Meet Our Faculty

Damon Atrie

Work Site:
Trillium Health Partners

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Airway, pain management

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Great group of people

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Great group of residents

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Chocolate peanut butter

What is your dream vacation?:
Burgundy and Champagne

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Film critic

Dr. Ian M. Buchanan

Work Site:
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
point-of-care sonography, administration

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Balance of size/amenities, the geography, green spaces, easy access to Niagara, Toronto, airports, 407 ...

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Supportive environment with a focus on practical training

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
The kind that is currently in the freezer

What is your dream vacation?:
Cycling ... anywhere

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Chef

Kyla Caners

Work Site:
HHS

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Simulation, Medical Education, Gender Biases in Medicine

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
The restaurants and breweries

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
THE PEOPLE!

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Mint Chocolate Chip

What is your dream vacation?:
Hiking through Patagonia

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Business owner. Guess I'd need a business idea first...

Teresa Chan

Work Site:
Hamilton Health Sciences

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Education, Educational Leadership, Education Scholarship, Games/Gamification,

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
The new Foodie Scene

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
We have a vibrant group of talented, and creative physicians - many of whom are just in the beginning part of their careers. I look forward to seeing everyone rise up and grow together. If this sounds like an environment you would like, I hope you also may join into our pack of awesome faculty members someday.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Vanilla

What is your dream vacation?:
NYC for the food and for the shows.

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Teacher

Alex Chorley

Work Site:
Hamilton General Hospital, Juravinski Hospital, McMaster Children's Hospital

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Medical Education, Simulation, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Amazing restaurants and breweries

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
An amazing community to work and socialize with!

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Ben & Jerry's Half-Baked

What is your dream vacation?:
3 month Euro-trip

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Surf/SCUBA Instructor somewhere tropical

Kerstin de Wit

Work Site:
Research

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Clinical research, emergency medicine, thrombosis

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
The escarpment

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The people who make up MacEM

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Mint choc chip

What is your dream vacation?:
Running camp

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Hematologist

Jim Ducharme

Work Site:
Humber River Hospital

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Acute pain, international emergency medicine,

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The energetic physicians

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
International volunteer worker

R.J. Eby

Work Site:
St. Joseph's Hospital

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Emergency Medicine ~ I love it all, even after three decades, and more than a few rings around my trunk ~ it's the perfect specialty for those who just-can't-commit. I also have an Addiction Practice in Brampton, and find it so gratifying to have an on-going role in patients' recoveries.

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Not knowing anyone!! I commute to to work, and virtually never awkwardly have to care for someone I know. The medical community is noticeably friendly and collaborative in this town.

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The People. Medical/Support/Residents. It seems that year-after-year, the admissions folk seem to get it right.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Moose Tracks. Is there any other kind?

What is your dream vacation?:
To be updated after Covid. I know it sounds corny but even the backyard is pretty awesome with my husband-and-three-sons bubble-people.

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Investigative Reporter. Love the dig-deep stuff. Oddly, it's the opposite of Emergency Medicine, so I'm not sure where this comes from ...

Clare Francisco Wallner

Work Site:
HHS

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Prehospital and Transport Medicine, Disaster, Palliative Care, Med-ED, EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion)

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Availability of and/or proximity to so many things I love - food, art, water, cities

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Collaborative spirit

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Mint chocolate chip

What is your dream vacation?:
Any warm beach.

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Teacher instead of a bar tender (although definitely an under paid stage tech on the side).

Michael Galvin

Work Site:
SJHH

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Humanitarian Medicine & Global Health

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
I'm still a newbie, so ask me again next year

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
A friendly and welcoming group

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Can I have cheese instead?

What is your dream vacation?:
Remember when we travelled to exotic locations before the pandemic? That was nice......

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Music producer (find me on Spotify - Mike Galvin - shameless plug.......)

Alex Hart

Work Site:
SJHH

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Undergraduate Med Ed and POCUS

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Chocolate chip

What is your dream vacation?:
Bike from Bordeaux to Venice

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
High school teacher

Kris Hawley

Work Site:
HHS

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Orthopedics/ Trauma, Toxicology

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Great weather

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Fantastic residents.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Caramel cone explosion - Haagen Daz

What is your dream vacation?:
Palm trees, crystal clear water...

