McMaster University

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Graduates


Khalid Al Faleh

Khalid Al Faleh

Khalid holds FAAP and FRCPC designations. He obtained his fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and his MSc Degree in Health Research Methodology at McMaster. Khalid finished the Clinician Investigator Program at McMaster University in 2007. He then obtained a faculty appointment in Pediatrics at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Khalid's area of interest is in conducting randomized trials and systematic reviews in neonatal medicine and assessment of quality of published papers in Pediatrics.

Khalid has received a 2004 Best Fellows Research Award from the Society of Pediatric Research in San Francisco, a 2004 Quality Assurance Award from McMaster University, Thomas Jefferson award from Virginia University and the Irish American Pediatrics Society award in 2006.

Murtadha Al Khabori

Murtadha holds BSc and MD degrees. He completed his Internal Medicine and Hematology training and obtained his subspecialty FRCP(C) in 2008. He then completed the Clinical Investigator Program and MSc in Health Research Methodology at McMaster. Murtadha also completed a Clinical Fellowship in bone marrow transplant at Princess Margaret Hospital, University of Toronto.

His research interest is in the study of the prognosis of myeloid malignancies and the role of allogeneic bone marrow transplant in their management.

Ayman Al-Saleh


Ayman Al-SalehAyman obtained his MD from King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2005. He completed his Internal Medicine specialty training at McMaster and obtained his Canadian and American specialist certification in Internal Medicine in 2011.

Ayman completed a Cardiology Fellowship at McMaster University to sub-specialize in the field of Interventional Cardiology. Ayman also completed the Clinical Investigator Program and a thesis based MSc in Health Research Methodology at McMaster under the supervision of Drs. Koon Teo, Madhu Natarajan, J-D Schwalm and Sanjit Jolly.

His research interest is in the field of knowledge translation in managing patients with acute coronary syndromes.

Khalid Al-Saleh

Khalid h holds a MBBS (MD) degree with honour from King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  He completed his Internal Medicine and Hematology specialty training at McMaster and obtained his subspecialty FRCP(C) and ABIM.  Khalid held a combined Clinical Fellowship appointment in Lung cancer and Lymphoma at the Juravinski Cancer Centre, McMaster University.

Khalid completed Medical Oncology training at McMaster while enrolled in the Clinical Investigator Program and MSc Health Research Methodology Program at McMaster.

His research interests are role of transplant in lymphomas especially low grades, using clinical markers to predict outcome in malignancy and exploring cost effectiveness of new targeted treatment in cancer therapy.

Rebecca Anglin


Rebecca AnglinRebecca holds a BSc (Honours, First Class) from Queen’s University and obtained her MD in 2005 and completed the Psychiatry Residency Program in 2010, both at McMaster University.

Rebecca completed the Clinician Investigator Program and the Medical Sciences (Neuroscience and Behavioural Science) PhD Program in 2012, both at McMaster University. Her research focused on using neuroimaging to examine the neurobiology of psychiatric illness and the psychiatric manifestations of mitochondrial disorders.

Her research has been supported by a Physicians Services Incorporated Grant and a Hamilton Health Sciences New Investigator Fund Grant. Her research awards include a Stegne Fellowship, 2007 and 2008 Richard and Mary Pelling Foundation Scholarships and the Best Poster award at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences Research Day at McMaster University.

Donald Arnold


Donald ArnoldDonnie holds an MD degree from McGill University in 1997 and received his RCPSC Certification in Internal Medicine and his Subspecialty Certificate in Hematology. Donnie was enrolled in the Clinical Investigator Program and completed his Masters degree studies in Health Research Methodology at McMaster in 2007.

Donnie has a special interest in platelet transfusion products and the utilization of platelets in critically ill patients. His research involved several clinical studies including a randomized trial of apheresis and whole blood derived platelets in healthy volunteers, and a study of the indications and effects of platelet transfusions in ICU patients.

His CIP awards include a Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Award from the Canadian Blood Services.

Terry Bennett

Terry Bennett

Terry holds an honours bachelor's degree in Arts and Science and an MD. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship specializing in Child Psychiatry and a PhD in Health Research Methodology, both at McMaster.

Terry's Clinician Investigator Program research project, through the Offord Centre for Child Studies, involved examining the role of social cognition (the thought processes involved in social understanding and interactions) in children's mental health and how this may interact with environmental stressors. Her other research interests include social determinants of youth mental health and interdisciplinary medical education about advocacy for vulnerable populations of children.

Her research awards include the Dan Offord Memorial Award for best resident research paper in child psychiatry (from the Canadian Association of Professors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry), and the best oral presentation by a resident award at the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry meeting in 2005. Terry received funding from the Foundation of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and from the McMaster Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, as winner of the 1994-95 Stegne Fellowship award for the development of internet- and experiential learning curriculum on social determinants of child mental health. She also received a fellowship award from the Association for Academic Psychiatry for excellence in teaching and academic work.

