Current Residents

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. Tomas Hirmer earned his medical doctorate (MD) degree from the University of Calgary. He also holds a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree in Electrical Engineering from Lakehead University, a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Space Studies from the International Space University (ISU) in France, a diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology from Seneca College, and a diploma in Space Studies completed at NASA Ames Research Center in California.

Tomas has worked in the aerospace and robotics industries for MDA (Space Missions) and the German Space Agency (DLR) on surgical-, mining-, and space-robotics projects. Additionally, he worked in the international development field for the United Nations and the World Bank. Tomas has published research on surgical simulation, robot-assisted surgery, Mars exploration, wearable computers, and augmented reality vision systems for astronauts. His hobbies include photography, hockey, and cycling.

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. Fatehi received his MD from the University of Toronto. Prior to this, he had obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in physics and mathematics at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI). He has also received a Master of Science degree in molecular genetics from the University of Toronto.

Mostafa was a recipient of the Faculty Association Gold Medal at UPEI and was awarded an NSERC Canada Graduate Student scholarship. In medical school, he received the Herbert Bruce Medal and the Golden Stethoscope Award.

Mostafa enjoys reading, fiction and non-fiction in his free time. His interests include history, politics and economics. He also enjoys playing soccer and has coached teams at various age groups. Mostafa also has a budding interest in hiking.

Dr. Dandurand obtained MD degree at Laval University, Quebec City.

She was a winner of Jaen-Marie-de-Koninck prize for academic and sports excellence at Laval University.

Charlotte is a competitive swimming for 9 years. Short-course butterfly and freestyle specialist and was captain of the female swimming team at Laval University for the last two seasons of her swimming career. She is a winner of silver and bronze medal at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships. She enjoys sports notably swimming, running, and spinning.

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.