Surgeon Scientist Training Program Profiles 2018-2019

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

Please click for indiviual research interests and further information.

Christopher S. Ahuja PhD (IMS)

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS)

Email: christophersahuja@gmail.com

Division: Neurosurgery

Krembil Discovery Tower, Toronto Western Hospital, University Health

Network

Supervisor: Dr. Michael G. Fehlings

Research Focus: Regenerating the traumatically injured spinal cord using human stem cells

Muhammad Ali Akbar

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS)

Email: muhammad.akbar@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: Neurosurgery

Krembil Discovery Tower, Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network

Supervisor: Dr. Michael G. Fehlings

Research Focus:  Investigating advanced quantitative MRI techniques for degenerative cervical myelopathy and acute spinal cord injury

Jetan Badhiwala

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS)

Email: Jetan.badhiwala@gmail.com

Division: Neurosurgery

Krembil Discovery Tower, Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network

Supervisor: Dr. Michael G. Fehlings

Research Focus: The clinical epidemiology of traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injury

Zubair Bayat

Degree working towards: MSc (IHPME)

Email: zbayat@ucalgary.ca Division: General Surgery

Mount Sinai Hospital

Supervisors: Drs. Erin Kennedy & Anand Govindarajan
Research Focus: Patient reported outcomes in surgical

Amy Behman

Degree working towards: PhD (IHPME)

Email: amy_behman@yahoo.ca

Division: Orthopaedic Surgery

The Hospital for Sick Children 

Supervisor: Dr. James Wright 

Research Focus:  The effects and outcomes of Simple Bone Cysts in children

Ramy Behman

Degree working towards: PhD (IHPME)

Email: ramybehman@gmail.com

Division: General Surgery

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Supervisors: Drs. Paul Karanicolas & Avery Nathens

Research Focus: A population-based analysis of short- and long-term outcomes based on initial management patterns of small bowel obstruction

David Burns

Degree working towards: PhD (IBBME)

Email: d.burns@utoronto.ca

Division: Orthopaedic Surgery

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre 

Supervisor: Dr. Cari Whyne 

Research Focus:  Computer assisted surgical techniques in shoulder arthroplasty

Matthew Castelo

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Degree working towards: MSc (IHPME)

Email: matthew.castelo@medportal.ca

Division: General Surgery

St. Michael’s Hospital

Supervisors: Drs. Nancy Baxter & Adena Scheer

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

Douglas Cheung

Degree working towards: MSc (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:  To develop a conditional risk clinical decision-making and costing model for renal masses suspicious for malignancy

William Chu Kwan

Degree working towards: MASc (IBBME)

Email: william.chukwan@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: Orthopaedic Surgery

The Hospital for Sick Kids

Supervisor: Dr. James Drake

Research Focus: Surgical and medical applications for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound

Karen Chung

Degree working towards: MSc (IHPME)

Email: ky.chung@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

The Hospital for Sick Kids

Supervisors: Drs. Christopher Forrest & Beate Sander

Research Focus: Global surgery and cleft surgery

Daniel Palma Cornejo

Degree working towards: PhD IHPME)
Email: dancornejo@gmail.com
Division: General Surgery
Women's College Hospital, Women's College Institute for Health Systems
Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV)
Supervisor: Dr. David Urbach
Research Focus: Patient self-management in post-operative telehealth systems for knee replacement. Mixed methods approach using computer modeling, systematic review, and interviews

David Cyr

Degree working towards: MSc (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
Supervisor: Dr. Nir Lipsman
Research Focus: Neurosurgical treatment of psychiatric disorders

Peter Dixon

Degree working towards: MSc (IHPME)

Email: Peter.dixon@utoronto.ca

Division: Otolaryngology

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Supervisor: Dr. Murray Krahn

Research Focus: Improving the discrimination of the Health Utilities Index Mark 3 for hearing states associated with unilateral and bilateral cochlear

 

Fahima Dossa

Degree working towards: PhD (IHPME)
Email: fdossa@qmed.ca
Division: General Surgery St. Michael’s Hospital
Supervisor: Dr. Nancy Baxter
Research Focus: Health services utilization of patients with a BRCA variant of unknown significance

Lior Flor

flor

Degree working towards: MSc (IMS)

Email: Lior.flor@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: General Surgery

Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network

Supervisors: Drs. Andras Kapus & Ian McGilvray

Research Focus: The use of nanoparticles in modulating hepatic ischemia reperfusion injury, with an application in graft pre-conditioning and reducing viral reinfection rates

Lauren Gordon

Degree working towards: PhD (IBBME)

Email: lauren.gordon@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: Vascular Surgery

St. Michael’s Hospital

Supervisors: Drs. Teodor Grantcharov & Mark Wheatcroft

Research Focus: Developing better risk prediction models in surgery:  Our goal is to analyze patterns in intraoperative performance and patient  management to discover which factors affect post-operative outcomes. We aim to identify behaviours to emulate or errors to avoid in order to reduce

complications and improve patient outcomes.

