Honours and Awards
Recent Honours and Awards Announcements
Professor Philip Berger (Department of Family and Community Medicine, and St. Michael's Hospital) has been honoured as a 2018 inductee to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Prof. Berger has been a strong advocate of health care for all people, regardless of their circumstances, over his 40-year career as a family physician. He has led many efforts to improve health and reduce health inequities, including methadone treatment, needle exchanges, documentation and recognition of the aftereffects of torture, academic infirmaries for the homeless and clinical treatment of AIDS in Africa. He also co-founded Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care in 2012 and coordinated nationwide protests by physicians against cuts to refugee health, which led to a successful Federal Court of Canada Charter challenge restoring health coverage to 100,000 refugees.
The 2017 Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine has been jointly awarded to University of Toronto Professor Daniel Drucker, with Drs. Joel Habener (Massachusetts General Hospital) and Jens Holst (University of Copenhagen), for their discovery of incretin hormones and translation of these findings into therapies for metabolic diseases such as diabetes. Prof. Drucker was also recognized for his role in the discovery and development of glucagon-like peptide 2 for intestinal disorders.
Prof. Drucker is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine, and Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, and at the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre. His is also a Senior Investigator at Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Sinai Health System.
Professor Sherif El-Defrawy has been honoured as the 2017 Mentor of the Year, Region 3, by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This award recognizes fellows of the Royal College who have significantly impacted the career development of students, residents or fellows. Prof. El-Defrawy holds the Nanji Family Chair in Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, and is Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at U of T, as well as Ophthalmologist-in-Chief at Kensington Eye Institute.
Professor Diane Elizabeth Tullis has been honoured with the 2017 Prix d’excellence Specialist of the Year, Region 3, by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This award recognizes fellows of the Royal College who have made major contributions in providing outstanding care to their patients and the community where they practice. Prof. Tullis is a Professor of Medicine at U of T and is Respirology Division Head at St. Michael’s Hospital.
The Royal Society of Canada has honoured four Faculty of Medicine professors as Fellows, for their contributions to science and Canadian public life:
- Professor Benjamin Blencowe, Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, and Deparment of Molecular Genetics.
- Professor Peter Dirks, Departments of Surgery and Molecular Genetics, and The Hospital for Sick Children.
- Professor Helen McNeill, Department of Molecular Genetics and Sinai Health System.
- Professor Milica Radisic, Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, and Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry.
There are roughly 2,000 Royal Society Fellows in Canada, with most based at universities, research institutes, government agencies, or private sector laboratories and think tanks.
Professor George Yousef has been honoured as a 2017 Member, College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, by the Royal Society of Canada. The College is Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for emerging of Canadian intellectual leaders. Prof. Yousef is with U of T's Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, and he is an anatomical pathologist and scientist at St. Michael's Hospital.
The Canadian Medical Association has honoured Professor Farhan Asrar with an 2017 Award for Young Leaders (Early Career). Prof. Asrar's achievements include founding a provincial environmental health newsletter with the Ontario College of Family Physicians and founding and editing Community Calling, a national magazine for Canada’s public health physicians. He is a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
The World Association of Sleep Medicine has recognized postdoctoral fellow Dr. Tatyana Mollayeva with the 2017 Elio Lugaresi Award for Education, for her Elsevier article, "Sleep stage distribution in persons with mild traumatic brain injury: A polysomnographic study according to American Academy of Sleep Medicine Standards.” Dr. Mollayeva conducts research with Professor Angela Colantonio in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, and the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, as part of the Acquired Brain Injury Research Lab. She is also affiliated with the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute at University Health Network.
Centre for Faculty Development
The Centre for Faculty Development, a partnership between U of T and St. Michael’s Hospital, has been named winner of the 2017 ASPIRE Award for Excellence in Faculty Development by the Association for Medical Education in Europe. The honour has gone to a faculty development program only twice before.
Professor Peter St George-Hyslop
Professor Peter St George-Hyslop has won the 2017 Ryman Prize in recognition of his more than 30 years of ground-breaking research into the causes of Alzheimer’s disease. The prize was awarded by an international jury of academic researchers and announced by New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English. Prof. St George-Hyslop is Director of the Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases, and he divides his time between laboratories at U of T and at the University of Cambridge.
The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation has honoured Department of Medicine Professor Frances Shepherd with the 2017 Addario Lectureship Award, for her leadership in improving treatment options and helping people with advanced lung cancer live longer. Prof. Shepherd's accomplishments include leading a clinical trial that helped make chemotherapy following lung cancer surgery the new standard of care, and mentoring more than 30 postdoctoral research fellows, many of whom hold senior academic positions around the world. Prof. Shepherd is also a Senior Staff Physician at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
University Professor Janet Rossant received a 2017 honorary Doctor of Science degree from Cambridge University, for her contributions to stem cell biology and other research. Dr. Rossant is a Professor in the Departments of Molecular Genetics, and Obstetrics and Gynaecology, at U of T. She is also a Senior Scientist at SickKids as well as President and Scientific Director of the Canada Gairdner Awards.
Jeremy Knight has been honoured with a 2017 True Blue Award from the University of Toronto. As Manager of Research Administration & Operations in the Faculty of Medicine, Jeremy has become well-attuned to the needs of researchers in the Medical Sciences Building and an effective advocate on their behalf. He has also helped ensure that research continues safely during major renovations.
The University of Toronto has honoured Facilities Planner Leah Scherk with a 2017 True Blue Award. Leah has made several contributions to U of T, many during challenging renovations in the Faculty's Medical Sciences Building. She is a strong advocate for occupants of the building and has shown great attention to communications around the ongoing renovations.
Professors Jason Pennington and Lisa Richardson have been honoured with the 2017 Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. In 2013, the professors co-founded the Office of Indigenous Medical Education at U of T, a culturally safe space where students can access traditional teachings. They also led development of the Indigenous Student Application Program, among other efforts. Prof. Pennington is a faculty member in the Department of Surgery and a staff surgeon at Scarborough General Hospital. Prof. Richardson is with the Department of Medicine and is a general internal medicine physician at Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network.
The Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada honoured Professor Marla Shapiro (Department of Family and Community Medicine) with a Journalism Award for Excellence in Women’s Health Reporting. This award recognized Prof. Shapiro's role as host of "The Desire Effect," a two-part broadcast on CTV’s W5 in which she explored the impact of low libido in women. The report also looked at the difference between numbers of treatments on the market for men suffering from sexual dysfunction and the limited choices available to women.
