SUSHIELA APPAVOO
Dr. Sushiela Appavoo (MD’89)
General Radiologist, Medical Imaging Consultants, Edmonton, AB.

Chair, Canadian Association of Radiologists Breast Imaging Working Group
Dr. Appavoo is a general radiologist with an interest in breast imaging, currently practicing in Edmonton. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1989, interned at St. Paul’s Hospital and finished her radiology residency in 1994. She chairs the Canadian Association of Radiologists Breast Imaging Working Group and is working on a guideline update. Shiela is also the vice-president and a founding member of the Canadian Association of Breast Imaging QA, with involvement in the CAR Mammography Accreditation Program Steering Committee and the Alberta Breast Imaging Quality Assurance Committee.

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Dr. Earle DeCoteau (MD'64)
Professor Emeritus, College of Medicine, USask 
Dr. DeCoteau’s family first settled in Saskatchewan in 1892. After receiving his MD in 1964, he spent six years studying out of province and in 1972 returned to the University of Saskatchewan as a faculty member in the Department of Medicine. He was head of the Immunology and Rheumatology Program from 1974 to 1988. In 1988 he took a study leave to pursue the field of geriatrics at McMaster University. From 1989 to 2004 he was head of the section of geriatrics in the College of Medicine. Earle has remained active in the geriatric program at Saskatoon’s City Hospital and runs a dementia clinic at Providence Place in Moose Jaw, where he also serves as medical director. He is still active in research, focusing on the often under-diagnosed vascular disease of the brain.

 Betty-Ann Heggie
Betty-Ann Heggie (BEd'75)  
Author and Director of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
Betty-Ann Heggie, a thought leader in gender dynamics, has had articles featured in Harvard Business ReviewInc. MagazineApple News and The Huffington Post. The author of Gender Physics, Unlock the Energy You Never Knew You Had to Get the Results You Want, she speaks regularly on how men and women can make progress together in the modern workplace. She is also a corporate director, philanthropist and a former senior vice-president with Nutrien (formerly PotashCorp). She was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, the  Saskatchewan Business Hall of Fame, given the Trailblazer Award from Women in Mining Canada and named one of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining. Betty-Ann currently serves on the board of TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) where she initiated the ‘Share Her Journey’ and the Betty-Ann Heggie Womentorship programs.

Mike Kelly 
Dr. Michael Kelly (MD’99)
Professor and Head of Neurosurgery, USask College of Medicine

Neurosurgeon, Royal University Hospital 
Saskatchewan Clinical Stroke Research Chair
Dr. Kelly is professor and head of neurosurgery at the University of Saskatchewan. He graduated from USask in 1999 and completed his neurosurgery residency in 2005. Michael did three additional years of fellowship training in cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery. He holds the Saskatchewan Clinical Stroke Research Chair and has an active basic science and clinical research program focusing on stroke and other cerebrovascular disorders. He is also actively involved in the development of the Saskatchewan Stroke Strategy.

Dr. Larissa Pawluck (MD’09) 
Physician, Westside Community Clinic
Dr. Pawluck graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2009. She has been practicing as a family physician at the Westside Community Clinic, with sub-specialization in HIV care, addictions medicine and care for vulnerable populations. She is employed with the Saskatchewan Health Authority through the Opioid Assisted Recovery Services as a methadone/buprenorphine prescriber. Larissa has a passion for providing interdisciplinary, team-based care to vulnerable and inner-city populations.

Melinda Richter 
Melinda Richter (BComm'92) 
Global Head of JLABS, Johnson & Johnson Innovation
As global head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS, Melinda Richter fosters the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies external R&D engine and supports the innovation community with a specific emphasis on Johnson &  Johnson’s sectors: consumer and health tech, medical device and pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining JLABS, Melinda was founder and CEO of Prescience International, an award-winning firm dedicated to accelerating research to the patient. Melinda founded Prescience after she had a medical emergency that left her questioning the efficiency and efficacy of the health-care system. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and a MBA from INSEAD in France. She is vice-chair of the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), a board member of BIO’s Technology Transfer Committee, the Texas Health Catalyst Advisory Panel (The Dell Medical School and the Provost office of the University of Texas at Austin), the University of Toronto & Janssen Neuroscience Catalyst, and A*STAR ETPL’s Strategic Advisory Panel.

Rob Rutledge
Dr. Rob Rutledge 
Radiation Oncologist, Nova Scotia Cancer Centre
Associate Professor, Dalhousie University
Dr. Rutledge is a radiation oncologist and associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University. In addition to specializing in breast, prostate and pediatric cancers, he is an internationally renowned public speaker. Rob is also co-founder of the Healing and Cancer Foundation that offers educational videos, documentaries and web-casting seminars. In 2010, Rob received Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s Award of Excellence in Patient Care and in 2006 Doctors of Nova Scotia presented him with the Health Promotion Award in recognition to his contribution to physician health and health promotion in cancer patients. His research interests focus on psychosocial and spiritual oncology, health promotion, and professional caregiver health.

David Stollar
Dr. B. David Stollar (MD'59)
Professor Emeritus, Tufts University School of Medicine, B
oston, MA
A native of Saskatoon, Dr. Stollar graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1959 and interned for a year at the Royal University Hospital. He moved to Massachusetts for two years of postdoctoral research training at Brandeis University, and then served two years in the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research. In 1964 he joined the faculty of Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, where he pursued research and teaching for 41 years. He chaired Tufts’ Department of Biochemistry for 15 of those years. During a sabbatical year he was a senior fellow of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. As professor emeritus since 2005, David has returned to an early interest in historical subjects and has published one book. He has also been active in Jewish life, serving as president of Temple Reyim in Newton, MA for two years, and currently serving as member of its Board of Directors, its archivist, and chairman of the organization’s Endowment Committee.

Susan Tupper
Dr. Susan Tupper, BScPT, (PhD’12) 
Strategy Consultant, Pain Quality Improvement and Research, Saskatchewan Health Authority
Dr. Tupper is a licensed physical therapist with a PhD in Community Health and Epidemiology from the University of Saskatchewan and a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatrics. Her role with the Saskatchewan Health Authority includes research, program planning, policy writing, and education for health-care providers, trainees and the public. Her research examines clinical interactions about pain for those with chronic health conditions including hemophilia and sickle cell disease, virtual reality for pain management and education about pain. Susan is co-chair of the Board of Directors of SaskPain, a non-profit organization that aims to improve pain management in Saskatchewan.

Rob Weiler
Dr. Rob Weiler (MD'79)
Professor, Anesthesiology, College of Medicine, USask
Dr. Weiler graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1979. He has been involved with establishing a provincial program to provide medical assistance in dying to residents of Saskatchewan. Rob’s main clinical interest is public health.