Council Members

President: Hao Zhang


Hao Zhang is a PhD student at the Department of Family Medicine under the supervision of Dr. Tibor Schuster. Her work is supported by Fonds de la recherche en sante du Quebec (FRQS) and 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) with a goal of incorporating Bayesian methods and machine learning methods to improve cost-efficiency in primary care. This has been her third year as a part of the Family Medicine Graduate Student Society (FMGSS) council. As President of the FMGSS 2020-2021 council, she is devoted to represent and improve the lives of all students served by the council as a joint effort with all the council members and collaboratively with the graduate programs of the Department of Family Medicine.

VP Academic: Khandideh Williams

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Khandideh is a first year MSc student who will be completing her thesis under the supervision of Dr. Alayne Adams and Dr. Jeannie Haggerty. Before beginning her graduate studies, Khandideh completed her BSc in Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University.  Her undergraduate degree allowed her to develop skills, knowledge, and an increased fascination for, and interest in, medical research. Her research interests include healthcare accessibility, determinants of health, and healthcare policy. She aims to make a significant contribution to the methods used to provide vulnerable and marginalized communities with healthcare services. As VP Academic, Khandideh will work to improve the academic experience of students within different departments of the Faculty of Medicine by organizing various events, such as the annual academic research symposium, panels, and funding workshops.

VP Communications: Amanda Marcinowska

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Amanda is a second year Master of Science student in the Department of Family Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology for Health Science and Psychology from the University of Toronto in 2018, where she undertook a research project and worked as a research assistant at the Social-Emotional Development and Intervention (SEDI) lab. Her research interests are in global health, specifically in the improvement of primary care in low- and middle-income countries. Her current research study aims to identify primary health care research priorities among physicians and healthcare managers in underserved regions of São Paulo, Brazil.  In her role as VP Communications, Amanda is responsible for communicating news, events, and other pertinent information to the student body.

PhD Representative: Ziyue Wang


Ziyue is a first year PhD student working under the supervision of Dr. Isabelle Vedel and Dr. Howard Bergman. He is interested in program evaluation, causal inference, and social epidemiology. His current work focuses on design and estimates of the effects of multimodal interventions to address pressing
health issues, such as TB and comorbidity. He also interested in combining program evaluations and the implementation science used to apply primary care intervention strategies in real-world applications. Before join McGill University, he completed an MSc in Peking University and an MBBS in Fundan University, China. He also holds a bachelor degree in Economics from Peking University.

VP Finance: Josh Hamzeh

IMG_20181221_170120Josh is a second year PhD student under the supervision of Drs. Pierre Pluye, Catherine Hudon and Paula Bush. His dissertation research concerns understanding and assessing researcher-health organization member partnerships. His interest in such partnerships stemmed from his volunteer work in hospitals and clinics and from his experience as a research assistant with the Quebec-SPOR Support Unit. Before joining the Family Medicine department, Josh completed a BSc Honors in Human Kinetics (French Immersion), and volunteered within an exercise physiology laboratory, at the University of Ottawa. In his spare time, Josh enjoys travelling, hanging out with friends, playing his harmonica, and spending time outdoors.

MSc Representative: Dominic Chu


Dominic is currently finishing the first year of his M.Sc with the Department of Family Medicine, and is supervised by Dr. Bertrand Lebouché and Dr. Tibor Schuster. His research focuses on patient centred care and quality of care in HIV, where he is developing and adapting a smart patient portal to HIV care.

PGSS Representative: Ayoub Abulkhir


Ayoub is a PhD student at the department of Family Medicine under the supervision of Dr. Bertrand Lebouche and Dr. Isabelle Vedel. Ayoub obtained his medical degree in 2010 from Tripoli university, Libya. After, he worked as family physician for 4 years. In 2014, Ayoub moved to Canada where he completed his MSc in immunology and Microbiology at University of Montreal and his research was about HIV. Then, Ayoub worked as a research assistant before starting his PhD in September 2018. Ayoub’s research is About identify barriers to HCV treatment.

In his free time, Ayoub enjoys playing soccer, volleyball and going swimming.    

PGSS Representative: Deanna Chinerman

Screen Shot 2020-06-07 at 10.42.13 PMDeanna is a first year PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Tracie Barnett. A Montreal native, she has an undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Immunology and a masters in Integrated Water Resource Management, both from McGill. She is especially interested in the relationship between human health and the environment. Still putting her thesis topic together, it will be about the impact of exposure to endocrine disruptor compounds on obesity and cardiometabolic health in children and teenagers. In her spare time, Deanna enjoys baking, being outside with her dog, and is attempting to write a novel.

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