OMA Awards Recipients

These individuals have been recognized for their outstanding service to the medical profession, medical science or the common good.

Founded in 1921, the OMA Awards Program recognizes the work of physicians, residents, medical students and community members in Ontario. Individuals are awarded for outstanding contributions to the Ontario Medical Association, the medical profession, medical science or the common good. Award recipients are celebrated annually at the OMA Awards ceremony, held at the Annual General Meeting in spring, or through local events dependent on the award category.

To learn more about the program, view the awards criteria.

2021 Award Recipients 

Centennial Award

Established to commemorate the OMA centennial in 1980, the Centennial Award is awarded to a non-physician in recognition of outstanding achievements in serving the health and welfare of the people of Ontario through length of service and/or distinguished acts.

Ms. Lisa Paul

Director at St. John Ambulance

Ms. Lisa Paul

Director at St. John Ambulance

Centennial Award

Ms. Lisa Paul is an enthusiastic community leader from Ottawa. She is currently the director of Learning, Operations and Community Services and National Mental Health and Wellness Program lead for St. John Ambulance. She has varied experience in the fields of policing, business, adult education and mental health crisis response including suicide intervention. As a former police officer, Ms. Paul received two organizational awards of valour before ending her career as a detective specializing in community well-being. After retiring her badge, she pursued entrepreneurship, founding her family business in the first aid and CPR industry, and acting as the proud founder and past president of the North Dundas Fire Department Station 2 Auxiliary. Ms. Paul is an executive director of a softball tournament, having raised $150,000 for Ottawa charities. She is also the recipient of an academic medal from The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson. Within St. John Ambulance, Lisa heads the Department of Learning contributing to the health and safety of Ontarians through first aid, CPR and mental-health training. She enjoys her role as director, leading the volunteer medical first responders and therapy dog teams in Ottawa. Through this work, Mrs. Paul’s values shine through as she focuses on serving the health and welfare of others through dedication to her community, always working to improve the health, safety and quality of life of Ontarians. Ms. Paul resides with her husband, a Special Operations and Hazardous Materials Technician with the Ottawa Fire Service, and daughter at their home in Mountain, Ontario.

Community Service Award

The Community Service Award is awarded for significant contribution to the health and welfare of the people of a local community, as defined by involvement in community health and public welfare, including length of involvement, roles fulfilled in local organizations and personal achievements.

Ms. Wendy Muckle

CEO of Ottawa Inner City Health

Ms. Wendy Muckle

CEO of Ottawa Inner City Health

Community Service Award

Ms. Wendy Muckle has been CEO of Ottawa Inner City Health Inc. (OICH) since February 2001 and was one of the founding community members. OICH came into being to serve the health needs of chronically homeless shelter users and has won numerous awards for innovation and has been recognized as a leader in the harm reduction field. Ms. Muckle’s career has centred on engaging community responses to complex health challenges locally and internationally. Her commitment to including the voices of community members as leaders in the change process has supported positive change. In addition to the wide range of health- care programs operated in shelters for the homeless, Ms. Muckle has led the development of innovative models of supportive housing for people with complex health conditions. She has been a leader in response to the opiate crisis in Ottawa and has been at the forefront of the community overdose prevention response.

Mr. Fred Larsen

English Teacher

Mr. Fred Larsen

English Teacher

Community Service Award

Mr. Fred Larsen holds an English (honours) degree from the University of British Columbia and a master’s degree in English from McMaster University. In 1971, he began teaching at Orillia’s District Collegiate and Vocational Institute and Twin Lakes Secondary School, in 1972. During his 30-year career, Mr. Larsen served as English department head and Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation president for Simcoe County, in 1983–85 and 1999–2001. Following his retirement in 2001, Mr. Larsen enjoyed several years of part-time teaching in the communications department at Georgian College in Barrie from 2003–2010. In 2003, he joined the Simcoe North Provincial Liberal Association and became president in 2006 until 2018. In 2015, he became chair of the board of the Huronia Cultural Campus, an arts organization in Orillia, now known as the Orillia Centre for Arts + Culture. He also served as president of the Orillia Kiwanis Club in 2018-19 and is currently president of a community choir called Orillia Vocal Ensemble. Finally, since 2019, Mr. Larsen has been an active member of Sustainable Orillia, a group whose goal is to create a more sustainable community serving as treasurer and member of the board.

Mr. Brian Smith

Paramedic

Mr. Brian Smith

Paramedic

Community Service Award

Mr. Brian Smith started his career working as a paramedic with the City of Ottawa. In 2000, he began working as a respiratory therapist at the Queensway Carleton Hospital in Ottawa. He has remained there for 21 years taking on various leadership roles in pharmacy and the laboratory. Mr. Smith is currently the clinical director of Emergency, Outpatient Rehab, Endoscopy, Cystoscopy, Ambulatory Care and Therapies at the hospital. As a leader, Mr. Smith advanced the scope of practice for respiratory therapists working in critical care. He helped spearhead safer medication practices by adding new medication automations in pharmacy and integrating pharmacy technicians into the emergency department (ED) to carry out medication reconciliation. Under his leadership the ED transformed its footprint to bring a more modern design to help improve access for patients. The COVID-19 pandemic provided many opportunities to be innovative. Mr. Smith teamed up with community partners to take a drive-thru concept to the next level and developed a large-scale drive-thru testing centre based in the parking lot where the Ottawa Senators play hockey. Thousands of patients were provided access to testing. Mr. Smith also helped launch the Ottawa-West Assessment Centre where patients can be assessed and tested for COVID-19. This tactic diverted patients to the assessment centre who would otherwise go to the ED during the pandemic. Mr. Smith is an enthusiastic leader and known to take complicated strategies and convert them into successful operations.

CMA Honorary Membership Award for Ontario Members

CMA Honorary Membership is awarded to those members who have made outstanding contributions to the CMA on its Board of Directors, Committees, General Council or to Canadian medicine.

Dr. Howard Adams

Dr. Stephen Buchman

Dr. Karen Gulenchyn

Dr. Christopher Jyu

Dr. Francine Lemire

Dr. Martin Padmos

Dr. John Thorne

Dr. Gary Victor

Dr. Susan Wilkinson

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is awarded for exceptional long-standing service to the Ontario Medical Association. This involves membership on major committees, council or the board.

Dr. Albert Ng

Family Medicine

Dr. Albert Ng

Family Medicine

Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Albert Ng received his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1984 and is a family physician in Windsor, Ontario. He has a long history of various leadership roles locally, regionally and nationally. He is an adjunct professor with the Schulich School of Medicine. Locally, he was a department chair at Windsor Regional Hospital for 14 years and is currently a medical director at two long-term care facilities. He was the president of the Essex County Medical Society in 2002 and continues to be involved as a member of the branch medical society executive committee (1998-2003, 2013-present). Regionally, his involvement with the OMA continuously spans 24 years. He served on the board of the OMA for six years (2013-2017, 2019-2021) after being involved as a delegate to council (1997-2011) and member of the Academic Medical Forum Executive Committee (2017-2020). At the OMA, he has served on almost all committees over the years, notably on the OMA Governance Committee (2013-2017) that oversaw two governance renewals. Dr. Ng has been the chair of the board (2017) and the Human Resources Compensation Committee (2015-2017) and currently chairs the Strategy and Transformation Committee and the CMA Affiliation Committee. He will also continue as the chair of District 1 (2021-2023) once his term on the board ends. Nationally, Dr. Ng served on the board of the CMA (2016-2019) as an Ontario representative. Currently, he has been serving as chair of the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) since 2019.

Emerging Leader Award

The Emerging Leader Award is presented to an early career physician who has demonstrated leadership abilities toward shaping the future of medicine. The recipient acts as a positive role model for peers and colleagues with a demonstrated commitment toward: meaningful contributions, social responsibility, political advocacy, partnership/relationship building, innovation, health policy.

