Dean's Alumni Awards

Our Temerty Medicine alumni network consists of more than 61,000 graduates of our life sciences, rehabilitation sciences, MD and MD/PhD programs, as well as more than 20,000 former residents and clinical fellows. Together, they are contributing to better health and health care throughout Toronto, across Canada and around the world. 

Every year we celebrate our Temerty Medicine alumni community's impact with the Dean’s Alumni Awards. We highlight the contributions of our alumni as they advance clinical care, health research, medical education and more.

Nominate Outstanding Alumni

Help us recognize our exceptional alumni and share their achievements with the Temerty Faculty of Medicine community. Nominations for the 2021 Dean's Alumni Awards are now closed and award recipients will be announced in late April.  

Individual alumni (including former residents and clinical fellows) can be recognized for one of the following awards:

Lifetime Achievement Awards 

These awards recognize alumni who have demonstrated a lifetime of exceptional professionalism through leadership, research, teaching, clinical care, administration or public service. Two recipients will be honoured each year, one for career accomplishments with international impact and one for career achievements with national and/or community impact.

Humanitarian Award

This award honours alumni who have provided extraordinary volunteer service, demonstrating leadership through local or global work. Recipients have enriched the lives of others through their volunteerism in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine or through their work with civic, charitable and social causes beyond the scope of their clinical or academic responsibilities.

Emerging Leader Award

This award is presented to alumni early in their career who have completed their training in the past 15 years. Recipients will have demonstrated outstanding service to Temerty Medicine, their local medical/healthcare community, or a scientific or academic achievement. The recipient can receive this award for one specific achievement or for a body of work. 

Insulin 100 Emerging Leader Award 

To mark the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin at U of T, this award is presented to an alumnus/a who is early in their career and has completed their training in the past 15 years. The recipient will have demonstrated impact to advancements in diabetes understanding, treatment or care. The recipient can receive this award for one specific achievement or for a body of work. 

Nominee Eligibility and Criteria

  • Individuals who hold a degree or certificate from — or completed their training at — U of T's Faculty of Medicine (now known as the Temerty Faculty of Medicine) are eligible for consideration (including graduates of our life sciences, rehabilitation sciences, MD/PhD programs, and former residents and clinical fellows). Please note individuals who only completed post-doctoral research fellowships are not eligible for nomination.
  • Nominations may be submitted by any individual, independently or on behalf of a group or institution. Self-nominations will not be accepted. 
  • Nominees can only be nominated in one category per year.
  • Additional eligibility criteria apply for the Emerging Leader Awards, please see award the descriptions for more details.

Please be sure to include with your submission:

  • A letter of nomination highlighting the nominee's achievements and explaining why the nominee should receive the award. Maximum 250 words.
  • An additional letter of support from an individual familiar with the nominee's work. This person is different from the nominator and cannot be the nominee’s spouse or relative. 
  • A current copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae, including a summary of top publications (if applicable). Maximum five pages.
  • Optional: Supplementary documents (maximum two) that convey the importance of the nominee’s work. These can include notices and reviews, select publications, media coverage, abstracts, etc. Each supplementary document cannot exceed five pages.

Please note that all nominations will be in consideration for three years.

Selection Committee Eligibility

Each award has its own committee of three to seven alumni who review the nominations and select the award recipient. If space allows, members may choose to sit on more than one award selection committee. In 2021, all committee deliberations will take place virtually. If you would like to participate on an awards selection committee, please email Lola Cullen at

All committee members:

  • Must be part of the U of T Temerty Faculty of Medicine community of alumni, students, faculty or staff.
  • Cannot be nominated in the current award year.
  • Cannot nominate or provide letters of support for current award candidates.
  • Be available to attend virtual committee meeting(s).

2020 Dean's Alumni Award Recipients

Anthony LangLifetime Achievement Award - Global Impact
Dr. Anthony Lang, MD ‘75

Dr. Lang is the former President of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society and past Editor of the journal Movement Disorders. He pioneered the use of specific rating scales for a number of neurological movement disorders (including the most commonly used scale for cervical dystonia), advocated for the use of experimental therapeutics in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and was instrumental in changing the way that Parkinson’s disease is evaluated. Dr. Lang established the Pan American Section within the international Movement Disorder Society — uniting clinicians and scientists from the United States, Latin America and South America, and representing those regions in the Society’s programming and outreach.


Rosemary Gay MoodieLifetime Achievement Award - National/Community Impact
The Honourable Rosemary Gay Moodie, Senator, PGME ’88 (Paediatrics)

Senator Moodie is an advocate for equal opportunity, health equity and social justice. In 2018, she was the first U of T academic physician to be appointed to the Senate of Canada. Her work focuses on the rights of children and well-being of vulnerable populations. Senator Moodie is a neonatologist, clinical teacher and Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics. Her community practice serves priority urban neighbourhoods that are home to new Canadians, low-income families and those with significant social needs. She serves on numerous national and international non-profit boards, including the Unity Health Toronto and Orbis Canada. Among Senator Moodie’s recognitions are the City of Toronto’s Access, Equity and Human Rights Award - Constance E. Hamilton Award for Status of Women; UTAA’s Carl Mitchell Award for Community Engagement; Ryerson University’s Viola Desmond Honouree Award; and the Government of Jamaica’s Order of Distinction, Rank of Commander.

Naheed DosaniHumanitarian Award
Dr. Naheed Dosani, PGME ’13 (Family & Community Medicine)

Dr. Dosani founded Palliative Education and Care for the Homeless (PEACH) — Canada’s first community-based Palliative Care outreach program, aimed at supporting the needs of Toronto’s most vulnerable and marginalized citizens. The street and shelter-based community outreach program aims to meld evidence-based practices from the field of Palliative Care with best practices from inner-city health research, using a supportive and empathic approach. Since its founding in 2014, PEACH has become nationally and internationally recognized with over 350 patients receiving PEACH-style care. As a result of his leadership and advocacy, Dr. Dosani inspired the development of Journey Home Hospice (JHH), a residential hospice that provides high-quality end-of-life care to individuals who have lived along the homeless continuum.

Mark SinyorEmerging Leader Award
Dr. Mark Sinyor, MD'07, PGME '12 (Psychiatry)

Dr. Sinyor is an international leader in suicide research and is at the forefront of shaping suicide prevention at the local, national and international levels. He has advised Canadian media about safe reporting related to suicide, as well as the World Health Organization and Mental Health Commission of Canada on creating guidelines for safely disseminating suicide-related content. Dr. Sinyor has also created workshops for the lay public and educators across Ontario on how to understand mental health, build resilience, and to talk safely about suicide. He is also the creator of a 3-month mental health literacy and skills curriculum for middle school students, which is being used across Ontario and will soon be in use in several countries around the world.


Christopher ChanMD 25th Anniversary Award 
Dr. Christopher Chan, MD ’95, PGME ’02 (Clinician Investigator Program)

Dr. Chan has made globally-recognized contributions to home hemodialysis. He has championed and defined this important therapy, leading and coordinating a large network dedicated to the clinical and basic science aspects of optimal dialysis delivery. He leads an internationally-recognized home dialysis centre of excellence in Toronto and led the development of the UHN-Baxter Home Dialysis Fellowship. Dr. Chan also co-chaired the International Consensus Statement of Innovative Dialysis Therapies and has over 200 highly cited peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Humanitarian Award (formerly Volunteerism)

Emerging Leader Award (formerly Rising Star)

MD 25th Anniversary Award

For more information about the Dean's Alumni Awards program, please contact Lola Cullen at