AI & Healthcare Conference

Please join us on June 19th for HEAL 2024: Healthcare Enhanced by AI & Learning


Overview: HEAL 2024 will be an engaging, one-day meeting on topics related to artificial intelligence (AI) and healthcare. You will learn practical tips for how to identify, appraise, use, and evaluate various AI tools in your practice, from disease prediction algorithms to ChatGPT. The meeting will feature large group presentations from leaders in this space and small group workshops to give you hands-on experience using different AI tools. Medical/dentistry students, residents, physicians (all specialties), dentists, and other health professionals are welcome.

Date: Wednesday, June 19th, 2024

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 4:35 p.m.

Location: Brescia at Western University, London, Ontario.

Registration: For licensed physicians, other health professionals, and staff: $200.00. For medical/dentistry students, residents, and other learners (e.g., undergraduate studnets): $100.00. 

Parking: Complementary parking will be available in Lot A at Brescia. Accessible parking will also be available in Lot C as needed. For more information click here.

Accommodation: Attendees are encouraged to consider the following options within a close distance to Brescia:

Learning Objectives: Following completion of the conference, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the evolution and current state of AI-based tools that have applications to the practice of medicine.
  2. Recognize the benefits versus risks of the introduction of AI-based tools in medicine.
  3. List generative AI tools, AI-based diagnostic tools, and AI-based EMR and scribe tools currently (or prospectively) available to physicians in Canada.
  4. Recognize legal, ethical, and regulatory issues related to the use of AI-based tools in medicine.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to use selected AI-based tools for medical practice in a learning environment.

Agenda: For the full agenda with session-specific learning objectives, please click here.

Conference agenda
Time Topic
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.


8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Presentation with Q&A: The Landscape of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

Speaker: Dr. Benjamin Fine

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Presentation with Q&A: What's Out There: Generative AI Tools

Speaker: Dr. Jaron Chong

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Presentation with Q&A: What's Out There: Diagnostic AI Tools

Speaker: Dr. Douglas Fraser

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Presentation with Q&A: What's Out There: EMR and Scribe Tools

Speaker: Dr. Juan Racosta

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Presentation with Q&A: Legal & Ethical Implications of AI in Healthcare

Speaker: Dr. Colleen M. Flood

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition & Lunch

1:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.

Panel with Q&A: Legal & Ethical Implications of AI in Healthcare

Panelists: Dr. Colleen M. Flood, Dr. Benjamin Fine, Dr. Dennis Desai (Moderator: Dr. Adam Gavarkovs)

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Participants choose one of:

  • Hands on with Generative AI Tools ( Facilitator: Dr. Fredrik Odegaard)
  • Hands-on with Diagnostic AI Tools ( Facilitators: Dr. Rushil Chaudhary, Niall Murphy, Melissa Côté, Blake VanBerlo)
  • Hands-on with EMR & Scribe Tools ( Facilitator: Dr. Kellie Scott)
  • Hands-on with Patient-Facing Tools ( Facilitators: Dr. Keith Thompson, Dr. Abbas Zavar, Sydney Graham)
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.


Participants choose one of:

  • Hands on with Generative AI Tools
  • Hands-on with Diagnostic AI Tools
  • Hands-on with EMR & Scribe Tools
  • Hands-on with Patient-Facing Tools
3:50 p.m. - 4:35 p.m.

Panel with Q&A: Future Trends at the Intersection of AI & Healthcare

Panelists: Dr. Douglas Fraser, Dr. Juan Racosta, Dr. Rob Arntfield (Moderator: Dr. Wael Haddara)

Speaker Profiles:

Dr. Rob Arntfield, Professor of Medicine, Division of Critical Care Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

Rob Arntfield is a Canadian intensivist, medical educator, researcher, and entrepreneur specializing in point-of-care ultrasound and artificial intelligence in healthcare. He serves as Professor of Medicine and Director of the Critical Care Ultrasound Program & Fellowship at Western University, where he also is medical director of the Critical Care Trauma Centre at London Health Sciences Centre. Additionally, Dr. Arntfield is the founder of Deep Breathe, a medical technology company advancing the use of AI to enable anytime, anywhere lung imaging.

