Toronto, Sept. 18, 2017 – The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) is proud to announce Dr. Vincent DeSa as one of seven recipients of the OMA Glenn Sawyer Service Award this year. Dr. DeSa received the award on Sept. 16 for his decades of dedication in improving care for paediatric and neonatal patients in northwestern Ontario.
Dr. DeSa is a pediatrician who has served the Thunder Bay region for the past 40 years, and was involved at the provincial and regional levels with reorganization of neonatal care. He was a valued instructor who worked diligently to increase the knowledge and skill set for managing sick newborns in his community. Dr. DeSa is also recognized for being a teacher and mentor to hundreds of medical students, family practice residents and paediatric residents.
“I have had a very busy, challenging and rewarding career, with positive impact on the health of the children in northwestern Ontario,” said Dr. DeSa. “I feel honoured to have had this opportunity.”
The Glenn Sawyer Service Award was established in 1972 in honour of Dr. Glenn Sawyer, the longest-serving General Secretary of the OMA. The award is presented in recognition of significant service to the OMA, medical profession or at the community level. Candidates are nominated through a Branch Society by universities, hospitals and community medical leaders in the area.
“On behalf of Ontario’s doctors, I commend Dr. DeSa for his years of commitment to some of our provinces youngest and most vulnerable patients,” said Dr. Shawn Whatley, President of the OMA. “His medical contributions, academic work, teaching and community involvement in our province’s northern communities are proof of his pledge to improving paediatric patient care.”
The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) represents more than 42,000 physicians and medical students across the province. Ontario's doctors work closely with patients to encourage healthy living practices and illness prevention. In addition to delivering front-line services to patients, Ontario's doctors play a significant role in helping shape health care policy, as well as implementing initiatives that strengthen and enhance Ontario's health care system.
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