JOY, TEARS, MEDICINE AND THE LAW – fireside chat with Dr. Karina Kowal, Toronto, Canada
Date: Monday, October 9th, 2023 at 16:00
Venue: Medical University of Gdańsk, Internationalization Office, ul. Dębinki 7, Building No. 13, Level 2, Conference room No. 23
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Dr. Karina Kowal
Dr. Karina Kowal is an alumna of the Medical University of Gdansk and is now a medicolegal litigation strategist at one of the most prominent law firms in Canada. Dr. Kowal provides advice to lawyers who handle litigation and assists them in making reasoned and well founded decisions. She uses her extensive knowledge and expertise across medicine, law and judicial decision making to find the right balance of treatment, compensation and justice that will help everyone involved.
Dr. Kowal received her degree in medicine from the Medical University of Gdańsk in 1999 and began her career as a physician in medical rehabilitation. After obtaining her second, graduate degree from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montreal in insurance medicine and medicolegal expertise, she began conducting independent medical examinations for both plaintiff and defence lawyers for law suits.
Dr. Kowal then went on to complete a Master of Laws specializing in health law and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) at Osgoode Hall Law School (York University) in 2014, at one of the most prominent law schools in Canada. She was appointed as a judge by the government in Canada to a specialised court handling only medical matters, such as motor vehicle accidents and complaints against health professionals. Dr. Kowal served as judge on this specialized health court from 2012 to 2022.
Dr. Kowal is also board certified by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a Certified Independent Medical Examiner (CIME) and also holds the following designations and memberships:
- Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb.) from the ADR Institute of Canada
- Licensed paralegal, notary public and member of the Law Society of Ontario
- Certification in psychotherapy for physicians – University of Toronto
- Executive committee – board of directors and treasurer of the Medical Legal Society of Toronto (MLST)
- Member of the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators (CSME)
- Member of the American Board of Independent Medical Evaluators (ABIME)
- Member of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR)
- Member of the ADR Institute of Ontario and Canada (ADRIO and ADRIC)
Dr. Kowal teaches law students at both Osgoode Hall and the University of Toronto as well as medical students at the University of Toronto in the areas of professional ethics, and medical consent and capacity.
She has returned now to the Medical University of Gdańsk, for the first time in 25 years, to share her experiences, knowledge and insights with the students of the school she most fondly remembers!
September 30th, 2023 – Dr. Sylwia Jasinski, MUG graduate class 2013, assistant professor Dept. Pediatric Haematology & Oncology, NYU, Langone Long Island, participated as a speaker in Panel 2 of the Career Booster Europe education fair event organized at Fordham University New York, NY, USA by Goethe Institut in cooperation with several European universities, organizations and diplomatic entities, including Polish Cultural Institute in New York. More information available here