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As we all adjust to life with COVID-19, there are still many unanswered questions, especially for people with kidney disease or living with a kidney transplant. We are moving from a time when public health measures were in place to protect the masses and keep our communities as safe as possible to a time when individuals now need to make personal choices to assess their own risk and protect their personal health. For people living with kidney disease, there is still an increased risk for more severe consequences because of COVID-19 and as a result, the transition to a new-normal may look very different to them.


Dr. Upton D. Allen

Upton D. Allen is a Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. He is Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Dr. Allen is a Senior Associate Scientist in the Research Institute, Hospital for Sick Children. He is the interim director of the Transplant and Regenerative Medicine Centre at SickKids.​

In addition to being a general infectious diseases specialist, he is actively involved in clinical and research activities relating to immunocompromised patients, notably those who have undergone organ and stem cell transplantation as well as cancer therapies. He leads research studies addressing different aspects of COVID-19 including but not limited to the seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 among African Canadians. He is a recipient of the Order of Ontario (2018).

Corinne MacNab

Corinne MacNab has been with the Regional Kidney Care Program of Simcoe Muskoka in Orillia since 1999, working with patients in the multi kidney care clinic, and patients on hemodialysis both in-centre and in satellite units. ​

Corinne is passionate about palliative care, ethics, and truth-telling. She is the clinical Palliative Care Champion for the Ontario Renal Network and is currently the President of the Canadian Association of Nephrology Social Workers (CANSW).

Dr. Veronica Silva

Dr. Veronica Silva graduated from medical school from Universidad Evangelica of El Salvador. She completed internal medicine training at Queens University. She obtained her nephrology fellowship from the University of Western Ontario. She has been a staff nephrologist at Trillium Health Partners since 2012. She chairs the Peritoneal dialysis council at THP. Dr. Silva is highly respected by both her colleagues, as well as her patients. She always takes her time, show’s empathy while listening and acknowledges patients concerns with having that human touch.

Richard Dubois

Richard Dubois was first diagnosed with Alport syndrome at a very young age and is currently seventeen years into his second transplant. Also at a young age, he discovered his passion for photography and creative projects, and has worked as a commercial photographer ever since. Richard is delighted to volunteer for the Kidney Foundation from his home in Ottawa, where he lives with his wife and daughters. 

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