Professors Nav Persaud and Aristotle Voineskos were recognized as two of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 in 2017 by the Business News Network, which chose recipients based on more than 900 applications from across the country. Prof. Persaud is with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at U of T, and he is a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital as well as an Associate Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. Prof. Voineskos is with the Department of Psychiatry at U of T and is Director of the Slaight Family Centre for Youth in Transition at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He is also Head of the Kimel Family Translational Imaging-Genetics Laboratory in the Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute.
The University of Waterloo will recognize Professor Stephen Scherer with a 2017 Honorary Doctor of Science degree tomorrow during spring convocation. The award acknowledges Prof. Scherer's research career in the life sciences, including the discovery of genome-wide copy number variation, as well as his advocacy for science in public policy and across society. Prof. Scherer graduated from Waterloo in 1987 with an Honours B.Sc. in Biology and Chemistry and later earned his M.Sc. and PhD at U of T. He is the director of the McLaughlin Centre and a professor of Molecular Genetics at U of T as well as a senior scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children.
Prof. Scherer has also been recognized by the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists as an Honorary Affiliate, for contributions in the field of medical genetics. The College establishes professional standards for medical genetics, for both MDs and PhDs who see patients with genetic conditions and who oversee clinical labs that perform genetic testing. The College also strives to inform public policy and advocates for optimal medical genetics services for patients.
The Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education has recognized Professor Rene Wong (Department of Medicine and University Health Network) with the Fox Award, for his presentation of a research project that linked theory and methodology. Prof. Wong's project looked at power and hierarchies, and how continuing professional development may be having unintentional effects including obscuring the patient voice, creating and reinforcing hierarchies between specialists and generalists, and decreasing the perceived value of continuing education.
Professors Sanjeev Sockalingam, David Wiljer and their team were awarded the Phil R. Manning Research Award by the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education for their project, 'Data and Lifelong learning: Understanding Cultural Barriers and Facilitators to Accessing and Using Clinical Performance Data to Support Continuing Professional Development.' Prof. Sockalingham is a clinical researcher at the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute and an associate professor of Psychiatry at U of T. Prof. Wiljer is the senior director of transformational education and academic advancement at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and an associate professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at U of T.
The Canadian Pain Society has honoured Professor Karen Davis with the 2017 Outstanding Pain Mentorship Award. This award is for a researcher or clinician who consistently shows outstanding mentorship in the training of future pain researchers or clinicians. Prof. Davis is with the Department of Surgery and Institute of Medical Science at U of T, and she is also head of the division of brain, imaging and behaviour-systems neuroscience at the Krembil Research Institute, Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network.
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has honoured UofTMed Magazine with a 2017 Gold Award in the category of Special Constituency Magazines. Council judges reviewed the summer 2016 issue of UofTMed Magazine on medical mysteries and the winter 2017 issue on change in medicine, noting the striking design and creative storytelling. They also praised the publication's restraint: covers on both issues were clean and compelling, they wrote, while the stories were concise but thought provoking.
Queen's University has awarded Professor James Rutka an honorary degree. Prof. Rutka is chair of the Department of Surgery at U of T and a pediatric neurosurgeon at The Hospital for Sick Children, where his primary research and clinical interests are brain tumours and epilepsy. During his studies at Queen’s, he was quarterback for the Gaels, leading the football team a Vanier Cup victory in 1978.
The Canadian Medical Association has honoured Professor Gillian Hawker with the 2017 May Cohen Award for Women Mentors. The award is presented each year to a female physician who has encouraged, facilitated and supported a mentee in career and leadership development. Prof. Hawker is the Sir John and Lady Eaton professor and chair in the Department of Medicine at U of T and is a clinician-scientist at Women's College Research Institute.
Department of Physiology Professor Michelle French has been honoured with a 2017 University of Toronto President’s Teaching Award, which recognizes excellence and innovation in teaching, research on pedagogy and integration of teaching and research. The award comes with a designation to the teaching academy for five years and an annual professional development allowance. Prof. French is a scholar in student-centred approaches to learning, with a focus on large-class teaching, science communication and learner engagement, and mentoring and supporting students.
One of six 2017 Governor General’s Innovation Awards goes to Professor Paul Santerre of the Faculty of Dentistry and the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering at U of T. This award program, now in its second year, recognizes 'trailblazers and creators' who contribute to a culture of innovation in Canada. Prof Santerre’s many contributions include surface-modifying technologies for medical devices and other applications, and which work in harmony with the body’s natural repair processes.
The YWCA has honoured Professor Marjorie Dixon with a 2017 Women of Distinction award. These awards recognize women who have helped improve the lives of other women and girls, and who have encouraged change locally and globally. Prof. Dixon is with the Department of Medicine at U of T and is a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist. She is also the founder and CEO of Anova Fertility and Reproductive Health Centre.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research has honoured Professor John Dick (Molecular Genetics, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre) with the inaugural 2017 Gold Leaf Prize for Discovery. The $100,000 prize recognizes Prof. Dick's work that led to his ground-breaking identification of cancer stem cells in 1994.
University Professor Molly Shoichet has been recognized by the Canada Council for the Arts with the 2017 Killam Prize. Prof. Shoichet holds the Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering has published more than 500 papers, patents and abstracts, and given more than 350 lectures in regenerative medicine, tissue engineering and drug delivery. She is a member of the Donnelly Centre for Cellular & Biomolecular Research and the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering.
The Canadian Association for HIV Research and the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research has honoured Professor Mona Loutfy (Department of Medicine and Women's College Hospital) with the Excellence in Research Award. Prof Loutfy's work focuses on women and HIV, with an emphasis on pre-conception, pregnancy, parenthood, access to care, stigma and sexual health.
Professor Jacqueline James (Department of Medicine and Sinai Health System) has been honoured with the Faculty of Medicine's 2017 W. T. Aikins Award for Excellence in Course/Program Development and Coordination. Prof. James is also the director of the Wightman-Berris Academy for medical education.
The Faculty of Medicine has honoured Professor Graham Roche-Nagle (Department of Surgery and Toronto General Hospital) and Dr. Ariel Shafro (Department of Psychiatry and Trillium Health Centre) with the 2017 W. T. Aikins Award for Excellence in Individual Teaching Performance in Small Group.
Professors Barbara Ballyk (Department of Surgery) and Philip Berger (Department of Family and Community Medicine, and St. Michael's Hospital) have been recognized with the 2017 W. T. Aikins Award for Excellence in Individual Teaching in Large Group.