Alexander Gregor

Degree working towards: MSc (IMS)

Email: a.gregor@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: General Surgery

Latner Thoracic Surgery Research Lab - MaRS TMDT

Supervisor: Dr. Kazuhiro Yasufuku

Research Focus: Application of novel nanoparticle and imaging technologies for sentinel lymph node mapping in lung cancer

Vaibhav Gupta

Degree working towards: PhD (IHPME)
Email: Vaibhav.Gupta@mail.utoronto.ca
Division: General & Thoracic Surgery
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Supervisor: Dr. Natalie Coburn

Research Focus: We are interested in studying treatment patterns, clinical outcomes, and resource utilization in patients treated for gastric and esophageal cancers in Ontario. I hope to inform clinicians

Amanda E. Hird

Degree working towards: MSc (IHPME)

Email: Amanda.hird@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: Urology

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Supervisor: Dr. Robert Nam

Research Focus: Investigating the role of targeted systemic therapy in combination with surgery for advanced renal cell carcinoma

 

Kyle Juraschka

Degree working towards: PhD (LMP
Email: kylejuraschka@gmail.com / kyle.juraschka@mail.utoronto.ca
Division: Neurosurgery
The Hospital for Sick Children
Supervisor: Dr. Michael D. Taylor
Research Focus: Identifying genetic events that drive medulloblastoma recurrence and metastasis, and targeted therapies that can inhibit these pathways to prevent and/or treat metastatic and recurrent disease

Keith Lawson

Degree working towards: PhD (Molecular Genetics)

Email: keith.lawson6@gmail.com

Division: Urology Surgery

Terrance Donnelly Centre, University of Toronto

Supervisors: Drs. Jason Moffat & Laurie Ailles

Research Focus: Deciphering context-specific gene essentiality in renal cell carcinoma by performing genome-wide screens using the CRISPR-Cas9 system  

Jordan Levy

Degree working towards: MSc (IHPME)

Email: Jordan.levy@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: General Surgery

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Supervisor: Dr. Natalie Coburn

Research Focus: Outcomes following oncologic colorectal surgery

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 molecular markers predictive of peritoneal

recurrence in gastric cancer

Diana Magee

Degree working towards: MSc (IHPME)

Email: diana.magee@gmail.com

Division: Urology

Princess Margaret Cancer Care, University Health Network

Supervisor: Dr. Girish Kulkarni

Research Focus: Care and cost optimization in muscle invasive bladder 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 & Carol Swallow

Research Focus: Basic science and translational breast cancer research, focusing on the Hedgehog signaling pathway in basal like breast cancer

Rano Matta

Degree working towards: MSc (IHPME)

Email: rano.matta@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: Urology

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Supervisor: Dr. Robert Nam

Research Focus: Using large administrative health databases and epidemiologic techniques to understand and improve care for patients with functional urological diseases and those   requiring reconstructive urological care. In addition, I have an interest in outcomes and care for urological cancer survivors.

Amine Mazine

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

David L. Mealiea

Degree working towards: MSc (IMS)

Email: d.mealiea@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: General Surgery

Canadian Blood Services Building

Supervisor: Dr. Andrea McCart

Research Focus: Using zebrafish and mouse models to investigate in vivo dynamic interactions between oncolytic viruses and immune cells within the tumor microenvironment

Ying Meng

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS)

Email: ying.meng@medportal.ca

Division: Neurosurgery

The Hospital for Sick Children

Supervisor: Drs. Nir Lipsman & Clement Hamani

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

Hala Muaddi

Degree working towards: MSc (IHPME)

Email: hala.muaddi@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: General Surgery

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Supervisor: Dr. Paul Karanicolas

Research Focus: Assessment of robotic surgery

Farshad Nassiri

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS)

Email: farshad.nassiri@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: Neurosurgery (University of Toronto)

Princess Margaret CRT, University Health Network

Supervisor: Dr. Gelareh Zadeh

Research Focus: Establishing the oncogenomic landscape of brain tumors.

