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Scholar Profiles

Cycle Four Scholar Profiles

Ahmad Elnahas, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FASMBS
Dr. Elnahas (ICES Western) is a surgeon at London Health Sciences Centre specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. His research interests include health policy evaluation, surgical process efficiency and innovation. His scholar research explores characteristics and outcomes associated with bariatric surgery reoperation.

Maria Matthews, PhD
Dr. Matthews (ICES Western) is a professor at Western University in the Department of Family Medicine. Her research interests are in the physician workforce, primary health care, access to care, and health care in rural communities. Her scholar research focuses on the effect of physician retention rate on continuity of care in rural areas.

Eva Pila, PhD
Dr. Pila (ICES Western) is an assistant professor at Western University in the School of Kinesiology. Her research interests center on exercise and food psychology, particularly as it relates to and impacts women’s health.

Jacques Raphael, MD, MSc
Dr. Raphael (ICES Western) is a medical oncologist at London Health Sciences Centre. His research interests include early phase drug trials and biomarker studies. His scholar research explores the uptake of immunotherapy treatment and characteristics associated with its use in patients with advanced cancer.

Alumni Profiles

Andrew Appleton, MD, FRCPC
Dr. Appleton (ICES Western) is a general internist at London Health Sciences Centre. His research focuses on barriers to care. As a scholar, he examined characteristics associated with being followed up by a physician within seven days after a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease related hospitalization.

Phillip Blanchette, MD, FRCPC, MSc
Dr. Blanchette (ICES Western) is a medical oncologist at London Health Sciences Centre. His interests focus on breast cancer care and outcomes. As a scholar he assessed factors associated with endocrine therapy adherence among early-stage breast cancer patients and the association between endocrine therapy use and dementia among early-stage breast cancer patients.

Richard Booth, RN, MScN, PhD
Dr. Booth (ICES Western) is an assistant professor at Western University in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing. His main research interests are health informatics and psychiatric-mental health nursing. Dr. Booth’s work investigated mental health utilization rates after large scale social media campaigns.

Jorge Burneo, MD, MSPH
Dr. Burneo (ICES Western) is a neurologist at London Health Sciences Centre. His research focuses on the use of neuroimaging for epilepsy. As a scholar, he examined disparities in surgery among patients with intractable epilepsy.

Kristin Clemens, MD, MSc
Dr. Clemens (ICES Western) is an endocrinologist at St. Joseph’s Health Care London. Her research focuses on endocrine and metabolic disorders, as well as kidney and urinary tract disorders. Her scholar projects examined the risk of pancreatitis with sitagliptin therapy, prescription trends in antihyperglycemic medications and the hypoglycemic risk of glyburide vs. modified-release gliclazide.

James Crispo, PhD, MSc
Dr. Crispo (ICES North) is a researcher at Health Sciences North in Sudbury. His scholar research explored disparities in deep brain stimulation use for Parkinson’s Disease and survival and health care use after deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease.

Sumit Dave, MD, MCh, MSc, FRCSC
Dr. Dave (ICES Western) is a pediatric urologist at London Health Sciences Centre. His areas of interest for research include neurogenic bladder and vesicoureteric reflux. His scholar research examined trends in the annual incidence and timing of undescended testes and hypospadias in babies born in Ontario, and the impact of an older sibling with undescended testis and hypospadias on the incidence of undescended testis and hypospadias.

Luc Dubois, MD, MSc
Dr. Dubois (ICES Western) is a vascular surgeon at London Health Sciences Centre. His scholar work assessed whether higher surgeon volume or surgeon experience reduces the rates of post-operative complications and re-operations for open abdominal aortic aneurysm repairs.

Lisa-Ann Fraser, MD, MSc
Dr. Fraser (ICES Western) is an endocrinologist. Her research interests are aging and geriatric care. Her research interests are in aging and geriatric care. Her scholar projects examined the effects of calcium channel blocker-clarithromycin drug interaction on risk of fractures, patterns of use for brand-name versus generic oral bisphosphonate drugs, and falls and fractures associated with atypical antipsychotic medication use.

Eric Frechette, MD, FRCSC
Dr. Frechette (ICES Western) is a thoracic surgeon formerly at London Health Sciences Centre. His scholar work investigated the impact of delaying diagnosis and treatment of achalasia on long-term outcomes and risk in esophageal cancer.

