Our Team

Current Team

Dr. Melanie Lewis

Dr. Lewis (BN, MD, MMedEd, FRCPC), co-founder of PedsCases, is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Associate Dean of Learner Advocacy & Wellness at the University of Alberta. She currently divides her time between scholarly work in the area of medical education and physician health. Clinically, she is general pediatrician who manages complex patients at the Stollery Children’s Hospital. She has a special interest in caring for individuals with Down syndrome and is currently also the Medical Director of the Down syndrome medical clinic.

Dr. Peter Gill

Dr. Peter Gill (BMSc, MSc, DPhil, MD), co-founder of PedsCases, is a paediatric resident at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto. He completed a DPhil in Primary Health Care and MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar (Alberta & Magdalen, 2009). Peter is also an Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM), University of Oxford.

Dr. Alkarim Velji

Dr. Alkarim Velji (BSc, BEd, MD) is an emergency medicine resident at the University of Manitoba after graduating from the University of Alberta (Class of 2015). He previously taught science and math in Sweden for two years prior to beginning medical school.

Dr. Chris Novak

Dr. Chris Novak (BSc, MD) is a pediatric resident at the Stollery Children's Hospital and the University of Alberta. He graduated from the University of Alberta MD program in 2016. He has been involved in PedsCases for several years and works in pairing new volunteers with projects, and reviewing new content for quality. His interests include medical education, complex patient care, and the outdoors.

Dr. Karen Forbes

Dr. Karen Forbes (BSc, MD, MEd, FRCPC) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and acting director of the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at the University of Alberta. She is the Pediatric Clerkship Director for the MD Program at the University of Alberta. Scholarly interests are in medical education, with special interest in clinical reasoning.  Her clinical work is in hospital pediatrics at the Stollery Children's Hospital where she cares for a wide range of patients and provides clinical teaching to a wide range of learners.

Amarjot Padda

Amarjot Padda is a medical student at the University of Alberta (Class of 2018). She is interested in Pediatrics as well as innovations in medical education.

Larissa Shapka

Larissa is a medical student at the University of Alberta. She is excited to be part of the PedsCases team and pursue her interests in medical education and innovation.

Nikita-Kiran Singh

Nikita is a medical student at the University of Alberta (Class of 2019). With an interest in global health and medical education, she is passionate about exploring the intersections between the arts and medicine.

Nazlin Karmali

Nazlin Karmali is a medical student at the University of Alberta (Class of 2020). She has a keen interest in both medical education and pediatrics, and is hoping to expand her knowledge in the field.

PedsCases Alumni

Dr. Lauren Kitney

Lauren Kitney (BSc, MD, FRCPC) was one of the original founders of PedsCases.  She completed paediatric residency at the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children in June 2014 and practices in various Toronto based hospitals. She is currently enrolled in the Stepping Stones Teacher Development Program through the Centre for Faculty Development at University of Toronto. She plans to practice as a community paediatrician in Toronto with an interest in teaching.

Dr. Mara Tietzen

Mara Tietzen (MD) is a pediatric resident at the University of British Columbia and BC Children's Hospital after graduating from the University of Alberta (Class of 2015). She pursued Kinesiology and Personal Training prior to entering medical school. Since joining the PedsCases team in 2012, she has had the pleasure of fostering her passion for creative, innovative, and effective Pediatric education with the rest of the PedsCases team.

Dr. Michelle Bischoff

Michelle (BSc, MD) is a paediatric resident at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Amandy Cheung

Mandy Cheung is a graduate of the University of Alberta MD program and is currently a family medicine resident in Edmonton, Alberta

Dr. Gary Galante

Gary graduated from the MD program at the University of Alberta, where he also completed his general paediatric residency training program. He is currently in the paediatric gastroenterology and nutrition training program based out of the Alberta Children’s Hospital, where his clinical interests include paediatric intestinal failure, nutritional problems, functional gastrointestinal disorders, gastrointestinal motility disorders, cystic fibrosis, and liver disease. His educational activities at the University of Calgary currently include involvement in post-graduate medical education in the paediatric gastroenterology and nutrition fellowship (lecturer, residency training committee member), general paediatric residency (lecturer, clinical teacher for inpatient gastroenterology service), and medical genetics residency (lecturer) training programs, as well as involvement in undergraduate medical education (assessment/examiner). Outside of the program, educational activities include assessment development (exam development for postgraduate medical education national practice exam), contribution to paediatric chapters of Approach to the OSCE: The Edmonton Manual of Common Clinical Scenarios and Essentials for the Canadian Medical Licensing Exam: Review and Prep for the MCCQE Part I, and most recently, membership in the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition professional education committee.

Dr. Christopher Gerdung

Chris completed both his Bachelor of Science and Medical Degree at the University of Alberta prior to begining Pediatric residency training with the University of Ottawa. He is currently completed a Pediatric Respirology fellowship at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Jake Hayward

Jake graduated from the MD program at the University of Alberta in 2014 and is an Emergency Medicine resident at the University of Alberta with an ongoing interest in innovation and research in medical education.

Dr. Peter MacPherson

Dr. MacPherson (BSc, MD) is a pediatric resident and Master of Education candidate at Memorial University in St. John's, NL. He received his MD from the University of Alberta. Peter and his wife have one child.

Aishwarya Sundaram

Aishwarya (Aish) Sundaram is a medical student in the class of 2016, who pursued Business and Medical Sciences prior to entering medical school. She is interested in Pediatrics and medical education.

Laura Vogels

Laura is currently a medical student at the University of Alberta (Class of 2016) who is interested in medical education and Pediatrics

 

Colin Siu

Colin is a medical student at the University of Alberta interested in looking at innovative medical education practices. He aspires to be a humanistic physician in the field of pediatrics.

Samantha Lam

Samantha Lam is a medical student at the University of Alberta (Class of 2017). She is interested in expanding her knowledge and experience in medical education, advocacy, and health technology.

Jeff Bennett

Jeff Bennett is a medical student at the University of Alberta (Class of 2019) and, more importantly, a proud husband and father. When he grows up, he hopes to find a specialty that he enjoys while maintaining a close relationship with his family.