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Q&A with Toronto Rehab Medical Director, Anthony Burns

As a member of RHI’s Translational Research Advisory Committee, Access to Care and Timing initiative and the Knowledge Mobilization Network, Dr. Anthony Burns provides invaluable expertise and insight to the development and evaluation of our research programs. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia) and Assistant Director of the Regional SCI Center of the Delaware Valley – during which time, he was also appointed an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Drexel University College of Medicine. In 2007, Dr. Burns joined the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute as the Medical Director of the Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program, the largest programof its kind in Canada. He also holds a faculty appointment as an Associate Professor in the Division of Physiatry, Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on prognosis and outcomes following traumatic SCI, strategies for the prevention and treatment of secondary complications, andthe importance of delivery models and systems to health maintenance following SCI.

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Q&A with RHI's Director of Best Practice Implementation, Amir Rasheed

Amir Rasheed’s eclectic background in clinical practice, government, information technology and quality improvement may seem disparate.  But at the heart of all his work experiences is an enthusiastic desire to influence change that helps people. Now, according to him, he has the best job ever.


In this interview, he talks about one of the Institute’s best practice implementation projects in secondary complications -- the Knowledge Mobilization Network -- now being implemented at six sites across Canada.

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Q&A with Physiatrist, Karen Ethans

Karen Ethans, MD, FRCP(C)is anAssociate Professor, Medical Director Internal Medicine, Spinal Cord Injury Unit, at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg.  She is also a Board member of the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In this conversation, Dr. Ethans talks about her work researching and treating a wide range of complex secondary complications experienced by people living with SCI.

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My name is Jim Milina

A freestyle skiing champion with his sights set on the Calgary Winter Olympics, Jim Milina’s spinal cord injury changed his physical world but not his inner resolve and can-do attitude.  He became the first quadriplegic to ever climb Mount Kilimanjaro, and the first to climb up one side and down the other. He also set a World Altitude Record for a quadriplegic at 14,800 feet. Jim, who lives in Comox, BC, with his wife (and fellow Kilimanjaro teammate) Corrine, and their two children, talks about life since his injury.For more information about Jim, please click here.  

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Q&A with SCI Clinician Anna Kras-Dupuis


With a special interest and experience in best practice implementation and chronic disease self-management, she is now on the frontline team of the Knowledge Mobilization Network, an innovative, science-based national (multi-site) initiative to implement best practices in spinal cord injury care and treatments.

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