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Western Canada PD Days


Thank you to all those who attended the 25th anniversary celebration of WCPD Days!

Western Canada PD Days is a showcase for innovative projects and cutting-edge approaches to the delivery of peritoneal dialysis as experienced by the four western provinces. National and international PD experts will be on hand to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for peritoneal dialysis.


2016 Speakers Bios

Tom Golper, MD, FACP - Keynote Speaker

Thomas A. Golper, MD, FACP trained at Indiana University and the Oregon Health Sciences University, and currently is Professor of Medicine (Nephrology) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. He has held positions on the Board of Directors of the RPA and AAKP, served as the PD Adequacy Work Group Chair for the first two versions of KDOQI, and remains on the Work Group. He led the Network 9 Peritonitis and Catheter Survival Study and has served on the ISPD Ad Hoc Committee for Peritonitis for many iterations of its guidelines. He was instrumental in the formation of the ISPD North American Research Consortium in Peritoneal Dialysis (NARC-PD). His interests remain in the field of dialysis and the administrative aspects of nephrology practice. He has published over 200 articles and chapter.

Arsh Jain, MD, FRCP, MSc

Dr. Arsh Jain is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario. He is a practicing Nephrologist at the London Health Sciences Centre and his clinical expertise is in the area of Peritoneal Dialysis. Dr. Jain conducts clinical and health services research to improve health outcomes for patients with kidney diseases. He is the lead physician for peritoneal dialysis access and is medical director for the Peritoneal Dialysis Unit, and the program director for the Home Dialysis Fellowship.

Bernadette Thomas, MD, MS

Dr. Thomas is a Nephrologist, who divides her professional time between working in private practice, and conducting global health research as Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of Global Health at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. She has served as a researcher and modeller for kidney disease outcomes evaluated in the Global Burden of Disease Study, annually conducted in partnership with the World Health Organization and numerous universities throughout the world. Dr. Thomas have been volunteering time for the past four years to the cause of quantifying renal disease in Cambodia, and addressing the paucity of renal replacement therapy. This work has been conducted with the support of the University of Washington, the International Society of Nephrology, the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis, the Sustainable Kidney Foundation, and Saving Young Lives.

Chandra Thomas, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Chandra completed her M.Sc. (epidemiology), MD, Internal Medicine residency and Nephrology training at the University of Calgary. After completing her Nephrology training she practiced General Internal Medicine and Nephrology in Penticton, British Columbia. In 2008 she returned to Calgary where she completed a fellowship in Palliative Medicine. She now leads the initiative to improve palliative care within the Southern Alberta Renal Program and practices general nephrology with a special interest in palliative care. Chandra is also a co-leader of the Division of Nephrology Quality Improvement Committee.

Clifford Lo, BSc, MHA, PharmD, BCPS

Clifford Lo currently splits his time between Fraser Health where he is a renal pharmacist, and the BC Provincial Renal Agency where he is an administrative fellow. His professional interests include patient safety and quality in addition to research and theory in the efficient allocation of resources.

Kelvin Leung, MD

Dr. Leung completed medical school at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, obtained his specialty training in Internal Medicine at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, and his subspecialty Adult Nephrology at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada. Dr. Leung is interested in hemodialysis and hemodialysis physiology. He is currently a staff nephrologist and clinical assistant professor in the Southern Alberta Renal Program and University of Calgary.

Michele Deck, RN, MEd. LCCE, FACCE

Michele Deck presents nationally and internationally on innovative teaching methods in the field of health care education and training. She is the recipient of many honors and awards for her creativity, innovation, productivity and exemplary leadership qualities. Michele has authored twelve books on creative and involving ways to teach adults critical healthcare content. She is a past president of Lamaze International and the author of twelve books.

Mike Bevilacqua, MD, FRCPC

Mike Bevilacqua is a nephrologist currently working as an Administrative Fellow with the Provincial Renal Agency. He is involved in several provincial projects including evaluation and further development of BC's Assisted PD pilot project.

Raj Mehrotra, MBBS, MD, MS

Dr. Mehrotra is Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington and is section head of Nephrology at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He is a leading expert in the care of patients undergoing maintenance dialysis for the treatment of end-stage renal disease with special interest in peritoneal dialysis. He was awarded the John Maher Award by the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis in 2006 and has served as the Chair of the Dialysis Advisory Group of the American Society of Nephrology (2009-’15). He is currently the Treasurer of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis since 2014 and the President of the North American Chapter of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis.

Scott Brimble, FRCPC

Dr. Brimble is currently the Divisional Director of Nephrology at McMaster University and the Provincial Lead for Early Detection and Prevention of Progression at the Ontario Renal Network. His research interests include cardiovascular disease in peritoneal dialysis patients and the delivery of care to patients with chronic kidney disease.

Sean Armstrong, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Sean Armstrong is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Nephrology at the University of Manitoba. Presently the Medical Director for the Seven Oaks Renal Program and is an Interventional Nephrologist for the Manitoba Renal Program. Degrees in Internal Medicine and Nephrology from the University of Manitoba as well as a Masters in Medical Education from the University of Dundee. Chair of the Peritoneal Dialysis University (PDU) program for Interventional Nephrologists and Radiologists having trained physicians from Canada, USA, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. Developed the Interventional Nephrology program at the University of Manitoba.

Download the 2016 Speakers Bios.

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‎WCPD Days 2015 was held o​n April 9-10, 2015 at the Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront.

