Surgeon Scientist Training Program Profiles 2017-2018

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)

ahuja

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

Email: christophersahuja@gmail.com

Muhammad Ali Akbar

ali akbarDegree 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

badhiwala" typeof= 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

Amy Behman

behmanPhD (IHPME)
Email: amy_behman@yahoo.ca
Orthopaedic Surgery
The Hospital for Sick Children

Supervisor: Dr. James Wright

Research Focus: What is the real impact of Simple Bone Cysts? 

Ramy Behman

behman, rMSc (IHPME)
Email: ramybehman@gmail.com
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. 

Lev Bubis

bubisMSc (IHPME)
Email: Lev_bubis@hotmail.com General Surgery
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Supervisor: Dr. Paul Karanicolas

Research Focus: Population-based analysis of symptom burden in gastrointestinal oncology outpatients using patient-reported outcomes

David Burns

burns, dMASc (IBBME)
Email: d.burns@utoronto.ca
Orthopaedic Surgery
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Supervisor: Cari Whyne

Research Focus: Design, implementation, and testing of a novel surgical navigation system for shoulder arthroplasty.

William Chu Kwan

chu kwan" typeof= 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

Sean Crawford

crawford, seanMASc (IBBME)
Email: scraw089@gmail.com
Vascular Surgery
Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, University of Toronto

Supervisors: Drs. Cristina Amon, Thomas Forbes, Gilles Soulez

Research Focus: Development of methods to predict unwanted rotation of fenestrated aortic stent grafts used to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms

Alaina Garbens

garbensMSc (IMS)
Email: alaina.garbens@mail.utoronto.ca
Urology Surgery
Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital

Supervisor: Dr. Teodor Grantcharov

Research Focus: The Cost of Errors: A prospective look at surgical error, third party costs and patient outcomes in open and robotic partial nephrectomy

Mitchell Goldenberg

goldenbergMSc (IMS)
Email: mitchg.11@gmail.com
Urology
Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital

Supervisor: Dr. Teodor Grantcharov

Research Focus: Summative assessments of technical skills in robotic surgery  
 

Daipayan Guha

guhaMSc (IMS)
Email: deep.guha@gmail.com
Neurosurgery
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Supervisor: Drs. Victor Yang and Albert Yee

Research Focus: Engineering of a multimodal intraoperative optical imaging guidance and ablation system for neurosurgery

 

Mohamad Hussain

hussainMSc (IMS)
Email:  mohamad.hussain@medportal.ca
Vascular Surgery
St. Michael’s Hospital

Supervisor: Drs. Mohammed Al-Omran & Muhammad Mamdani

Research Focus:“Utilization and Outcomes of Carotid Artery Revascularization in Ontario:

Our research will involve using large Ontario administrative databases to study the utilization trends and outcomes of patients who underwent carotid endarterectomy and stenting in Ontario. 

James Jung

jungMSc (IHPME)
Email:jamesjung86@gmail.com
General Surgery
St. Michael’s Hospital

Supervisor: Dr. Teodor Grantcharov

Research Focus: Since April 2014, our group startedprospective observation of consecutive patients undergoing surgery in anoperating room equipped with a synchronized multi-port recording system calledthe OR Black Box. Independent research analysts measure technical andnon-technical performance of the OR team, perform human factor analysis, andidentify intraoperative adverse events using the OR Black Box recordings. Ourmain research objectives are the following:

1. Measure severityof intraoperative adverse events with respect to their potential to causepatient harm.

2. Investigate therelationship between intraoperative adverse events and postoperative patientoutcomes.

3.Design and implement targeted intervention based on the OR Black Box analysisto help improve OR team performance and patient safety.

Keith Lawson

lawsonPhD (Molecular Genetics)
Email: keith.lawson6@gmail.com
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. 

Anick Nater

NaterPhD (IMS)
Email: anick.nater1@gmail.com
Neurosurgery
Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network

Supervisor: Dr. Michael Fehlings

Research Focus: Evaluating predicting factors of functional outcomes and health related quality of life after surgical treatment in patients with Mestastatic Epidural Spinal Cord Compression 

Trisha Roy

roy, tPhD (IMS)
Email:  trisha.roy@mail.utoronto.ca
Vascular Surgery
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Supervisors: Drs. Graham Wright & Andrew Dueck

Research Focus: MRI characterization of peripheral arterial disease for planning percutaneous vascular interventions 

Natalia Ziolkowski

ziolkowskiMSc (IMS)
Email: natalski@gmail.com
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
The Hospital for Sick Children

Supervisor: Joel Fish

Research Focus: Natalia'smain research interest is in scars and their impact on patients. With the team,she is helping to develop and validate a patient-reported outcome instrumentfor individuals with traumatic, operative, and burn scars.

