Executive of the CAR Board of Directors
President – Dr. Gilles Soulez
Past President – Dr. Michael Barry
Vice President – Dr. Ania Kielar
Secretary-Treasurer – Dr. Alison Harris
Board Meeting Chair – Dr. Carolyn Flegg
CAR Board of Directors
Dr. William Anderson
Dr. Michael Barry
Dr. Pierre Bourgouin
Dr. Jeffrey Chankowsky
Dr. Jessica Dobson
Dr. Darren Ferguson
Dr. Carolyn Flegg
Dr. Alison Harris
Dr. Ania Kielar
Dr. Daniel Petrie
Dr. James V. Rawson
Dr. Heidi Schmidt
Dr. Gilles Soulez
Dr. Carlos Torres
Dr. Sheldon Wiebe
Dr. Gilles Soulez, President
Dr. Soulez is a vascular and interventional radiologist based in Montreal. He is currently Professor of Radiology and Chair of the Department of Radiology, Radio-oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the University of Montreal.
Born in France, Dr. Soulez completed his medical studies at the Université Paris Descartes. After receiving his board certification in radiology in 1988, he completed a two-year fellowship and subsequently received certification from the College of Interventional Radiology in 1990 in Paris. He moved to Montreal in 1991 and was certified as a radiologist in the province of Quebec in 1992. He continued his work and studies at the Université de Montréal, completing a Master of Science in clinical epidemiology in 2000, and becoming radiology board certified at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2010.
Since arriving in Canada, he has remained at the Université de Montréal, having been promoted to full professor in the department of radiology in 2003, and becoming the department’s chair in June 2012. He has mentored many students in the last 20 years, including residents, fellows, graduate and post-doctorate students, as well as involving himself in undergraduate training.
He has funded the research imaging platform at the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal Research Center and was involved in multiple preclinical and clinical research studies. His research program is exclusively dedicated to vascular and interventional radiology with a particular interest in the field of aneurysm endovascular repair, peripheral vascular disease and advanced image guidance for IR procedures.
Dr. Soulez has published 177 peer-reviewed papers, 27 book chapters, 57 proceedings, 374 scientific abstracts, 97 scientific exhibits and has delivered over 163 invited presentations at conferences in North America and Europe. His publications were cited 5538 times with a 37 H-index (25 since 2011) and a constant increase during the last years. He is author or co-author on 8 patents in the field of vascular and interventional radiology and filed 4 licenses (ORS, Siemens Medical, Acist and Cook Medical).
He serves on the editorial committee of the Journal de Radiologie Diagnostique et Interventionnelle, as well as acting as a reviewer for many English-language journals, including Investigative Radiology, the European Radiology, the American Journal of Radiology, British Journal of Surgery, the European Journal of Gastroenterology, the Canadian Association Radiologist, Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Journal of Endovascular Therapy, Medical Physics, Medical Engineering & Physics, Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Circulation.
Dr. Michael Barry, Past President
Dr. Barry is an Assistant Professor in Radiology at Dalhousie University and has served on numerous political action committees both locally and nationally, along with being President of the Saint John Chamber of Commerce and Vice-Chair of the Economic Development Agency for Southern New Brunswick. He serves on the Board of Canadian Health Solutions, an Atlantic Canadian Private Health initiative focused on research, occupational medicine and medical best practice.
Dr. Barry is the former Chief of Radiology at the Saint John Regional Hospital. He is also the founding President of Atlantic Diagnostic Medical Services and was a founding committee member of DalNB, the undergraduate medical school in Saint John.
Mike has a long history of working through the challenges of being a front-line radiologist. Not satisfied with the status quo, he has long been an advocate for better patient care as well as a sustainable work environment. A fifth-generation son of the Maritimes, he brings his grounded leadership to the national stage. He looks forward to connecting with the Canadian radiology community from coast-to-coast-to-coast and amplifying their voices.
Dr. Barry has been married to his wife Susan for 37 years and is the proud father of four children and one grandchild.
During his two-year term Dr. Barry will have a strong focus on advocating for the best interests of patients, reducing national wait times for medical imaging and encouraging greater public investments in capital equipment for imaging. Now more than ever, there needs to be a better understanding of the value of diagnostic imaging for the future of health care in Canada.
