Council Members


President: Matthew Hacker Teper


Matt is a second year Master’s student in the Department of Family Medicine under the supervision of Dr. Isabelle Vedel and Dr. Catherine Hudon. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Biology and French from Northwestern University in 2017. At McGill, Matt is conducting a qualitative research project that focuses on health service reforms to improve the quality of care for vulnerable and elderly populations. In addition to his own thesis, Matt serves as a Tannenbaum Fellow (helping family medicine residents design and execute quality improvement initiatives) and as an ethics consultant for the Jewish General Hospital Research Ethics Board.  Outside of the Department, Matt spends his time volunteering, playing sports, and sharpening his culinary skills.

VP Academic: Lashanda Skerritt

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Lashanda is an MD/PhD student completing her doctoral work under the supervision of Drs. Alexandra de Pokomandy and Angela Kaida. Her research explores the sexual and reproductive healthcare needs of women living with HIV through a critical feminist lens. Specifically, her thesis applies mixed methods to study women’s experiences accessing reproductive healthcare and counselling after HIV diagnosis.   Prior to beginning her studies in the MD/PhD program at McGill, Lashanda completed a BSc in Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa. Her previous research at the Boston Children’s Hospital and Ottawa Hospital Research Institute focused on epigenetics and cancer therapeutics. Lashanda’s doctoral research combines her interests in clinical research and social sciences, stemming from her advocacy work in social justice and equity. In her role as the FMGSS VP Academic, Lashanda’s initiatives aim to support graduate students in their academic training.

VP Communications: Mary Henein


Mary is a second year Master student in the Department of Family Medicine, specializing in bioethics. She received her Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Guelph in 2016. She then completed a continuing education certificate in Ethics from Ryerson University. Her thesis involves an ethical analysis of the recent policy proposals to reimbursing gamete donors in Canada using a patient-centered conceptual framework. In addition to her thesis, she is currently involved in the participatory research project collaboration with Share the Warmth, evaluating the impacts of their school music program, El Sistema, on child well-being and cognition at a local school. She is also a Tannenbaum Fellow at St. Mary’s Hospital in Montreal, where she assists medical residents with their scholarly activities. In her role as VP Communications, Mary is responsible for communicating news, events, and other information to the student body in a timely and effective manner. Outside of school and work, she enjoys reading, travelling, snowboarding, and is a baseball fan.

PhD Representative: Reem El Sherif


Reem is a second year PhD student in the department under the supervision of Dr. Pierre Pluye. She completed her medical degree (MBBChB) from Cairo University in 2011 and moved to Ottawa where she completed a graduate certificate in population health and worked as a research assistant and a physician assistant. She moved to Montreal in 2014, completed her MSc in Family Medicine at McGill and work as a research assistant before starting her PhD in September 2017. Reem has experience with mixed methods (TA for FMED 614 and FMED 608), qualitative and quantitative research, and mixed studies reviews (TA for FMED 600). Her research focus is online consumer health information (OCHI): for her MSc she studied its negative outcomes and for her PhD she will look at the role of social support in OCHI outcomes. Reem was VP finance in the first ever FMGSS council and is now back as PhD representative. She feels like a veteran in the department and is looking forward to working with and helping out the current and new PhD students.

VP Community Service: Erica Marrone


Erica is a second year Master’s student in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill under the joint supervision of Dr. Tracie Barnett and Dr. Gillian Bartlett. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and Cell Biology from McGill in 2017 and has since turned her attention to clinical research. She is currently a Tannenbaum Fellow for third-year family medicine residents in the Care of the Elderly and Sports Medicine enhanced skills program, where she mentors them in their research endeavors. Erica is also an active member of the FMGSS-Share the Warmth partnership research initiative and enjoys contributing to the evaluation of the El Sistema music program. As VP Community Service, Erica aims to strengthen the relationships with the FMGSS community partners (‘Share the Warmth’ and ‘Women Aware’) and to encourage all students to participate in fundraising events. Outside of graduate studies, she enjoys spinning, running, and discovering trendy restaurants and bars in the city.

VP Finance: Catherine Ji

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Catherine is a second year Master’s student in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill under the supervision of Dr. Yves Bergevin and Dr. Tibor Schuster. She obtained her medical degree in 2015 from McGill, and has just completed her residency in family medicine, including a fellowship in the Clinician Scholar Program, at the same university. Passionate about global health, her master’s thesis project stems out of a partnership between McGill and the Santa Marcelina Primary Health Care Network in São Paulo, Brazil, and aims to explore the role of community health workers in the management of non-communicable diseases in São Paulo.

