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A Head on Approach to Understanding Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury in the Medicolegal
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WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Physicians, Life Care Planners, Orthopedics, Psychiatrists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Physiotherapists, Case Managers, Speech and Language Pathologists, Chiropractors, Rehabilitation Professionals—other medical legal professionals will benefit from attending.

When: Friday, October 20, 2017
7:30 AM
Where: Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel
90 Bloor Street East
Toronto, Ontario  M4W 1A7
Contact: Cristina
416 487 4040 | 888 672 9999

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A Head on Approach to Understanding Moderate to
Severe Traumatic Brain Injury in the Medicolegal Setting

Friday, October 20, 2017
Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel
90 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON M4W 1A7

REGISTRATION FEES: includes program materials, breakfast, lunch & two breaks).  13% HST is applicable and will be added when you finalize the registration # 894035195

  • Clinician Members $325.00 + $67.25 (13% HST) = $367.25
  • Associate Members (Allied Health Professionals) $275.00 + $35.75 (13% HST) = $310.75
  • Non-Member $495.00 + $64.35 (13% HST) = 559.35
  • Students $75.00 + $9.75 (13% HST) = $84.75


  1. Improve knowledge on the sequelae and management of moderate to severe traumatic brain injury.
  2. Develop a better understanding of expected course of recovery of moderate to severe traumatic brain injury.
  3. Review the care needs and supports required by patient's with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury.
  4. Improve understanding of considerations for future care needs in moderate to severe traumatic brain injury.
  5. Learn how to address points of contention that arise during the litigation of traumatic brain injury.
  6. Learn what is helpful/harmful as an expert witness in cases of moderate to severe traumatic brain injury.
Introduction to Moderate to Severe Brain Injury—a Physiatric Perspective:  Dr. Nora Cullen
Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury—a  Neurological Perspective:  Dr. Bryan Young, MD., FRCPC


Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury—a Neuropsychological Perspective: Dr. Christopher Hope, Neuropsychologist
11:15AM Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury—a Speech Language Pathologist Perspective:
Lisa Abbott Moore, MS CCC-SLP, SL-P(C), CDAT, past BRS-S, Reg. CAPSLO



Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury—an Occupational Therapist Perspective: Ranya Ghatas, B.Sc., B.Sc. Hon. OT, Registered Occupational Therapist


Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury —a Physiotherapist Perspective:Dennis Polygenis, B.Sc.PT., MCPA, Physiohealth Inc.


Litigating Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury—a Legal Perspective Adam Wagman, Senior Partner, Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP and
Linda Matthews, Partner, Matthews Abogado LLP



  3:30PM Mock cross examination Defense

Mock cross examination Plaintiff






Dr. Nora Cullen, BSc, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Dr. Cullen is a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Assistant Professor at University of Toronto. Over the last 10 years she has worked on the ABI unit at Toronto Rehab treating patients with moderate to severe brain injuries, teaching medical students, residents and fellows along the way.

She is an investigator in several research projects in the area of acquired brain injury recovery and has a clinical interest in neuropharmacology.

Dr. Cullen is the Chair of NepalAbility, a group that sends interprofessional teams to Nepal every six months to teach disability management to staff in rural hospitals in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains.


Ranya Ghatas, B.Sc., B.Sc. Hon. OT, Reg. (Ont.)
Ranya Ghatas graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, with honours and has since been working as an Occupational Therapist in private sector, providing community-based services since 2002. Her current practice includes providing assessments and treatments of individuals who have sustained serious orthopedic, spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries; as well as, psychological and cognitive impairments. Her experience includes performing home modification assessments, determining and coordinating the need for assistive devices to enable functioning; as well as, working as part of a multi-disciplinary team both in the hospital and the community.

Ranya has special interest and training in assessing pediatric and youth population with congenital and acquired brain injuries, affecting their physical, emotional and cognitive functioning. She maintains an active caseload that includes case management, hospital discharge planning, in-home assessments, implementation of functional restoration programs, assessment of Attendant care needs, work site evaluations and catastrophic determination assessments.

Ranya has completed the American Board of Forensic Professionals Impairment Rating course and holds valid certification in impairment and disability rating based on the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 4th Edition. She is trained and certified in the administration of the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPs) and has successfully completed the Level 1 Children and Youth with Acquired Brain Injury certification training program through Brock University. Ranya has been recognized and accepted as an Expert Witness in the area of Occupational Therapy practice and regularly attends seminars and workshops to remain current on the SABS and her areas of practice.

Linda Matthews, Partner, Matthews Abogado LLP

Linda is a trial and appellate lawyer focusing on advocacy and insurance litigation for over 20 years. She has extensive jury and non-jury trial experience and appellate experience. She has expertise in catastrophic claims and has represented insurers in arbitrations at the Licence Appeal Tribunal, Financial Services Commission, private arbitrations and loss transfer matters.

She has numerous reported appeal and trial decisions with her most recent successes reported in Sanofi Pasteur Limited v. UPS SCS, Inc., 2015 ONCA 88 affirming 2014 ONSC 2695 (a subrogation/liability dispute on an $8 million claim) and Debruge v Arnold, 2014 ONSC 7044, a successful threshold motion after a jury verdict. She has also been the successful moving party on numerous summary judgment motions including most recent victories in Njai v. Njai [2016] O.J. No. 1073; Sanofi Pasteur Limited v. UPS SCS, Inc., 2015 ONCA 88 affirming 2014 ONSC 2695 (a subrogation/liability dispute on an $8 million claim); Ferrier v. Hubbert, 2015 ONSC 5286 (social host defence on a $6 million claim); and Gohm v. York et al, 2013 ONSC 7118 (occupiers’ liability claim on a farm policy). She conducts private arbitrations with a most recent decision in The Co-operators v. AXA Insurance relating to a priority dispute on a catastrophic claim.

