The Northern Alberta Vascular Centre is a hub of innovation and progress in the field of vascular surgery driven by its dedicated team. We have a core of highly skilled and innovative surgeons, backed by a specialized OR team and post-operative units.
From the surgeons in the operating room, to the occupational therapist on the wards, our team’s specialty is vascular patients and their care. We believe that care starts before a patient enters the hospital, and continues once a patient has returned home. Our interdisciplinary team will guide you during your journey through the NAVC.
Dr. Gerrit Winkelaar MD, MSc, FRCSC
Dr. Gerrit Winkelaar is notable for his energy and passion for his job and his patients. Very approachable, Dr. Winkelaar is devoted to his patients and his work. He is unafraid to advocate for his patients.Read More
Dr. Y. Yaasin Abdulrehman MD, FRCSC, RPVI
Dr. Abdulrehman started with the Northern Alberta Vascular Group in October of 2016. Prior to this he worked in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where he was instrumental in developing their Vascular program. He completed his residency [...]Read More
Dr. Robert Turnbull MD, MSc, FRCSC
Dr. Robert Turnbull is soft spoken with a dry sense of humour. Underneath this is a deep concern and compassion for his patients. Dr. Turnbull has a knack for putting patients at ease, in both the operating room and the in-patient ward.Read More
Dr. Karim Alibhai M.D.
Dr. Karim Alibhai may be one of the quietest members of the NAVC surgical team, but his dedication to his patients and his willingness to advocate for them is unmatched. Dr. Alibhai’s calm and compassionate demeanor inspires confidence in both his patients and team members. Dr. Alibhai works closely with our vascular surgery resident teams.Read More
Dr. Harold Chyczij MD, FRCSC
Dr. Chyczij is Head of the Department of Vascular Surgery. He is known for being direct with his patients, backed by a friendly and open manner. Dr. Chyczij is very passionate about vascular surgery and his team.Read More
Key Staff & Leadership
Dr. Robert Tomkiewciz MD
Dr. Robert Tomkiewciz, or Dr. ‘Tom’ as he is known on the unit, brings many years experience in managing patients with complex medical issues. Dr. Tomkiewciz has been with the IMCU since it opened in 2008 as the primary hospitalist. He routinely takes the time to speak with patients and their families about the plans of care during their stay and beyond.
Karen Schuster RN
Karen Schuster is one of the two managers of the Operating Room. Karen manages the OR theatres responsible for the majority of vascular surgery. Karen is renowned for always being on top of things, and she is an expert at keeping tabs on her patients and her surgeons!
Neill Young RN
Neill is the manager of the in-patient units 41 and the Intermediate Care Unit. Neill is always willing to speak with patients and families regarding concerns, course of care or commendations (especially those). Neill should be your first stop if you have any questions! Neill can be found either at the main desk or his office on the ward(4126).
Jackie Campbell RN
Jackie is the Service Resource Nurse for vascular surgery in the Operating Room. Jackie is dedicated to her role in the OR and is always willing to help her colleagues and patients. Patients may only get a brief glimpse of Jackie and the rest of the OR team, but they can rest assured they are in great hands.
Trevor Small RN, MHS
Trevor is the Senior Director Operations for Ambulatory Services, Rehabilitative Medicine, and Surgical Services at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital. Trevor oversees the Northern Alberta Vascular Centre and was a major part in providing the vision for the centre.
Stephanie Sit PScPharm, PharmD and Brandi Tran BScPharm are our two primary pharmacists on Unit 41 and the IMCU. Both are available to answer questions regarding medications. Stephanie and Brandi both share a passion for patient care and vascular patients in particular.