Dr. Arif Somani is an Associate Professor in McMaster's Department of Pediatrics, within the Division of Critical Care. He completed his medical degree at the University of Toronto and pursued his pediatrics residency training and research fellowship in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota, where he was an Assistant Professor in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine for six years.
As an investigator, Dr. Somani’s research interests focus on endothelial cell biology and its application in certain therapies. He has received the UMN-India Council of Medical Research Grant for his study, Use of Blood Outgrowth Endothelial Cells and Nanofber Scaffold Synergy in Wound Healing. He is also the principal investigator in a study that connects his area of interest and its application in pulmonary hypertension. His invited review on micro circulation was published in Transfusion and Apheresis Science.
Dr. Somani is also well versed in comparative religion and literature, a personal interest of his. Accordingly, he’s studied and lectured on the subject of Culture, Religion and Ethics for the Bioethics Masters program at the University of Minnesota and was involved with the University’s Ethic Committee affiliated with the city’s Amplatz Children’s Hospital.
In addition to research, international aid is a passion project for Dr. Somani. He has volunteered his time as a physician with Smile Network International and Children's HeartLink. These non-profit, humanitarian organizations provide life altering surgeries and related healthcare services to impoverished children and young adults around the world.
Dr. Somani has recently taken on the role of
Educational Resource Person for the Pediatric Residency Program.