International Speakers
Andrew Padmos, BA, MD, FRCPC, FACP joined the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as its Chief Executive Officer in September 2006 and since then has led an ambitious agenda of change, development and expansion enhancing postgraduate medical education and training, membership and volunteer programs, health policy, external relations and international outreach.
Dr. Padmos came to the Royal College in Ottawa, Ontario from Halifax, Nova Scotia, where from 1998 he was commissioner of Cancer Care Nova Scotia, head of the Cancer Care Program at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, associate dean for cancer programs in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University and VP Research, Academic Affairs and Quality for Capital District Health Authority. Prior to moving to Halifax, Dr. Padmos was the Director and CEO of the Kingston Regional Cancer Centre in Kingston, Ontario, and professor and head of oncology at Queen's University, Kingston General, and Hotel Dieu hospitals.
Educated in political sciences and economics at Trinity College at the University of Toronto and in medicine in the first class at McMaster University, Dr. Padmos completed specialty training in internal medicine and hematology and was certified by the Royal College in those specialties in 1976. A hematologist by profession, Dr. Padmos practised in Calgary, Alberta for two years before a 15-year term at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. During that time, he introduced a bone marrow transplant program, managed a large clinical program in hematology and oncology and served in many administrative capacities, including head of the department of oncology.
Dr. Padmos has extensive experience both in clinical practice in Canada and the Middle East and a background of leadership, administration and management that spans 35 years. He serves or has served on the boards of Research Canada, the Ottawa Community Cancer Foundation, the International Advisory Board for King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (2008-2011), the International Advisory Board for the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia (2009- ) and the International Advisory Board for the Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization.
Dr. Padmos is grateful for the opportunity to lead the Royal College and to stimulate and manage significant change. The expansion of international outreach to create collaborative academic partnerships in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, in China, and in Chile, in the healthcare and higher education sectors, has been exciting and worthwhile for members, clients, and partners in global health.

Cecil H. Rorabeck, OC, MD, FRCSC, a native of North Bay, Ont., is a former orthopedic surgeon at the London Health Sciences Centre and a professor of Orthopedic Surgery [emeritus] at the University of Western Ontario (Western). He received his medical degree from Western and his surgical training at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Rorabeck joined the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as its 42nd President in February 2013, and previously served on several Royal College committees, including Education (vice president), Corporate Affairs, Governance and Royal College Canada International. He is a past-president of the Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society and has served as president of the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation and the Canadian Orthopaedic Association.
He has been named as an Officer of the Order of Canada. Dr. Rorabeck is also a member of a number of public sector boards, including the Stratford Shakespearian Festival and the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
Dr. Rorabeck and his wife Linda have three married children as well as seven grandchildren.
Linda Snell, MD MHPE FRCPC FACP, Professor of Medicine & Core Faculty, Centre for Medical Education, McGill University, and Senior Clinician Educator for CanMEDS at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She has served in numerous educational and clinical leadership roles at McGill, nationally and internationally. She has received teaching and education awards, and presented workshops and invited lectures across Canada and internationally. Her current interests include: developing advanced training for clinician-educators; teaching & assessing CanMEDS core competencies; leadership in medicine; & education scholarship.
Stephen Aaron, MD, FRCPC, Dr. Stephen Aaron was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He attended University and Medical School in Edmonton at the University of Alberta. He completed his internship in Toronto, along with research training in Rheumatology at Harvard University. Dr. Aaron is currently a Professor of Medicine and has been on faculty in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta since 1989. He has coordinated undergraduate curricula, acted as clinical skills coordinator and has been a resident training director. Dr. Aaron now serves as Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine with responsibility for Education.
Rosa Maria Borrell, PhD, is a Human Resources Development Advisor at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the WHO Regional Office of the Americas, in Washington, DC. In this role, she is responsible for technical projects related to Medical Education and GME. During her tenure at PAHO, Dr. Borrell has been instrumental in helping to develop the Virtual Campus in Public Health, a virtual network and resource for education and training in public health, and has designed and facilitated virtual technical courses and dialogues on several public health topics, including medical education and GME.
