Please check this web page frequently as we are adding speakers’ bio information.


Dr. Marc Beauchamp

Karan Dev

Karan Dev

I am a 29-year-old physical therapist currently working as the lead physiotherapist at the Douglas Mental Health Institute. My career began in 2014 as a certified private gym coach while completing my studies in physiotherapy at McGill University, where I built a clientele that cared about their physical and mental well-being. Once I completed my studies, I started working as a physiotherapist at a private clinic specialized in musculoskeletal pain and workplace injuries (2017-2018).

Always driven by new challenges, I got the opportunity to work in mental health as the lead physiotherapist at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.

People ask me all the time “why psychiatry? what does a physio do in psychiatry? Aren’t you afraid?”. I always tell them “they are human beings just like you and me!”.

My experience in mental health made me realized of the importance of using the holistic approach in order to treat my patients’ physical pain and to improve their mobility, autonomy and quality of life. It is certainly challenging but also very rewarding!

Benoît Des Roches

Benoît Des Roches

After a Bachelors of Science at University of Toronto and my medical degree at University of Ottawa, I completed my specialty in Psychiatry both at McGill University and Université de Montréal in 1990. Throughout the nineties, I practiced medicine in a hospital setting and in a community clinic (CLSC), specializing in psycho-geriatrics.

In the early 2000s, I taught Psychiatry at Université de Montréal to mental health professionals, and later on to residents in Family Medicine. Furthermore, I teach CME since the early nineties to psychiatrists as well as to first-line physicians. Having worked as a community psychiatrist for 30 years, I specialize in Adult Mood and Anxiety disorder, as well as in ADHD.

Since 2011, I work in community Psychiatry in collaboration with the West-African NGO, Association St-Camille-de-Lellis, who cares for individuals suffering from neuro-psychiatric disorders. I have written a book about my experience doing Psychiatry in Africa that is about to be published.


Dr. Emanuela Ferretti

Jonathan Imber

Jonathan Imber

Jonathan B. Imber is Jean Glasscock Professor of Sociology. His research is both sociological and historical, addressing the moral and ethical foundations of modern medicine and the role that religious authority has played in defining the medical vocation. His book, Trusting Doctors: The Decline of Moral Authority in American Medicine, published in 2008, examines how physicians acquired a revered place among all modern professions. His present work focuses on what he describes as “medical moralities in the tides of politics.” He has also been Editor-in-Chief of Society since 1998.

Dr. Mathieu Jackson

Mathieu Jackson

Mathieu Jackson has Hemophilia B. He is Coordinator of the School of Partnership at the Centre for excellence in partnerships with patients and the public (CEPPP) at the University of Montreal hospital research center (CRCHUM). He is also an active member of the Canadian Hemophilia Society (CHS). Mathieu is a fellow of the 2017-2018 International AFFIRM Program.


Dr. Jessica Kovitz-Lensch

Carole Levaque

Carole Levac


BSc Nursing - Ottawa University

Master's in Public Administration - Queen's University

Master's in Psychology - Adler School of Professional Psychology

Child Psychotherapist - TCPP Toronto Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program

Psychoanalyst - SPM Société Psychanalytique de Montreal, member of the IPA (International Psychoanalytic Association)


A wide variety of experience including Health care, Teaching, Administrative and consulting work in Canada and South America. The past 25 years have been invested in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, mainly in private practice with a particular interest for trans-cultural work. Worked as a volunteer in Peru (Lima) with la Casa de la Familia, an organization devoted to children and their caregivers. Currently working as a volunteer with Doctors of the World, as a therapist with illegal immigrants and staff who work with street people. She works in French, English and Spanish.

Dr. Elvira Parravicini

Elvira Parravicini, MD

- Attending Neonatologist Department of Pediatric, Division of Neonatology
- Director, Neonatal Comfort Care Program
- NewYork Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
- Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University

Dr. Elvira Parravicini was born and raised in Milan, Italy. She graduated at the University of Milan, Italy in 1981. She completed her Pediatric residency in 1985 and Neonatal fellowship in 1986 at the same University of Milan. Dr. Parravicini worked for 6 years as attending neonatologist at the Hospital of Monza, associated with the University of Milan.

In 1994 she moved to the United States, where she completed her Pediatric residency at New York University in 1997 and her Neonatal fellowship at Columbia University in 2001.

Since, she has been working as attending neonatologist at NewYork Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and she is currently Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University.

Dr. Parravicini believes each baby’s life is precious and should be welcomed and cherished. She is committed to giving babies a better chance toward healthy life, when recovery is possible, and to improving their quality of life through the most challenging conditions.

Her passion for helping the most fragile patients in the neonatal population inspired Dr. Parravicini to create a unique and innovative program for infants affected by life-limiting or terminal conditions. The Neonatal Comfort Care Program, ( established in 2008, addresses the complex medical and non-medical needs of infants and their families. The interdisciplinary Neonatal Comfort Care team supports expectant mothers of babies diagnosed with a life-limiting condition during the perinatal journey, from diagnosis to delivery and beyond.

Dr. Kenneth Prager

Dr. Kenneth Prager

Dr. Prager is Professor of Medicine, Director of Medical Ethics, and Chair of the Medical Ethics Committee at Columbia University Medical Center. He spent two years in the Indian Health Service practicing general medicine on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota after his medical internship. Dr. Prager held clandestine medical clinics in the Soviet Union during a visit to persecuted Jews in 1986, and later set up the first U.S. - Soviet medical student exchange program between Columbia P&S and the First Moscow Medical Academy.

Dr. Prager has been a pulmonologist for 45 years. He teaches pulmonology and medical ethics to medical students, house officers and nurses. His writings on medicine and medical ethics have appeared in medical journals and textbooks as well as on the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Dr. Prager was a regular guest lecturer in Israel for the Ben Gurion University MD Program in International Health and Medicine in collaboration with Columbia University Health Sciences. He has received numerous honors for his patient care, clinical expertise, teaching, and contributions to organ donation. Among these are The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award and the Columbia University Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.


Dr. Patrick Vinay