Vinai Bhagirath


Vinai BhagirathVinai holds an MD from the University of Western Ontario and has obtained FRCP(C) certification in Internal Medicine and Hematology. While enrolled in the Clinician Investigator Program, he completeda MSc degree in the Medical Sciences Program (Blood & Vasculature stream) at McMaster. His research focused on the nexus of inflammation and thrombosis using sepsis as a model, supervised by Dr. Patricia Liaw at the Thrombosis & Atherosclerosis Research Institute. His research was supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Pfizer.

Pauline Boulos

Pauline  Boulos

Pauline obtained an MD from McGill University in 1995 and obtained her FRCPC in Internal Medicine in 1999 and her RCPCS Subspecialty Certification in Rheumatology in 2000. Pauline enrolled in the Clinician Investigator Program andcompleted an MSc in Health Research Methodology in 2005. Her project focus was a critique of studies using complementary and alternative medicines for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee. She completed a systematic review on treatment of ankylosing spondylitis, and also conducted a pilot RCT comparing a nutriceutical to a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug for the treatment of osteoarthritis.

Pauline's research interests are in the field of osteoarthritis. Her research awards included a CIHR Skeletal Health Training Award (Research Fellowship) and a Research Fellowship from the Arthritis Society.

Khrista Boylan

Khrista Boylan

Khrista Boylan holds BSc (Biology and Psychology) and obtained her MD degree from Dalhousie University. She holds FRCPC in Psychiatry.

As part of a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Khrista obtained her PhD in Health Research Methodology while enrolled in the Clinician Investigator Program at McMaster University. Her thesis studies focused on the role of inattention (ADHD) and anxiety in the pathophysiology and treatment of childhood mood disorder, specifically bipolar affective disorder.

Her research focus is on phenomenology and comorbidity of psychiatric disorders, as well as the evaluation of Canadian residency training in Psychiatry. She is also interested in mental health service delivery and advocacy for children and families.

Khrista's awards include a Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Award for doctoral level training, a PSI Foundation Inc. Award, RMA Research Award nomination and 2003 Resident Research Prize, McMaster Department of Psychiatry.

Karen Burns

Karen Burns

Karen obtained BSc, BA, MD (University of Western Ontario) and MSc degrees. She obtained her FRCPC in Internal Medicine in 1997. In 2000, she received her FRCPC in Respirology and an RCPSC Certificate in Critical Care, followed by a Certificate in Lung Transplantation in 2001. Karen completed the McMaster University Clinician Investigator Program, receiving her MSc in Health Research Methodology, in 2004.

Karen’s research interests include prevention and treatment in the Intensive Care Unit, establishing the safety and efficacy of noninvasive positive pressure ventilation as a sequential extubation and weaning modality, evaluating the evidence for lung protective ventilation strategies and pharmacotherapeutic interventions for the treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome and acute lung injury, evaluating therapeutic hypothermia as a treatment strategy for patients following cardiac arrest, evaluation of N-acetylcysteine in randomized controlled trials for the prevention of (i) contrast-induced nephropathy in critically ill diabetic and non-diabetic patients requiring contrast enhanced computed tomography and (ii) postoperative renal dysfunction in high risk coronary artery bypass surgery in patients exposed to a cardiopulmonary bypass circuit.

Her research awards include a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (2004-2005); a Canadian Lung Association/Merck Frosst Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (2002-2004); CIHR National Graduate Poster Presentation – Gold Prize (2002); a McMaster Prestige Award (2002); and a McMaster University Health Sciences Graduate Research Award – Best Poster 2002. In 2006, she was awarded a phase I Clinician Scientist Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Howard H.W. Chan

Howard H.W. Chan

Howard holds a MBChB. He also obtained his FRCPC Internal Medicine and Specialty Certification in Hematology. Howard completed a Clinical Fellowship in the Transfusion Medicine Training Program at McMaster University.

He completed the Clinician Investigator Program and MSc degree studies in Medical Sciences, in the Hemostasis, Thrombosis, Atherosclerosis Program, at McMaster University in 2007. His research focused on the immunity of autoimmune disease, particularly idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.

His research awards included a Canadian Blood Services Fellowship Award in Transfusion Medicine.

Kevin Chan


Kevin Chan.213Kevin completed his residency in the Orthopedic Surgery at McMaster University where he also obtained his MD.

Kevin was enrolled in the Surgeon Scientist Program and the Clinician Investigator Program while he pursued a MScs in Health Research Methodology under the supervision of Drs. Joy MacDermid and George Athwal (from Western University), as well as Dr. Olufemi Ayeni.

His interests include disorders of the upper extremity, understanding the non-operative care of patients with elbow injuries, outcomes of total shoulder replacements, and the rehabilitation of patients with rotator cuff disease.