She provides advice and representation to clients on a broad spectrum of insurance issues, including insurance coverage issues, CGL policies and litigation, tort motor vehicle litigation, statutory accident benefits/catastrophic claims, medical malpractice claims, property claims, loss transfer/priority arbitration disputes, occupiers liability claims, homeowners’ property and liability claims, product liability matters, fraud and subrogation claims. She provides lectures and seminars to lawyers and insurance professionals on trial advocacy and various insurance issues. She is a member of the Advocates Society, Canadian Bar Association, the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto and the Canadian Defence Lawyers.

Dr. Christopher Hope, Neuropsychologist
Dr. Christopher Hope received his Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Windsor. He completed his internship at Henry Ford Health Sciences Centre with specific training in the neuropsychological assessment of adults and seniors with various neurological disorders and the psychological treatment of individuals with depressive and anxiety disorders. This training emphasized the neuropsychological evaluation of candidates for surgical treatment for epilepsy, individuals suffering from brain injury, and individuals with suspected dementia.

Dr. Hope has been in private practice since 2009. He has conducted hundreds of psychological and neuropsychological disability evaluations since that time including insurance evaluations, medical-legal evaluations, psychoeducational evaluations and evaluations for treatment planning. He has completed the ABIME course for training and certification in making Catastrophic Impairment Determinations and regularly conducts such assessments.

Dr. Hope is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario with competence to perform psychological and neuropsychological assessments and treatment with adults and seniors. He is a member of the Ontario Psychological Association and International Neuropsychological Society. He has been qualified as an expert witness in Neuropsychology and Psychology by employment and FSCO arbitrators.

Lisa Abbott Moore, CCC/SLP, SLP (C), Reg. CASLPO
I have worked as speech language pathologist for 26 years. I have extensive experience in a variety of settings and full range of age groups, from infants in the neonatal intensive care unit, to adults in the geriatric setting. I have worked with clients with a variety of issues, including, traumatic brain injury, swallowing disorders (dysphagia), voice rehabilitation, adult neurogenics, adolescents with psychiatric diagnosis, and childhood speech and language disorders, in the medical, educational, and community settings.

As a past Board Recognized Swallowing Specialist, I have a great deal of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of clients with voice and swallowing disorders and is versed in a variety of evaluation and treatment techniques, including video fluoroscopy, Fiber Optic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES), and Surface EMG.



Dennis Polygenis B.Sc.PT., MCPA, Physiohealth Inc.
Mr. Polygenis is a healthcare professional with extensive clinical and management experience in the medical rehabilitation sector.  He is a principal of a healthcare company that provides assessment and treatment solutions to its patients and clients in multiple locations across Ontario.  Mr. Polygenis has been in clinical practice as a physical therapist for 18 years and held the appointment of a Clinical Tutor for the University of Toronto from 1999-2003.  His clinical experience includes paediatrics, orthopaedics, brain injury and spinal cord injury. He is an International Surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and has accredited facilities in the United States, South America, and Europe.  He is a certified functional evaluator and is certified in the 4th Edition AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment Rating and is a Certified Catastrophic Impairment Rater. He has extensive experience in assessing loss of services in the areas of employment and long term needs for persons with musculoskeletal impairments, including chronic and catastrophic impairments. 

Adam K. Wagman, Senior Partner, Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP
Adam Wagman is a Senior Partner, and the former Managing Partner at Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP. He was admitted to The Law Society of Upper Canada in 1996. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a B.A. (Mathematics) in 1991 and from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Adam is the proud recipient of the Ontario Brain Injury Association Professional Award. He was selected by his peers to the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and to Best Lawyers as a Leading Practitioner in Personal Injury Law. Adam is designated as a Certified Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Adam is recognized as a leader in the legal community. He was elected President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (2016/17).  He is a member of the Bench and Bar Committee (Toronto Region), FSCO Auto Legal Advisory Committee, FSCO Automobile Insurance Stakeholder Advisory Committee, ADRC Counsel Forum, Law Society Treasurer Liaison Group and Practical Law Advisory Board. He was also a member of the Toronto Region Case Management Steering Committee (Communications and Education Sub-Committee) and the Ontario Bar Association Civil Litigation Section Executive. He is a Past-President of the Ontario Association of Community Based Boards for Acquired Brain Injury Services (OACBABIS), a past member of the Board of Peel Halton Acquired Brain Injury Services and was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Society of Toronto.

Adam is a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice, Ontario Bar Association, Canadian Bar Association, Advocates’ Society, Medico-Legal Society of Toronto and Toronto Lawyers Association. Adam has been invited to speak at programs hosted by a range of organizations and institutions, including the Ontario Bar Association, the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, The Advocates’ Society, the Law Society of Upper Canada, Sunnybrook Hospital, St. Michael's Hospital, Bridgepoint Health and West Park Hospital, as well as legislative committees on insurance reform.

Adam’s practice is devoted to litigation primarily in the areas of personal injury litigation and insurance claims for accident victims.

Dr. Bryan Young, MD., FRCPC

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