Meet LMP’s new learners

For many academic programs across LMP, summer is a time for new learners to join us for clinical placements. We’d like to welcome the new fellows, residents, graduate students, and MLT/MLA learners. A number of them have been able to take time out of their initial days in LMP to introduce themselves to us, an exercise we’d like to grow in the future across our training programs!

Laboratory Medicine Program Anatomic Pathology Fellows:

Adnan Karavelic (Breast Pathology Fellow)

I was born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I completed a residency training in Anatomical Pathology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. When it comes to hobbies, I enjoy hiking, biking and cooking. That being said, I’m not good in any of these activities; I just enjoy them. My interests also include music, travelling and reading. I live in Toronto with my partner and our collection of vinyl records. We both adore animals, especially other people’s pets. I still don’t have any superpowers, hence the fellowship training in breast pathology. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you in the following months.

Fazarina Mohammed (Cardiovascular/Autopsy fellow)

My name is Fazarina Mohammed and I am from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  You can call me Faza.  I went to Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom as an undergraduate.  After graduating, I came home to Malaysia to work and subsequently had my postgraduate training in Anatomical Pathology.  Now I am here to do Cardiovascular Pathology and Autopsy fellowship.  My family and I love to travel during the pre-pandemic times.  Our favourite destination is Japan.

Khaled Al-Sawalmeh (Renal Fellow)

I am Khaled Al-Sawalmeh, from Jordan. I finished Anatomical Pathology residency training at King Abdullah University Hospital with Higher degree specialization in pathology from Jordan University of science and Technology and did further anatomical pathology training from Hamad Medical Corporation-Qatar. My non-medical side, I enjoy swimming, reading in general and technology in specific in addition to gaming in my spare time, hence my perfect day would start with spoon of honey and reading and end with gaming. I also enjoy travelling and going to the gym.  I currently live in Toronto with my adorable wife and lovely two kids. At the moment, I am enjoying doing Renal pathology fellowship training. All the best and hope to meet everyone.

Shifaa’ Al Qa’qa’ (Renal Pathology Fellow)

My name is Shifaa’ Al Qa’qa’. I am from Amman, Jordan. I got a bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery from Mu’tah University in Al-Kerak, Jordan. After that, I completed my training in Anatomical Pathology at University of Jordan Hospital, in Amman, Jordan. My hobbies are walking and ridding bicycle. I have passion to learn new things.  

Elan Hahn (Head & Neck Fellow)

My name is Elan Hahn. I am from Toronto, Canada. I completed my medical training at McMaster, and my Anatomical Pathology training here, at UofT. My hobbies include hockey, swimming, fishing, and cooking. I am looking forward to working with everyone this year!

Sarah-Jeanne Pilon (Hematopathology Fellow)

I was born and raised in Quebec, Canada. I completed my medical degree in Sherbrooke, Quebec, and my residency training in Anatomical Pathology at McGill in Montreal.  I graduated from the residency program in July 2020, and I have practiced surgical pathology at Hopital Maisonneuve-Rosemont in Montreal between September 2020 and July 2021. When I am not looking at slides or reading on hematopathology, I like to jog, read novels, do yoga, and hike. I look forwards to discovering what Toronto has to offer. 

Najd Alshamlan (Thoracic Fellow)

I am Najd from Saudi Arabia. I finished my AP residency at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in the capital city, Riyadh. I very much enjoy traveling to discover new cultures and meet new people from around the world. Painting is one of my hobbies and maybe that what got me into pathology. A fact about me is that I am specialty coffee enthusiast and probably a barista in the making.

Serge Kajaer Koujanian (Hematopathology Fellow)

I am originally from Lebanon, I moved to Toronto in 2014 and worked as a research assistant at Sunnybrook Hospital until I applied for the CaRMS match. I started residency at McMaster university in 2016. I had my twins (daughter and son) two weeks before starting residency. They are 5 years old now. I speak 4 languages including Armenian, French, Arabic and english. I love the culinary art, I love trying new restaurants and I eat desserts every day. As a hobby I enjoy cooking for my family. I make delicious tacos. I also love baking cakes, making pastries and sharing them with my colleagues. My daughter thinks my Banana chocolate marble cake is the best cake she ever had. 

Elizabeth Mathew (Gastrointestinal Fellow)

Dr. Elizabath Mathew had her residency training in Anatomical Pathology from Kerala University of Health Sciences, India. She was a practicing pathologist in India before joining UHN as a clinical fellow in 2020. After one year of clinical fellowship in Head and Neck Pathology, she is currently pursuing a fellowship in Gastrointestinal Pathology. She loves baking, DIY crafts and travelling during her free time.

Wejdan Alquran

I was born and raised in Jordan. I have graduated from the faculty of medicine in Jordan university of science and technology and completed a residency training in the same university affiliated hospital. I am results-oriented, I am passionate about my work because I love what I do.

I am a mother for two boys, and I barely have spare time for any hobby! 

I love learning, researching, and developing new skills. Some of these skills have proven useful in my career, and some are just for me to enjoy.  I absolutely love cooking and baking sweets; running is my perfect “alone time” hobby. I like to run with headphones and listen to my favorite music. I also love international traveling if you consider that a hobby!