VP Internal: Sarah Cooper


Sarah is a second year Master student in the Department of Family Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from McGill University in 2017. She is currently under the supervision of Dr. Patricia Li and her thesis involves conducting a retrospective cohort study examining the role that primary care and continuity of care play in healthcare utilization for children with asthma in Quebec. She is also currently a Tannenbaum Fellow in the Enhanced Skills Program in Child and Maternal Health, where she assists medical residents with their scholarly activity. She is involved in the participatory research project collaboration with Share the Warmth, which is looking at evaluating the impacts of El Sistema, a school music program, on child well-being and cognition. In her spare time, Sarah loves to be active and outdoors, trying and enjoying any sport. Her personal favourites include long-distance running, rugby, soccer and skiing.

International Student Liason: Juan Pimentel


Juan is a Colombian physician and epidemiologist. Currently, he is an assistant professor in family medicine and community health at La Sabana University, a research associate at the Research Group on Traditional Health Systems (El Rosario University, Colombia), and the head of Medical Education at the Center for Intercultural Medical Studies (Colombian NGO). He is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Family Medicine to foster cultural safety in research and clinical practice through game-based learning in medical education.

MSc Representative: Anish Arora 


Anish is a second-year M.Sc. student in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University. He is supervised by Dr. Charo Rodriguez and Dr. Tibor Schuster. Anish has completed a Bachelor of Science degree at McMaster University, where he majored in Biology and minored in Psychology. While at McMaster, Anish was involved in numerous research studies within multiple different domains of healthcare (i.e. infectious diseases, mental health, & palliative care). Currently, Anish is focusing on developing a questionnaire that evaluates the usability of faculty development blended learning programs for family doctors. As your M.Sc. Representative, Anish will assist in creating and supporting an educational environment that fosters effective learning alongside comradeship. Outside of research, Anish watches a lot of Anime (some of his favourites are FMA Brotherhood, Hunter x Hunter, and Haikyuu), as well as Bollywood movies. Oh, and he loves to dance too!

PGSS Representative: Laura Rojas

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Laura is the PGSS representative to the Family Medicine Post Graduate Student Society (FMGSS) with Hao. She is a second-year master student under the supervisition of Dr. Peter Nugus. She is currently working on her thesis on cultural competence in a training program of Community Health Workers in an indigenous community in Ecuador. She graduated in 2015 as a general physician from Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia and practiced for 2 years before coming to Canada. Outside of academic life, Laura enjoys reading, riding her bike and being outdoors when the weather permits it.

PGSS Representative: Hao Zhang

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Hao is a PhD student at the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Tibor Schuster. She obtained a BA in Psychology and an MSc in Biostatistics. Her enthusiasm in life sciences and statistics inspires her working as a biostatistician developing innovative and user-friendly questionnaire validation tools for primary care clinicians and researchers at the department. Her work is supported by the Quebec Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials (SPOR-SUPPORT) Unit at the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) under the direction of Dr. Pierre Pluyé. One of her thesis research goal is to incorporate Bayesian methods in factor analysis to improve the use of preliminary data, previous knowledge and data of relatively small sizes, ultimately achieving better cost-efficiency during data collection and analysis. She also works with machine learning methods such as random forests for large administrative data. In addition to her thesis work, she serves the Family Medicine Graduate Student Society (FMGSS) as a Post-Graduate Student Society (PGSS) representative and a liaison between the department and the student society at McGill University. Besides school, she enjoys outdoor activities, travelling and yoga.

VP Social/External: Christian Ruchon

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Christian is a second-year Master’s student in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University, under the supervision of Dr. Roland Grad. In December 2016, He graduated from McGill with an undergraduate degree in Anatomy and Cell Biology. Since then, he has gained clinical research experience by participating in multiple projects, a systematic review and a scoping review among other things. His research interests are in the area of evidence-based medicine and preventing practices that should have never been used in the first place. For his thesis, Christian seeks to better understand the factors associated with the phenomenon of Medical Reversal. He has a passion for water polo and really enjoys karaoke. He loves to laugh and have a good time with friends. As the VP Social/External, he will make sure to provide enough opportunities for students of the Department to take well-deserved breaks and enjoy what the city of Montreal has to offer.