Annual Day

The Department of Medicine's Annual Day celebration is a special event for DoM Faculty, and 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.

The 2021 Annual Day will take place on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Click here for more information about the event. 

Click here to view the 2020 Annual Day program

Click here to watch the Virtual Annual Day presentation.

 

2020 Award Winners

ACADEMY OF MASTER CLINICIANS

Michelle Hladunewich

Michelle Hladunewich

At Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Dr. Michelle Hladunewich has developed a clinical and research program in women’s health and rare glomerular diseases, garnering a national and international reputation. She is an accomplished educator and has taught extensively locally, nationally and internationally. However, her most important priority will always be patient care. Dr. Hladunewich is a recognized expert in the diagnosis and management of kidney disease in pregnancy as well as glomerulonephritis.

Over the years, Dr. Hladunewich built the largest Pregnancy and Kidney Disease (PreKid) clinic in both Canada and the world. Within this multidisciplinary clinic shared with Maternal Fetal Medicine, she manages over 100 very high-risk pregnancies annually and consults across the globe. A similar model of multidisciplinary care has now been applied to patients with severe forms of glomerulonephritis. In recognition of her staunch patient advocacy and very dedicated patient care, she was recently awarded both the Human Touch Award by Cancer Care Ontario and the 2019 CPSO Council Award. She is presently the Physician in Chief at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and is the Ontario Renal Network Medical Lead for Glomerulonephritis and Specialty Clinics.

ACADEMY OF MASTER CLINICIANS

Liesly Lee

Dr. Liesly Lee

Dr. Liesly Lee is a consultant neurologist in the Department of Medicine at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

He completed his training in Neurology at the University of Toronto in 1997 and completed one year of Fellowship training in Multiple Sclerosis.

Academically, he has been actively involved in the Neurology teaching program in both the undergraduate and graduate levels at the university for the past two decades. He has been the director of the Sunnybrook MS Clinic since 2000. His interests include clinical phenomenology in neurology, advancing treatments in Multiple Sclerosis and developing neurology care in the developing world, especially in Africa.

His mentors have included Drs. John Wherrett and Trevor Gray, who have been role models for dedicated and astute patient care and the art of practicing neurology in a thoughtful and compassionate manner.

ACADEMY OF MASTER CLINICIANS

Ophyr Mourad

Ophyr Mourad

Dr. Ophyr Mourad is a full time Clinician Teacher in the Division of General Internal Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital. He holds a Master’s Degree from the Department of Health Policy Management and Evaluation from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Mourad has held a number of leadership and educational positions which have included University of Toronto GIM Program Director, Divisional Director for the Division of GIM at St. Michael’s Hospital, Ward Chief and Educational and Ambulatory Director. He has a clinical interest in diagnostic challenges and is passionate about teaching and mentorship.

He has received a number of teaching awards including the PARO award in 2004 and 2015, the Faculty of Medicine of Medicine W.T. Aikins Teaching Award in 2007, the St. Michael’s Hospital Robert H. Hyland Teacher of the Year Award, the University of Toronto Department of Medicine Mentorship Award in 2015 and the St. Michael’s Hospital Michael Ward Mentorship Award in 2016.

ACADEMY OF MASTER CLINICIANS

Maria Zorzitto

Dr. Maria Zorzitto

Over the past 40 years, Dr. Maria Zorzitto has been involved in clinical geriatrics, teaching and research in all settings of geriatric services in academic and community care. In the community she was the Medical Director of the West End Regional Geriatric Program at West Park Hospital. At St. Michael’s Hospital, she has worked with a multidisciplinary team to establish the Geriatric Emergency Management Program, the Geriatric Trauma Service and the Acute Care of the Elderly Unit.

Throughout her career, she has taught and mentored numerous undergraduate and postgraduate students. She has challenged many of them who have been inspired and have taken up academic careers in geriatrics, particularly in Toronto. Some would say that “she demonstrates a passion for clinical medicine especially in the care of the frail elderly with complex multi-morbidities where often there is diagnostic uncertainty, and accepting the challenge of dealing with the uncertainty.” Others would express that she encouraged learners in a “heartfelt approach to patient care in a holistic way not only for the patients but for the caregivers.”

EATON SCHOLAR RESEARCHER
OF THE YEAR AWARD (BASIC SCIENCE)

Mansoor Husain

Dr. Mansoor Husain

Dr. Mansoor Husain is a Cardiologist at UHN, Director of the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research and a Professor of Medicine at U of T. He was the gold medalist in Medicine at University of Alberta, completed a rotating internship, Internal Medicine, Chief Medical and Cardiology residencies at St. Michael’s and Toronto General Hospitals, and then the Joint Program in Nuclear Medicine at Harvard, while completing a four-year postdoctoral research fellowship in the Program of Excellence in Cardiovascular Biology at MIT.