Harman Chaudhry


Harman ChaudhryHarman obtained his MD from McMaster University and entered Orthopaedic Surgery residency training in 2011. He was accepted into the Clinician Investigator Program in 2013. Harman will complete a thesis-based MSc in Health Research Methodology while serving as project officer for HIP ATTACK (a multi-national randomized controlled trial of 1200 patients) and HIP VISION (a multi-national prospective observational cohort study – currently in its pilot phase). His supervisors and mentors include Dr. Mohit Bhandari (Orthopaedic Surgery) and Dr. PJ Devereaux (Cardiology and Perioperative Medicine). 

Harman’s broader goal in the program is to lay the foundation for a clinical and research career aimed at improving the care of patients with hip pathology. He also has a passion for evidence-based medicine, research methods, clinical epidemiology, and global health.

Natasha Cohen


Natasha CohenNatasha graduated medical school in 2010 from McGill University. She completing residency training in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at McMaster University. She completed a thesis based MSc in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University through the Clinician Investigator Program.

Her clinical interests include pediatric and general otolaryngology, and her current research addresses the use of NSAIDs in tonsillectomy.

Natasha also has an interest in surgical education and is currently working on a project developing an e-curriculum with the department of surgery focusing on developing teaching skill in surgical residents. She hopes to continue to develop her interest in this field and to apply the skills acquired through her graduate education to the field of post-graduate medical education research.

Christopher Coroneos


Chris Coroneos.2013Christopher Coroneos completed his MD at the University of Western Ontario and is a resident in Plastic Surgery at McMaster. He enrolled in the Clinician Investigator Program and the Surgeon Scientist Program while completing a thesis-based MSc in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University, supervised by Dr. Melissa Brouwers, Dr. James Bain and Dr. Achilleas Thoma.

He is a contributor to McMaster’s Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOURCE). Christopher was awarded the Juravinski Surgical Fellowship in 2012.

Christopher has clinical interest in peripheral nerve and breast reconstruction surgery. His main research interest is knowledge translation, with current work involving development of a national clinical practice guideline for obstetrical brachial plexus injury.

Michael Cyr

Michael Cyr

Michael holds MD and MSc degrees. He obtained his FRCPC in Internal Medicine and RCPSC Subspecialty Certification in Allergy and Clinical Immunology. In 2004, Michael completed the McMaster University Clinician Investigator Program, receiving his MSc in the Medical Sciences Program in Molecular Immunology, Virology and Inflammation. He obtained a faculty position in the Deparment of Medicine, Division of Clinical Immunology and Allery, McMaster Unviersity.

Michael's research interests are in the field of hemopoietic mechanisms in atopy. For his graduate studies, he conducted a birth cohort study on the ability of cord-blood CD34+ve progenitor cytokine receptors to predict the development of atopy.

His CIP Research Awards included a CAAIF/ Merck Frosst Research/ Canadian Institutes of Health Research Rx&D Fellowship Award and a three year Department of Medicine Internal Career Award.

Frederick D'Aragon


Frederick D'Aragon Fred is completing a Critical Care Medicine fellowship at McMaster University. He enrolled in the MSc Program in Health Research Methodology and the Clinician Investigator Program both at McMaster.  He is certified from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Anaesthesiology, and plans to practice as an anesthesiologist, intensivist and clinical researcher at Université de Sherbrooke.

Fred's career began as an ICU nurse. Over the last 15 years, he has always been involved in research on critically ill patients. His work is now focused on organ donor management. With Dr. Maureen Meade, he is leading a research program aiming to increase the number of organs given per donor as well as improving their quality.

Sukhbinder (Bindi) Dhesy-Thind

Sukhbinder (Bindi) Dhesy-Thind

Bindi holds BSc (Microbiology, Human Biology), MD and MSc degrees and obtained her FRCPC in Internal Medicine and a RCPSC Subspecialty Certification in Medical Oncology. In 2004, Bindi completed the McMaster University Clinician Investigator Program, receiving her MSc in Health Research Methodology.

Her research focused on novel therapeutic agents for the treatment of breast cancer and of bone metastases, and on quality of life issues in breast cancer patients.

Her CIP Research Awards include a Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Fellowship (Women of Weston Fellowship), and an ESMO (European Society of Medical Oncology) Travel Award.

Sam Elfassy


Sam ElfassySam holds an Honours BSc from York University and received his MD from The University of Western Ontario. He completed the Internal Medicine residency program at McMaster University and has obtained his FRCPC certification. He completed Gastroenterology sub-specialty training at McMaster. While enrolled in the Clinician Investigator Program at McMaster, he graduated from the Masters of Business Administration at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in 2013. His research work was supervised by Drs. John K. Marshall, Frances Tse and Paul Moayyedi.

His current research interests include evaluating patient related costs for preventative testing, such as colonoscopy. As well as evaluating cost effective strategies and barriers to implementing them.

