Dr. Adam Eqbal
Hometown: Mississauga, ON
Undergraduate: Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences, McMaster University
Medical School: Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University
Why did I choose this specialization? I chose cardiac surgery for many reasons. To put it simply, I am fascinated by cardiovascular anatomy and physiology and I fell in love with the operating room as a work environment. The procedures are technically demanding, life-saving, and have excellent outcomes for patients!
Why McMaster? As you can see above, I have spent many years here and it is now the place I call home. There is a distinct and strong sense of community, not only within our division, but the institution as a whole which makes you feel comfortable.
Professional Interests: Clinically at this time in my career, I am intrigued by the full spectrum of cardiac surgery from adults to pediatrics. Outside of clinical work, my professional interests include innovation, design/architecture, and health systems.
Other Interests: Travelling, cooking, playing musical instruments, sports, and spending time with my friends and family.
Dr. Mariam Alboom
Hometown: Dubai, UAE
Medical School: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Why did I choose this specialization? I always considered the heart having a mind of its own. The anatomy and physiology always intrigued me. To be able to witness a beating human heart, stop it and then watch it function normally is another level of art. I just love the challenges it has to offer.
Why McMaster? McMaster is known for the worldwide impact and research. In addition, it is affiliated with one of the largest cardiac surgical centres in Canada. I also enjoy Hamilton as a city in terms of proximity to surrounding areas and lifestyle.
Professional Interests: I am keeping my options open for the time being. As every field, cardiac surgery is also expanding in terms of techniques and specialization. One of the areas I find myself interested in are heart failure/transplant and VAD.
Other Interests: I really enjoy hiking, camping and yoga. Cooking, good books and podcasts are my go to! I also enjoy photography, recently into astrophotography.