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  • Dr. Kika Veljkovic, MD, FCACB

    Interim Director, Sudbury Lab, LifeLabs;
    Clinical Biochemist, LifeLabs;
    Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct), McMaster University, Hamilton, O.N.


    Biography:

    Dr. Veljkovic joined LifeLabs as a Clinical Biochemist in 2012 and is currently the Interim Laboratory Director for the LifeLabs Sudbury site. She is focused on high volume biochemistry and immunoassays including developing, supporting and improving quality systems for multi-site technologies, specialized test interpretation, healthcare provider and patient consultations, and support in maintaining accreditation standards. She is involved in multiple projects, providing leadership in identification, evaluation and implementation of new technologies, and advice in implementation of new or revised test guidelines and protocols.

    Dr. Veljkovic earned her medical degree from University of Belgrade, Serbia, and her PhD in hemostasis, thrombosis and vascular disease from McMaster University. She is a graduate of the McMaster Postdoctoral Training Program in Clinical Biochemistry and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry. Dr. Veljkovic is professionally involved with the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare, as a member of the IQMH Endocrinology and Immunology Scientific Committee and the Gender Identity Working Group. Her past professional activities include serving as the Secretary-Treasurer on the Ontario Society of Clinical Chemists Council. Dr. Veljkovic has an interest in teaching and holds an academic appointment in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences. She has published over 20 scientific papers and conference abstracts and has presented at national and international conferences. Dr. Veljkovic has received several awards for research excellence, including major funding from Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and awards from The Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists and American Association for Clinical Chemistry.

     

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  • Dr. Danijela Konforte, PhD, FCACB

    Clinical Biochemist, LifeLabs 


    Biography:

    Dr. Konforte joined LifeLabs as a clinical biochemist in 2012 and became the laboratory director for the Sudbury and Thunder Bay LifeLabs locations in 2014. Dr. Konforte supports provincial routine chemistry and urinalysis testing as well as special chemistry testing including trace metals, calculi, and a number of HPLC- tests. She has a special interest in clinical toxicology testing as well as mass spectrometry-based method development and validation. Dr Konforte is Editor-in-Chief for ‘Inside Diagnostics’, LifeLabs’ Ontario quarterly newsletter for healthcare providers. In collaboration with Dr. Jan Palaty, Dr. Konforte helped to develop a transformational approach to testing for drugs in a patient’s system called the Comprehensive Drug Analysis. This new, proprietary, and simplified approach detects up to 200 drug targets in a patient’s system with a single test and provides results quickly and accurately to help save lives.

    Dr. Konforte holds PhD in Immunology from the University of Toronto, where she also completed a clinical chemistry fellowship. Dr. Konforte did her postdoctoral research on anti-cancer agents in acute myeloid leukemia and posttranslational modifications of MYC oncogene at the Ontario Cancer Institute at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. In 2013, Dr. Konforte completed certification requirements and became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry. She is a member of the IQMH Chemistry Scientific Committee and also serves as a Councilor for the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists. Dr. Konforte is the author or co-author of 12 peer-reviewed articles, 11 posters and abstracts in her field of study, and her work has been well received at local, national and international conferences.

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  • Dr. Patrick St.Louis, PhD, DipCC

    Clinical Biochemist, LifeLabs;
    Discipline Head, Chemistry, LifeLabs


    Biography:

    Since 2014, Dr. St. Louis has been part of the Medical Scientific Division at LifeLabs as a clinical biochemist. In his current role as Discipline Head, Chemistry, Dr. St. Louis has played a key role in supporting integration and development projects in Ontario. Prior to joining LifeLabs, he was the Laboratory Director for North America at LabCorp Clinical Trials, based in Cranford, N.J.

    Dr. St. Louis obtained his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto postdoctoral program in Clinical Chemistry and is certified by the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists. Dr. St. Louis has held the position of Clinical Chemist at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children and at CHU Sainte-Justine in Montreal, with associated academic appointments. Dr. St. Louis has served in various capacities with several professional organizations including the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, and the Clinical & Laboratory Standards Institute. He currently sits on the editorial board of Lab Tests Online. Dr. St. Louis has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals on topics including muscle contractility, markers of sepsis and point-of-care (POC) testing. He has also made presentations at national and international meetings and congresses.

     

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  • Dr. Andrew Don-Wauchope, MB.BCh, MD, FRCP Edin, FCPath, FRCPath

    ​Vice President Clinical Services, LifeLabs;
    Chemical Pathologist / Medical Biochemist, LifeLabs;
    Professor, Pathology and Molecular Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, O.N.


