Current Trainees

2020 Trainees  

BABALOLA, Funmbi

Funmbi is a second year endocrinology fellot at Sick Kids.  She completed a 3 year general pediatric residency at University of Western Ontario, June 2019 and medical school at Northern Ontario School of Medicine, June 2016. Her research areas of interest are type 1 diabetes and calcium and bone health.

BLAZER, Alina

Alina is an internist and respirologist, undertaking further clinical training as an Asthma and Airway Disease Fellow at the University of Toronto. She is also a MSc student in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research through the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, with a specific interest in sex and gender differences in airway disease.

CHOI, Woo Jin

Woo Jin is a general surgery resident at the University of Toronto. His research focus is in the rising incidence of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma and their outcome. Woo Jin will be pursuing a degree in clinical epidemiology.

CROITORU, David

David is a PGY3 resident in Dermatology at the University of Toronto and has interest in inflammatory skin conditions including wounds and neutrophilic dermatoses. He has a resident research grant from the Canadian Dermatology Foundation to investigate comorbidities, inflammatory markers and microbiome of epithelial barrier sites in Pyoderma Gangrenosum.

 

DAZA, Julian

Julian is a general surgery resident at the University of Toronto. He is pursuing a graduate degree in clinical epidemiology at the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation. His broad research interests include perioperative outcomes, risk prediction models, and evidence synthesis. 

FELFELI, Tina

Tina is a resident physician in the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at University of Toronto. She is completing a Master of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research through the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Her research interests include application of biomarkers and imaging technology in prediction models for retinal diseases. Her focus will also expand to the use of large health and administrative databases to evaluate delivery of care within the field of ophthalmology.

GOMEZ BUILES, J. Carolina

Carolina is an Anesthesiology resident at the University of Toronto, with a clinical interest in critical care, coagulation and transfusion management after a traumatic injury. Her CIP research will be conducted through the Institute of Medical Science, under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Baker and Dr. Michelle Sholzberg. Her research focuses on identifying effective transfusion interventions to improve trauma resuscitation, understanding the role of coagulation factor XIII in transfusion requirements, and identifying potential biomarkers of acquired FXIII deficiency post-injury.

HAMAD, Doulia 

Doulia is a general surgery resident intersted in leadership, quality improvement and patient safety. Through her research, her aim is to identify the optimal performance improvement structures and processes to limit preventable, or modifiable harm in trauma and for acutely ill patients.  

KRAUS, Raphael

Having recently completed his fellowship in paediatric rheumatology at SickKids, Raph is now undertaking a clinical research fellowship in childhood vasculitis alongside a master’s in System Leadership and Innovation at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. With interests in health policy, economics, and the delivery of care to marginalized and under-represented populations, Raph will be studying the socioeconomic burden of childhood systemic vasculitis and the effects of universal public coverage of biologic medications on the Canadian healthcare system.

SAWICKA, Katherine

Katherine Sawicka is a 4th year neurology resident at the University of Toronto. Her subspecialty interests are multiple sclerosis, neuroimmunology and neuroinfectious diseases. Within clinical epidemiology her interests include clinical trial design and database research.

SELVANATHAN, Thiviya

Thiviya is completing her Pediatric Neurology residency training at the University of Toronto and is beginning subspecialty training in Neonatal Neurology. She is pursuing her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Steven Miller with a focus on utilizing advanced neuroimaging techniques to study neurodevelopmental outcomes in preterm infants.

SMITH, Sarah

Sarah is a PGY-6 resident in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry who is working to complete a Masters Degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.  She is currently based at the Hospital for Sick Children. Her research and career interest is child and adolescent eating disorders.

TANDON, Parul

Parul is an Advanced Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fellow at the Mount Sinai Hospital. He completed his undergraduate studies in biochemistry and biomedical sciences at the McMaster University, medical school at the Michigan State University, internal medicine residency at the University of Ottawa, and gastroenterology subspecialty residency at the University of Toronto. His research interest include inflammatory bowel diseases with a focus on adverse pregnancy outcomes. 