The American Academy of Neurology has honoured Professor Peter Watson with the 2017 Mitchell Max Award for Neuropathic Pain. As a neurologist and clinician scientist, Prof. Watson has made contributions to the understanding of neuropathic pain and pharmacological treatment, including postherpetic neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy. He is a professor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Neurology.
Professor Robin McLeod has been honoured by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada with the 2017 Duncan Graham Award for Outstanding Contribution to Medical Education. She is a professor in the Department of Surgery and Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation. She is also Vice President of Clinical Programs and Quality Initiatives at Cancer Care Ontario, Senior Investigator at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute at Sinai Health System and the Angelo and Alfredo De Gasparis Families Chair in Colorectal Cancer and IBD Research.
Professor Robert Fowler has been honoured by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada with the 2017 Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award. Prof. Fowler was one of the first international physicians to arrive in West Africa in March 2014, where he helped care for patients with Ebola Virus Disease. He is a professor in the Department of Medicine at U of T, and a senior scientist and physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Professor Lewis Kay
Professor Lewis Kay has been named a 2017 Canada Gairdner International Award laureate for his role in developing modern nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, which has helped elucidate the structure and dynamics of proteins and other large molecules. The Gairdner Awards are Canada’s highest prize for medical science, and are often a forerunner to the Nobel Prize.
Professor Benoit Mulsant has been honoured with the 2017 Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. The award recognizes scientific contributions and mentorship of junior researchers in the field of geriatric psychiatry. Prof. Mulsant is professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at U of T and psychiatrist-in-chief at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Professor Beverley Orser has been recognized with two awards: the 2017 Gold Medal from the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society and the 2017 Peter Dresel Award from the Department of Pharmacology at Dalhousie University. Prof. Orser was honoured for her contributions to clincal care and for her anesthesia research, which has provided a better molecular understanding of general anesthetics and suggests new treatments for postoperative cognitive deficits. Prof. Orser is a professor in the Departments of Anesthesia and Physiology at U of T and a staff anesthesiologist at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, as well as an investigator at Sunnybrook Research Institute.
The Society of Gynecologic Oncology of Canada has honoured Professor Amit Oza with a 2017 Presidential Medal. Prof. Oza is a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Department of Medicine at U of T. He is also head of medical oncology and hematology at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
Professor Daniel Drucker is the recent recipient of two awards: the 2017 Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine from the Harrington Discovery Institute, and the 2017 Rolf Luft Award from the Rolf Luft Foundation at the Karolinska Institutet. Prof. Drucker was honoured for his research on gut hormones, which has led to the discovery and development of new and treatments for diabetes, obesity and short bowel syndrome. Prof. Drucker is a professor in the Department of Medicine at U of T and a senior investigator at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Sinai Health System.
Professor Mary Gospodarowicz has been honoured with the 2017 Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Award from the Conquer Cancer Foundation. This award recognizes female leaders in oncology who have excelled as mentors and demonstrated outstanding commitment to the professional development of women colleagues as clinicians, educators, and researchers in oncology. Prof. Gospodarowicz is a professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at U of T and the medical director at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and regional vice president of Cancer Care Ontario.
Life Sciences Ontario has honoured Professor Emeritus Professor Morris Milner with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Prof. Milner is Professor Emeritus in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at U of T. Among many other achievements, Prof. Milner was the founding director of the Ontario Rehabilitation Technology Consortium, which linked Ontario rehabilitation facilities, academic centres, consumers, and manufacturers to develop and commercialize assistive technologies.
Dawn Maracle has been honoured with the 2017 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Campaign and Recognition Award from the University of Toronto. Ms. Maracle is the Indigenous Peoples' Undergraduate Medical Education program coordinator in the Faculty of Medicine.
The American Laryngological Association honoured Professor Paolo Campisi with the 2017 Gabriel F. Tucker Award, for his significant contributions to the field of pediatric laryngology. The award is only presented in years when an outstanding recipient is identified. Prof. Campisi is a professor and director of postgraduate medical education in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, and an otolaryngologist at The Hospital for Sick Children.
Professor Brian O'Sullivan has been honoured with the 2017 O. Harold Warwick Prize from the Canadian Cancer Society, for his contributions to clinical research over 30 years. His discoveries in optimizing radiation therapy and minimizing its side effects have shaped cancer treatment around the world. Prof. O'Sullivan is a professor in the Departments of Radiation Oncology and Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgeyr at U of T, and a staff radiation oncologist and associate director of the radiation oncology program at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
Department of Medicine Professor Philippe Bedard has been honoured with the 2017 William E. Rawls Award from the Canadian Cancer Society, for his leadership of innovative clinical trials matching cancer therapies to the molecular features of individual tumours. Prof. Bedard is also a medical oncologist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
Department of Medical Biophysics Professors Matheiu Lupien and Daniel De Carvalho are co-recipients of the 2017 Bernard and Francine Dorval Prize from the Canadian Cancer Society, for their respective research on the epigenetics of cancer. Prof. Lupien is also a senior scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and Prof. De Carvalho is a scientist at PMCC.
Professor Yvonne Chan (Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery), David Eisen (Family and Community Medicine) and Sid Feldman (Family and Community Medicine) have been awarded the Faculty of Medicine’s 2017 Community Based Teaching Awards. They were recognized for their contributions to the education of U of T medical students and residents, and for excellence in community-based clinical teaching.
The U.S. National Academy of Engineering elected Professor Stuart Foster a Foreign Member, for his pioneering work in high-frequency ultrasound and for translating its technologies into clinical and preclinical imaging systems. Professor Foster holds the Canada Research Chair in Ultrasound Imaging in the Department of Medical Biophysics, and he is also a senior scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute.
The Canadian Association for Medical Education awarded Certificates of Merit to three Faculty of Medicine professors. The awards recognize the recipients' commitment to Canadian medical schools and their contributions to medical education.
Professor Paolo Campisi is a professor and director of postgraduate medical education in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. He is also an otolaryngologist at The Hospital for Sick Children.
Professor Maria Mylopolous is a professor in the Department of Paediatrics, and a scientist at The Wilson Centre and at The Hospital for Sick Children.
Professor Cynthia Whitehead is a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, director and scientist at The Wilson Centre and vice-president of education at Women's College Hospital.
The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada has honoured Professor Robert Silver with a 2017 Clinical Teacher Award. Professor Silver is a clinician educator at Toronto Western Hospital division within University Health Network and a professor in the Department of Medicine at U of T. He provides an estimated 1000 hours a year of formal teaching, in various educational settings.