    Hospital Appointments:


    Physician, Lipid Clinic, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, O.N.


    Biography:

    ​Dr. Don-Wauchope joined LifeLabs as the Vice President Clinical Services in 2016. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, he leads the Medical Scientific and Quality teams on a national basis. As a laboratory physician practising as a medical biochemist, Dr. Don-Wauchope’s clinical laboratory expertise is focused on the measurement of all items related to the endocrine system. In addition to his role at LifeLabs, Dr. Don-Wauchope maintains a clinical practice at the Hamilton General Hospital and holds a university appointment with Pathology and Molecular Medicine at McMaster University with an associate appointment in Internal Medicine (Division of Endocrinology).

    Dr. Don-Wauchope obtained his medical degree from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and fellowships from the South African College of Medicine, the Royal College of Pathologists and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Dr. Don-Wauchope is actively involved with a number of national and international organizations including, chairing the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare Endocrinology and Immunology committee, a member of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry Evidence Based Medicine Committee, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry Core Education Committee and the Canadian Association of Medical Biochemistry Choosing Wisely committee. Dr. Don-Wauchope has a research interest in laboratory utilisation and has published more than 50 peer reviewed papers.

     

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  • Dr. Dorothy Truong, PhD, BSc

    ​Clinical Biochemist, LifeLabs


    Biography:

    ​Dr. Truong joined the LifeLabs Chemistry Medical Scientific Team in 2017. Her responsibilities include specialized test interpretation and physician consultations in areas related to toxicology, biogenic amines and trace metals. She is also involved in multiple projects focusing on improving quality assurance, implementation of new technologies, and expanding LifeLabs mass spectrometry testing capabilities.

    Dr. Truong obtained her doctoral degree in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. Her doctoral degree focused on understanding the mechanisms of bacterial invasion of human cells and the underlying signaling pathways induced by bacterial toxins. Following this, Dr. Truong completed and graduated from the University of Toronto Clinical Chemistry Fellowship program. Throughout her career, Dr. Truong has published over 15 scientific papers, conference abstracts and case reports. Dr. Truong has received over 20 awards for academic and research excellence, including the NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship and the Society for Young Clinical Laboratorians Grant.

     

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Genetics

  • Dr. Ronald Carter, PhD, DVM

    ​Director, Molecular Genetics Laboratory, LifeLabs;
    Professor Emeritus, Pathology and Molecular Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, O.N.


    Biography:

    ​Dr. Carter joined LifeLabs in 2015 as the Director of the Genetics Laboratory. Playing a pivotal role in driving LifeLabs’ leadership role in genetic testing, Dr. Carter works with academic, industry and public partners to transform emergent technologies into meaningful genetic services that will inform diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. In his research capacity, he is primarily focused on collaborative studies involving clinical correlations of diagnostic or prognostic genetic markers.

    Dr. Carter received a Master in Science from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and continued his studies at the Ontario Veterinary College before receiving his PhD in Veterinary Clinical Pathology from University of Guelph. He also received specialty certifications in both molecular genetics and cytogenetics. Dr. Carter has provided consulting support to multiple hospitals, served on numerous provincial and federal advisory committees, and has been active in training undergraduate medical students as well as postdoctoral fellows and medical residents at McMaster University.

Hematology

  • Dr. Afaf Erfaei, MD, FRCPC

    Consultant Hematopathologist, LifeLabs;
    Adjunct Clinical Lecturer, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, O.N.


    Biography:

    In September 2013, Dr. Efaei joined the LifeLabs' Medical Scientific Division as a Consultant Hematopathologist. Over the past five years, in conjunction with our Quality and Regulatory Affairs and operation teams, Dr. Erfaei has been a critical member in implementing the national hematology platform upgrade project, the provincial hematology total quality management plan, and provincial standardization of blood film reporting. Dr. Efaei also implemented and validated the new 10 color flow cytometry instrument while also providing client consultations. Dr. Efaei’s research is primarily focused on hematopathology, with an expertise in medical laboratory management, bone marrow and peripheral blood morphology, flow cytometry and hemoglobinopathies.

    Dr. Erfaei obtained a medical degree from Al-Fateh University in Libya. In 2002, Dr. Erfaei moved to Canada to start her residency at the Ottawa Hospital/University of Ottawa and successfully obtained her FRCPC degree in Hematological Pathology in 2006. Afterwards, Dr. Erfaei worked at the Moncton Hospital in New Brunswick then moved to Ontario to join her family where she worked at Toronto General Hospital. Dr. Erfaei had attended many international and local professional courses for hematolymphoid neoplasms and holds membership with the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP), the Canadian Associate of Pathologists (CAP), Ontario Association of Pathologist (OAP) and the International Clinical Cytometry Society (ICCS).
     