USMANI, Shirine

Shirine completed the MD/PhD Program at Western University where her research focused on molecular mechanisms involved in skeletal development and osteoarthritis. She then went on to complete her Internal Medicine residency and subspecialty training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Toronto. She is currently carrying out post-doctoral work under the supervision of Dr. Minna Woo, examining the role of JAK2 in musculoskeletal disease. 

VIJENTHIRA, Abirami

Abi is a hematology resident specializing in lymphoma. Her research interests include frailty, novel methods of care delivery, and comparative effectiveness research in lymphoma care.

WANG, Justin

Justin is a neurosurgery resident at the University of Toronto undertaking research on the genetics of clinically aggressive meningiomas and non-invasive diagnostic techniques for brain tumours with Dr. Gelareh Zadeh. He is a graduate of Queen’s University medical school where his interest in neurosurgery and neuro-oncology first developed.

WILLIAMS, Phillip

Phillip isa senior resident in the General Surgery Training Program at the University of Toronto and has a special interest in Trauma and Critical Care. He will be pursuing a graduate degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and is thrilled to be part of the Clinician Investigator Program. In his spare time he enjoys running, reading, and canoe tripping.

XU, Michael

Michael obtained his medical degree at UBC and is currently completing his General Surgery residency at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on tissue engineering techniques and stem cell biology in the area of tracheal and lung allograft regeneration.

2019 Trainees

2019 Trainees  
Mona Al-Taha

Al-TAHA, Mona

Mona is a current resident of the University of Toronto’s Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery program. She is completing a Master's of Applied Science (MASc) through the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME). Her research interests include pediatric craniofacial reconstruction, surgical education, and innovation in medical technology.

Danielle Baribeau

BARIBEAU, Danielle

Danielle completed her clinical residency in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and is currently working on her PhD in Clinical Epidemiology through the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Her current research involves understanding clinical predictors and potential biomarkers of mental health and developmental trajectories in children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder.

Lawson Eng

ENG, Lawson

Lawson is a current Medical Oncology Fellow at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. He completed his undergraduate studies in Pathobiology, medical school, internal medicine residency and medical oncology residency at the University of Toronto and he is concurrent pursuing a Master's degree in Clinical Epidemiology. His research interests are in cancer survivorship, supportive care, tobacco control and health services research.

Robert Grant

GRANT, Robert

Robert is a medical oncology resident and PhD student under the co-supervision of Marzyeh Ghassemi and Steven Gallinger. He will apply machine learning to clinical, histopathological, and genomic data to develop predictive and prognostic models for patients with pancreatic cancer.

 

Keegan Guidolin

GUIDOLIN, Keegan

Keegan is a resident in the University of Toronto's General Surgery program. His research interests centre around surgical oncology and include the development of new translatable surgical technologies.

Graeme Holt

HOIT, Graeme

Graeme is an Orthopaedic Surgery resident at UofT, currently pursuing a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the Institute of Health Policy, Measurement and Evaluation. His research interests are examining clinical outcomes and improving treatments for patients with young adult hip disorders.

Jean Jacob-Brassard

JACOB-BRASSARD, Jean

Jean completed medical school at Université de Montréal, QC. He is currently a PGY-3 in Vascular Surgery and completing as Masters Degree at the Institute of Medical Sciences. Current research is the field of clinical epidemiology, looking at long-term outcomes of revascularization for peripheral arterial disease in Ontario administrative databases.

Lauren King

KING, Lauren

Lauren King is a trainee in the Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology. She is a PhD student in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research, supervised by Dr. Gillian Hawker, with a specific interest in osteoarthritis and its impact in people with multimorbidity. 

Jerry Ku

KU, Jerry

Jerry is a neurosurgery resident who is interested in minimally invasive endovascular approaches to pathologies such as cerebral aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations. His research focuses on developing novel medical devices and treatment methods.

Stephanie Lapinsky

LAPINSKY, Stephanie

Stephanie is a resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto.  She will be joining the Clinical Epidemiology Master's Program, with a research interest in birth experience and maternal mental health outcomes. 