Dr. Silvy Mathew

Family Medicine

Dr. Silvy Mathew

Family Medicine

Emerging Leader Award

Dr. Silvy Mathew is a family and long-term care physician in Toronto, Ontario. She has had a long-standing interest in health systems and policy, first pursuing a certificate in Global Health from the University of British Columbia and subsequently an M.Sc. in Health Economics, Policy and Management from the London School of Economics. She believes strongly that clinicians need to be at the core of any health-system policy design for it to be efficient, equitable and sustainable. Particularly for the diverse population needs of Ontario, health systems and policy design require a diversity of thought, experience and representation, for true innovation to occur. To help engage and educate front-line physicians in this respect, she co-designed and delivered a lecture series for family physicians in Ontario, sponsored by the Section of General and Family Practice of the OMA. Dr. Mathew currently serves as a member of the Physician Services Committee of the OMA and is a past board director and former District 11 delegate. She also sits on the Executive Planning Advisory Committee for the Mid-West Toronto Ontario Health Team as the Mid-West Family Practice Network representative. She is on the Physician Advisory Committee for SCOPE (Seamless Care Optimizing the Patient Experience), which is the internationally recognized model serving to connect and enable community family physicians to provide more efficient and seamless quality care to their patients.

Glenn Sawyer Service Award

The Glenn Sawyer Service Award is awarded in recognition of significant service to the OMA, medical profession, or public at the community level.

Dr. Shabbir Amanullah

Psychiatry

Dr. Shabbir Amanullah

Psychiatry

Glenn Sawyer Service Award

Dr. Shabbir Amanullah is the chief of psychiatry at Woodstock General Hospital. He is from Kerala State in India, where he completed his medical degree at JSS Medical College Mysore, India. He went onto complete his DPM from the Central Institute of Psychiatry in Ranchi and then his MD in psychiatry from the prestigious National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore. Dr. Amanullah won the gold medal in the final exams in psychiatry from the National Institute. He then went to the U.K., where he completed his MRCPsych and was made a fellow (FRCPsych) for his work in the area. In England, he specialized in adult and geriatric psychiatry and won the Cyril Potter Gold medal from the Birmingham Medical Institute. Dr. Amanullah has worked as chief of psychiatry for the province of Prince Edward Island and currently works at Woodstock General Hospital. He received multiple awards while in PEI. Dr. Amanullah also has close affiliations with community agencies, such as the Alzheimer’s society and Canadian Mental Health association and provides consultation and education to several Family Health Teams and schools in the Woodstock area. He is currently the president of the Oxford County Medical Society and serves as chairman and scientific chair of the Indo Canadian Psychiatric Society. He was vice-chair for the Ontario Medical Association, Section of Psychiatry – Psychiatry Programmes and is the current Programmes chair of the Section of Psychiatry, OMA. He has won many awards including the Distinguished Fellow of the CPA and in 2020, and the Outstanding Contribution in Geriatric Psychiatry Award from the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry. He is lecturer for the UNESCO bioethics course and is extensively involved with work in human capital management through the International Institute of Organisational Psychological Medicine, U.K. Dr. Amanullah has published content in several peer-reviewed papers and books with research interests in the areas of physician health, ADHD and autism in the elderly and cannabinoids in dementia. He has presented his research at major meetings and conferences around the World.

Dr. Sharon Bal

Family Medicine

Dr. Sharon Bal

Family Medicine

Glenn Sawyer Service Award

Dr. Sharon Bal, a graduate of the University of Toronto, B.Sc. 1998, MD 2002, and the University of Ottawa Family Medicine residency in 2004, has been faculty with the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University, Department of Family Medicine since 2007, and pre-clerkship coordinator at Waterloo Regional Campus since 2019. Dr. Bal is the lead physician of the Delta Coronation Family Health Organization in Cambridge, where she has been practicing family medicine since 2006. With a breadth of experience across settings in primary care, acute care and long-term care homes, she is deeply invested in health-system transformation and is on the executive of the Cambridge-North Dumfries Ontario Health Team, as well as the primary care lead for Cambridge, Ontario Health West. She is presently completing her Master of Clinical Science (FM) at Western University. A passionate advocate for gender equity and women in medicine, Dr. Bal has worked on numerous EDI initiatives, and was awarded the YWCA Woman of Distinction in 2018 in education and advocacy. She particularly enjoys her roles as a student advisor and as co-chair of OMA Women committee.

Dr. Jonathan Fitzsimon

Family Medicine

Dr. Jonathan Fitzsimon

Family Medicine

Glenn Sawyer Service Award

Dr. Jonathan Fitzsimon graduated from Sheffield University Medical School (U.K.) in 2007. From 2009–2010 he worked as a volunteer physician in Oruro, Bolivia, serving a mix of remote, rural and urban communities in the foothills of the Andes. In 2010, he returned to England to complete the Bristol (U.K.) General Practice Specialty Training Program. He moved to Ontario in 2014 and started a family practice in Renfrew County. During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, he became the medical lead for the Renfrew County Virtual Triage and Assessment Centre (VTAC). Dr. Fitzsimon helped develop and implement this service to provide access to COVID-19 testing and assessment for all residents of Renfrew County. Dr. Fitzsimon and the VTAC team recognized that a significant proportion of the population of Renfrew County do not have a family physician or any access to primary care and saw the unique challenges faced by residents of the largest county in Ontario. By adopting an innovative approach of enabling local family physicians to complete assessments virtually and partnering with community paramedics to provide COVID testing, VTAC enables all residents of Renfrew County to access a COVID-19 Assessment Centre. In 2020, Dr. Fitzsimon became chief of medicine at Arnprior Regional Health and was appointed assistant professor at the University of Ottawa, Department of Family Medicine. Alongside his clinical practice, he is developing a program of research to evaluate virtual care as a means of improving access to primary care in rural, remote and underserviced communities.  

Dr. Mariana Silva

Pediatric Oncology

Dr. Mariana Silva

Pediatric Oncology

Glenn Sawyer Service Award

Dr. Mariana Silva is a full-time professor of pediatrics and a pediatric hematologist/oncologist. Dr. Silva is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine and completed her residency training and fellowship at the University of British Columbia. She is an active researcher and is involved with several clinical trials in pediatric oncology and hematology. She is the local principal investigator for Children’s Oncology Group. Outside of medicine, Dr. Silva enjoys tennis and international travel.

Dr. Gary Smith

Paediatric Medicine

Dr. Gary Smith

Paediatric Medicine

Glenn Sawyer Service Award

Dr. Gary Smith graduated in the class of 1975 from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and from the Pediatric Residency Program, Hospital for Sick Children in 1980. He then began a 36-year career as a consultant pediatrician in Orillia. During this time, he held various management positions at the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital including vice-president of the medical staff, chief neonatal and pediatric medicine and program medical director. Academically, I was on the faculty of University of Toronto, McMaster University, University of Western Ontario and Northern Ontario Medical School. Dr. Smith was able to obtain his Certified Health Executive designation after undertaking a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Toronto and became a Canadian Certified Physician Executive. Professionally, he completed a Diploma in Sport Medicine from the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics, Sport Medicine. Dr. Smith served on the Provincial Council for Maternal Child Health as the vice- chair. He has received many awards through out his career including the National Distinguished Community Paediatrician Award from the Canadian Paediatric Society and the Council Award from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. After retirement from Orillia, he took on the role of chief of neonatal and pediatric medicine in Timmins, Ontario and was able to promote a regional pediatric service for this northern area.

