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Faculty & Staff Changes

Department Chair Changeover

Dr Murray Potter assumed the role of Acting Chair effective July 1, 2017. Dr Potter is currently a Professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine and has held the roles of Associate Chair, Education and Department Education Coordinator.

Dr Mark Crowther resigned his position as Chair of the Department on June 30, 2017. Dr Crowther held the position of Chair since October 2014.


New Administrative Appointments

Courtney Humes has been appointed Manager, Staff and Academic Operations as of March, 2017

Gina Furlong has been appointed Postgraduate Education Coordinator as of January 2017

Elena Bidochka has been appointed Administrative Assistant as of January 2017

Stephanie Cherwinski has been appointed Director of Administration with the department as of September 2016

New Faculty Appointments

Dr Stacey Ritz joined McMaster on September 1, 2015 to take up the position of Assistant Dean, BHSc Program. At the same time, Stacey was apointed to an Associate Professor position within our department.

Dr Jack Gauldie,DistinguishedUniversityProfessor,Professor Emeritus, and Past Chair of our Department has been named new Vice President, Research Institute at St Joseph's HealthcareHamilton. Jack will bring an extensive career of scientific investigation to this role, specifically exploring the body’s immune responses to disease. His primary area of focus, molecular manipulation for the treatment of diseases including cancer, arthritis and chronic lung diseases, has earned him international recognition as a leading expert in the field of gene therapeutics. His commitment to patient driven research, geared to improving quality of life, aligns with the goals of St Joe’s Research Institute, making him the ideal candidate to advance the organization’s mandate. Read more

Department Chair Changeover

photo of Dr CrowtherDr Mark Crowther assumed the role of Chair effective October 1, 2014. Dr. Crowther joined McMaster in 1999 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine and the Department of Medicine and also has an Associate Membership in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr Crowther is the Vice President of Research at St Joseph's Healthcare System and Chief of the Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program.

photo of Dr SmaillDr Fiona Smaill resigned her position as Chair of the Department on September 30, 2014. Dr Smaill held the position of Chair for two terms (ten years) and in that time has earned the respect and admiration of her faculty and the University as a whole

Faculty Promotions 2014

Jon Draper, Associate Professor
Xueping Fang, Associate Professor
Liz McCready, Associate Professor
Vidhya Nair, Associate Professor

New Faculty 2014

Radenka Bozanovic – Pediatric Pathology
Sarab Mohamed – Pediatric Pathology
Brenda Murphy - Genetics

Retirements 2014

Lydia Vincic


Faculty Promotions
Ali Ashkar, Professor; Dawn Bowdish, Associate Professor (Tenure); Ihab El-Shinnawy, Associate Professor (CAWAR); Jan Jansen, Associate Professor (CAWAR); Gui Pare, Associate Professor (CAWAR)

New Faculty Members
Ashkar Naqvi, Assistant Professor, Anatomical Pathology; Miranda Schell, Assistant Professor, Anatomical Pathology


Faculty Promotions
Charu Kaushic, Professor; Christine Lee, Professor; Marek Smieja, Professor; Jorge Arredondo, Associate Professor (CAWAR); Dusan Lukic, Associate Professor (CAWAR)

Faculty Retirements

Larry Belbeck - Professor Emeritus

New Faculty Members
Alexandre Odashiro - Assistant Professor, Anatomical Pathology (SJH)


Faculty Promotions
Laurie Doering, Professor; Karen Mossman, Professor; Monalisa Sur, Professor; Yonghong Wan, Professor; Peter Kavsak, Associate Professor (CAWAR); Shangguo Tang, Associate Professor (CAWAR); Johannes Zeidler, Associate Professor (CAWAR)

New Faculty Members
Hamidreza Faraji, Assistant Professor, Anatomical Pathology (MUMC); Harkiran Kaur, Assistant Professor,
Anatomical Pathology (JHCC); Elizabeth McCready, Assistant Professor, Clinical Pathology/Genetics (MUMC); Bekim Sadikovic, Assistant Professor, Clinical Pathology/Genetics (MUMC); Kathryn Urankar, Assistant Professor, Anatomical Pathology/Forensic (General)

Faculty Retirements
Vicky Chen, Professor Emeritus; Vijay Grey, Professor Emeritus; Dean Daya, Professor Emeritus; Denis Snider, Professor Emeritus