Dr. Ania Kielar, Vice President
Dr. Kielar is a radiologist at the JDMI (Joint Division of Medical Imaging) in Toronto. She completed medical school and residency at the University of Ottawa. In 2006, she completed her fellowship in abdominal cross-sectional imaging at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, USA. She subsequently returned on staff at the Ottawa Hospital. She was the division director of the abdominal division at The Ottawa Hospital from 2010 until 2017 and became associate professor at the University of Ottawa in 2015. During this time, she also worked part-time as a community radiologist, as she enjoys all facets of radiology. In 2018, she joined the University of Toronto and the imaging department.
Dr. Kielar has published more than 90 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 15 book chapters and delivered invited educational lectures at numerous international radiology meetings. She participates on the steering committee for LI-RADS and is associate editor for the Abdominal Radiology journal. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve the CAR in this new capacity.
Outside of radiology, Ania enjoys playing ice hockey, cycling, SCUBA diving and adventure travels. Rob and Ania welcomed baby Edwin in March of 2018. Edwin is looking forward to more family adventures, wherever they may take place.
Dr. Alison Harris, Secretary-Treasurer
Dr. Harris is an abdominal radiologist at the Vancouver General and University of British Columbia (UBC) Hospitals in Vancouver and a Clinical Professor at University of BC. She has been the division head of abdominal imaging at VGH for over 13 years. Dr. Harris is a past president of the British Columbia Radiological Society and Doctors of BC Section of Radiology (from 2017-19) and a BCRS executive member since 2008. She is a participates in multiple hospital, regional, provincial and national committees and is a member of the recently formed Canadian Society of Abdominal Radiologists.
Dr. Harris has a particular interest in quality. She has chaired several Doctors of BC committees on the appropriate utilization of ultrasound, CT and MR and is involved in work focusing on “essential imaging” and supporting referring practitioners. More recently, Dr. Harris was pleased to contribute to the CAR’s Radiology Resilience Report. Locally, Dr. Harris currently serves as Vice-President of the Health Authority Medical Staff Association. She is honoured to be considered to serve the CAR on the board.
Dr. Harris graduated from Leicester University Medical School and undertook Radiology residency at St. Mary’s Hospital, London, UK. She completed a fellowship in Abdominal Imaging and Intervention at UBC and has worked both in Toronto and Vancouver since then. Dr. Harris has published over 85 peer review papers and is actively involved in education and mentoring residents and fellows. She has presented at multiple local, national and international meetings and is a member of the American College of Radiology’s LI-RADS Committee.
Dr. Harris’s interests beyond abdominal imaging include leadership development, diversity, equity and inclusion, engagement and physician wellness.
Her outside interests include travel, running, cycling and spending time with her husband and three children.
Dr. Carolyn Flegg, Chair
Dr. Carolyn Flegg received her medical degree from the University of Saskatchewan. Following her radiology residency training at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, she completed a fellowship in Oncology Imaging through McMaster University at the Henderson Hospital site in Hamilton, Ontario.
In 2007, after working at the Henderson Hospital for a year following her fellowship, Dr. Flegg returned home to Saskatchewan, where she joined Associated Radiologists in Saskatoon. While her practice encompasses all areas of general diagnostic radiology, her primary field of interest is oncology imaging, particularly breast, thyroid and gynecological imaging.
In 2009 and 2010, Dr. Flegg served as the Clinical Head for the Department of Medical Imaging of the Saskatoon Health Region. She is currently the Medical Director of the Breast Health Centre at Saskatoon City Hospital.
Dr. Bill (W. W.) Anderson
Dr. Bill Anderson graduated from the University of Alberta Medical School in 1980, and Radiology from the University of Calgary in 1985. He moved back to Edmonton in that year and joined Clare and Associates Radiology partnership at the Edmonton General Hospital. He did further training in Neuro-diagnostics at the University of California, San Francisco in 1994. With changes in health care in the mid-1990s, he was instrumental in the merger of four separate imaging partnerships in Edmonton to form Medical Imaging Consultants (MIC), the largest partnership of diagnostic imagers in Canada and still serves on their executive. Still successful today, MIC serves Northern Alberta through serving eight separate hospitals as well as operating over a dozen major full-service outpatient medical imaging facilities.
He became involved in medical politics and advocacy early in his career. He was the President of the Alberta Society of Radiologists in 1994-1996 and the Alberta Medical Association in 1997. He subsequently was on the CMA Board from 1998-2001 and again as Observer to the Board in 2006- 2009. During this time he chaired both the AMA Government Affairs Committee from 2002-2008 and then subsequently the CMA Political Action Committee from 2006 to 2009. He was awarded the Sir Charles Tupper Award for Advocacy by the CMA in 2010.
