Current Trainees

2021 Trainees

Azza Eissa

EISSA, Azza

Azza is a family medicine clinician scholar at the university of Toronto. She completed a​ PhD at UofT Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology prior to starting medical school. She is currently completing a Masters degree at the IHPME with an interest in mixed quantitative-qualitative methods, community-based participatory research, implementation science and health disparities. Her research aims to reduce systemic racism and inequities in the Canadian health system, enabled by data and organizational change, to address the health needs of a diverse population. 

Malak Elbatarny

ELBATARNY, Malak

Malak is a 3rd year Cardiac Surgery Resident and PhD candidate in the Department of Physiology. Her PhD work involves multiomic and functional characterization of thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection. She previously completed her BSc (Life Sciences) and MD at Queen’s University.

Priti Gros

GROS, Prit

Priti is a movement disorders fellow at Toronto Western Hospital, currently pursuing a master's degree in clinical epidemiology and health care research with IHPME. Her research interest is in therapeutics in Parkinson's disease. 

Allan Kember

KEMBER, Allan

Allan is a fourth-year resident in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. He is pursuing master's studies in artificial intelligence and computer vision at the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation. His research interest is sleep position-physiology interactions in pregnancy.

Alexander Koven

KOVEN, Alexander

Alexander is a urology resident at the University of Toronto. Prior to medicine, he studied chemical engineering and has an interest in biomedical engineering, medical biophysics and medical device development. His CIP research is being conducted through the Institute of Medical Science under the supervision of Dr. Monica Farcas and Dr. Darren Yuen. His focus is the design and development of ambulatory, non-invasive devices for tracking urodynamic parameters to study bladder function, diagnose bladder pathology and manage voiding dysfunction.   

Justin Lam

LAM, Justin

Justin will be starting a PhD in Health Professions Education Research to study the intersection of equity, diversity, and inclusion in medical learning environments and the hidden curriculum, with a particular interest in using critical theory to examine structural racism and discrimination. Prior to this, he completed an undergraduate degree in Art History at Stanford University, and went on to complete his medical degree and paediatrics residency at the University of Toronto, where he served as one of the Chief Residents. His clinical interest is in caring for hospitalized children with complex care needs and children from marginalized populations.

 

Angela Lee

LEE, Angela

Angela is a Vascular Surgery resident at the University of Toronto. She is pursuing a PhD at the Institute of Medical Science under the supervision of Dr. Lindsay and Dr. Ouzounian. Her research focus is on the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for spinal cord ischemia following complex aortic surgery. 

Kristel Leung

LEUNG, Kristel

Kristel is currently undertaking advanced training with an Autoimmune Liver Diseases fellowship and Clinical Epidemiology degree in pursuit of her career aspirations to be a Canadian expert and clinician-scientist in hepatology

Johnathan Lex

LEX, Johnathan

Johnathan is an orthopaedic surgery resident at the University of Toronto. He is pursuing a graduate degree at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. Research interests include leveraging novel technologies and research methodologies, including Artificial Intelligence, to predict and optimize arthroplasty patient outcomes and management pathways. 

Rashmi Nedadur

NEDADUR, Rashmi

Rashmi is a fifth year cardiac surgery resident at UofT, currently undertaking a Masters in Health Informatics, AI Emphasis. She also has a background as an engineer. Her research focus is on using machine learning for novel cardiac valve disease classification and also, generally, the implementation of AI in health care.  

Nikhil Raghuram

RAGHURAM, Nikhil

Nikhil completed his MD/PhD at the University of Alberta. His PhD thesis explored the role of histone H1 proteins in transcription and chromatin dynamics. After his MD, he successfully completed his residency in the field of pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He is now completing his clinical fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Sickkids. He is interested in epigenetic regulation of pediatric brain tumors and will be working in Dr. Annie Huang's lab to further understand the intricacies of chromatin and chromatin regulation in rare embryonal brain tumors.

Christina Reppas-Rindlisbacher

REPPAS-RINDLISBACHER, Christina

Christina is an internist and geriatrician, who is also completing an MSc/PhD in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research through the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Her research interests include studying long term cognitive outcomes in older patients hospitalized with delirium. Her focus will be using large health and administrative databases to evaluate the delivery of delirium related care to older adults from structurally marginalized groups.

Shohinee Sarma

SARMA, Shohinee

Shohinee completed her Internal Medicine training at McMaster University and Adult Endocrinology and Metabolism training at University of Toronto. She is pursuing her PhD in Clinical Epidemiology under the supervision of Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe. Her research focus includes obesity and cardio-metabolic outcomes for Canadians and developing a risk prediction tool for cardiovascular outcomes of obesity. 

Rilla Schneider

SCHNEIDER, Rilla

Rilla is a third year paediatric gastroenterology fellow at Sick Kids. She is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research through the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. She has a specific interest in paediatric inflammatory bowel disease

Jenny Shi

SHI, Jenny

Jenny Shi is a pediatric sleep and long-term ventilation fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children. She is pursuing a Master’s degree Clinical Epidemiology at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, with a special interest in health outcomes of children requiring long-term ventilation. She completed her medical degree at the University of Alberta, followed by her pediatrics residency at the University of Manitoba and pediatric respirology fellowship at the University of Toronto

Shaurya Taran

TARAN, Shaurya

Shaurya recently finished his critical care medicine residency at the University of Toronto. He has a clinical interest in neurocritical care and will be pursuing a neurocritical care fellowship at Harvard next year. He is currently undertaking a graduate degree in Clinical Epidemiology with a research focus on mechanical ventilation in patients with acute brain and spinal cord injuries.

Richard Walker

WALKER, Richard

Richard is a General Surgery resident pursuing a Masters Degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation. His research interests include learning curves and volume outcome relationships in surgery, both at the hospital level and for individual surgeons.

Han Yan

YAN, Han

Han is a neurosurgery resident at the University of Toronto. Her research focus is on the use of deep brain stimulation of the nucleus accumbens for the treatment of self-injurious behaviours in children with autism spectrum disorder. Han Yan is currently pursuing a PhD in clinical epidemiology.

Kevin Yau

YAU, Kevin

Kevin is a Nephrology Fellow at the University of Toronto. He completed medical school at the University of Toronto in 2016 followed by Internal Medicine residency at Western University. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research at the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation where his research interests include studying patients with cardiorenal syndrome and drug safety.

Alice Zhabokritsky

ZHABOKRITSKY, Alice

Alice is a recent graduate from the Infectious Diseases program at the University of Toronto. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology & Health Care Research at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Her research will focus on healthy aging in the HIV population.

2020 Trainees

BABALOLA, Funmbi

Funmbi is a second year endocrinology fellow 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.  

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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

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

AKBAR, Muhammad     

BADHIWALA, Jeta

Barker, Lucy    

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

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    

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    

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    

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    

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    

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    

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    

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    

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

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

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

2020 Trainees

BABALOLA, Funmbi

Funmbi is a second year endocrinology fellow 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.  

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.