Programs & Services

Diagnostic Laboratories

Medical and Scientific Staff

Chief of Department of Laboratory Medicine
Victor Tron, MD, FRCPC

Administrative Director
• Dawn-Marie King, director, clinical support services

Heads of Divisions
Hasan Ghaffar, MD, FRCPC (Hematology)
Larissa Matukas, MD, FRCPC (Microbiology)
Katerina Pavenski, MD, FRCPC (Transfusion Medicine)
Alexander Romaschin, PhD (Clinical Chemistry)
Cathy Streutker, MD, FRCPC (Pathology)

Managers
• Malgorzata Kisiel
• Victor Leung

Medical Staff
• Hala Faragalla, MD, FRCPC
• Vladimir Iakovlev, MD, FRCPC
• Kiran Jakate, MD, FRCPC
• Henry Jakubovic, MD, FRCPC
• Adriana Krizova, MD, MSc, FRCPC
• Eleanor Latta, MD, FRCPC
• David Munoz, MD, FRCPC
• Gerald Prud'homme, MD, FRCPC
• Corwyn Rowsell, MD, FRCPC
• Michelle Sholzberg, MD, FRCPC
• Manal Tadros, MD, FRCPC
• Shawn Winer, MD, FRCPC
• George Yousef, MD, PhD, FRCPC
• Yeni Yucel, MD, FRCPC

Scientists
• Philip Connelly, PhD
• Alan Lazarus, PhD, BSc
• Heyu Ni, MD, PhD



Victor Tron, MD, FRCPC is the chief and medical director of Laboratory Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. In addition, he is a professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. From 2009 to 2014, he was the clinical and academic head of the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Dr. Tron also served as chair and chief in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Alberta. He is a medical graduate of the University of Alberta. Dr. Tron completed his anatomical pathology specialty training at the University of British Columbia. He then completed an MRC research fellowship at McMaster University and a dermatopathology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. His clinical practice is focused on dermatopathology. Dr. Tron has published extensively in the area of molecular mechanisms of skin cancer.

Hasan Ghaffar, MD, FRCPC is head of the division of laboratory hematology at St. Michael’s Hospital and assistant professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. He completed residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine in Massachusetts followed by fellowships in hematopathology at Cornell University and cytopathology at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. His current practice encompasses various aspects of diagnostic hematopathology. He has expertise in lymphoma diagnosis and flow cytometry.

Larissa M. Matukas, MD, FRCPC is head of of the division of microbiology at St. Michael's Hospital. She completed her undergraduate science degree at McGill University in immunology (1995). She obtained her MSc in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK (1996). She returned to Toronto to complete her medical degree at the University of Toronto (2001), and her residency training in Internal Medicine (2005), Infectious Diseases (2007) and Medical Microbiology (2007). She joined St. Michael's Hospital in October 2007. Her current research interests include antimicrobial resistance, quality improvement and medical education.

Katerina Pavenski, MD, FRCPC (Transfusion Medicine) is a Head of the Division of Transfusion Medicine and a medical director of the Blood Conservation and Therapeutic Apheresis Services at St. Michael’s Hospital. Her undergraduate training was in Genetics at the University of Manitoba (1997). She obtained Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Toronto (2001) and subsequently completed residency training in Internal Medicine (2004) and Adult Clinical Hematology (2006) in Toronto. She then pursued a two year residency training in Transfusion Medicine at the McMaster University, Hamilton (2006-2008). She joined St. Michael’s on April 1, 2009. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Laboratory Medicine. Her research interests include management of acquired coagulopathies, therapeutic apheresis and blood management. She is the Chair of St. Michael’s Hospital Transfusion Committee, member of Ontario Blood Advisory Committee (OBAC), member of National Advisory Committee on Blood and Blood Products (NAC), and is on the board of directors of Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine.

Alexander Romaschin, PhD is Head, Division of Clinical Biochemistry at St. Michael’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. He obtained his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Windsor and was a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California in San Francisco. He was a Clinical Biochemist the University Health Network and Director of Research at Sepsis Incorporated where he contributed to the development of an endotoxin assay. He has also contributed to the development of a new diagnostic test for uterine cancer. Besides holding patents for his discoveries, Dr. Romaschin has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles.

Catherine Streutker, MD, FRCPC obtained her BSc at the University of Waterloo in the Co-operative program in Biochemistry (1989). She then earned a Masters degree in Clinical Biochemistry at the University of Toronto (1991), training under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Drucker. On completion of her Masters degree, she entered medical school at the University of Toronto and graduated in 1994. She entered the Anatomic Pathology Residency program at the University of Toronto and wrote the Royal College Exam in 1999. After this, she completed a two year fellowship in Gastrointestinal Pathology with Dr. R.H. Riddell and Dr. K. Croitoru at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2001, she joined the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto as she began her appointment as a staff pathologist at St. Michael’s Hospital. She presently specializes in gastrointestinal pathology, particularly upper gastrointestinal tract malignancies but considers herself a general surgical pathologist. She is presently the director of Pathology at St. Michael’s Hospital.