Surgeon Scientist Training Program Profiles 2020-2021

An alphabetical list of all students enrolled in the Surgeon Scientist Training Program. 

Please click for indiviual research interests and further information.

Monica Abdelmasih

Degree working towards: MSc [IMS]

Email: monica.abdelmasih@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: Vascular Surgery
TGH-UHN

Supervisors: Drs. Thomas Forbes and Ahmed Kayssi

Research Focus: Quality improvement and patient safety. Study we are currently pursuing is improving sleep quality and satisfaction in post-operative patients

 

Muhammad Ali Akbar

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS)

Email: muhammad.akbar@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: Neurosurgery

Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network

Supervisor: Dr. Michael G. Fehlings

Research Focus:  Investigate diagnostic and prognostic value of diffusion tensor imaging among other MRI techniques in traumatic/non-traumatic cervical spine myelopathy

Mona Al-Taha

Degree working towards: MSc [IBBME}
Email: mona.altaha@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
The Hospital for Sick Children 

Supervisor: Drs. Chris Forrest and James Drake
Research Focus:  Utilizing mixed reality technology (augmented reality/virtual reality) in surgical education. Focus areas include pediatrics and craniofacial anatomy

Zubair Bayat

Degree working towards: PhD (IHPME)

Email: zbayat@ucalgary.ca Division: General Surgery

Mount Sinai Hospital

Supervisors: Drs. Erin Kennedy and Anand Govindarajan
Research Focus: Health Services Research: Determinants of length of stay after common surgical procedures

Matthew Castelo

 

Degree working towards: PhD(IHPME)

Email: matthew.castelo@one-mail.on.ca

Division: General Surgery

Unity Health, SMH

Supervisors: Drs. Nancy Baxter and Adena Scheer

Research Focus: Wait times and surgical outcomes in young women with breast cancer.

Vivien K-Y Chan

Degree working towards: MSc (IMS)
Email: vivienka@ualberta.ca
Division: Neurosurgery
Toronto Western Hospital, UHN
Supervisor: Dr. Michael Fehlings
Research Focus: Health economics and degenerative lumbar pathologies

Douglas Cheung

Degree working towards: PhD (IHPME)

Email: douglas.cheung@one-mail.on.ca

Division: Urology

Princess Margaret Cancer Care – University Health Network 

Supervisors: Drs. Antonio Finelli & Murray Krahn 

Research Focus:  Decreasing the burden of prostate cancer management through novel methods of early detection

 

 

Woo Jin Choi

Degree working towards: MSc (IHPME)
Email: mcho890@gmail.com

Division: General Surgery
Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network

Supervisors: Drs. Bettina Hansen, Gonzalo Sapisochin and Steven Gallinger
Research Focus: The rising incidence of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma and their surgical outcomes

William Chu Kwan

Degree working towards: PhD (IBBME)

Email: william.chukwan@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: Orthopaedic Surgery

The Hospital for Sick Kids

Supervisor: Dr. James Drake

Research Focus: Magnetic resonance-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (MR-HIFU) and its various clinical and surgical applications

Karen Chung

Degree working towards: PhD (IHPME)

Email: ky.chung@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

The Hospital for Sick Children

Supervisors: Drs. Christopher Forrest and Beate Sander

Research Focus: Economic Evaluation of Cleft Lip and/or Palate in Ethiopia

David Cyr

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS)

Email: david.cyr@mail.utoronto.ca
Division: General Surgery

Mount Sinai Hospital

Supervisor: Dr. Carol Swallow

Research Focus: Molecular predictors of outcomes following resection of advanced pelvic GI malignancies

Benjamin A. Davidson

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS)
Email: benjaminandrewdavidson@gmail.com
Division: Neurosurgery
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Supervisor: Drs. Nir Lipsman and Clement Hamani
Research Focus: Novel indications for Deep Brain Stimulation

Julian Daza

Degree working towards: MSc (IHPME)

Email: julian.dazavargas@medportal.ca

Division: General Surgery

Unity Health, SMH

Supervisor: Drs. Duminda Wijeysundera and Nancy Baxter

Research Focus: Frailty in older adults who undergo major non-cardiac surgery

 

