Council Members


Nickoo Merati is a second year Master’s student in the department of Family Medicine at McGill under the supervision of Dr. Jon Salsberg and Dr. Susan Law. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and Cell Biology from McGill in 2016, and has since turned her attention to participatory research in the context of Indigenous health. In addition to her own thesis work, she is a research lead in the FMGSS-Share the Warmth community partnership research program evaluating their El Sistema music program. As FMGSS President, Nickoo aims to continue and encourage strong graduate student engagement in the department and community outreach. When Nickoo is not busy being excited about FMGSS and her Master’s, she enjoys teaching Zumba, exploring, and tea.


Shinjini is a PhD student with The Department of Family Medicine at McGill University, supervised by Prof. Antonia Maioni. Her PhD research focuses on understanding policy processes around inter-sectoral coordination in health. She is a medical graduate and has a Masters’ degree in Public Health with specialization in social epidemiology. Prior to her doctoral work she has worked in India for past 6 years, doing research in partnership with community based organizations and provincial governments. All these projects have used innovative research designs from implementation research, realist inquiry to programme evaluations, in order to understand the complexities of the health systems. As a VP Finance, Shinjini is looking forward to working with the new council to represent views of students.

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Stephanie Long is a second year MSc student in the Department of Family Medicine, specialization in Medical Education, under the joint supervision of Dr. Meredith Young and Dr. Charo Rodriguez. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo obtaining a BSc in Honours Kinesiology and a BA in Honours Psychology. Before coming to McGill, Stephanie worked as a research assistant in several physiology laboratories examining cardiovascular physiology and diabetes. Since then, her interests have broadened to medical education and her master’s thesis aims to explore medical trainees’ perspectives of the credibility of assessment in medical education in the hopes of improving the practice of assessment. In her spare time, Stephanie likes being active and outdoors, exploring Montreal and trying new cafes!

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Thomas Bertrand is a second year M.Sc. student in the department of Family Medicine at McGill University. He completed a Bachelor in Honours Applied Psychology from Bishop’s University, and a minor in Sociology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Thomas has been involved in numerous research projects at the Saint-Justine Hospital, the Jewish General Hospital, and the McGill University Health Center. For his M.Sc., Thomas contributes to the implementation of a novel cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging technique into clinical settings. His project is funded by the 2016-2017 RI-MUHC Studentship competition, from which he received the M.Sc. Award. While playing on the McGill Ultimate Team, Thomas enjoys biking, hiking, and other outdoor activities.

Svetlana is a clinician-researcher from Russia who is now residing in Montreal. She started her research work in experimental medicine in Russia, and continued it in Germany and, later, at the MUHC RI of Montreal Children’s hospital. During recent years, she has passed the Medical Council of Canada qualifying exams and devoted some time to participating in physician observership programs at MUHC hospitals. Her current research interests are in the area of health risks in a vulnerable population. In terms of extracurricular activities, she likes reading, playing piano, cooking, and travelling.

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Joshua Hamzeh is a second year Masters of Science student at the Department of Family Medicine, under the supervision of Drs. Catherine Hudon, Paula Bush and Pierre Pluye. His background is in Human Kinetics (University of Ottawa), and he has worked as a research assistant at psychomotor and human physiology labs, prior to his Masters. Joshua’s current research is focused on the evaluation of participatory research partnerships (more specifically, the development and validation of a questionnaire that evaluates participatory research partnerships between health organizations and researchers).  In his spare time, Joshua enjoy running and playing tennis (and other sports). As your VP social/external for the 2017-2018 academic year, his job will be to make sure that you have many opportunities to enjoy your student experience in the beautiful city of Montréal! We hope to several fun activities (e.g. intramural sports, ski-trips, parties) for this year! Welcome to the Fam-Med family!

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Kayte Andersen is a second year Master’s student in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University, under the supervision of Dr. Machelle Wilchesky and Dr. Kristian Filion. She graduated from McGill with an undergraduate degree in Pharmacology in 2014, and then spent two years as a clinical research coordinator at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY before returning to Montreal for graduate studies. Kayte is interested in pharmacoepidemiology, the study of medication safety, effectiveness and patterns of drug use. Her thesis work is examining drugs used for Alzheimer’s disease in a large population-level database from the United Kingdom.



