Dr. Placide RubabazaPresident
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.
Dr. Onye NnoromVice-President, Board Chair
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.
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.
Dr. Bimpe AyeniTreasurer
Dr. Tola AfolabiDirector of Membership
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.
Dr. Paul GaliwangoDirector of Professional Development
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
Dr. Neil IsaacMember At Large
Dr. Renee BeachMember At Large
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.
Dr. Chiebere O. OgbunekeMember At Large
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
Richelle SamuelMember At Large
Dr. Ewurabena SimpsonMember At Large
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.