Lauren Gordon

Degree working towards: PhD (IBBME)

Email: lauren.gordon@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: Vascular Surgery

Unity Health, SMH

Supervisors: Drs. Teodor Grantcharov and Mark Wheatcroft

Research Focus: Anticipating Surgical Risk: Predicting complex cases and intraoperative events using machine learning techniques

Alexander Gregor

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS)

Email: agregor@qmed.ca

Division: General Surgery

Latner Thoracic Surgery Research Lab - MaRS TMDT

Supervisor: Dr. Kazuhiro Yasufuku

Research Focus: Image-guided Surgery, specifically using nanoparticles to intraoperatively identify tumors, lymph nodes, etc. via various imaging modalities (near-infrared, cone-beam CT, etc)

Keegan Guidolin

Degree working towards: MASc (IBBME)
Email: keegan.guidolin@gmail.com
Division: General Surgery
Princess Margaret Hospital, UHN
Supervisor: Drs. Gang Zheng and Fayez Quereshy 

Research Focus: Nanomedicine development for applications in image-guided surgery for colorectal cancer

Matthew P. Guttman

Degree working towards: PhD (IHPME)
Email: mattguttman@gmail.com
Division: General Surgery 
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Supervisor: Drs. Barbara Haas & Avery Nathens
Research Focus: Long term outcomes and healthcare utilization after emergency general surgery in the elderly

Laureen Hachem

Degree working towards:PhD (IMS)
Email: laureen.hachem@mail.utoronto.ca 
Division: Neurosurgery
Toronto Western Hospital, UHN
Supervisor: Drs. Michael G. Fehlings and Charles H. Tator 
Research Interests: Glutamate signalling after spinal cord injury
 

Doulia Hamad

Degree working towards: MSc (IHPME)

Email: doulia.hamad@one-mail.on.ca; doulia.hamad@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: General Surgery

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Supervisor: Drs. Barbara Haas and Avery Nathens

Research Focus: The identification of optimal performance improvement structures and processes to limit the potential for preventable, or modifiable harm

Graeme Hoit

Degree working towards: MSc (IHPME)
Email: graeme.hoit@mail.utoronto.ca
Division: Orthopaedics
Women's College Hospital

Supervisors: Drs. Jas Chahal and Aileen Davis
Research Focus: Improving treatment options and patient selection in those with young adult hip disorders

Jean Jacob-Brassard

Degree working towards: MSc (IMS)

Email: jean.jacob.brassard@outlook.com

Division: Vascular Surgery

Unity Health, SMH

Supervisor: Drs. Mohammed Al-Omran and Charles de Mestral

Research Focus: Contemporary management of peripheral arterial disease in the province of Ontario

Kyle Juraschka

Degree working towards: PhD (LMP)
Email: kylejuraschka@gmail.comkyle.juraschka@mail.utoronto.ca
Division: Neurosurgery
The Hospital for Sick Children
Supervisor: Dr. Michael D. Taylor
Research Focus: Investigation of the genetic events in medulloblastoma that drive leptomeningeal metastasis and tumour cell growth and survival within the leptomeningeal niche using bioinformatics and functional genomic tools

Jerry Ku

Degree working towards: MSc (IMS)

Email: jerry.ku@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: Neurosurgery

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Supervisor: Dr. Victor Yang

Research Focus: Device development for the endovascular treatment of intracerebral aneurysms

Shelly Luu

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS)

Email: shelly.luu@utoronto.ca

Division: General Surgery

Mount Sinai Hospital

Supervisor: Dr. Carol Swallow

Research Focus: Identifying predictive molecular markers for peritoneal

recurrence after curative gastric cancer

Wanda Marini

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS)

Email: wanda.marini@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: General Surgery

Princess Margaret Hospital, University Health Network

Supervisor: Drs. Michael Reedijk and Carol Swallow

Research Focus: The role of hedgehog signaling in basal-like breast cancer and the tumor microenvironment