Dr. Ron Taylor

Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Ron Taylor

Orthopedic Surgery

Glenn Sawyer Service Award

Dr. Ronald G. Taylor completed an undergraduate degree and medical degree at Queen’s University. He interned at St. Michael’s in Toronto and then returned to Kingston to complete orthopedic training and an M.Sc. (Surgery) at Queen’s. In January 1975, Dr. Taylor came to Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital as the hospital’s first orthopedic surgeon and began a practice that served many of the surrounding communities. During his four decades of practice, orthopedics changed significantly with rapid advances in orthopedic management and surgery. As well as trauma, he worked in general orthopedics: joint replacements, back surgery, arthroscopy, pediatric surgery and provided treatment to all ages, from newborns with club feet to centenarians with broken hips. Dr. Taylor thoroughly enjoyed orthopedics, the patients, surgery and the team spirit within the operating theatre. Orthopedics was always busy, especially in an area with a large aging population and an active sports community that required orthopedic care. Dr. Taylor remained the only orthopedic surgeon practicing in Orillia until his retirement in 2012.  Following his retirement within two years there were four orthopedic surgeons with sub-specialties and busy practices. My proudest accomplishment is my family - my wife, Charlene, children, Lisa, Erin and Andrew and grandchildren, Keo, Park, Indie and Isla.  

Additional Glenn Sawyer Service Award recipients

These individuals are also recognized for their contributions. (Biographical information is unavailable.)  

Dr. Jegapathy Rajendra

Dr. Dusan Sijan

Honorary Membership

The Honorary Membership is awarded to a non-physician for having achieved eminence in science and/or humanities, such as outstanding service to the OMA, the medical profession, medical science, or common good at the provincial level.

André Picard headshot

Mr. André Picard

Journalist
André Picard headshot

Mr. André Picard

Journalist

Honorary Membership

André Picard is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer since 1987. He is also the author of six books.

Life Membership Award

OMA Life Membership is awarded to those members who have made an outstanding contribution to the work of the association in the interest of the medical profession. In addition to OMA-related involvement, work done to advance medical science and other positive work done at the provincial level can be considered.

Dr. Katherine Darbyshire

Family Medicine

Dr. Katherine Darbyshire

Family Medicine

Life Membership Award Recipient

Dr. Katherine Darbyshire graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1979. She completed her family medicine residency in Ottawa and a third year in anesthesia and other rotations with a goal of rural care. Her career has included community family practice, in-patient hospital care, obstetrical care, anesthesia and emergency medicine. Dr. Darbyshire practiced for two years in Shelburne, Nova Scotia, less than one year near Brockville, Ontario and continued practicing in Winchester, Ontario, where she also provided care for the local sexual health clinic and served on the board of the local women’s shelter. For more than 30 years, Dr. Darbyshire supervised family medicine residents in rural medicine and was an oral examiner for CCFP certification examinations. She also served on several Winchester District Memorial Hospital committees, completed stints as chief of staff, and as president of the medical staff, and held the position of president of the Winchester Kemptville branch of the OMA. In 2015, she passed on her family practice to a younger physician, while continuing to provide anesthesia at WDMH until November 2020. Dr. Darbyshire credits her full and satisfying career, in part, to the support of her wonderful husband and two adult sons. In retirement, she provides services at COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

Dr. Ken Edwards

Emergency Medicine

Dr. Ken Edwards

Emergency Medicine

Life Membership Award Recipient

Dr. Ken Edwards graduated from Queen’s University in 1980 and joined its Department of Emergency Medicine in 1983. He held various leadership roles at the Kingston hospitals, including medical director of the Kingston General Hospital from 1995–1997. In his role as president of the Clinical Teacher’s Association of Queen’s from 2001–2008, he was a member of the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization Executive and Board of Governors. Dr. Edwards was also a member of the Academic Health Science Centres Provincial Taskforce on Alternate Funding from 2006–2007, and the academic representative on the OMA Board of Governors from 2010–2012. As the Emergency Physician lead for the SE LHIN from 2013 to 2018, he was a member of the Emergency Services Advisory Committee of the MOHLTC. He also served as medical lead for several Canadian African Community Health Alliance medical missions to Kammengo, Uganda. He retired from active practice in 2020.

Dr. Leon Genesove

Occupational Medicine

Dr. Leon Genesove

Occupational Medicine

Life Membership Award Recipient

Dr. Leon Genesove graduated from the University of Toronto medical school in 1979, and its family medicine program in 1981. At U of T, he also trained in occupational medicine and earned his FRCPC in 1991. He began his career in family medicine, later focusing on occupational medicine. He is a lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine and has been an active contributor to the OMA as a member and chair of the Section on Occupational Medicine and the Section on Psychiatric Hospitals and Psychiatric Schools, as well as president of the affiliated Association of Physicians and Dentists in Public Service. Dr. Genesove joined the Ontario Ministry of Labour in 1985, becoming chief physician in 1999 and director of Occupational Health and Safety in 2018, until his retirement in 2019. As chief physician, Dr. Genesove led many successful partnerships and projects, focusing on protecting health-care workers from hazards at work. In retirement, he joined York Region Public Health in 2020 to assist with the COVID-19 response. The Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine has since honoured him with fellowship status. Dr. Genesove received the Amethyst Award for leadership for his contributions to workplace health from the Government or Ontario, as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to medicine and his extensive community volunteer service.

Dr. Robert Hamilton

Family Medicine

Dr. Robert Hamilton

Family Medicine

Life Membership Award Recipient

Dr. Robert Hamilton obtained his MD from the University of Alberta in 1979, interning in New Zealand before completing a DComH. In 1982, he moved to Gore Bay, Ontario with his wife, Dr. Shelagh McRae, and they have since shared the joys and challenges of rural practice. Dr. Hamilton served as a member of the Manitoulin-Sudbury District Health Council from 1984–1990 and its chair from 1989–1990. He participated in many provincial advisory bodies, where he planned for community health, emergency services, and primary care reform. His involvement with the OMA began with the Section of Rural Practice in 1987, which he chaired from 1992–1995. He also participated in the OMA Negotiating Committee from 1993–1994, 2003–2004, and served on the CME Governance Committee, Advisory Group on Long-term Care. Dr. Hamilton has being teaching medical students and residents for over 30 years, with Northeastern Ontario Family Medicine from 1991–2003 and with Northern Ontario School of Medicine since 2004. He was the OCFP Community Teacher of the Year in 1993-94 and received a CPSO Council Award in 2009. Dr. Hamilton and his wife were also honoured with Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Town of Gore Bay in 2018. Dr. Hamilton continues to practice rural medicine, occasionally treating the great-great-grandchildren of patients he cared for four decades earlier.  

Dr. Anne Hennessy

Psychiatry

Dr. Anne Hennessy

Psychiatry

Life Membership Award

Dr. Anne Hennessy graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a first- class honours degree in medicine and a distinction in psychiatry in 1979. She also trained in psychiatry at the University of Ottawa as well as The University Toronto, where she completed a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry in 1984. After earning her FRCP(C), she joined the associate staff of the Clarke Institute and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. In the early 1990s, she worked at Toronto Western Hospital as a consultation liaison, at the Pace West at Queen Street Mental Health Centre, and at The Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. In 1997, she was a consultation liaison at the Ottawa Civic Hospital and the Queensway Carleton Hospital, focusing on older adults. Dr. Hennessy served on the OMA Section of the Geriatrics Committee from 1988–2000, as vice-chair from 1994–1996 and chair in 1997. From 2005–2010, she served as a member of council at the Ontario Psychiatric Association, chairing the Membership Committee. She also worked part-time at the medical expertise division at the Canada Pension Plan in the Department of Employment and Social Development Canada from 2010–2019. Dr. Hennessy is a lecturer at the University of Ottawa, a board member of the Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County, and an advocate for persons afflicted with dementia and their families. She also teaches mindfulness and meditation in her practice, internationally at retreats and through the Geriatric Psychiatry Community Services of Ottawa, where she helps older caregivers cope with challenges, such as caring for a loved one with dementia. As community-based psychiatrist through the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, Dr. Hennessy also consults with older individuals in Brockville and is passionate about wellness. She trained as a yoga teacher and is thrilled to spend time with her daughters, Alanna and Shauna Griffin. 