Professor Ronald Laxer has received the Canadian Rheumatology Association's 2016 Distinguished Rheumatologist Award. Professor Laxer is a professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Medicine at U of T and a staff rheumatologist at The Hospital for Sick Children.
Professor Lori Albert has received the Canadian Rheumatology Association's 2016 Teacher-Educator Award. Professor Albert is a professor in the Department of Medicine and an MD program educator at U of T, as well as a clinician-educator at University Health Network.
The Faculty of Medicine's alumni magazine, UofTMed, has won the 2016 Domtar In-House Design Award from the Association of Registered Graphic Designers. The Faculty's Office of Communications produces the twice-yearly magazine, which tackles issues in medical education and research with bold editorial and design.
Professors Charles Tator, Donald Stuss, Lewis Kay and Michael Tymianski
Four Faculty of Medicine professors have been honoured with the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour, which recognizes national pre-eminence, international service or achievement.
Charles Tator (Department of Surgery and University Health Network) was promoted to Officer for his research on concussions and for helping to promote safety in sports.
Donald Stuss (University Professor in the Department of Medicine at U of T and senior scientist at Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences) was named an Officer. His scientific contributions have expanded our understanding of brain function, injury and rehabilitation.
Lewis Kay (Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, and The Hospital for Sick Children) was named Officer for his research on the structure and behaviour of proteins.
Michael Tymianski (Departments of Surgery and Physiology, Institute of Medical Science and University Health Network) was named a Member for his work in neuroscience, especially on new mechanisms to protect the brain following a stroke.
Two Faculty members have been appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest official honour. The Order recognizes current and former residents of Ontario who have achieved excellence in any field.
Peter Adamson (Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery) is a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon whose techniques are taught worldwide and who leads teams of plastic surgeons on medical missions through his Face the Future Foundation.
Dorothy Anna Jarvis is Professor Emerita at in the Department of Paediatrics and a staff physician at The Hospital for Sick Children. She is an international authority on emergency health care for children. Professor Jarvis was also the Director of the Office of Student Affairs in the Faculty of Medicine from 2000 to 2010.
John Dick (Department of Molecular Genetics and University Health Network) has been honoured with the International KFJ Award from Rigshospitalet, Denmark’s main University Hospital. The award recognizes Professor Dick’s research on the role of stem cells in leukemia.
Professor Danielle Martin (Department of Family and Community Medicine, and Women’s College Hospital) and her colleagues have been honoured with the Bruce Squires Award for their article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, “Estimated cost of universal public coverage of prescription drugs in Canada,” which has generated over 550 media mentions. The award recognizes papers that are the relevant to the practice of medicine and likely to have a positive impact on health care.
Three professors from the Department of Family and Community Medicine have been honoured with the 2016 Award of Excellence from the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Professor Allan Grill is lead physician for the Markham Family Health Team and provincial primary care lead, Ontario Renal Network.
Professor Pauline Pariser is a physician with the Taddle Creek Family Health Team.
Professor Michael Roberts is the family medicine liason between the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Faculty's Determinants of Community Health course, among other roles. He also a professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
The Lupus Foundation of America has recognized Professor Dafna Gladman with the Evelyn V. Hess Lupus Research Award. Professor Gladman has conducted many studies of lupus including genetic analyses, studies of morbidity and the development of an internationally-recognized activity index for the disease. She is a professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and at a scientist and rheumatologist at Toronto Western Hospital.
Professor Lawrence Leiter (Departments of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences) has been honoured with two awards. One is the Canadian Diabetes Association Lifetime Achievement Award for Research Excellence, and the other is the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism Robert Volpe Distinguished Service Award.
Professor Leiter is the director of the Lipid Clinic, associate director of the Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Centre and an associate scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital. Prof. Leiter has several research interests including clinical trials on the prevention of atherosclerosis, especially in diabetes, and dietary and drug treatment of diabetes , hyperlipidemia, hypertension and obesity.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science has awarded the distinction of Fellow to Professor Monica Justice (Department of Molecular Genetics). Professor Justice is the head of, and a senior scientist in, the Genetics and Genome Biology program at The Hospital for Sick Children.
Professor Justice was recognized for her contributions to the genetics field, particularly for development of mouse as a model for identifying disease genes and elucidating therapies for human diseases.
Dr. Wei Zhang has won the Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation. Dr. Zhang is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Professor Jason Moffat at the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research. He was honoured for his work on the creation of molecular antidotes for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever. His patent-pending research was crucial to the launch of Ubiquitech, a Toronto-based company.
The College of Family Physicians of Canada has honoured Dr. Merrilee Brown with the Family Physician of the Year (Ontario) award. Dr. Brown is a lecturer in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at U of T and an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University.
Dr. Brown was recognized for her dedication to rural medicine through practice and education. Her clinical scope includes intrapartum care, emergency medicine, house calls, hospital inpatient care, and palliative care. She has worked with the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada since 2006 and serves on the Rural Ontario Medical Programme Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Professor James Orbinski (Dalla Lana School of Public Health) has received the 2016 Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Award. Dr. Orbinski is an internationally recognized humanitarian practitioner and advocate, and a leading scholar in global health.
After extensive field experience with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) — including as mission head during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide — he was elected MSF’s international president from 1998 to 2001. In 1999, he launched the organization’s Access to Essential Medicines Campaign and that same year accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of MSF. From 2001-2004, he co-chaired MSF’s Neglected Diseases Working Group that created and launched the successful Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative. In 2004, he co-founded Dignitas International.
MD Candidate Sarah Silverberg (Department of Medicine) has received the 2016 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Award. This award recognizes young leaders who exemplify qualities of CMHF laureates: perseverance, collaboration and an entrepreneurial spirit.
2016 Honours and Awards Annoucements
Professor Steven Narod (Department of Medicine) has received the 2016 Basser Global Prize from the Basser Center for BRCA at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center. Dr. Narod is a world leader in the field of breast and ovarian cancer genetics, who has made significant contributions to the knowledge of how to assess cancer risk and reduce its mortality in BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers. He is the first Canadian scientist to receive the award.
Professor Peter St George-Hyslop (Department of Medicine) has been honoured with the 2016 Weston Brain Institute Outstanding Achievement Award. Prof. St George-Hyslop contributed to the generation of several Alzheimer’s disease mouse models for drug screening tools. In addition, he showed that immunization with amyloid beta peptides reduces neuropathological and cognitive deficits in an Alzheimer’s mouse model, which is being replicated in humans in clinical trials for mild Alzheimer’s disease.
