Recent Appointments

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.