Recent Appointments

 Theme Lead, MD-PGME Social Justice, Anti-Oppression and Advocacy 

Dr. Ritika Goel has been appointed MD-PGME Social Justice, Anti-Oppression and Advocacy Theme Lead for a three-year term beginning May 17, 2021. Dr. Goel is a lecturer and faculty lead in social accountability in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She is also a family physician with the St. Michael's Hospital Academic Family Health Team and Inner City Health Associates.  

 

Acting Vice-President and Provost; Acting Dean of the Temerty Faculty of Medicine

Dean Trevor Young has been appointed Acting Vice-President and Provost for a six-month term, effective July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021, while Provost Cheryl Regehr is on approved administrative leave. Professor Young currently serves as Dean of the Temerty Faculty of Medicine and as Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions.

Professor Patricia Houston has been appointed Acting Dean of the Temerty Faculty of Medicine for a nine-month term, effective July 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. Professor Houston will serve in this acting role during Professor Young’s acting term and subsequent three-month leave. [Professor Young will continue to hold the position of Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions while Acting Provost.]

Prof. Patricia Houston is currently Vice-Dean, Medical Education in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine and is a Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine. Prof. Houston has served in a number of leadership roles in the University and at St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto.

 

Director, Centre for Interprofessional Education

Professor Stella Ng has been appointed Director of the Centre for Interprofessional Education.  Prof. Ng previously served as Director of Research Centre for Faculty Development for eight years. Her work in health professions education has been recognized nationally, with the Meridith Marks New Educator Award and the Early Career Medical Educators Champion Award. Prof. Ng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and a Wilson Centre Scientist. She is also an AMS Phoenix Fellow in Compassion and AI/Digital Technology.

 

Executive Director, Major Projects and Facilities Management

Heather Taylor has been appointed Executive Director, Major Projects and Facilities Management for the Temerty Faculty of Medicine. Ms. Taylor will help lead the Faculty’s redevelopment of the west wing of the Medical Sciences Building, and the construction of the new James and Louise Temerty building. She will also continue to have broad oversight of the Office of the Facilities Management and Space Planning.

 

President-Elect, American Pediatric Society

Professor Lisa Robinson is the President-Elect, American Pediatric Society. Dr. Robinson has been an APS member since 2013 and has served on many committees devoted to child health, particularly in nephrology. She has also served on Council in the Society for Pediatric Research, as President of the Canadian Association of Paediatric Nephrologists, and on the American Society of Nephrology’s Innovation and Discovery Task Force.

Dr. Robinson is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, and Vice Dean, Strategy and Operations in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at U of T. She is former Division Chief of Nephrology at The Hospital for Sick Children, and a Senior Scientist at SickKids Research Institute.

 

Vice Dean, Research and Graduate Education

Professor Justin Nodwell has been appointed Vice Dean, Research and Graduate Education for a five-year term effective May 1, 2021. In this new combined portfolio Prof. Nodwell will provide leadership and oversight of Temerty Medicine’s research enterprise and two key education activities — graduate education and undergraduate life sciences education. 

Dr. Nodwell is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry, a role he has held since 2013. As Chair he coordinated the department’s move to MaRS, and oversaw the department’s expansion through several faculty recruits and the cross-appointment of 12 faculty members from Sunnybrook, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and Sick Kids. Since becoming Chair, he has also undertaken renewals of the undergraduate and graduate programs, and successfully implemented laboratory rotations for incoming graduate students.

 

Vice Dean, Clinical and Faculty Affairs

Professor Lynn Wilson has been re-appointed as Vice Dean, Clinical and Faculty Affairs, effective April 1, 2021. Appointed as Vice Dean, Partnerships in 2016, with responsibility for external partnerships including international, hospital, and university-wide relations, Professor Wilson has added responsibility (in 2020) for clinical faculty appointments and related matters, such as professional values and faculty wellness. She continues to have responsibility for oversight of the Rehabilitation Sciences sector, and the Medical Radiation Sciences and Physician Assistant programs.