He has been heavily involved in medical administration serving on numerous governmental, medical associations and hospital/ health authority committees. These included several years on the Standing Policy Committee on Health and the Private Hospital Committee for the Provincial Government, as well as numerous information technology and governance committees. He has been recognized for his leadership and service over the years with a REACH Award from Capital Health for Medical Leadership in Administration as well as named one of the Alberta Physician of the Century in Alberta (joint award from AMA and CPSA recognizing 100 Physician Leaders in Alberta over the preceding century). He also received the Member Emeritus Distinction in 2014 from the AMA.
Dr. Anderson is currently the Provincial Medical Director Diagnostic Imaging for Alberta Health Services(AHS) as well as the Zone Medical Director for Diagnostic Imaging AHS Edmonton Zone and a clinical professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Alberta.
Dr. Anderson lives in Edmonton with his wife Diane and has two daughters (Alexandra and Hannah) and their dog, a Havanese named Lucy. Their time away is often enjoyed at their family cabin in Jasper where he loves to mountain bike, hike, golf and ski.
Dr. Pierre Bourgouin
Dr. Pierre Bourgouin is currently a neuroradiologist at the CHUM in Montreal, full professor at the University of Montreal and Associate Dean at the Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Montreal and 2 ½ years of fellowships at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Montreal Neurological Institute in chest radiology, magnetic resonance imaging and neuroradiology.
Dr. Bourgouin has been teaching Neuroradiology to medical students, clinical clerks, residents and fellows at the University of Montreal since 1991 and also at McGill University from 1991 to 1999. His research interests include magnetic resonance imaging of multiple sclerosis and functional magnetic resonance imaging of the brain.
Dr. Bourgouin’s scientific publications include 2 books, 4 book chapters, 53 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 116 abstracts at scientific meetings. Financial support for his research programs included two grants for development of research infrastructures from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI). Dr. Bourgouin was a member of the annual meeting scientific committee of the Radiological Society of North America during 7 years. He was radiologist-in-chief at the CHUM during 12 years, chairman of the academic department of Radiology, Radiation oncology and Nuclear medicine during 7 years and has been Associate Dean of Medicine, executive, clinical sciences and health network since 2011.
Dr. Bourgouin lives in Montreal with his wife and 3 children, once of which is currently training in diagnostic radiology. He enjoys skiing, jogging and windsurfing.
Dr. Jeffrey Chankowsky
A native of Montreal, Dr. Jeffrey Chankowsky practices at the McGill University Health Center, specializing in Neuroradiology, Head and Neck Imaging and Spine Intervention. He obtained his medical degree from McGill in 1993 and completed resi- dency in 1998. After a fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, he returned to Montreal and has been working at the McGill University Health Centre since 1999. He holds an appointment as Associate Professor.
Firmly dedicated to medical education, Dr. Chankowsky held the position of Radiology Residency Program Director for 9 years (2006-2015), after which he transitioned to the position of Associate Chair, taking responsibility for undergraduate, residency and fellowship training at McGill. He is an active member of many McGill committees focusing on Postgraduate Medical Education and the challenges of CBME. He is also a Specialty Director at the Steinberg Center for Simulation and Interactive Learning.
An active supporter of the Royal College, Dr. Chankowsky is an Accreditation Surveyor, a member of the Examination Committee, a founding member of the Working Group for the Creation of the Interventional Radiology Residency Program, and holds the RAC4 position in the National Specialty Committee for Diagnostic Radiology since 2010.
In addition to University Hospital practice, Dr. Chankowsky regularly participates in locum tenens in various provinces, keeping in touch with the issues encountered in general radiology practice in rural areas of Eastern Canada. He has worked in four provinces and has deeply enjoyed the experience.
Outside of Medicine, Dr. Chankowsky is married to Heather and has two daughters. He fully enjoys weekends at the cottage and biking.
Dr. Jessica Dobson
Dr. Jessica Dobson is a Radiology & Nuclear Medicine resident at Dalhousie University. After completing her Bachelor of Science in chemistry and political science at the University of New Brunswick, she attended Memorial University of Newfoundland where she received her medical degree and certificate in medical teaching in 2020.
