Geriatric Medicine – Meet the Fellows

Dr. Lindsay Torbiak, Chief Resident

Dr. Lindsay TorbiakLindsay Torbiak completed her medical school and core Internal Medicine training at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. She loves the medical complexity of Geriatrics, but most of all enjoys emphasizing patient health goals, quality of life, and functional status. She has found the University of Calgary Geriatrics program to be extremely welcoming, and is looking forward to the numerous mentoring and teaching opportunities offered by the department. When she isn’t working, Lindsay can be found trying out great restaurants in Calgary or listening to music.

Dr. Ripa Akter

Dr. Ripa AkterI am one of the PGY5’s. I did my medical school at Dalhousie University which had a partner program with International Medical University in Malaysia where I did first 2&1/2 years of my medical studies and then transferred to Dalhousie to do 2 years of clerkship, and graduated as a Canadian Medical Graduate. Then I went on to do my IM residency at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Transitioning from St. John’s Newfoundland which is a much smaller city compared to Calgary, seemed a little overwhelming at the beginning but I can’t thank enough my program director, admin assistant Amy and everyone else including other attendings and fellows who were soooooo welcoming and supported me with every little thing that I needed to make me feel at ease. It’s a great program that shapes you from day one to make you better every day with support and adequate feedback. The preceptors here are very dedicated to quality teaching and provides excellent feedback with many observed history/physical/final discussion, which provides an excellent learning opportunity and 1:1 teaching. Also I have to mention how supportive our program was during IM royal college in terms of accommodating schedules and practice OSCE’s. If you choose to come here, you will love it 🙂

Dr. Leyla Samii

Dr. Leyla SamiiI graduated from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Then completed my Family Medicine residency in University of Saskatchewan and practiced as a family physician before re-entry into Internal Medicine and following that joining the Geriatric Medicine program. Geriatric Medicine residency in Calgary is a warm, welcoming and excellently structured program that helps residents to grow and our staff and faculty here are great, super nice and supportive.

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. Caroline O’Shaughnessy

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. 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. Sarah Brisbin

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.