Faculty of Medicine Dean's Alumni Awards

Our UofTMed alumni network of over 58,000 leaders — including graduates of our life sciences, rehabilitation sciences, MD and MD/PhD programs, as well as more than 20,000 former residents and fellows — are making contributions in Canada and internationally.

We celebrate your impact with the Faculty of Medicine Dean's Alumni Awards.

Nominate Outstanding Alumni

Help us recognize our outstanding alumni and share their achievements with the Faculty of Medicine community. Nominations for the 2019 Dean's Alumni Awards are due Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Nominate an alumnus/a for one of the following awards:

2018 Dean's Alumni Award recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award 

This award recognizes 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.

Emerging Leader Award

This award is presented to an alumnus/a who is early in their career and has graduated in the past 15 years. The recipient will have demonstrated outstanding service to the Faculty, 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. 

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 Faculty of Medicine or through their work with civic, charitable and social causes beyond the scope of their clinical or academic responsibilities.

25th Anniversary Award

This award is given to a graduate of the 25th anniversary MD class who, selected by peers, has best demonstrated qualities in one or more of the following areas: leadership, research, teaching, clinical care, administration or public service. The 25th Anniversary Award only requires one letter of nomination. An additional letter of support is not required. In 2019, the 25th Anniversary Award will go to a graduate of the 1994 MD class.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Individuals who hold a degree or certificate from the Faculty of Medicine are eligible for consideration (including graduates of our life sciences, rehabilitation sciences, MD/PhD programs, and former residents and fellows).
  • Nominations may be submitted by any individual, independently or on behalf of a group or institution. 
  • Nominees can only be nominated in one category per year
  • Nominators cannot be the spouse or relative of their Nominee.
  • Additional eligibility criteria apply for the Emerging Leader Award and the 25th Anniversary Award, please see award description 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. (not required for the 25th Anniversary Award)
  • 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, sample 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

    The Award Selection Committee is comprised of five teams of volunteers who review nominations and select the award recipients. If you would like to participate on the committee, please email Karen Lee, Alumni Relations Officer at kare.lee@utoronto.ca.

    All committee members:

    • Must be part of the U of T 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 committee meeting(s).

    2018 Dean's Alumni Award Recipients

    Dr. Ronald Zuker, MD’69, PGME’76 (Plastic Surgery)

    Lifetime Achievement — International Impact

    Dr. Zuker is an international expert in microsurgery, cleft repair and facial reanimation. He is a Professor in U of T’s Department of Surgery and a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). He is a long-time volunteer leader with “Operation Smile” as well as with the cleft lip and palate charity “Transforming Faces.” Dr. Zuker served as medical director of the SickKids’ Cleft Lip and Palate Program for many years. He is recognized for his exceptional and sustained contributions to clinical skill innovation and teaching.


    Dr. Gary Levy, BSc’69, MD’73

    Lifetime Achievement — National/Community Impact

    Dr. Levy is founder of Canada’s first and one of the world’s foremost Multi-Organ Transplant Program at the University Health Network’s Toronto General Hospital. During his tenure, Dr. Levy built this program to become the largest transplant program in Canada. As a faculty member in the U of T departments of Medicine, Immunology, Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology as well as the Institute of Medical Science, he has made major research contributions in the field of transplantation. He is recognized as a leader, physician, scientist and mentor.



    Dr. Donald Payne, MD’63, PGME’70 (Psychiatry)

    Humanitarian Award

    Dr. Payne has made outstanding career-long contributions as a psychiatrist to the care and advocacy of victims of torture and human rights abuses, both nationally and internationally. In addition to developing the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, his work has extended to Amnesty International and Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR). He has provided training to new members of the Immigration and Refugee Board and to lawyers working on refugee cases. He also developed a protocol for writing psychiatric assessments on refugee claimants, which is used in teaching at the University of Toronto.


    Dr. Fahad Razak, BSc’02, MD’09, PGME’13 (Internal Medicine)

    Emerging Leader Award

    Dr. Razak is an internist at St. Michael’s Hospital, Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, and assistant professor in U of T’s Department of Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. He is co-founder of the General Medicine Inpatient Initiative (GEMINI), a “big data” network that extracts and harmonizes information across seven Toronto hospitals with the aim of improving the care of patients admitted to general medicine. He has developed partnerships across Ontario with plans to expand GEMINI province-wide. Dr. Razak has led research in the fields of population health, global health and on general medical inpatients. He is co-founder of The Rounds Table, a free educational podcast focused on new research in medicine, which has been downloaded more than 200,000 times in 100 countries.



    Dr. Vicky Lee Ng, MD’93, PGME’97 (Paediatrics)

    25th Anniversary Award

    Recognized by the MD Class of 1993, Dr. Ng is Medical Director of the Liver Transplant Program at SickKids and U of T Paediatrics Professor. As an academic clinician and gastroenterologist, she focuses on improving health outcomes for children with end-stage liver failure and who have undergone liver transplantation. She is the SickKids site lead investigator on multi-center trials studying immunosuppression withdrawal in stable pediatric liver transplant recipients, as well as novel therapeutic interventions in children with fulminant liver failure and biliary atresia. She is also the co-creator of the first disease-specific health related quality of life tool for survivors of pediatric liver transplantation, now available in over 10 languages.



    Past Alumni Award Recipients

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    Rising Star Award

    Volunteerism Award

    If you have any questions about the awards, please contact Karen Lee at kare.lee@utoronto.ca or (416) 978-3588. 

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