Professor Tom Chau (Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering) has received the March of Dimes Canada’s 2016 Jonas Salk Pioneer Award. As vice president of research at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and a world-leading researcher and educator in the field of paediatric rehabilitation, Prof. Chau is recognized for his many scientific contributions to improving the lives of people with disabilities. He leads the Paediatric Rehabilitation Intelligent Systems Multidisciplinary (PRISM) Laboratory, which is focused on developing sensing, signal processing and machine-learning methods that enable children and youth with various disabilities to communicate and interact with their environment. One of his major scientific contributions is the Virtual Music Instrument (VMI), a web-camera interface that detects motion and reflects the user’s image on a monitor, allowing the slightest of movements to produce music. This technology is used in rehabilitation centres around the world.
The Centre for Computational Medicine (SickKids Research Institute) has been awarded the International Data Corporation’s 2016 HPC (High Performance Computing) Innovation Excellence Award. It is recognized for its use of high performance computing in the health care sector.
Professor Miriam Rossi and Professor Emerita Anna Jarvis (Department of Paediatrics) are recognized among100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women in the publication 100ABCWOMEN. The publication highlights Black Canadian women who have made significant contributions to government, not-for-profit, financial, legal, real estate, health, entertainment, fine arts, and other professional areas. Prof. Rossi is honoured for her work in bringing about change in admission procedures that allowed a large number of minority students to enter health sciences at the University of Toronto. She is also recognized for her role in the founding of the Summer Mentorship Program, which allowed more minority high-school students to gain confidence and pursue health sciences at university. Prof. Jarvis is honoured for her many contributions to paediatric emergency medicine continuing education, as well as her work creating and supervising the Department of Paediatrics Clinical Fellowship Program in Paediatric Emergency Medicine. She is also recognized for her many contributions in student-affairs leadership, including in her former role as Associate Dean of the Office of Health Professions Student Affairs.
Professor Angela Colantonio (Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy; Director of the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute) has been honoured with the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine’s Distinguished Member Award. She is recognized for her many years of service to the congress. She chaired its international committee, served as a board of governors member and she continues to serve as co-chair of the research and organization task force of the international networking group. She also spearheaded the creation of a new task force on girls and women with traumatic brain injury.
Professors Dina Brooks and George Mochizuki (Department of Physical Therapy) have been honoured with Rehabilitation Sciences Institute (RSI) Awards. Prof. Brooks received the Outstanding Service Award for her leadership as RSI graduate coordinator and chair of the admission and awards committee. The award also acknowledges her promotion of RSI initiatives, recruitment of graduate students, assistance with advancement and fundraising, and external promotion. Prof. Mochizuki was honoured with the Early Career Excellence in Supervision and Mentorship Award, for his significant contribution to the training and experience of graduate students.
Professor Catriona Steele (Department of Speech-Language Pathology) has been honoured with the Speech-Language and Audiology Canada Lifetime Achievement Award. As senior scientist and director of the Swallowing Rehabilitation Research Lab at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, she is recognized for her long history of distinguished and dedicated service to both Speech-Language and Audiology Canada and the profession speech-language pathology in general. Prof. Steele has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles and supervises an active lab of doctoral students. She currently serves as leader of the research workstream for the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative. Her research focuses on understanding how thickened liquids can be beneficial for people with dysphagia (swallowing impairment).
Professor and department chair Pascal van Lieshout and Dr. Aravind Namasivayam (Department of Speech-Language Pathology) have been honoured with the prestigious Excellence in Applied Research award by the Speech-Language and Audiology Canada. Along with collaborators from the Speech and Stuttering Institute, they were recognized for The Motor Speech Research Study, a province-wide study that informed the development of an evidence-based care pathway, supporting the identification and intervention planning for children over 36 months of age with severe speech sound disorders.
Professor Richard Bazinet (Department of Nutritional Sciences) has been honoured with the Young Investigator Award for Outstanding Research Lecture by the Canadian Nutrition Society. He is recognized for his lecture "Brain fatty acid uptake and metabolism: A brief history of my time with lipids and the CNS"
Dr. Euson Yeung (Department of Physical Therapy) has been awarded the 2016 Canadian Physiotherapy Association Mentorship Award. As a lecturer and unit co-coordinator for the MScPT program, he has been recognized for his ability to communicate and translate his advanced knowledge into digestible clinical information for his students. By using strong case examples to explain complex concepts, and provide relevance to the manual therapy techniques he teaches, students gain advanced clinical reasoning skills. His pragmatic approach to teaching encourages his mentees to think critically, apply best evidence and develop their clinical reasoning.
Professor Pamela Coates (Department of Paediatrics) has been awarded the Faculty of Medicine’s 2016 W.T. Aikins Award for Excellence in Course/Program Development and Coordination. She is recognized for her exceptional leadership as Academy Director of the Mississauga Academy of Medicine.
Professor Carol Heck (Department of Physical Therapy) has been awarded the Faculty of Medicine’s 2016 W.T. Aikins Award for Excellence in Individual Teaching Performance in Small Group. This award recognizes her high-quality teaching, passion for education, and ability to connect with her students.
Professor Jeremy Friedman (Department of Paediatrics) has been awarded the 2016 Citizenship Award from the SickKids Medical Staff Association. He is recognized for his extraordinary service to the hospital community at SickKids and to the larger external medical community. Prof. Friedman is Associate Paediatrician-in-Chief and Associate Chair (clinical) in the Department of Paediatrics, and recently completed his 10-year appointment as Head of Paediatric Medicine at SickKids. Prof. Friedman's list of awards and appointments is lengthy and includes humanitarian, teaching and clinical excellence awards; and appointments as a Royal College examiner, chair of the Canadian Paediatric Society's Annual Conference Committee, and national medical advisor to the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada. He has edited paediatric textbooks and handbooks as well as many books for parents which are sold around the world. He is considered a pioneer in the growth of the paediatric hospitalist movement in Canada and has written many national guidelines for acute hospital care in Canada. He has been instrumental in the conception and development of the Complex Care program at SickKids.
Professor Sunita Mathur (Department of Physical Therapy) has been awarded the 2016 Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals’ Distinction Award. She is recognized for her significant contributions to respiratory care, as well as her commitment to excellence in leadership, education and research in respiratory and physical therapy.
