2015 Graduating Class

Sarantis Abatzoglou, MDCM

Medical school: McGill University                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Dr. Sarantis Abatzoglou graduated from McGill University medical preparatory program. An unprecedented leader, he has been an exemplary Chief-Resident for the McGill residency program during the past year and has represented the program with numerous national and international academic presentations. He has been exceptionally just and selfless in his management of the orthopedic resident body and embodied was it means to be a McGill University Orthopedic resident. During his residency, Sarantis became the undisputed McGill Orthopaedic Surgery eating contest champion, setting a new record in the Gyro category.

After graduation, Sarantis will pursue a fellowship in Adult Hip and Knee Reconstructive Surgery at Western Ontario University in London, ON. While not managing the 42 people roster of orthopedic residents, he enjoys travel and playing sports such as basketball, squash and racquetball. He owes his success to the amazing support from his parents and sister.

Fahad Haitham Abdul-Jabbar, MBBS.

Medical school: King Abdul-Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Fahad Abduljabbar graduated from King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah and was awarded the academic excellence award by the department of orthopedic. During his time at McGill, he was awarded the Julie Prize, which is given every year to the orthopedic resident who is the most attentive to the care of his patients. A remarkable and talented teacher, his lecture series currently serve as references to the junior residents in the residency program.

Looking forward, Fahad will complete a fellowship in sports medicine and spine surgery at McGill. During his career he hopes to improve the quality of orthopedic training in Saudi Arabia and to foster research collaborations between McGill and King Abdulaziz University.

When not in the operating room, Fahad enjoys photography, poetry and swimming. He is the proud father of his two sons: Yaseen and Haitham and owes all his success to his supportive wife and parents.

Anthony Albers, MDCM

Medical school: McGill University

Dr. Anthony Albers graduated from McGill University medical preparatory program. The prototype of the student athlete, Anthony won a plethora of awards during his residency at McGill such as the Alexander Strachan Hartley award in sports and academic leadership and the Current Concepts in Joint Replacement scholarship. Anthony has set the standard for academic success for the residency program and is also the holder of the GQ award given by the nursing staff. An avid skier, Anthony will dominate anyone who dares to challenge him on the slopes, on a bike or on orthopedic knowledge.

After graduation from residency, Anthony will be attending the University of British Columbia to complete an Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction fellowship. He plans to have an epic wedding in the spring of 2015 with his lovely fiancée.

Abdulaziz Al-Jurayyan, MBBS

Medical school: King Saud University, Riyadh

Dr. Abdulaziz Aljurayyan obtained his medical degree from King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. During his training at the McGill Orthopedic Residency program, Abdulaziz’s cheerful and enthusiastic demeanor was exemplary for his colleagues. His enthusiasm was contagious amongst his co-residents who enjoyed his leadership.

After graduation, Abdulaziz will pursue a fellowship in Lower limb reconstruction along with a Master degree in experimental surgery at Western Ontario University in London, ON. He will further his training with a second fellowship in trauma and lower limb reconstruction at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.

Abdulaziz plans to join the The King Khalid University Hospital in Riyadh as an assistant professor in Surgery. When not busy at work, he enjoys his two boys and the company of his supportive wife.

Saad Mohammed Al-Qahtani, MBBS

Medical school: King Faisal University Dammam, Saudi Arabia
M.Sc. (candidate): McGill University

Dr. Saad AlQahtani completed his medical education at King Faisal University in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. During his training at McGill, he completed a Master’s degree in Experimental Surgery, focusing on Bone regeneration. Saad is an avid and bright researcher who’s publications are frequently quoted in the literature. Saad won multiple awards during his residency at McGill such as the Rocke Robertson, GREAT, FRSQ, MEDTEQ, the Graduate student international Travel Award and the AANA scholarship.

After graduation, Saad will pursue a fellowship in upper extremity reconstruction at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. He will further his training with a second fellowship in trauma and lower extremity reconstruction at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.

Saad will return to Saudi Arabia to join the academic staff at The King Fahd University Hospital in Dammam to fulfill his surgical and research endeavors. He is a proud father of his two sons: Mohammed and Aziz and owes all his success to his supportive wife and parents.

Chris de Jesus, MD

Medical school: University of Ottawa

Dr. Christopher de Jesus completed his undergraduate and medical studies at the University of Ottawa. The living incarnation of Mr. Nice Guy, Christopher won the Julie award during residency, which is given to the orthopedic resident who is the most compassionate and attentive to the care of his patients. Beyond the exemplary care of patients, Christopher is a relentless listener and he is the most reliable and available resident McGill has seen in years. The fittest resident across McGill, Christopher has been spotted reciting poetry while running Spartan and Tough Mudder races.

After residency, Christopher will be heading back to the University of Ottawa for a comprehensive knee Sports & Arthroplasty fellowship. When not running up the Mont Royal or working in the clinic, he cherishes his time with his two ortho babies and lovely wife Emmeline.

Abhishek Kumar, MD

Medical school: University of Calgary

Dr. Abhishek Kumar was born in Edmonton, Alberta under the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. He first discovered his superpowers at the tender age of 7 when he solved his first rubix cube before his older brother by peeling and sticking the right colors together. During his residency at the McGill orthopedic program, Abe’s insight and candid approach to teaching complex orthopedic problems made him a gifted teacher and leader for his peers. Currently the strongest resident pound-for-pound, Abe enjoy staying fit with various workouts when not operating.

After completing his orthopedic residency, he will be heading to New York to pursue a Spine Fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital. Abe looks forward to having a busy, rewarding practice and aims to be the first surgeon to perform zero-G surgery in space.

Good luck Abe!

Hans Peter Van Lancker, MD

Medical school: The Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Dr. Hans Van Lancker, McGill Ortho’s token Belgian-American, graduated from Brown University for both undergraduate and medical school. Orthopedic surgeon by day, classic car restorer by night, and inventor on the weekends, Hans has excelled at wearing many hats during his residency. From designing new orthopedic tools currently used in McGill’s operating rooms, to bringing technology such as Google Glass to the forefront of patient care, Hans has been one of the most ingenious and creative residents at McGill.

Early on in residency, as an R1 Hans won the prestigious Chivas award for the “most intriguing” resident research presentation. He continued his research endeavours resulting in multiple publications, national and international presentations during his residency. In R4 he became the first orthopaedic resident to be elected site chief of the Montreal General Hospital. During his tenure as chief Hans developed and implemented numerous multidisciplinary collaborations and teaching relationships between specialities.

After graduating, Hans will do a fellowship in Trauma at Harvard University and get back into racing sailboats. Hans has a serious interest in bringing technology to orthopaedic surgery and secretly has plans to become the next Elon Musk.


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