Amine Mazine

MAZINE, Amine

Amine is a cardiac surgery resident with an interest in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. His Ph.D. project involves the generation of cardiac valves from human pluripotent stem cells

Ali Moghaddamjou

MOGHADDAMJOU, Ali

Ali is a neurosurgery resident and has a developed an interest in spinal cord injury (SCI) patients. He has been awarded the Warren Ho Memorial Scholarship award and the Sopman humanitarian award in recognition for his clinical service. Under the supervision of Dr. Michael Fehlings, his overall research goal is to address clinical knowledge gaps in the care of SCI patients. Using his skills in coding and mathematics, he plans a large database analysis to identify factors that are influential in predicting recovery and improved quality of life in SCI patients. These findings could then be analyzed prospectively to establish quality improvement strategies in the care of SCI patients and to develop improved clinical prediction tools.

Christopher Noel

NOEL, Christopher

Chris completed his medical degree at the University of Toronto in 2016 and is currently a third year resident in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is completing a Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research through the the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. His interests are in head and neck surgical oncology, outcomes research, health-administrative data and machine learning.

John Peel

PEEL, John

John completed his BHSc (Honours) at McMaster and his MD at UBC. He is currently completing residency in Anesthesiology at UofT, with a clinical interest in thoracic, cardiac, and critical care anesthesia. His CIP research is conducted through the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation in the Health Services Research program. Under the supervision of Dr. Murray Krahn and Dr. Shaf Keshavjee, John is studying the cost-effectiveness of Ex-Vivo Lung Perfusion for lung transplant.

Katrina Piggott

PIGGOTT, Katrina

Katrina Piggott is a General Internist and Geriatrician. She is a Clinical Associate at the University Health Network, based at Mt. Sinai Hospital. She is completing her MSc in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Her work aims to improve the care for older adults across a continuum of healthcare settings, with a particular interest in de-prescribing, antibiotic stewardship, and reducing harm associated with medications. In her spare time Katrina enjoys cycling, climbing and hiking with her family.

Sneha Raju

RAJU, Sneha

Sneha is a Vascular Surgery resident. Her research interests are in determining the role of endothelial activation on microRNA communication within atherosclerotic plaque: Towards the identification of a novel therapeutic target in carotid disease. 

Sanskriti Sasikumar

SASIKUMAR, Sanskriti

Sanskriti is an Adult Neurology resident with an interest in Movement Disorders. Her research focuses on rehabilitation of freezing of gait and balance in Parkinson’s Disease.

Ori Scott

SCOTT, Ori

Ori Scott is a Clinical Immunology and Allergy Fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto. She is currently pursuing a PhD with her main area of interest revolving around disorders of immune dysregulation as they pertain to the interferon system and JAK/STAT signaling.

Randy Van Ommeren

VAN OMMEREN, Randy

Randy is a pathology resident pursuing graduate studies in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Taylor. Research interests include neuro-oncology, molecular biology, and bioinformatics.

Mathew Voisin

VOISIN, Mathew

Mathew is a neurosurgery resident interested in neuro-oncology and skull base surgery. He is pursuing a PhD in the molecular characterization of CNS tumours and molecular regulators of tumour metabolism.

Wallace Wee

WEE, Wallace

Wallace is a Pediatric Respirology Fellow with an interest in Rare Lung Diseases. He has a background in Electrical and Clinical Engineering and diverse interests ranging from rock climbing to squash.

Cory Weissman

WEISSMAN, Cory

Cory is completing his residency in psychiatry while beginning a Master's in pharmacology. His research interests are in the exploration of brain stimulation and psychedelic substances as treatments for psychiatric disorders.

Irene Xie

XIE, Irene

Irene is a resident in Anatomical Pathology and will be pursuing a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Steve Gallinger. Her research ares of interest are pancreatic cancer, transcriptomics and oncogenesis. 

