Carys Massarella, MD, FRCPC (she | her)

Board Member

Carys is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine (Department of Medicine) at McMaster University. She is the Lead Physician for the Transgender Health Program at Quest Community Health Centre in St. Catharines and an Attending Emergency Physician at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton. She has held the position of Chief of Emergency Medicine at St. Joseph’s Healthcare and Program Director for the Royal College Program in Emergency Medicine at McMaster University. She was also the President of the Medical Staff at St. Joseph’s Healthcare and was recently President of the Hamilton Academy of Medicine. She speaks widely on Transgender issues and is a leader in Transgender Healthcare in Canada. She was recently named by Macleans magazine as one of 50 Canadians who are ‘breaking ground, leading the debate, and shaping how we think and live.’ She has appeared in numerous documentaries and recently starred in the Amazon Prime / OUTtv series, My Trans Journey. She has also done two TEDx talks on Transgender-related issues. She has received numerous awards, including Teacher of the Year in Emergency Medicine at McMaster University, as well as the Sister Joan Sullivan award, the highest award for a physician at St. Joseph’s Healthcare. This award is given to the physician who best represents the values of the hospital. In 2017, she received the Women of Distinction for Healthcare Award from the YWCA of Hamilton. Her goal is to provide high-quality, gender-affirming healthcare for all Canadians, regardless of where they live and she brings this mission to her role on HQ’s board of directors.