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McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Newsmagazine — Volume 9, Issue 3, Fall 2015

FHS Alumni:
Where are they now?

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Arthur Leader

Arthur Leader, MD '72

After graduation, Arthur Leader worked as a consultant in research planning to the Expanded Program on Human Reproduction for the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. There he found his passion for reproductive endocrinology / infertility. Trained in obstetrics / gynecology in the UK and Canada, he pursued research and clinical fellowships in Stockholm and Gothenburg, Sweden and Calgary. He is currently a professor with the University of Ottawa where he has served as departmental chairman, division head and IVF medical director. Leader has been nationally and internationally recognized with awards of excellence. He remains active in funded research with more than 105 peer-reviewed publications.


Jody White Van De Klipp

Jody White Van De Klippe, Diploma (Child Life Studies) '96

Since 2011, Jody White Van De Klippe has been the program manager for Hamilton City Ballet's Dance for Parkinson's, an innovative series of ballet classes designed and created for people with Parkinson's disease. Her team is also working with McMaster researchers to create avatar-based dance technology for people to use in their homes in between classes. Following graduation from McMaster, she worked as a child-life specialist, starting with Guelph General Hospital in pediatrics, and subsequently The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in burns, plastic surgery and urology; and Johns Hopkins Children's Center in the Pre-Operative Unit in Baltimore, MD. She has also worked within McMaster's Child Life Studies program as a tutor and developed several online courses.


Dilan Dissanayake

Dilan Dissanayake, B.H.Sc. '04

Dilan Dissanayake enrolled in the MD/PhD program at the University of Toronto (U of T) after graduating from McMaster. He earned his PhD in immunology with a focus on the factors that govern the activation of T-cell responses towards tissues in the setting of autoimmunity and cancer immunotherapy. As first author of a Nature Medicine article, he demonstrated that the absence of certain "brakes" in immune cells may predispose individuals to autoimmune disease. After completing his MD, Dissanayake entered U of T's pediatric residency program. He intends to pursue a career as a clinician-scientist and wants to continue researching the impact of immune dysregulation on disease processes within the body with the hope of developing new therapeutic options.

Kevin Barlow

Kevin Barlow, BScN  '06

After obtaining his nursing degree from McMaster, Kevin Barlow worked for four years as a nurse in the Inpatient Nephrology Unit at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. During that time he also completed two stints as a nurse for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Doctors Without Borders, Switzerland; first with the Northern Corridor Project of West Darfur, Sudan, and then the Mobile Clinic Team of Mindanao, Philippines. Barlow earned his Master of Nursing (Health Policy and Education) from Ryerson University in 2012. Since 2013 he has been a clinical nurse educator at St. Michael's Hospital covering outpatient haemodialysis, inpatient nephrology and home dialysis.


Natalie Die

Natalie Dies, B.H.Sc. (Physician Assistant)  '12

As a physician assistant in the Division of General Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Natalie Dies has been involved in some of the most innovative surgeries/techniques for patients from all over Ontario undergoing surgical oncology or colorectal procedures. She has taken care of patients undergoing heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) for peritoneal disease at Mount Sinai, which is the only centre in Ontario offering this oncologic option. As well, Dies has published data in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants examining the physician assistant role at Mount Sinai, which showed improved outcomes for residents and patients. She has also spearheaded many quality improvement projects, including a patient discharge education program and resident physician orientation.

Brian Ouellette

Brian Ouellette, M.Sc. (PT)  '13

After earning his master of science (physiotherapy), Brian Ouellette started in the Acute Internal Medicine ward at Hamilton General Hospital. In that position he was a preceptor for physiotherapy students and involved in a pilot project of a Seniors Mobile Assess and Restore Team aiming to keep the elderly active while in hospital. He continues to work in the same ward, but also works for the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute as a clinical research physiotherapist, where he is exploring the feasibility and benefits of personalized exercise programs during dialysis for the frail elderly with multiple comorbidities. Ouellette also volunteers on the City of Burlington's Accessibility Advisory Committee and is a reviewer for the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.