Shervin Pejhan

Tell me about your background before pathology/medical school

I finished medical school and a residency in Anatomical and Clinical Pathology in Iran where I practiced as a pathologist before moving to Canada. Following my passion for research, I joined a master’s program in Biochemistry and Medical Genetics at the University of Manitoba. There, I got the chance to follow my research interest in Neuropathology by completing my thesis project that integrated both Neuropathology and Molecular Science. I continued my collaboration with the University of Manitoba as a research associate before starting my residency.

What made you choose pathology as a career?

My interests in Pathology stem from a passion for the basic sciences. The major source of advancement in the various fields of medicine originates from the fundamental understanding of the pathophysiology of the diseases. My inquisitive nature is uniquely suited to link the basic sciences with clinical medicine through Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. What excites me most about Pathology is the ‘detective work’ required to gather evidence and solve the medical mystery of each case. Beyond the scientific aspect of Pathology, the integral role of pathologists in diagnostic medicine provides a deep fulfillment that I have experienced during my professional life. I know how gratifying it is when an accurate diagnosis clarifies a complex case for clinician colleagues and guides them through the appropriate treatment of a patient.

What attracted you to Western’s Neuropathology program?

In 2019, I got a chance to observe the practice of Neuropathology at Western University. That experience gave me a clear and aspiring picture of dedication to patients and deep knowledge of Neuroscience and practicing Neuropathology in a friendly environment. I am glad that since 2020, I am part of this great team.

What are your hobbies outside of medicine?

I am a nature lover and I enjoy spending time in nature with my family and friends. Also, I enjoy watching movies and listening to music and audiobooks in my free time.

What are your academic interests?

Among different areas of Pathology, Neuropathology has always had a unique place for me. Knowing more about one of the most complex systems in the body is fascinating for my curious mind. In addition, the fast pace of advancement and the vast unanswered questions in this field make it a dreamy carrier goal for someone like me, always ambitious to add research to my professional life.

What are your career goals?

My experience as a pathologist, a graduate student, and a researcher was a confirmation that practicing Neuropathology and following my research interests in this field is a perfect match for my future career.

What is something you would like to tell students who may not be able to do an NP elective at Western?

If you are interested in Neuroscience, Pathology, and beauties of nature, London, The Forest City, and the NP program at Western University would be a truly appealing destination for you.