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Prop maker, movie industry

Andrew Healey

Work Site:
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Critical care, POCUS, Organ Donation, Leadership

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
People

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Chocolate chip cookie dough

What is your dream vacation?:
Private island, no kids, 2 weeks, no cell or internet service, boat beach sun and AC, no bugs

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Conductor

Jeremy Hernandez

Work Site:
Trillium Health Partners, William Osler Health System, Joseph Brant Hospital

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Point-of-Care Ultrasound

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
The fact that it's better than Toronto

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The People

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Anything left over from my kids

What is your dream vacation?:
Everyday is a vacation

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Rockstar

Ali Hersi

Work Site:
HHS. OTMH

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Neurological Emergencies

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Water front bike trail

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The calibre of the residents

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Pistachio

What is your dream vacation?:
Antartica

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Beach bum

Chris Heyd

Work Site:
HHS

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Simulation & Trauma

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
There's always something new to discover or explore

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Great people

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Pistachio affogado

What is your dream vacation?:
Chilling poolside in Palm Springs

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
School bus driver

Massoud Jalayer

Work Site:
Hamilton Health Sciences

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Trauma/ Medical Education

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Waterfalls

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Dynamic

What is your dream vacation?:
Europe

Noura Labib

Work Site:
St. Joseph's Hospital Hamilton and Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Point of care ultrasound and geriatric trauma

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Full of history, cute little places and great hiking trails

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Laid back and very collegial

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Baskin Robins World Class Chocolate

What is your dream vacation?:
Hawaii

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Fisherwoman

Hilary Lee

Work Site:
SJHH, HHS

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
critical care, resuscitation, procedures, quality improvement, guidelines

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
The Bruce trail access in the middle of the city

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The residents!

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Lime sorbet

What is your dream vacation?:
Backpacking in Turkey

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Social scientist. Prepare for my rants on social justice!

Brian Levy

Work Site:
Brampton Civic Hospital

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Hypertension, Vascular Diseases

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Great restaurants!

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
All the friends I’ve made.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
All of the stuff without calories!

What is your dream vacation?:
Scandinavian Fiords, but I’ll take anywhere on a cruise ship!

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Airline Pilot

Rebecca Mallin

Work Site:
Hamilton Health Sciences Centre

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Education, anaesthesia

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
The lake and local parks

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The keen group of residents!

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Mint chip

What is your dream vacation?:
African safari

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Architect

Carys Massarella

Work Site:
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Emergency Medicine/Transgender Health

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Incredibly vibrant food scene

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Progressive Faculty with regards to education and innovation

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Strawberry

What is your dream vacation?:
Scottish Isles and Highlands

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
History Professor

Ron McMillan

Work Site:
William Osler Health System / Halton Healthcare

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Emergency Medicine in Disaster Zones, Global Health, Quality Assurance in Emergency Medicine

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Energetic, motivated and enthusiastic learners and faculty

Mat Mercuri

Areas of Research Interest:

  1. organization of healthcare services
  2. variations in clinical practice
  3. philosophy of medicine

Paul Miller

Work Site:
Hamilton Health Sciences

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Palliative Care. Communication skills. Leadership and Medical Administration.

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Terrific green-space, vibrant little Dundas,

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Year after year, the resident cohort blow me away with their drive, vision and contributions to broader EM community. This program is doing it right!

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Bourbon on rocks

What is your dream vacation?:
Tuscany

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Master brewer for Sleeman

Shawn Mondoux

Work Site:
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Quality Improvement; Health Innovation

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
A non-pretentious, honest, gritty place to live. This place needs you as much as you need it.

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
This isn't your ivory tower department where staff and researchers are inaccessible and learners can't be part of the design and success of the department. This is a place where we all succeed together.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Lemon Gelato .... yup.

What is your dream vacation?:
There's a relaxing version, an active version and a family version.

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Some sort of niche bougie maker -- knife-maker, chef ... consultant

Julian Owen

Work Site:
Hamilton General

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Critical Care, Trauma

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Feels like home

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
People I work with

What is your dream vacation?:
Hawaii

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Cardiac surgeon

Alim Pardhan

Work Site:
HHS + MCH

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Medical Education, Leadership

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Food Scene

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The Amazing Staff, Faculty and Residents

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Chocolate - are there other flavours?