Nathan Evaniew

Nathan Evaniew

Nathan completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at McMaster University. He entered the McMaster Surgeon Scientist Program and Clinical Investigator Program in 2013, and completed a PhD in Health Research Methodology with Dr. Gordon Guyatt, Dr. Mohit Bhandari, and Dr. Michelle Ghert.

His research interests include spine surgery, orthopaedic oncology, and evidence-based orthopaedics. He has particular interest in the design and conduct of multi-center clinical trials of surgical interventions, and the conduct of orthopaedic surgery meta-analyses.

Nathan was awarded a 2014 Michael G. DeGroote Fellowship Award in Clinical Research.

Graeme Fraser

Graeme Fraser

Graeme holds BSc and MD (Western University) degrees. He obtained his FRCPC in Internal Medicine in 2001 and his Subspecialty Certification in Hematology in 2003.

Graeme completed a MSc degree Health Research Methodology at McMaster. His research was focused on clinical trials testing novel dendritic cell-based cancer vaccines to treat patients with hematological malignancy, specifically chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Other interests included the development of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, through the Cancer Care Ontario Practice Guidelines Initiative, Hematology Disease Site Group.

His CIP research awards include an Edith Turner Foundation Research Fellowship from the Centre for Gene Therapeutics, McMaster University (2003-2005); a National Cancer Institute of Canada Terry Fox Foundation Academic Oncology Fellowship (2005-2007); 2003 Canadian Hematology Society Annual Meeting award for oral research presentation by resident or fellow.

Azim Gangji

Azim Gangji

Azim holds a BSc in Pharmacy and an MD (McMaster) degree. He has obtained his FRCPC in Internal Medicine and RCPSC Subspecialty Certification in Nephrology in 2004. He completed the Clinician Investigator Program and MSc degree Health Research Methodology at McMaster University in 2007. His research focused on volume assessment and measurement of arterial stiffness in dialysis and renal transplant patients.

His CIP Research Awards include a Kidney Foundation of Canada Fellowship Award, the Father Sean O’Sullivan Research Centre Fellowship Award, Fujisawa Fellowship Award and the Physicians Services Incorporated Foundation Research Award.

Andrew Gomez-Vargas

Dr. Andrew Gomez-Vargas

Andrew is a graduate of the National University of Colombia and received his Neurology Fellowship at McMaster University. Then he trained at the Neuromuscular Clinic with Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky as a Neuromuscular specialist. He enrolled in the Clinical Investigator Program at McMaster University and completed his basic training in Neurosciences.

His research interest is in gene therapy for neuromuscular disorders such as Pompe and Alzheimer diseases.

Christopher Hillis

Chris Hillis

Chris completed his MD, Internal Medicine and Hematology training at McMaster University. He is a clinical research fellow in the Department of Oncology while completing an MSc (Quality Improvement and Patient Safety) in the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

His research focuses on improving the quality of care for patients on chronic red cell transfusion. As well, he is serving as the chair of the Canadian Hematology Society's Choosing Wisely Canada working group. Chris' clinical focus is the care of patients with myelodysplastic syndrome and myeloproliferative neoplasms.

Chris' supervisors include Professor N. Heddle and Drs. G. Fraser & R. Meyer.

Daniel Hoppe


Daniel HoppeDaniel studied Physiology at the University of Western Ontario and received his MD from McMaster University. He is currently a Resident in the Orthopaedic Surgery Program at McMaster University.

Daniel is also enrolled in the Surgeon Scientist Program and the Clinician Investigator Program while completing a Msc in the Health Professional Education Program at OISE through the University of Toronto where he studied curriculum development, program evaluation, and innovative teaching strategies, with a specific focus on their application to advancing surgical education.

His research interests are in the utilization of simulation and technology to enhance the development of surgical skills. He has published several articles on the topic of Evidence-Based Orthopaedics and recently presented a paper at the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) Congress in Rio de Janeiro.

Dr. Hoppe was awarded an Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship at the University of Stanford, July 2015.

Sebastien Hotte

Sebastien Hotte

Sebastien holds an MD degree from the University of Ottawa and obtained his FRCPC in Internal Medicine and RCPSC Subspecialty Certification in Medical Oncology.

Sebastien completed the Clinician Investigator Program and Masters in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University in 2007. His research interests are in investigational new drugs in the field of oncology and the challenging methodological aspects of studying novel, targeted anti-cancer agents. His other research interests relate to the planning, conduct and analysis of large, randomized studies of genitourinary malignancies.

His CIP Research Awards included a 2002-2003 Canadian Institute of Health Research /CAMO (Canadian Association of Medical Oncology) Fellowship Award to pursue Investigational New Drugs (IND) at the Hamilton Regional Cancer Centre; a 2001-2002 CAMO Ely-Lilly Fellowship Award; a 2003 CAMO Award for the overall best abstract submitted by a resident or fellow; and a 2003 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting Merit Award for outstanding research abstract submitted by a resident or fellow.