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  • Dr. Miranda Wozniak, MD, FRCPC

    Deputy Ontario Medical Director, LifeLabs;
    Ontario Hematology Discipline Head, LifeLabs;
    Kennedy Laboratory Director and London Laboratory Director, LifeLabs;
    Adjunct Clinical Lecturer, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario


    Biography:

    Since Dr. Wozniak joined LifeLabs as Hematology Discipline Head in November 2010, she
    has taken on several additional roles including Laboratory Director for both Kennedy and London Labs and Deputy Ontario Medical Director. She is currently involved in several projects at LifeLabs including the national hematology platform upgrade project, optimization and standardization of seminal analysis testing, and has recently completed validation and implementation of 10-colour flow cytometry.

    Dr. Wozniak obtained her medical degree from the University of Ottawa in 2006. After training for one year in family medicine she went on to complete her residency training in Laboratory Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital. She obtained her FRCPC certificate in Hematological Pathology in May 2010. Dr. Wozniak serves as a laboratory assessor for the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare and the College of American Pathologists laboratory. She is also a member of the Ontario Association of Medical Laboratories Hematology Committee. Dr. Wozniak has a passion for teaching and is an Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto and will soon offer a hematopathology residency training rotation at LifeLabs.

Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

  • Dr. Abdel Belhaj, MD, FRCPC, FCCM

    Medical Microbiology Consultant, LifeLabs


    Hospital Appointments:


    Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Rouge Valley Health System, Ajax, O.N.


    Biography:

    ​Dr. Belhaj has been a Medical Microbiology Consultant at LifeLabs since 2010. As a medical microbiologist, he specializes in infection prevention and control, hospital-acquired infections, tuberculosis, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, and those related to travel and international health. He also works as a Medical Microbiologist and Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the Rouge Valley Health System.

    Dr. Belhaj obtained a medical degree from Al Fateh University in Tripoli, Libya and continued his studies at McMaster University with residency training in Medical Microbiology. Dr. Belhaj is a fellow of the Canadian College of Microbiologists, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology.

  • Dr. Huda Almohri, BSc, MD, FRCPC

    Deputy Ontario Medical Director, LifeLabs;
    Discipline Head, Microbiology, LifeLabs;
    Assistant Clinical Professor, McMaster University, Hamilton, O.N.


    Hospital Appointments:

    ​Locum, Infectious Diseases Consultation, William Osler Health System, Toronto, O.N.


    Biography:

    ​Dr. Almohri joined LifeLabs as a Medical Microbiologist in 2008 and became the Discipline Head for Microbiology in 2011, Ontario Deputy Medical Director in 2014 and Laboratory Director for 100 International reference lab in 2017. Currently she is working on introducing more advanced molecular technology to the Microbiology Laboratory at LifeLabs.

    Dr. Almohri obtained her medical degree in 1999. She then completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at McGill University and her residency in Medical Microbiology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Almohri obtained her certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for Internal Medicine in 2005, Infectious Diseases in 2006 and Medical Microbiology in 2007. She is also American board-certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Almohri’s main areas of interest are hospital infection control and infections in immunocompromised patients.

  • Dr. Daniela Leto, MD, FRCPC

    Medical Microbiologist and Infectious Disease Specialist, LifeLabs;
    Associate Professor Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, McMaster University, Hamilton, O.N.
    Associate Membership Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, O.N.


    Hospital Appointments:

    ​Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, O.N.
    St. Joseph’s Health Care, Hamilton, O.N.


    Biography:

    Dr. Leto joined LifeLabs as a consultant in Medical Microbiology in April 2012. As a member of the Medical-Scientific team, she is primarily responsible for bacteriology and parasitology at the Kennedy LifeLabs site. Areas of special clinical interest and expertise include infections in the immunocompromised host, especially bone marrow transplant patients and patients with hematological malignancies.

    Dr. Leto obtained her medical degree from McMaster University. She proceeded to pursue her post-graduate specialties at McMaster University with residency training in medical microbiology, infectious diseases and internal medicine. Her clinical roles at McMaster include consulting services within the Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases division, dealing primarily with immunocompromised individuals. She is involved in teaching within both the undergraduate and postgraduate medical training programs at McMaster University and is the Program Director for the Medical Microbiology Residency Program.

