maîtrise des sciences (MHSc) en Administration de la Santé de l’Université de Toronto en 2006. Il est membre certifié du Collège Canadien des Leaders on Santé (CHE) et aussi un membre certifié professionnel de qualité de soins de santé (CPHQ). Il est professeur associé au Département de Médecine de Famille et Communautaire à l’Université de Toronto. Actuellement, il est le Chef de la Médecine de Famille à l’Hôpital de Markham Stouffville et un personnel actif de l’Hôpital Général de North York. Il est le représentant du Collège des Médecins de Famille de l’Ontario à la Comité National dans le développement professionnel continu (NCCPD) au Collège des Médecins de Famille du Canada.