Iqbal Jaffer

Iqbal Jaffer

Iqbal completed his BA in Religious Studies at McMaster and his MBBS at the University of Queensland in Australia. Iqbal is completing his residency Cardiac Surgery at McMaster and also enrolled in the Clinical Investigator Program and the Surgeon Scientist Program at McMaster while pursuing a PhD in Medical Sciences.

His research work focuses on the interaction between blood contacting medical devices, such as mechanical heart valves, and the intrinsic pathway of coagulation. Iqbal hopes to undertake an academic surgical career where his bench research actively engages the care of his patients.  He is supervised by Drs. Jeffrey Weitz and Richard Whitlock.

Iqbal was awarded the Hamilton Health Sciences New Investigator Fund grant to complete some of his work.

Francois Lamontagne


Francois LamontagneFrancois received his MD from the University of Montreal in 2000. He obtained his RCPSC and Quebec College of Physicians certifications in Internal Medicine and also received his MSc degree in Pharmacology from the University of Sherbrooke in 2006.  He became RCPSC certified in Critical Care from McMaster University in 2008. He completed the Clinician Investigator Program and obtained his MSc degree in Health Research Methodology at McMaster in 2009.

Francois' areas of research include NO donors in sepsis, vasopressor utilization in sepsis, steroids in ARDS, utilization of high frequency utilization in ARDS, treatment and prediction of outcome in severe Clostridium difficile associated disease, and prevention of myocardial infarction.

Oren Levine

Oren Levine

Oren graduated from Queen's University medical school, then completed Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology residency training at McMaster University. He enrolled in the Clinician Investigator Program while pursuing a MSc in the McMaster Health Research Methodology Program under the mentorship of Dr. Melissa Brouwers.

Oren has an interest in palliative care in oncology and communication around end of life care. He is involved in medical education research looking at teaching communication skills in Oncology training programs.

Anthony Levinson

Anthony Levinson

Anthonyn holds BA (Joint Honours English Literature and Philosophy), MA (Critical Theory) and MD degrees. He obtained his FRCPC in Psychiatry.

Anthony received his MSc degree in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University. His research project involved studies of the pharmacogenetic predictors of response and side effects to psychiatric medications in first-episode psychosis and investigating new instructional technologies in medical education.

His CIP Research Awards included a Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation Fellowship Award, an Ontario Mental Health Foundation Research Training Fellowship, a NARSAD Young Investigator Award, an AMS-Wilson Senior Fellowship, a Canadian Institutes of Health Research-ACMC RIME Grant and a Canadian Association for Medical Education Certificate of Merit.

Wendy Lim

Wendy Lim

Wendy holds BSc, MD and MSc degrees. She obtained her FRCPC in Internal Medicine and subspecialty certification in Hematology. In 2006, she completed a clinical and research fellowship in Thromboembolism and completed the McMaster University Clinician Investigator Program receiving her MSc in Health Research Methodology in 2007.

Her research interests included anticoagulant use in specific populations, including critically ill patients and patients with renal failure, and evaluating the significance of elevated cardiac troponin in the intensive care unit, with interest in systematic review and meta-analytic methodology.

Her CIP research awards included an International Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis (ISTH) Clinical Research Fellowship, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Canada Graduate Scholarship Master's Award, Thrombosis Interest Group of Canada Research Fellowship, Father Sean O'Sullivan Research Centre Studentship Award and research funding from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and the Regional Medical Associates (Hamilton).

Dr. Lim holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Thomboembolism, McMaster University.

Michael Livingston


Michael LivingstonMike completed his General Surgery residency training at McMaster University. He completed undergraduate studies in the Arts and Science Program at McMaster and medical school at Western.

Mike enrolled in Health Research Methodology and the Clinician Investigator Program at McMaster in 2013. His thesis supervisors were Dr. Peter Rosenbaum, Dr. Sarah Jones (from Western), and Dr. Mark Walton.

His research activities include health outcomes studies, systematic reviews, and clinical trials on surgical conditions in children. These include empyema, ingrown toenails, trauma, feeding in preterm infants, and tube feeding in children with disabilities.

Michael's research activities were funded by a grant from Physicians' Services Incorporated and salary support from the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. 

Arlene MacDougall


Arlene MacDougallArlene has completed Honours BSc (Human Biology and Bioethics double major) and MD degrees. She completed the Psychiatry Residency Program at McMaster University.

Arlene enrolled in the Neuroscience Master’s Program at McMaster University. Her thesis project involved examining the factors determining treatment response and relapse in a large prospectively studied group of late-onset psychosis patients.

Her research awards included Graduate and Research Scholarships from the McMaster School of Graduate of Studies and the 2007 Richard and Mary Pelling Foundation Scholarship. Arlene was recently honoured as the Best Resident of the Year in psychiatry at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in 2008. She was also a 2005 UBC Wesbrook Scholar and the recipient of the Dean M.M. Weaver Silver Medal for proficiency in medical school.