 

Vice Dean, Medical Education

Professor Patricia Houston has been re-appointed as Vice Dean, Medical Education, effective July 1, 2021. In 2020 Professor Houston assumed responsibility for Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD), in addition to her leadership of the MD Program (since 2016). Professor Houston continues to work closely with leaders and staff in the MD Program, PGME and CPD to better support our learners across the continuum of their education.

 

Director, Faculty Wellness

Professor Julie Maggi has been appointed Director, Faculty Wellness, for a five-year term beginning February 1, 2021. Dr. Maggi was Director of the Postgraduate Wellness Office until this appointment, and she will continue to assist with the transition to an Interim Director in that role over the next two months.

Prof. Maggi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at U of T, and a staff psychiatrist at Unity Health (St. Michael’s Hospital), as a consultant to the obstetrics and trauma services. She also served as Co-Chair of the Dean’s Faculty Wellness Working Group in 2018-19 and, since May 2020, has acted as the COVID Faculty Wellness Coordinator.

 

Associate Dean, Mississauga Campus

Professor Alison Freeland has been re-appointed for a second five-year term, effective February 1. The role was previously Associate Dean, Medical Education (Regional), and is now a joint position with the role of Vice President, Education, Academic Affairs and Patient Experience at Trillium Health Partners.

Dr. Freeland is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at U of T, and she has served as Chair, Distributed Medical Education committee of the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine since 2018. 

 

Director, Information Technology

Dimitris Keramidas will join Temerty Medicine as the new Director, Information Technology, effective February 8. He has worked at York University for most of the last eight years, first as the Director, Information Technology for the Faculty of Science, after which he assumed the role of Director of Information and Learning Technology for the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Both positions included responsibility for the planning and implementation of technology strategies, services and solutions aimed at positively impacting the student experience and addressing the technology needs of faculty and staff. 

Prior to joining York University, Dimitris led a technology-consulting firm’s expansion into Athens, Greece, where he was responsible for business development, talent management and stakeholder relationship management.

 

Vice Dean, Strategy and Operations

Professor Lisa Robinson, Associate Dean, Inclusion and Diversity will become Vice Dean, Strategy and Operations, effective January 1, 2021. Prof. Robinson was first appointed as the Faculty’s Chief Diversity Officer in 2016 and then Associate Dean, Inclusion & Diversity in 2018. She has provided leadership on issues of equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the Faculty, the University, and affiliated hospitals.

As Vice Dean, Strategy and Operations, Dr. Robinson will lead the Faculty’s academic strategic planning, oversee academic affairs (including all UTQAP and non-UTQAP reviews) and department chair searches, and will continue as academic lead for the Faculty’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity. Dr. Robinson is a Professor in the Faculty's Department of Paediatrics and Institute of Medical Science, Head of the Division of Nephrology at SickKids, and a Senior Scientist in the Cell Biology program at the SickKids Research Institute. 

 

Senior Advisor to the Dean

Professor Sal Spadafora, Vice Dean, Strategy and Operations will become Senior Advisor to the Dean, effective January 1, 2021. Dr. Spadafora, whose second and final term as Vice Dean ends on December 31, will continue in the leadership role of Senior Advisor to the Dean, in addition to his recently announced role as Special Advisor to the President and Provost on COVID-19. 

Prof. Spadafora will continue to lead the recovery of academic operations for the Faculty during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to work closely with the Faculty of Arts & Science on undergraduate life sciences teaching.  He will also continue his role as decanal sponsor for the Faculty’s initiatives in Indigenous health.

 

Vice Dean, Graduate and Academic Affairs

Professor Allan Kaplan's term in this role ends December 31, 2020. Professor Reinhart Reithmeier, Interim Vice Dean, Research and Innovation, will be responsible for graduate education matters until further details on the Graduate and Academic Affairs portfolio are announced early in 2021.

 

Chair and Graduate Chair, Physical Therapy

Professor Susan Jaglal has been appointed Chair and Graduate Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, effective January 1, 2021. Prof. Jaglal is currently Interim Chair of the department and previously served as Vice Chair of Research.  She is cross appointed to the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute and the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, holds the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-University Health Network Chair at U of T and is the Academic Lead for Training in the AGEWELL Networks of Centres of Excellence.

