EPSAA EXECUTIVE

Dr. Patrick Mitchell MD FRCSC ABO

Dr. Patrick Mitchell MD FRCSC ABO

Current President

Practicing as a general practitioner before pursuing ophthalmology, Dr. Patrick Mitchell finds his broad knowledge across general medicine to be beneficial in his retina practice. With a particular interest in paediatric retinal diseases, which are rare and can be difficult to correctly diagnose and treat, makes his extra training in this area a great benefit to Southern Alberta. Outside of work, Dr. Mitchell likes to spend his spare time with his wife and children. He is an avid golfer, skier, runner, and hockey player, making Calgary’s four seasons perfect for him.

Dr. David Ehmann

Dr. David Ehmann

President Elect

Dr. Ehmann was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan.  He completed a 3-year BSc in physiology with great distinction followed by a 4-year Doctor of Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan.  Following medical school, he moved to Edmonton to complete a 5-year ophthalmology residency at the University of Alberta.  After residency Dr. Ehmann completed a 2-year medical and surgical vitreoretinal fellowship at the prestigious Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.  Dr. Ehmann then returned to Edmonton to join Alberta Retina Consultants.

Dr. Ehmann is extensively trained to manage all medical and surgical diseases of the vitreous and retina.  He is board certified in both Canada and the United States and has published over 25 journal articles as well as 2 book chapters.  He is an Assistant Clinical Professor with the Department of Ophthalmology and is actively involved in mentoring medical students and training residents and fellows. Dr. Ehmann also serves as the current president of the Retina Society of Alberta (RSA). 

Vacant

Vacant

Past President

Dr. Jennifer Hodges

Dr. Jennifer Hodges

Secretary

Dr. Michael Ashenhurst MD FRCSC

Dr. Michael Ashenhurst MD FRCSC

Treasurer

Dr. Ashenhurst received his doctorate of medicine from the University of Saskatchewan in 1985. From there, he interned in internal medicine at McGill University in Montreal before completing his residency training in ophthalmology at the University of Toronto. He then underwent a year of training in oculoplastic surgery at the University of Toronto and additional training both at the University of Saskatchewan and Moorefield’s Eye Hospital in London, England. Apart from his professional duties, Dr. Ashenhurst is also an assistant professor at the University of Calgary and was program chair and section chief for the University of Calgary residency program from 2013 to 2018. He has been published in publications such as the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Cornea. Additionally, he has presented at numerous conferences, including those hosted by the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, the Canadian Society of Oculoplastic Surgeons, the European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the Canadian Ophthalmic Pathology Society. 

EPSAA BOARD MEMBERS

Dr. Victor Penner

Dr. Victor Penner

Advocacy Representative

Dr. Penner competed his Medical Doctor, Ophthalmology Residency Training and Glaucoma Fellowship all at the University of Manitoba. After completing his training, he took a position in Comox, BC. While this was a great adventure, it was not a glaucoma specific position, and Dr Penner was pleased at the opportunity to join the Ophthalmology Department at the University of Alberta to bring his glaucoma skills to the community.

Dr. Christopher J Rudnisky MD, MPH, FRCSC

Dr. Christopher J Rudnisky MD, MPH, FRCSC

Fees Committee Chair

Dr. Rudnisky is a Professor with the University of Alberta, Department of Ophthalmology. He completed both his MD (with distinction) and a residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Alberta and is also board-certified with the American Board of Ophthalmology. In 2009, he received a Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Locally, he is the Chair of the Ophthalmology Undergraduate Medical Education Committee, Chair of the CPSA NHSF Committee and an Executive Member of the Eye Physicians and Surgeons Association of Alberta.He has also been elected to and served on the Alberta Medical Association Representative Forum for more than 10 years. Nationally, he is the Past Chair of the Royal College Examination Committee (Ophthalmology), Section Editor for the CJO and member of the Royal College Specialty Committee for Ophthalmology. 