Piushkumar Mandhane

Piushkumar Mandhane

Piush completed his MD at the University of Toronto in 1997, paediatric residency at the University of Alberta in 2001, and fellowship in pediatric respiratory medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children in 2003. From 2003 to 2007, he was a PhD student working with Dr. Malcolm Sears in the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health and Dr. Steve Hanna at McMaster University.

During his PhD, he examined gender differences in the presentation of atopy and asthma. To understand the role of estrogen and progesterone in asthma, he completed a study in adult females with asthma on and off oral contraception, to determine the timing of changes in airway inflammation in relation to hormone levels during the menstrual cycle.

Som Mukherjee

Som Mukherjee

Som holds a BSc and MD degrees. He obtained his Fellowship in Internal Medicine in 2004 and his Subspecialty Certification in Medical Oncology in 2005.

Som completed the Clinician Investigator Program in June 2006 and a MSc degree in Health Research Methodology, McMaster University, as part of a fellowship in breast cancer research at the Juravinski Cancer Centre with Dr. Mark Levine.

His research interests include the use of PET and MRI imaging to monitor treatment responses in women with locally advanced breast cancer. He is also involved in research on thrombosis in patients undergoing potentially curative, adjuvant chemotherapy. He has subspecialized in the management of patients with breast cancer and genitourinary malignancies.

His residency and CIP research awards include: a 2004-2006 Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Fellowship Award, a 2004 Juravinski Cancer Centre Foundation Grant to pursue breast cancer research, and a 2002 Excellence in Research Award from the Internal Medicine Department at Dalhousie University. He also won a teaching award, as voted by medical students, for best internal medicine resident educator at Dalhousie University in 2002.

Laura Musselman

Laura Musselman

Laura holds MD and MEd degrees. She was enrolled in the Clinician Investigator and General Surgery Programs at McMaster University and in 2003, she transferred to Toronto to complete her General Surgery Residency.

Laura completed the research component of her McMaster University CIP training in 2003, receiving her Master of Education from the University of Toronto. Her research project focus was studies of intimidation and harassment, physician health, skills training on simulators and transfer to clinical setting, and curriculum redesign.

Laura's CIP research awards included a Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation Fellowship Award, a PSI Award, a CIHR-ACMC RIME Grant, a Medical Education Grant from the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada, and an AMS Wilson Senior Fellowship Award.

Menaka Pai


Menaka PaiMenaka holds BSc and MD degrees from McMaster University.  She obtained her FRCPC certification in Internal Medicine from McMaster University and her Subspecialty Certification in Hematology from the University of Toronto.

Menaka enrolled in the Clinician Investigator Program and completed a MSc degree in Health Research Methodology at McMaster under the supervision of Drs. Catherine Hayward, mark Crowther and James Douketis. 

Her clinical interests include hemostasis and thrombosis, while her research focuses on the development of standardized clinical assessment tools for mild bleeding disorders, and knowledge translation strategies to encourage appropriate venous thromboembolism prophylaxis. 

Menaka's CIP research awards include the 2008 Research Fellowship from the Thrombosis Interest Group of Canada and a 2008 Canadian Medical Protective Agency Collaborative Research and Risk Management Grant.

Rakesh Patel

Rakesh Patel

Rakesh holds Pharm. D, MD and MSc degrees. He obtained his FRCPC in Internal Medicine in 2002 and subsequently his Royal College Certification in Critical Care Medicine.

In 2005, Rakesh completed the McMaster University Clinician Investigators Program, receiving an MSc in Health Research Methodology from the McMaster University Health Sciences Graduate Program. His research involved studies of ICU therapeutics and cost analyses of ICU interventions.

His CIP research awards included a 2002 Resident Research Prize from the McMaster University Department of Medicine Residents/Fellows Research Day, an OTS Block Term Grant and a UWO-McMaster University Critical Care Research Grant.

Christopher Patriquin


Christopher PatriquinChris completed his MD at the University of Western Ontario and also completed Internal Medicine and Hematology (FRCPC). He is a Clinical Scholar in Hematology & Thromboembolism and is pursuing a MSc in Health Research Methodology at McMaster while also enrolled in the Clinician Investigator Program.

His research focuses on complement-mediated diseases (CMDs) including paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and thrombotic microangiopathies (TMA), such as the atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS). He is currently involved in examining registry-based approaches for the study of rare diseases, using PNH and aHUS as clinical models. Christopher is currently research co-chair of the Canadian PNH Network, and a member of the Canadian Apheresis Group TMA Working Group. His Masters supervisor is Dr. Donnie Arnold. His research is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Alexion.

