Concussion Program


Pan Am Clinic

What We Do

The Pan Am Concussion Program is a provincial government-funded clinical program that provides multidisciplinary care to pediatric patients with concussion and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) living in Manitoba, northwestern Ontario and central Nunavut. This program cares for concussion patients with acute sport and non-sport related injuries as well as those with persistent post-concussion symptoms. It also coordinates multi-disciplinary assessment and rehabilitation of children and adolescents with moderate and severe TBI. The multi-disciplinary team includes provincial experts from a number of TBI-related sub-disciplines including neurosurgery, neuropsychology, exercise science, vestibular and cervical spine physiotherapy, adolescent psychiatry and neurology. The Pan Am Concussion Program engages in research that advances the understanding and clinical management of paediatric concussion and TBI. The program has also partnered with provincial leaders in sport and education to develop harmonized sport- and school-based concussion protocols that help optimize concussion education, prevention and evidence-based management throughout Manitoba.

Clinical Team and Consultants

  • Dr. Michael Ellis - Medical Director, Neurosurgeon
  • Dr. Lesley Ritchie - Neuropsychologist
  • Dean Cordingley - Exercise Physiologist
  • Karen Reimer - Physiotherapist (vestibular)
  • Vanessa Ellis - Physiotherapist (vestibular/neuro)
  • Shannon Larkins - Physiotherapist (cervical spine)
  • Dr. Satnam Nijjar - Headache Neurologist
  • Dr. Janine Johnston - Neuro-Ophthalmologist
  • Dr. Shahid Hosain - Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Dr. Mark Koltek - Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Dr. Gerald Olin - Chiropractor
  • Dr. Marco Essig - Neuro-Radiologist
  • Dr. Martin Bunge - Neuro-Radiologist
  • Dr. Angela Sam - Neuro-Radiologist
  • Dr. James Koenig - Radiologist
  • Dr. Scott Gregoire - Radiologist
  • Dr. Michael Davidson - Radiologist
  • Dr. Colin Kazina - Pediatric Neurosurgeon
  • Dr. Peter MacDonald - Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Dr. Brian Black - Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Dr. Norm Silver - Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician
  • Dr. Scott Sawyer - Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician
  • Courtney Pollett - Administrative Assistant

Concussion Program

Contact Information

Phone Number: 204.927.2766
Fax Number: 204.927.2768
Phones are answered: Mon-Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm

The Concussion Program is located on the Second Floor of the MTS Iceplex, 3969 Portage Ave, Winnipeg.

The mailing address is 75 Poseidon Bay, Winnipeg, MB, R3M 3E4

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CONNECT Program

Patients living in rural and remote northern communities in Manitoba and Nunavut can face challenges accessing primary and specialized healthcare due to geographic, socio-economic and cultural factors. To improve access to specialized concussion care, the Pan Am Concussion Program has partnered with leaders from Ongomiizwin Health Services, MBTelehealth, First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Jordan’s Principle, Kivalliq Inuit Services and Government of Nunavut to developed the Pan Am Clinic CONcussion in the North EConsultation and Telemedicine (CONNECT) Program. Together, this program allows patients living in rural and remote communities in Manitoba and Nunavut to receive the highest standard of concussion and TBI care closer to their home communities.

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Intimate Partner Violence Traumatic Brain Injury Pilot Clinical Pathway

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a global public health concern characterized by physical, sexual or emotional abuse or controlling behaviors inflicted by a current or former spouse or intimate partner. Approximately 80% of police-reported victims of IPV in Canada are women and Manitoba has the second highest rate of police-reported IPV among the Canadian provinces. Among the most common yet often under-recognized injuries sustained by victims of IPV is traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can range from concussion to more severe structural injuries (e.g. intracranial hemorrhage or bleeding). Furthermore, survivors of IPV can experience episodes of non-fatal strangulation that can result in hypoxic-ischemic brain injuries. In addition to TBI, survivors of IPV can also experience injuries to the face including complex orbital, maxillofacial, and mandibular injuries as well as injuries to other parts of their body. Those who experience IPV are also at risk of developing mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorders as well as other medical conditions.
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Kivalliq Intimate Partner Violence Traumatic Brain Injury Pilot Program

The Kivalliq Intimate Partner Violence Traumatic Brain Injury Pilot Program is a project initiated in partnership by the University of Manitoba Ongomiizwin Health Services, Kivalliq Health Centre in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut and the Pan Am Clinic in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The objective of this pilot project is to evaluate the feasibility of a collaborative community-based program to optimize the multi-disciplinary care of survivors of intimate partner violence who sustain traumatic brain injuries and live in the Kivalliq region of Nunavut.

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