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The UHN Spondylitis Program offers training opportunities for both clinical trainees and basic science students.

Trainees who have completed rheumatology training, many of whom are international trainees, come to gain advanced training in the management of ankylosing spondylitis (AS).

Core rheumatology trainees work in the Ankylosing Spondylitis Clinic as part of their rheumatology training.

Dr. Inman and Dr. Haroon are members of the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto, and active in supervising graduate students in both the Institute for Medical Sciences and the Department of Immunology. With access to a busy and well-organized AS clinic and a state-of-the-art laboratory in the new Krembil Discovery Tower​, trainees are well positioned to conceptualize and carry out excellent translational research projects.

Recent Clinical Trainees

  • Dr. Barry O'Shea (Ireland)
  • Dr. Dinny Wallis (UK)
  • Dr. Khalid Alnaqbi (UAE)
  • Dr. Mohamed Bedaiwi (Saudi Arabia)
  • Dr. Michelle Leger (Canada)
  • Dr. Nai Lee Lui (Singapore)
  • Dr. Tae-Hwan Kim (South Korea)
  • Dr. Tristan Boyd (Canada)
  • Dr. Ahmed Omar (Libya)
  • Dr. John Chan (Canada)

Current Basic Science Trainees

  • Ali Akram (PhD Student, Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto)
  • Eric Gracey (PhD Student, Immunology, University of Toronto)
  • Hasan Abdullah  (MSc Student, Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto)
  • Dr. Zhenbo Zhang PhD (Post-doctoral Fellow)
  • Dr. Vidya Ranganathan (Post-doctoral Fellow)
  • Aifeng Lin (PhD Student, Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto)

Ankylosing Spondylitis Patient Education Committee

  • Alison Lake (Occupational Therapy)
  • Christopher Hawke (Physiotherapy)
  • Debra McGarvie (Dietician)
  • Heather Sloman (Occupational Therapy)
  • Joan Blair (Nursing)
  • King Wong (Pharmacy)
  • Laura Passalent (Physiotherapy)
  • Marc Doucet (Spiritual Care)
  • Rebecca Morton (Research Analyst)
  • Rita Kang (Patient Educator)
  • Robert Inman (Rheumatology)

Patient Care

Visit the Ankylosing Spondylitis Clinic​.



Learn more about our research initiatives​​.​

Rheumatology Program


For more information about our educational opportunities, please contact:

Robert Inman

Nigil Haroon