Dr. Christopher Jyu

Family Medicine

Dr. Christopher Jyu

Family Medicine

Life Membership Award Recipient

Dr. Christopher Jyu has a degree in science and medicine from the University of Manitoba, and graduated from the Schulich School of Management Physician Leadership Development Program (PLDP) in 2013. He is certified in both family and emergency medicine and has a fellowship from the College of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Jyu also holds the credential of Canadian Certified Physician Executive (CCPE), completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program, and obtained the ICD.D designation in 2016. He also earned an Executive MBA degree from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Dr. Jyu is a lecturer at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. He founded the East GTA Family Health Team and is an active staff member at Scarborough Health Network. Dr. Jyu is an inaugural member of the Scarborough Ontario Health Team, actively involved at the system planning level. He is a former board member at the Canadian Medical Association and currently serves as a member of the board at the OMA and the Kinark Child and Family Services.

Dr. Byron Lemmex

Family Medicine

Dr. Byron Lemmex

Family Medicine

Life Membership Award Recipient

Dr. Byron W. Lemmex graduated with a B.Sc. from McMaster University in 1977. He obtained a M.Sc. in 1980, and an MD in 1983, and completed his University of Ottawa Family Medicine residency in 1985. He practised for four years in Northern Ontario in Kapuskasing in a full family practice, encompassing obstetrics, emergency and acute hospital care, and held positions of vice-president and president of medical staff. In Ottawa, he obtained privileges at The Salvation Army Grace Hospital and served on numerous committees on palliative care, medical ethics, and the GP-Obstetrics Group. He was involved in the Ottawa Academy of Medicine and was an OMA delegate and became president of the academy in 1994 and 1995. After the closure of The Salvation Army Grace Hospital, Dr. Lemmex was involved in forming the short-term rehabilitation program at the Ottawa Hospital. He was medical director from 2001–2018 and adapted the program to meet the changing needs of the hospital and medical practice. In 2020, he retired from full-time family medicine. He currently provides locum coverage and serves as a medical consultant for Sun Life.

Dr. Fergus McNestry

Psychiatry

Dr. Fergus McNestry

Psychiatry

Life Membership Award Recipient

As a graduate of Trinity College Dublin in 1978, and the Irish Eastern Health Board Psychiatry Training Program in 1984, Dr. Fergus McNestry was recruited to work in Ontario in 1985. He was chief of psychiatry at the Timmins and District Hospital from 1986–1998 and ran the extended campus program for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Western Ontario from 1988–1998. He became chief of psychiatry at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre from 1998–2014, developing a utilization program that won a Canadian Best Practice Award in 2000 from the Ontario Hospital Association. He was a member of advisory groups for the development of the mental health portion of the hospital report card system, and on the measurement of Community Mental Health Initiatives (Ontario) at CAMH. He also conducted program reviews in many Ontario Schedule 1 hospitals. Dr. McNestry has been a member of the OMA Section on Psychiatry since 1986 and the section executive from 1994–2004, as well as chair from 2000–2002. He served on the Physician Resources Advisory Committee from 1990–1994, the Physician Human Resources Committee from 1997–2005, and the Underserviced Area Program Review Committee (OMA and MOHLTC) and the Mental Health Funding Group (OMA and MOHLTC) from 2005–2008. He was a board member of the Association of General Hospital Psychiatric Services from 1988–2010 and president of the association from 2006–2008. He received the Jane Chamberlin Award for Outstanding Contributions in Mental Health in 2004 from the Ontario Psychiatric Association. Since 2002, he has been a member of the examination board in psychiatry for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. McNestry continues to work as a staff psychiatrist at The Queensway Carleton Hospital in Ottawa today after two years as chief of psychiatry.

Dr. Bharat Nathoo

Nephrology

Dr. Bharat Nathoo

Nephrology

Life Membership Award Recipient

Dr. Bharat Nathoo obtained his medical degree in 1979 from the University of Natal Medical School in South Africa, with the highest marks in surgery. He continued his post graduate training in the country and became a Fellow of College of Physicians in 1985. A few years later, he completed a fellowship in Nephrology in Edmonton, Alberta and obtained his certification in internal medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, followed by his certification in nephrology in 1990. Since 1991, he has worked in the Nephrology Division at York Central Hospital (now Mackenzie Health) in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Dr. Nathoo served on the executive committee, and as chair of the Section on Nephrology at the OMA from 2005–2011. He was a member of the Central East Dialysis Committee for planning dialysis from 1994–1995 and of the Toronto Regional Dialysis Committee in 1996. He was also part of the team that established a chronic kidney disease program at York Central Hospital in 1996. Dr. Nathoo was the Physician Lead of the CKD program from 1996–2018, president of the Medical Staff Association at York Central Hospital from 1997–1998, and a member of the Ontario Renal Network, serving as the chair of Ontario Renal Council, from 2010–2015. He has also been a medical director at Camp Dorset, a dialysis unit (IHF) for vacationing patients since 2018. Dr Nathoo continues to practice as a member of the nephrology physician team at Mackenzie Health, the regional CKD program for York Region.

Dr. A. Lynn Noseworthy

Epidemiology

Dr. A. Lynn Noseworthy

Epidemiology

Life Membership Award Recipient

Dr. A. Lynn Noseworthy graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1979, and the University of Toronto in community health and epidemiology in 1987. She received her specialist certification in community medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1990. At the start of her medical career, she worked as a locum within the Cottage Hospital System in rural Newfoundland and eventually joined a small general practice near St. John’s. With an ongoing interest in public health, her time spent working in general practice reinforced for her the knowledge that many patients’ illnesses were due to their life circumstances or their life choices. Dr. Noseworthy became an associate medical officer of health at the City of North York Public Health Department, the medical officer of health for the Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit and the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. She served on the OMA Committee on Population Health from 1993–2003 and as chair from 2001–2003. She also served as an executive on the OMA Section of Public Health Physicians from 2003–2017 and as chair from 2006–2007. She was also the Executive of the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (ALPHA) from 1999–2003 and from 2008–2011. Dr. Noseworthy has been a strong advocate for public health and its positive impact on our population. She has been involved in developing resources and documents to support public health initiatives provincially through her OMA and ALPHA work, as well as in her capacity as a medical officer of health. She has also co-authored peer-reviewed publications on infectious disease with her staff and colleagues. In 2020, she was a recipient of the ALPHA Distinguished Service Award and retired in December.

Dr. David Brian Opper

Family Medicine

Dr. David Brian Opper

Family Medicine

Life Membership Award Recipient

Dr. David Opper ran a family practice in Brantford, Ontario for many years with his wife and seven sons. He provided care at his office and home and made long-term care visits and rounds. He also delivered babies attended patients’ funerals and maintained hospital privileges in Brantford and Paris, Ontario. In 2006, he closed his practice of 4,000 patients and accepted a position as a medical hospitalist in the psychiatric department of Brantford General Hospital. Six years later, he returned to his roots in northern rural medicine, having previously served as chief of staff at Uranium City Hospital in 1987 and began working at a fly-out hospitalist with Northern Medical Services. Dr. Opper had recurring locums in Northern Ontario, Saskatchewan, North West Territories, and Nunavut. He continues to hold licensure in those provinces and territories, as well as in Quebec. Since 2020, he has been the Mission Health Advisor for the Canada Montreal Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has been a faculty member of the University of Saskatchewan and McMaster University, as well as an examiner for the Medical Council of Canada, the CCFP Residency Program and Transport Canada. Dr. Opper has held various notable appointments, including president of the Brant County Medical Association, president of medical staff at Brantford General Hospital, director of the Family Counselling Centre of Brant, director of the Canadian Cancer Society (Brantford Chapter), advisor for the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association, and member of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians and FCFP Review Board.