Amine Mazine

Degree working towards: PhD (IBBME)
Email: amazine@gmail.com
Division: Cardiovascular Surgery
TMDT
Supervisors: Drs. Gordon Keller and Michael Laflamme
Research Focus: Cellular therapy using iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes for the treatment of single ventricle malformations

David L. Mealiea

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS)

Email: d.mealiea@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: General Surgery

Mount Sinai Hospital

Supervisor: Dr. Andrea McCart

Research Focus: “A window into oncolytic virotherapy: Characterizing the innate immune processes driving viral infection, spread, and anti-tumor effect”.  Research on the oncolytic vaccinia virus and its impact on tumor microenvironment.  Will be using animal models (zebrafish/mouse) with fluorescent labelled vasculature and immune cells to investigate the effect that these viruses have on tumor inflammation and angiogenesis

 

Xin (Bill) Y. Mei

Degree working towards: MSc (IMS)

Email: xmei@qmed.ca

Division: Orthopaedics

Mount Sinai Hospital

Supervisor: Drs. Paul Kuzyk and Michael Glogauer

Research Focus: Targeted delivery of Fetuin using Titania nanotubes for prevention and treatment of heterotopic ossification

Ying Meng

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS)

Email: ying.meng@medportal.ca

Division: Neurosurgery

The Hospital for Sick Children

Supervisor: Drs. Nir Lipsman and Clement Hamani

Research Focus: Imaging neuronal dysfunction in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease

Ali Moghaddamjou

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS) 
Email: ali.moghaddamjou@mail.utoronto.ca
Division: Neurosurgery
Toronto Western Hospital - University Health Network
Supervisor: Dr. Michael G. Fehlings  
Research Focus: 
To study the epidemiology of spinal cord injury and identify influential factors present in improved clinical outcomes. Findings could be used  to create quality improvement strategies that would standardize care and allow for improved delivery of time sensitive therapies.

Hala Muaddi

Degree working towards:PhD (IHPME)

Email: hala.muaddi@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: General Surgery

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Supervisor: Dr. Paul Karanicolas

Research Focus: Evaluation of robotic surgery in Ontario

Farshad Nassiri

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS)

Email: farshad.nassiri@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: Neurosurgery

TMDT, Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network

Supervisor: Dr. Gelareh Zadeh

Research Focus: Establishing the oncogenomic landscape of aggressive meningiomas

Rashmi Nedadur

Degree working towards: MSc (IHPME)
Email: medadur@gmail.com

Division: Cardiovascular Surgery
PMCCRT, TMDT
Supervisor: Dr. Bo Wang
Research Focus: Using artificial intelligence for the automated measurement and interpretation of cardiac structure and function parameters from echocardiograms for patients with aortic valvular disease to increase speed and accuracy in measurement

Christopher W. Noel

Degree working towards: PhD (IHPME)
Email: christopher.noel@mail.utoronto.ca
Division: Otolaryngology
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Supervisor: Dr. Natalie Coburn
Research Focus: Symptom Burden as a Predictor of Emergency Room Visits and Unplanned Hospitalizations in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer

Christopher R. Pasarikovski

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS)

Email: chris.pasarikovski@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: Neurosurgery

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Supervisor: Dr. Victor Yang

Research Focus: The use of novel endovascular micro catheters for the treatment of cerebrovascular diseases   

Whitney L. Quong

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS)

Email: whitney.quong@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

The Hospital for Sick Children

Supervisor: Dr. Joel Fish 

Research Focus: Outcomes of multimodal therapy for keloids and hypertrophic scarring

Sneha Raju

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS)

Email: sneha.raju@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: Vascular Surgery

Toronto General Hospital, UHN

Supervisor: Drs. Jason Fish and Kathryn Howe

Research Focus: Determining the role of endothelial activation on microRNA communication within atherosclerotic plaque: Towards the identification of a novel therapeutic target in carotid disease

Khaled T. Ramadan

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS)

Email: Khaled.ramadan@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: General Surgery

TMDT, Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network

Supervisor: Dr. Marcelo Cypel

Research Focus:  Photodynamic therapy during In Vivo Lung Perfusion for treatment of lung metastases

