Panel of Experts

Engage with renowned experts in clinical nutrition

David Armstrong, MD, MA, MB BChir, FRCP (UK), FRCPC, CAGF, FACG, AGAF

David Armstrong, MD, MA, MB BChir, FRCP (UK), FRCPC, CAGF, FACG, AGAF

Professor, Division of Gastroenterology & Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute, McMaster University; Gastroenterologist, Division of Gastroenterology, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Dr. David Armstrong is Professor of Medicine at McMaster University and a consultant gastroenterologist at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS). His clinical and research interests include gastroesophageal reflux disease, dyspepsia, gastrointestinal motility, inflammatory bowel disease, nutrition, short bowel syndrome, colon cancer screening and quality in endoscopy with 200 peer-reviewed publications, 100 invited reviews and letters and 300 peer-reviewed abstracts. He has been a principal investigator for numerous clinical trials and taken part in many guideline consensus processes related to GERD, Helicobacter pylori, dysphagia, upper GI bleeding, gastroparesis, wireless capsule endoscopy and endoscopy quality. He has been the HPN Team Medical Director since its inception in 1996.

He was President of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) from 2016-2018 and is, currently, Chair of the Canadian National Colon Cancer Screening Network (NCCSN), Treasurer of the International Working Group for the Classification of Oesophagitis (IWGCO), Chair of the Global Guidelines Committee for the World Gastroenterology Organization (WGO) and a Board Member of the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation (CDHF).

Professor Mette M. Berger

Professor Mette M. Berger

Intensive care physician in the Lausanne University Hospital, with an anesthesiology background, specializing in burn care and in clinical nutrition.

Professor Berger is an intensive care physician in the Lausanne University Hospital and has conducted research (RCTs) in clinical nutrition and micronutrition. Using indirect calorimetry, she has contributed to develop the concept of maximal tolerable energy deficit and individualized feeding during the ICU stay. She has shown that covering measured energy expenditure, using the available feeding routes (enteral, parenteral, combined), reduces infectious complications and costs, due to an improved immune response. Professor Berger belongs to ESPEN’s ICU guideline group, micronutrient guidelines groups, is an honorary member of the ESICM, and chairs ESICM’s MEN- metabolism and nutrition working group. She is co-investigator in the ICALIC working group on indirect calorimetry and of the hypophosphatemia survey and systematic review group. Lecturing worldwide in 5 languages about individualized nutrition therapy and micronutrition Professor Berger is a teacher for the LLL-ESPEN training program and has over 240 peer reviewed publications and 40 book chapters.

Robert G. Martindale, MD, PhD

Robert G. Martindale, MD, PhD

Professor of Surgery; Chief of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery; Medical Director Hospital Nutritional Service, Oregon Health & Science University, United States

Since 2005, Dr. Robert Martindale has been a tenured faculty member at OHSU in Portland, Oregon, where he is currently a Professor of Surgery and the Chief of the Division of GI and General Surgery. He also serves as the Medical Director for Hospital Nutrition Services. His primary focus throughout his professional career has been on surgical education, gastrointestinal surgery, complex abdominal wall reconstruction and caring for patients with complex nutritional issues. He has won numerous teaching awards and continues to mentor young physicians and investigators. He is the author of over 300 publications, including peer reviewed manuscripts, review articles, book chapters, several medical educational videos, as well as being the co-editor of a textbook dealing with surgical and critical care nutrition. His research interests include perioperative methods for optimizing surgical outcomes, preventing perioperative infection, abdominal wall reconstruction, surgical metabolism, management of enterocutaneous and enteroatomospheric fistulae, and nutritional modulation of the immunity.

Dr. Carla Prado, PhD, RD

Dr. Carla Prado, PhD, RD

Professor & Campus Alberta Innovates Program; (CAIP) Chair in Nutrition, Food and Health; Director of the Human Nutrition Research Unit

Dr. Carla Prado is a Professor at the University of Alberta, and a Campus Alberta Innovates (CAIP) Chair in Nutrition, Food and Health. She is also the Director of the Human Nutrition Research Unit. Dr. Prado is an expert in assessing nutritional status through the precise measurement of body composition and energy metabolism. The focus of her current research program is to develop targeted nutrition interventions for the prevention and treatment of low muscle mass in cancer. Dr. Prado received her PhD from the University of Alberta, Canada, and has completed further training at the Cross Cancer Institute (Canada), the National Institutes of Health (USA) and Newcastle University (UK). She is an Associate Editor of two top Journals in her field: Clinical Nutrition and the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle. Dr. Prado is a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, an award that celebrates exceptional young Canadian leaders of all sectors.

Jean-François Bellemare, M.D, Frcsc, Facs

General Surgery, Sacré-Coeur-de-Montréal Hospital

Josée Houde, Clinical Nutritionist

Professional Coordinator in Clinical Nutrition, Sacré-Coeur-de- Montréal Hospital

Karen Biggs, MHSc, RD

Juravinski Cancer Program – Hamilton Health Sciences, Supportive Care Program

Margaret Avery, RD, BSc, MSc

Clinical Dietitian Renal at the Peterborough Regional Health Center

Michele ApSimon, MSc, RD

Dietitian, Critical Care, Hamilton General Hospital ICU, Hamilton, Ontario

Genevieve MacDonald, RN

Professional Practice Specialist – Medicine and Integrated Stroke Unit Quinte Health Care

Crystal Peters, MSc

Clinical Dietitian at Scarborough Health Network