Key Contacts

Program Director

Dr. Nader Khalidi

Division of Rheumatology


The program is designed to give intense clinical exposure in the first year to all rheumatologic problems. The residents will rotate through a variety of clinics in the McMaster University system that serves as the basis of the program. In addition the resident will spend some time assigned to an inpatient unit at a tertiary care hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital to which patients are admitted under Rheumatology as MRP and see a variety of inpatient consults. A large number of connective tissue disease patients and vasculitis patients are referred here from the area. St. Joseph’s Hospital has a busy emergency room and ICU with appropriate medical personnel and support services whereby the resident can gain experience in assessing patients with known rheumatic diseases presenting with emergent problems and consulting on patients with severe multisystem disease. The McMaster University Medical services serves as a referral base for the catchment areas that include the Niagara, Guelph and Brantford regions and environs.

Dr. Nader Khalidi

Nader A. Khalidi, MD, FRCPC, Associate Professor
Dr. Khalidi is Program Director for the Division of
Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine.

Residents will spend time in the multiple outpatient clinics, which are run in the offices of the teaching faculty as well through hospital clinics. These include dedicated metabolic bone disease clinics, a multidisciplinary back clinic, a Vasculitis clinic, and a newly formed combined Respirology/Rheumatology clinic as well as many general Rheumatology clinics. Residents will have time to attend local educational events and international conferences. Residents can spend time doing EMG’s and muscle biopsies with the physical medicine attendings located at St. Joseph’s Hospital or in their offices. In addition, a continuity clinic will be run by each resident to be supervised by an attending for the two years. The purpose will be so that the resident will see their own patients and will follow these patients so that they will be prepared when out in practice.

The resident will participate in clinics at the Hamilton Health Sciences including MUMC (McMaster University Medical Center) and Hamilton General. At MUMC, they will be will be involved in a SLE/Vasculitis clinic run by the Immunology service and pediatric Rheumatology as well as a Muscle Disorders clinic run by the Physical Medicine service.

Residents will be encouraged to take part in one of the ongoing clinical trials, to give them appreciation for the need for proper design of such trials and the clinical difficulties faced in such trials

During the second year, residents will be expected to continue their involvement in the usual rounds and educational events as outlined earlier in the report.

During the second year, the residents will be expected to continue to develop their clinical acumen and will gain more independence as they approach graduation. They will have more elective and research time. Electives in orthopedics, physical medicine and sports medicine will be available depending upon the resident’s own interest. Additionally, a mandatory month in Musculoskeletal radiology will be undertaken at St. Joseph’s hospital.