 

Senior Advisor, Clinical Affairs and Professional Values
 
Professor Pier Bryden has assumed the role of Senior Advisor, Clinical Affairs and Professional Values, effective September 1. Dr. Bryden will continue to lead the Faculty’s Professional Values program, and work jointly with and report to Professor Lynn Wilson, Vice-Dean, Clinical & Faculty Affairs. Together they will manage clinical faculty appointments; Dr. Bryden will support the Faculty Appointments Advisory Committee (FAAC), and Dr. Wilson will take over Professor John Bohnen's roles in AFP funding.

Dr. John Bohnen retired from academic administration on September 1, 2020. Dr. Bohnen served two terms as Vice-Dean, Clinical Affairs, and since 2015 was Senior Advisor on Clinical Affairs, addressing various matters including AFP funding, CPSO regulation, practice plans and issues involving individual clinicians.

 

Interim Chair, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Professor Heather Colquhoun has been appointed Interim Chair, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, beginning July 1, 2020 for one year, or until a new Chair is appointed. Prof. Colquhoun received her MSc and PhD in Rehabilitation Science from McMaster University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. She joined U of T in 2014 as an Assistant Professor and holds a cross-appointment in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, and is a full member of the School of Graduate Studies. She has over 30 years of experience as an occupational therapist, educator and researcher.

 

Vice Dean, Clinical and Faculty Affairs

Professor Lynn Wilson, Vice Dean, Partnerships will become Vice Dean, Clinical and Faculty Affairs on July 1, 2020.  While maintaining responsibility for external partnerships including international, hospital and university-wide relations, Prof. Wilson's role takes on greater focus on clinical affairs, as Professor John Bohnen, Senior Advisor on Clinical Affairs, comes to the end of his term on Aug. 31. This portfolio includes clinical faculty appointments and related matters, such as professional values and faculty wellness. Prof. Wilson will also have responsibility for oversight of the Rehabilitation Sciences sector, in addition to the Medical Radiation Sciences and Physician Assistant programs.

 

Vice Dean, Strategy and Operations

Professor Sal Spadafora, Vice Dean, Post MD Education will become Vice Dean, Strategy and Operations on July 1, 2020. As the PGME and CPD portfolios are aligned with the MD Program, the focus of Prof. Spadafora's role will become strategy and operations related to the recovery and adaptation of academic operations for the Faculty during the COVID-19 pandemic, and other important projects as they arise. Prof. Spadafora will continue to lead efforts to expand the Faculty’s network of international trainees, particularly from the Middle East.

 

Vice Dean, Medical Education

Professor Patricia Houston, Vice Dean, MD Program will become Vice Dean, Medical Education on July 1, 2020. In addition to retaining responsibility for the MD Program, Prof. Houston will assume oversight of Postgraduate Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development. The alignment of medical education portfolios under one Vice Dean will enable better support of learners across the continuum of medical education. Prof. Houston will work closely with leaders and staff in PGME and CPD in the coming months to determine the most effective way to integrate the portfolios.

 

Director, Centre for Faculty Development

Professor Latika Nirula will be the new Director of the Centre for Faculty Development, effective July 1. Dr. Nirula is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry who conducts research in simulation-based education and faculty development. She has been the Director, Simulation and Teaching Excellence at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health for the past eight years, and previous roles include Acting Director of the Centre for Faculty Development in 2015 and Curriculum/Faculty Development Specialist at the Michener Institute. Professor Nirula will assume her new role from Professor Karen Leslie, who has served as Director since 2009.

 

Director, Donnelly Centre for Cellular & Biomolecular Research

Professor Brenda Andrews will complete her final term as Director of the Donnelly Centre for Cellular & Biomolecular Research on June 30, 2020. Professor Charlie Boone has been appointed Interim Director effective July 1. Professor Boone is cross appointed in the Department of Molecular Genetics and holds the Anne and Max Tanenbaum Chair in Molecular Medicine, as well as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Proteomics, Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics.

