Meet The Advisors
Dr. Sol Stern
B.Sc., M.Sc., MD Family Physician, MCFP
Dr. Stern is a Family Physician and the Former Chief of Staff at Halton Healthcare Services in Oakville, ON. A member of the Canadian Pain Society as well as a member of Thrombosis Canada. He was also a panel Committee Member of the 2017 Opioid Guidelines.
Dr. Sol Stern obtained his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Toronto in 1982 after obtaining a BSc and MSc at the same university. He started a family medicine practice in Oakville, Ontario in 1983 and has been practicing in Oakville ever since. Dr. Stern spends about 1/4 of his time involved in CME and has developed and collaborated on many CME workshops including the topics of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic pain management. He has presented over 1000 CME programs over the last 20 years.
Dr. Kathryn Giles
MD, MSc, FRCPC
Dr. Kathryn Giles completed her medical school and neurology residency at the University of Toronto and moved straight to Cambridge Ontario. She has been a solo community neurologist, seeing both adult and paediatric patients for over 26 years. In addition to a busy full time clinical practice, she does clinical research in the area of multiple sclerosis and has authored numerous scientific posters presented at international MS and neurology meetings. She has sat as a volunteer on the Ontario board of the MS Society of Canada, just completing a 6 year tenure. She is a passionate educator, and although not formally associated with a teaching university position, is an active teacher to medical trainees and practicing physicians. Her strength is her practical approach to neurological disease. Dr. Giles has been a faculty member at Sea Courses for 3 years and is excited to be asked to join the medical advisory board. She hopes to help guide Sea Courses in appropriate educational content to meet the needs of specialists, who comprise approximately half of Sea Courses attendees.
Dr. Martin Gerretsen
Dr. Gerretsen is a family physician specializing in addictions medicine and has been involved in the development of CME conferences for over twenty years. He has built Sea Courses with a true doctor’s perspective, as a facilitator of “must know” information that is pertinent for today’s medical practice. He built his program on practitioners’ feedback of desires and needs. He is also an Elite Cruise Counsellor and Luxury Cruise Specialist and has sailed on over 150 cruises onboard twenty different cruise lines and to all seven continents.
Dr. John Axler
MD CCFP FCFP
John Axler, MD, CCFP, F.C.F.P. is an Assistant Professor, in the U of T, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community and Family Medicine . He was the Director of Continuing Education project for that department from 2003 to 2011 and and was the Director of Continuing Education for the same from 2011 to 2016. He has been actively involved in CME for over 25 years and has been the Course Director for Pri-Med( formerly Primary Care Today )Saturday at the University, as well as many other CME projects. He is the 2009 2010 co-winner of the U of T faculty of Medicine Colin Woolf award for Long-term Contribution to Continuing Education. He is the 2011 co-winner of the DFCM award for excellence in CME. He has helped develop over 200 accredited CME programs and an invited speaker to 100 CME events. He was in full time active clinical practice in Toronto from 1969 to July 1, 2012. He has retired from full time practice and now does locums.
Dr. Jeff Habert
MD, CCFP, FCFP
Dr. Habert is a Family Physician in Thornhill for the last 28 years. He is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Habert is also a Peer Assessor for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Investigating Coroner for the City of Toronto and a Peer Leader at Ontario MD. He has an interest in the use of clinical practice guidelines, and has participated on committees to establish guidelines in the areas of Depression, Stroke and Thrombosis. He has recently served on the Committee for the 2016-2017 Canadian Stroke Prevention Guidelines and is the Co-Chair of Thrombosis Canada Guidelines Committee. He is also on the 2017 Canadian Stroke Congress planning committee. Dr. Habert is very involved in the continuing education of Family Physicians in the areas of Thrombosis/Stroke, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, and Depression. He has served on numerous planning committees as a member and chairman for the creation of accredited CME programs. He has also lectured provincially and nationally on these topics. Dr. Habert is published in the areas of Thrombosis and Stroke Prevention, Depression, ADHD, Overactive Bladder and EMR use in Family Practice.