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Dr. Michael Bautista

Discipline of Anesthesia, Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Michael Bautista finished his MD at Memorial in 1981, followed by an internship at Dalhousie University. He then did his residency in anesthesia at Memorial starting in 1982. In 1986, he joined the Department of Anesthesia at the Grace Hospital in St. John’s where he remained until the hospital’s closure in 2000; he then moved to the Department of Anesthesia at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital.

Dr. Bautista continues to practice obstetric anesthesia at the Janeway Hospital site. He held a part-time faculty position from 1987 until 2008, when he joined the Faculty of Medicine full-time. He has been involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the Discipline of Anesthesia and the Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Bautista is now the resident research director for the Discipline of Anesthesia. His areas of interest are regional anesthesia and pain management, particularly chronic pain.

Dr. Catherine de Boer

School of Social Work

Since accepting the position of assistant professor in the School of Social Work in January, Dr. Catherine de Boer has been inspired by the immense growth happening there.

“Our bachelor of social work program is growing, our master of social work program has doubled in terms of student numbers, but there’s also growth in terms of new faculty – there’s a group of four new faculty members. It’s exciting to be part of that, to feel like you can contribute,” she said.
Dr. de Boer holds a bachelor of social work from King’s College at the University of Western Ontario, a master of arts from the University of Toronto and a master of theological studies, a master of social work and a PhD in social work from Wilfrid Laurier University. She has more than 12 years of practice experience working in the areas of children’s mental health, homelessness and medical social work.

Prior to coming to Memorial, Dr. de Boer taught in the School of Social Work at Renison University College at the University of Waterloo, and served as their acting Field Education Co-ordinator. Her primary research interests are in the areas of identity development and transformation, poverty, children’s mental health and narrative studies. Her doctoral research was a study of the impact of social group disengagement (for example, leaving a religious, cultural, professional or gender group, or “coming out” experiences) on one’s sense of self and the associated identity transition process.

Dr. de Boer visualizes growing as an academic and a teacher at Memorial, due to the fact that Memorial’s School of Social Work offers programming at all three degree levels. She said working with students in the very beginning stages of their careers who have the raw abilities but are in need of developing their skills is a completely different challenge to teaching those at the master’s level who have field experience but need to refine their career paths.

“I’m hoping to teach at the PhD level and be involved in the PhD committees, as well. That opportunity is here,” she said.

Dr. de Boer is continuing to conduct identity research with a focus on forced identity transitions, such as those predicated by unemployment, injury and illness, and the role of peer support groups in helping facilitate successful identity transitions. She has also researched and written on the topics of multi-modal course development and delivery, teaching and field education. Dr. de Boer’s teaching interests are in the area of micro-practice, social work theory and qualitative analysis.

Dr. Marsha Eustace

Faculty of Medicine, Neurology

­Dr. Marsha Eustace is an assistant professor of neurology in the Faculty of Medicine and a neurologist for Eastern Health.

She did most of her training at Memorial, holding a B.Sc.’98 with joint honours (biology and behavioural neuroscience) and an MD ’02. She did her neurology residency at Memorial from 2002-2007 followed by a stroke fellowship from 2007-2008 at Dalhousie University. She also has a diploma in health professional education from Memorial, completed in 2009. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

In the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Eustace is the director for the Neurology Residency Program. As a clinical skills preceptor she teaches neurological clinical skills to second-year medical students. She is a member of the Postgraduate Medical Education Committee, the Newfoundland and Labrador Integrated Stroke Strategy Advisory Committee and the Eastern Health Stroke Leadership Committee.

Dr. Eustace’s research interests are in the area of stroke and she has participated as a co-investigator in a number of clinical trials. She is currently promoting the development of a stroke program for Eastern Health with the assistance of the dedicated members of the stroke committees. An evaluation of these initiatives will be completed as they progress.

Dr. Eustace is also the provincial lead for Newfoundland and Labrador for the Canadian Stroke Strategy Evaluation Working Group.

Dr. Amy Hsiao

Engineering and Applied Science ­and Business Administration

Dr. Amy Hsiao is excited, and why shouldn’t she be? She’s loving her new position as an associate professor with Memorial, in a cross appointment with the faculties of engineering and applied science and business administration, and she’s loving life in Newfoundland.

Born in Taiwan and raised in the United States, Dr. Hsiao moved to the province in June of 2006 and started her cross appointment this past January. Since then, she has been busy teaching in the two faculties and preparing the new master of engineering management (MEM) program for the program’s first students, who are set to begin this fall.

“I am excited that I get to combine my interests in engineering and business and work with colleagues from both faculties. I am part of a fantastic initiative for more interdisciplinary collaboration between the faculties of engineering and business. I am also excited about the research that I will be doing here at Memorial – on the management of technology-based entrepreneurial ventures and on advanced metallic nanomaterials,” she explained.

Dr. Hsiao currently teaches Business Planning and Strategy in an Entrepreneurial Environment in the Faculty of Engineering and Organizational Behaviour in the Faculty of Business. In the fall, she’ll be teaching engineering management topics and welcoming the first incoming class of MEM students.
“MUN is one of a few North American universities to offer a master’s degree in engineering management, which is quite innovative. We are leaders in recognizing that engineers can complement their technical expertise with relevant, management knowledge, and we are at the forefront in developing a graduate program that responds to these types of interests that professional, working engineers in technology-based industries have. The province is also alive with innovation and entrepreneurship, and I am quite excited to be part of the technology dialogue and exchange between academia and local enterprises,” said Dr. Hsiao.

Dr. Hsiao has a MBA from Memorial (2008); PhD in Materials Science and Engineering (2001) and a MS in Materials Science and Engineering (1998) from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and a BS in Materials Science and Engineering (1996) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In her spare time, she likes to garden, cook for family and friends, relax at the beach, and hike to her favorite fishing spot.