McMaster University

McMaster University


Dr. Emilie Belley-Côté

Emilie Belley-Cote

Emilie Belley-Côté completed her internal medicine and cardiology training at Université de Sherbrooke (Québec).

She is completing a Critical Care Fellowship at McMaster University and is enrolled in the Clinician Investigator Program completing a thesis based PhD in the Health Research Methodology program.

Her research interest is the epidemiology and treatment of critically ill patients with elevated tropinins. She is supervised by Dr. Richard Whitlock and Dr. Deborah Cook.

Dr. Erick Duan

Erick Duan

Erick Duan completed his MD, Internal Medicine residency and Critical Care Medicine fellowship at McMaster University. He is enrolled in the MSc program in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University under the mentorship of Dr. Deborah Cook.

His research interest is the epidemiology, outcomes and treatment of Clostridium difficile infection in the intensive care unit.


Dr. Nathan Evaniew

Nathan Evaniew

Nathan Evaniew is completing his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at McMaster University. He entered the McMaster Surgeon Scientist Program and Clinical Investigator Program in 2013, and is completing a PhD in Health Research Methodology with Dr. Gordon Guyatt, Dr. Mohit Bhandari, and Dr. Michelle Ghert.

His research interests include spine surgery, orthopaedic oncology, and evidence-based orthopaedics. He has particular interest in the design and conduct of multi-center clinical trials of surgical interventions, and the conduct of orthopaedic surgery meta-analyses.

Nathan was awarded a 2014 Michael G. DeGroote Fellowship Award in Clinical Research.

Dr. Christopher Hillis

Chris Hillis

Chris Hillis completed his MD, Internal Medicine and Hematology training at McMaster University. He is a clinical research fellow in the Department of Oncology while completing an MSc. (Quality Improvement and Patient Safety) in the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

His research focuses on improving the quality of care for patients on chronic red cell transfusion. As well, he is serving as the chair of the Canadian Hematology Society's Choosing Wisely Canada working group. Chris' clinical focus is the care of patients with myelodysplastic syndrome and myeloproliferative neoplasms.

Chris' supervisors include Professor N. Heddle and Drs. G. Fraser & R. Meyer.

Dr. Iqbal Jaffer

Iqbal Jaffer

Iqbal Jaffer completed his BA in Religious Studies at McMaster and his MBBS at the University of Queensland in Australia. Iqbal is completing his residency Cardiac Surgery at McMaster.  He is also enrolled in the Clinical Investigator Program and the Surgeon Scientist Program at McMaster while pursuing a PhD in Medical Sciences.

His research work focuses on the interaction between blood contacting medical devices, such as mechanical heart valves, and the intrinsic pathway of coagulation. Iqbal hopes to undertake an academic surgical career where his bench research actively engages the care of his patients.  He is supervised by Drs. Jeffrey Weitz and Richard Whitlock.

Iqbal was awarded the Hamilton Health Sciences New Investigator Fund grant to complete some of his work.

Dr. Michelle Kameda

Michelle Kameda

Michelle Kameda-Smith is enrolled in Neurosurgery at McMaster University. Within the Surgeon Scientist Program, Michelle will be carrying out her graduate studies in Biochemistry while working under the supervision of Dr. Sheila Singh in the Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute. Her main project will focus on the role of Musashi, a family of ribosomal binding proteins, in the tumorigenesis and metastatic potential of paediatric medulloblastoma.

Dr. Ghazaleh Kazemi

Ghazaleh Kazemi

Ghazaleh Kazemi completed her BSc in physiology at McGill University and her MD at Queen’s University in 2009. She then came to McMaster University to complete both her internal medicine and medical oncology residency training. She is currently an MSc Health Science Education candidate and a breast cancer clinical research fellow at McMaster University. Her clinical and research mentors include Dr. Mark Levine, Dr. Bindi Dhesy and Dr. Harold Reiter.

Ghazaleh’s primary research focus is on the assessment and evaluation of patient education interventions in oncology. Her other research interests include development of an e-learning curriculum for the medical oncology residency training program and management of locally advanced breast cancer.

Dr. Sara Khan

Sarah Khan

Sarah Khan is a graduate of Western University, earning a BSc in 2005. She received her medical degree from the University of Ottawa in 2009 and completed her pediatric residency training at McMaster in 2012. She went on to an Infectious Disease Fellowship with the University of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, while earning a Diploma in Tropical Medicine with The Gorgas Memorial Institute in Lima, Peru; both completed in 2014.

Sarah completed a CIHR Clinical Trial Network Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Sick Kids examining infant feeding in HIV and risk of transmission in a Canadian context. She is also working on her MSc in Health Research Methodology at McMaster and has pursued additional training to enhance her expertise in infection control as well as patient safety and quality improvement.

