Clinical Affairs

Family MedClinical Affairs provides policies, explanations, tools and links to related information for clinical (MD) faculty appointments to the university:


A Professional Relationships Management Committee is charged with the interpretation and implementation of the Relations with Industry in MD Training standards  and provides guidance to the Dean, as required. As of 2018/19, the committee is composed of the following members:

  • Chair, as appointed by the Dean, Prof. Sherif El-Defrawy
  • Vice Dean, Clinical and Faculty Affairs, Prof. Lynn Wilson
  • Vice Dean, Research, Prof. Reinhart Reithmeier
  • Associate Dean Continuing Professional Development, Dr. Suzan Schneeweiss
  • Associate Dean Post MD Education, Dr. Glen Bandiera
  • Basic Sciences Representative, Dr. Rita Kandel
  • Rehabilitation Sciences Representative, Dr. Pascal van Lieshout
  • Legal Counsel, Sara Gottlieb
  • 2 Senior Faculty members appointed by the Dean, Dr. Peter Giacobbe and Dr. Jeannette Goguen

For more information about this committee, please contact Nancy Smart or 416-978-7212


Pier Bryden photoDr. Pier Bryden

Senior Advisor to the Dean on Clinical Affairs

Dr. Pier Bryden has been a staff psychiatrist at Sick Kids since 2001. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, the University of Oxford, and McMaster University. She has subspecialty certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Bryden is an associate professor at the University of Toronto, where she was a 2018 Recipient of the University’s prestigious President’s Teaching Award which recognizes sustained excellence in teaching, research in teaching, and the integration of teaching and research.

Dr. Bryden is Senior Advisor, Clinical Affairs and Professional Values for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Between 2013 and 2017 she was the Preclerkship Director for the MD Program where she co-led the most extensive curriculum renewal the program had experienced since 1992.

Dr. Bryden is Chair of the Medical Council of Canada’s Central Examination Committee.

Her academic publications include papers on medical education, medical professionalism, and ethical and legal aspects of child psychiatry. She is the co-author, with Dr. David Goldbloom, of a popular book on psychiatry, “How Can I Help: A Week in my Life as a Psychiatrist”, which was a Canadian non-fiction bestseller, and nominated as one of ten books all Ontarians should read in 2017 by the Ontario Library Association. How Can I Help has also been published in French and Chinese language editions. In January 2020, Dr. Bryden’s book “Start Here: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Children and Teens Through Mental Health Challenges”, co-authored with Dr. Peter Szatmari, was published by Simon & Schuster. Dr. Bryden is also an invited contributor to Psychology Today.