Meet the New Residents and Fellows!

Dr. Jarrah Aburezq, Dr. Sahil Kumar, Dr. Rohit Malyala, and Dr. Levi Godard will join the Department of Urologic Sciences along with

Uro-Oncology Fellows: Dr. Takeshi Namekawa and Dr. Sandra Kim

Pediatrics Fellow: Dr. Joan Flor and Harshita Kour

Endourology Fellow: Dr. Runhan Ren

Andrology Fellow: Dr. Abdullah Alhumam



Jarrah Aburezq was born in the small Middle Eastern country of Kuwait and spent his early childhood in Montreal. He completed his Bachelor of Health Science Honors degree at the University of Calgary, majoring in biomedical sciences. He then stayed in Calgary to complete medical school, where he stumbled into Urology by chance at the beginning of his clinical years. He was drawn to Urology by its perfect blend of medicine and surgery as well as the wide variety and breadth the specialty has to offer. Leaning on his previous research experiences, Jarrah quickly became involved in multiple projects spanning both pediatric and adult Urology. With the expertise and guidance from various mentors including Dr. Fermin-Risso, Dr. Weber, and Dr. Kaler, Jarrah solidified Urology as the perfect specialty for him and UBC as the perfect place to become the best surgeon he can be. Outside of medicine, Jarrah enjoys swimming, martial arts, cooking up a feast, and hiking, which he is excited to indulge in amongst the beautiful mountains that British Columbia has to offer.








Levi Godard was born and raised in Summerland, British Columbia. She then attended the University of Victoria where she completed a degree in biochemistry before going to the University of British Columbia for medical school. She was happy to return to Victoria as part of the Island Medical Program. When starting medical school, she did not actually know that urology existed. However, during clerkship experiences, she was drawn to the specialty and the opportunities it presented for positively impacting patient’s daily lives. Outside of work Levi is an avid reader, and enjoys swimming and water sports, beach days, and spending time with her friends. She is excited to now be a part of the urology community.










Sahil Kumar was born and raised in Mississauga, ON, where their parents and relatives settled when immigrating from India. Sahil completed a B.Sc and an M.Sc at McGill University in Montreal, QC (and learned a little French along the way). Their research interests in targeted prostate cancer therapies and involvement with the Movember Foundation brought Sahil to the west coast to work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre with Dr. Amina Zoubeidi. While in medical school at the University of British Columbia, they worked with the BC Gender Surgery Program and became involved in research that focused on improving the surgical outcomes of trans and gender-diverse patients with their mentor, Dr. Alex Kavanagh. Sahil is passionate about 2SLGBTQ+ healthcare and advocacy and is engaged with queer community organizations in Vancouver, including TransCareBC, Health Initiative for Men, and AIDS Vancouver. They are thrilled to join the UBC Urology team and honoured to train under world-renowned surgeons and researchers! When not in a hospital, you can usually find Sahil cooking/baking/grilling up a storm with their partner, on a patio with a hazy IPA, or overpacking for a trip to the Sunshine Coast.






Rohit Malyala grew up in Ontario, and completed his undergraduate studies at McMaster University in Health Sciences. There, he became enamoured with kidney transplant in particular, working with different nephrologists in Toronto and Hamilton to study the kidney from both a wet lab and dry lab perspective. When Rohit came to UBC for medicine, he became exposed to the surgical side of kidney transplant—which was his first introduction to the charismatic staff urologists at UBC. Over the course of medical school, taking on different projects in endourology and transplant, he became convinced that a career in urology was right for him, captured by the technical aspects of the specialty and diversity of procedures. UBC was a top choice with early and substantial surgical exposure, and the compassion and proficiency of the resident group, both inside and outside the OR. Outside of the wards, he is looking forward to exploring beautiful BC by motorcycle, staying active in the gym, and trying out different cafes in Vancouver.






Clinical Fellows:

Abdulla Alhumam is a Urologist who completed his Medical degree and Urology residency program at University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia. He is interested in Sexual Medicine and Male infertility update and research. During his training, Abdulla did clinical attachments in Andrology at UCLH, London-UK and University of Toronto. In Abdulla’s free time he enjoys swimming, strength training and fine dining. Abdulla also like new experiences in life therefore he is excited to explore the outdoors activities in Vancouver during his Andrology and Sexual medicine fellowship at UBC.











Runhan Ren grew up in Ottawa. He did his undergraduate degree in Life Sciences at Queen’s University, and completed his medical school there as well. He moved out west to complete his Urology residency training at the University of Alberta, and is now moving west again to Vancouver. He is interested in stone disease and BPH management and excited to be starting fellowship here with the group. Outside the hospital, Runhan enjoys keeping up with the latest Marvel shows and exploring the local food scene.










Takeshi Namekawa






Harshita Kour






Joan Marie Flor