Canadian Fellowship Programs

MIGS Fellowship Program of the Month - February 2020

McMaster University

Fellowship Program Highlights

Program Director

Dr. Nicholas Leyland – McMaster University Medical Center, Hamilton Health Sciences


Associate Program Director

Dr. Sarah Scattolon – McMaster University Medical Center, Hamilton Health Sciences



Stephen Bates – Brantford General Hospital

Mary Coll-Black – St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

Lea Luketic – St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

Sarah Scattolon – McMaster University Medical Center, Hamilton Health Sciences

Ben Tse – Humber River Hospital


Sean Forbes – General Surgery, Hamilton Health Sciences

Laura Nguyen – Urology, Hamilton Health Sciences

Ilun Yang – General Surgery, Hamilton Health Sciences

Support Staff

Tanya St. George – Administrative Assistant 

Annette Bullen – Nurse Navigator


Current Fellows

Senior Fellow: Stacey Rogers
– Residency – Memorial University of Newfoundland

Junior Fellow: Devon Evans
– Residency – University of Manitoba 

Junior Fellow: Hanan Al-Salem
– Residency & Practice - Kuwait

Previous Fellows

Katy Tafler

Anita Kuriya
Sarah Scattolon
 – Hamilton
Jackie Thurston – Calgary
Mary Coll-Black – Hamilton
Kristina Arendas – Ottawa
Hayat Al Rabiah – Saudi Arabia
Mona Ibrahim Aldossary – Saudi Arabia
Mara Sobel – Toronto
Ally Murji – Toronto
Ambika Aneja – Toronto

The MIS Fellowship at McMaster University offers a well-rounded and comprehensive surgical experience focusing on laparoscopic procedures, hysteroscopic skills and complex open surgery. There are opportunities to work with our Urogynecologists and Gynecologic Oncologists to further specific interest areas. There is also significant exposure to complex caesarian hysterectomy and internal iliac artery ligation through involvement with placenta accreta spectrum patients. The program promotes a complete approach to the medical and surgical management of endometriosis and fibroids, surgical approaches to correct mullerian anomalies and Asherman’s syndrome, cervical cerclage, cystoscopy, ureteric stenting, and bladder and bowel surgery.


Fellows have the unique opportunity to contribute to a specialized endometriosis and MIS clinic where they hone their skills in transvaginal ultrasonography and sonohysterography, and develop multimodal care plans for patients. Furthermore, our fellows work with multiple faculty at different sites and have the opportunity to teach and mentor residents and provide surgical support to faculty. A Master’s degree is encouraged during fellowship and programs offered through McMaster University are eligible for tuition assistance. 


We typically have a senior-junior fellow arrangement which helps with skill acquisition, and there are opportunities for “Fellow ORs” with graduated autonomy. Gynecology call is available and Obstetrics moonlighting call is permitted outside of Fellowship time. Research support is provided and fellows are expected to participate in academic contributions such as research projects, teaching videos, and conference presentations.