Residents & Fellows

Dr. Andrew Arifin

Andrew Arifin, MS, BMSc

Division: Radiation Oncology - PGY4
Hometown: Born in Jakarta, raised in London, Ontario
Medical School: Western Meds 2018
Undergraduate University/Program: Western Pathology & Toxicology 2014
Why Radiation Oncology: It is the right mix of technology, medicine, and patient care.
Why Western?: Supportive, engaging people and culture.  
Favourite Interest/Hobby: Photography
Words of Wisdom you live by: "Less, but better." - Dieter Rams

Dr. Jasna DeLuce

Jasna DeLuce, HBSc, MD, FRCP

Division: Medical Oncology - Fellow
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine
Undergraduate University/Program: University of Toronto, Specialist in Psychology, Major in Human Biology
Why Western?: What really stood out to me about the program at Western is the focus on patients and quality of care. You can really tell the staff care about their patients. The program also focuses on quality resident education rather than being service driven. It's a. medium sized program balancing exposure to rare illness but also individualized learning.  
Favourite Interest/Hobby: Slo-Pitch softball and volleyball.
Words of Wisdom you live by: Progress not perfection, and Work hard and play hard.

Dr. Stephanie Gulstene

Stephanie Gulstene, MD, BMSc

Division: Radiation Oncology - PGY3
Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia
Medical School: University of British Columbia, Vancouver Program
Undergraduate University/Program: University of Toronto, Cell and Molecular Biology
Why Western?: I felt Western would be the best place to learn and grow as a resident physician, and to develop my research interests in a supportive, but vigorous environment.  
Favourite Interest/Hobby: Yoga, rollerblading, cookingk and video games.

Dr. Katie Jasper

Katie Jasper, BSc, MD, FRCPC

Division: Radiation Oncology - Fellow
Hometown: Comox, British Columbia
Medical School: University of Calgary 
Residency:
University of British Columbia
Undergraduate University/Program: University of Calgary, Microbiology
Why Western?: Western provides an excellent opportunity to pursue additional Head and Neck and SABR training. I am also looking forward to exploring Ontario!
Favourite Interest/Hobby: Hockey, bicycling, birding and gardening. 

Dr. Suga Lakkunarajah

Suganija Lakkunarajah, MD

Division: Medical Oncology - PGY5
Medical School: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 
Why Medical Oncology: I have always liked the field of medical oncology since being a medical student. I enjoy the discussions and the long term relationships we develop with our patients. We are also able to help patients get through some of the toughest times they face. 
Why Western?: My rotations at our cancer centre throughout my medical school, and my internal medicine training were some of the best times I have had in medicine. This program truly prioritizes your learning/training over service needs. The staff are so supportive, and amazing to work with. I could remember some of the longest clinic days that we have had where we had to break bad news to patients. The staff were great and would make a Tim's run to keep our spirits high. The bonding and camaraderie helped us get through the day. I can't wait to see what new memories I can make with my colleagues during my training.  
Favourite Interest/Hobby: Baking 
Words of Wisdom you live by: "You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - Winnie the Pooh

Dr. Wei Liu

Wei Liu, MD

Division: Radiation Oncology - PGY5
Hometown: Shenyang, China 
Medical School: Western University 
Undergraduate University/Program: Queen's University, B.Sc (Hon) in Life Sciences
Why Western?: During my elective, I experienced the close-knit community of residents, staff, and allied health. I was also drawn to the research opportunities, and saw the guidance and preparation that residents here received prior to conference presentations at CARO and ASTRO.  
Favourite Interest/Hobby: Prior to residency, I enjoyed hip hop dance, and choreography.

Dr. Adman Mutsaers

Adam Mutsaers, MD, HBA

Division: Radiation Oncology - PGY5
Hometown: Embro, Ontario
Medical School: Michael G. Degroote School of Medicine, McMaster University
Undergraduate University/Program: Honours Business Administration, Western University
Why Western?: The people: a dynamic, supportive, and fun resident group paired with unique exposures to world class clinical and academic Oncologists.  
Favourite Interest/Hobby: Live music, playing squash, culinary exploration.

