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Gastrointestinal Infections, For Those with a Strong Stomach


March 02 2022


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


  • Dr Catherine Streutker
    Dr Catherine Streutker

    Catherine Streutker obtained her BSc at the University of Waterloo in Biochemistry (1989), then earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Biochemistry at the University of Toronto (1991). She completed medical school at the University of Toronto in 1994, followed by her Anatomic Pathology Residency program at the University of Toronto After this, she completed a two year fellowship in Gastrointestinal Pathology with Dr. R. Riddell at McMaster University. In 2001, she joined St Michael’s Hospital and the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto as a gastrointestinal pathologist. Her research interests are primarily mucosal immunology, Barrett’s esophagus and tumours of the upper gastrointestinal tract. She is presently the Chief of Laboratory Medicine group at Unity Health Toronto and Vice Chair of Promotions and Mentorship at the University of Toronto.

  • Dr Sara Hafezi-Bakhtiari
    Dr Sara Hafezi-Bakhtiari

    Dr. Sara Hafezi Bakhtiari finished her residency in Anatomical Pathology a fellowship in GI/ Liver/ Pancreas at U of T, laboratory medicine program. Currently she is a consultant gastrointestinal/ Pancreas pathologist at the department of Laboratory medicine at Lakeridge Health Oshawa, Durham Cancer Center and an assistant professor of pathology at Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology Program, University of Toronto School of Medicine as well as a member or Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada and a member of American Board of pathology.
    She is involved in educational activities as a member of pathology residency training committee, didactic course planning and teaching for pathology residents, medical and dentistry students at U of T. Her areas of interest include biobanking, digital pathology and AI as well as translational research in study of biomarkers in pre/malignant lesions of gastrointestinal tract. She is currently the physician lead for digital pathology and director of biobank at Lakeridge Health Oshawa and the faculty lead for anatomical pathology at U of T for co-learning quality improvement program.


This workshop would be a review of common and uncommon luminal GI tract infections, the specific topics that would be covered include;
1. Esophagus (i.e. CMV, Herpes, Candida)
2. Stomach (i.e. Helicobacters, strongyloides, parasites)
3. Small Bowel (i.e. Parasites, CMV, other)
4. Colon (i.e. TB, syphilis, chlamydia, others)
5. Differential diagnosis of an infectious etiology in GI tract
6. Infection associated malignancies in GI tract


Improve their ability to evaluate subtle signs indicative of infections of the GI tract
Improve their ability to detect uncommon organisms
Identify the subtle signs indicating a malignancy associated with infectious causes
Identify some of the common differential diagnosis for an infectious etiology