Punam Rana


Punam RanaPunam obtained her Bachelor of Health Sciences and MD from McMaster University. She completed Internal Medicine at University of Ottawa followed by Medical Oncology at University of Toronto and is FRCPC certified in both specialties.

Punam completed the Clinician Investigator Program and MSc degree in Health Research Methodology in 2015 and a Breast Cancer Research Fellowship at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Mark Levine and Dr. Paola Muti.

She also received a scholarship from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation for a project which looks at antiproliferative activity of vitamin D and melatonin in breast cancer.

Bram Rochwerg


Bram RochwergBram graduated from the University of Ottawa medical school. He did his internal medicine residency and critical care fellowship at McMaster. He also completed formal research training through the Masters of Health Research Methodology program at McMaster.

Bram's main focus of research includes resuscitation medicine and intravenous fluid use in sepsis. He has gained knowledge and expertise in systematic reviews, meta-analysis and network meta-analysis. His other area of focus is clinical practice guideline methodology and he currently works with many international organizations supporting their guideline development projects.

Michelle Science


Michelle ScienceMichelle holds a BSc degree from Queen’s University and an MD from McMaster University and completed her Pediatrics Residency at the University of Toronto. She then completed the Clinician Investigator Program and MSc degree in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University, supervised by Dr. Mark Loeb in addition to Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship at University of Toronto. 

Her research interest is in the field of infections in the immunocompromised host. 

Michellewas a recipient of a CTN CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award.

Andrew Shih



Andrew Shih Andrew completed his BSc and MD at the University of Saskatchewan, Internal Medicine at Western University and Hematology at McMaster University. He completed training at McMaster in Transfusion Medicine, awarded by the Canadian Blood Services, and completed a thesis-based MSc in Health Research Methodology in addition to the Clinical Investigator Program at McMaster.  His HRM thesis committee members wereProfessor Nancy Heddle, Dr. Donald Arnold, and Dr. Alfonso Iorio.

Andrew's research interests include promoting the safety and appropriate utilization of blood products and cell therapeutics.  In particular, he is interested in using administrative databases and electronic health records to assess risk factors for adverse outcomes of transfusion, to assess utilization, and to advance blood transfusion as a personalized medical therapeutic intervention.  His current work is in collaboration with Dr. Jason Acker, a Canadian Blood Services NetCAD scientist analyzing the correlation of blood production methodology to product quality and with Dr. Patricia Liaw, a TaARI scientist studying cell free DNA levels in septic ICU patients that is central to the pathogenesis of fibrinolysis resistant thrombosis.  

Deborah Siegal


Deborah SiegalDeborah received her MD from Queen’s University in 2009. She completed Internal Medicine and Hematology specialty training at McMaster University and holds a MSc degree in Pharmacology from the University of Toronto. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Health Research Methodology at McMaster.

Deborah’s primary research interest is prevention of blood loss. Her current research topics include anticoagulant reversal and reduction of iatrogenic blood loss through laboratory testing in the intensive care unit. Her research supervisors and Dr. Mark Crowther and Prof. Nancy Heddle.

Tasnim Sinuff

Tasnim Sinuff

Tasnim holds a BSc (Biology) and MD degrees. She completed her FRCP(C) in Internal Medicine and obtained RCPSC Subspecialty Certification in Respirology and Accreditation in Critical Care.

Tasnim completed her Clinician Investigator Program research project and PhD in Health Research Methodology, at McMaster University. Her research interests include: noninvasive ventilation for acute respiratory failure and for end-of-life; guideline implementation and behavior change in the ICU; and end-of-life issues in the critically ill and in end-stage chronic lung disease.

Her CIP Research Awards include a 2002-2004 Canadian Institutes of Health Research Post Graduate Research Fellowship Award and was recently awarded a Clinician Scientist Award from CIHR.

Ziad Solh


Ziad SolhZiad received an Honours BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario and a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Ottawa. He completed Pediatrics training at Queen’s University and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at McMaster University. 

He received a Hamilton Health Sciences New Investigator Fund operating grant for his work on red cell transfusion-related alloimmunization in children with cancer for which he also received an American Society of Hematology Abstract Achievement Award. He enrolled in the Clinician Investigator Program and completed a thesis based MSc in Health Research Methodology in 2015 under the supervision of Dr. Nancy Heddle.

Ziad has clinical and research interests in pediatric hematology and transfusion medicine. Current areas of interest include: premedication practices in transfusion; prophylactic platelet and red cell use in premature neonates, critically ill children, and pediatric palliative care; adverse effects of blood products in children; and translating new knowledge into practice.

Deepa Suryanarayan


Deepa SuryanarayanDeepa completed her MD at the University of Mysore, India (2001), Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Saskatchewan (2011).  She then entered the Adult Hematology Fellowship at the University of Calgary and enrolled in the Clinician Investigator Program and the MSc Program in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Sam Schulman.