Mansoor has held CIHR Clinician Scientist and HSF Career Investigator Awards, a Premier’s Research Excellence Award and uninterrupted peer-reviewed operating grants over his entire career. He was previously recognized with the Clinical Research Society and Allen Bruce Robertson Young Investigator Awards. Mansoor’s research aims to identify therapeutic targets involved in the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease. His truly bench-to-clinical trials approach has improved our understanding of the cardiovascular mechanisms of GLP-1 and related diabetes drugs.

EATON SCHOLAR RESEARCHER OF THE YEAR AWARD (CLINICAL)

Paula Rochon

Dr. Paula Rochon

Dr. Paula Rochon is a geriatrician and vice-president of research at Women’s College Hospital. She is a professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and was appointed the inaugural RTOERO Chair in Geriatric Medicine at U of T.

Dr. Rochon’s research focuses on understanding the unique needs of older adults, particularly older women, and promotes their health and wellness. She has contributed to our understanding of aging and its impact both on individual patients and the healthcare system. These contributions include highlighting the need to consider sex, gender and age in research so that results are more relevant to older women and men, and tailoring prescribing strategies to reduce adverse drug events.

Dr. Rochon has a strong record of federal funding and has published more than 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals. She has received several research distinctions, including being elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE
TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD

David Tang-Wai

Dr. David Tang-Wai

Dr. David Tang-Wai is an associate professor in Neurology and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is the co-director of the University Health Network Memory Clinic and was most recently the program director of the Adult Neurology Residency Program at U of T. He is also an active member of the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance.

Dr. Tang-Wai has received multiple teaching awards and nominations from undergraduate and postgraduate trainees. His research interests include the progressive aphasias, the atypical presentations of Alzheimer’s disease – especially posterior cortical atrophy, normal pressure hydrocephalus, and the autoimmune encephalitis.

ROBERT HYLAND AWARD FOR
EXCELLENCE IN MENTORSHIP

Srikala Sridhar

Dr. Srikala Sridhar

“Dr. Sridhar exemplifies the essence of an excellent mentor. She is always available and approachable to discuss clinical cases and research ideas. Her insight and expertise in her field is a tremendous asset, and she is always willing to share her expertise, locally and beyond.” - Di Maria Jiang

“I am overwhelmed by how impactful Dr. Sridhar has been in helping me navigate my path to a faculty position. She is a very strong role model of a successful clinician and researcher, and I honestly believe it is in Dr. Sridhar’s nature to be a generous and supportive mentor.” - Long Nguyen

“Dr. Sridhar has always made herself available to me and other mentees and has provided candid, pragmatic and sincere advice. I feel that she is extremely deserving of this prestigious award.” - Abhijat Kitchlu

DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE AWARD IN QUALITY AND INNOVATION

Peter Rossos

Dr. Peter Rossos

Dr. Peter Rossos’s contributions have been recognized nationally and internationally for innovation and leadership. His focus is on collaboration, research, training and mentorship to advance access, quality and safety of care through information technologies.

As a practicing academic physician, Dr. Rossos’s work addresses difficult challenges related to complex clinical care. Initiating UHN Telehealth in 2003, he pioneered interprovincial telehealth, portable telehealth workstations, complex telehomecare, and innovative approaches to clinical case conferences and educational rounds.

He was a clinical leader in one of the largest CPOE initiatives, UHN medication management (MOE/MAR) 2004-2006, and served as Clinical Co-Lead for ConnectingGTA between 2010 and 2016, a regional electronic health record for seven million people and cornerstone in the Ontario digital health strategy. Peter was an invited expert speaker on eHealth and Telemedicine in the Canadian House of Commons and was appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council to the Board of Directors of eHealth Ontario in January 2016.

DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE AWARD FOR HUMANISM IN MEDICINE

Sivakumar Gulasingam

Dr. Sivakumar Gulasingam

Dr. Sivakumar Gulasingam is a staff physiatrist attached to the Toronto Rehab Brain & Spinal Cord and Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Programs. He is a Clinician Teacher and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto. His clinical expertise includes SCI rehabilitation, para-sports and spasticity.

He is the Examination Lead for the Division of PM&R and the National PM&R Resident Review Course, International Rehabilitation Chair for Canadian Association of PM&R and CAPM&R national representative to ISPRM. He is also a National Para-Athletics Classification Trainer, Head of Classification of Wheel-Dance Canada and an international Paralympics official with the World Para-Athletics and World Para-Dance.

During his 20-year medical career, his passion to help the underprivileged has led him to work with civil war and Asian Tsunami victims, and disabled war veterans in Sri Lanka. He is continuing this passion through his work with people with physical disabilities in Canada.

DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE AWARD FOR HUMANISM IN MEDICINE

Liesly Lee

Dr. Liesly Lee

Dr. Liesly Lee is a consultant neurologist in the Department of Medicine at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

He completed his training in Neurology at the University of Toronto in 1997 and completed one year of Fellowship training in Multiple Sclerosis.

Academically, he has been actively involved in the Neurology teaching program in both the undergraduate and graduate levels at the university for the past two decades. He has been the director of the Sunnybrook MS Clinic since 2000.

