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It is with pleasure that we introduce our CAIR-RFS member spotlight: Dr. Aida Ahrari. Aida is a second-year radiology resident at the University of Toronto. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa, and MD-MSc at the University of Toronto. In her role as a member of the CAIR-RFS committee, Aida is involved in organizing a variety of educational opportunities for trainees interested in the field of interventional radiology.

Aida’s research interest includes optimizing safety in the field of interventional radiology. In collaboration with a team at University Health Network, she has studied sources of error in the use of vascular closure devices and angiographic equipment. She has presented this work as an oral presentation at the 2022 annual Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) and the 2022 North American Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) conferences. Aida is grateful for the mentorship of her supervisor, Dr. Sebastian Mafeld, and for the contribution of her colleagues to this work.

Aida has a strong interest in healthcare leadership and innovation, which led her to complete a Master’s in Health System Leadership and Innovation at the University of Toronto. She went on to create the Entrepreneurship in Healthcare Program—a teaching initiative that promotes innovative design to medical students through a structured curriculum delivered by physician innovators and entrepreneurs. Now in its fourth year, the program has expanded its offering to medical students across Ontario.
For Aida, working with her colleagues to develop and grow the program has been deeply rewarding.
Looking ahead into the future, Aida hopes to combine her interests in medical innovation, program building, and interventional radiology.

In her spare time, Aida is an avid cyclist who rarely misses a morning spin session. She also enjoys playing tennis and hiking. Aida has a pet cat named Dalton who isn’t camera shy and has appeared in most of her zoom meetings at one point or another.