Moaath Saggaf

Degree working towards: MSc (IMS)

Email: moaath.saggaf@gmail.com

Division: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network

Supervisors: Drs. Larry Robinson and Dimitri Anastakis

Research Focus: Assessing cold sensitivity in Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). We aim to identify clinical and neurophysiological factors that predict cold sensitivity in CTS and to assess the impact of carpal tunnel release surgery on cold sensitivity

Colin Sue-Shue-Lam

Degree working towards: PhD (IHPME)
Email: Colinjscl@gmail.com
Division: General Surgery
Unity Health, SMH
Supervisor: Dr. Nancy Baxter
Research Focus: Addressing deep sedation for routine in-hospital colonoscopy in Ontario

Michael S. Taccone

Degree working towards: PhD (LMP)

Email: michael.taccone@sickkids.ca

Division: Neurosurgery 

PGCRL - The Hospital for Sick Children

Supervisor: Drs. James T. Rutka and Howard Lesiuk, UO

Research Focus: Reprogramming glioblastoma metabolism as a novel therapeutic strategy

Mathew Voisin

Degree working towards:  PhD (IMS)
Email: mvoisin@qmed.ca

Division: Neurosurgery
Toronto Western Hospital, UHN

Supervisor: Dr. Gelareh Zadeh
Research Focus:  Proteogenomics of matched primary to recurrent GBMs to facilitate molecular classification and identify novel therapeutic targets

Justin Z. Wang

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS)

Email: justinz.wang@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: Neurosurgery

TMDT, University Health Network

Supervisor: Dr. Gelareh Zadeh

Research Focus: Genomics of clinically aggressive meningiomas.  We will be using novel molecular biology techniques to predict the clinical behaviour of meningiomas and developing non-invasive methods of diagnosing brain tumours

Nebras Warsi

Degree working towards: PhD (IBBME)
Email: nebras.warsi@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: Neurosurgery
The Hospital for Sick Children

Supervisor: Dr. George Ibrahim
Research Focus:  Adaptive intracranial neurostimulation to rescue attention deficits in children with epilepsy

Phillip J. Williams

Degree working towards: MSc (IHPME)

Email: phillipjames.williams@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: General Surgery

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Supervisor: Drs. Barbara Haas and Andrew Beckett

Research Focus: Functional outcomes of geriatric patients following traumatic injury 

Michael Sifeng Xu

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS)
Email: michaelmx.xu@mail.utoronto.ca
Division: General Surgery, TMDT-UHN
Supervisor: Drs. Tom Waddell and Siba Haykal
Research Focus: Revascularization of Composite Tracheal Allografts with Novel Tissue Engineering Techniques

Han Yan

Degree working towards: PhD (IHPME) 

Email: hhan.yan@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: Neurosurgery, SickKids, PGCRL

Supervisor: Drs. George Ibrahim and Abhaya Kulkarni

Research Focus: Clinical trials in functional pediatric neurosurgery

Nirmeen Zagzoog

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS) 

Email: nirmeenzagzoog@hotmail.com

Division: Neurosurgery

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre 

Supervisor: Dr. Victor Yang

Research Focus: Intraoperative imaging and surgical navigation in skull base. Engineering of a high-speed drill with frameless stereotactic navigation, and integration of the drill to the current state-of-the-art navigation system. Further integration will be conducted with systems which allow for mapping of the brain function and vasculature to add an element of safety to drill operations in skull base.

Jeffrey Zuccato

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS)

Email: Jeffrey.zuccato@one-mail.on.ca

Division: Neurosurgery

Princes Margaret Cancer Care Research Institute, University Health Network

Supervisor: Dr. Gelareh Zadeh

Research Focus: Elucidating the biomolecular profiles of intracranial neoplasms and correlating clinical outcomes to identify novel therapeutic targets.

Jesse Zuckerman

Degree working towards: MSc (IHPME)

Email: jesse.zuckerman@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: General Surgery

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Supervisor: Dr. Natalie Coburn

Research Focus: Blood transfusions in GI surgery patients