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Season 3 Speakers

Timber Gillis

Timber Gillis was raised on a berry farm in the Foothills of Alberta. Timber holds a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and he graduated from the Arts and Sciences Honours Academy stream at the University of Calgary. He is currently pursuing his medical degree at the University of Alberta. Timber is interested in the intersection between experimental art, writing and medicine in hopes of making patient care a more inclusive, beautiful space.


Dr. Ioana Bratu

Dr. Bratu is a pediatric surgeon and wants to share with you the magic of encaustic art. It is an ancient form of painting with hot wax. The transparency and luminosity of the encaustic paint gives the painting an enchanting, colourful, iridescent character. It is wonderful painting with encaustic!


Georgia Webber

Georgia Webber is a comics artist, writer, and editor. She adores teaching and leads by exemplifying curiosity in the classroom. Her philosophy is that teaching is a relationship first, allowing the learning process to be fun and organic and suited to each learner’s specific access needs. Georgia is best known for her graphic memoir, Dumb: Living without a Voice (Fantagraphics 2018), the chronicle of her severe vocal injury and sustained vocal condition, which makes using her voice painful (though she manages it well these days).


Dr. Rolando Del Maestro

Dr. Del Maestro retired as the Director of the Brain Tumour Research Centre and from his clinical practice in brain tumour surgery in 2012, which has given him more time to devote to his interests in neurosurgical simulation, resident education, Leonardo Da Vinci and the History of Medicine.Dr. Del Maestro has one of the largest private collections of material related to Leonardo Da Vinci. 

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Dr. Ubaka Ogbogu

Dr. Ubaka Ogbogu is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law and the Katz Research Fellow in Health Law and Science Policy, at the University of Alberta. Dr. Ogbogu is a recipient of the Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations Distinguished Academic Early Career Award. He holds a doctorate in law from the University of Toronto, a Master of Laws degree from the University of Alberta and undergraduate degrees in law from the University of Benin, Nigeria and the Nigerian Law School. Ogbogu’s scholarly work is focused broadly on the ethical, legal and societal implications of novel and emerging biotechnologies and associated research. 


Dr. Savita Rani

Dr. Savita Rani is a resident physician in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at University of Saskatchewan. She is also the current Vice-President of the Canadian Association for Health Humanities. She has a special interest in incorporating experiences from arts, humanities and the outdoors into medical education as tools for teaching, learning and reflection.

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Jadé Olayinka

Jadé is an aspiring dermatologist pursuing her Doctor of Medicine at the SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University. Jadé is committed to improving health disparities in marginalized communities, and serves on numerous community engagement, public education, and health advocacy committees. She enjoys digital illustration and graphic design.

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Dr. Kevin Dueck

Dr. Dueck practices emergency medicine, primary care, and addiction medicine. He is an adjunct professor in Family Medicine at Western University and completed residency at McMaster University.  He has a long standing interest in health humanities including graphic medicine, poetry, medical narratives, and the history of medicine.


Dr. Madhur Anand

Dr. Madhur Anand is the author of the experimental memoir This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart, the poetry collection A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes, and several other literary works published in national and international literary magazines. She is a professor of ecology and sustainability at the University of Guelph, where she was appointed the inaugural Director of the Guelph Institute for Environmental Research.


Patrick von Hauff

Patrick is a professional designer who works in health science education. He is an Academic Technology Specialist at the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - University of Alberta


Dr. Wendy Stewart

Dr. Wendy Stewart is a pediatric neurologist caring for children throughout New Brunswick. She initiated the Humanities Program in New Brunswick, and is very involved in the undergraduate medical program at DMNB. Music is her passion outside medicine and she is a member of a number of diverse musical groups.

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