Dr. Michael Paré

Psychotherapy

Dr. Michael Paré

Psychotherapy

Life Membership Award Recipient

Dr. Michael Paré is a primary care medical psychotherapist, chair of the OMA Section on Primary Care Mental Health, and president of the North York General Medical Society. He is also coordinator of the medical clinic for Person Centred Psychotherapy. In addition to providing clinical services to patients, Dr. Paré has professional interest in supervising, mentoring and teaching practicing family physicians, residents in family medicine, and senior medical students. He is certified in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) and group psychotherapy. He earned a diploma in the advanced program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (ATPPP) from U of T. He is a teaching mentor/supervisor of the Medical Psychotherapy Association of Canada (MDPAC) and has taught through the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Dr. Paré has a special interest in the foundations and fundamentals of clinical practice, including (but not limited to) the ethics of practice, privacy and confidentiality, maintaining professional boundaries, providing informed consent to treatment, adequate record-keeping, psychotherapist competencies, Can-MED roles, and the standard of care within the provision of competent and compassionate care. To teach these key essentials, he and his colleagues have developed several popular MainPro + continuing professional development courses. Dr. Paré is a recognized expert witness in the field of mental health and, more specifically, primary care mental health and psychotherapy within and beyond the field of medicine. He earned certificates from the Osgoode Hall Law School in professional regulation and discipline in the Ontario health-care sector and in mental-health care law.

Dr. Gregory Peachey

Anesthesia

Dr. Gregory Peachey

Anesthesia

Life Membership Award Recipient

Dr. Greg Peachey graduated from Memorial University Medical School and completed his fellowship training in anesthesiology in 1992. Four years later, he joined the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University and became a professor of clinical anesthesia in 2003. He served on the OMA Section of Anesthesia executive from 1997–2002, including two terms as resident from 1999–2001. As the director of the anesthesia residency training program from 2002–2006, he took an active role in curriculum development. Dr. Peachey was one of the early leaders in the adoption of simulation-based learning into the undergraduate and postgraduate anesthesia residency training programs, serving as anesthesia faculty lead in simulation-based learning. In 2005, he received the John C. Sibley Award, recognizing his exceptional commitment to innovative teaching and interdisciplinary education to improve patient care. He was a member of the Anesthesia Working Group for the McMaster University FHS Alternate Funding Plan, and president of the Hamilton Anesthesia Associates AFP from 2004–2006. He was assistant dean of Continuing Health Sciences Education at McMaster University from 2005–2010, where he was involved in Continuing Professional Development Ontario and served as chair of the Inter-Professional Committee, focusing on standards for medical education. Since 1998, Dr. Peachey has been a staff member with the Department of Anesthesia at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.   

Dr. Roman Preobrazenski

Family Medicine

Dr. Roman Preobrazenski

Family Medicine

Life Membership Award Recipient

Dr. Roman Preobrazenski graduated with a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education from the University of Toronto in 1977 and with an MD from McMaster in 1980. His medical career began after winning a Canadian Junior Championship in freestyle wrestling in 1974, where he suffered an injury in his ACL. The physician who repaired the injury, Dr. David MacIntosh, also inspired and encouraged him to study medicine. After almost six years of rural practice in Wiarton, Dr. Preobrazenski moved to the GTA in 1987 to continue his family practice in Etobicoke, focusing on emergency and sports medicine. As an attending physician to the national wrestling team, he travelled to competitions in Cuba and East Germany. Dr. Preobrazenski was also chair of the Medical Committee for Judo Ontario from 1986–1994 and was a mat-side physician at the World Judo Championships in 1993. His interest in geriatrics started in Wiarton as a medical director at Gateway Haven Home for the Aged from 1982–1986, and then as an active staff member at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital from 1987–1996. He also practiced in the emergency department at Queensway General Hospital (now part of Trillium Health Centre). In 2004, Dr. Preobrazenski became a staff physician at the WSIB and a medical staff member at McMaster University’s Student Wellness Centre in 2005. He also served as president of the OMA Queensway Branch Society from 1990–1995. He is also president of the OMA Physician Group at the WSIB that worked with the OMA to negotiate the collective agreement.

Dr. Kiran Rabheru

Psychiatry

Dr. Kiran Rabheru

Psychiatry

Life Membership Award Recipient

Dr. Kiran Rabheru earned his medical degree at the University of Western Ontario and is a full professor of psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. He is also a geriatric psychiatrist at The Ottawa Hospital and serves as its medical director of geriatric psychiatry, Electroconvulsive Therapy and behavioral support programs. He is also a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. As a family physician, Dr. Rabheru worked in several rural and urban settings for five years. He earned his specialty training in psychiatry, subspecializing in geriatric psychiatry, where he is board certified in Canada (FRCP) and the United States (DABPN). Dr. Rabheru is passionate about—and committed to—serving older persons and is recognized nationally and internationally for his work. He is a founder of the subspecialty of geriatric psychiatry by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He also received the Outstanding Achievements in Geriatric Psychiatry in Canada award by the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry, on whose board he has served as president and director. He serves as co-leader of the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health, chair of the board of the International Longevity Centre, chair of the Section of Positive Psychiatry of the World Psychiatric Association, a board member of the International Psychogeriatric Association, and as a member of the national leadership team for the Fountain of Health, which promotes healthy aging, brain resilience and vitality. In November 2020, Dr. Rabheru was also elected chair of the Steering Committee for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People (GAROP), a network of over 380 members from over 80 counties worldwide, united in the work to strengthen and promote the rights and the voice of older persons globally.

Dr. Steven Reinhart

Psychology

Dr. Steven Reinhart

Psychology

Life Membership Award Recipient

Dr. Steven Reinhart graduated from McMaster Medical School in 1981, after earning a BA in psychology from the University of Western Ontario. At the start of his career, he practiced in Norway House, Manitoba and Manitouwadge in Northern Ontario, delivering obstetric and emergency care, followed by locum roles in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. He spent most of his career at the Guelph Community Health Centre from 1988–2017, which he helped establish in collaboration with other colleagues to deliver care to the marginalized and immigrant populations of the city. Dr. Reinhart served as president of the medical staff of the local hospital and helped to establish the Medical Interest Group of Community Health Centres and Aboriginal Health Access Centres at the OMA. The centres fostered midwifery and alternative medical care, immigrant and street outreach, mental health workers and social work. He also sat on the selection committee for the Guelph services for the physically disabled for over 15 years, allocating affordable housing for the disadvantaged. He played hockey, both locally and at OMA tournaments. With his wife, Leonie, an OR nurse, Dr. Reinhart has a son, Warren (who was raised in Guelph) and a grandchild (who is being raised in South Korea). He proudly retired in 2017 and enjoys hardscaping the garden, dry rock wall building, golf and bridge, as well as meeting adults that he delivered as babies.