Dr. Beatrice Preti

Beatrice Preti, MD, BHSc (HON)

Division: Medical Oncology - PGY5
Hometown: Wherever the wind takes me!
Medical School: McMaster University, Niagara Regional Campus (NRC)
Undergraduate University/Program: McMaster Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours)
Why Western?: When I was eight years old, my class had a talk from two oncology nurses who spoke about their experience treating patients with cancer. I decided then that I too wanted to pursue oncology, and despite the number of other careers and paths I've tried over the years, I've never changed my mind.  
Favourite Interest/Hobby: I'm a writer at heart, but love the performing arts - dance, music, and theatre.
Words of Wisdom you live by: "[Real courage] is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what." - Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Dr. Adnan Rajeh

 

Adnan Rajeh, MD

Division: Medical Oncology - PGY4

Dr. Sherif Ramadan

 

Sherif Ramadan, MD, MHSc, BASc

Division: Radiation Oncology - PGY1
Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario
Undergraduate University/Program: Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto
Why Western?: When visiting on elective I found the Western group to be extremely welcoming and supportive. The program also has a perfect mix of high quality clinical and research opportunities.
Why Radiation Oncology?: A unique specialty that combines technology, research, and highly rewarding patient care.
Favourite interest/Hobby?: Painting, Soccer, Hockey.

Dr. Scott Strum

 

Scott Strum, MD, MSc

Division: Medical Oncology - PGY4
Hometown: Greater Toronto Area, Ontario
Medical School: University of Toronto
Undergraduate University/Program: Queen's University, Biochemistry
Why Western?: Outstanding program dynamics, leveraged with exceptional teaching staff and a well-structured academic curriculum, which offered the ideal environment to be able to learn the practice of medical oncology. 
Favourite Interest/Hobby?: Sports of all kinds, coupled with a hint of music.

Dr. Vivian Tan

 

Vivian Tan, MD, BMSc

Division: Radiation Oncology - PGY1
Hometown: London, Ontario
Medical School: Dalhousie University
Undergraduate University/Program: Honors Specialization in Medical Health Informatics, Western University
Why Western?: Collaborative and supportive training environments for residents to thrive, with opportunities to pursue innovative research.
Why Radiation Oncology?: Inspired by the rapidly evolving treatments with new technologies while providing compassionate care to cancer patients.
Favourite Interest/Hobby: Dance and Double Bass


Dr. Terrence Tang

Terence Tang, MD

Division: Radiation Oncology - PGY2
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Medical School: University of Ottawa
Undergraduate University/Program: McMaster University, Bachelor of Health Sciences
Why Western?: I was drawn to the strong resident community at Western, and the focus on multidisciplinary care in oncology. I also found that there were many amazing opportunities to get involved in research and mentorship at Western. Being closer to home was a huge plus as well!  
Favourite Interest/Hobby: Nothing beats a good game of volleyball!

Dr. Sympascho Young

Sympascho Young, MD, Hons. B.Sc.

Division: Radiation Oncology - PGY2
Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia
Medical School: University of British Columbia
Undergraduate University/Program: University of Toronto, Biochemistry & Global Health double major
Why Radiation Oncology: I'm drawn to the meaningful patient encounters, the reward of helping patients navigate tough journeys, the ability to improve patient quality of life, and deliver cures, the high-tech nature of the field, and the chance to advance cancer care through research.
Why Western?: Western's residencey program has an excellent reputation quality of clinical training, cutting edge research, and a supportive environment that allows for resident success and wellness.  
Favourite Interest/Hobby: It's a close tie between improvisational jazz on the piano, and playing basketball with friends.
Words of Wisdom you live by: "True knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance." - Confucius

Dr. Sondos Zayed

Sondos Zayed, MD, CM

Division: Radiation Oncology - PGY4
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
Medical School: McGill University
Why Radiation Oncology: Radiation Oncology is the most fascinating combination of oncology, physics, and advanced technology and imaging. It's a very satisfying specialty. I have the privilege of accompanying my patients through some of the most challenging journeys of their lives. We treat to cure in some cases, and when we can't, we can always use radiation to improve symptoms and patients' quality of life for the time they have left. That too, is meaningful.
Why Western?: Some of the most forward-thinking research in Radiation Oncology is currently taking place at Western This opens doors to unique opportunities and learning experiences. We also have a wonderful group of physicians who love to teach!  
Favourite Interest/Hobby: Scuba diving and all outdoor adventures.
Words of Wisdom you live by: Believe you can and you will.