Current Residents

Dr. Joshi earned her MD from the University of Toronto after completing a BSc. (Hons) in Biochemistry at McMaster University. 

Heta is very passionate about women in surgery and is excited to be the only female doctor on the neurosurgery team in her PGY1 year. She also has had several leadership roles involved in medical education and teaching. She has been on the MD program’s Admissions Committee and led many policy changes that influenced the medical school admissions criteria. Throughout medical school, she was the class representative on the clerkship committee and helped redesign the clerkship curriculum during the COVID-19 pandemic.

She also enjoys computer programming and is familiar with a variety of different languages including Java, Python, C/C++, R, and more. She hopes to incorporate her computer programming skills into her academic research. Outside academia, Heta enjoys scuba diving, traveling, hiking, and spending time with her family, friends, and most importantly, her golden retriever. 

Dr. Rebchuk earned his MD, MSc and BKin (Health Sciences) from the University of British Columbia. He is originally from Toronto, Ontario.

In graduate school, Alex studied the relationship between head impact exposure and neurological function in football players. He was a recipient of the CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship. During medical school, he received the George W. Leroux Memorial Scholarship and Florence E. Heighway Summer Research Award. He received multiple scholarships from the American Academy of Neurology and won Top Breakthrough Abstract at the Canadian Stroke Congress for his research regarding cognition and quality of life following stroke.

Alex is interested in politics, and was involved in political advocacy prior to medical school. He previously played competitive soccer and now spends his free time skiing, golfing and cycling. He also enjoys travelling, especially to surfing locales.

Dr. Rizzuto earned his MD from the University of British Columbia after completing a BSc. (Hons) in Kinesiology with a minor in Chemical Biology at McMaster University.

Michael acted as the president to the UBC Medicine Class of 2019 over the course of his medical studies. He served a two-year term on the board of the UBC Medical Journal as the Director of Publications. During his undergraduate studies, he was the recipient of an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award at McMaster University, which allowed him to evaluate virtual reality head mounted displays as tools for ergonomic posture assessments. At UBC, Michael received research funding that allowed him to study microRNA biomarkers as they relate to the severity of spinal cord injuries.

Michael holds a 1st degree black belt in Taekwon-Do and has played competitive soccer for a number of years. He also enjoys skiing, baking, and occasionally dabbles in video games.

Dr. Craig is from Saint John, New Brunswick, and received his MD from Dalhousie University. His undergraduate background is in both economics and molecular biology.

Mike enjoys rowing, and competed for several years during and after university. He also enjoys cycling and tries to train for the Whistler Gran Fondo and other local events while not learning neurosurgery. In his spare time he also likes studying economic policy

Dr. Sadr obtained his BSc (Dept. of Biochemistry) and PhD (Dept. of Neurology & Neurosurgery) from McGill University, and MD from Laval University. His undergraduate honours project and his graduate studies focused on the effect of axon guidance molecules on glioma cell motility and brain invasion.

Mo has played competitive soccer during his college years, and also enjoys hockey, swimming, diving, and camping

Dr. Ayling earned his BA (Psychology) from the University of Victoria and MSc (Neuroscience) from the University of British Columbia prior to receiving his MD from the University of Toronto.

During medical school, Oliver received the Weber Nimon prize in neurology. With his free time, he enjoys hiking, cycling, skiing, and traveling.

Dr. Chang obtained his MD degree from the University of Toronto. Prior to starting medical school, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in the University of Toronto's Specialist Program in Human Biology (Genes, Genetics, and Biotechnology) with a minor in Philosophy.

He competed at the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) World dragon boat championships in 2011 (Tampa Bay, USA) and in 2013 (Szeged, Hungary) as a member of the Canadian national team.

Stephano also enjoys dragon boats, outrigger canoe, paddle boarding and snow boarding.