Anick Nater

Nater

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS) 

Email: anick.nater1@gmail.com Division: Neurosurgery

Toronto Western Hospital - University Health Network

Supervisor: Michael G. Fehlings  

Research Focus: Evaluating prognostic factors of survival and quality of life in patients with MESCC who were treated surgically

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: MSc (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

Khaled T. Ramadan

Degree working towards: MSc

Email: Khaled.ramadan@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: General Surgery

TMDT, Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network

Supervisor: Dr. Marcelo Cypel

Research Focus:  Use of photodynamic therapy in the setting of lung perfusion systems to provide isolated treatment of the lung for ischemic reperfusion injury and lung metastases

Helene Retrouvey

Degree working towards: PhD (IHPME)

Email: Helene.retrouvey@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

St. Michael’s Hospital

Supervisor: Drs. Nancy Baxter & Toni Zhong 

Research Focus: Understanding and reducing barriers to post mastectomy breast reconstruction in Ontario

Konrad Salata

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS)
Email: konrad.salata@mail.utoronto.ca
Division: Vascular Surgery
St. Michael’s Hospital
Supervisor: Dr. Mohammed Al-Omran
Research Focus: Using large administrative databases in Ontario to study the long-term outcomes of endovascular compared to open surgical approaches for abdominal aortic aneurysm repair

Tomas Saun

Degree working towards: MASc (IBBME)

Email: tomas.saun@mail.utoronto.ca

Division (home): Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Division (research): General Surgery

St. Michael’s Hospital 

Supervisor: Dr. Teodor Grantcharov

Research Focus: Video technologies for surgical education, simulation, and performance enhancement

Omar Selim

Degree working towards: MSc (IMS)

Email: omar.selim@medportal.ca

Division: Vascular Surgery

Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network

Supervisors: Allan Okrainec & Andrew Dueck

Research Focus: The development of a diabetic wound care curriculum tailored for low resource settings and deliverable through telementoring

Colin Sue-Shue-Lam

Degree working towards: MSc (IHPME)
Email: Colinjscl@gmail.com
Division: General Surgery
St. Michael’s Hospital
Supervisor: Dr. Nancy Baxter
Research Focus: Defining cancer risk in lynch syndrome across MMR mutations

Suganth Suppiah

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS)

Email: Ssuppiah2013@meds.uwo.ca

Division: Neurosurgery

TMDT – University Health Network

Supervisor: Dr. Gelareh Zadeh

Research Focus: Examining the molecular signature of clinically aggressive meningiomas using a multiplatform genomic approach  

 

Michael S. Taccone

Degree working towards: PhD (LMP)

Email: michael.taccone@sickkids.ca

Division: Neurosurgery (University of Ottawa)

PGCRL - The Hospital for Sick Children

Supervisor: Dr. James T. Rutka

Research Focus: Applications of nanoparticle technology in neuro-oncology and development of novel molecular diagnostics and targeted therapeutics for malignant adult and pediatric brain tumours.

Derrick Tam

Degree working towards:  PhD (IHPME)

Email: derrick.tam@utoronto.ca

Division: Cardiac Surgery

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Fremes

Research Focus:  The management of aortic valve disease in the era of transcatheter aortic valve implantation

Jay Toor

Degree working towards: MBA (Rotman School of Management)

Email: jay.toor@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: Orthopedic Surgery

Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto / Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network

Supervisor: Dr. Raja Rampersaud

Research Focus: Reducing inpatient costs of index hip fractures

Peter Urbanellis

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS)

Email: peter.urbanellis@queensu.ca

Division: General Surgery

Toronto General Hospital – University Health Network

Supervisor: Dr. Markus Selzner

Research Focus:  Mechanisms of marginal kidney graft preservation and repair by normothermic ex vivo kidney perfusion

Nirmeen Zagzoog

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS) 

Email address: 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.

David D.Q. Zhang

Degree working towards: MSc (IHPME)

Email: daviddq.zhang@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: General Surgery

St Michael’s Hospital

Supervisor: Dr. Nancy Baxter

Research Focus: Impact of smoking cessation on outcomes in colorectal surgery.

Natalia Ziolkowski

Degree working towards: PhD (IMS)

Email: natalski@gmail.com

Division: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

The Hospital for Sick Children

Supervisor: Joel Fish

Research Focus: Examining the psychosocial effects of scars and field-testing a Patient-Reported Outcome Instrument in Pediatric and Adult Traumatic, Surgical, and Scar Populations

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.

Kevin Zuo

Degree working towards: MASc (IBBME)

Email: kevin.zuo@mail.utoronto.ca

Division: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

The Hospital for Sick Children

Supervisor: Dr. Gregory Borschel

Research Focus: Novel strategies to reconstruct peripheral nerve defects and enhance axon regeneration 

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