Board Members

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Dr. Placide Rubabaza

President
Dr. Rubabaza is a practicing Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Rouge Valley Health System, Ajax-Pickering Site, with special interest in minimally invasive surgeries. He is a founding member of the Black Physician Association of Ontario. He brings many years of community involvement, including giving motivational messages to disadvanteged youths.

Dr. Rubabaza earned his medical degree at the University of Ottawa Medical School, and completed his specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University. He also earned a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry at the University of Ottawa.
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Dr. Onye Nnorom

Vice-President, Board Chair
Dr. Onye Nnorom is a Family Doctor and a Public Health & Preventive Medicine specialist. She practices at TAIBU Community Health Centre, in Scarborough and is the Primary Care Lead for the Central East Regional Cancer Program (Cancer Care Ontario), providing leadership on matters of cancer prevention and care to primary care physicians in the region. She is also the Associate Program Director of the Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto, and holds a cross-appointment in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Dr. Nnorom completed her medical degree at McGill University, and then completed a Masters of Public Health (Epidemiology) and residency training at the University of Toronto. Being of Nigerian and Trinidadian heritage, she is particularly interested in immigrant health, and Black community health and wellness. Her main area of interest is in the prevention of chronic diseases, particularly cancer.

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Dionne Woodward

Secretary
Dionne Woodward has held the role of Policy Analyst with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario for over three years. In this capacity, Dionne leads the review of College policies which set out legal obligations and professional expectations for physicians practising in Ontario. In addition, Dionne interprets health-related legislation and relevant case law to ensure College policies align with the legal landscape.

A lawyer by training, Dionne is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2014. She also served as a judicial law clerk with the Superior Court of Justice. Prior to pursuing law, Dionne obtained her Master's degree in public health sciences, and worked as an epidemiologist with the non-profit sector and all three levels of government.

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Dr. Bimpe Ayeni

Treasurer
Bimpe attended Yale University and completed a Masters in Public Health at Columbia University. She attended medical school at the University of Ottawa and completed a residency in Plastic Surgery at McMaster University. After a yearlong fellowship at Harvard, she started working at Southlake Regional health Centre.
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Dr. Tola Afolabi

Director of Membership
Dr. Afolabi is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon working in Waterloo County. Her practice focuses on hand conditions, skin cancer, and minor trauma. Dr. Afolabi also teaches medical trainees as an adjunct professor with McMaster University.

Dr. Afolabi completed medical school at the University of Toronto and residency at Dalhousie University. She also completed a fellowship in hand surgery at the University of Toronto. Prior to entering medicine, she completed an M.A. in English Language and Literature.

Dr. Afolabi is Nigerian-Canadian and has an interest in improving immigrant health and outcomes.

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Dr. Paul Galiwango

Director of Professional Development
Paul Galiwango is originally from Windsor, Ontario and came to the University of Toronto to do his undergraduate degree in Biology. He went on to attend the Medical School at U of T, and stayed in Toronto to do residencies in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. Following this he did a clinical fellowship at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute in Cardiac Imaging.

He has been a staff cardiologist at the Rouge Valley Health System since 2008, where he is medical director of the Cardiac Diagnostics lab, and also founded and co-directs the Cardiac CT Angiography program
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Dr. Neil Isaac

Member At Large
Dr Neil Isaac is a practising Radiologist at North York General Hospital. After completing an honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto, he went to Dalhousie University for Medical School as well as residency in Radiology. He completed a Fellowship in Cardiovascular Imaging from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Dr. Renee Beach

Member At Large
Dr. Beach joined the BPAO board of directors in 2015. She is the BPAO's representative on the Black Medical admissions subcommittee at the University of Toronto Medical School Admissions committee. Her goals are to help strengthen the network of practicing physicians of Afro-Caribbean descent in Ontario, and to work both informally, via mentorships, and formally, through committee initiatives, to raise the representation of this cohort in undergraduate MD programs.

Dr. Beach graduated from McMaster University’s School of Medicine and completed her dermatology residency at the University of Ottawa. She practices at Women's College Hospital as well as in private office. Within dermatology, she has a specific interest in treating dermatologic disease in a broad range of ethnic skin types.
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Dr. Chiebere O. Ogbuneke

Member At Large
Dr. Chiebere O. Ogbuneke is a Family Physician and a 5th year Public Health and Preventive Medicine Resident at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in Greater Sudbury. He completed his medical degree at Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Dr. Chiebere worked in Africa for a few years before moving to UK for a Master’s degree in Public Health at Bournemouth University, United Kingdom.

He is a co-founder of the Dolphin Family Foundation; a non-governmental organization (NGO) registered with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). Dr. Chiebere’s main interests are on vaccine preventable diseases and vaccine safety
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Richelle Samuel

Member At Large
Richelle received an honours degree in law and society and history from York University. She holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the bar in 2002. Richelle practised law in the community legal clinic setting where she was a former legal director. She currently works in the area of professional regulation for a regulatory college.
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Dr. Ewurabena Simpson

Member At Large
Dr. Ewurabena Simpson received her medical degree from McGill University in 2005. She completed her general pediatrics training and hematology/oncology fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto in 2012. During her fellowship training, she also completed a Master’s in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2010.

Dr. Simpson joined the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in 2012. Dr. Simpson’s clinical interests pertain to pediatric hemoglobinopathies, general hematology and thromboembolic diseases.

Her research interests are in health systems improvement for children and adults with hemoglobinopathies and other chronic hematological conditions. Dr. Simpson is committed to mentorship and has had the privilege of working with trainees at various stages of their education.

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Evol Williams

Member At Large
Mr. Evol Williams is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and holds Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Canadian Investment Manager (CIM) designations, and a life insurance license. Evol is an Associate Portfolio Manager with MD Management Limited, where he spent the first seven years as a Senior Financial Consultant. Evol has an interest in Black community outreach and intends to use his area of expertise to advance the work of the BPAO.

Continuing Professional Development (CME) Subcommittee

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Dr. Paul Galiwango

Chair
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Aisha Lofters

Research Lead
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Iftu Tahir

Support
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Adwoa Amamoo

Social

Fundraising Subcommittee

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Dr. Placide Rubabaza

Chair
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Dr. Bimpe Ayeni

Support

Outreach Subcommittee

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Dr. Onye Nnorom

Acting Co-Chair
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Elsie Amoako

Co-Chair
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Dr. Renee Beach

Member at large

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