Conference Program


Thursday, April 9th

Use of PD in AKI: A Reawakening  Dr. Fred Finkelstein

Urgent Starts PD  Dr. Daniel Schwartz

The ISPD North American Research Consortium Dr. Robert Quinn

Standardizing PD Education Dr. Braden Manns

Managing Diabetes with PD: Teamwork  Pat Holmes and Sharon Kelly

Medication Management in PD Patients  Dr. Clifford Lo and Claudio Ho

Friday, April 10 th

International Perspective on PD  Dr. Fred Finkelstein

DMAR Calgary: Two Years of Quality Improvement  Dr. Robert Quinn

Patient Profile Projects in BC  Sarah Carriere


WCPD Days 2014 was held on April 3-4,2014 at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel.

Conference Program


Thursday, April 3rd

Optimal Preparation of Patients for Renal Replacement Therapy Judith Bernardini

Prescription Management: The Tough Cases Dr. Joanne Bargman

End of Life Care for Persons with End Stage Renal Disease Lisa Blacklock

Training the PD Patient Judith Bernardini

Preventing Peritonitis Judith Bernardini

Provincial Team Updates

British Columbia




Friday, April 4th

Ultrafiltration Failure Dr. Joanne Bargman

Biocompatible Peritoneal Dialysis Solutions: Have We Found One? Dr. Jeffrey Perl

Novel Osmotic Agents in PD: Moving Beyond Glucose Dr. Asher Mendelson

Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) Diagnosis & Therapeutics: Assisting Parents Undergoing Peritoneal Dialysis Dr. Steven Aung

Antihyperglycemic Agents and PD Patients: What We Need to Remember Jane Lin and Dr. Robin Cho


‎WCPD Days 2013 was held on February 7-9, 2013 at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel. 

Conference Program 


Thursday, February 7th

Provincial Updates

British Columbia




Friday, February 8th

Ode to Dr. Demitrios Oreopoulos Dr. Jack Moncrief 

Cardiology and Nephrology - Specialties with Acronyms Dr. Victor Huckell 

Protein and Energy: Are PD Patients Different? Vicky Ngo 

Introduction to the Peritoneal Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Pattern Study Dr. Jeffrey Perl 

Moncrief-Popovich Catheter and Implantation Technique: The AV Fistula of PD Dr. Mrinal Dasgupta 

Embedded Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Dr. Jack Moncrief 

Urgent Starts - Experience in Western Canada: Practice Summary and Issues 

Hybrid Dialysis: Practice Issues Dr. Gaylene Hargrove 

Saturday, February 9th

Peritoneal Dialysis Prescriptions: A Primer for Nurses Betty Kelman 

Medication Reconciliation: We All Share the Responsibility Clifford Lo and Bob Dutta 

Surviving Peritoneal Dialysis: The Journey from Novice to Expert Betty Kelman 

On-call PD Nursing 

When the End Arrives: A Practical Approach to Terminal Care in PD Patients Dr. Chandra Thomas 

Ethnic Food and PD Patients: What to Be Aware of Jiak Chin Koh 

PD Outcomes: Do Patient Socio-Demographics Matter? Dr. Rajnish Mehrotra

Western Canada PD Days 2012 was held on February 23-25, 2012 at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel.

Conference Program


  • Perspectives: Provincial Programs and International Initiatives Dr. Adeera Levin

From Local to Global

  • The Challenge of Treating Kidney Failure in the Developing World: Focus on PD Dr. Paul Harden
  • Expanding Home Dialysis Across the World  Dr. Suneet Singh

Why PD Works

  • The Role of Peritoneal Dialysis Across the Renal Replacement Therapy (RRT) Continuum Dr. Martin Schreiber
  • Aboriginal Outcomes of ESRD in Canada: Identifying Differences in Dialysis Modality and Transplantation Dr. Manish Sood


  • Demystifying PD Catheter Insertion Dr. Suneet Singh
  • Pre-Sternal Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Dr. Peter Blair

Unique Populations & PD

  • Good Old Timers: Using PD in Older Patients as an "Optimal Therapy" Dr. Vanita Jassal
  • Managing Renal Replacement Therapy in Young Adults Dr. Paul Harden
  • Preventing Increased Intra-Peritoneal Volume (IIPV) - Solutions & Tradeoffs   Dr. James Sloand
  • Sodium Sieving: What's It All About? Dr. James Sloand
  • The Role of Peritoneal Dialysis in Cardio-Renal Syndrome Berlene Villanueva
  • Expanding PD Horizons: The Seven Oaks Hospital Experience Cindy Skidmore, Henni Dyck and Louise McBeth
  • Southern Alberta Renal Program: Cycler Assist Program Janice James
  • Let's Get Physical! The Manitoba Renal Program Exercise Initiative Cindy Skidmore
  • Optimal Fluid Balance and Body Impedance Dr. Ted Toffelmire
  • Peritonitis: Important to Know, Important to Prevent Dr. Paul Taylor
Western Canada PD Day 2009 was held on August 27, 2009 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver.

Conference Program


  • Home Visits: The Good and the Bad Ina Graham, Jennifer Chow, Nancy Erb
  • Kootenay Boundary Renal Program: Telerenal - Where We Were and Where We Are Now Katy Burke
  • Catheter Insertion Guidelines Dr. Victor Chan
  • Nursing Initiatives to Reduce Peritonitis and Increase Retention: Northern Alberta Renal Program Experience Irene Ryll
  • Does Size Matter? Saskatoon Health Region's PD Growth and Challenges Dr. Rod Stryker
  • Benchmarking PD Program Quality Dr. Claudio Rigatto and Dr. Mauro Verrelli


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