President’s Speaker Series

On Nov. 13, join Dr. Gail D’Onofrio in a discussion about finding solutions to the opioid crisis.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The Opioid Crisis: Truths, Trends and Treatments

Dr. Gail D’Onofrio, professor of emergency medicine and founding chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Yale School of Medicine

The opioid crisis in Canada has reached epidemic proportions. Emergency physicians are on the frontlines and uniquely positioned to develop solutions, initiate treatment, refer for ongoing treatment, and take a lead in harm reduction and preventing deaths.

But the challenges are daunting, and tackling this epidemic will require a spectrum of innovative strategies. These strategies entail understanding the neurobiology of addiction, increasing access to care, identifying those at high risk for overdose, safe prescribing, offering harm reduction techniques including providing naloxone, sharing data among agencies, and decreasing stigma by recognizing not only that words matter, but accurate words matter.

In her presentation, Dr. D’Onofrio will discuss research conducted by emergency physicians that has been instrumental in moving the field forward and saving lives, as well as how research can directly contribute to policy and practice change.


Tuesday, Nov. 13
Noon – 1 p.m.


  • Attend at the host site:
    Foothills Medical Centre
    1403 29 St NW
  • Attend at a telehealth site:
    Telehealth locations (updated Nov. 9, 2018)
  • Join by audio:
    Toll-Free: 1-855-719-5008 (passcode: 972744)

This activity can be utilized as a stimulus for claiming credits under Section 2 – Self Learning of the Royal College MOC program.

The Learning from the Best: President’s Speaker Series brings together leaders, physicians, clinicians, staff and partners from across the health system with international experts and innovators in the field of healthcare. Hosted by Alberta Health Services, the series engages AHS and its partners in rich dialogue on health innovations, advancements and strategies. It’s an opportunity to learn and discuss evocative ideas with leading thinkers in health.


Oct. 18, 2018

Stacey Chang: Changing Healthcare Systems by Design