What is your dream vacation?:
Canadian Train Tour

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Math/Science Teacher

Doug Richards

Work Site:
St Joseph's Hospital

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Sport injury/training

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
The people

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The learners

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Pralines and Cream

What is your dream vacation?:
Riding anywhere

Kaitlynn Rigg

Work Site:
HHS

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Toxicology

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
All the trails for running and hiking

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The people!

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Cotton candy

What is your dream vacation?:
Summer in Norway

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Struggling writer

Simerpreet Sandhanwalia

Work Site:
Hamilton Health Sciences

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Point of Care Ultrasound

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
The waterfalls and hiking trails !

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The people that make up this amazing program!

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Pralines and cream

What is your dream vacation?:
The Maldives

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Actress that portrayed an ER doc on tv

Serena Sennik

Work Site:
Hamilton Health Sciences

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
1) Quality Improvement 2) Global Health

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
My incredible colleagues!

What is your dream vacation?:
Bora Bora

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Journalist

Sameer Sharif

Work Site:
Hamilton Health Sciences

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Research that melds both Emergency Medicine and Critical Care.

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Plethora of restaurants and access to trails for outdoor activities.

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The people! We have good people; that's very hard to find.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Anything with chocolate

What is your dream vacation?:
New Zealand/Hawaii/Eastern Europe

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Toronto Raptors Groupie

Jonathan Sherbino

Work Site:
St. Joseph's Hamilton

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Trauma, Medical education

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Outdoor sports (bike, paddle, trail run etc.)

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Working with the residents

What is your dream vacation?:
Nahani River

Steven Skitch

Work Site:
Joseph Brant Hospital - Burlington

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Critical Care; Ultrasound; Administration

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Easy access to outdoors and trails

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Great colleagues

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Cookie Dough

What is your dream vacation?:
Around the World

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Computer Guy

Jonathan Taves

Work Site:
Hamilton Health Sciences

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Point-of-care Ultrasound, Medical Education

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Extensive trail system

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Group collegiality

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

What is your dream vacation?:
Serengeti National Park Tanzania, RV through New Zealand, West Coast Trail BC

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Literally no idea

Jen Thompson

Work Site:
HHS

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Sports Medicine

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
The diversity and grit

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The colegiality

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Coffee

What is your dream vacation?:
To build a life I don't need a vacation from...

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Professional Organizer

Suneel Upadhye

Work Site:
Niagara Health

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Clinical Practice Guidelines, Knowledge Translation

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Cheap/easy to live here...

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The people/team!!

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Chocolate

What is your dream vacation?:
Scuba diving in Indonesia

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Jazz bass player, diving medicine specialist

Rahim Valani

Work Site:
Brampton Civic Hospital and Niagara Health System

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Medical education; ED operations: Quality improvement

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Places to eat; the trails; waterfront!

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Collegiality

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Chocolate... why bother with any other?

What is your dream vacation?:
too many places....

Kelly van Diepen

Work Site:
Hamilton Health Sciences

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Ultrasound, Education, Occupational Medicine

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Cool restaurants, waterfalls, running trails....

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
That's easy - the people!

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Either chocolate or mint chocolate chip

What is your dream vacation?:
I'd love to go back to Italy!

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
I wish I was talented enough to be an interior designer!

Dean Vlahaki

Work Site:
St. Joseph's Hospital and Hamilton General Hospital (Trauma Team Leader)

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Point of Care Ultrasound\nTrauma

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Locke Street

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The POCUS Fellowship

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Chocolate chip cookie dough

What is your dream vacation?:
Skiing anywhere with my wife!

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Carpenter

Michelle Welsford

Work Site:
Hamilton Health Sciences

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Prehospital Systems of Care for Sepsis, Palliative Care, STEMI, Trauma

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Waterfalls, foodie haven, busy trauma centre

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
tight knit residents and faculty

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Green Tea

What is your dream vacation?:
Can we skip ahead to when we can travel anywhere again?

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Travel blogger

Andrew Worster

Work Site:
Hamilton Health Sciences

Area of Clinical and/or Academic Interest:
Clinical Epidemiology

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Sailing

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Fun bunch

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Strawberry

What is your dream vacation?:
Galapagos

If I didn’t work for MacEM I would be a/an...:
Researcher

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