Nadia completed a BSc (with distinctions) and MSc in Statistics and is currently a 3rd year PhD student within the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University (Supervisor: Dr. Vedel; Co-supervisor: Dr. Schuster). As part of a national research team on Research on Organization of Healthcare Services for Alzheimers led by Dr. Bergman and Dr. Vedel, her doctoral thesis will focus on the evaluation of primary care reforms in Ontario in the context of dementia. Nadia plans to develop and apply new causal methods to study the impact of these reforms and provide robust policy-relevant data to decision makers.  Prior to her doctoral work, Nadia worked as a biostatistician for over 10 years, during which time she acquired experience in aging research, regulatory drug approval within federal government, marketing statistics within the pharmaceutical industry and private statistical consulting. As PhD representative, Nadia is looking forward to supporting her fellow PhD students and continuing to work with the department to improve our program and student life!








Jacquie Safieh is a second year MSc student in the Department of Family Medicine, with a focus on Global Health, under the supervision of Dr. Yves Bergevin and Dr. Tibor Schuster. She graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in Physics and a degree in Global Development Studies, focusing on Indigenous Studies. Her research current research is focused on reproductive health, and specifically the role that mass media can play in increasing reproductive health knowledge. As MSc representative, Jacquie is looking forward to supporting MSc students and working towards ensuring all colleagues have the best experience in this great department.



Dr Farid F Ibrahim is a physician-scientist working at The Montreal Children’s Hospital. He graduated from Ain Shams medical school in Egypt in 2012, after which he joined McGill University in Canada. Dr Ibrahim believes that each and every ear should be able to hear. He has been invited to present his scientific research done at the McGill Auditory Sciences Laboratory at several international meetings. Dr Ibrahim has recently completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Family Medicine and Medical Education at McGill University. He is starting his second MSc year in September 2017 under the supervision of Dr. Sam J Daniel and Dr. Gillian Bartlett.

Vasiliki earned her Bachelor of Science in Microbial Biology from the University of California Berkeley, where her research at the United States Department of Agriculture sparked interest in the normative ethics of science, technology and genomic innovation. She completed her MSc at McGill University in Experimental Medicine with an emphasis in Biomedical Ethics. She is the past recipient of the David McCutcheon Pediatric Palliative Care Fellowship, which supported her MSc work on the ethics of pediatric palliative care research as a joint collaboration between the Biomedical Ethics Unit and Department of Family Medicine. Vaso is currently pursuing a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Gillian Bartlett and Professor Bartha Maria Knoppers. Her dissertation is supported by the McGill Faculty of Medicine Doctoral Studentship Award, and will examine health policy architectures of pediatric research ethics review in federated countries, namely how adopting policies of reciprocity and mutual recognition facilitate collaborative genomics across international jurisdictions. Vaso’s research interest center on the ethical implications of Big Data in health, research ethics review and health policy reforms in personalized medicine. She serves the Family Medicine Student Council as the departmental representative to the Post Graduate Student Society (PGSS).

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Sophia is one of the two FMGSS representatives to McGill’s Post Graduate Student Society (PGSS). She is currently in her second year of the MSc. Family Medicine program with a specialization in Bioethics, under the supervision of Dr. Gillian Bartlett and Dr. Carolyn Ells. Sophia completed her BSc. in Biomedical Science at the University of Ottawa in 2016. Her master’s thesis explores the professional and ethical responsibilities of family physicians to their patients regarding mammography screening decision-making, and the values guiding their practice. Since the fall of 2016, Sophia has also been an active member of the FMGSS-Share the Warmth partnership research initiative and greatly enjoys contributing to the qualitative component of the El Sistema music program evaluation. Outside of her graduate studies, she loves being outdoors, practicing yoga, baking, singing, and exploring Montreal with friends!