Clinical Immunology & Allergy Residency Program

Training Program Graduates


Andrea Burke

Dr. Andrea Burke

Hometown: Etobicoke, ON

Training:

  • 2015-present - McMaster University | Clinical Immunology & Allergy Fellowship
  • 2012-2015 - Northern Ontario School of Medicine | Internal Medicine Residency
  • 2008-2012 - University College Cork, Ireland | MD
  • 2003-2007 - University of Toronto | H.BSc, Immunology

Research Interests: Food allergy

Likes: Travel, Photography, Horseback riding

Why Allergy and Immunology?
It is a subspecialty of great variety. We see patients ranging from infants to the elderly. Presentations range from dermatitis to asthma, and food allergy to immunodeficiency. It is also a subspecialty undergoing a great deal of change - with new biologic agents and ongoing investigation of the many questions around allergy. An allergist/immunologist will never be bored!


Lana RosenfieldDr. Lana Rosenfield

Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

Training:

  • 2015-present: Clinical Immunology and Allergy - McMaster University
  • 2012-2015: Internal Medicine - University of Manitoba
  • 2008-2012: Doctor of Medicine - University of Manitoba
  • 2003-2008: BSc Honours, Genetics - University of Manitoba

Research Interests: Food allergy, Urticaria

Likes: traveling, pasta, coloured pens, coke zero, orca whales

Dislikes: heights, lettuce, cats

Why Allergy and Immunology?
My interest in the field of Clinical Immunology and Allergy was sparked when taking an Immunology course during my undergraduate degree. My first exposure to the clinical side of the specialty was in my first year of medical school and I was hooked. I enjoy the variety of patients and medical conditions patients present with. I find the molecular aspects of immunology fascinating and find their clinical applications interesting. There is so much progress in the specialty with new treatments frequently being developed.


Rebecca PrattRebecca Pratt  

Hometown: Niagara Falls, ON

Training:

  • 2009-2012: Internal Medicine - McMaster
  • 2005-2008: Honors Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery - University of Sydney, Australia
  • 2000-2004: Honors Bachelor of Science in Psychology - University of Western Ontario

Research Interests: potential cost savings on repeat laboratory tests
ordered on inpatients, antibiotic allergy

Likes: animals, travelling, Australians, fashion, Thai and Indian food

Dislikes: animal cruelty, roller coasters

Why Allergy and Immunology?
I completed my A&I rotation in my 1st year of residency and from then
on knew I wanted to go into this specialty.  I am particularly fascinated by autoimmune diseases and immunodeficiencies but enjoy the bread and butter, as well (like allergic rhinitis and asthma).  The varied patient population and the high level of patient satisfaction achieved when their illness is treated.

 


Jaclyn QuirtDr. Jaclyn Quirt

Hometown: Kingston, ON

Training:

  • BMSc (Hon) Physiology, University of Western Ontario, London, ON
  • MD, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON
  • Internal Medicine Residency, McMaster University 2010-2014
  • Clinical Immmunology and Allergy, McMaster University 2014-16

Research Interests: resident education, uritaria

Likes: sailing, traveling, reading

Why Allergy and Immunology?
I had the opportunity to do a rotation here at McMaster early on in my residency training and found the specialty suited me well. Allergy and Immunology allows you to see a broad patient population, from infants to the elderly, and provide interventions that can significantly impact patient quality of life. 

 


David FahmyDr. David Fahmy

Hometown: Mississauga, ON

Training:

  • 2014-16t: Clinical Immunology & Allergy - McMaster University
  • 2011-2014: Internal Medicine - University of Toronto
  • MD, University of Western Ontario, London, ON
  • BSc (Hon) Health Studies, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON

Research Interests: Asthma & Anaphylaxis

Likes: Baseball, Comic Books, Southern BBQ, Baseball, and Basketball (but mostly Baseball)

Why Allergy and Immunology?
I was originally drawn to medicine because of an interest in asthma. When I rotated through Allergy and Immunology, I saw that it was a broad, multi-organ specialty that dealt with a wide patient population and still allowed me to become an asthma specialist, which suited both my personality and my medical interests very well.  