Christopher Yarnell

YARNELL, Christopher

Christopher is an internist and intensivist with a background in mathematics conducting research with the aim of improving the efficacy and applicability of clinical trials through adaptive methods. He is a clinical associate staff physician at Mount Sinai Hospital and a PhD student at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation in the University of Toronto.

Ann Young

YOUNG, Ann

Ann completedh her PhD in clinical epidemiology and health services research from Western University in 2010. Her post-doctoral research fellowship will align her clinical and research interests in chronic kidney disease (CKD), focusing on care patterns, quality of care and evaluation of novel approaches for the sustainable delivery of CKD care.

Jesse Zuckerman

ZUCKERMAN, Jesse

Jesse is a resident in General Surgery at the University of Toronto. He is pursuing a graduate degree in clinical epidemiology, and his current research interests are in health services outcomes-based research using population-level health data for oncology patients.

 

2018 Trainees

2018 Trainees  
 

BAYAT, Zubair

 

 

CASTELO, Matthew

 

CHEUNG, Douglas

Douglas is currently a PGY-3 Urology Resident at the University of Toronto. His interests include further exploring healthcare economics within uro-oncology and reconstructive urology to better understand how healthcare outcomes can be delivered in an cost effective, patient centric manner.

 

CHINTOH, Araba

 

 

 

CHUNG, Karen

 

 

CYR, David

 

 

DAVIDSON, Benjamin

 

 

EGAN, Grace

 

 

GUTTMAN, Matt

 

HAUCK, Tanya

Tanya is currently finishing residency in psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 2005 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering, a PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2009 and an MD in 2013. She is excited to start a MSc in Clinical Epidemiology concurrently with a fellowship in addictions psychiatry. She is interested in the epidemiology of addictions and mental health and the application of this knowledge clinically. 

 

HIRD, Amanda

 

 

JEYALINGAM, Thurarshen

 

 

LAM, June

 

 

LEE, Jennifer

 

 

MAGEE, Diana

Diana is a PGY-5 in the Division of Urology. She is completed her undergraduate degree at Cornell University in Human Biology, Health and Society followed by a Masters of Public Health at Boston University. She graduated from Queen’s University School of Medicine in 2014, returning home to Toronto to complete her residency in Urology. Her research is focused on urologic oncology, especially urothelial cancer, and cost effectiveness studies.

 

MASER, Brandon

 

MUADDI, Hala

 

PASARIKOVSKI, Christopher

 

QUONG, Whitney

 

RABSKI, Jessica

 

ROSENBLAT, Joshua

 

SUE-CHUE-LAM, Colin

 

WONG, Eric

 

ZIPURSKY, Jonathan

 

ZUCCATO, Jeffrey

2017 Trainees

2017 Trainees  
 

AKBAR, Muhammad

 

BADHIWALA, Jeta

BARKER, Lucy

Lucy graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science (double major in human biology and history), and from McMaster University with a Doctor of Medicine. Currently, she is in the final phase of her residency training through the Department of Psychiatry at U of T and is pursuing graduate training in clinical epidemiology at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. She is dedicated to multiple social justice and advocacy initiatives, and approaches her research with a social determinants of health lens. Her projects focus on perinatal psychiatry, psychiatric service use, sex and gender differences in psychiatric disorders.

 

CHU KWAN, William

 

GREGOR, Alexander

Alexander is in the Generaly Surgery/Thoracic Surgery program and will complete a Master's  under the research supervision of Dr. Kazuhiro Yasufuku.  His research interest centres around evaluating novel materials, technologies, and techniques to enhance interoperative visualization and resection of lung cancers. 

KASTER, Tyler

Tyler is a psychiatry resident and will be completing a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Healthcare Research under the research supervision of Dr. Simone Vigod within the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.  His research interests include application of neuromodulation treatments (electroconvulsive therapy and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation) for treatment of psychiatric illness.   

