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Ilya completed the Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Program at McMaster University (2004-2008), and a Master’s degree in the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto (2008-2010). He conducted his Master’s research in the Cell Biology Department at SickKids, with a focus on characterizing inflammatory pathways.

Ilya completed medical school at the University of Toronto, as part of a combined MD/PhD program (2010-2018). He defended his PhD thesis on monocyte recruitment to vascular lesions and macrophage foam cell formation in October 2015. While at the University of Toronto, he served as Editor-in-chief for the Toronto Notes and Essential Med Notes textbooks, and also as editor-in-chief for the University of Toronto Medical Journal. Ilya is passionate about mentorship and teaching and has served in a variety of mentorship and teaching roles at the University of Toronto and at SickKids. Ilya is currently enrolled in the Dermatology Program at the University of British Columbia.