ENT CME Canada © is a not for profit organization founded by professionals in Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery in Canada. This platform is supported by members of the Division of Otolaryngology at University of British Columbia in hopes of providing a resource for ‘Continuing Medical Education’ for other Otolaryngology colleagues.
Andrew Thamboo completed his undergraduate, medical degree and residency at UBC, followed by a Rhinology and Skull Base fellowship at Stanford. During his residency, he obtained a Master's degree in Health Sciences concentrating on Study Design and Epidemiology. He deals with patients with complex sinus disease and sinonasal tumors. He also works with neurosurgery at Vancouver General Hospital to manage intracranial tumors. Dr. Thamboo is a national and international leader in his field. Dr. Thamboo is the CME director for both the Division of Otolaryngology and BC Otolaryngology Society.
Dr. Thamboo is a translational researcher. He is the Research Director of the St. Paul’s Sinus Centre. In collaboration with Respirology, he leads a basic science lab under the Heart & Lung Institute to investigate unified airway hypothesis and upper airway physiology. He also studies office-based rhinology, personalized medicine and outcomes research. He was the first surgeon at UBC to receive the Michael Smith Foundation Health Investigator Award. He hopes his research will help patients in the management chronic sinus disease.
CME LEAD, SINUS & SKULL BASE SURGERY
Andrew Thamboo MD, MSc, FRCSC
Trevor Hartl MD
Dr. Hartl is a General Otolaryngologist with a busy and varied clinical and surgical practice in the Fraser Valley. He is an active member of the teaching faculty, with UBC family practice residents and medical students in his clinic on most days. He has been a member of the BCOS executive for 5 years, serving as President for the past two. He’s an avid downhill mountain biker, snowboarder and bodybuilder.
LARYNGOLOGY & VOICE
Amanda Hu MD, FRCSC
Dr. Amanda Hu is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Otolaryngology, Department of Surgery, University of British Columbia. She is sub-specialized in care of the professional voice, airway, and swallowing disorders. She graduated from medical school at the University of Toronto, trained in residency in Otolaryngology at Western University, and completed a Laryngology fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle. She worked in Philadelphia at Drexel University for 5 years prior to joining the UBC faculty in August of 2018. She is now the Director of the Pacific Voice Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital.
OTOLOGY & NEUROTOLOGY
Margaret Aron MD, FRCSC
Margaret Aron is a Canadian-trained and certified Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon. She was born and raised in Montreal where she completed medical school at McGill University. She then completed her residency training at the Université de Sherbrooke in 2012, after which she went on to do two consecutive years of Fellowship training in Otology-Neurotolog with Dalhousie University followed by UBC. She currently has a general practice with a subspecialty interest in Otology-Neurotology in Burnaby and is a Clinical Instructor for UBC. Margaret has also been Associate Editor for the Otology-Neurotology section of the Journal of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery since 2017 and is the team lead for Otology-Neurotology section of the OTOHNS licensing exam board for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Mark Felton MBChB, MSc, MD, FRCS
Mark Felton is a Consultant Pediatric Otolaryngologist at BC Children’s Hospital and Clinical Assistant Professor for UBC. Originally from the UK, he studied at the University of Leeds in England, graduating with Honours in Anatomy before completing his medical degree. Dr. Felton carried out his specialist ENT training at the University of Manchester and a pediatric ENT fellowship at BCCH. He spent 3 years at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, UK, as a consultant otolaryngologist. He rejoined the Division at BCCH in 2019. Dr. Felton sees both general and complex children’s ENT conditions but has a particular interest in endoscopic ear surgery, airway conditions in children, coblation for tonsil and adenoid conditions and ENT emergencies. His research focuses on ear disorders and outcomes from implantable hearing aids.
FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY
Dianne Valenzuela MD
Born and raised in BC, Dr. Valenzuela obtained her medical degree and completed her residency training at the University of British Columbia. She is set to begin a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship under the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Toronto in July. She also has a special interest in medical education and is pursuing a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Medical Education from the University of Cincinnati. She is currently practicing General Otolaryngology in a clinical practice in Vancouver.
HEAD & NECK SURGICAL ONCOLOGY
Harman Parhar MPH, MD, FRCSC
Harman Parhar grew up in Whitehorse, Yukon. He completed his medical and residency training at UBC, a MPH at Harvard with a focus on oncologic epidemiology. He went on to do concurrent clinical and research fellowships in Head & Neck Surgical Oncology, Microvascular Surgery and Robotic Surgery at University of Pennsylvania. He is now a Head & Neck Microvascular Surgeon with the Vancouver Island Health Authority as well as a consultant Surgical Oncologist for the BC Cancer Agency. His research interests include defining the role of surgery for the treatment of oropharyngeal cancer and quality improvement in head and neck surgical oncology.
POST-GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION
Arman Abdalkhani MD
Arman Abdalkhani is a Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC School of Medicine. He is also an Associate Director of Surgical Undergraduate Medical Education and Electives Director. He previously served as a member of the Department of Otolaryngology at Palo Alto Medical Foundation and an Adjunct Faculty of Otolaryngology at Stanford University. Dr. Adbalkhani completed his MD at Indiana University where he received the William & Groves Hardiman Scholarship for Outstanding Medical Research. He completed his internship in General Surgery at Tulane University in and Residency in Otolaryngology at Stanford University. He is also certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, and his research interests revolve around surgical education
RESIDENT CME LEAD
Emily Deane is an Otolaryngology resident at the University of British Columbia. She was born & raised in Ottawa, Ontario before moving to Montreal to attend McGill University. Here, she completed both a Bachelor's & Master's degrees in Sciences, followed by a Medical Doctorate Master of Surgery. She moved to British Columbia in 2018. Emily's career goals including pursuing a fellowship in Facial Plastics & Reconstructive Surgery. Her extracurricular interests include social & professional communications, which inspired her roles as Social Media Editor for the Canadian Society and Journal of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, as well as in the co-development & founding of ENT CME. She is also the designer & creative behind the ENT CME web & social media platforms. When she's not working towards an ambitious career, Emily is an amateur oenophile, a lover of good food & exotic travel, and enjoys time with friends & family.
Emily C. Deane MDCM, MSc
Alice Liu is an Otolaryngology resident at the University of British Columbia. She grew up living in Vancouver, Saskatoon, and Halifax, before completing her Doctor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia in 2020. Alice has previously created and promoted undergraduate networking opportunities, public health conferences on topics such as the opioid crisis, and mental health awareness series in medicine. She is excited to foster and publicize Canadian Otolaryngology through ENT CME and her work for the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology. Outside of the digital space, Alice enjoys the proximity Vancouver allows to the water & mountains, cheering for the Canucks at games, and board-game evenings.
Alice Liu MD