Advisory Council

Jonathan is a film and television professional, an interactive media producer and an educational app designer. His son Will had Incomplete Kawasaki Disease around his second birthday and was successfully treated despite a difficult diagnosis. The family is acutely aware that Will’s successful outcome hinged on awareness of the disease, and that many other children are not as fortunate. Jonathan is thrilled to be working with KD Canada to raise awareness among parents, caregivers, family doctors and other healthcare professionals so that more cases are caught early and treated.

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Nita Chahal is a nurse practitioner at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto and also has a cross-appointment at the faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. Nita has a graduate degree from University of Toronto, Clinical Nurse Specialist / Nurse Practitioner program. She has developed expertise in vascular management and works in collaboration with Dr. McCrindle for the management of hyperlidemia and Kawasaki disease management. Nita’s research interests are in preventive cardiology-including pediatric Kawasaki disease, dyslipidemia, Childhood obesity and psychosocial impact of chronic illness on children and families.

Dr. Dillenburg is a Paediatric Cardiologist at McMaster University and Hospital for Sick Children.

Dr. Dillenburg earned her medical degree from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, where she also completed her Residency in Pediatrics at the Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre. Subsequently, she completed Pediatric Cardiology Residency training at the Instituto de Cardiologia do RGS in Porto Alegre.

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Dr. Brian McCrindle is a Staff Cardiologist, Section Head of Preventive Cardiology and Senior Scientist, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. He is a Professor of Pediatrics, University of Toronto, and holds the CIBC Children’s Foundation Chair in Child Health Research. He has long-standing interests in aspects of preventive cardiology and obesity, Kawasaki disease, thrombosis, and outcomes of congenital heart disease, and contributes to research, policy and clinical practice guidelines in these areas. He currently is on the Executive Committee for the Centre for Healthy Active Kids at Sickkids, is a Principal Investigator with the NIH Pediatric Heart Network, and provides leadership for the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society Data Center.

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Ken is a registered pharmacist with a diversity of experience in many practice settings over the course of his 30 year career. He is currently responsible for recruitment and admissions at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, and a key member of the School’s executive team. He believes pharmacists can play an important role in educating the public about the early warning signs for Kawasaki Disease and is committed to ensuring that the pharmacy community is aware of the disease and the role they can fill in propagating that awareness.

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Dr. Yeung is a Professor of Paediatrics, Immunology and Medical Science at the University of Toronto and the Senior Scientist in Cell Biology Research at The Hospital For Sick Children.

The goal of Dr. Yeung’s research is to understand the mechanisms governing autoimmunity, specifically the mechanisms involved in initiating and sustaining the immune response in Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases. Dr. Yeung uses Kawasaki Disease as an experimental model for studying Autoimmunity. Basic science findings have been translated into clinical correlates, which in turn are leading to new therapeutic interventions to improve the outcome in children affected with Kawasaki Disease.

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