Dr. William Splinter

Anesthesiology

Dr. William Splinter

Anesthesiology

Life Membership Award Recipient

Dr. William Splinter graduated from Queen’s University with a B.Sc. in 1978 and MD in 1983 and completed his anesthesiology residency in 1987. This was followed by a pediatric anesthesia fellowship at Dalhousie University in 1988 and informal training in pediatric critical care, pediatric palliative care and adult palliative care. Since 1988, he has been a member of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. His career has focused on clinical care, research and administration. Dr. Splinter has published more than 75 peer-reviewed articles (most, as first author) and over 100 abstracts on perioperative care and other clinical interests. He was the first medical director at Roger Neilson’s House (for which he was also an ex-officio member of the board), a pediatric hospice, and for Pediatric Palliative Care at CHEO (for which he was also chief of anesthesiology for over eight years, plus treasurer, vice-president and president of the Medical Staff and a member of the Board of Trustees). He has been the vice-president and president of the Canadian Pediatric Anesthesiology Society, and active with the Canadian Anesthesiologist’s Society, in roles such as chair of the Annual Meeting, Section chair for Pediatric Anesthesia, chair of Scientific Affairs Committee, chair of the Abstract Review Committee, and a member of the Research Committee. He has also been a member or chair of enumerable committees at his primary hospital, CHEO, at Roger Neilson’s house, and the University of Ottawa. Further, he has been active with the OMA Section on Palliative Care, including roles as treasurer and Section chair. He has also had provincial symptom management lead roles (through POGO/ Cancer Care Ontario) for specific end-of-life concerns, such as pain. Dr. Splinter has had numerous other appointments and has been honoured with various awards, including J Earl Wynands Award, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Aware and Golden Scalpel Award. He has given numerous presentations, from local to international, and published a few chapters and editorials.

Additional Life Membership Award recipients

These individuals are also recognized for their contributions. (Biographical information is unavailable.)  

Dr. Susan Abbey 

Dr. Ian Forrest 

Dr. Raymond Harb 

Dr. Ingrid Harle

Dr. John Hollingsworth

Dr. Glenn Martin

Dr. Michael Semoff 

Dr. Lucian Sitwell 

 

Medical Student Achievement Award

The Medical Student Achievement Award is awarded for significant contributions at the political and/or community level that helps advance the life and/or education of all medical students.

Ms. Christine Miller

Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Ms. Christine Miller

Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Medical Student Achievement Award

Ms. Christine Miller is from Whitehorse, Yukon. She attended the University of Calgary where she earned a Bachelor of Nursing and completed a Bachelor of Education at Trent University. She later completed her Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program and master’s degree in public health at Lakehead University. Ms. Miller completed her medical education at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (MD 2021). During her time in medical school, she participated in the Section of Medical Students through the College of Family Physicians of Canada. This experience enabled her to shape family medicine discussions and undergraduate education for future generations of physicians. Ms. Miller will be pursuing a rural family medicine residency through the University of Alberta. Her clinical interests include geriatrics, women’s health, pediatrics and academic medicine. After residency, Ms. Miller plans to practice rural family medicine in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She hopes to bring her passion for teaching to the medical field. Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time with family, crocheting, baking, reading, travelling and being active outdoors.

Ms. Ikunna Nwosu

Queen's University

Ms. Ikunna Nwosu

Queen's University

Medical Student Achievement Award

Ms. Ikunna (Iku) Nwosu is a proud Nigerian Canadian woman. Her family immigrated from Switzerland to Canada in 2001, and she grew up in Mississauga, Ontario. She grew up surrounded by fellow first-generation and second-generation immigrant children. This filled her upbringing with a culture of appreciation for diverse backgrounds. Ms. Nwosu graduated from Glenforest Secondary School before attending McMaster University, where she completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences degree in 2018. During her time at McMaster, Ms. Nwosu first cultivated her skills in community-building and student leadership working as her faculty’s orientation week coordinator and diversity services. Ms. Nwosu is now a third-year medical student at Queen’s University, where her interest in community organizing continues to grow. Most notably, Ms. Nwosu is part of a group of students who led a full curriculum review identifying gaps in the representation of skin of colour in pre-clerkship lecture materials. Their work culminated in securing a VisualDx license for Queen’s which allows these gaps to begin to be filled. Currently, Ms. Nwosu is the chairperson of the Black Medical Students Association of Canada, the second individual and first woman to hold this position. She is also the co-president of her class. Ms. Nwosu is an avid writer expressing her thoughts on personal growth and society on her blog entitled Ikunna. In medicine, Ms. Nwosu is interested in primary care and obstetrics/gynecology. She aspires to understand how the history of medical racism impacts the present-day experiences of BIPOC patients. Her current research includes exploring racial bias in endometriosis diagnosis propagated in textbooks over decades.

Ms. Céline Sayed

University of Ottawa

Ms. Céline Sayed

University of Ottawa

Medical Student Achievement Award

Ms. Céline Sayed is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Ottawa in the class of 2021. Her interest in medical education is demonstrated through her important involvement in an innovative research project aimed at incorporating pre-clerkship procedural skills training into the MD curriculum. Equally passionate about student advocacy, Ms. Sayed has completed mandates as class president and as medical student council president. By collaborating with student representatives, she ensured the inclusion of a Suicide Awareness and Prevention Committee and a Sustainability and Climate Change Committee within the medical student council. Additionally, she has engaged in local, provincial and national advocacy initiatives regarding undergraduate medical education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, Ms. Sayed is one of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC) national student representatives, working to engage medical students in the FMWC’s mission and facilitating the relationships between FMWC local student representatives across the country. Ms. Sayed is also the designated University of Ottawa representative on the Canadian Federation of Medical Students National Advisory Group for the MD2021 CaRMS Match and advocating and defending medical students’ interests concerning the residency match. Ms. Sayed’s involvement and accomplishments have earned her the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario Citizenship ward, the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame award for Medical Students, and the Canadian Medical Association 150th Anniversary award. Ms. Sayed looks forward to maintaining her involvement in research, leadership and medical education during residency and beyond.

Ms. Brintha Sivajohan

Western University

Ms. Brintha Sivajohan

Western University

Medical Student Achievement Award

Ms. Brintha Sivajohan is a passionate medical student with a Bachelor of Science (Hon.) from Western University, who has experience working in health politics and advocating for health equity. She is also a research trainee focused on improving women’s health care through collaborations at various centres across Canada. Her interests in health equity have led her to work as an intern at a federal constituency office where she is involved in various aspects of health policy development. In addition to Ms. Sivajoha’s clinical, research & political endeavours, she is the co-founder of a non-profit organization called The BIPOC Women’s Health Network. Through this organization, she is leading initiatives focused on improving racial disparities in health-care outcomes and is engaged in advocacy projects to enhance health-care accessibility using an intersectional lens. Additionally, Ms. Sivajoha is working with a start-up company in the field of urogynaecology to develop novel methods of treating pelvic organ prolapse. She is an advocate for women’s health and the health of racialized and Indigenous communities. Ms. Sivajohan is also heavily involved with various medical education groups and she leads numerous clubs at her school including women in surgery, women’s health interest group and medical students for choice. Currently, Ms. Sivajoha is a Results Canada fellow and is working to increase national funding and equitable program support to help reduce tuberculosis in marginalized populations across the globe.

Ms. Ushma Purohit

University of Toronto

Ms. Ushma Purohit

University of Toronto

Medical Student Achievement Award

Ms. Ushma Purohit is a third-year medical student at the University of Toronto and a M.Sc. student at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. She currently serves as the president-elect of the Ontario Medical Students Association (OMSA), starting her term as the president in May 2021. Over the past few years, Ms. Purohit has dedicated a significant amount of her efforts to advance the well-being, education and representation of medical students. Her involvement medical student associations has spanned from the local, provincial, national and international level. At each level, Ms. Purohit has focused on furthering a different set of priorities from a different lens, but with every opportunity, she has strived to support the best interests of medical students. As she prepares to start her term as OMSA President, she hopes to provide Ontario’s medical students with a leader that will listen to their concerns, address their needs, advocate for their causes and support their well-being. Ms. Purohit considers herself fortunate to be able to learn alongside such a passionate, innovative and forward-thinking generation of medical students.

