Tuesday, November 24th
6:30 pm - 8:15 pm EST

Virtual Medicine – To be or not to be the standard of care for CKD/ESRD patients

Cocktails: 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm EST

Debate: 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm EST

This event is only available to active CSN members and partners

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the meaning and spectrum of “virtual care”
  • Explore the current and proximate future context for virtual care
  • Debate the pros and cons of widespread ongoing use of virtual care beyond the Pandemic

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by The Canadian Society of Nephrology. You may claim a maximum of 1.25 hours (credits are automatically calculated).


Dr. Claudio Rigatto (Pro Side)
Winnipeg, MB

Dr. Claudio Rigatto is a Kidney specialist and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, as well a researcher and Academic Director at the Chronic Disease Innovation Centre. Dr. Rigatto is a recognized expert in biomarkers, point-of-care lab testing, telemonitoring and risk prediction in kidney disease. His current work is focused on using digital health technology to help patients safely and confidently treat and monitor their kidney disease at home. As a researcher, he has published over 180 peer reviewed articles, has presented at numerous national and international meetings, and has held leadership positions in various academic and health care system a more patient centered system.

Dr. Andrew House (Con Side)

Dr. Andrew House is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, London, Ontario, and is currently the Chair of the Western University Division of Nephrology, and the Chief of Nephrology at London Health Sciences Centre. He did his training in Physiology & Pharmacology at Western before his MD and specialist training at the University of Ottawa, and Masters in Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Western. As a trained clinical epidemiologist and nephrologist, Dr. House focuses on the design and analysis of clinical trials in hemodialysis and transplantation and has a long-standing interest in continuous renal replacement therapies and the metabolism of homocysteine. In 2007 he completed a six month sabbatical in Vicenza, Italy, where he developed his interests in Critical Care Nephrology and Cardiorenal Syndromes. He is an invited speaker at national and international conferences, and an award-winning teacher of Renal Physiology at Western University.


Prof. Deborah Zimmerman, MD, MSc
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

CSN is proud to offer this special cocktail experience prior to the debate. This cocktail service will be guided by bartender Tarquin Melnyk, Brand Ambassador of Ms. Better’s Bitters and Long Table Distillery, located in Vancouver Canada. You don’t want to miss it!

Tarquin Melnyk

In 2005 Tarquin Melnyk transitioned from a career in health care to hospitality. He’s since become a globally respected & awarded bartender.

Tarquin quest is to elevate beverage culture and provide a lasting experience for everyone he serves.

Having resettled in 2014 on Canada’s west coast, he took over the bar at Bambudda in Vancouver’s Gastown, where he transformed it into one of the city’s most notable and adventurous cocktail bars.

Tarquin’s love for horticulture and innovative molecular drinks led him to an involvement as global ambassador with Ms. Better’s Bitters, a line of high-quality bitters, syrups, vegan products along with Cocktail development for restaurants and bars across North America and beyond.

Tarquin is also a current member of the team at Vancouver’s Long Table Distillery - as lead bartender & ambassador. In addition, he is a writer, photographer and filmmaker, hosting globally-recognized content on a number of sites.