Geriatric Medicine – Meet the Fellows

Dr. Sarah Brisbin, Chief Resident

Dr. Sarah BrisbinSarah completed her undergrad and graduate degrees in Biology and Molecular Genetics at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Following this, she had the opportunity to work as a research assistant in the department of Geriatric Psychiatry with Dr. Dallas Seitz which is where her interest and passion for Geriatric Medicine developed.
 
She attended medical school at the University of Toronto, fortunate to be mentored by Dr. Sharon Straus and pursue further research interests in the field of Geriatrics. She was drawn to the West for her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Calgary and continued to follow her interest in Geriatrics though their amazing teaching program. The staff, admin and allied health teams are extremely supportive.
 
Sarah is grateful for the mentors she’s had along the way and so happy to be training at the University of Calgary Geriatric Fellowship program. She has an interest in palliative care and LTC and hopes to incorporate this into her future practice. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys woodworking, rowing and exploring the great outdoors in various forms with her fiancé Rob.

Dr. Caroline O’Shaughnessy, Chief Resident

Dr. Caroline O'ShaughnessyCaroline grew up in Toronto, where she completed her engineering and medical degrees. She moved to Calgary for the Internal Medicine program, where she remained passionate about geriatric medicine and began her fellowship in 2018. The Calgary Geriatrics program attracted Caroline because of its down to earth staff, personalized curriculum, and inspirational program director. Caroline’s areas of interest are vulnerable populations, addiction medicine, and alternative models of medical care.
 
Outside of work, Caroline enjoys good food and beverages, especially farmers markets, craft beer, and local gin. She has developed a passion for making small-batch preserves and pickles from local Alberta and BC produce. She and her wife are avid knitters, expert local travellers, and friends of cats.

Dr. Amanda Giffin

Dr. Amanda GiffinAmanda received her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine, on the lovely Caribbean island of Dominica. She then completed 3 years of Internal Medicine Residency at Western University in London, Ontario.
 
She and her husband love to travel and to be active and outdoors with a particular love for tennis, volleyball and soccer. Amanda also loves to ski in the winter and is excited about being so close to the mountains!
 
Amanda discovered her love for geriatric medicine as a medical student and has a particular interest in mobility/ falls, cognitive impairment and improving quality of life for elderly patients.

Dr. Alison Howley

Dr. Alison HowleyAlison is from Newfoundland and Labrador where she completed her Biology and Medical degrees as well as her training in Internal Medicine. Her passion for Geriatric Medicine was sparked early in her medical career, and she’s so excited to have her fellowship underway! She was drawn to the Calgary Geriatrics program because of the supportive staff, the diverse learning opportunities and the wonderful allied health team.
 
Alison and her husband love spending time in the great outdoors with their greyhound. She’s enjoyed exploring Calgary’s walking trails and parks and has made several trips to the mountains. She also loves cooking and trying out the many great restaurants Calgary has to offer!

Dr. Mohammed Khusheim

Dr. Mohammed KhusheimI came from Saudi Arabia to pursue internal medicine at the University of Alberta followed by Geriatric training at the University of Calgary. I had completed my Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins and currently interested in promoting elderly care and geriatric medicine in Canada and Saudi Arabia. Particularly, I wish to bridge the gap in knowledge and clinical services that geriatrics can provide the relatively young population of Saudi Arabia where geriatrics is still underdeveloped. I founded elderly endeavors; a website geared towards educating the public about geriatric issues in layman terminology with up-to-date and actionable solutions. Although still in its initial stages, elderly endeavors can be a medium to teach and update patients directly in a minimalistic and applicable fashion. The Calgary geriatric program is helping me realize these ambitions and providing an exceptional environment for learning, leadership, and advocating for elderly care and as such I am grateful to be a part of a synergistic team.

Dr. Laura Nino-Canon

Dr. Laura Nino-CanonLaura was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia where she completed her medical education. She is a feline enthusiast (yes, a cat-lady) who ended up doing her Internal Medicine training at the University of Calgary and ventured on the field of Geriatrics due to her fascination with intricate story telling. She is a proud member of the R4 food-and-cinema quartet (featured above), and is always available for a hike, dance or falls assessment.

Dr. Mark Stanton

Dr. Mark StantonMark Stanton completed a MSc. in Immunology at the University of Calgary. Afterward, he completed medical school and his core Internal Medicine residency in Calgary. He was drawn to the Geriatric subspecialty based on patients that combine a rich life experience with a complex medical presentation.
 
Outside of the hospital, Mark enjoys NFL football (he cheers for the Minnesota Vikings), barbeque (he enjoys a perfectly marbled rib-eye steak), and stock trading (the NASDAQ is his favorite market). Mark is excited to be a member of such a supportive and diverse Geriatrics program.

Dr. Taylor Wong

Dr. Taylor WongIf you ask his friends, they will probably tell you that Taylor was born about two centuries too late. He has a love for the days of yore, and never hesitates to mention how things were back in the day (even if that day was when Brock was at Queenston Heights, or when Osler was teaching the four steps of physical examination – inspection, palpation, auscultation, and…contemplation).
 
He grew up in Calgary, went to the University of Alberta for medical school, and then returned to Calgary for Internal Medicine and now Geriatrics. He enjoys Geriatrics for the diversity of the patients, their life stories, and for the time afforded to really understand the nuances and complexities of each case. The programme in Calgary is filled with amazing teachers, and has been nothing but supportive of opportunities in education and administration outside of the core programme.
 
Outside of residency, he enjoys travelling, especially to islands, the ruins of classical antiquity, and to British overseas territories, past and present. He also enjoys writing fiction and cooking (you’d be surprised how many birds, beyond just a duck and a chicken, you can simultaneously stuff into a turkey…).