 

Vice Dean, Research & Innovation

Professor Richard Hegele will end his term as Vice Dean, Research & Innovation on June 30, 2020, after four and a half years in the role. He has decided to participate in the university's Special Retirement Program for Faculty and Librarians. Throughout his time as Vice Dean, Professor Hegele built a dedicated team in the Office of Research & Innovation, led development and execution of theme-based research at MaRS, and played a key role in university-hospital research collaboration as co-chair of TAHSNr. He also oversaw research restart and recovery efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professor Reinhart Reithmeier will become Interim Vice Dean on July 1, 2020. He is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, with a cross-appointment to the Department of Medicine. Professor Reithmeier is known internationally for his research on membrane proteins in human health and disease. He served as Chair of Biochemistry from 2002 to 2013 and as Special Advisor to the Dean of Graduate Studies on Graduate Skills Development and Engagement from 2015 to 2017. 

 

Chair, Family & Community Medicine

Professor David Tannenbaum as Interim Chair, effective April 1, 2020.  Dr. Tannenbaum is Associate Professor and Vice Chair (Partnerships) in the Department of Family & Community Medicine, and also Family Physician-in-Chief at Mount Sinai Hospital. He previously served as Interim Chair in 2017.

Professor Michael Kidd has been Chair of the department since 2017. He has accepted an appointment as Principal Medical Advisor to the Department of Health of the Government of Australia, and Professor of Primary Care Reform at The Australian National University. 

 

Director, Learner Experience

Professor Reena Pattani has been appointed Director, Learner Experience, effective May 1, 2020. She will lead approaches to optimize the learner experience, and will oversee pathways for MD and Post MD learners to report on mistreatment. Dr. Pattani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at U of T, and a Staff Physician and Clinician Teacher in the Division of General Internal Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital.

 

Chair, Paediatrics

Dr. Meredith Irwin has been named Chair of the Department of Paediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine effective April 1, 2020.  This is a joint appointment as Chief of Paediatrics at The Hospital for Sick Children, approved by the Hospital’s Board of Trustees.

Dr. Irwin is a paediatric oncologist and clinician-scientist, with cross-appointments in Medical Biophysics and Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology at U of T. She is Co-Director of the Neuroblastoma Program at SickKids and Head of the Solid Tumour Section of the Division of Haematology/Oncology, where she also serves as an attending physician. She is also a Senior Scientist in the Cell Biology program in SickKids’ Research Institute.

 

Chair and Graduate Chair, Physiology

Professor Scott Heximer has been appointed Chair and Graduate Chair of the Department of Physiology, for a five- year term effective January 1, 2020. He has also been appointed as the Ernest B. and Leonard B. Smith Chair in Physiology.

Dr. Heximer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology and has served as Interim Chair since May 2019. He is also a principal investigator for the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, and holds a Canada Research Chair in Cardiovascular Physiology, Tier II. His research focuses on understanding the signaling pathways and phenotypic variation in cardiac fibroblasts.

 

Chair, Nutritional Sciences

Professor Deborah O'Connor has assumed the role of Chair in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, as of January 1, 2020. Prof. O’Connor has also been appointed as the Earle W. McHenry Chair in Nutritional Sciences. She had served as Interim Chair in the department since July 2018.

Prof. O'Connor holds scientific appointments in the Translational Medicine Program at The Hospital for Sick Children and the Department of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital. Her research focuses on maternal and infant nutrition, and strategies to support provision of human milk and adequate nutrients to vulnerable children including very preterm infants. 

 

Director, Professional Values

Professor Pier Bryden has been appointed Director, Professional Values in the Faculty of Medicine for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2019. This appointment will help the Faculty create an ecology of professionalism that is essential in promoting health and wellbeing among faculty and other members of the U of T Medicine community.  

Dr. Bryden is Associate Professor and Vice-Chair, Education in the Department of Psychiatry, and Director of Program Integration for the MD Program in the Faculty of Medicine.  She is also a staff psychiatrist at The Hospital for Sick Children, a role she has held since 2001.  Dr. Bryden was the Faculty Lead for Ethics and Professionalism in the MD Program from 2009 to 2013, and the Pre-clerkship Director from 2013 to 2017, a role in which she co‐led the most extensive curriculum renewal the program had experienced since 1992.   

