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Chemistry

  • Dr. Kika Veljkovic, PhD, FCACB

    Clinical Biochemist

    Specialty:
    Clinical Chemistry

    Areas of Special Interest:
    Immunoassays, Endocrinology, Tumour and Cardiac Markers

    Biography:

    Dr. Veljkovic earned her medical degree from the University of Belgrade, and her PhD in Hemostasis, Thrombosis and Vascular Disease from McMaster University. She graduated from the McMaster postdoctoral training program in Clinical Biochemistry, and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry.

    Dr. Veljkovic has published over 20 scientific papers and conference abstracts, including first-author papers in Blood and Clinical Biochemistry. She has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences. She has also received many awards for research excellence, including major funding from Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Finally, Dr. Veljkovic participated in many educational activities during her studies, including tutoring and lecturing undergraduate, medical and postgraduate students.

    Dr. Veljkovic joined LifeLabs as a Clinical Biochemist in 2012. Her daily work is focused on routine biochemistry and immunoassays, and she is involved in several projects, including immunoassay platform upgrades. In 2014, Dr. Veljkovic became the Lab Director for the LifeLabs Hamilton Mountain Park Laboratory.

    In addition to her work at LifeLabs, Dr. Veljkovic serves as a Council member for the Ontario Society of Clinical Chemists.

  • Dr. Danijela Konforte, PhD, FCACB

    Clinical Biochemist

    Specialty:
    Clinical Chemistry

    Areas of Special Interest:
    Toxicology (Drugs of Abuse), Special Chemistry (Biogenic Amines, Calculi), Trace Metals, Blood Gases and Co-Oximetry, Urinalysis

    Biography:

    ​Dr. Konforte holds a doctorate in Immunology from the University of Toronto. 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. In 2013, Dr. Konforte completed certification requirements to become a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry. She 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.
     
    Dr. Konforte joined LifeLabs as a Clinical Biochemist in 2012. In 2014, Dr. Konforte became the Lab Director of LifeLabs laboratories in Thunder Bay and Sudbury.

  • Dr. Patrick St.Louis, PhD, DipCC

    Clinical Biochemist

    Specialty:
    Clinical Chemistry

    Areas of Special Interest:
    Immunology and immunoassays, Biomarkers of Inflammation and Infection, Protein Electrophoresis, Point-Of-Care Testing, Pediatric Biochemistry

    Biography:

    Dr. St.Louis obtained his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He is also a graduate of the University of Toronto postdoctoral program in Clinical Chemistry. He is certified by the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists. He 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. Prior to joining LifeLabs in 2014 as a Clinical Biochemist, he was the Laboratory Director for North America at LabCorp Clinical Trials, based in Cranford, NJ.

    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.

    Dr. St.Louis has served in various capacities with several professional organizations – including the CSCC, the AACC and CLSI - and has been a member of organizing committees for national and international congresses.  He currently sits on the editorial board of Lab Tests Online.

Hematology

  • Dr. Afaf Erfaei, MD, FRCPC

    Hematopathologist

    Specialty:
    Hematopathology and Transfusion Medicine

    Areas of Special Interest:
    Medical Laboratory Management, Bone Marrow and Peripheral Blood Morphology, Flow Cytometry, Transfusion Medicine, Hemoglobinopathies

    Biography:

    Dr. Erfaei obtained her 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. She obtained her FRCPC degree in Hematological Pathology in 2006. Afterwards, Dr. Erfaei worked at The Moncton Hospital in New Brunswick and then Toronto General Hospital. In September, 2013 she joined LifeLabs' Medical/Scientific team.

  • Dr. Miranda Wozniak, MD, FRCPC

    Hematopathologist, Hematology Discipline Head

    Specialty:
    Hematopathology

    Areas of Special Interest:
    Routine hematology, Coagulation, Hemoglobinopathies, and Diagnostics in Benign and Neoplastic Hematopathology, including Morphology and Flow Cytometry.

    Biography:

    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 and joined LifeLabs as Director of Hematology in November 2010. 

    Dr. Wozniak is currently involved in several projects at LifeLabs including the national hematology platform upgrade project, the provincial hematology total quality management plan, and provincial standardization of blood film reporting.