Professor Steven Narod (Departments of Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology; Dalla Lana School of Public Health) has been awarded a prestigious 2016 Killam Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. A Tier I Canada Research Chair in Breast Cancer, Narod is recognized for his leading research in the field of breast and ovarian cancer. With more than 700 peer-reviewed publications and an h-index of 99, he is among the most published and highly cited breast cancer researchers in the world. His work has profoundly shaped our knowledge of how to assess risk for breast and ovarian cancer and how to reduce mortality among women who have BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations.
Professor Kelly O’Brien (Department of Physical Therapy; Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation; Rehabilitation Sciences Institute) has been awarded the Innovation and Advancement Award by the Ontario Physiotherapy Association. She is recognized for advancing the field of physiotherapy through innovative approaches in clinical practice, research, technology and education. O’Brien’s research is focused on disability and rehabilitation in the context of HIV/AIDS and chronic disease.
Professors Nina Horvath, Rosa Braga-Mele and Dr. Jeff Weissberger have been awarded the Faculty of Medicine’s 2016 Community Based Teaching Awards. They are recognized for their significant contributions to the education of University of Toronto medical students and residents, and for excellence in community-based clinical teaching.
Professor Najma A. Ahmed (Department of Surgery) has been awarded the 2016 Royal College AMS/Donald Richards Wilson Award. A surgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital and director of the University of Toronto’s General Surgery Residency Program, Ahmed is recognized for excellence in integrating the CanMEDS roles into the training program.
Professor John Dick (Department of Molecular Genetics) has been inducted into the 2016 Class of Fellows of the American Association for Cancer Research Academy. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Stem Cell Biology and is a senior scientist at the University Health Network’s Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine. He is also director of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research’s Program in Cancer Stem Cells. This honour recognizes his scientific contributions, which have propelled significant innovation and progress against cancer and have had significant and long-lasting impact on the field.
University Professor Janet Rossant has been awarded the 2016 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research. An internationally renowned developmental biologist, Rossant is recognized for her research demonstrating the origin of cells in the early embryo that can give rise to all tissues and the entire body of an intact animal, as well as the cells that give rise to the placenta. Her fundamental research informed the development of human pluripotent stem cells that have the potential to treat devastating degenerative diseases. She is also recognized as a visionary health leader of international stature, through her achievements as Chief of Research of the Hospital for Sick Children’s Research Institute (2005 – 2015), and in leadership roles at the Ontario Stem Cell Initiative and the Ontario Institute of Regenerative Medicine.
Professors Joyce Nyhof-Young (Department of Family and Community Medicine), Peter Selby (Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Psychiatry) and Eric Yu (Department of Medicine) have been awarded 2016 Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) Certificate of Merit Awards. They are recognized for their strong commitment to medical education.
Professors Shana Kelley (Department of Biochemistry) and Edward (Ted) H. Sargent (Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering) have been awarded the Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering, from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The award recognizes their breakthrough point-of-care diagnostics device and platform, called AuRA, which will allow for rapid and reliable point-of-care testing. This device has been the result of a long-term interdisciplinary collaboration — merging Prof. Kelley’s expertise in electrochemistry and biochemistry with Prof. Sargent’s focus on engineering physics, electrical engineering and nanomaterials.
University Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, IBBME) has been recognized as a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Founded in 1964, the NAE provides engineering leadership in service to the United States and globally. Members of the NAE rank among the world’s most accomplished engineers.
Professor Mary Gospodarowicz (Department of Radiation Oncology) has been awarded the Canadian Cancer Society 2016 O. Harold Warwick Prize, which is given for outstanding achievements in cancer control research. Gospodarowicz is the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre’s medical director and the first Canadian immediate Past President of the Union for International Cancer Control. She is a radiation oncologist whose dedication and leadership for over 30 years has continued to improve patient outcomes through clinical research. Early in her career, she pioneered research into treatment for testicular cancer, clinical trials in prostate and bladder cancer, Hodgkin lymphoma, and late effects of radiotherapy. Through her involvement in committees of the Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG; formerly the NCIC Clinical Trials Group) she guides high impact cancer research. She has also been instrumental in advocating for access to radiotherapy in low- or middle-income countries.
Professor Uri Tabori (Department of Paediatrics) has been awarded the Canadian Cancer Society 2016 Bernard and Francine Dorval Prize. He is recognized for his work in advancing the scientific community’s understanding of childhood brain tumours, especially in the context of children with cancer predisposition syndromes.
Professor Hance Clarke (Department of Anaesthesia) has been awarded the Canadian Pain Society (CPS) 2016 Early Career Award. As a chapter of the International Association for the study of Pain, the CPS represents Canadian scientists and health professionals who have a special interest in pain research and management. Prof. Clarke is a staff anesthesiologist and the Medical Director of the Pain Research Unit at the Toronto General Hospital. His research examines perioperative interventions and their impact on functional recovery after surgery and on the development of persistent chronic post-surgical pain. He was recognized for his research as well as his dedication to patient care with the development of his novel Transitional Pain Program.
Professor Joel Katz (Department of Anaesthesia) has been awarded the Canadian Pain Society 2016 Outstanding Pain Mentorship Award. As a staff scientist at Toronto General Hospital, Prof. Katz has made longstanding contributions to the pain field by providing outstanding mentoring to numerous pain researchers and clinical scientists over his career. This award is a reflection of the profound impact that Professor Katz has had on pain medicine teaching and research at local level and beyond.
Dr. Susan Edwards, director of the Office of Resident Wellness in Post MD Education, is the 2015 recipient of the Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC) Puddester Award for Resident Wellness. She is recognized for her firm commitment to resident wellness, her creativity and leadership and role in improving resident wellness in Canada. A family physician at the St. Joseph’s Urban Family Health Team and faculty member with the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Dr. Edwards was instrumental in developing safety policies for the Faculty’s medical residency programs as well as guidelines for accommodation, intimidation and harassment – promoting a respectful and safe learning environment with mechanisms for conflict resolution and appeal.
Professors Robert Nam (Department of Surgery) and Shi-Joon Yoo (Department of Medical Imaging) have received the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario 2016 Excellence in Clinical Teaching Awards. They are recognized for their patient care, quality of bedside teaching, and interest in the trainees’ personal development and well-being.
Drs. Michael Corbo (PGY 4 Dermatology) and Dimitrios Tsirigotis (PGY 6 Cardiac Surgery) have received the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario 2016 Resident Teaching Awards. They are recognized for providing outstanding clinical teaching experiences to junior house staff and clinical clerks.
