Annual Day

Join us on June 9, 2017 at the Gardiner Museum

The Department of Medicine's Annual Day celebration is our opportunity to acknowledge faculty members and trainees who have generated and translated new knowledge, and demonstrated innovation in scholarship, research, teaching or clinical care.

Annual Day is comprised of:

Oral presentations: From our clinician-educator, clinician-scientist, and quality improvement programs

Poster presentations: From our clinician-educator, clinician-scientist, quality improvement, and residents

Awards ceremony: The awards for Eaton Scholar Researcher of the Year, Department of Medicine Teacher and Quality Innovator of the Year, Robert Hyland Award for Excellence in Mentorship, and the William Goldie Travel Prize and Awards in Education, Research and Quality & Innovation are presented.

Please note: the nomination and selection process of award winners are reviewed by the Research, Education, Quality and Mentorship commitees.

2016 Award Winners

EATON SCHOLAR RESEARCHER
OF THE YEAR AWARD

Lillian Siu

Lilian Sui

 

Dr. Siu is a senior staff medical oncologist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is the director of the Phase I Program and the Cancer Genomics Program, and clinical lead for the Tumor Immunotherapy Program. Dr. Siu currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) for a four-year term (2012-2016). She also serves as a member of the nomination committee for the American Association for Cancer Research (2014-2016). Dr. Siu’s major research focus is in the area of new anti-cancer drug development, particularly with respect to Phase I trials and head and neck malignancies. She is the principal investigator of a Phase I grant award (2014-2019) sponsored by the United States National Cancer Institute.

DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Caroline Chessex

Caroline Chessex

 

Dr. Chessex joined the UHN/Sinai Health Systems' Division of Cardiology in 2005. She was the Medicine Year-4 Clerkship site director for Toronto Western Hospital (TWH) from 2009 to 2011, and has been the Year-3 Clerkship site co-director since 2011. She works with trainees on the Medicine CTU and in the cardiology clinic at TWH.

Dr. Chessex has received a number of awards from the UHN/Sinai Health Systems' Department of Medicine and the Wightman-Berris Academy. She was awarded the Dr. Mary Hollington Teaching Award from the Faculty of Medicine in 2011 and 2012, and the Excellence in Postgraduate Medical Education Award from the Faculty of Medicine in 2013.

 

ROBERT HYLAND AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MENTORSHIP

Gary Newton

Gary Newton

Gary is truly interested in helping me to grow as a physician and to ensuring that I am able to advance my career.

– Luke Devine
 

What sets Dr. Newton apart from his colleagues is his calm demeanor, regardless of the situation he may find himself in.

– Jeremy Kobulnik
 

His support and guidance have enabled me to develop the role of Site Director beyond its historical boundaries at the hospital and have afforded me both the freedom and the space to innovate.  

–  Andrea V. Page
 

Gary always puts my needs before anyone else’s. This is not only the hallmark of an incredible mentor, but clearly a marker of a truly caring and selfless individual.  

–  Samir K. Sinha

DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE AWARD IN QUALITY AND INNOVATION

Mark Bayley

Mark Bayley

Dr. Bayley has leadership experience in large-scale national and international research and health systems change initiatives. He is medical director of the Brain and Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program at UHN-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and an associate professor at University of Toronto in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is Chair of Evaluation for the Ontario Stroke Network, using data at the Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences (ICES). He has chaired a number of stroke and brain injury care practice guideline groups, including the expert panel for stroke quality-based payment procedures for the Ministry of Health in Ontario, that has led to improvements in care.

 

 

WILLIAM GOLDIE PRIZE AND TRAVEL
AWARD IN EDUCATION

Tara O'Brien

Tara O'Brien

Dr. O’Brien is a general internist at Women’s College Hospital and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. She completed her medical degree at the University of Alberta and her Internal Medicine training at the University of Toronto. She is a clinician-teacher and focuses on education and curriculum development in ambulatory internal medicine. She is also the medical director of the Acute Ambulatory Care Unit at Women’s College Hospital and is involved in the development and assessment of innovative models of ambulatory care. She recently became the program director for the General Internal Medicine (GIM) program at the University of Toronto and is very excited to be involved in education and mentorship of the GIM trainees.

WILLIAM GOLDIE PRIZE AND TRAVEL
AWARD IN RESEARCH

Geoffrey Liu

Liu Geoffrey

 

Dr. Liu completed his master’s degree in clinical epidemiology and internal medicine, and chief medical residency at the University of Toronto. He then completed his oncology residency and fellowship at the Dana Farber Harvard Cancer Care Program in Boston, Massachusetts, staying on as instructor and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. In 2006 he returned to the University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, where he was a former CCO Research Chair and currently the Alan B. Brown Research Chair in Molecular Genomics. He is co-director of the Applied Molecular Profiling Laboratory, the COMBIEL training program, and the Ontario Patient Reported Outcomes in Symptom and Toxicity Applied Clinical Research Unit. He was the 2008 recipient of the Canadian Cancer Society’s William E. Rawls Award.

 

WILLIAM GOLDIE PRIZE AND TRAVEL AWARD IN QUALITY & INNOVATION

Chris Hayes

Chris Hayes

Dr. Hayes was a 2013-14 Canadian Harkness/IHI Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice. He has been at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto since 2005, where he is the Critical Care Response Team site director and the medical director of quality and performance. He is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Medicine and the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. He is a core faculty member of the IHMPE Master’s in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, and from 2008 to 2015 he was the medical officer for the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, where he chaired the Canadian Safe Surgery Saves Lives program. He is a recognized leader in patient safety and quality improvement, working with regional, national, and international organizations.

WILLIAM GOLDIE PRIZE AND TRAVEL AWARD IN QUALITY & INNOVATION

Lisa Hicks

Lisa Hicks

Dr. Hicks is a hematologist at St. Michael’s Hospital with an academic focus on quality improvement and innovation. Her work focuses on understanding drivers of over-utilization in healthcare and on developing strategies to decrease this phenomenon.  Dr. Hicks has led the Choosing Wisely Campaign for the American Society of Hematology since its inception in 2012. Locally, she is the Choosing Wisely lead at St. Michael’s Hospital where she leads an initiative to generate clinician-led projects addressing overutilization. Dr. Hicks also co-leads a research program on hepatitis B reactivation in the setting of cancer treatment. 

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