Faculty Passings


2014 - Hallie Groves ... photo of Dr Groves
passed away quietly in her sleep at home in Ancaster, Ontario on April 30th, 2014. Hallie was the wife of department Emeritus Professor, David Groves. Hallie was born on July 31, 1943 in Penticton BC. After enrolling in UBC, she was trained as a Medical Laboratory Technologist at BCIT, working in the laboratories of St. Paul and the Vancouver General, in research laboratories at UBC, and as a teacher at BCIT. She completed her BSc at UBC. After working as a technologist in support of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at McMaster Health Sciences Center, she obtained her MSc and PhD in Biomedical Sciences at McMaster, researching animal models of cardiovascular disease. She retired in 2007 as Associate Professor after helping many local physicians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and nurses gain a better functional understanding of anatomy, wellness and disease. She was a strong believer in the McMaster model of active learning. In retirement she led an active life involving sailing, gardening, woodworking, embroidery and her grandchildren. In keeping with her love of teaching and anatomy, it was Hallie's wish that she continue to help students through bequeathal of her body to a University education program.


Dr Wynn-Williams2013 - Alun Wynn-Williams ... passed away peacefully, on Nov 3, 2013, in his 93rd year, in Dunedin, New Zealand. Dr Wynn-Williams, a native of New Zeland, was hired in 1970 as a Professor of Pathology and Director of the Clinical Teaching Unit at the Hamilton General Hospital. While Alun retired in 1985 as Professor Emeritus, he remained an honorary staff member with Hamilton Health Sciences until 1998.

2013 - Dr Dharam Singal
... passed away on July 17, 2013 at Joseph Brant Hospital surrounded by family and friends. Dr. Singal was born on December 5, 1934 in India and moved from India to the US. He obtained a BSc (Hons) University of Delhi, India (1952), MSc University of Delhi, India (1957), PhD (Zoology) University of Delhi, India (1962), and PhD (Genetics) Washington State University, USA. He received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and United Nations Development Programme in 1993. Dr Singal joined our department in 1970 as a lecturer in Pathology and Molecular Medicine and retired with Emeritus Professor in 1999. He was a scientist with HRLMP, and was the first to run the HLA lab looking after flow Cytometry and tissue typing.

2013 - Dr Gerard Simon ... passed away on Monday January 21st at the age of 82. Gerard came to Pathology in 1979 from the Banting Institute in Toronto to establish a strong clinical Electron Microscopy Facility for Laboratory Medicine. He was well respected as a leader and teacher. He became director of Anatomical Pathology during his time here. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 1995. Gerard was also the founding member of the Microscopical Society of Canada. That society currently offers two awards named in his honour. Gerard was also chair of a world congress in EM held in Toronto in 1978. When not engaging in his academic career, he enjoyed painting and sketching. Gerard is survived by his wife Suzanne and two children.

2011 - Erwin Regoeczi ... Dr Regoeczi, Professor Emeritus, past Director of the Cardiovascular Hemostasis and Thromboembolism Research Program and past Chair of the Health Sciences Graduate Programs died at the age of 81 on December 16, 2011.
Memorial donations are welcomed by the family to the Erwin Rogoeczi Prize in Pathology and Molecular Medicine by sending a cheque payable to McMaster University.


New Appointments

Dr Lori Burrows (March 2017)
... has been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology

Dr Vidhya Nair (April 2017)
... has joined the FHS Competence Based Medical Education Professional Development sub-committee

Dr Gui Pare (January 2017)
... appointed Director of our Medical Biochemistry Postgraduate Education Program

Dr Liz McCready (January 2017)
... appointed Director of our Canadian College of Medical Genetics Fellowship Program

Dr Jonathan Bramson (September 2016)
... appointed one of four co-directors of the new Fraunhofer Project Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (BEAM) research facility

Dr Michelle Zeller (July 2016)
... appointed Transfusion Medicine Residency Program Director

Dr Daniela Leto (November 2015)
... appointed Medical Microbiology Residency Program Director

Dr Cynthia Balion (September 1, 2015)
... appointed Quality Lead for HHSC's Clinical Chemistry and Immunology Program

Dr Judy West-Mays (July 2015)
... appointed Assistant Dean of the Medical Sciences Graduate Program

Dr Monalisa Sur (July 2015)
appointed Country Advisor to the International Committee and Co-Chair of the Policy Advocacy and Communication Section of the Royal College of Pathologists (UK)

Dr Fiona Smaill(July 2015)
... has been appointed Acting Associate Vice-President, Academic for the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) from July 1 to December 31, 2015

