Women's College Hospital
Natasha Bollegala completed an Honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto with a specialist in Human Behaviour Biology and minor in Anthropology. She completed medical school at the University of Toronto (UofT) and went on to complete her internal medicine residency training at McMaster University. In 2012 she was awarded the Hamilton Health Sciences, Medical Staff Association, Outstanding Resident Award as well as the Chief Medical Resident Award. She returned to UofT as the inaugural resident of the gastroenterology residency training program – research stream. In 2014 she began a clinical and research Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto and was the recipient of the Ogden Goldstein Fellowship Award. She began an MSc in clinical epidemiology and healthcare research at UofT in 2014. She is a member of the Eliot Phillipson Clinician Scientist Training Program and the Clinician Investigator Program. In 2015, Natasha joined the Division of Gastroenterology at Women’s College Hospital (WCH).
Dr. Bollegala has an interest in the area of quality improvement. She is a member of the WCH Quality Operations Committee, the Division of Gastroenterology Quality Improvement Committee and is active in the administration of the gastroenterology quality improvement residency curriculum. She is actively engaged in a number of research initiatives including studying the effects of an IBD transition nurse, a project funded by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. Her work utilizing health administrative data to explore health resource utilization in this area is funded through the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology.
Dr. Stal received his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1992. He completed his training in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1995 and then completed subspecialty training in Gastroenterology at the University of Western Ontario in 1997. Dr. Stal joined the Division of Gastroenterology at Women's College Hospital in 1998 as a clinician teacher. In 2004, he completed the two-year Master Teacher Program offered by the Department of Medicine at U of T. Dr. Stal is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
In May 2013, Dr. Stal became the Division Head of Gastroenterology at WCH. He took on the role as Physician Champion of WCH’s ambulatory electronic patient record (aEPR) in April 2015.
In 2005, Dr. Stal was the recipient of the Ambulatory Teaching Award from the Department of Medicine at Sunnybrook & Women’s College in recognition of excellence in teaching in the outpatient setting of both undergraduate students and postgraduate trainees. In 2007, he was the recipient of the WCH Pre-Clerkship Education Award for outstanding performance and lasting contribution to Pre-Clerkship Education. In 2012, he was the recipient of the WCH Undergraduate Education Award in recognition of excellence in teaching, educational leadership, and educational administration at the Undergraduate level. Also in 2012, Dr. Stal was awarded the Lou Cole Award for educational excellence in the GI Division at U of T.
Dr. Zenlea received her medical degree from the University of Vermont in 2006. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Yale University/Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she served as Chief Resident. She completed 3 years of subspecialty training in gastroenterology at Harvard University/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she had a clinical focus in inflammatory bowel diseases. Thereafter, she joined the faculty at Brown University as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Alpert Medical School, and acted as the Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Center at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative.
Dr. Zenlea joined the Division of Gastroenterology at Women's College Hospital in 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She has a clinical interest in women’s gastrointestinal diseases, and inflammatory bowel disease, particularly in pregnancy. She is currently enrolled in the Master Teacher Program, and is involved in clinical teaching of learners of all levels. Dr. Zenlea is interested in the impact of social media on patient education, and recently launched a patient education website, http://bellyblog.ca. She can also be followed on
Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/taliazenleabellyblog/) and