Advisory Board

Activities undertaken by JointHealth™ and its parent organization, Arthritis Consumer Experts, are guided by an Advisory Board, made up of leading scientific and medical experts and people living with arthritis. These are:

Dr. Matt Liang
Matt Liang, MD, MPH is an internationally renowned clinician/scientist who lent his considerable expertise to the development of the Arthritis Centre of Canada. Formerly a visiting professor in the Harold Robinson Chair (UBC), he leads a coalition to develop, provide and secure coordinated and comprehensive patient-centred services for people with arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases in British Columbia. He is also Professor of Medicine at the Harvard School of Medicine and Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health.

A graduate of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Liang has made major contributions to the field of rheumatology, especially with regard to health outcomes research. He is a gifted communicator who has served as a guest lecturer and visiting professor at major universities throughout North America and Europe. He also organizes and conducts clinical and health policy research with ARC partners and others around the world.

Dr. Liang's areas of research interest include the valuation of the surgical, medical, and rehabilitation interventions in arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases; the epidemiology of rheumatic disability; modifiable risk factors in high risk populations with systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis; the development of patient-centered outcome measures for clinical trials; the epidemiology of connective tissue diseases and etiologic risk factors; clinical decision making; doctor-patient communication; and chronic disease health policy.

Dr. Dianne Mosher
Dianne Mosher, MD, FRCPC is a graduate of Dalhousie Medical School. She is Professor of Medicine at Dalhousie University and has an appointment at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Science Center. She is the lead rheumatologist in a multi-disciplinary arthritis centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a past president of the Canadian Rheumatology Association.

Dr. Mosher is the co-author of "Living Well with Arthritis" and former president of the Canadian Rheumatology Association. In 2005, Dr. Mosher served as one of four co-chairs for the Summit on Standards for Arthritis Prevention and Care. Currently, she serves as a co-chair of the Alliance for the Canadian Arthritis Program, a coalition of over 20 arthritis organizations and stakeholders from across Canada.

Dr. Robin Poole
Robin Poole, PhD, DSc is the Scientific Director Emeritus of the Canadian Arthritis Network and Chair of the Partnerships and Sustainability Committee. He specializes in studying cartilage in development (growth plate) and arthritis (articular), particularly the synthesis and degradation of collagen fibrils, and immunity to non-collagenous proteins in inflammatory arthritis.

Former director of the Joint Diseases Laboratory at Montreal's Shriners Hospitals for Children, Dr. Poole is a professor at McGill University's department of surgery and an adjunct associate professor at the University of Montreal. Dr. Poole is also a member of the advisory board of the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, and acts as a consultant in research for a number of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Dr. Kam Shojania
Dr. Shojania graduated from the University of British Columbia (UBC) medical school in 1989. In 1993 he completed his specialty training in Internal Medicine at UBC and was chief medical resident at Vancouver General Hospital. He subsequently completed his fellowship in Rheumatology in June 1995 at UBC and was awarded a Canadian Arthritis Society scholarship in 1995.

Currently, Dr. Shojania is a Clinical Associate Professor and Head of Rheumatology at the University of British Columbia where he also holds the position of Rheumatology Postgraduate Program Director. He was the Medical Director of the Vancouver Pain Clinic from 1996 to 2001. From 1998 to 2007, he was the Director of Continuing Medical Education in the UBC Division of Rheumatology. From 2001 to 2006, he was the recipient of a Clinician-Teacher Award from The Arthritis Society. Dr. Shojania is the 2003 recipient of the UBC Faculty of Medicine Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Shojania has been in rheumatology practice since 1995 and is on staff at St. Paul's Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital. He is an investigator at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC) in Vancouver and from 2000 to 2006 he was the Director of Clinical Trials at ARC. He was a founding member and Director of the Canadian Rheumatology Research Consortium. He is involved in several ongoing clinical trials in the areas of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and ankylosing spondylitis.

Gordon Whitehead
Gordon Whitehead was first diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 1976. At that time, he was a serving diplomat in the Canadian Foreign Service and he found that confronting and treating his disease proved particularly challenging when moving to and from places such as Islamabad, New Delhi, London, Bonn, Warsaw and other locales where treatments were sometimes inaccessible or at a remove from Canadian norms. He served in a wide variety of positions in External Affairs, latterly that of Director of Programmes for Europe, which embraced responsibility for Canadian academic, cultural and scientific exchanges with Western and Eastern Europe. He was also on the official Canadian Delegations to formal meetings on Cultural Exchanges and Human Rights, held under the auspices of the Helsinki Accords.

A native of British Columbia, Gordon moved back to the Province when he became Director of Immigration Policy for the Government of BC in 1992. In 1994, he was appointed as a judge on the Immigration and Refugee Board in Vancouver, a position he retired from in 2002.

Because of career demands and a peripatetic lifestyle, Gordon is a late entrant to the domain of volunteer work and arthritis advocacy. In 2003, he joined "Patient Partners in Arthritis"—an organisation that does demonstrations of musculoskeketal examinations to health care providers and he is now Vancouver Site Co-Coordinator for that organisation. He has since become a member of CAPA (Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance) and he is now the co-chair of the Alliance for the Canadian Arthritis Program, a group of over 20 arthritis organizations and stakeholders working together to implement 12 Standards for Arthritis Prevention and Care. He is greatly enjoying his work with the Consumer Advisory Board of the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada.

Gordon believes strongly that we Canadians have both the collective will and the capacity to make the Canadian Health Care system the best and most responsive in the world for persons afflicted with arthritis and other chronic conditions.