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Spring 2022 Research Training (Fellowship) Awards Announced


MONTREAL, July 18, 2022 – CanVECTOR's Training, Mentoring, and Early Career Development platform held its Spring 2022 Research Training (Fellowship) Awards competition, and following an independent review process, the platform is pleased to announce that four fellows have been awarded CanVECTOR Fellowship Awards in this competition.

Meet the Fellows:

Divya Karsanji, MD

  • Institution: University of Ottawa
  • Award: Thrombosis Canada-CanVECTOR Fellowship
  • Supervisor: Dr. Deborah Siegal & Dr. Aurelien Delluc
  • Project Title: Early Outcomes after Hospitalization for Anticoagulant-Related Bleeding and Predictors of Restarting Oral Anticoagulants

Dr. Karsanji completed her hematology training and is now completing a subspecialty Thrombosis Medicine fellowship at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Karsanji’s research interests include chronic disease management in the context of thrombosis, including managing bleeding risk on patients requiring anticoagulation. 

Ismail Abdulrahman Raslan, MD, FRCPC

  • Institution: University of Toronto
  • Award: CanVECTOR Fellowship
  • Supervisor: Dr. Jameel Abdulrehman
  • Project Title: 1) Anticoagulation post-Pulmonary Endarterectomy: A retrospective cohort analysis; 2) Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Efficacy and Safety of Direct Oral Anticoagulants Compared to Low Molecular Weight Heparin for VTE in Patients with CNS Tumors

Dr. Raslan obtained his medical degree from King Saud University College of Medicine in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where he was born and raised. He then completed his Internal Medicine and Hematology training at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec where he was also chief Hematology Fellow. He is currently enrolled in a 2-year clinical and research fellowship in Thrombosis and Hemostasis at the University of Toronto. His research interests include evidence-based testing for VTE, anticoagulation in special populations, and quality improvement. Outside of medicine, he enjoys sports and the outdoors, chess, and spending time with his wife and toddler.

Vicky Mai, MD, MSc

  • Institution: University of Ottawa
  • Award: CanVECTOR Fellowship, renewal
  • Supervisor: Dr. Gregoire Le Gal
  • Project Title: Pulmonary Embolism in COPD Exacerbation

Dr. Mai is a fellow in the Adult Thrombosis Medicine program and a PhD epidemiology candidate at the University of Ottawa, co-supervised by Dr. Grégoire Le Gal and Dr. Dean Fergusson. She completed medical school, internal medicine residency, respirology training and a Master's in Clinical Epidemiology at Laval University and completed a thoracic oncology fellowship at the University of Toronto. Her thrombosis research fellowship is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Santé, the CanVECTOR Network and the Faculty of Medicine of Laval University. She had also received support from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada with the Detweiler Travelling Fellowship.


  • Institution: University of Ottawa
  • Award: CanVECTOR Fellowship, renewal
  • Supervisor: Dr. Marc Carrier
  • Project Title: Clinical Effectiveness of Idarucizumab in Dabigatran-Associated Major Bleeding

Dr. Xu is a RCPSC Thrombosis Fellow in the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, having recently completed his postgraduate training in hematology at the same institution.  He is passionate about thrombosis and health policy, with a particular focus on the translation of data from randomized trials into real-world clinical practice.

Congratulations to the awardees and thank you to all who applied. The Network would also like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors. This competition would not be possible without the generous support of our partners.


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