To pursue her passions of medical education, radiology, and research, Dr. Dobson started her journey as Chair of Memorial’s Radiology Interest Group, working with her mentors to provide innovative opportunities for radiology education. This work culminated in the publication of “Radiology Interest Groups: A Recipe for Success,” which caught the attention of the CAR Resident & Fellow Section (RFS). She began to volunteer with the RFS as a medical student to help design and launch the Medical Student Network (MSN). As a first-year resident, she was selected for the RFS Executive Committee as the inaugural MSN Coordinator. Through this role, she created a formalized network of medical student leaders interested in radiology, collaborating with them to develop their own local radiology events and to organize national events. These have included a longitudinal lecture series, mentorship sessions for women in radiology, and a cross-country virtual tour of radiology residency programs, among others. As RFS Chair, Dr. Dobson looks forward to promoting similar levels of engagement with Canadian residents and fellows by encouraging development of both local and national initiatives.
Outside of medicine, she enjoys living near the Halifax waterfront with her partner, Chris, and her cat, Watson.
Dr. Darren B Ferguson
Dr. Ferguson (Ferg) is an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University. He occupies the role of Representative for the Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) on the Canadian Association of Radiologists Board of Directors.
Ferg completed his radiology residency at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia in 1995 and his fellowship in Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiology at George Washington University in Alexandria, Virginia in 1996.
Ferg was the Divisional Head of Vascular & Interventional at the Saint John Regional Hospital from 1996-2019. During that time, he, along with his colleagues, forged many first’s for New Brunswick, and he has the bruises to prove it.
Ferg has been the Section Representative to the New Brunswick Medical Society (NBMS) since 2003, and the President of the New Brunswick Association of Radiologists (NBAR) since 2008. On the bureaucratic level, he is inspired to pursue lasting relations with administrative colleagues that truly impact insightful advancements in patient-centered care and to maintenance of service delivery. Ferg has served on many national and provincial committees that continue to foster relations with community leaders, for the betterment of the public, which radiologists are so privileged to serve.
While Ferg will always remain pragmatic, he is never reticent to marketing the value of Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging within the Canadian Healthcare Continuum. His commitment, as a Board Member is to assure that all radiologists are well represented at-the-table and encourages his colleagues to become engaged and to join the team.
Dr. Daniel Petrie
Dr. Daniel Petrie is a community radiologist at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, serving the Northern Zone of the Nova Scotia Health Authority.
Dr. Petrie completed his medical studies and diagnostic radiology residency at Dalhousie University, and is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as well as the American Board of Radiology. Before entering medicine, he studied undergraduate physics at the University of Guelph, and completed a Master’s degree in biomedical physics at the University of Western Ontario, focusing on MRI physics.
Dr. Petrie served as President of the Nova Scotia Association of Radiologists from 2015-2017 and has been re-elected to serve as President again in the fall of 2019. He has developed interests in teleradiology, lung cancer screening, smoking cessation, breast imaging and advocacy for a strong future for community radiology in Canada. Recent work includes the Cancer Care Nova Scotia Thoracic Diagnostic Specialist Working Group for early notification of suspicious lung lesions pilot project.
Dr. Petrie and his spouse live in Halifax and are excited to be starting their family.
Dr. James V. Rawson
Dr. Rawson serves as the Vice Chair of Operations and Special Projects in Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and faculty at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He completed medical school at Tufts University followed by an internship at Lemuel Shattuck and Radiology residency at New York Medical College. He completed a Body MRI Fellowship at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology/Washington University.
He is a Body Imager and teaches process improvement and change management. He uses these techniques to increase clinical capacity and throughput for patient care and to improve patient experience. He is the founding Chair of the Commission on Patient and Family Centered Care and a member of the Board of Chancellors of the American College of Radiology. Dr. Rawson is Past President of the Association of University Radiologists and Past President of the Radiology Alliance of Health Services Research. He has served as an Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
Dr. Rawson previously served as Warren Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology and Imaging at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University for 17 years where he included patients on Radiology equipment installations and other renovation projects. Dr. Rawson also served as President of the Adult Medical Staff for three years and worked on hospital metrics and accreditation. He served a four-year term as a member of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services APC Advisory Panel where he chaired the CMS Sub-committee on Packaging. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American College of Radiology and Academic Radiology.
His primary research interests are health policy, health delivery system redesign and process improvement.
Dr. Heidi Schmidt
Dr. Heidi Schmidt is the Radiologist-in-Chief of the Joint Department of Medical Imaging (JDMI) at the University Health Network, Sinai Health and Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, and Professor of Radiology at the University of Toronto; she is also Chief of the Medical Imaging Department at Health Sciences North in Sudbury.