Ali Damji and Sneha Raju have received the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario 2016 Citizenship Awards for Medical Students. They are recognized for making a significant contribution towards improving the general welfare of fellow medical students.
Professor Cindi Morshead, chair of the Division of Anatomy in the Department of Surgery, has received the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Life Sciences 2015-2016 Award, as part of the Undergraduate Faculty Teaching Awards. This award recognizes sustained excellence in teaching, coordination and/or development of undergraduate lecture or seminar courses in Arts and Science offered by the Basic Science Departments in the Faculty of Medicine.
Professor Ahlia Khan-Trottier (Department of Biochemistry) has received the Excellence in Undergraduate Laboratory Teaching in the Life Sciences 2015-2016 Award, as part of the Undergraduate Faculty Teaching Awards. This award recognizes sustained excellence in teaching, coordination and/or development of laboratory based instruction in formal Arts and Science life sciences laboratory courses.
Professors Jagdish Butany (Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology) and Martin Wojtowicz (Department of Physiology) have received the Excellence in Linking Undergraduate Teaching to Research in Life Sciences 2015-2016 Award, as part of the Undergraduate Faculty Teaching Awards. They are recognized for sustained excellence, mentorship and innovative methods that link undergraduate teaching to experiential research opportunities.
Professor Graham Collingridge has been awarded the prestigious Brain Prize from the Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Foundation. Collingridge is Chair of the Department of Physiology and a senior investigator at the Sinai Health System’s Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute. He was one of three recipients of the Brain Prize, which recognized his research into how memories are formed, retained and lost through the brain mechanism known as “long-term potentiation.”
Professor Martin Schreiber was recognized as a 2016 3M National Teaching Fellow by 3M Canada and the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Schreiber is a Professor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Nephrology and the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education, Curriculum. He was honoured for his exceptional contributions as a medical educator and as a committed leader in medical education.
Medical educator Tina Martimianakis has received the 2016 Meredith Marks Award from the Canadian Association for Medical Education. As an education researcher in the Department of Paediatrics, Martimianakis has been recognized for making a significant contribution to medical education early in her career. This award is one of only two national awards in medical education in Canada.
Professor Lori Albert has received the Canadian Rheumatology Association 2016 Teacher-Educator Award. Albert is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, a clinician-educator at the University Health Network and an MD Program Educator. She was recognized for her many contributions to medical education in rheumatology.
Dr. Fahima Osman, a graduate of the University of Toronto General Surgery residency and Breast Oncology Fellowship and an oncoplastic breast surgeon at North York General was recognized as one of the 2015 Torontonians of the Year by Post City Magazine.
Professors Shelly Weiss (Department of Paediatrics) and Vincent Chan (Department of Anaesthesia) have received the Colin Woolf Award for Long-Term Contributions to Continuing Education from the Faculty of Medicine’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Office. This award recognizes sustained contributions to continuing education over at least five years.
Professors Yvonne Chan, John Lee and Dr. Allan Vescan (Department of Otolaryngology) have received the Colin Woolf Award for Excellence in Course Coordination from the Faculty of Medicine’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Office. They were honoured for their role as course directors of the “Rhinology Update 2015”.
Professor Rene Wong (Department of Medicine) was awarded the David Fear Fellowship from the Faculty of Medicine’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Office. This award recognizes faculty members who wish to develop or enhance their competence and skills in continuing education.
Professor Peter Selby (Department of Psychiatry) received the Fred Fallis Online Program Award from the Faculty of Medicine’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Office. He was recognized for demonstrating innovation and excellence in online learning for health professionals through his role as course director of the Training Enhancement in Applied Cessation Counselling and Health Project (TEACH).
Professor Diana Kljenak (Department of Psychiatry) received the IPE Team Award from the Faculty of Medicine’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Office. She was honoured for her role as course director of “Who’s Afraid of Borderline Personality Disorder? Using strategies from dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) with emotionally dysregulated patients,” which was part of the UHN Department of Psychiatry’s 8th Annual Community Education Day.
Professor Kazuhiro Yasufuku received the Ivan Silver Innovation Award from the Faculty of Medicine’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Office. He was recognized for having a demonstrated effect on health professional performance or health outcome through his work as course director of the Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) Course.
Professor Gang Zheng has been named to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows. He is recognized for outstanding contributions on activatable photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy and discovery of porphysome nanotechnology in cancer imaging and therapy.
Professors Paul Boutros (Department of Medical Biophysics) and Brian Cox (Department of Physiology) have been recognized with the 2015-16 Early Career Excellence in Graduate Teaching & Mentorship award. This honour recognizes outstanding contributions to the training and experience of graduate students, as evidenced by excellence in teaching, supervision and mentorship and dedication to students.
Professors Jennifer Gommerman (Department of Immunology) and Anthony Hanley (Department of Nutritional Sciences) are being recognized with the 2015-16 Continuing Excellence in Graduate Teaching & Mentorship award. This honour recognizes sustained contribution to graduate student mentorship, teaching and supervision. This may include major contributions to graduate student learning; enthusiastic and empathic critical appraisal of students’ work; timely assessment of students' research programs including program advisory committee meetings and prompt turnaround of written work; and careful attention to a critical path laid out for students' research.
Professors Dina Brooks (Department of Physical Therapy), Patricia Brubaker (Department of Physiology) and Reinhart Reithmeier (Department of Biochemistry) are being recognized with a 2015-16 Sustained Excellence in Graduate Teaching & Mentorship award. This honour recognizes sustained contributions over at least 15 years to any aspect of graduate teaching. This may including graduate student supervision and mentoring; curriculum development; regular support of Graduate Departmental, Faculty and University graduate activities; and graduate program administration.
University Professor Michael Sefton has been awarded the 2016 Terumo Global Science Prize. The prize celebrates outstanding researchers in the biomaterials field who have produced exceptional research results that meet international standards of excellence. Sefton is recognized for his lifetime achievements in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. He will accept the honour in Japan this July.
Four Faculty members have been appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest official honour. The Order recognizes current and former residents of Ontario who have achieved excellence in any field.
Robert Fowler is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and a critical care physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He was honoured for his work as a clinical lead for the World Health Organization during the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa. He was also cited for the vital role he played in managing the SARS crisis in Toronto in 2003.
Herbert Gaisano is a Professor in the Department of Physiology. He was recognized as one of the world's leading gastroenterologists and for his dedicated work in the fight against diabetes by exploring the complexities of this pervasive illness and advancement of new treatment strategies.
