Our Subspecialty Trainees


Dr. Kevin Klassen and Dr. Jack Rasmussen graduated from our Royal College Adult Critical Care Subspecialty Program this year. Dr. Klassen was recruited to work in Cape Breton while Dr. Rasmussen remained in Halifax to join the Critical Care and Plastic Surgery teams here at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. We are exceptionally proud of all their accomplishments and wish them all the best! 


Dr. Marko Balan grew up in Toronto, Ontario which is where he completed his medical school training. After traveling to Halifax, and completing Internal Medicine at Dalhousie University, he is well into his medical education focusing on utilizing access to ultrasound technology. As Critical Care's chief resident, he offers knowledge and guidance to the rest of the residency team. In Dr. Balan's downtime, he and his wife spend time with their adorable cat and hike the beautiful east coast trails.

Dr. Steve Walsh hails from Prince Edward Island. With his base specialty in Internal Medicine from Dalhousie, Dr. Walsh has formed short term goals of increasing profiency in resuscitation, ultrasound, and continuing work in cardiology and thrombosis. He plans to have a community based critical care and internal medicine practice after completing his residency program. In his downtime, Dr. Walsh enjoys playing various sports, including basketball and hockey, and camping with his wife and daughter. 

Dr. Miles Clayden's medical education began in his home town of Saint John, New Brunswick, where he completed medical school at Dalhousie. He went on to complete Internal Medicine at Memorial Univeristy and plans to return to Newfoundland and settle into the ICU in St. John's after completion of his residency program here in Halifax. When Dr. Clayden is not focusing on palliative care in the ICU, he and his wife, along with their dog Fitz, enjoy being outside and trail running, rock climibing, camping, and hiking.

Dr. Iain Arseneau comes to us from Ontario. After completing medical school training at Dalhousie he is splitting his focus and is now working to complete two programs simultaneously: Critical Care and General Internal Medicine, with specific interest in echo. Dr. Arseneau plans to take his focus of internal medicine and critical care into the community after his residency. In his free time, you can find Dr. Arseneau either spending quality time with his wife and daughter, working out, or following one of his favourite sports teams.

Dr. Mujtaba Al Khalaf completed medical school at the University of Dammam in Saudi Arabia and plans to return to his home town to continue his work in healthcare as an intensivist. While in his training, here in Halifax, his professional focus is critical care ultrasound. In Dr. Al Khalaf's personal life he enjoys spending time with his wife and children or powerlifting and automotive detailing.

Our Alumni

Graduate Current Practice Location
Laurel Murphy Emergency Medicine/Critical Care Halifax, N.S.
Edmund Tan Anesthesia/Critical Care Halifax, N.S.
Emily Rowsell General Surgery/Critical Care Newfoundland
Marion Cornish Internal Medicine/Critical Care Kentville, N.S.
Paul Yaffe General Surgey/Critical Care Kentville, N.S.
Tom Kuca Anesthesia/Critical Care Saskatoon, S.K.
Alfin Mukhi Surgery Alberta
Chris Hinkewich Anesthesia/Critical Care Waterloo, ONT
Osama Loubani Emergency Medicine/Critical Care Halifax, N.S.
Babar Haroon Internal Medicine/Critical Care Halifax, N.S.
Sarah McMullen Critical Care Halifax, N.S.
Stewart Wright Anesthesia Halifax, N.S.