Ms. Kay Wu

McMaster University

Ms. Kay Wu

McMaster University

Medical Student Achievement Award

Ms. Kay Wu is a second-year McMaster student with a dream to use technology and innovation to take health care to new heights. Her work towards this goal has centred around three pillars: medical technology development, innovative delivery of medical education and creation of a health innovation community. As clinical advisor for McMaster Innovators in Scrubs, Ms. Wu and her team prototyped a natural language processing tool to improve patient understanding of medical reports. This tool was positively received by Joseph Brant Hospital and was a finalist in the 2020 BioTEC Pitch Competition. It will soon be piloted with patients and health-care professionals. Understanding the need for virtual care learning opportunities during the pandemic, Ms. Wu led the organization and delivery of MacSim, an educational simulation for medical students to see, triage and manage patients in the virtual environment. Over 100 McMaster medical students gained clinical decision-making skills through this initiative and she had the opportunity to share it nationally at the 2021 Canadian conference on medical education. Ms. Wu is also an executive member of Physician Innovator, a national community of physician entrepreneurs. By connecting physician innovators nationally and internationally at networking and mentorship events, she and her team are fostering a much-needed ecosystem of health innovation in Canada. Underlying all of Ms. Wu’s endeavours is a drive to create and make an impact on the world. Outside of medicine, she enjoys painting and writing short stories.  

Mentor for Students and Residents Award

The Advocate for Students and Residents Award is awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions that have significantly benefited the medical students or residents of the province of Ontario.

Dr. Kelly Howse

Family Medicine

Dr. Kelly Howse

Family Medicine

Mentor for Students and Residents Award

Dr. Kelly Howse is a family physician in Kingston, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2007 and completed her family medicine residency at the University of Toronto in 2009. Dr. Howse joined the Department of Family Medicine at Queen's University in 2011, where she currently practices academic family medicine and intrapartum obstetrics. She was the co-lead for her family medicine obstetrics group at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre from 2017-2020. Her academic career has involved various roles in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. Dr. Howse was a medical student career advisor at the Queen’s University School of Medicine in the Office of Student Affairs from 2012-2019. She helped redesign the careers curriculum at Queen’s and led the publication of Canadian national guidelines and recommendations for integrating career advising into medical school curricula in 2017. Dr. Howse was the chair of the Resident Wellness and Resilience Subcommittee in the Department of Family Medicine at Queen’s from 2013-2018. She has received various research grants for medical student career advising, residents’ perceptions of well-being and dealing with burnout, and more recently resident supervision of virtual care delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has multiple publications in career advising, resident wellness, behavioural medicine and family medicine obstetrics. In 2018, Dr. Howse became the site director for the Kingston Thousand Islands site of the Queen's University Family Medicine residency program and the director of education for the family medicine training component of the Queen’s Public Health and Preventative Medicine program. She has mentored many students and residents in her various roles over the past ten years and is passionate about learner education and wellness.

Resident Achievement Award

The Resident Achievement Award is awarded for outstanding contribution to the advancement of post-graduate training.

Dr. Christopher Clarkstone

McMaster University

Dr. Christopher Clarkstone

McMaster University

Resident Achievement Award

A graduate of Brock University (B.Sc.), and the University of Ottawa (MD), Dr. Christopher Clarkstone is a fourth-year resident in psychiatry at McMaster University. For the last two years, he has served as the president of the McMaster Psychiatry Resident Association. In this role, he helped lead his colleagues throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and has been instrumental in improving resident wellness and safety after a crisis in 2019 led to a six-week removal of psychiatry residents from call duties. Dr. Clarkstone has done this by advocating on behalf of the resident body and helping enact change on numerous committees, including the Postgraduate Education Committee, the Program Safety Committee, the Psychiatry Department Executive Committee, the Psychiatric Emergency Services Steering Committee, and the PES-ED Process Working Group. Dr. Clarkstone has completed award-winning quality improvement research in resident wellness on-call. He has been a member of the residency program’s Core Curriculum Committee and helped develop the structure of a new competency by-design residency program. His interest in global mental health has resulted in him co-leading the Department of Psychiatry’s partnership with Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda. Upon completion of residency training, Dr. Clarkstone hopes to continue to be involved in enacting positive change.

Dr. Jonathan Cluett

Queen’s University

Dr. Jonathan Cluett

Queen’s University

Resident Achievement Award

Dr. Jonathan Cluett is a fourth-year resident in obstetrics and gynecology at Queen’s University. Born and raised in Tillsonburg, Ontario, he left the small-town life to pursue undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo and medicine at Queen’s University. During his time in medical school, he served as class president, president of the Aesculapian Society and was elected valedictorian for his graduation ceremony. Dr. Cluett has undertaken several initiatives as a resident to improve the learner experience. As the OBGYN Competency-by-Design (CBD) resident representative, he immersed himself in the implementation and evaluation of CBD, advocating for resident interests on several committees. He redesigned his program’s procedure logging system (FROG Log) to align with CBD objectives. Most recently, Dr. Cluett’s resident colleagues elected him as the inaugural resident member to the OBGYN CBD Competence Committee. In addition to medical education, his interests include surgical safety and health informatics. Dr. Cluett initiated monthly faculty-led rounds with a focus on surgical safety, complications, and challenging operative cases. These sessions promote open dialogue within the surgical team, supporting constructive discussion of complex outcomes in a non-judgmental way. Dr. Cluett is the recipient of the CFMS-MD Financial Leadership Award and the Michael and Betty Dicketts Scholarship in Medicine, which awards residents who embody the characteristics of the CanMEDS roles. After completing his residency, Dr. Cluett plans to pursue a fellowship in gynecologic oncology.

Dr. Megan Me-Young Lim

University of Ottawa

Dr. Megan Me-Young Lim

University of Ottawa

Resident Achievement Award

Dr. Megan Lim is a PGY-4 dermatology resident at the University of Ottawa. She was born and raised in Saskatchewan and completed medical school at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Lim currently sits as the resident representative for the Medical Advisory Committee and Medical Affairs Advisory Committee for The Ottawa Hospital and serves as co-chief resident. She was an elected resident representative for the Canadian Dermatology Association Residents and Fellows Society and member of the general council for the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario. She is a part of the Indigenous Mentorship Program at the University of Ottawa and is focused on bridging health inequities that Indigenous peoples face in accessing dermatologic care. Dr. Lim  has more than 11 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts and national and international presentations. She was awarded a national writing award for her contributions in the field of dermatology through peer-reviewed publications. Her clinical and research interests are in Mohs micrographic surgery, procedural dermatology, skin cancer, resident education and patient experience. In her spare time, Dr. Lim enjoys road biking, golfing and hiking with friends.

Dr. Timothy Miao

Western University

Dr. Timothy Miao

Western University

Resident Achievement Award

Dr. Timothy Miao is a fourth-year resident in diagnostic radiology at the University of Western Ontario and is currently serving as chief resident. Originally from Thunder Bay, he obtained his undergraduate degree in mathematics at Lakehead University, followed by medical school at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Miao is passionate about education and continuously strives to improve the resident experience. He spearheaded several improvements to the resident call structure and led numerous educational sessions to enhance the knowledge and confidence of junior radiology residents preparing for independent call. Dr. Miao co-created “Joint Radiology and Acute Care Surgery Cases” rounds, featuring resident-presented cases with imaging and intraoperative correlation promoting collegiality between the radiology and general surgery programs. On a policy level, Dr. Miao presented updated guidelines on iodinated and gadolinium-based contrast agents for patients with kidney disease at Grand Rounds for the Departments of Medical Imaging, Medicine, and Nephrology at Western University. These efforts resulted in safely lowering creatinine thresholds for CT and MRI, enhancing access to these modalities in London and the surrounding area. Dr. Miao actively participates in research and has co-authored 12 peer-reviewed publications and 12 abstracts. In 2019 and 2020, he received the Rankin Singh Resident Research Award for exceptional quality research. He has presented at national and international conferences and won first place in the Radiologist-in-Training session at the Canadian Association of Radiologists 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting. Following his residency, Dr. Miao will be pursuing fellowship training in musculoskeletal imaging at the University of Toronto.