I am excited and looking forward to meeting some awesome people and making new friends.

Niloufar Hosseini (Dermatopathology Fellow)

Niloufar graduated from Iran University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran. Subsequently, she completed her residency in Anatomical Pathology at University of Toronto. Niloufar is currently a Dermatopathology fellow at University Health Network. She is interested in hiking, reading , cooking and travelling. 

Dorinda Mullen (Thoracic Fellow)

Dr. Dorinda Mullen is from the west coast of Ireland. She obtained a BMBS from the University of Limerick and completed her histopathology training with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. She joined Team LMP last year and has completed a Gastrointestinal pathology fellowship. She is now commencing a fellowship in Thoracic pathology. Outside of medicine, her interests include choral music and in Ireland, was a member of multiple choirs including the Irish Doctors Choir.

Ciara Murray (Gynecological Fellow)

Dr Murray graduated from University College Dublin, Ireland in 2005. She underwent residency training in Internal Medicine and subsequently in Anatomical Pathology at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, United Kingdom in 2020. Last year she completed a Fellowship in breast pathology at TGH and is now commencing a fellowship in Gynaecological Pathology. She has one daughter, Emily, and her husband is currently completing a neurology fellowship at Toronto Western Hospital. Her interests include ballet and travelling.

Thomas Jeff Lim Jr (Hematopathology fellow – Extended fellowship)

Jeff comes all the way from the Philippines where he completed his training in anatomic and clinical pathology and practiced for a few years in both government and private hospitals before deciding on getting a fellowship in Hematopathology. His non-pathologic interest includes setting up freshwater aquariums, astronomy and enjoys city-building simulation PC games in his free time. Jeff will be completing his 1 year training by the third quarter this year. 

Peter Molony (Temporary Endocrine Fellow)

Dr. Peter Molony obtained his Bachelor in Medicine, Bachelor in Surgery and Bachelor in Obstetrics from Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Ireland.  He then went on to train in General Medicine becoming a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland before pursuing a career in Histopathology. He undertook his Basic Specialist Training in Histopathology in Cork, Ireland and Higher Specialist Training in Dublin.  He is completing a Hematopathology Fellowship with UHN/LMP and is undertaking a mini-fellowship in endocrine pathology.  When not working he enjoys travel and has journeyed extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East which has also enabled him to explore two of his other main interests, namely history and hiking. He enjoys cinema and live music as well and plays guitar and piano in his spare time.

Anatomical Residents:

  1. Shirley Yu (Dermatopathology)
  2. Jennifer Siu (Head & Neck)
  3. Rachel Han (liver)
  4. Ellen Yang (Thoracic)
  5. David Dodington (Neuropathology)
  6. Roman Zyla (neuropathology)
  7. Cornelia Thoeni (liver)
  8. Henry Xie (Cytogenetics)
  9. James Cotton (Cytogenetics)
  10. Margaret Stevenson (Cytogenetics)

Clinical Chemistry:

Vijithan Sugumar (Clinical chemistry Summer research Student)

My name is Vijithan Sugumar, and I am incoming medical student at the University of Toronto. Previously I have completed a Bachelor of Medical Sciences at the University of Western Ontario. Throughout my time at Western I became an avid gardener! I love to grow all sorts of fruits and vegetables and use them to put together a variety of salads. This summer I have been working as a summer student in the LMP department. I am very excited to get involved with this amazing department!

Pathologist Assistant Master’s Student:

Yoanna Mustelier (Pathologists’ assistant Master’s placement student from UofT)

I was born in Jamaica and raised in Cuba, Dominican Republic and Canada. I completed my undergraduate studies in Forensic Science at the University of Toronto (U of T) and I am currently completing my Pathologists’ Assistant Masters degree at U of T. When it comes to hobbies I enjoy drawing, cooking, baking and hairstyling. I have my own social media account where I showcase tips and tricks for styling naturally curly hair. I’m currently completing a series of 8 rotations throughout 7 different sites in Toronto training as a Pathologists’ Assistant, and I look forward to beginning my career next year. 

Internationally Educated Medical Lab Technologists (IEMLT) Student:

As part of a new partnership with the CSMLS, we are welcoming internationally-educated MLTs for placements in LMP labs in coming months. Adenike is our first IEMLT joining us as part of this partnership.

Adenike Oguntimehin

Recently relocated to Canada with my family as a permanent resident. Previous background  in Laboratory Medicine and health research, currently, a Research Technician and MLT intern. My hobbies have undergone tremendous  change. Initially I enjoy movies and reading novels but raising  young minds can only afford me the time to play with toys and go to parks 😀 , traveling/sightseeing has remained  constant though. I really look forward to a memorable time at UHN.

For many academic programs across LMP, summer is a time for new learners to join us for clinical placements. We’d like to welcome the new fellows, residents, graduate students, and MLT/MLA learners. A number of them have been able to take time out of their initial days in LMP to introduce themselves to us, an exercise we’d like to grow in the future across our training programs!

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