  • Dr. Krystyna Ostrowska, MD, FRCPC

    Medical Microbiologist/Infectious Disease Specialist, LifeLabs;
    Lecturer, University of Toronto, Toronto, O.N.


    Hospital Appointments:

    ​Staff, Trillium Health Partners, Mississauga Hospital Site, Mississauga, O.N.


    Biography:

    Dr. Ostrowska joined LifeLabs as a medical microbiologist specializing in infectious diseases. In her role she consults on test results and clinical management, reviews lab procedures and protocols, reviews hospital antibiograms and participates in the validation of new tests and technologies. In addition to her position with LifeLabs, Dr. Ostrowska maintains an inpatient and outpatient clinical practice at Trillium Health Partners, Mississauga Hospital, where she consults on patients with various infections and infectious complications.

    Dr. Ostrowska obtained her medical degree from the Medical Academy in Wroclaw, Poland. She completed her postgraduate training in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology at McMaster University. Dr. Ostrowska worked briefly at the Wellesley Hospital in Toronto before taking the position of Medical Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Specialist at the Mississauga Hospital, now part of Trillium Health Partners. She was also the Director of Infection Control at the Mississauga Hospital. Dr. Ostrowska is a Member of AMMI Canada (Association of Medical Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Specialists) and American Society of Microbiologists.

     

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Pathology

  • Dr. Tim Feltis, MD, FRCPC

    Ontario Medical Director and General Pathologist, LifeLabs


    Biography:

    Dr. Feltis is the Ontario Medical Director at LifeLabs and is responsible for the supervision and provision of Medical Scientific services in Ontario and supporting the overall Quality Management System in partnership with Quality and Regulatory Affairs. His role also includes collaborating across the organization to provide up to date medical/scientific information to provide and expand laboratory services across the province. As a general pathologist, he provides both surgical pathology and hematopathology. Dr. Feltis’s association with LifeLabs reaches back over 30 years to when he was a consultant with MDS Laboratories (now LifeLabs) and then the Chief Medical Officer for CML Healthcare.

    Dr. Feltis obtained a medical degree from Queen’s University and then completed his residency in General Pathology at Queen’s and at Kingston General Hospital. After completing a one-year fellowship in Renal Pathology at the School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, Dr. Feltis served as Staff Pathologist at Kingston General Hospital from 1982-85. In late 1985, he moved to the Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga where he remained and subsequently served Chief of Laboratory Medicine until 2013. Dr. Feltis also spent over 30 years of his career as a staff pathologist at Ontario Forensic Pathology Services.
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  • Dr. Terence (Terry) Colgan, MD, FRCPC, FCAP, MIAC

    ​Discipline Head of Histopathology, LifeLabs;
    Professor Emeritus, Department of Lab Medicine & Pathobiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, O.N.


    Biography:

    ​For over 25 years, Dr. Colgan has worked with LifeLabs as a diagnostic pathologist and most recently in the capacity as the Discipline Head of Histopathology. Dr. Colgan is a surgical and cyto-pathologist with primary interests in gynecological pathology and has focused his research and practice on the prevention and detection of gynecologic cancers to improve women’s health. His practice at LifeLabs is devoted exclusively to gynecologic pathology and assists in the development and maintenance of LifeLabs’ quality management program in histopathology.

    Dr. Colgan received his medical degree from the University of Toronto and undertook additional training at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (Washington, D.C.), McMaster University and Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Colgan has served as Chair of the Curriculum Committee at the College of American Pathologists and is a past member of the Executive Board of the American Society of Cytopathology, a past Chair of the Canadian Society of Cytology and a past President of the Society of Canadian Colposcopists. He consults nationally and internationally on cancer control and collaborated on new guidelines for classifying tumours of the female reproductive organs for the World Health Organization. Dr. Colgan has authored nearly 150 peer-reviewed primary publications.

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  • Dr. Mona Kamel, MD, BCh, FRCPC

    ​Discipline Head Cytopathology, LifeLabs;
    Surgical Pathologist, LifeLabs;
    Lecturer, University of Toronto, Toronto, O.N.


    Hospital Appointments:

    ​Trillium Health Partners, Mississauga, O.N.


    Biography:

    ​Dr. Kamel is the Discipline Head for Cytopathology for LifeLabs in Ontario specializing in anatomical pathology. Dr. Kamel’s career with LifeLabs began in 2000 when she was a cytopathology and gynepathology consultant to CML HealthCare.

    Dr. Kamel obtained her medical degree from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt and completed her pathology residency at McMaster University. Dr. Kamel worked at McMaster Heath Centre before moving to St. Joseph Hospital, Toronto and then Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga beginning in 2004.

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