Dr. Justin Lee

Justin Lee

Justin Lee initially trained as a clinical pharmacist completing his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BScPhm) at the University of Toronto and an accredited hospital pharmacy residency (ACPR) at the University Health Network in Toronto. He graduated from medical school and completed specialty training in both Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine at McMaster University. Justin is currently enrolled in the Clinician Investigator Program and he is pursuing a Masters of Science in the McMaster Health Research Methodology program under the mentorship and supervision of Dr. Anne Holbrook.

Justin has a special interest in rational drug use in patients with multiple co-morbidities, clinical pharmacology and interprofessional education. His current research focuses on the clinical epidemiology and management of senior high cost healthcare users (HCUs) as well as the prevention and treatment of delirium in medical and surgical patient populations.

Dr. Oren Levine

Oren Levine

After graduating from Queen's University medical school, Oren completed Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology residency training at McMaster University. He is currently a clinical fellow in Medical Oncology and is enrolled in the Clinician Investigator Program while pursuing a MSc in the McMaster Health Research Methodology Program under the mentorship of Dr. Melissa Brouwers.

Oren has an interest in palliative care in oncology and communication around end of life care. He is involved in medical education research looking at teaching communication skills in Oncology training programs.

Dr. Christopher Patriquin

Christopher PatriquinChristopher Patriquin completed his MD at the University of Western Ontario and also completed Internal Medicine and Hematology (FRCPC). He is a Clinical Scholar in Hematology & Thromboembolism and is pursuing a MSc in Health Research Methodology at McMaster while also enrolled in the Clinician Investigator Program.

His research focuses on complement-mediated diseases (CMDs) including paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and thrombotic microangiopathies (TMA), such as the atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS). He is currently involved in examining registry-based approaches for the study of rare diseases, using PNH and aHUS as clinical models. Christopher is currently research co-chair of the Canadian PNH Network, and a member of the Canadian Apheresis Group TMA Working Group. His Masters supervisor is Dr. Donnie Arnold. His research is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Alexion.

Dr. Reema Shah

Reema Shah Reema Shah completed her MD and Internal Medicine residency at the University of Toronto. She is currently completing endocrinology training at McMaster University and is also enrolled in the Clinician Investigator Program at McMaster while pursuing a Master of Public Health degree at Harvard University.

Reema is interested in clinical research in the area of diabetes and its complications. She is supervised by Dr. Hertzel Gerstein.

Dr. Andrew Shih

Andrew Shih Andrew Shih completed his BSc and MD at the University of Saskatchewan, Internal Medicine at Western University and Hematology at McMaster University. He is training at McMaster in Transfusion Medicine, awarded by the Canadian Blood Services and also pursuing a thesis-based MSc in Health Research Methodology in addition to the Clinical Investigator Program at McMaster.  His HRM thesis committee consists of Professor Nancy Heddle, Dr. Donald Arnold, and Dr. Alfonso Iorio.

Andrew's research interests include promoting the safety and appropriate utilization of blood products and cell therapeutics.  In particular, he is interested in using administrative databases and electronic health records to assess risk factors for adverse outcomes of transfusion, to assess utilization, and to advance blood transfusion as a personalized medical therapeutic intervention.  His current work is in collaboration with Dr. Jason Acker, a Canadian Blood Services NetCAD scientist analyzing the correlation of blood production methodology to product quality and with Dr. Patricia Liaw, a TaARI scientist studying cell free DNA levels in septic ICU patients that is central to the pathogenesis of fibrinolysis resistant thrombosis. 

Dr. Deborah Siegal

Deborah SiegalDeborah Siegal received her MD from Queen’s University in 2009. She completed Internal Medicine and Hematology specialty training at McMaster University and holds a MSc degree in Pharmacology from the University of Toronto. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Health Research Methodology at McMaster.

Deborah’s primary research interest is prevention of blood loss. Her current research topics include anticoagulant reversal and reduction of iatrogenic blood loss through laboratory testing in the intensive care unit. Her research supervisors and Dr. Mark Crowther and Prof. Nancy Heddle.

Dr. Jessica Spence

Jessica SpenceJessica Spence is a former occupational therapist who completed medical school at the University of Manitoba.

She is currently completing her residency in Anesthesiology at McMaster University and is enrolled in the Clinician Investigator Program completing a thesis-based MSc in the Health Research Methodology program.

Her research interests include functional outcomes of cardiac and non-cardiac surgery and the impact of age on perioperative outcomes. She is supervised by Drs. PJ Devereaux and Yannick LeManach.

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