Pallav Garg, MBBS, MSc, FRACP
Dr. Garg (ICES Western) is an interventional cardiologist at London Health Sciences Centre. His research interests relate to the efficacy and safety of novel drugs and the use of percutaneous device therapies in interventional cardiology. While in the Scholars Program, he examined the effect of the change in antibiotic prophylaxis guidelines for dentists on the incidence of infective endocarditis in various risk groups.

Lorne Gula, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Dr. Gula (ICES Western) is a cardiologist at London Health Sciences Centre specializing in arrhythmia management. His scholar project examined the incidence of atrial fibrillation and stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation.

Seyed M. Hosseini, MD, MPH, MSc
Dr. Hosseini (ICES Western) is the director of Transplant Infectious Diseases at London Health Sciences Centre. His research interests include infectious diseases affecting solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplants. His scholar research examines the incidence of invasive fungal infections and adverse outcomes after diagnosis.

Phil Jones, MD, MSc
Dr. Jones (ICES Western) is a cardiac anesthesiologist and intensivist at London Health Sciences Centre. His scholar projects examined whether patients with susceptibility to malignant hyperthermia experience similar outcomes as patients without malignant hyperthermia after surgery under general anesthesia and adverse patient outcomes associated with anesthesia care handovers, the latter of which received media attention and was highlighted in an ICES infographic.

Ngan Lam, MD, MSc
Dr. Lam (ICES Western) is a nephrologist formerly at London Health Sciences Centre, now at the University of Alberta. Her research interests are long-term living kidney donor outcomes and kidney transplant recipient outcomes. During the Scholars Program, she validated kidney transplantation using administrative data, evaluated whether the risk for cardiovascular disease has increased among kidney transplant recipients in recent years and assessed whether higher versus lower doses of antiviral drugs used to treat herpes zoster infection leads to more adverse drug events in older adults, particularly those with chronic kidney disease.

Steven Latosinsky, MD, FRCSC, MSc
Dr. Latosinsky (ICES Western) is a surgical oncologist at London Health Sciences Centre. His research interests are focused on health services research related to cancer. He examined the predictors of postmastectomy radiation receipt in node positive breast cancer patients and melanoma nodal management in Ontario after the 2012 American Society of Clinical Oncology and Society of Surgical Oncology guidelines.

Alejandro Lazo-Langner, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Dr. Lazo-Langner (ICES Western) is a hematologist at London Health Sciences Centre. His scholar research projects compared rivaroxaban vs. low molecular weight heparin for the prevention of venous thromboembolism after hip or knee arthroplasty, and investigated the incidence of venous thromboembolism among immigrants to Ontario compared to nonimmigrants.

Alex Louie, MD, FRCPC, PhD, MSc
Dr. Louie (ICES Western) is a radiation oncologist at London Health Sciences Centre’s Regional Cancer Program. His research aims to improve quality of life for lung cancer patients. His scholar research evaluated characteristics, outcomes and radiotherapy utilization for intensive care unit patients with lung cancer in Ontario.

 

Joy MacDermid, PhD, MSc
Dr. MacDermid (ICES Western) is a professor at Western University’s School of Physical Therapy. Her scholar work explored characteristics associated with incident and non-incident upper-extremity fractures.

Danielle MacNeil, MD, MSc, FRCSC
Dr. MacNeil (ICES Western) is an otolaryngologist at London Health Sciences Centre. Her scholar research assessed whether survival rates in laryngeal cancer patients has changed over time and the 30-day incidence of ischemic stroke among patients undergoing neck dissection compared to matched patients undergoing non-head and neck surgeries.

Claudia Malic, MD MRCS, MD FRCS
Dr. Malic (ICES Ottawa) is a paediatric plastic surgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Her scholar work explored links between cleft lip and palate pathology and psychiatric morbidity and mortality in children.

Jacquelyn Marsh, PhD, MSc
Dr. Marsh (ICES Western) is an assistant professor at Western University with the School of Physical Therapy. Her scholar research examined the rate of unnecessary procedures relating to osteoarthritis of the knee, with a special focus on its related burden on health care services.

Claudio Martin, MD, FRCPC, CCPE, MSc
Dr. Martin (ICES Western) is a critical care physician at London Health Sciences Centre. His scholar research explored the characteristics and outcomes of being discharged directly home from the Intensive Care Unit.

Jacob McGee, MD, MPH, FRCSC
Dr. McGee (ICES Western) is a gynecologic oncologist at London Health Sciences Centre. His scholar research, which received media attention, examined genetic consultation rates following diagnosis of high-grade serous ovarian carcinoma.