Prior to joining the Human Resources for Health (HRH) team at the PAHO headquarters, she served as an HRH consultant in the PAHO country offices in the Dominican Republic and Argentina and later, as a HRH advisor for Central America and the Dominican Republic. Before starting her career with PAHO in 1987, she taught and was Director of the Human Resources Training and Development Division for the Dominican Republic’s Secretary of State for Public Health and Social Welfare. She also taught public health at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo and was awarded a fellowship to participate in PAHO’s International Health Training Program.
Dr. Borrell is originally from the Dominican Republic. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from the Universidad Católica, in Santiago, Dominican Republic; a master’s degree in social medicine from the Universidad Metropolitana Autónoma de México, in Xochimilco; and a doctorate degree in medical education and humanities from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Oscar Casiro, MD, is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Regional Associate Dean, Vancouver Island (Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia) responsible for strategic leadership of undergraduate and postgraduate medical programs on Vancouver Island. In addition, Dr. Casiro is Head of the Division of Medical Sciences at the University of Victoria, which was established to support medical education programs and promote scholarship and innovation in medical research at the university.
Dr. Casiro obtained his M.D from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and completed training in Pediatrics and Neonatology at the University of Manitoba. His early research interests and scientific publications centered on the long-term outcomes of high risk, premature infants and the effects of substance abuse during pregnancy. Before his appointment to the UBC Faculty of Medicine in 2004, Dr. Casiro was Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Manitoba (U of M). He has held leadership positions of progressive responsibility at the local and national level in the field of medical education, including being Residency Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (U of M), Chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Specialty Committee on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine from 1998 to 2002, President of the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) in 2009-10 and a member of the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) from 2007 to 2013.
Bertha Garcia, MD, was appointed to the Department of Pathology, Western University and University Hospital on July 1, 1985. Dr. Garcia obtained her MD at the Peruvian University “Cayetano Heredia” in 1972 and her subspecialty training in Pathology at the University of Calgary and Foothills Hospital in 1980. Upon her arrival at Western University, Dr. Garcia became a member of the Multiple Organ Transplant Program at the London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital. Dr. Garcia’s areas of interest and expertise are in the areas of clinical and experimental solid organ transplantation and recently, xenotransplantation. Dr. Garcia is recognized as an excellent educator and has received numerous teaching awards including the Schulich Distinguished Leader Award for Graduate & Postgraduate Education, at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry; the University of Western Ontario Edward G. Pleva Award for Teaching Excellence; and the 3M National Teaching Fellowship. Dr. Garcia served as the Chair/Chief of the City-Wide Department of Pathology on July 1, 2000-June 30 2011. In July 2008, Dr. Garcia was appointed Vice-Dean of Education, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Western Ontario, and has been in this role since.
Michelle Elizov, MD, An Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of medicine and former Site Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at the Jewish General Hospital site. She has obtained a Master’s degree in Health Professions Education and has been active in teaching at all levels. She is currently a member of the Faculty Development Committee of the Faculty of Medicine, and Director of the Medical Education Electives Program through the Centre for Medical Education, of which she is also a member.
She was named to the Faculty of Medicine’s 2011 Honour List for Educational Excellence.
Her interests include mentorship and its importance in the development of physicians at all levels, teaching, learning and evaluation in the clinical setting, and faculty development.
Current research interests: mentorship in the clinical context, faculty development
Denyse Richardson BScPT, MD, FRCPC, MEd, is an Associate Professor at The University of Toronto and a Clinician Educator at both the University of Toronto and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. After completing her fellowship in PM&R (Physiatry) at University of Ottawa, she completed a Masters of Education in Health Professions at The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/ University of Toronto.
She is strongly committed to Medical Education and in fact her commitment to education stretches beyond Medicine, across many Health Professions. She has multiple roles in undergraduate, postgraduate and faculty development/continuing professional development at local and national levels.