The Concussion Symposium for Lawyers, Judges, Insurers and Clinicians 2018

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The Concussion Symposium for Lawyers, Judges, Insurers and Clinicians 2018



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8:15 a.m. – 8:25 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dr. Charles H. Tator, Neurosurgeon

8:25 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Law Society of Ontario

Malcolm Mercer, Treasurer, Law Society of Ontario

8:30 a.m. – 8:55 a.m. Overview of Concussions

Recognition and Diagnosis of Concussion Spectrum of Disorders (Acute Concussion, Second Impact Syndrome, Post-concussion Syndrome, Mental Health Disorders, and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)).

Dr. Charles H. Tator, Neurosurgeon

8:55 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Concussions: To Whom and Where?

Who gets concussions (demographics), where (school, work, home), and why (sports leagues, intimate partner violence). Concussions among amateur and professional athletes: What are the differences?

Richard Wennberg, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Neurologist

9:15 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. Imaging and Biomarkers of the Concussion Spectrum of Disorders

The latest discoveries in our ability to detect concussion, post-concussion syndrome and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. “Not seeing” should not mean “not believing.”

David J. Mikulis, MD, FRCPC, Neuroradiologist
Carmela Tartaglia, MD, FRCPC, Cognitive Neurologist

9:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. The Neuropathology of Concussions and Their Consequences

Lili-Naz Hazrati, MD, Ph

10:20 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. Coffee and Networking Break

10:35 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Utility and Limitations of Neuropsychological Assessments for Persisting Concussion Symptoms

Robin Green, PhD, C.Psych., Clinical Neuropsychologist
Lesley A. Ruttan, PhD, C.Psych., Clinical Neuropsychologist

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Treatment for the Concussion Spectrum of Disorders: Fact and Fiction

Treatment of symptoms related to concussions, e.g., headaches, dizziness, whiplash, visual, sleep, and mental health disorders.

Dr. Charles H. Tator, Neurosurgeon
Abe Snaiderman, MD, FRCP (C), Neuropsychiatrist
Carmela Tartaglia, M.D., Cognitive Neurologist

11:30 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Practice, Policies, and Guidelines for Concussion Management

Practitioners and clinics – Who is licensed and trained? Guidelines: Who creates them and how are they validated? Current and pending legislation in Canada. Concussion prevention.

Dr. Charles H. Tator, Neurosurgeon

11:55 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Question and Answer Session

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch and Networking Break (Lunch will be provided)

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. A View from Concussed Patients (Panel Discussion) (30 minutes )
Patients present their personal experiences navigating through recovery, compensation, and/or litigation.

Moderator: Dr. Charles H. Tator, Neurosurgeon Legal and Insurance Perspectives on Concussions
Moderator: The Honourable Karen Weiler, Retired Judge, Court of Appeal for Ontario

1:45 p.m. – 2:35p.m. Litigating the Concussion Case: Plaintiff’s Viewpoint and Defendant’s Viewpoint (15 minutes)

Patrick Brown, C.S., McLeish Orlando LLP
James Tomlinson, McCague Borlack LLP

2:35 p.m. – 2 50 p.m. Coffee and Networking Break

2:50 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Insights from the Bench on Concussion Cases (5 minutes )

The Honourable Darla Wilson, Superior Court of Justice
D. Keith Smockum, Smockum Zarnett LLP

Workplace Safety and Insurance Perspectives Regarding Concussions

Moderator: James Tomlinson, McCague Borlack LLP (10 minutes )

3:15 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. WSIB Viewpoint 

Aaron Thompson, MD, MPH, FRCPC, Medical Director, Occupational Disease, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)

3:40 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. Insurance Company Viewpoint

Sam Mikail, PhD (Clinical Psychology) Senior Consultant, Mental Health, Sun Life Financial

4:05 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Question and Answer Session

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. A Special Conversation: Evolving Perspectives on Concussions

Ken Dryden, member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, former Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister, author of Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador and the Future of Hockey.
The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, OC, O. Ont., QC, former Chief Justice and Attorney General of Ontario, Counsel, Hull & Hull LLP
Dr. Charles H. Tator, Neurosurgeon

5:00 p.m. Program Ends

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