Her research interests are in the area of thrombosis with a focus on primary prevention and risk stratification of venous thromboembolic events especially in the high-risk medical patient population as well as newer oral anticoagulants and the perioperative management of these agents.

Valerie Taylor

Valerie Taylor

Val holds both a BMSc and an MD and completed her FRCPC in Psychiatry in 2004. She completed her PhD in Medical Science 2009. She obtained a faculty position at McMaster University in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences.

Val completed the Clinician Investigator Program and Doctoral Studies in the Medical Sciences Graduate Program, at McMaster University, as a Research Fellow in Mood Disorders in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience. Her research focused on the metabolic syndrome in patients with mood disorders.

Her CIP awards include a Quality Assurance Award from McMaster University, an Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Award and a Fellowship from the Association for Academic Psychiatry.

Ryan Van Lieshout


Ryan Van LieshoutRyan received his Bachelor’s Degree in the Honours Biology and Psychology Program at McMaster, his doctorate in medicine at the University of Ottawa and obtained his Certification in Psychiatry at McMaster. Ryan enrolled in the Clinician Investigator Program and completed a PhD in Health Research Methodology at McMaster.

His research used an epidemiological approach to determine the effects sub-optimal intrauterine environments have on neurodevelopment and later risk of psychiatric disorder in the offspring of these gestations. To date, this has involved secondary data analysis of existing longitudinal cohort studies where associations between maternal health problems, abnormal birth weights and mental disorders in children and adolescents have been examined. His ongoing interests in the etiology and primary prevention of mental illness across the lifespan have also resulted in research on commonly co-morbid somatic medical problems seen in those with serious mental illness.

Ryan was recipient of the Dan Offord Resident Research Award in 2008 and has received research support from the American Psychiatric Association, the University of Pittsburgh Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and Clinician Investigator Programs at McMaster University as well as NSERC and the Rx & D, CSVR and ABST Foundations.

Sophocles Voineskos


Sophocles VoineskosSophocles studied Biology at the University of Toronto and received his MD from McMaster University.  He is completedg his residency in the Plastic Surgery at McMaster University. 

Sophocles enrolled in the Clinician Investigator Program and the Surgeon Scientist Program at McMaster University and completed a thesis-based MSc in Health Research Methodology, supervised by Dr. Mohit Bhandari and Dr. Achilleas Thoma.

Sophocles’ research interest is in the current state of the plastic surgical evidence, the barriers that exist in conducting high quality studies, and potential solutions to guide the specialty.

Mohammed Ali Warsi

 

Mohammed Ali Warsi

Mohammed holds an Honour's Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology and Physics and Masters of Science in the area of Adult Congenital Cardiology from the University of Toronto.Mohammed then completed his MD, also at the University of Toronto and came to McMaster University for his residency training in Psychiatry. He completed a PhD in the Department of Biomedical Engineering while enrolled in the Clinical Investigator Program.

Mohammed's research involved using novel MRI techniques to study Alzheimer's disease.He worked with Dr. Michael Noseworthy and Dr. William Molloy to blend state-of-the-art MRI technologies with the study of aging and cognition.Specifically, he developed MRI sequences to look at structural, biochemical and physiological changes in the brain through the course of a RCT treatment study for Alzheimer's disease.

Kathyrn Webert

Kathyrn Webert

Kathryn completed the Clinician Investigator Program an MSc degree in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University in 2009. Her research project focused on bleeding in patients with leukemia and a pilot clinical trial on the role of hemoglobin level in the frequency of bleeding in patients with leukemia.

Kathry's CIP research awards include a Canadian Blood Services Fellowship Award in Transfusion Medicine and a NovoNordisk Research Fellowship Award in Hemostasis.

Oonagh Zuberbier

 Oonagh Zuberbier

Oonagh is the recipient of a bachelor's degree in Co-operative Science (specializing in biomedical research, with minors in Environmental Toxicology and English), an honours bachelor's degree in Psychology, an MD (FRCPC in psychiatry), and an MSc (in Health Research Methodology).

Oonagh completed the McMaster University Health Research Methodology MSc Program and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Clinician Investigator Program. Her research project, with Dr.Charlotte Waddell of Simon Fraser University, involved in-depth study of Canadian health policy with respect to child developmental psychopathology.

Her research awards include the Dan Offord Memorial Award for best resident research paper in child psychiatry (from the Canadian Association of Professors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) and the 2005 Richard and Mary Pelling Foundation Scholarship. Oonagh was elected the 2006-2007 Resident Representative to Area 1 of the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association. She also has received the 2005 Hamilton Health Sciences Most Outstanding Medical Resident of the Year Award and her undergraduate university's convocation gold medal. Oonagh recently won a Research in Addictions and Mental Health Policy and Services (RAMHPS) fellowship award, a fellowship award from the CIHR’s Institute of Population and Public Health and was also named the research fellow at the Children’s Health Policy Centre at Simon Fraser University.

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