OUR TEAM

Principal Investigators

Our team of researchers are making important discoveries in our area of focus. While everyone are experts in their particular field, our collaborative research unit works towards a common goal: to develop and disseminate clinically useful knowledge that will translate into improved health care and debunking controversies in refractive surgery research.

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AVI WALLERSTEIN

 MD, FRCSC

Research Unit Head

Dr. Wallerstein completed his medical degree at Queen’s University, and then specialized in ophthalmology at McGill University. He then completed his  fellowship training in refractive surgery at Cornell. Dr. Wallerstein has more than 100 peer-reviewed published and presented scientific papers to his credit.

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MATHIEU GAUVIN
B. ENG., PHD

Dir. Research and Development

Dr. Mathieu Gauvin brings a strong data science expertise to our Research Unit, including engineering, data processing, machine learning, pattern recognition, scientific processes automation, and development of software and digital tools for refractive surgery research.

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MARK COHEN
MD, CM, FRCSC

Co-National Medical Director

Dr. Cohen is one of the two National Medical Directors of LASIK MD. As a cornea and laser vision correction specialist, Dr. Cohen is responsible for teaching laser eye surgery to ophthalmology residents from the Université de Sherbrooke, Université de Montréal, and McGill University.

 

COLLABORATORS

Fellows, Residents, and Medical Student involved in our Research Projects

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MICHAEL MIMOUNI
MD

Corneal Fellow

Dr. Mimouni is a Corneal, External Diseases and Refractive Clinical Fellow at the University of Toronto. He has a special interest in research and has published over 150 original studies and presented over 50 of them at various national and international conferences.

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SUSAN RUYU QI
MD

Ophthalmology Resident

Dr. Qi graduated from the University of Montreal Medical School in 2018 and is currently an ophthalmology resident at Laval University, in Quebec City. Besides ophthalmology, she is passionate about technology and healthcare innovations, particularly in Artificial Intelligence and Big Data research.

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ALI SALIMI
MD, MSC

Ophthalmology Resident

Dr. Salimi is an ophthalmology resident at McGill University. He obtained his medical degree at McGill while concurrently pursuing a master’s degree. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and presented his work internationally. Ali envisions becoming an Ophthalmologist-Scientist, where he can combine his passion for education, research, and innovation in Ophthalmology.

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JOSEPH KAM
MD, PHD, MBA

Ophthalmology Resident

Dr Kam is an ophthalmology resident at McGill University. Before medical school, he completed a PhD at The Neuro, where he studied the effect of cell surface proteins on neurodevelopment. He is interested in advancing ophthalmology and medicine, and to create sustainable and effective methods.

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HARRISON WATT
BSC

MD Student

Harrison Watt is a medical student at McGill University interested in pursuing a career in ophthalmology, with a special interest in cornea and refractive surgery. Harrison has already been a part of multiple research projects and publications, and is always interested in advancing treatment options in the field of ophthalmology.

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SANGEETHA SANTHAKUMARAN

MD Student

Sangeetha Santhakumaran is a medical student at McGill University, interested in the field of ophthalmology. Prior to medical school, she completed her Master's degree in Vision Rehabilitation at the University of Montreal. Sangeetha has conducted research pertaining to several diseases that cause low vision, and aspires to optimize patient functioning using both state-of-the art treatment modalities and rehabilitation therapy.

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LAUREN TABUNAR

BSc student

Lauren Tabunar is an Honours Bachelor of Science student currently studying at the University of Toronto and is interested in research to help advance the field of medicine. Her goal is to later join the medical field as a surgeon herself where she hopes to improve the lives of others

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RONALD SISON, MSC

Corneal Cross Linking Coordinator

Ron Sison is a Corneal Cross Linking Coordinator. He is an international eye care professional and educator with training in optometry, binocular vison, and research. His current fields of interests are keratoconus, corneal cross linking, and eye care education. His goal is to advance the fields of ocular and vision science.

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ALLISON BERNSTEIN

MD Student

Allison Bernstein is a MD student at Université de Sherbrooke, with an interest in becoming an ophthalmologist. Her current research topics are centered around refractive surgery and the cornea. Her aim is to advance current practice techniques, as well as find new solutions to ophthalmologic problems.