Clinical Sciences Staff
Division Head, Clinical Sciences
Dr. Robert Smith
General Surgeon Dr. Robert Smith joins NOSM with over 20 years of clinical experience. During his time at the hospital in Sudbury, he sat on a number of committees, including the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) and the Surgical Program Council. Smith has been Chair of the endoscopy utilization committee, and served as Chief of Surgery. A champion for Patient Safety, Smith has recently taken on the position of Medical Lead for Quality Care and Patient Safety within Health Sciences North. Smith supported the introduction of the Surgical Safety Checklist, and was involved in the creation of the Colon Cancer Diagnostic Assessment Program.
Dr. Robert Smith
Division Head, Clinical Sciences
Dr. Brent Kennedy, Anesthesia
An MD graduate from UBC, Kennedy completed a rotating internship and one year of residency at Dalhousie, and then completed residency training at the University of Western Ontario in 1998. After spending a couple of years on staff in London, Kennedy relocated to Sudbury in 2000. Since moving to Sudbury, Kennedy has worked to establish an Acute Pain Management Service at Health Sciences North, and has previously served as department chief. Kennedy’s ongoing interests include teaching residents and the treatment of acute postoperative pain.
Dr. Sean Murray, Child & Adolescent Health
Born and raised in Sudbury, Murray returned to the North 12 years ago to pursue his career in Pediatrics. A University of Toronto grad, Murray also trained at Toronto’s Sick Children’s Hospital for Pediatrics. Since his arrival in Sudbury, Murray has been a very active leader at Health Sciences North, and has most recently become the Chair of Pediatrics at NOSM. In his new role, Murray hopes to forge common goal building across the many practitioners of Pediatrics in the North, and encourage research collaboration.
Dr. Gary Bota, Emergency Medicine
Dr. Bota graduated in medicine from McMaster University. Following completion of his residency in emergency medicine at UCLA, he moved to Sudbury in 1983 where he served as ED director from 1983 until 2000. During his tenure, research, trauma, EM residency and air paramedic programs developed under the emergency banner. Early publications centred on injury patterns and trauma unique to the northern environment i.e. snowmobiles, sledding and hockey.
Dr. Bota started BEC Emergency Services Inc in 1999. BEC now provides best evidence content and software to emergency departments on 3 continents. Dr. Bota continues to work as an emergency physician in Sudbury, teach research to EM residents and serve as president of BEC.
Dr. Rayudu Koka, Psychiatry
Dr. Rayudu Koka graduated from India, completed postgraduate training in psychiatry in the UK and moved to Sudbury in 1986. He obtained UK and Canadian certification in psychiatry. He is in active clinical practice, providing inpatient, outpatient, community psychiatry and outreach clinics including the First Nations community.
He served in many local, regional and provincial committees in an attempt to advocate for better mental health and addiction services.
Dr. Koka played a key role in advocating and lobbying for Northern Ontario School of Medicine. He serves as Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Section Chair of Psychiatry at NOSM and as Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry for UWO and takes active part in teaching and research.
He is very much involved in the community and serves on many Boards such as Greater Sudbury Police Services, Sudbury Regional Hospital, Laurentian University and Sudbury Multicultural Association. He is recognized for his work in promoting racial harmony and multiculturalism.
He has participated in numerous fundraising activities such as medical school bursary campaign, Alzheimer capital campaign, Sudbury Regional Hospital capital campaign, chaired United Way fundraising and other disaster relief fundraising activities.
He has been active in medical politics, both locally and provincially. He served as President of the Medical Society. He is President of the Medical Staff Association of the hospital. He served as OMA District 9 Secretary and Chair. He was elected Rep for 9 years at CPSO. He served as President from 2008-2009. He worked towards improved relationships between CPSO and OMA. Served as member of the Executive of Section of Psychiatry including Chair of Psychiatry and was OMA Council Delegate for 15 years.
For his services and achievements, he has received numerous awards: Naming a few of these awards - Paul Harris Award of Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers, Queen's Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal, Community Builders Awards of Excellence for Health Care, 20-year volunteer service award by Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Ontario Medical Association Distinguished Service Award, Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship, and many other awards.
