Our leaders work collaboratively to apply next generation disease prevention and management approaches, supportive and enabling technologies, and related advances in chronic disease.
CDIC is led by a core group of principal investigators with a broad array of medical, data analytics, health economics and research skills under one roof. This expertise combined with benefits of being situated within a community hospital with access to the Wellness Institute, and a market-oriented posture, combine to present a compelling case for commercial partners.
Dr. Paul Komenda, Research Director is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Nephrology at the University of Manitoba. He has completed a Masters in Health Administration at the Sauder School of Business in addition to a research fellowship at the University of British Columbia.
He currently serves as Medical Director of the Home Hemodialysis Program and Director of Research at Seven Oaks General Hospital.
Dr. Claudio Rigatto, Academic Director is Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine and an attending Nephrologist at both St. Boniface and Seven Oaks General Hospitals. He received his medical training at the University of Manitoba, including a BSc. in Medicine and at Memorial University in Newfoundland where he received his MSc. in Medicine.
He has been the recipient of numerous major research grants. He is currently one of the lead investigators for the Canadian Study of Prediction of Risk and Evolution to Dialysis, Death and Interim Cardiovascular Events Over Time.
Dr. Navdeep Tangri, Scientific Director is an attending physician and Assistant Professor in the Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine and the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Dr Tangri’s research program is clinical and translational and focused on improving clinical decision making for patients with advanced chronic kidney disease. He developed and validated the Kidney Failure Risk Equation to predict the need for dialysis in patients with CKD, and is presently engaged in multiple validation and implementation exercises to increase the uptake of the KFRE.
Dr. Ricardo Lobato de Faria is Chief Medical Officer of Seven Oaks General Hospital and the Medical Director for the Seven Oaks Emergency Department. As a Family Physician and Process Engineer Dr. De Faria tirelessly pursues process efficiency in Emergency Medicine and in the hospital. He was responsible for the innovative implementation of Patient Order Sets at Seven Oaks and is currently collaborating to create a computer model that captures all relevant ER activity for virtual testing of improvements.
Dr. Sean Armstrong is Medical Director of Hemodialysis at Seven Oaks General Hospital, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Manitoba Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Chair of the North American Peritoneal Dialysis University and Medical Director, Interventional Nephrologists. Dr. Armstrong is a leader in training physicians in bedside catheter insertion globally, a technique that has dramatically improved access to Peritoneal Dialysis and helped alleviate painful fluid buildup for certain cancer and other patients.