Dr Judy West-Mays (July 2015)
... appointed Assistant Dean of the Medical Sciences Graduate Program as of July 1, 2015

Dr Jack Gauldie (March 2015)
... appointed Vice-President, Research Institute at St Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

Dr Jonathan Bramson (January 2015)
... appointed Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster

Dr Carl Richards (January 2015)
… appointed new Director of the McMaster Immunology Research Centre (MIRC)

Dr Mark Crowther (October 1, 2014)
... appointed Chair, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine

Dr Bekim Sadikovic (September 2013)
... appointed Associate Head, Cancer Genetics

Dr Snezana Popovic (September 2013)
... appointed Director, Anatomical Pathology Residency Program

Dr Karen Mossman (July 2013)
... appointed Chair of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Marek Smieja (April 2013)
... appointed Head of Virology, Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program

Dr Murray Potter (March 2013)
... named Associate Chair, Education

Dr Murray Potter (July 2012)
... named Department Education Coordinator

Dr Jonathan Bramson (July 2012)
... named John Bienenstock Chair in Molecular Medicine

Dr. Mark Loeb (September 2010)
... named Michael G. DeGroote Chair in Infectious Diseases

Jim Mahony (July 2010)
... appointed Assistant Dean of the Medical Sciences Graduate Program.

Del Harnish (July 2010)
... reappointed Assistant Dean of the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Program.

Guillaume Pare
(July 2010)
... named Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology.

Manel Jordana (July 2010)
... renewal of Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Immunobiology of Respiratoroy Diseases and Allergy.

External Appointments

Dr Cheryl Main (June 2016)
... appointed Chair of the Infectious Disease Subspecialty Committee for the Royal College

Dr Monalisa Sur (June 2016)
... renewed for another term as Nucleus Region 3 Voting member for Ontario with the Anatomical Pathology Specialty Committee and as Country Advisor for the International Committee of the Royal College of Pathologists (UK)

Dr Vina Alexopoulou (January 2016)
... appointed a membership position with the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare’s Accreditation Advisory Panel

Monalisa Sur (May 2013)
.. selected as Chair of Annual Meeting Committee for the Canadian Academy of Pathologists as of June 2013
... selected by a competitive process, as a board member in the International Advisory Committee for the Royal College of Pathologists of UK for a three year term

Fiona Smaill (April 2013)
... along with colleague Dr Sharon Walmsley (University of Toronto), Fiona was named co-lead of CIHR Canadian Trials Network's Clinical Management Science Core. Together they will focus on three main areas of research that address issues of HIV patient care at various stages - patient needs from diagnosis and before initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART), patient needs after ART initiation including toxicity and clinical management, the increasing disease burden of aging with HIV, and determinants of efficacy related to ART.

Monalisa Sur (October 2012)
... has been elected as Secretary for the Executive Section of Patient Safety and Quality Assurance (PSQA) for the National Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP-ASCP).

Tariq Aziz (June 2012)
... has accepted the appointment of Chair Elect for the Specialty Committee in General Pathology with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Charu Kaushic (April 2012)
... received the Applied HIV Research Chair from OHTN for her project “Heterosexual transmission of HIV: Targeting prevention strategies in women, based on evidence of biological susceptibility“.

Fiona Smaill (January 2011)
... appointed as a part-time member of the Death Investigation Oversight Council. The DIOC is an independent body committed to serving Ontario by ensuring that death investigation services are provided in a manner that is effective and accountable. DIOC was established as an independent advisory agency in order to provide oversight of coroners and forensic pathologists in Ontario. This includes administering a public complaints process. Specifically, the council provides advice and makes recommendations to the Chief Coroner and the Chief Forensic Pathologist on matters that include financial resource management; strategic planning; quality assurance, performance measures and accountability mechanisms; compliance with the Coroners Act; and the administration of a public complaints process.

Vina Alexopoulou (July 2010)
... appointed Regional Lead for Pathology for the Hamilton/Niagara/Haldimand/Brant Local Health Integration Network by Cancer Care Ontario. Dr. Alexopoulou's role will include: Regional enagement of stakeholders to create a pathology community of practice; Active participation in the Provincial Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Committee (PLMP); with PLMP, developing and implementing evidence-based pathology standards, guidelines, and quality indicators; and liaising with community pathology leads to ensure achievement of quality reporting standards.

Vijay Grey (July 2010)
... has been chosen to chair the XIIth International Congress of Paediatric Laboratory Medicine (ICPLM) being held in Berlin, Germany in May of 2011
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