McMaster University

McMaster University

Pediatric Chief Residents

Effective April 1, 2018 the Department of Pediatrics is pleased to announce the appointment of our Chief Residents for the 2018-19 Pediatric Residency Program.

The Pediatric Residency Program is committed to providing outstanding training and mentorship with skills in clinical medicine, research, and education. Our Chief Residents play an essential role in the program by providing vital administrative and leadership support and help ensure the success of all residents.


About the Chief Residents (2018-2019)

Dr. Michelle D'Alessandro

Michelle D’Alessandro is currently in her second year of pediatric residency training at McMaster University. She is originally from Peterborough, Ontario where she obtained her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Trent University. She completed her medical degree at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario before coming to McMaster for pediatric residency training. Her interests lie in general pediatrics, medical education, and resident wellness. She looks forward to further developing her leadership, teaching, and advocacy skills in the role of chief resident and plans to pursue a career as a general community pediatrician.

Dr. Shamini Selvakumar

Shamini completed her Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences degree at McMaster University and subsequently studied Medicine at McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. She is currently a second year resident in the Pediatric-Clinician Investigator Program. She served as co-wellness representative in the 2018-2019 academic year, as well as the resident representative on the resident research committee.  She has also been involved in teaching for McMaster University's MD program. She hopes to continue to be involved in medical education as chief resident. In the future, she aspires to be a clinician – researcher and her current research focus is in substance use in pregnancy.  

Dr. Kristen Zahn

Kristen Zahn is a pediatric resident at McMaster University. She obtained her medical degree at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in Sudbury, Ontario. Her undergraduate degree was an Honors Bachelor of Science in Nursing at St. Francis Xavier University. Her clinical interests include general pediatrics, medical education and endocrinology. Kristen is from Sault Ste Marie and in her spare time she can be found on her bike, or on a pair of cross country skiis. 



Contact information:

Chief Residents
Department of Pediatrics
Office: HSC-3N48

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