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CMDS Canada is blessed with knowledgeable speakers, who bring to our attention some of the ethical issues faced by Christian medical and dental professionals today. They inspire us and empower us to live for Christ in a secular world.  CMDS does not manage the expenses, honorariums or speaking schedule for speakers. The opinions of the speakers do not necessarily reflect the official policy of CMDS.If you would like to suggest a speaker that we could add to this page, please contact us.


Dr. Mark Chandra, BSc, MD, CCFP (EM) 

Dr. Chandra moved from New Brunswick to Ontario in 1996. He finished family medicine and his EM year at Queen’s University in 2003. Since then he’s practiced as a family and emergency room physician in many parts of Southern and Eastern Ontario. He currently lives in Peterborough and works as a hospitalist, along with his wife, in Lindsay. They have three wild kids. He recently retired as Student Secretary of the International Christian Medical and Dental Association (ICMDA) based in Vellore, India. Dr. Chandra enjoys speaking on topics such as loving God with your mind, world views, modernism, post-modernism, truth, relativism and Christian leadership. Dr. Chandra travels from Peterborough, Ontario. 

Dr. Abraham Ninan, MBBS, FRCPC in Pediatrics, Diploma in Christian Studies

After graduation in Medicine, Dr. Ninan worked in Mission hospitals for 5 years in India. He trained in Pediatrics and Neonatology and then worked as Neonatologist at the University Hospital in Saskatoon, was an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Pediatrics at the University of Saskatchewan until 1999. He has served on both the CMDS and EMAS Borads, other church/mission boards, and currently is the President of Emmanuel Hospital Association Canada. He is married to Leela, and they have 3 children, and 5 grandchildren.Dr. Ninan speaks on Wholistic Medical Missions, Spiritual transformation, Bible Teaching and Christian Discipleship.Dr. Ninan travels from Regina and Saskatoon. 

Dr. John Patrick MB, BS, MRCP, MD 

Dr. Patrick is a retired professor of biochemistry, clinical nutrition and paediatrics who now speaks to Christian and secular groups around the world on ethics, culture, public policy, and the integration of faith and science. He is President and Professor of the History of Science, Medicine and Faith at Augustine College in Ottawa. Dr. Patrick helps manage the Hippocratic Registry of physicians who understand medicine as a moral activity requiring authority beyond themselves, an absolute commitment to the sanctity of life, and freedom of conscience. Dr. Patrick travels from Ottawa, ON 

Dr. Dan Poenaru B.Sc., MD, MHPE, FRCSC, FACS, FCS(ECSA)

Dr. Poenaru is a pediatric surgeon who practiced academic surgery in Ontario before moving with his family in 2003 to Kenya as a missionary with Africa Inland Mission. For the past 8 years he has practiced the wide spectrum of African pediatric surgery, taught medical students, residents and fellows, and helped start BethanyKids at Kijabe Hospital, a Christian organization providing healing and hope for children with surgical problems. Dan is adjunct professor of surgery, clinical director of BethanyKids, and proud husband and father of 2 boys.Speaking Topics: medical missions; specialty and academic missions; global burden of disease researchDr. Poenaru travels from Hamilton, ON or Montreal, PQ 

Dr Joshua Raj FRCSEd, AMM,FICS, MCS, D.P.Th

Dr. Raj is an orthopaedic surgeon in Edmonton, AB, and bishop in the AOC India Christian Mission Church. He became a Christian in medical school and regularly goes on surgical missions to India and Africa. He holds a Masters in Christian Studies and a Doctor of Practical Theology degree.He speaks on New Spirituality and Christianity, comparative religions, missions and similar topics. He also teaches at Biblical Exposition workshops in India and Alberta. He is the author of "A Biblical Approach to Indian Traditions and Beliefs" (2008) and “A Guide to the Prevention and Treatment of Back Pain” (2011). He and his wife of 30 years have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. He travels from Edmonton. 

Dr. Dan Reilly BSc, MD, MHSc (Bioethics), FRCSC

Dr. Reilly practices ob/gyn in rural southern Ontario and teaches ob/gyn and ethics at McMaster University. Dr. Reilly is the President of the CMDS National Board, and provides leadership at the student level for both the Eastern Student Retreat and the Student Leadership Conference. He speaks on topics in biomedical ethics, faith and practice, women's health, teaching, and medicine as a career.Dr. Reilly travels from near Guelph, Ontario. 

Dr. E. Janet Warren, BSc, MD, MTS, PhD, CCFP, FCFP 

Dr. Warren is a Family Physician whose work has included general Family Practice, psychotherapy, ER and OB. She currently practices part time at a Counselling Center as well as working at various walk-in clinics and locum practices. Janet has recently embarked on a second career in theology, and her PhD thesis was recently published as Cleansing the Cosmos: A Biblical Model for Conceptualizing and Counteracting Evil. Her research and faith interests are diverse; she is vice president of the Canadian and Scientific and Christian Affiliation, and has membership in the Society for Pentecostal Studies, the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association, and the GP Psychotherapy Association. Janet lives in Stoney Creek and attends St. Peter by the Park ANIC church.Speaking topics: Christian counselling, understanding evil and suffering, demonology and deliverance, perspectives on healing, integration of science and faith, neuroscience and theology. 

Dr. Paul Zung D.D.S. MDiv (Counseling) 

Dr. Zung serves as the Senior Dentist at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, where for 25 years, he has cared for people with chronic severe mental illness or addictions. He is a clinical demonstrator in Prosthodontics at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Dentistry. Paul has pursued his interest in counselling and theology at Tyndale Seminary. He lives in Toronto with his wife and four children.He enjoys engaging people on the nurturing of the inner life, the ways in which our theology interacts with our behaviour, and how the Gospel challenges culture. Dr. Zung travels from Toronto, ON 

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