Dr. Jaron Chong, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Imaging, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

Jaron Chong is an Assistant Professor and Department of Medical Imaging Undergraduate Medical Education Director at Western University. He joined the Department of Medical Imaging at London Health Sciences Centre (Victoria Hospital) in July 2020. As a graduate of McGill University (Medicine) and the University of Toronto (Master in Health Informatics, Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation) he has expertise in health informatics, natural language processing, and artificial intelligence.Jaron’s research interests include genitourinary oncology and artificial intelligence development and validation. He is a member of multiple advisory groups on AI including the Health Canada – Scientific Advisory Committee on Digital Health Technologies, is the Chair of Canadian Association of Radiology – AI Standing Committee. Jaron is also a Deputy Editor of Social Media and Artificial Intelligence for the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Dr. Dennis Desai, Special Advisor, Medical Legal Services, Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA)

Dennis Desai graduated from medicine at the University of Ottawa in 1985. After a rotating internship and a year in general practice, he went back to the University of Ottawa to complete a general surgery residency in 1992. An interest in travel then led to surgical registrar appointments in England and in New Zealand. Upon his return to Canada, Dr. Desai travelled and worked in a number of cities across the country, including Yellowknife, Grande Prairie, and Orillia. In July 2008, he moved to Ottawa to join the CMPA. Dr. Desai has enjoyed multiple roles at the CMPA, including Senior Physician Advisor, Acting Chief Privacy Officer, and Director of Physician Support and Wellness. Currently, he acts as a Special Advisor for Medical Legal Services, focusing on eHealth, Privacy, and Digital Health issues.

Dr. Benjamin Fine, Clinician Scientist, AI Deployment & Evaluation Lab, Institute for Better Health, Trillium Health Partners; Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Imaging, University of Toronto

Ben Fine is a Radiologist and Clinician Scientist at Trillium Health Partners, a University of Toronto-affiliated hospital system. He founded and leads the AI Deployment and Evaluation Lab at the Institute for Better Health and is the diagnostic imaging department lead for Quality and Informatics. Ben is an active startup advisor. He holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MD from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Colleen M. Flood, Dean, Faculty of Law, Queen's University

Colleen M. Flood is the Dean of the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University. She served as a professor and the Canada Research Chair for the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law from 2000-2014 and as the inaugural director of the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics and University of Ottawa Research Chair in Health Law & Policy from 2014-2023. Dr. Flood holds a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) and Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Honours from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her research has informed national and global debates over privatization, health system design, accountability, governance, and the role of courts in defending rights in health care. Her latest research focuses on the governance of health-related artificial intelligence. She holds many honours and accomplishments, including being named a Justice Emmet Hall Laureate in 2022, and member of the Canadian Council of Academies Scientific Advisory Committee in 2021, and a member of the Royal Society Taskforce on COVID-19 in 2021. 

Dr. Douglas Fraser, Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

Douglas Fraser completed his MD/PhD in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He was the recipient of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategic Training Fellowship and several prestigious International Research Awards from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Pediatric Research. Dr. Fraser is a Professor and Clinician Scientist in Pediatric Critical Care/Trauma Medicine at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Fraser is the Director of the Translational Research Centre, a human tissue biobank operating continuously for the past 15 years. He has received multiple Research Innovation Awards and he has filed and executed numerous patents. Dr. Fraser is a Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of NeuroLytixs, Inc., a diagnostics-based biotech company. Dr. Fraser’s research is focused on identifying signaling pathways and diagnostics/prognostic biomarkers for acquired brain injury, severe sepsis and COVID-19. He has profiled Long-COVID patients for changes in their proteome, with specific emphasis on understanding the immune response. He currently leads two International Multicentered Long-COVID Research Programs, “LC-Optimize” (Identification of Long-COVID Sub-Phenotypes to Optimize Patient Outcomes) and “LC-Statistic” (Sudden Death Associated with Post-COVID Condition).