KOURI, Andrew

Andrew is a resident in Respirology and will be completing a Master's of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research under the research supervision of Dr. Sharon Straus within the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.  The focus of his research is on the use of electronic and mobile health tools in Respirology to promote guideline- and evidence-based medical decision making. He also wants to better understand how eHealth tools are developed, and how their reach can be optimized

 

LEVY, Jordan

MARINI, Wanda

Wanda is a resident in General Surgery and will be completing a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Michael Reedijk and Dr. Carol Swallow within the Institute of Medical Sciences.  Her research interests include basic science and translational breast cancer research. Our current project focuses on the Notch signaling pathway in basal like breast cancer, and aims to identify Notch-specific cytokine mediators that influence the tumour microenvironment.

 

NASSIRI, Farshad

QUINN, Kieran

Kieran is a 5th year resident in General Internal Medicine with a research interest in Palliative Care for patients with advanced non-cancerous disease. He completed his MSc in cardiovascular physiology in 2008 and received his medical degree from Queen’s University in 2013. His is the proud father of Hunter and Austin, and enjoys tinkering away at the cottage tinkering on various projects with their Grumpa and his boys.

RAGHURAM, Kamini

Kamini is a Neonatology fellow at the University of Toronto. She graduated from Medicine at the University of Toronto in 2012. She has an interest in Neonatal Developmental Follow-up and looks forward to the mentorship offered in the Clinician-Investigator program and applying what she has learned in Clin Epi to advancing the field of follow-up.

RAMADAN, Khaled

Khaled is a resident in General/Thoracic Surgery under the research supervision of Dr. Marcelo Cypel within the Institute of Medical Sciences.  HIs research interests are immunocloaking is a novel technology that uses a bioengineered material to create a nanofilm on the endothelium of blood vessels to hide surface antigens and prevent allorecognition by host immunity. Our aim is to investigate the use of immunocloaking to prevent or delay graft rejection in a rat pre-clinical survival model of lung transplantation

TACCONE, Michael

Michael is a resident in Neurosurgery under the research supervision of Dr. James Rutka within Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology.  His research interests are translational neuro-oncology research as it pertains to novel molecular diagnostics and targeted therapeutics. Our current work aims to investigate how Raman nanoparticles can be used as a means to facilitate drug delivery and molecular diagnostics in mouse models of glioblastoma. Some of my personal interests include hiking, soccer, volunteering and wine crafting.  

ZAGZOOG, Nirmeen

Nirmeen Zagzoog completed her Bachelor degree in Arts and Humanities at King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia, and medical school at McMaster University. Nirmeen is completing her residency in Neurosurgery at McMaster University. She is enrolled in the Clinical Investigator Program and the Surgeon Scientist Program at the University of Toronto, while pursuing her PhD at the Institute of Medical Science graduate school under the supervision of Dr. Victor Yang. Her research focuses on intraoperative imaging and surgical navigation in skull base.

Nirmeen’s research interests include skull base surgery, minimally invasive techniques in Neurosurgery, surgical innovation & biomedical engineering. She has particular interest in image-guided surgery and device development.

 

2016 Trainees

2016 Trainees  
 

CHOW, Signy

 

DOSSA, Fahima

 

FLOR, Lior

 

FRALICK, Michael

 

GUPTA, Vaibhav

 

HASAN, Fyeza

 

JEONG, Yunni

 

KITCHLU, Abijhat

 

LUU, Shelly

 

MENG, Ying

 

 

NATER, Anick

 

SANKAR, Ashwin

 

SIVANATHAN, Lavarnan

 

SUPPIAH, Suganth

 

TAM, Derrick

 

URBANELLIS, Peter

 

VERMA, Amol

2015 and Earlier Trainees

2015 AND EARLIER Trainees  

2015

AHUJA, Chris

 

BAXTER, Tara

 

BEHMAN, Amy

 

CRAWFORD, Eric

 

GARBENS, Alana

 

KAUSHAL, Amit

 

LEE, Myunghyun (Mike)

 

SIEMIENIUK, Reed

2014

BODANI, Vivek

 

CHANDY, Mark

 

CHEUNG, Helen

 

ELLIOTT, Jason

 

ORKIN, Alan

2012

BURTON, Kirsteen

 

SHAIKH, Furqan