Julian Nedzelski is a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He was cited as a highly respected ear, nose and throat specialist and head and neck surgeon at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He was a pioneer of cochlear implants in Ontario and played a key role in the formation of the Ontario Cochlear Implantation Program, giving the gift of sound to thousands of people who believed they would never hear again.
Stanley Zlotkin is a Professor in the Departments of Nutritional Sciences and Paediatrics as well as the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. He was noted as a respected leader in the medical and research community who has improved the lives of millions of children who live in economically disadvantaged parts of the world and suffer from serious nutritional deficiencies. A nutrition specialist and researcher at The Hospital for Sick Children where Zlotkin is Chief of the Centre for Global Child Health, he is also an advisor to UNICEF, other United Nations agencies, civil society organizations and the Canadian government.
Professor Brenda Andrews (Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, Department of Molecular Genetics) has been named a Companion of the Order of Canada. This award recognizes national pre-eminence, international service or achievement. Andrews is recognized for her globally significant research in systems biology and for developing and nurturing prominent scientific communities in molecular genetics.
Professor Frances A. Shepherd (Department of Medicine) has been named a Member of the Order of Canada. This award recognizes outstanding local or regional contributions in a special field of activity. Shepherd is cited for her leadership in improving treatment options and outcomes for people with advanced lung cancer.
Professor Cheryl Arrowsmith (Department of Medical Biophysics) has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The honour recognizes Arrowsmith’s role in enabling the research community to benefit from open-access science, speeding up the discovery of new therapies. She will be formally inducted at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington this February.
The Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCPF) has named Professor Philip Ellison and Dr. Peter Deimling the Regional Family Physicians of the Year. The honour recognizes their outstanding dedication to their patients, community, profession and the OCFP.
Ontario College of Family Physicians has honoured Professors Paul Caulford, Danielle Martin, Anwar Parbtani and Drs. Brent Elsey and Kerstin Mossman with the 2015 Award of Excellence. It recognizes outstanding contributions in a specific area pertaining to the specialty of family medicine: patient care, community service, hospital or health-care institutions, College activities (CFPC or OCFP), teaching, research or other elements of the academic discipline of family medicine.
Professor Brian Hodges is the recipient of the 2015 Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education. Hodges is recognized for stimulating an international medical education metamorphosis to prepare the next generation of physicians for a rapidly changing future. A professor in the Department of Psychiatry, he was instrumental in projects that redefined competence for future physicians. He was a major contributor to the Educating Future Physicians for Ontario project and its successor, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada CanMEDS framework.
The Department of Family and Community Medicine’s Professor Michael Evans is the recipient of the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance’s award for Distinguished Service to Cancer Research. Evans is recognized for his innovative contribution to promoting healthy lifestyles and communicating best evidence on topics relevant to cancer control and other health issues.
The Faculty of Medicine Office of Communications has been honoured with a 2015 MarCom Gold Award for Dean’s Report 2015: Let’s Do What Can’t Be Done. The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) administers and adjudicates the awards and receives entries from around the world. Prizes are given out for a variety of print, digital and broadcast materials.
The Department of Medicine’s Vivian Rambihar has been named one of the University of Toronto’s University College Alumni of Influence. This award celebrates distinguished UC Alumni who have made extraordinary contributions to their community or field. He was among the first in Canada to identify ethnic and gender differences in health, and to use chaos and complexity science as a model for this and for health promotion. Rambihar is a pioneer in chaos and complexity science, and one of the first to apply it to medicine, health, and society, and has written many books and given many lectures on the topic.
Melissa Lem, a lecturer in the Department of Family and Community Medicine has been named the inaugural University College U of T Young Alumna of Influence. This award recognizes a graduate, between the ages of 21 and 35, who has made outstanding contributions to their professional field or community.
Professor David Naylor has been named to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Naylor is the former dean of medicine and U of T president and is noted for his visionary contributions to health research, education, administration and policy. Also named to the Hall of Fame were U of T University Professor Emeritus Michael Bliss and U of T alumni May Cohen and Gordon Guyatt.
The Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation is honouring Professor Vito Forte of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Forte is the recipient of a 2015 Manning Innovation Award for his work developing and commercializing an otoscopy training simulation system called OtoSim, which helps medical students around the world learn how to more accurately diagnose ear conditions.
Professor Daniel Durocher (Department of Molecular Genetics) has won Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre’s 2015 Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research. The prize recognizes promising investigators aged 45 and under for their efforts to advance cancer research. He is being honoured for his research into how cells maintain the integrity of their genomes, and especially how they deal with damage known as DNA double-strand break.
The Department of Surgery’s Professor Subodh Verma has been named to the The Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Verma is an internationally renowned cardiac surgeon-scientist and the Canada research Chair in Aterosclerosis.
Professors Daniel Durocher, Brendan Frey, Anne-Claude Gingras, Andreas Laupacis, Arthur Slutsky have been elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada. The Royal Society recognizes scholarly, research and artistic excellence, advises governments and organizations and promotes a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada and with other national academies around the world. Durocher, Frey, Gingras, Laupacis and Slutsky will be inducted to the academy November 27 in Victoria.
The 2015 Colvin Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research has been awarded to Professor Trevor Young. This international award is given annually to an outstanding scientist carrying out work on the causes, pathophysiology, treatment, or prevention of affective disorders. The award recognizes Young’s research on the molecular basis of bipolar disorder and its treatment.
Professor Denis Daneman
2015 Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres Contribution to Child Health Award
The Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres is honouring Professor and Chair of the Department of Paediatrics Denis Daneman with its CAPHC Contribution to Child Health Award. Daneman is one of the most distinguished, respected and well-known paediatric diabetologists in the world. He is celebrated for his clinical and research contributions, mentorship, teaching and leadership in health promotion and policy, particularly in the area of social determinants of health.
Professor James Rutka
2015 Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize
Professor and RS McLaughlin Chair of the Department of Surgery James Rutka has been named the fifth winner of the annual Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize. This award recognizes Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to the treatment, amelioration or cure of brain disorders. His research and clinical efforts focus on human brain tumours.
Professors Yigal Dror and Anca Prica and Omri Arvib and Abi Vijenthira
2015 ASH Honours Award
The American Society of Hematology is honouring two Faculty members and two of their students. Professors Yigal Dror (Deparatment of Paediatrics) and Anca Prica (Division of Hematology) have been named Research Mentors to Omri Arbiv (Undergraduate Medical Education) and Abi Vijenthira (Resident). The award supports hematology research projects by medical students and residents who are interested in hematology but haven’t yet begun a related training program.