Research achievements

Research summary

Dr. Kassim's research interests are wide, varied and cross-collaborative. Dr. Kassim is currently involved in studies on: infectious disease, complexity of care in HIV, infection prevention and control, addictions medicine, medical education and virtual medicine.


  • Complexity of care
  • Family medicine
  • HIV
  • Infectious disease
  • Infection control
  • Tropical medicine


Leadership style

Dr. Kassim's leadership style is not a one size fits all endeavor. His style is one that understands the need and want to change, he inspires.

Teaching philosophy

Dr. Kassim is responsible for the teaching and assessment of residents, international medical graduates and medical students at the University of Manitoba and Nine Circles Community Health Centre. Dr. Kassim also has graduate students at the University of Warwick in the Master's of Diabetes Care Program. He inspires and mentors learners through his open approach usually through a facilitator or activity-based style. He encourages self-learning, peer to peer and peer to teacher learning. He also may utilize the lecture style approach but encourages students to question rather than simply have the answer given to them. In this style, he promotes self-discovery and the development of problem-solving skills, which can often lead to the student developing a much deeper understanding of the topic he teaches.


Dr. Kassim is currently associate medical director at Nine Circles Community Health Centre, assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and research affiliate in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at UM. He also holds appointments at CancerCare Manitoba, Shared Health and Accreditation Canada.

Dr. Kassim brings over 10 years of experience in clinical medicine, education and administrative experience in northern, rural and urban community health settings as well as acute medical and laboratory services in Canada, the United Kingdom and the Middle East.

Dr. Kassim obtained his undergraduate degree in Honours Life Science, his Master’s degree in molecular immunology, virology and inflammation which was focused on HIV-1 co-infections in women at McMaster University. He has completed medical training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and has completed residency training in Medical Microbiology, the Clinical Investigator Program and the Family Medicine Residency — Northern Stream at UM. Dr. Kassim also holds a diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene obtained from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Kassim’s research has been focused on viral infections, HIV-1 co-infections and testing. He has also been involved in clinical trials of novel vaccines in the past and currently is member of Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Acute COVID-19 therapeutics committee as well as the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders. Dr. Kassim also has a keen interest in new and novel forms of medical services delivery including the delivery of virtual care.


Certification Examination in Family Medicine, College of Family Physicians of Canada, Canada (2021)

Diplomate, Medical Microbiology and Virology, Royal College of Pathologists, United Kingdom (2018)

Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom (2016)

Bachelor of Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics (MB BCh BAO), National University of Ireland (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), Republic of Ireland (2012)

Masters of Medical Science – Molecular Immunology, Virology and Inflammation, McMaster University, Canada (2007)

Honours Bachelor of Science (Life Science), McMaster University, Canada (2005)

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