We are so thrilled to welcome our two new fellows for 2023-2024, Dr. Alavian and Dr. Sithamparapillai, to the GHEM Fellowship Program. Please see their bio’s below. They are both exceptional clinicians with a vested interest in Global Health and we are excited to see all that they will accomplish during their fellowship year!

More information on the GHEM Fellowship can be found here: https://ghem.ca/ghem-fellowship/

2023-2024 Fellows:

Dr. Sara Alavian is an emergency medicine resident at McMaster University. Her academic interests include health equity, global health, and capacity-building in low-resource settings. On a national level, she served on the CAEP Anti-racism and Anti-Colonialism Committee developing guidelines for anti-racism and anti-colonialism in the emergency department and received the CAEP Resident Leadership Award in 2022. At McMaster, she has focused on developing clinical resources for interacting with patients who are incarcerated and standardizing care for sickle cell patients in the ED. Her interest in global health involves knowledge translation and capacity-building in low-resource settings for delivery of excellent emergency medicine care.

Dr. Arjun Sithamparapillai is completing his emergency medicine residency at the University of Toronto as a Global Health Emergency Medicine (GHEM) Fellow. After an MSc in Global Health and working with GHEM/TAAAC-EM as a medical student, he is excited to return full circle as a fellow. He remains passionate about medical education and academia as a means of building EM capacity, having won CAEP’s top resident abstract in 2022 and being nominated for teaching awards locally. He is eager to gain further clinical experience in lower-resourced settings this year while fostering his passion for social determinants, teaching, and mentorship through several avenues.