Dr. Linda Bohacek
Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Linda Bohacek is a general surgeon with a special interest in endocrinology. She earned her MD in 2004 from the University of Toronto and did her general surgery residency at Memorial from 2004-10. The following year she completed an endocrine surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Dr. Bohacek is the first author on a paper published in June of 2011 in the Annals of Surgical Oncology on the diagnostic accuracy of surgeon-performed ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration of thyroid nodules. She has also published on robotic thoracoscopic mediastinal parathyroidectomy for persistent hyperparathyroidism, and on advanced laparoscopic training and outcomes in laparoscopic cholescystemectomy.
She is interested in pursuing further research in endocrinology, particularly the epidemiology of multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN), an inherited disease which results in over activity and enlargement of certain endocrine glands and eventually thyroid cancer. She would like to develop a database for the population of MEN patients in Newfoundland and Labrador. Her interests also include endocrine surgery and devising systems for the national standardization of surgical outcome data.
In her clinical work, Dr. Bohacek would like to introduce ultrasound as a routine procedure in head and neck clinics. In terms of teaching, she wants to see a curriculum component introduced on endocrine surgery.
Dr. Peter Daley
Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Peter Daley is the new regional medical microbiologist with Eastern Health and an assistant professor cross-appointed to the Disciplines of Laboratory Medicine and Internal Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine. His specialties are infectious diseases, tropical medicine, medical microbiology and molecular microbiology.
Dr. Daley earned his MD in 1998 at Dalhousie University and finished his residency training at Queen's University in 2002. In 2003 he earned a diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene at the Gorgas Memorial Institute in Lima, Peru. He completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Calgary in 2004 and a fellowship in medical microbiology at McMaster University in 2005.
Dr. Daley's first career was in research – he worked in India on tuberculosis research from 2005-09, while also serving as a part-time assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ont.
Epidemiology was a key aspect of his tuberculosis research in India, and Dr. Daley is currently pursuing a M.Sc. in clinical epidemiology at Memorial.
Dr. Daley is an author on numerous peer-reviewed publications, largely in the area of tuberculosis. He is a member of the Stop TB Partnership New Diagnostic Working Group. He has also authored five book chapters in four books in the areas of tuberculosis and infection control.
Dr. Sherri Christian
Faculties of Science and Medicine
Dr. Sherri Christian joined Memorial University as an assistant professor in biochemistry and is cross-appointed to the Faculty of Medicine.
She holds a B.Sc. in biochemistry from the University of Alberta and a PhD in microbiology and immunology from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Christian has also held post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Alaska and Memorial University.
Her current research involves trying to figure out how one specific receptor, called CD24, decides if a cell should live or die or change into a different type of cell.
"The receptor does different things to different cells," she explained. "In cancer cells it tells them to divide, but in immune cells it tells them to die. We don't know what it does to fat cells yet, but that's something we're also interested in. If we can figure out how that receptor works, we may be able to figure out how to control it."
Dr. Christian is collaborating on these projects with researchers in the Faculty of Medicine and with those from her department as well as from biology, chemistry and computer science.
Dr. Christian has two children and enjoys sharing outdoor activities with them and her husband, Dr. Andrew Lang, a faculty member in the Department of Biology.
Dr. Stephen Lee
Faculty of Medicine
As one of two geographical full-time faculty members with the Family Medicine Clinic at the Torbay Mall in St. John's, Dr. Stephen Lee is part of the expansion of off-campus sites that includes increased capacity for residency training.
Dr. Lee said the clinic can take two residents at a time, and he is excited about teaching and supervising residents. The clinic also includes faculty member Dr. Danielle O'Keefe and fee-for-service physicians Drs. Rosann Seviour and Christine Bassler. Dr. Lee enjoys having a busy clinical practice which includes house calls for palliative care patients.
Dr. Lee earned his MD at Memorial in 1989 and went on to do a rotating internship at Dalhousie University followed by locums in Newfoundland and New Zealand. He worked as a generalist with the Waterford Psychiatric Hospital from 1992-93, then completed one year of a general pathology residency at the University of Ottawa. From 1993-96 he was a family physician in Ottawa and from 1997-98 he was a drug reviewer for the AIDS/Viral Diseases Division of the Health Protection Branch, Health Canada. He obtained his certificate of the College of Family Physicians in 1997 and became a fellow of the College of Family Physicians in 2008.
In 1998 he moved to New Glasgow, N.S., where he worked for seven years as a family physician. In 2007 he moved to St. John's where he worked as a family doctor, with occasional locums in the Northwest Territories.
Dr. Lee is looking forward to this new challenge and is delighted to have the opportunity to teach at Memorial.