Andrea Charise is an Assistant Professor of Health Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough, where her research and teaching focus is on health humanities, arts-based approaches to health studies, and literary representations of older age. She received the 2014 John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature and has published in venues including Health Expectations, Academic Medicine, Essays in Romanticism, and English Literary History (ELH). She can be found online at www.andreacharise.com or on Twitter as @AndreaCharise.
Carol Ann Courneya is the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for the Faculty of Medicine and an Associate Professor in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences. She holds a UBC Killam Teaching Award and a 3M National Teaching Fellowship. Her textbook Cardiovascular Physiology, is used in teaching clinically relevant CV physiology.
She founded (2001) and has directed for over a decade “Heartfelt Images”, an annual repository of cardiac artistry by UBC Medical and Dental students. (www.heartfelt.med.ubc.ca)
Dr. Courneya founded and co-directs a National art exhibit called White Coat Warm Art that showcases art created by health sciences students, residents and faculty from across Canada. Drs Courneya and Pamela Brett-McLean (founding director) co-direct the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences in Medicine Special Interest Group for the Canadian Association of Medical Education (CAME).
Dr. Courneya has had a over a decade-long commitment to the development and implementation of the Patan Academy of Health in Kathmandu Nepal (www.pahs.edu.np), where she co-directs the Cardiovascular Block for first year medical students. This is the third year for their Cardio Art Contest, called Meru Mutu Mero Kala (My Heart My Art). teachingcardioinkathmandu.blogspot.com
Born and raised in Mexico City, Max Montalvo immigrated to Canada with his family in 1982. He is an assistant professor at Queen’s University and practicing emergency room physician in Kingston, Ontario, where he lives with his wife, their nine-year old son and their cat. Max has worked with The Tragically Hip directing and producing a series of music videos for their last two studio albums, Now for Plan A and Man Machine Poem. His latest video, “In A World Possessed By The Human Mind” was awarded the best Rock/Alternative video at the 2017 Much Music Video Awards. In addition, he directed the short film RASPOUTINE, an inside-the-studio look at the band’s album recording process. In 2010 Max directed his first feature length film, EL PAYO, an award-winning documentary chronicling the tragic story of an obscure and influential guitarist from northern Ontario who spawned a vibrant flamenco culture still thriving across Canada. He currently conducts research on sound and light manipulation in the emergency department. https://www.gabanafilms.ca/
Sara Roque is a filmmaker, writer, activist and cultural leader who has worked on a number of Indigenous arts initiatives and organizations in Canada and abroad. For the last nine years she has worked as the Indigenous arts officer at the Ontario Arts Council. She has a BA from Trent University and is a recent graduate of the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, Canada’s only land-based university. Sara is Anishinaabe-Metis from Shebanoning-Killarney, a small community nestled in the La Cloche mountains of northern Ontario.
Stephen Tulk teaches anatomy for artist and illustrators at OCAD University. He is a Family Physician and Medical Illustrator, but has taught life drawing at the AGO and at OCAD over the past 18 years. He recently left clinical practice to teach full time at OCAD. His clinical practice was in a Community Health Centre where he served high needs patients with barriers to accessing healthcare. And where he learned to listen and observe.
As an educator, Dr. Tulk is fascinated by how the study of human anatomy can help artists and designers understand who we are as humans.