LMP Q&A BUG: Dr. Ivan Blasutig



This week, Dr. Ivan Blasutig, Clinical Biochemist and Medical Staff Researcher was ‘infected’ by the LMP Q&A BUG. The nomination came from our previous Q&A BUG ‘victim,’ Nayana Sondi. Check out Nayana’s photo Q&A, HERE.


As a clinical biochemist for the Laboratory Medicine Program, Dr. Blasutig oversees the immunology and immunoassay testing done in the core laboratory at Toronto General Hospital, as well as the rapid response work that takes place at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. He ensures high quality, accurate testing for patients with possible immune system disorders, including testing for immunodeficiency and autoimmunity.

To ensure UHN patients are receiving optimal testing, Dr. Blasutig will liaise with physicians and help determine the most effective utilization of tests for each patient. He will present the pros and cons of specific testing and ultimately provide the foundation for diagnosis and future treatment options. He also helps determine the importance of bringing new types of biochemistry testing to LMP labs.

In addition to his work at UHN, Dr. Blasutig oversees aspects of the biochemistry testing at LMP partner sites Weenabayko Area Health Authority and Sault Area Hospital.

To learn a little more on the personal side of Dr. Blasutig, check out his photo Q&A below. Make sure to read to the end to find out who’s next to be ‘infected’ by the LMP Q&A BUG. It could be you!


Whereabouts do you live and how do you commute to work?

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What was your first job?

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Favourite meals to make at home?



Favourite TV show?



What do you do for fun?



If you could be famous for anything, what what it be?

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What’s your favourite animal? (Draw it!)



If you could bring one thing to a deserted island, what would it be?



What’s on your iPod?



Favourite sports team or athlete?



If you had to describe working for LMP in one word, what would it be?



If your friends were to describe you in one word, what would it be?



Because Dr. Blasutig completed the photo series Q&A he was given the opportunity to pass the bug onto someone else… It’s now with great pleasure we announce the next staff member to be ‘infected’ by the LMP Q&A BUG:

Dr. Stefano Serra, Gastrointestinal Pathologist


Have a common interest with Dr. Blasutig?   – Share it in the comments section!

  • That you’re impressed the choice in music!
  • How a hatchet is great choice, but you’re more of a machete person
  • That you’ve never heard the verb “birding” before, but will challenge yourself to use it over the next month
  • That classic Simpsons is the best!
  • How you’re also a big fan owls and might take a minute to watch this video featuring a stunning Great Grey Owl.

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