Clinical Immunology & Allergy Residency Program

Current Residents

Adil Adatia

Dr. Adil Adatia PGY4

Hometown:  Lethbridge, AB

Training:

  • Clinical Immunology and Allergy, McMaster University (2018-Present)
  • Internal Medicine, University of Alberta (2015-2018)
  • MD, University of Saskatchewan (2011-2015)

Research Interests: Anaphylaxis, Food allergy

Likes: Technology, Reading, Chess

Why Allergy and Immunology?
I am fascinated by the myriad presentations of immune dysregulation, ranging from allergy to autoimmunity to immunodeficiency. There is great potential for research to further our understanding of the factors that lead to these disease states. From a clinical perspective, allergy and immunology is a highly multidisciplinary area with important links to respirology, ENT, dermatology, and other areas of medicine, and it offers the opportunity to care for both children and adults.!


Benny Dua

Dr. Benny Dua PGY4

Hometown:  Mississauga, ON

Training:

  • Clinical Immunology & Allergy Fellowship, McMaster University
  • Internal Medicine Residency, McMaster University
  • MD/PhD (Medical Sciences, Immunology), McMaster University
  • MSc (Medical Sciences, Immunology), McMaster University
  • BSc (Hons), McMaster University

Research Interests: Allergic asthma

Likes: Sports, exercise, jokes & having fun!

Why Allergy and Immunology?
My initial exposure in this field was sparked by my research experiences as I developed a strong interest in basic immunology. I enjoy the diversity that exists in Allergy & Immunology and the wide range of clinical presentations in both adult and pediatric allergy, autoimmunity and immunodeficiency. I hope to continue to build upon both my clinical and research experiences throughout my fellowship.


Abeer Hegazi

Abeer Hegazi PGY4

Hometown:  Oakville, ON

Training:

  • MD - Cairo University, Egypt
  • PhD Cell Biology- Cairo University, Egypt
  • Pediatric Residency - McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Clinical Immunology and Allergy Fellowship- McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

Research Interests: Chronic Urticaria, Hereditary angioedema and Microbiome role in asthma control.

Likes: Traveling, organizing social events and cooking

Why Allergy and Immunology?
The key aspects of Allergy and Clinical Immunology that attract me are the intricate physiology, the mix between acute and chronic care, and the care for patients of all ages it employs. I have always aspired to be an expert in this field, and to further contribute to the unveiling of the immune system's many secrets while striving to develop innovative therapies that address related disorders.


Joshua Hochman

Dr. Joshua Hochman PGY4

Hometown:  Thornhill, ON

Training:

  • Clinical Immunology and Allergy, McMaster University (2018-Present)
  • Pediatrics Residency, University of Saskatchewan (2015-2018)
  • MD, McMaster University (2012-2015)
  • BMSc, Medical Sciences, University of Western Ontario (2008-2012)

Research Interests: Asthma, prevention of allergic disease, food allergy

Likes: Baseball, golf, travelling, cooking

Why Allergy and Immunology?
I was drawn into this specialty's unique diversity of clinical presentations, from more common allergy and asthma, to rare and complex multisystem disorders. It is especially rewarding to care for such a large population affected by atopic disease and make a meaningful and positive impact on quality of life for patients and their families. Also, it is a unique specialty which allows the opportunity and challenge of continuity of care from pediatrics into adulthood.


Noreen Choe

Dr. Noreen Choe PGY5

Hometown:  Etobicoke, ON

Training:

  • 2017 - : Clinical Immunology and Allergy – McMaster University
  • 2014-2017: Pediatrics Residency – McMaster University
  • 2010-2014: Doctor of Medicine – St. George’s University, Grenada
  • 2007-2009: MSc Rehabilitation Science – Queen’s University
  • 2003-2007: BScH Life Sciences – Queen’s University

Research Interests: Food allergy

Likes: Dancing. All types. It just makes me so happy!

Why Allergy and Immunology?
From the moment I did my first rotation, I knew this diverse field suited me well. It is a subspecialty of not only common food allergies and asthma, but also one that mixes in with rare disorders; all of these stemming from a fine ‘dance’ in our immune system. Also, it is great that I can have the continuity to follow my pediatric patients into adulthood!


Derek ChuDr. Derek Chu PGY5

Hometown: Toronto, ON, but have also spent >10 years in Hamilton
Training:

  • 2017-present - Clinical Immunology & Allergy Fellowship, McMaster University
  • 2014-2017 - Internal Medicine Residency, McMaster University 
  • 2008-2014 - MD-PhD (Medical Sciences, Immunology), Supervisor: Dr. Manel Jordan, Thesis: Mechanisms of Th2 Immunity in Peanut Allergic Sensitization, McMaster University
  • 2004-2008 - BHSc(Hons), Minor in Biochemistry, McMaster University

Research Interests: Food allergy and anaphylaxis, Immunology (Basic and Clinical), EBM, Clinical and Translational Research, Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses
Likes: Family time!, Exercise & Sports, Technology, Cats & Dogs, 

Why Allergy and Immunology?
My own allergy sparked my passion for immunology, biomedical research, and clinical medicine. I see a career in CIA as a natural way to combine my love for both science and medicine with the aim to improve the lives of patients with allergic and immune disorders.


Shannon French Dr. Shannon French PGY5

Hometown: Toronto, ON
Training:

  • BHSc (Hon), McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
  • MD, The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
  • Pediatric Residency, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

Research Interests: biphasic anaphylaxis, environmental allergy, food allergy
Likes: mountains, beaches, running, skiing, travel

Why Allergy and Immunology?
I like that Allergy and Immunology is a relatively new field of medicine. I anticipate many new developments and changes over the next few decades, and it is exciting to be a part of this. There is enormous potential for research in this area, and there is also significant opportunity to improves the lives of our patients. 


Paul OykhmanDr. Paul Oykhman PGY5

Hometown: Calgary, AB

Training:

  • Clinical Immunology and Allergy, McMaster University (2017-Present)
  • Internal Medicine, University of Alberta (2014–2017)
  • MD, University of Alberta (2010–2014)
  • MSc - Immunology, University of Calgary (2008–2012)
  • BSc - Biological Sciences, University of Calgary (2004–2008)

Research Interests: Urticaria, Asthma

Likes: Squash, Tennis, Travelling, Chess

Why Allergy and Immunology?

I find the complex mechanisms of the immune system and their vast clinical correlates fascinating. The diverse array of presentations ranging from allergic disease to immunodeficiency in both adults and pediatrics keeps things challenging and exciting. Finally, the growing nature of Clinical Immunology and Allergy provides a limitless opportunity for research and discovery.