  • J. Timothy (Tim) Feltis, MD FRCPC

    Hematopathologist, Ontario Medical Director

    Specialty:
    General Pathology

    Areas of Special Interest:
    Hematopathology, General Surgical Pathology

    Biography:

    Dr. Feltis obtained his medical degree from Queen's University and then completed his residency in General Pathology at Queen's and at Kingston General Hospital (KGH). 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 KGH from 1982-85. In late 1985, he moved to the Credit Valley Hospital (CVH) in Mississauga. He remained on staff at CVH until 2013, also serving as Chief of Laboratory Medicine from 2006-13.  Dr. Feltis also worked as a Staff Pathologist at Forensic Pathology from 1990 to 2011. 

    Dr. Feltis was a consultant to MDS Laboratories (now LifeLabs) from 1985 to 2013.  In 2013, Dr. Feltis became Chief Medical Officer for CML Healthcare. With the sale of CML Healthcare to LifeLabs in October 2013, he moved back to LifeLabs where he now serves as the Ontario Medical Director.

Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

  • Dr. Abdel Belhaj, MD, FRCPC, FCCM

    Medical Microbiologist

    Specialty:
    Medical Microbiology

    Areas of Special Interest:
    Infection Prevention and Control, Medical Microbiology

    Biography:

    ​Dr. Belhaj obtained a medical degree from Al Fateh University in Tripoli, Libya. He then continued his studies at McMaster University with residency training in Medical Microbiology. He 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.  

    Since 2010, Dr. Belhaj has been a Medical Microbiology Consultant at LifeLabs.  He also works as a Medical Microbiologist and Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the Rouge Valley Health System.

  • Dr. Huda Almohri, BSc, MD, FRCPC

    Medical Microbiologist, Discipline Head, Microbiology

    Specialty:
    Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

    Areas of Special Interest:
    Antimicrobial Resistance, Hospital Infection Control, Infections in Immunocompromised Patients

    Biography:

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

  • Dr. Daniela Leto, BSc, MD, FRCP

    Medical Microbiologist

    Specialty:
    Medical Microbiology, Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine

    Areas of Special Interest:
    Infections in the Immunocompromised Host, especially bone marrow transplant patients and patients with hematological malignancies

    Biography:

    ​Dr. Leto obtained her medical degree from McMaster University. She then pursued postgraduate specialties at McMaster 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 mostly with immunocompromised individuals. She also provides consulting services in the Sexual Health Program delivered through Hamilton Public Health, and is involved in teaching within both the undergraduate and postgraduate medical training programs at McMaster.

    Dr. Leto joined LifeLabs in April 2012 as a consultant in Medical Microbiology.

  • Dr. Krystyna Ostrowska, MD, FRCPC

    Medical Microbiologist

    Specialty:
    Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

    Areas of Special Interest:
    Tuberculosis, Central Nervous System Infections, Hospital Infection Control

    Biography:

    ​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 will continue her practice in Infectious Diseases at that hospital while assuming her new part-time role at LifeLabs in August 2014.

Pathology

  • J. Timothy (Tim) Feltis, MD FRCPC

    Hematopathologist, Ontario Medical Director

    Specialty:
    General Pathology

    Areas of Special Interest:
    Hematopathology, General Surgical Pathology

    Biography:

    Dr. Feltis obtained his medical degree from Queen’s University and then completed his residency in General Pathology at Queen’s and at Kingston General Hospital (KGH). 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 KGH from 1982-85. In late 1985, he moved to the Credit Valley Hospital (CVH) in Mississauga. He remained on staff at CVH until 2013, also serving as Chief of Laboratory Medicine from 2006-13. Dr. Feltis also worked as a Staff Pathologist at Forensic Pathology from 1990 to 2011.

    Dr. Feltis was a consultant to MDS Laboratories (now LifeLabs) from 1985 to 2013. In 2013, Dr. Feltis became Chief Medical Officer for CML Healthcare. With the sale of CML Healthcare to LifeLabs in October 2013, he moved back to LifeLabs where he now serves as the Ontario Medical Director.

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