His interests include clinical phenomenology in neurology, advancing treatments in Multiple Sclerosis and developing neurology care in the developing world, especially in Africa. His mentors have included Drs. John Wherrett and Trevor Gray, who have been role models for dedicated and astute patient care and the art of practicing neurology in a thoughtful and compassionate manner.

HONORARY AWARD FOR HUMANISM IN MEDICINE

Marie Faughnan

Dr. Marie Faughnan

When Dr. Marie Faughnan first heard that that Dr. Robert Stewart, the husband of her colleague Dr. Margaret Herridge, needed a liver donor, her first thought was, “someone must do this.” It didn’t take long for Marie to decide that she could be that donor.

Robert and his family had been managing through Robert’s liver failure, deteriorating health and search for a living liver donor for months after Rob became sick following the side effects of the antibiotics prescribed for a snake bite he received in Southeast Asia. Marie had known Robert and Margaret for years, all of them working at St. Michael’s Hospital and Marie and Margaret colleagues in the Department of Medicine.

Marie, Margaret and Robert shared their story at the 2019 Annual Day when Margaret won the Clinical Researcher of the Year Award. It is the story of how a member of the Department’s selfless actions had tremendous outcomes for her colleagues. In recognition of this, the Department of Medicine has the privilege of presenting an Honorary Humanitarian Award to Dr. Marie Faughnan.

WILLIAM GOLDIE AWARD IN EDUCATION

Esther Bui

Dr. Esther Bui

Dr. Esther Bui is the director of the University of Toronto’s Epilepsy Fellowship, co-director of the Women’s Neurology Fellowship and co-director of Education, Krembil Brain Institute. She is a member of the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology (CSCN) and served on the executive board of the CSCN from 2012 to 2017. She is currently serving on the executive committee of the Canadian League Against Epilepsy. Her clinical interest lies in advancing the care of epilepsy, particularly focused on gender issues and pregnancy. In education, her interest is on real-time teaching assessment tools and EEG learning using game theory.

WILLIAM GOLDIE AWARD IN TEACHING

David Frost

Dr. David Frost

Dr. David Frost is an Associate Professor and clinicianteacher in the Department of Medicine. He has been the Clinical Teaching Unit Director at Toronto Western since 2012 and GIM Site Director since 2014. His clinical work is mainly on the GIM Clinical Teaching Units, where he is an accomplished clinical teacher, as well as an innovative GIM clinic embedded in the Toronto Western Family Health Team. His academic work includes pointof-care ultrasound, predicting hospital admission, and most recently founding and running the HoPingKong Workshop in Complex Medicine, a CME event on diagnostic reasoning, managing uncertainty and rare conditions.

WILLIAM GOLDIE AWARD IN RESEARCH

Harindra Wijeysundera

Dr. Harindra Wijeysundera

 

Dr. Harindra Wijeysundera is as an interventional cardiologist and clinician scientist at the Schulich Heart Center at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center. He is the director of research for the Division of Cardiology, a senior scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute and an adjunct senior scientist at ICES. His clinical practice is focused on transcatheter aortic valve implantation and coronary chronic total occlusions. His research program focuses on health technology assessments in cardiovascular disease using decision analytic models, which are populated and validated using real-world administrative data for both clinical outcomes and health care costs.

WILLIAM GOLDIE AWARD IN QUALITY &
INNOVATION

Geetha Mukerji

Dr. Geetha Mukerji

A Clinician in QI, Dr. Geetha Mukerji has promoted high-value care through stewardship initiatives that have been scaled across various institutions, developed and evaluated multiple innovative ambulatory care models, and improved the quality of delivery of care for patients with diabetes, particularly among vulnerable populations in pregnancy and young adults with type 1 diabetes. She has also co-led the development of an ambulatory balanced scorecard of quality indicators for diabetes care. More recently, she is the co-evaluation lead of Women College Hospital’s Virtual Strategy and spearheaded the efforts to obtain Level 1 recognition of WCH as a Choosing Wisely Canada Hospital Site.

WILLIAM GOLDIE AWARD IN QUALITY & INNOVATION

Samir Sinha

Dr. Samir Sinha
Dr. Samir Sinha is the Director of Geriatrics at Sinai Health System and the University Health Network in Toronto, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also the Director of Health Policy Research at Ryerson University’s National Institute on Ageing. A Rhodes Scholar, Samir is a highly regarded clinician and international expert in the care of older adults. He has consulted and advised governments and health care organizations around the world and is the Architect of the Government of Ontario’s Seniors Strategy.

Annual Day is comprised of:

Oral presentations: From the Education Research & Scholarship Day  and the Dr. Charles Hollenberg Clinician-Scientist Presentations from the Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Scientist Training Program. 

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, Department of Medicine Award for Humanism in Medicine and the William Goldie Travel Prize and Awards in Education, Teaching, 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.

 

 

 

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