Dr. Nathan Carrell

Dr. Nathan Carrell

Rural Representative

Dr Carrell was born and raised in Southern Alberta. He completed his undergrad, medical school and Ophthalmology residency at the University of Alberta. Dr Carrell also completed an extra year of training and Post Graduate Diploma in Cataract and Refractive Surgery at Ulster University in Ireland. 

Dr Carrell has special interests in refractive laser vision correction, refractive lens exchange and refractive cataract surgery. Dr Carrell is also a comprehensive Ophthalmologist with a clinical and surgical practice covering Glaucoma, Retina, Uveitis, Oculoplastics, Neuro-Ophthalmology and Pediatric Ophthalmology. Our office also covers on call emergencies and trauma for all of Southern Alberta.

Dr. Adam Muzychuk

Dr. Adam Muzychuk

Scientific Meeting Chair

Dr. Adam Muzychuk specializes in cataracts, comprehensive medical and surgical ophthalmology, with subspecialty training in the ocular surface and a special interest in glaucoma. As a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Calgary, Dr. Muzychuk is an active teacher in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education.

Dr. Muzychuk completed a fellowship in Anterior Segment at Université de Montréal and has presented and published in the areas of cornea, glaucoma and retina. Dr. Muzychuk completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Manitoba, followed by medical school and residency training at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Edsel Ing MD PhD FRCSC DABO MPH CPH MIAD MEd MBA

Dr. Edsel Ing MD PhD FRCSC DABO MPH CPH MIAD MEd MBA

University of Alberta Chair

Dr. Ing completed his medical school and residency at the University of Toronto, and a Master of Public Health at Harvard and Master of Education at Johns Hopkins. He also finished three fellowships at the Wills Eye Hospital, Mayo Clinic and Allegheny General Hospital. Edsel has published more than 100 papers and is the oculoplastics section editor for the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. He is a full professor at the University of Alberta and University of Toronto. He is a recipient of an Excellence in Clinical Teaching award from the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario, and the University of Toronto. His specialty interests include orbital tumours, Graves orbitopathy, eyelid tumours, eyelid spasms and facial nerve palsy.

Dr. Andrew Crichton

Dr. Andrew Crichton

University of Calgary Chair

Dr. Crichton is Interim Chief of Ophthalmology for Calgary as well as Clinical Professor at the University of Calgary.

After graduating from medical school at the University of British Columbia, he did his ophthalmology residency in Toronto and his glaucoma fellowship in Vancouver with Dr. Stephen Drance and Dr. Gordon Douglas. Past President of The Canadian Glaucoma Society, Dr. Crichton has also assumed multiple roles such as: secretary of the Canadian Ophthalmic Society, president of the Ophthalmology Society of Alberta, council member of the Commanderie de Bordeaux of Calgary and father of two. 

Dr. Kaisra Esmail

Dr. Kaisra Esmail

Member at Large

Dr. Kaisra Esmail was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She completed her undergraduate degree at McGill Univesity, where she excelled academically and was accepted into medical school a year early at the University of Calgary. She decided to pursue the Leaders in Medicine program, obtaining a Masters degree focusing on medical education at the same time as her Medical degree. She completed her Ophthalmology residency at the renowned Ottawa Eye Institute, where she served as Chief Resident and won multiple prestigious awards, including the Ontario Medical Association Resident Achievement Award, Academy of Medicine of Ottawa Resident Achievement Award, and the Faculty of Medicine Award in Education. During her time in Ottawa, she was on the board of directors of the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO) and Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC).

Dr. Chris Hanson MD FRCSC

Dr. Chris Hanson MD FRCSC

Member at Large

Dr. Christopher Hanson is a comprehensive ophthalmologist and assistant clinical professor at the University of Calgary. He specializes in medical and surgical comprehensive ophthalmology. He has also served previously as residency program director for the section of ophthalmology at the University of Calgary and is currently the assistant program director there. Originally from Winnipeg, Dr. Hanson was trained in Edmonton at the University of Alberta and has been in Calgary since 2013. He has been a member of EPSAA since he started practicing in 2013 and previously was a resident member during his University of Alberta residency. He has served two terms as secretary and is currently in his second term as member at large.