Dr. Fredrik Odegaard, Associate Professor, Management Science, Ivey Business School, Western University

Fredrik Odegaard is an Associate Professor of Management Science at Ivey Business School, Western University. Professor Odegaard has a PhD in Management Science from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, dual Masters degree in Operations Research and Statistics from Stanford University, and an undergraduate degree in Purchasing and Logistics Management from Arizona State University. At Ivey Business School he has developed a wide spectrum of analytics courses within all programs -- HBA, MBA, MSc, PhD and Executive Education -- including Decision Making with Analytics; Competing with Analytics; Revenue Management; Statistics; Big Data; Advanced Business Analytics; Creative Analytics. Dr. Odegaard’s main research focus is within Revenue Management and Health Care Operations, and his work has been published in both academic and practitioner oriented journals, including Production and Operations Management; Health Economics; Journal of Healthcare Quality; European Journal of Operational Research.

Dr. Juan Racosta, Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

Juan Racosta is a Multiple Sclerosis Neurologist and Epidemiology researcher. He directs The London Ontario MS Epidemiology lab. The lab innovates on Natural Language Processing strategies with a focus in data extraction from unstructured notes. He holds appointments in Clinical Neurological Sciences and Computer Sciences at Western University.

Dr. Kellie Scott, Family Physician & Adjunct Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

Kellie Scott is a Family Physician in St. Thomas, ON. She graduated from medical school in 2003 from University of Ottawa and completed her residency at University of Western Ontario in the Rural/Regional Program in 2005. Her practice has included comprehensive family practice, long-term care and palliative care and she is the Lead Physician for the Elmwood FHO. She is also the current Board Chair for the Thames Valley Family Health Team. She is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University and was honoured with a Schulich Award for Excellence for Faculty in Community/Distributed Sites in 2020 and awarded Family Medicine Clerkship Teacher of the Year Awards for Adjunct Faculty in Community/Distributed sites in 2012-13 and 2015-16, after being nominated by her students who appreciate the practical practice management teaching she includes in each rotation in addition to clinical teaching. Dr. Scott has held various local, regional and provincial leadership roles and remains hopeful that we can improve the health care system for patients and her colleagues. When it comes to digital technologies, she is usually an early-adopter in her practice and is an OntarioMD Peer Leader which allows her to share her experience with other family physicians.

Dr. Keith Thompson, Family Physician & Adjunct Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

Keith Thompson is a London, Ontario-based family physician, graduate of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University, and Chief Medical Officer for Nuralogix. He is Adjunct Faculty Professor with both the Department of Family Medicine and Institute for Earth and Space Exploration at Western University. He was recently appointed as Associate Director of Research at the Institute for Earth and Space Exploration for 2022- 2025. He also serves as a Co-investigator on 2 virtual care studies and is Medical Mentor for the Medical Innovation Fellowship program at WORLDiscoveries. He was one of the initial Canadian physicians hired to consult with the Teladoc/BestDoctors Canada start-up team in February of 2018 and worked as CMO for iTelemed - a telemedicine startup in London Ontario - prior to his recent appointment with Nuralogix. 

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Accreditation Statement: This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Continuing Professional Development, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University for up to 5.75 Mainpro+ credits. Each participant should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent participating in the educational program. undefinedundefined This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by Continuing Professional Development, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. You may claim a maximum of 5.75 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

Sponsor Statement: This program has received an educational grant or in-kind support from:

Silver Level:

  • Mutuo Health
  • Tali AI

Bronze Level:

  • SPM Financial

Exhibitor Level:

  • MD Financial