*A NOTE ABOUT THIS EPISODE FROM DR. SHELLEY BOYD:
First, it is important to note that information provided today is not meant to substitute for an eye exam with your healthcare provider, and no giving or receiving of personal health information is implied.
And also, Dr Boyd wishes to clarify that in compliance with COVID guidelines, her St Michael’s Hospital research program in AMD remains closed – ensuring that her patients are safe and not exposed to unnecessary risk – while her Oshawa practice remains open for urgent and essential care. Like the rest of us, she is looking forward to returning to a new norm in the months ahead, and to seeing many of you again.
This week Steve and Diana chat with Canadian comedy legend Ron James! Ron regales us with stories from the road, explains why his love of touring Canada fills his heart more than chasing fame in America ever could, and the excellent career advice he got from none other than Billy Connolly.
Ron introduces us to his friend… scientist, ophthalmologist and entrepreneur Dr. Shelley Boyd. Dr. Boyd is the founding director of Canada’s only dedicated ‘Dry’ Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) clinic at St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. Boyd explains why Canadians are at the forefront of this field, how blindness has the highest effect on the healthcare system and why quitting smoking is good for your eyes.
To learn more about Ron James, check out his website at www.RonJames.ca or follow him on Twitter @TheRonJamesShow or on Instagram @ramblinronjames. You can learn more about his new book, ‘All Over The Map - Rambles and Ruminations from the Canadian Road’ here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/209922/all-over-the-map-by-ron-james/9780385671132
To learn more about Dr. Shelley Boyd, you can read about her work at St. Michael’s Hospital here: http://stmichaelshospitalresearch.ca/researchers/shelley-boyd/
For more information on issues related to vision loss, check out: https://cnib.ca or https://www.fightingblindness.ca/
HOST: Steve Patterson (Twitter: @patterballs)
PRODUCER & CO-HOST: Diana Frances (Twitter @dianafrancesvan)
TECHNICAL PRODUCER: Donovan Deschner from Fracture A Femur Productions (www.fractureafemur.com)
MUSIC BY: Imagine Sound Studios (www.imaginesoundstudios.com)
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