Daniel Palma Cornejo

cornejoMSc (IHPME)
Email: dancornejo@gmail.com General Surgery
Women's College Hospital
Women's College Institute for Health Systems Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV)

Supervisor: Drs. David Urbach, Sacha Bhatia, & Anna Gagliardi

Research Focus: Patient self-management in post-operative telehealth systems for knee replacement. Mixed methods approach using computer modeling, systematic review, and interviews 

Fahima Dossa

dossaMSc (IHPME)
Email: fdossa@qmed.ca General Surgery
St. Michael’s Hospital

Supervisor: Dr. Nancy Baxter

Research Focus: A population-based study of cancer-related outcomes for persons who receive solid organ transplant

Lior Flor

florMSc (IMS)
Email: Lior.flor@mail.utoronto.ca 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

Vaibhav Gupta

guptaMSc (IHPME)
Email: Vaibhav.Gupta@mail.utoronto.ca
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 and policy makers about how we can improve the care these patients receive.

Yunni Hye Jeong

jeongMSc (IHPME)
Email: yunnijeong@gmail.com
General Surgery
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Supervisor: Dr. Natalie Coburn

Research Focus: Costing and resource utilization analysis of stage IV gastric cancer patient care

Kyle Juraschka

juraschkaDegree 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

Shelly Luu

LuuMSc (IMS)
Email: shelly.luu@utoronto.ca
General Surgery
Mount Sinai Hospital

Supervisor: Dr. Carol Swallow

Research Focus: Identifying predictive molecular markers for peritoneal recurrence after curative gastric cancer

Ying Meng

mengPhD (IMS)
Email: ying.meng@medportal.ca 
Neurosurgery
The Hospital for Sick Children

Supervisor: Dr. Sheena Josselyn

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

Helene Retrouvey

RetrouveyMSc (IHPME)
Email: Helene.retrouvey@mail.utoronto.ca
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Toronto General Hospital – University Health Network

Supervisor: Dr. Toni Zhong

Research Focus: Understanding and reducing barriers to post mastectomy breast reconstruction in Ontario: Closing the gap. - Assisting with collection, collation and categorization of national research priorities for PMBR using an established priority setting process

Melissa Roy

Roy, MMSc (IHPME)
Email: Melissa.roy@mail.utoronto.ca
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Toronto Western Hospital – University Health Network

Supervisors: Drs. David Urbach, Steve McCabe, Herbert von Schroeder, & Christine Novak

Research Focus: Health literacy and decision making in the hand surgery patient population

Konrad Salata

salataMSc (IMS)
Email: konrad.salata@mail.utoronto.ca
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

Suganth Suppiah

suppiahPhD (IMS)
Email: Ssuppiah2013@meds.uwo.ca
Neurosurgery
TMDT – University Health Network

Supervisor: Dr. Gelareh Zadeh

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

Peter Urbanellis

urbanellisPhD (IMS)
Email: peter.urbanellis@queensu.ca
General Surgery
Toronto General Hospital – University Health Network

Supervisor: Dr. Markus Selzner

Research Focus:  Work on repair and assessment of kidney grafts during normothermic ex vivo kidney perfusion prior to transplantation

Derrick Tam

Tam, DMSc (IHPME)
Email: derrick.tam@utoronto.ca
Cardiac Surgery
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Fremes

Research Focus:  Trends, outcomes and cost-effectiveness in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

Peter Dixon

 

dixonDegree working towards: MSc (IHPME)

Email: Peter.dixon@utoronto.ca

Division: Otolaryngology

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Supervisor: Dr. Joseph M. Chen

Research Focus: Cochlear implantation outcomes

Lauren Gordon

gordonDegree 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

gregorDegree 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

Jordan Levy

levyDegree 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

Wanda Marini

mariniDegree 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

mattaDegree 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.

David L. Mealiea

mealieaDegree 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

Farshad Nassiri

nassiriDegree 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.

Khaled T. Ramadan

ramadanDegree 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

Tomas Saun

saunDegree 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

selimDegree 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

Michael S. Taccone

tacconeDegree 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.

Shervin Taslimi

taslimiDegree working towards: PhD (IMS)

Email: Shervin_883@yahoo.com

Division: Neurosurgery

TMDT, Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network

Supervisor: Drs. Gelareh Zadeh & Ken Aldape

Research Focus: Analysis of the hypoxic tumor microenvironment of   brain tumors, using multiplatform integrated analysis of hypoxic and non-hypoxic tumor cells

Jay Toor

toorDegree 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

Nirmeen Zagzoog

zagzoogDegree 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

zhangDegree 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.

Kevin Zuo

Kevin ZuoDegree 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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