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Faculty & Alumni Lounge

The CAAMSA Faculty & Alumni Lounge consists of esteemed professors, physicians, researchers, interns, and residents who discuss their experiences in building their successful healthcare careers and provide expert advice to help medical students across Canada, United States, and Australia succeed. Their extensive knowledge and mentorship can help shed light on navigating the complex matching process and the rewards/challenges of each speciality.

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A Professor in Residence, Step II in the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She spends her time on a combination of research, clinical work, teaching, administrative and professional activities, primarily at the San Diego VA Health System (VASDHS) and UCSD. Her main interests are PTSD, mild traumatic brain injury, mTBI, neuroendocrinology, inflammation, childhood trauma, and health care quality of life.


Andrew B. Civitello, is a MD FACC is Medical Director of the Heart Transplant Program at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Co-director of the Advanced Heart Failure Center of Excellence and Program Director for the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Civitello treats the entire spectrum of heart failure, with special clinical and research interest in novel therapies, mechanical circulatory support and transplantation.

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Dr. John Upham is a clinical scientist and physician with longstanding research interests in the immunological basis of asthma and chronic lung disease, the role of dendritic cells in allergy and virus infections of the lung, and the development of novel approaches to severe asthma treatment. John is highly influential in his field, with > 195 publications, > 5,400 citations and an H index of 46. Since 2009, he has 112 publications (1st/senior author on 45%) with a Field-Weighted Citation Impact of 2.03. 


Dr Damien Smith grew up in Sydney, NSW. He completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Sydney in 2005 and then completed a PhD in Psycholinguistics at the University of Western Sydney in 2010.

He recently finished his residency in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University /Medstar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., and is returning for a year as Chief Resident. His interests outside of medicine include heavy metal and cats.


A Professor of Psychiatry and Head of the Academic Discipline of Psychiatry within the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland. He completed his PhD in psychiatric epidemiology at the University of Queensland under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Beverley Raphael AM. His main clinical and research interests are in the mental health of older people, including anxiety, depression, psychosis and dementia.


Mark J. Midwinter is a general/Military Trauma Surgeon and Professor in clinical anatomy with The University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD, Australia, with expertise in telemedicine. He completed his Bachelor of Medical Science at  Newcastle University, a Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery at Newcastle University, his Doctor of Medicine at Newcastle University, and then was a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

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Jess Mandel, MD, is a board-certified pulmonologist who treats patients with a variety of respiratory conditions. His interests include pulmonary vascular disease, critical care medicine, and pulmonary vascular malformations such hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (a disorder that affects blood vessels).

He has treated many patients with COVID-19 and led efforts to assist health care professionals in Tijuana during the pandemic.


Jay Brophy is a tenured (full) professor with a joint appointment in the Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics where he works as a clinical cardiologist and does research in cardiovascular epidemiology. He is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society.

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Dr. Jason Weatherald is a respirologist at the Peter Lougheed Centre. His research examines pathophysiology of pulmonary vascular disease, specifically gas exchange and pulmonary arterial hemodynamics during exercise. As a recent Canadian Vascular Network/Bayer fellowship recipient, his current research involves wave intensity analysis to describe right ventricular-pulmonary arterial interaction in patients with pulmonary hypertension and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.


Dr. Sam Kim is a highly attentive clinician who has over two decades of broad postgraduate clinical experience in General and Subspecialty Medicine with Accreditation in Adult Respiratory and Sleep Medicine.  He is highly skilled in solving complex diagnostic issues.  His expertise include interventional pulmonology such as bronchial thermoplasty (BT) for severe asthma, airway stenting and endoscopic lung volume reduction (ELVR) in severe emphysema. 




Kevin was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and came to Brisbane to pursue medicine at UQ. Before
pursuing medicine. He completed his B.Sc honors at McMaster University in Biochemistry specializing in
Biomedical Sciences and my M.Sc in the University of Toronto and Toronto Sickkids in Biochemistry.
Throughout the medicine program, he's completed rotations at the RBWH, TPCH, Caboolture hospital,
and Redcliffe hospital. As a fresh graduate and new intern this year, he will be working at the
Rockhampton Hospital and the Capricorn Coast Hospital. Current professional interests include
emergency medicine, intensive care, and general practice.


Tiffany Ni obtained her Bachelors in Medical Science from Western University with an Honours specialization in physiology. She then completed her Masters of Science in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology from the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Heyu Ni. Her thesis project explored the mechanism of action of a novel anti-thrombin molecule and its effects on platelet aggregation and blood coagulation. Currently, she is a second year medical student at the University of Toronto with a strong interest in psychiatry and is working actively with a team of medical students investigating the effect of COVID-19 on paediatric brain structure and function.

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