Faculty of Medicine Dean's Alumni Awards

Our MedAlumni network of over 55,000 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. Nominate an alumnus/a today for one of the following awards:

2017 Dean's Alumni Award Recipients2017 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 global impact and one for career achievements with national/community impact.

Emerging Leader Award (formerly Rising Star Award) 

This award is presented to an alumnus/a who is early in their career and has 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. Recipient must be 40 years of age or younger at the end of the year in which the Alumni Awards are presented.

Please note, we will honour the previous awards criteria for nominations submitted prior to 2017.

Humanitarian Award (formerly Volunteerism Award)

This award honors alumni who have provided extraordinary volunteer service, demonstrating leadership through local or global work. Recipients have enriched the lives of others through their generous gifts of time and talent and through their involvement with the Faculty of Medicine or through civic, charitable and social causes beyond the scope of their clinical or academic appointments.

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. 

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Individuals who hold a degree or certificate from the Faculty of Medicine are eligible for consideration (including 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 can only coordinate one nomination per year and cannot be the spouse or relative of their Nominee.
  • Additional eligibility criteria apply for Emerging Leader Award and 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 are interested 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).


    2017 Dean's Alumni Award Recipients

    Dr. Laurence Klotz (MD ’77, PGME ‘83) 

    2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

    Dr. Laurence Klotz (MD ’77, PGME ‘83) is honoured with the Dean's 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, celebrated for his significant impact on the treatment of prostate cancer, reducing the impact of treatment on quality of life for the betterment of patients worldwide. Dr. Klotz is Professor of Surgery in the Division of Urology at University of Toronto and urological oncologist and researcher at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.



    Dr. Kelly Metcalfe (PhD '02) 

    2017 Rising Star Award

    Dr. Kelly Metcalfe (PhD ’02) is recognized for her exemplary career and research achievements. She has led and continues to lead numerous international studies which have informed the way in which hereditary breast cancer is prevented and treated. Dr. Metcalfe is Professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto and an Adjunct Scientist at the Familial Breast Cancer Research Institute at the Women’s College Research Institute.



    Dr. Mohammad Alsuwaidan (PGME ’06, ’12) 

    2017 Volunteerism Award

    Dr. Mohammad Alsuwaidan (PGME ’06, ’12) has led and furthered the national cause of mental health in his native Kuwait, through pioneering efforts both clinically and in public mental health awareness. Dr. Alsuwaidan is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Kuwait University & University of Toronto, Head of Mental Health Unit at Mubarak Alkabeer Hospital, Residency Program Director at Kuwait Board of Psychiatry and President of the Kuwait Psychiatric Association.



    Past Alumni Award Recipients

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    Rising Star Award

    Volunteerism Award

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

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