Dr. Koka has participated in coordinating and teaching activities for medical students, residents and other learners in health care for many years in Sudbury. He also promoted clinical research activities in the mental health field in Sudbury.
Dr. Saleem Malik, Internal Medicine
Dr. Saleem Malik received his medical degree from Cambridge University and St Thomas’ Hospital London. He received his Ph.D. for research into the antitumor effects of TNF at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London, UK. He came to Thunder Bay in 1992 as a Medical Oncologist Director of Cancer Research at the NWORCC and held this position until 2000. He was the Chief of Internal Medicine until January 2010. He is currently Section Chair of Internal Medicine at NOSM and also the Chair of Theme 5 at NOSM. Dr Malik has a busy general Internal Medicine practice in Thunder Bay and is particularly interested in diabetes.
Ms. Sally Prystanski, Health Sciences
Sally Prystanski has worked as a Physiotherapist in Thunder Bay for many years. A graduate of the University of Manitoba, she has worked in Acute and Chronic Care, Rehabilitation, Paediatrics and for the last 30 years has specialized in Rheumatology. A Professional Associate of McMaster University for The Northern Studies Stream (20 years) and an Assistant Professor for N.O.S.M for 6, she is keenly interested in Inter-Professional Education. She continues to work for The Arthritis Society in Thunder Bay.
Oberai, Co-Chair, Family Medicine
Dr. Anjali Oberai graduated from the
University of Ottawa in 1993 and completed her Family Medicine residency at the
University of Calgary. Since 1998, she
has worked in Wawa in an interprofessional rural family practice where her
clinical work includes emergency medicine, obstetrics, hospitalist medicine,
stress testing and office-based practice. Prior to 1998, Dr. Oberai was a locum
physician in rural Albert, Ontario and Nunavut.
Dr. Barb Zelek, Co-Chair, Family Medicine
Dr. Barb Zelek graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1998 and completed her Family Medicine residency at Queen’s University. Since 2002, she has worked in Marathon in an interprofessional rural family practice where her clinical work includes emergency medicine, office-based practice, obstetrics, and hospitalist medicine. She has enjoyed being involved with teaching learners throughout her career.
Dr. Harshad Telang, Surgery
Dr. Harshad Telang graduated from the University of Ottawa's School of Medicine, after which he went on to complete his residency in Thunder Bay through McMaster University. Dr. Telang was appointed Regional Director /Coordinator of McMaster University's General Surgery Program in 2001, and has held the post since that time. From 2010 to 2012, Telang was the Program Director with NOSM"s General Surgery Residency Program. Dr. Telang currently holds the rank of Associate Professor at NOSM, as well as Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at McMaster University.
Dr. Kurt Droll, Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. Kurt Droll completed his master's graduate degree, medical doctorate education and orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Toronto. He became a fellow in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2005. Dr. Droll completed fellowship training in orthopaedic traumatology at the University of British Columbia in 2006, followed by an additional fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery in 2007 at the University of Southern California. Dr. Droll's clinical specialities include hip and knee replacements, and orthopaedic trauma. Dr. Droll is currently an Assistant Professor at NOSM who has been practising in Thunder Bay since 2007. Throughout his history with the School, he has also held the positions of Research Coordinator and Evaluations Coordinator for the Postgraduate Orthopaedic Residency Program.
Dr. Karen Splinter, Women's Health
After receiving her engineering degree at Queen's University, Dr. Splinter completed her medical degree at the University of Ottawa. She then ventured out east where she trained as an Obstetrician Gynecologist at the Memorial University of Newfoundland for five years. Having benefited from the former Northeastern Ontario Medical Education Corporation with a rotation in Sudbury as a medical student, Dr. Splinter was excited to accept a position at Health Sciences North in 2012. Splinter is completing a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology exploring pregnancy outcomes and Mullerian anomalies. Through her position at NOSM she hopes to continue to pursue research in Women's Health and expand knowledge about the health care needs of the women of Northern Ontario. Her other professional interests include minimally invasive gynecology and expanding access to advanced laparoscopy in the Greater Sudbury area.
Faculty Affairs Unit
Director, Faculty Affairs and CEPD
V. Dawn Grover
Administrative Coordinator, Clinical Sciences Division