David McNeil, PhD, MSc
Dr. McNeil (ICES North) is the president & CEO at Brant Community Healthcare System. His scholar research examined variation in alternate level of care (ALC) rates, especially across Local Health Integration Networks (LHINS), among those assessed for long-term care.

Amber Molnar, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Dr. Molnar (ICES Western) is a nephrologist at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton. Her scholar research examined whether there is an effect of dialysis modality on mortality in patients with heart failure and end stage kidney disease.

Ally Murji, MD, MPH, FRCSC
Dr. Murji (ICES UofT) is a gynecologist at Mount Sinai Hospital. His scholar research explores whether women with preoperative anemia prior to a hysterectomy or myomectomy affects morbidity and mortality 30-days post-op and was featured in an ICES infographic.

Marcus Povitz, MDCM, FRCPC, MSc
Dr. Povitz (ICES Western) is a respirologist and sleep physician at London Health Sciences Centre. He has an interest in outcomes for treatment for sleep disorders and respiratory diseases. His faculty scholars projects resulted in three publications describing CPAP treated patients, CPAP prescribing physicians and clinical pathways and wait times for obstructive sleep apnea care in Ontario.

Dhenuka Radhakrishnan, MD, FRCPC, MSc
Dr. Radhakrishnan (ICES Western) is a paediatric respirologist at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Her research interests include risk factors for childhood asthma and respiratory diseases. Her project during her time as a faculty scholar examined trends in the age of diagnosis of childhood asthma and trends in severe childhood asthma exacerbations.

Adam Rahman, MD, FRCPC, MSc
Dr. Rahman (ICES Western) is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at Western University. His area of expertise is nutritional interventions to improve muscle mass and function in patients with serious illness. His scholar research looked at rates of hospitalization and surgical intervention for patients with Crohn’s Disease.

Bridget Ryan, PhD
Dr. Ryan (ICES Western) is an assistant professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University. Her research is focused on patient-centred care and health care delivery. Her scholar research described volumes and rates of multimorbidity in Ontario by age group, sex, material deprivation, and geography and was featured in an ICES infographic. She also examined the relationship between multimorbidity, mortality and socioeconomic status.

Samuel Silver, MD, MSc
Dr. Silver (ICES Western) is a nephrologist at Queen’s University School of Medicine. His work is centered on standardizing and improving care for patients with acute kidney injury. His scholar research explored whether the frequency of visits to a primary care provider is linked to better quality of care for dialysis patients.

Samuel Siu, MD, SM, MBA
Dr. Siu (ICES Western) is a cardiologist at London Health Sciences Centre. His scholar research explored the prevalence of prosthetic heart valves among women of child-bearing age, as well as morbidity rates in pregnant women with heart valve replacements.

John Snelgrove, MD, MSc, FRCSC
Dr. Snelgrove (ICES UofT) is a perinatologist at Mount Sinai Hospital. His scholar research aimed to explore trends in severe maternal morbidity over time as it relates to maternal age and socioeconomic context.

Luciano Sposato, MD, MBA
Dr. Sposato (ICES Western) is a stroke neurologist at London Health Sciences Centre. His scholar research aimed to determine whether incident ischemic stroke is associated with a subsequent  increased risk of heart disease and whether first-ever ischemic stroke is linked to increased risk of incident heart disease in older adults.

Neville Suskin, MBChB., MSc, FRCPC, FACC
Dr. Suskin (ICES Western) is a cardiologist at London Health Sciences Centre. His research interests centre on cardiovascular chronic disease management. His work as a scholar evaluated the outcomes associated with cardiac rehabilitation.

Janice Tijssen, MD, FRCPC, MSc
Dr. Tijssen (ICES Western) is a pediatric critical care physician at London Health Sciences Centre. She has an interest in improving access to care for rural patients. Her scholar work examined whether deferrals of critically ill children away from their designated pediatric critical care unit adversely impacted their health outcomes.

Akshya Vasudev, MD, MBBS, MRCPsych, PG Cert Med Ed
Dr. Vasudev (ICES Western) is a geriatric psychiatrist at London Health Sciences Centre. His research focuses on the neurobiology of late life depression and pharmacogenomics. His scholar work examined trends in psychotropic dispensing among older adults living with dementia in long-term care homes.

Kelly Vogt, MD, FRCSC, MSc
Dr. Vogt (ICES Western) is a surgeon at London Health Sciences Centre. Her scholar work aimed to determine whether total acute care hospital utilization, the number of operative cases performed overnight and complications associated with emergency general surgery conditions declined with the introduction of acute care surgery services in Ontario.

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