Clinical Immunology & Allergy Residency Program

Current Residents

Noreen Choe

Dr. Noreen Choe PGY4

Hometown:  Etobicoke, ON


  • 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 PGY4

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

  • 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 PGY4

Hometown: Toronto, ON

  • 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 PGY4

Hometown: Calgary, AB


  • 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.

David YueDr. David Yue PGY5

Hometown: Scarborough, ON


  • BMSc (Hon) Microbiology and Immunology - University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
  • MSc Immunology - University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
  • MD - Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
  • Pediatric Residency - University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
  • Clinical Immmunology and Allergy - McMaster University, Hamilton

Research Interests: Prevention of allergic disease, food allergy, and I'm sure many more I just don't know about!

Likes: Eating, cooking, travelling, volleyball, and adventures!

Why Allergy and Immunology?
The immune system has long fascinated me. I was drawn towards it in truly sparked. From all the underlying mechanisms, to the diversity that is intrinsically tied to our immune system - it affects our whole body! Finally, I knew this was definitely the right fit for me when I realized that I could not only make a positive impact for patients, but also be a part of a close-knit community of people that genuinely loved what they did.


Sam YungDr. Sam Yung PGY5

Hometown: Richmond Hill, ON


  • BSc (Hon) Psychology, University of Toronto
  • MD, McMaster
  • Internal Medicine, NOSM

Research Interests: Allergic Asthma

Likes: Travelling, Squash, YouTube, Tropical Fish

Why Allergy and Immunology?
What’s not to love? I enjoy the bread and butter: taking an allergic history, performing tests right in the office and often immediately implementing a treatment plan. At the same time, it’s satisfying to workup and treat diseases which aren’t much on the radar of other physicians (primary immunodeficiencies, angioedema). I also enjoy working with both children and adults and this is a unique subspecialty in medicine/pediatrics that allows you to treat patients across the lifespan.

Amanda CiccoliniDr. Amanda Ciccolini PGY5

Hometown: Vaughan, ON


  • BHSc (Hon), McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
  • MD, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON
  • Pediatric Residency, Queen’s University, 2013-2016

Research Interests: food allergy, asthma

Likes: traveling, spinning, soccer, coffee

Why Allergy and Immunology?
I enjoy this specialty’s wide variety of clinical conditions that are continually evolving. I also like the opportunity it provides to meet and care for patients of all ages and walks of life. In addition, it is a rewarding specialty that allows one to make a significant and meaningful impact on patients' quality of life.

Dr. L. Ling PGY5