 

Acting Dean; Acting Vice Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions

Dean Trevor Young will take an approved administrative leave from January 1 to June 30, 2020. During that time, Professor Salvatore Spadafora will serve as Acting Dean, and Professor Lynn Wilson will serve as Acting Vice Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions. Dean Young will continue in his role as Chair of the Presidential & Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health while on administrative leave, although the task force aims to complete its work by the end of 2019.

Professor Spadafora is currently Vice Dean, Post MD Education. As Vice Dean, he has been recognized for superb leadership and administrative skills. Under his guidance, the Faculty has excelled in the areas of academic oversight, program governance, and the financial management of its post MD activities, including clinical fellowships and training agreements. 

Professor Wilson is currently Vice Dean, Partnerships, and Associate Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions. She has played a key role in developing the University’s relationships with its health science partners. Under Professor Wilson’s guidance, the Faculty and U of T have leveraged our location to increase collaboration, develop innovative opportunities for researchers, educators, and learners, and advance strategic international relations.

 

Director, Institute of Medical Science

Professor Mingyao Liu has been re-appointed as Director of the Institute of Medical Science for a second five-year term, beginning January 1, 2020. Dr. Liu is a Professor in the Department of Surgery, with cross-appointments to the Departments of Medicine and Physiology. He is the James and Mary Davie Chair in Lung Injury, Repair, and Regeneration and Head of the Respiratory and Critical Care Group at the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, University Health Network, where he is a Senior Scientist. 

Prof. Liu has fostered several international collaborations, particularly between Canada and China, among many other accomplishments as Director.

 

Chair, Speech-Language Pathology

Professor Pascal van Lieshout has been re-appointed as Chair of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology for a second five-year term, beginning July 1, 2019. Dr. Lieshout is Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Executive Chair of the Rehabilitation Sciences Sector in the Faculty of Medicine. He is also a graduate faculty member in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese and at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, and an adjunct professor in the PhD Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the City University of New York.   

A former Canada Research Chair in Oral Motor Function, Dr. Van Lieshout is Director of the Oral Dynamics Laboratory and Adjunct Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. He studies oral motor control mechanisms in a variety of populations, aiming to understand how people produce speech and what might cause problems performing this complex function. 

 

Chair, Medicine

Professor Gillian Hawker has been re-appointed as Chair, Department of Medicine, for a second five-year term beginning July 1, 2019. A recent external review recognized many accomplishments under Dr. Hawker’s leadership, in particular, her “contributions to equity, wellness, integration of university and hospital processes, support for faculty and the redefining of the leadership team are outstanding.” Her commitment to clinician scientist training, as well as to the principles of diversity and equity, have been hallmarks of her first term as chair.

Prof. Hawker is the Sir John & Lady Eaton Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine and is cross-appointed to the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She is a Senior Scientist at the Women’s College Research Institute and a staff member in Rheumatology at Women’s College Hospital.  
 

Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions

The Agenda Committee of Academic Board has approved the reappointment of Professor Trevor Young as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, and the Executive Committee of Governing Council has approved his reappointment as Vice Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions for a second term from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2025. 

Under Professor Young’s leadership, the Faculty of Medicine has seen tremendous success over the past four years. He has promoted excellence at every level and has fostered thriving and mutually beneficial relationships with the University’s numerous affiliated hospitals. Professor Young’s key accomplishments at the Faculty include: strengthening our partnership with the Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN) and more than 30 affiliates across the Greater Toronto Area; advancing the Faculty’s position as the lead contributor to Ontario’s regulated health professional workforce; and making significant progress in areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion through his support of new programs and initiatives, such as the Diversity Mentorship Program and the Black Student Application Program.

The Faculty of Medicine will consult on the appointment of an Acting Dean and Acting Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions for the period of January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020, when Professor Young will take six months of administrative leave.