She trained in Germany, where she finished her residency in diagnostic radiology in 1993. Following a research fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 1994, Dr. Schmidt was on faculty of the Department of Radiology at UCSF until 2002.
After her recruitment to Toronto in 2002, her research focused on lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography, both as a site in the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP), as well as a site in the Pan-Canadian Early Lung Cancer Detection Study. Since 2017, Dr. Schmidt is the Radiology Quality Lead of the High Risk Lung Cancer Screening Pilot at Cancer Care Ontario.
Dr. Carlos Torres
Dr. Torres is an Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine and a staff neuroradiologist at The Ottawa Hospital since 2008. Before joining uOttawa and the Department of Diagnostic Imaging at The Ottawa Hospital, Dr. Torres completed a two-year Neuroradiology Fellowship at McGill University in Montreal.
Dr. Torres is the former Program Director of the Royal College Accredited Neuroradiology Fellowship Program at uOttawa, a position he held from 2010 to 2016. He is a member of the Royal College Neuroradiology Examination Board and member of the Royal College’s Specialty Committee in Diagnostic Radiology as the National Speciality representative for the CAR. He has also been the Director and Co-Director of multiple CME Courses in Europe, North America and Latin America.
Dr. Torres is in the Executive Committee of the Eastern Neuroradiological Society (ENRS), he is the Chair of the International Scientific Committee and president-elect for the Ibero Latin American Society of Neuroradiology (SILAN), a member of the Executive and Organizing Committee of the European Course of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology in Latin America, a member of the Organizing Committee of the 2022 World Federation of Neurological Sciences WFNRS Symposium Neuroradiologicum, in New York and the Director of the Neuroradiology Chapter for the Interamerican College of Radiology. In addition, Dr. Torres serves in multiple committees for the RSNA, ARRS and ASER.
Dr. Torres has given approximately 300 national and international invited lectures and is regularly invited to speak at all the major Radiology and Neuroradiology Meetings including: RSNA, ARRS, ISMRM, ASNR, ASSR, ASHNR, ASER, ENRS and CAR. He is an International Visiting Professor for RSNA, ASNR, ARRS and for the Interamerican College of Radiology (CIR). He has been Visiting Professor in multiple academic centres in the US and Canada as well as in Asia, Central and South-America, including Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Chile, Bhutan, China, Myanmar and Mongolia.
Dr. Torres is actively involved in medical education and research; his main areas of interest include vascular pathologies, brachial plexus imaging, spine and tumor imaging. He has multiple peer-reviewed publications and has written 16 book chapters. He is an Editor of the journal 3D Printing in Medicine, and a reviewer for multiple national and international journals including AJNR, CARJ and European Radiology.
He has received numerous departmental, national and international awards for his teaching and research including undergrad teacher of the year award, fellow teacher of the year award and most recently the 2017 RSNA Honored Educator Award. In 2017, he received the National Order of Merit Award in the Rank of Officer from the Republic of Colombia (equivalent to The Order of Canada) for his scientific contributions in the field of Diagnostic Neuroradiology and he was appointed as Distinguished Professor of Radiology at Henan Provincial People’s Hospital, Zhengzhou University in China. Most recently, he received the 2018 Anne G. Osborn ASNR Outreach Professor Award to represent the American Society of Neuroradiology in Myanmar and he was selected as Outreach International Visiting Professor to represent the ARRS in Valladolid, Spain in April 2019.
Dr. Sheldon Wiebe
Dr. Wiebe obtained his medical degree and did his post graduate training at the University of Saskatchewan. He then undertook a pediatric radiology fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children from 2002 to 2004 and then returned to Saskatoon to take a faculty appointment at the University of Saskatchewan and has been practicing in Saskatoon since July 2004. He was actively involved in the Biomedical Imaging and Therapy Beamline at the Canadian Light Source (Canada’s National Synchrotron Facility) and in 2012 obtained an MSc degree in work related to x-ray phase contrast imaging using synchrotron light, also from the University of Saskatchewan.
Dr. Wiebe has been actively involved in many administrative and leadership positions over that time; taking on the Interim Head of Department for the Saskatoon Health Region/University of Saskatchewan from 2006 to 2009 and again for part of 2010 and now again with the restructuring of the new Saskatchewan Health Authority has taken the role of Provincial Head for the Department of Medical Imaging, Saskatchewan Health Authority/University of Saskatchewan since January 2018. He is a full professor of the department of Medical Imaging, College of Medicine and University of Saskatchewan.