 


Dr. Mariam Hanna

 


Tim Olynych 

Hometown: Halifax, NS

Training:

  • BSc (Hon), Microbiology and Immunology, Dalhousie Univ., Halifax, NS, 2002
  • PhD, Pathology, Dalhousie Univ., Halifax, NS, 2005
  • MD, Dalhousie Univ., Halifax, NS, 2009
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Dalhousie Univ., Halifax, NS, 2009-2012
  • Clinical Immunology and Allergy, McMaster Univ., Hamilton, On, 2012- Present

Research Interests: Innate immunity, Mast cell responses, immune modulation

Likes: Hockey, Golf, music

Dislikes: Insanity

Why Allergy & Immunology?
There is a great diversity of patients and problems. You can make significant improvements in patients’ quality of life. And, I feel that this is an ever changing field with great potential for medical breakthroughs in the near future.

 


Elli Rosenberg 

Hometown: Yerucham, Israel

Training:

  • B.Sc., Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be’er-Sheva, Israel (2003)
  • M.D., Ben-Gurion University if the Negev (2008)
  • Ph.D. in molecular biology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (2009)
  • Internal Medicine residency, Soroka University Medical Center, Be’er-Sheva, Israel (2012)
  • Clinical Immunology and Allergy fellowship, McMaster University

Research: B and T cell interactions and gene expression patterns in autoimmune disorders, history of medicine

Likes: Reading, hiking and camping with family, biking, cooking, painting

Dislikes: Cakes with poppy seeds

Why Allergy and Immunology?
This field of medicine integrates patient care with the intricate understanding of pathophysiological processes involving almost all organ systems, utilizes newly developed pharmacotherapies and technologies and also has natural ties with the basic medical sciences.


Tahira Batool 

Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan

Training:

  • Clinical Immunology and Allergy, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, 2011-present
  • Internal Medicine, Queen`s University, Kingston, ON, 2011
  • M.S Total Quality Management in Medicine (1), Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan, 2006
  • M.B.B.S, Fatima Jinnah Medical Collage, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan, 2005
  • Bachelor of Science, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan, 2002

Research Interests: Allergic Rhinitis, TSLP, Autoimmunity, Immunosuppression, Immunotherapy, open to suggestions...

Likes: Travel, Hiking, Waterfalls, spending time with my family

Dislikes: Shrimp

Why Allergy and Immunology?

I like the wide variety in A/I. We see spectrum of age, disease, complexity and presentation, and still manage to make a difference in the life of our patients. I love the blend of basic science and clinical immunology.


 

Leslie Moss


 

Sophia Xu


Lingling Ma

Lingling Ma

Training:

  • Clinical Immunology and Allergy – McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Internal Medicine – University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
  • PhD  – University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
  • Medical Degree – Capital Medical School, Beijing, China

Some facts about me:

  • I can speak Madarin fairly well
  • I have a little son, which can be a little tricky to balance parenting with my training
  • I also have an unbelievable boss, who always makes the training full of fun :-)


Zainab Abdurrahman

Zainab Abdurrahman

Hometown: Sudbury, ON
Training:

  • BSc, Physiology and Math, McGill University, Montreal, QC, 2001
  • MMath, Statistics (Biostatistics), University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, 2003
  • MD, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, 2007
  • Pediatrics Residency, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, 2007-2010
  • Clinical Immunology and Allergy, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, 2010-present

Research Interests: Asthma Education, Medical Education, Immunotherapy, open to suggestions...
Likes: Tea, Picnics, Travel, Cooking
Dislikes: Cats
Why Allergy & Immunology?
I love the wide variety from the extremely common to the medical mysteries encountered in immunology. It is also one of the few specialties where I am able to see patients from all ages and stages of life.


