Experimental Surgery Graduate Student Society


Name: Kashif Khan

Supervisor: Dr. Renzo Cecere

Program: Division of Cardiac Surgery

Project title: Clinical significance of Wnt signaling in atherosclerosis

E-mail address: kashif.khan2 [at] mail.mcgill.ca

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

As President, I will make sure that the voices of our Experimental Surgery student body are heard and your ideas implemented. I’ll also be sure that Experimental Surgery is represented throughout McGill! Hope to see you all at our future events!

VP Academic

Name: Alissa Rutman

Supervisor: Dr. Steve Paraskevas

Program: Division of General Surgery

Project title: The Recruitment of the Immune Response by Extracellular Vesicles

E-mail address: alissa.rutman [at] mail.mcgill.ca

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

As the VP Academic, I will be in charge of providing the students at Experimental Surgery with academic-related information, and of organizing academic events. I will act as a liaison between the students and the department’s academic committee. Please feel free to contact me if you need any information about the department. It will be great to work with all of you!

VP Internal Affairs

Name: Rohan Racine

Supervisor: Dr. Lisbet Haglund

Program: Division of Orthopeadics

Project title: The role of Extracellular Matrix Fragments in the Degeneration of Intervertebral Discs

E-mail address: rohan.racine [at] mail.mcgill.ca

Hometown: Newark, VT, USA

The role of the Internal Affairs officer is to organize any and all social events for our committee and department. I am an avid mountain biker, skier, and food-lover.

VP External

Name: Jacob Lavigne

Supervisor: Dr. John Sampalis

Program: Division of Orthopaedics

Project title: Treatment of hip fractures

E-mail address: jacob.lavigne [at] mail.mcgill.ca

Hometown: Montreal, Canada

As your VP External Affairs, I am responsible for representing your interests to the Post Graduate Students’ Society with the objective of improving academic and social graduate student conditions at McGill. On my spare time, I enjoy cycling, rock climbing and cooking.

VP Communications

Name: Lina Hadidi

Supervisor: Geraldene Merle

Program: Division of Orthopaedics

Project title: Testing drug effect on bone healing in vivo and in vitro

E-mail address: lina.hadidi [at] mail.mcgill.ca

Hometown: Amman, Jordan

My role is to coordinate clear communication between students, professors and staff in the department of Experimental Surgery. At the same time, I also manage the ESGSS Facebook and Instagram accounts. Be sure to follow us! Facebook: Experimental Surgery Graduate Student Society, Instagram: @mcgillexpsurgery

VP Finance

Name: Elie Akoury

Supervisor: Dr. Michael Weber

Program: Division of Orthopaedics

Project title: Towards the Identification of a New Therapeutic Target to Treat Metastatic Spine Tumours

E-mail address: elie.akoury [at] mail.mcgill.ca

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

As your VP Finance my main interest is to manage the money in such a way that you get as much as you can for it. I hope we can enjoy great activities together, and that as a Student Society Executive, I can help and support you!


Name: Karla Rangel Berridi

Supervisor: Dr. Janet Henderson and Dr. Nicholas Makhoul

Program: Division of Orthopaedics

Project title: Validation of a new strategy to repair jaw bone voids in the presence of antiresorptive-induced osteonecrosis

E-mail address: karla.rangel-berridi [at] mail.mcgill.ca

Hometown: San Luis Potosi, Mexico

As Secretary, I am in charge of keeping a record of all topics discussed and the decisions made during committee meetings. These minutes are then posted on our ESGSS website and made public.


Name: Jose Ramirez Garcia Luna (PhD. year 2)

Supervisor: Dr. Paul Martineau

Program: Division of Orthopaedics

Project title: The role of mast cells in bone healing

E-mail address: jose.ramirezgarcialuna [at] mail.mcgill.ca

Hometown: San Luis Potosi, Mexico

As Ombudsperson, my mission is to help create a safe and stimulating environment, both academically and socially, for all students. I am trained to provide students with confidential support and guide them towards the appropriate resource for their situation. Please feel free to contact me for support at esgss.ombudsman.med [at] mail.mcgill.ca (.c)a. Welcome to McGill and to the Division of Experimental Surgery!