Dr. William Kyle Silverstein

University of Toronto

Dr. William Kyle Silverstein

University of Toronto

Resident Achievement Award

Dr. William Kyle Silverstein completed his medical school and internal medicine training at the University of Toronto. He currently serves as the chief medical resident at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Silverstein is enrolled in a Masters of Science with a concentration in quality improvement and patient safety and is pursuing subspecialty training in general internal medicine starting in July 2021, at the University of Toronto. His academic interests lie at the intersection of quality improvement, patient safety, resource stewardship and health services research.

Dr. Athena Young

Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Dr. Athena Young

Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Resident Achievement Award

Dr. Athena Young is a third-year resident at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. She has been very involved in the administration of the residency program. Last year Dr. Young sat on the Residency Program Committee (RPC) and is now one of the program’s co-chief residents. She is very engaged in the process of program quality improvement and has worked with her RPC colleagues to move innovative ideas for curriculum change forward. Dr. Young is passionate about providing support and encouragement to adolescents and children in a variety of settings. She was a Special Olympics coach and a high school cheerleading coach and was recognized for her contributions with the London Ontario Special Olympic volunteer of the Year Award in 2015. During residency, she worked with art students at a local Indigenous high school to develop the Photovoice project showcasing the strengths of Indigenous youth through photography in the community. Dr. Young loves to teach; her goal is to create a supportive learning environment that stimulates good discussion and questions.

Presidential Award

The Presidential Award is awarded in recognition of exceptional and long-standing humanitarian service to the greater community (in Ontario or elsewhere) that brings honour to the medical profession. The award recipient, by his or her actions, expresses the highest qualities of service by a physician that we all admire.

Dr. Ruth Mathieson

Family Medicine

Dr. Ruth Mathieson

Family Medicine

Presidential Award

Dr. Ruth Mathieson studied medicine at the University of St. Andrew’s in Scotland, graduating in 1964. Her house jobs and obstetrics training were completed at the Radcliffe Infirmary, and she received pediatric training at Vancouver General Hospital from 1968-1969. Dr. Mathieson worked in England as a general practice locum in Bermuda and Germany as a general resident before settling in the Belleville area in 1970. From 1970-2019, she had admitting privileges at the Quinte Health Care, Belleville site. Dr. Mathieson practiced family medicine from 1970-2004. The additional training she completed in pediatrics and obstetrics provided a good foundation for family practice because it allowed her to look after patients from birth to death and everything in between. Dr. Mathieson performed deliveries of her patients and other G.P.’s, as well as practicing palliative care. She was also the medical supervisor of complex continuing care for several years. After she retired from family practice, she practised palliative care at Belleville General Hospital and Hastings County. For the past several years Dr. Mathieson has worked part-time as an assistant in the operating room. Dr. Mathieson has volunteered in Nigeria, Guatemala and Tanzania, but mostly in Kenya. She worked at Matangwe Clinic/Hospital in Kenya from 2005-2015, relieving the clinical officer for a month. In this role, she mainly treated HIV/AIDS patients, as well as cerebral malaria and other tropical diseases. She made life-long friends there and continues to help them financially. Dr. Mathieson has loved being a physician.

Section Service Award

The Section Service Award is awarded in recognition of significant service to the OMA, medical profession, or public within a Section.

Dr. Karima Khamisa

Hematology

Dr. Karima Khamisa

Hematology

Section Service Award

Dr. Karima Khamisa is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, MD 2002, Queen’s University Internal Medicine residency in 2005 and the University of Ottawa Hematology residency in 2008. Dr. Khamisa has been an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine since 2009. Her clinical focus is the area of non-malignant hematology, particularly disorders of iron metabolism. She has served as a consultant hematologist at The Ottawa Hospital since 2009. Dr. Khamisa is a Distinguished Teacher at the Faculty of Medicine, being elected as Honorary Class President in 2017 for the University of Ottawa MD graduating class and Mentor of the Year in 2015. Since 2018, she has served as an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She has published in the areas of medical education and clinical hematology. She has been the vice-chair, OMA Section of Haematology and Medical Oncology since 2017. She has served as tariff chair for this Section since 2020 and has been a District 8 section representative since 2018. Dr. Khamisa is presently working on several advocacy projects, in particular, she created an Access to Intravenous Iron Working Group. This group raises awareness about iron deficiency anemia and improving access to intravenous medications to treat this disorder.

Dr. Adam Stewart

Section on General & Family Practice

Dr. Adam Stewart

Section on General & Family Practice

Section Service Award

Dr. Adam Stewart is a rural family physician who provides comprehensive primary care in Madoc, Ontario. He received his Bachelor of Science (Hon.) in Physiology from the University of Western Ontario, where he also completed his medical degree and family medicine residency. Dr. Stewart began independent practice in 2009. He is the lead physician for the Central Hastings Family Health Team. For the first seven years of his career, Dr. Stewart practiced emergency medicine. In 2020, he received his Fellowship Designation. Dr. Stewart is passionate about electronic medical records (EMR), digital health and practice efficiency. He has presented at several conferences over the years regarding his innovative and advanced use of EMR technology. He was an OntarioMD Peer Leader from 2015-2020. For nearly four years, from 2017-2020, Dr. Stewart served as an enthusiastic and devoted member of the Section on General & Family Practice (SGFP) Executive and OMA Council. He passionately advanced, and often pioneered, numerous initiatives in the interests of Ontario’s Family Physicians. Dr. Stewart became known for his expertise and advocacy related to billing, finance, relativity and EMR data. He served as SGFP’s treasurer in 2020, was on the Medical Services Payment Committee in 2019 and was the chair of the Relativity Advisory Committee’s Primary Care Non-Fee-For-Service Working Group in 2021.

Dr. Harold Pupko

Primary Care Mental Health

Dr. Harold Pupko

Primary Care Mental Health

Section Service Award

Dr. Harold Pupko graduated in 1983 from the University of Toronto Medical School. He was inspired and supported throughout his education by his parents, Esther and Samuel, who augmented his formal education by instilling within him the values of patience, compassion, caring, self-sacrifice and lifelong learning. Having lost their immediate families in the Holocaust, his parents encouraged a survivor mindset and a curiosity about human nature to carry with him into his medical practice. After having had the privilege of completing a rotating internship at Toronto’s St. Joseph’s Health Centre, he entered primary care, working in various settings across Toronto and the GTA. Dr. Pupko currently works at a primary care mental health practice in North York that he began in 1991. He has served on the education committee of the Section on Primary Care Mental Health since 2000. Together with Dr. Michael Paré, he helped create several innovative educational programs, including the Evening Series and the Summer Series and was involved in creating educational programming to raise mental health awareness among the profession. Dr. Pupko has served on the executive of the Section from 2002-2019, the majority of that time as vice-chair. He became president of the North York Branson Medical Society in 2004. The Society was the 2014 winner of the T.C. Routley Challenge Shield, primarily due to the D11 Doctors’ Lounge Series that Dr. Pupko created in 2005 and continues to organize.

Dr. Janice Willett

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Janice Willett

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Section Service Award

Dr. Janice Willett has been in medical practice for more than 30 years as a Royal College certified Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. She completed her undergraduate and fellowship at the University of Western Ontario. She is currently practicing part-time in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and will retire in June 2021. Dr. Willett has held many medical leadership roles locally and provincially. Locally, she served as medical director of the Maternal Child Program and Surgery Program at Sault Area Hospital and volunteered on the Sault Area Hospital Foundation Board. Dr. Willett has many years of leadership experience at the OMA including Section leadership, board service, numerous committees and as OMA President in 2007. More recently, Dr. Willett has served in several leadership positions at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Dr. Willett served as associate dean of Faculty Affairs and Continuing Education and Professional Development from 2013–2020. She looks forward to continuing to volunteer with vulnerable populations in her community and spending time with family.