Editorial Team

Dr. Wilderman

Dr. Igor Shamis Wilderman – Editor in Chief
MD, CCFP, FCFP, DAIPM, DCAPM , Pain Physician

Dr Wilderman started his journalism career as a medical student. He was a contributing author to the medical school newspaper “Paediatrician”. After obtaining his MD, he volunteered as an editor for the Department of Biology and Medical Genetics newspaper “Biologist”. Later, in addition to his medical practice, Dr. Wilderman was getting involved with clinical trials and medical research. In 2009 he created the Canadian Centre for Clinical Trials, which was the first patient recruitment centre for clinical trials in Canada.  READ MORE…

Jessica Gelar Co-Lead Editor

Jessica has an HBSc from the University of Toronto with a double major in Biology for the Health Sciences and Professional Writing and Communication. She is interested in global and public health and is passionate about bringing the latest research news to the public so that readers can be well-informed when making health-related decisions. As part of the Medical News Bulletin team, Jessica hopes to bridge the gap between scientists and the general public by breaking down scientific jargon into a simple narrative.

Kaylin Livshin – Co-Lead Editor

Kaylin has an HBA in Social Science with a double major in English and Equity Studies (Disability Stream), focusing her degree on the interrelation between Disability and HIV/AIDS. She previously volunteered at a sexual education center and two hospital clinics, working in clinic input and patient education. As part of the Medical News Bulletin team, Kaylin is excited about bringing the latest medical research to the public.

Shrishti Ahuja – Writer

Shrishti is currently working towards her HBSc degree in Medical Science and English Literature from Western University. She enjoys taking on challenging opportunities that allow her to communicate complex scientific concepts to a variety of audiences. Along with the Medical News Bulletin, she is actively involved in the orientation program at her university, is part of a dance team, and enjoys traveling.

Melissa Booker – Writer

Melissa Booker has BA in health studies from the University of Toronto and adores medical writing. Melissa is primarily interested in HIV and sexual health research among disadvantaged groups. Presently, she is working at St. Michael’s hospital on research projects aimed at improving the health of those residing in lower and middle-income countries.  Melissa is enthusiastic about beginning to work towards attaining a Masters of public health next year.

Branson Chen – Writer

Branson has a BHSc from McMaster University and is currently completing his MSc at the University of Toronto. He is enthusiastic about contributing to patient education and knowledge translation, which are essential for the dissemination of biomedical research, and does so by writing for the Medical News Bulletin. Branson enjoys playing board games and programming in his spare time, and hopes to continue his career in academic research.

Lacey Hizartzidis – Writer

Lacey has a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Newcastle in Australia. Her research investigated the use of flow chemistry to synthesize potential anti-cancer agents. Having authored a number of articles published in international journals, she has developed a love for writing. Coupled with her passion for science and health, Lacey truly enjoys writing for Medical News Bulletin and helping people to understand the important and exciting scientific research being conducted around the world. With an adventurous spirit, Lacey also enjoys travelling the world, living a healthy life and helping others to do so as well.

linda-jensenLinda Jensen – Writer

Linda is a technical writer/editor with a passion for science. She works in a variety of technical fields and writes articles and other materials in areas ranging from medicine to engineering to information technology. Linda is also a research lawyer, providing research and analysis on a variety of legal topics, including issues of medical law. She is pleased to contribute to the sharing of knowledge about health-related issues through the Medical News Bulletin.

Debra Kellen – Writer

With undergraduate degrees in Neuroscience and Education from the University of Toronto, Debra began her career as a teacher. Nine years later, when she moved to Michigan, Debra earned a Ph.D. in Education Policy from the University of Michigan. Today, Debra organizes conferences and conducts workshops to provide training and support for educators and medical professionals on effective coaching, staff recruitment and training, and creating a culture of continuous improvement. She loves to read and enjoys the challenge of translating medical research into informative, easy-to-read articles. Debra spends her free time with her family, travelling, wandering through art fairs, and canoeing on the Huron River.

Nima MakhadamiNima Makhadami – Writer

Nima has experience as an emergency room physician and clinical research associate. He also has experience in medical literature, clinical data analysis and was a member of a research team for several published articles. He is working on several clinical research projects at the University of Toronto, McMaster University, and Western University. Writing for Medical News Bulletin has allowed Nima to follow his passion for medical writing. He is also passionate about internal medicine and hopes to continue his education in internal medicine residency in the near future. He enjoys playing piano and abstract painting.

jay-martinJay Martin- Writer

Jay is a physician who has worked with patients for over 15 years in two different countries. He is currently finishing his Masters in Health Information Science at Western University and is keen on exploring new avenues on patient engagement and knowledge translation.  Writing about patients and health is indeed a passion, but he tempers this with a lot of reading and cooking.

Haism ShahHaisam Shah – Writer

Haisam is a first-year Masters student in the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto. His research involves understanding the role of cardiac fibroblasts in the progressive development of cardiac fibrosis following a myocardial infarction. He graduated from McGill University with a Bachelors of Science – Honors in Pharmacology, where he had the opportunity of investigating potential combination therapies for Glioblastoma Multiforme.

Neeti VashiNeeti Vashi – Writer

Neeti is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto in the Molecular Genetics department. She completed her BSc at McMaster University. She enjoys writing for the Medical News Bulletin and hopes to eventually go into a career in medical writing and editing. She is passionate about relaying important scientific findings to the public. Neeti also enjoys baking and going to the gym.