Janet van Vlymen

Dr. Janet Miriam van Vlymen is the President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) for the year 2022.1)

She is certified for Independent Practice by the CPSO since July 8, 1991.2)

Education

van Vlymen received her MD from Queen's University in 1990, where she then completed postdoctoral training from July 1, 1992 - June 30, 1996.3) She moved on to a Fellowship in Ambulatory Anesthesia at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas.4)

Medical Practice

van Vlymen practices medicine through her corporate entity, Dungey & Van Vlymen Medicine Professional Corporation, in partnership with Dr. Paul Edwin Dungey, a coroner.5) 6)

Affiliations

Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society

van Vlymen co-authored a Society Position Paper on behalf of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society as well as the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and Canadian Heart Rhythm Society in 2012.7)

She also donated between $250.00 and $499.00 to the CAS from May 2019 - April 2020, and January - November 2021.8) 9)

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

In December 2021, van Vlymen was elected to the role of President of the CPSO for 2022.10) She had served the previous year as Vice President.11)

Kingston Health Science Centre

Medical Council of Canada

In 2017, van Vlymen was appointed to the Medical Council of Canada as a representative for the CPSO and Queen's University.15)

Providence Care Hospital

van Vlymen practices medicine and has hospital privileges as Providence Care Hospital.16)

Providence is partnered with Queen's University, founded by Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul, sponsored by the Catholic Health Corporation of Ontario, and funded by Home and Community Care Support Services under Ontario Health. The facility is also funded through the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation.

Queen's University

van Vlymen is an Associate Professor and former Deputy Head of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Queen's University.17)

Research

In 2017, van Vlymen was awarded a grant from the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation for a study called “Can healthcare-associated hepatitis C virus outbreaks occur when intravenous medication vials are accessed with clean needles and syringes for use in multiple patients?” Funding for the $148,235.00 award was provided by Medtronic.18)

van Vlymen published research in 2008 on ketamine, fentanyl and propofol, funded by the Physicians’ Services Incorporated Foundation.19)

COVID-19

On May 1, 2021, van Vlyen retweeted the CPSO's statement on “appropriate use of social media by physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic.”20)

In an interview with the CPSO's eDialogue newsletter, van Vlymen stated that “vaccines remain one of our strongest protections against this deadly disease, along with public health measures.” She expressed strong support for vaccine mandates, and said that it's “morally depressing and distressing to see the anti-vaccine misinformation.” She describes the process of shifting language away from guidance for doctors and into clear instructions, while increasing enforcement against doctors who disobey.21)

The following month, the office of founding Canadian Covid Care Alliance member Ira Bernstein was raided by the CPSO.22) 23)

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Meet the Council. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Retrieved February 21, 2022, from https://www.cpso.on.ca/en/About/Council/Meet-the-College-Council
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Van Vlymen, Janet Miriam - Doctor Details. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Retrieved February 21, 2022, from https://archive.ph/WO6bb
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(van Vlymen | Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. Queen’s University School of Medicine. Retrieved February 21, 2022, from https://archive.ph/idyvR
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Dungey, Paul Edwin - Doctor Details. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Retrieved February 21, 2022, from https://archive.ph/oB0nE
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Hendry, L. (2019, July 17). A coroner’s life in preventing death. Intelligencer. https://archive.ph/3hNOH
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Healey, J. S., Merchant, R., Simpson, C., Tang, T., Beardsall, M., Tung, S., Fraser, J. A., Long, L., van Vlymen, J. M., Manninen, P., Ralley, F., Venkatraghavan, L., Yee, R., Prasloski, B., Sanatani, S., & Philippon, F. (2012). Canadian Cardiovascular Society/Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society/Canadian Heart Rhythm Society Joint Position Statement on the Perioperative Management of Patients With Implanted Pacemakers, Defibrillators, and Neurostimulating Devices. Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 28(2), 141–151. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cjca.2011.08.121
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CAS Anasthesia News. (2020). In Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society. https://www.cas.ca/CASAssets/Documents/Anesthesia-News/CASnews2020Summer.pdf
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CAS Anesthesia News - Winter 2021. (2021, December). FlipHTML5. https://online.fliphtml5.com/blqt/kjeq/
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Dr. Janet van Vlymen elected President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. (2022, January 19). Faculty of Health Sciences | Queen’s University. https://archive.ph/Gv6Ip
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Dr. Janet van Vlymen appointed as Vice-President, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. (2020, January 28). Faculty of Health Sciences | Queen’s University. https://archive.ph/V91SO
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Van Vlymen, Janet Miriam - Doctor Details. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Retrieved February 21, 2022, from https://archive.ph/WO6bb
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Recognizing your contribution. University Hospitals Kingston Foundation. Retrieved February 21, 2022, from https://www.uhkf.ca/Your-Impact/Recognizing-Your-Contribution
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Council welcomes new members. (2017, October 23). Medical Council of Canada. https://archive.ph/9031Y
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Howard, S. K. (2017). 2017 APSF Grant Recipients. Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. https://archive.ph/RxUDF
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Messenger, D. W., Murray, H. E., Dungey, P. E., van Vlymen, J., & Sivilotti, M. L. A. (2008). Subdissociative-dose Ketamine versus Fentanyl for Analgesia during Propofol Procedural Sedation: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Academic Emergency Medicine, 15(10), 877–886. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1553-2712.2008.00219.x
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Janet van Vlymen (@JanetvanVlymen). (2021, May 1). Important statement from @cpso_ca about appropriate use of social media by physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Twitter. https://twitter.com/JanetvanVlymen/status/1388455519308877828
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Supporting Physicians in Extraordinary Times. (2021, December 17). eDialogue. https://archive.ph/6PVln
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Harvey, L. (2022, January 28). Toronto physician, co-founder of Canadian Covid Care Alliance, under investigation by medical regulator. Toronto Star. https://archive.ph/wNKib
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Stewart, A. (2022, January 28). Action launched against 3 more Toronto doctors for COVID-19 misconduct. Global News. https://archive.ph/G1En8
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