Collin Terpstra

Collin Terpstra

Hometown: Petrolia, ON
Training:

  • 2010 Internal Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine
  • 2007, Medical Doctorate, Schulich School of Medicine
  • 2003, Bachelor of Education, Althouse College
  • 2002, Bachelor of Science with Honours Physiology, UWO

Research Interests: Localised Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus IgE release from nasal lavage in patients with Persistent Idiopathic Non-Allergic Rhinitis (PINAR).
Hobbies: Outdoors, hiking, canoeing, swimming, gardening, cooking, cards, and I am an avid numismatist. I also help plan a quasi Olympics with my friends twice a year.
Dislikes:Eggplant and tofu
Why Allergy & Immunology?
I love the wide variety from the extremely common to the medical mysteries encountered in immunology. It is also one of the few specialties where I am able to see patients from all ages and stages of life.

 


Arthur Chung

Hometown: Markham, ON
Training

  • MD, University of Western Ontario
  • Internal Medicine Residency, University of Western Ontario
  • Clinical Immunology and Allergy FIT, McMaster University

Research Interests: Currently working on a project with Dr. Moss, Dr. Waserman and Dr. Keith on the adverse effects of H1N1 flu shot.
Likes: soccer, FC Barcelona, guitar, travel
Dislikes: Cheesecake
Why Allergy & Immunology?
Allergy and Immunology suits my personality. I feel fortunate to be able to work in a field where I can make a significant difference in a person's quality of life. Allergy and Immunology is a fast changing field and I like how there is a nice mix of both basic science and clinical immunology.

 


Mohammad AlSayegh

Hometown: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Training

  • Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland (Undergraduate) 2002 .
  • MB, BcH, BAO, LRCP, LRCS Internal Medicine Master Kuwait 2005
  • Internal Medicine Post Graduate Training, McGill 2008
  • Clinical Immunology and Allergy Fellowship, McMaster University

Research: Proteomics of Breath condensate and change of proteins profile with pneumonia 2008
Hobbies: Cinema, Fishing, Canoeing, Music

 


 

Derek HaalandDerek Haaland

Hometown: Sudbury, ON
Training

  • BSc (Honours Biomedical Science), University of Guelph 1994 – 1998
  • MSc (Nutritional Sciences), University of Guelph 1998 – 1999
  • MD, Dalhousie University 1999 – 2003
  • Internal Medicine Residency, McMaster University        2003 – 2006
  • Rheumatology Fellowship, McMaster University 2006 – 2008
  • Clinical Immunology and Allergy Fellowship, McMaster University 2008 – present

Research Interests: Antigen-specific therapy for autoimmune diseases.
Extracurricular Activities: Hanging out with my wife, Natalie and baby boy, Noah.  Jamming with Noah – me on guitar, him on harmonica, percussion, piano, ukele and vocals.  Hockey – goaltending for the last 26 years and somehow I still haven’t quite perfected it.  Interest in environmental issues.


Dr. Kenneth Liew   

Hometown: Victoria, BC
Training

  • University of Victoria, Biochemistry and Microbiology, 2000
  • Undergraduate Medicine, University of Toronto, 2004
  • Pediatrics Residency, McMaster University, 2007
  • Clinical Immunology and Allergy, McMaster University

Likes: Tennis, skiing, Wii Fit snowboarding, traveling, eating and sleeping
Dislikes: Traffic jams
Favorite Movie: Slumdog Millionnaire

 


Dr. Michael Sorg

Hometown: Kitchener, ON
Training

  • BSc, Biology and Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University 2000
  • Undergraduate Medicine, McMaster University 2004
  • Pediatrics Residency, McMaster University 2007
  • Clinical Immunology and Allergy,  McMaster University

Research: Enjoy reading the local newspaper
Likes: Long walks on the beach, making snow angels
Dislikes: Taxes
Favorite Colour: Mauve

 


Dr. Lori Connors

Hometown: Halifax, NS (Maritimer through and through!)
Training

  • BSc, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS 2000
  • MD, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS 2005
  • Internal Medicine Residency 2005-2008 Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
  • Clinical Immunology and Allergy, McMaster University

Research Interests: Curriculum Development and Evaluation (Medical Education)
Likes: Spending time with my husband and daughter
Dislikes: Being away from our family back home.
Why allergy & immunology?
Allergic and immune diseases affect all organs and therefore a broad approach to its investigation and management are needed. It’s a great specialty because of the subject matter and the opportunities for patient advocacy as well as education it presents. Just look at the CMAJ survey….we’re the happiest specialty.