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McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Newsmagazine — Volume 6, Issue 1, Spring 2012

FHS Alumni: Where are they now?


Mark Magenheim

Mark Magenheim, MD '74

Mark Magenheim has had an illustrious career. He taught in McMaster's Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics from 1978 to 1983 while serving as director of McMaster's International Health Program in West Africa. Magenheim became the health officer of Sarasota County, Florida from 1984 to 1995 and he has been an adjunct professor in epidemiology and clinical research methods at the University of South Florida since 1985. In 1989, he was awarded the U.S. Surgeon General's Medallion for his leadership in dealing with the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. He was later appointed as the deputy state health officer of Florida to expand HIV care services.


Elaine Principi

Elaine Principi, B.H.Sc. (PT) '83

Elaine Principi's career has spanned nearly 29 years since she graduated from the combined McMaster University/Mohawk College physiotherapy program. In 2009, she completed her master of education at Brock University. She started her career at the former Henderson General Hospital (now the Juravinski Hospital) and went on to a variety of positions in the community, private clinic and hospital setting. She left her post as the clinical leader at St. Peter's Hospital to accept her current position as the chief of physiotherapy practice at Hamilton Health Sciences. Principi is an assistant clinical professor at McMaster's School of Rehabilitation Science.

Wendy Azzopardi

Wendy Azzopardi, BScN '88

After Wendy Azzopardi earned her nursing degree at McMaster in 1988, she completed her master's in science at the University of Toronto. She also received her Canadian Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Certification. Azzopardi worked at the Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital for about 12 years. She is now a faculty member at the Conestoga College of Applied Arts and Technology and level four co-ordinator of the collaborative McMaster Mohawk Conestoga BScN program at the Conestoga site. Azzopardi is thankful for the lifelong learning skills she acquired at McMaster.


Kathi Wilson

Kathi Wilson, B.H.Sc. (Midwifery) '96

Kathi Wilson was in the first graduating class of the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster. She entered the program following her own childbirth experiences and teaching childbirth classes for 10 years in the London community. She had been an active group member lobbying for the legislation of midwifery. After graduation, she went on to work as a midwife in St. Jacob's. In 1997, she set up her own practice in London. Wilson is also the chief of the midwifery department at the London Health Sciences Centre, a position which she has held for 10 years. She continues to tutor for the McMaster midwifery program and also acts as a clinical preceptor.


Steven Hoffman

Steven Hoffman, B.H.Sc. '07

After completing his B.H.Sc. in 2007, Steven Hoffman received his law degree and masters in political science at the University of Toronto in 2010. He went on to practice at a Toronto law firm specializing in intellectual property litigation. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics at McMaster University, an adjunct faculty member with the McMaster Health Forum and a Fulbright & Knox Fellow at Harvard University. Hoffman previously worked as a project manager for the World Health Organization and he continues to consult on their development of a global strategy for health systems research. This summer he will be working in the office of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York City.

Nancy Aza

Nancy Aza, B.H.Sc. (Physician Assistant) '10

Nancy Aza enrolled into the first Physician Assistant Education Program (PA) at McMaster after studying life sciences at McMaster and working for six years as a paramedic. She continued paramedic duties part-time while in school. Upon graduation, Aza went to work in the emergency room at the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. She also returned to McMaster to teach courses in the PA program. Aza is thankful for the unique, exciting experience she had as part of the first civilian-trained PA program in Canada.