Recent Appointments

Director, Resident Wellness, Post MD Education

Professor Julie Maggi has been appointed Director of Resident Wellness in the Post MD Education program and will assume the role on April 1, 2017. Professor Maggi is currently the interim Psychiatrist in Chief, Director of Education for the Mental Health and Addictions service and Director of Postgraduate Medical Education, at St. Michael's Hospital. She has also been a resident advisor for the Department of Psychiatry and serves on the Board of Medical Assessors, the Fellowship Education Advisory Committee and the Postgraduate Wellness Leads Committee for Postgraduate Medical Education at U of T. Professor Susan Edwards will step down as Director on June 30, 2017.


Director, Centre for Child Nutrition and Health

Professor Daniel Sellen assumed the role of Director for the Centre for Child Nutrition and Health on January 1, 2017, for a five-year term. Professor Sellen is cross-appointed in three faculties at the University of Toronto and is a Professor of Anthropology, Nutritional Sciences, and Social and Behavioural Sciences. He is also Senior Resident Scholar at the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health. He has served in many administrative roles at U of T, including as a Vice Provostial Assessor for the Faculty of Medicine, as a graduate coordinator and teaching assistant coordinator in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and most recently as the inaugural Associate Dean of Research at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.


Chair, Family and Community Medicine

Professor Michael Kidd will begin a five-year term as Chair on May 1, 2017. He is currently Professor of Global Primary Care and Executive Dean at the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. Professor David White will complete his term as Interim Chair on December 31; Professor David Tannenbaum will succeed him from January 1 to April 30, 2017.


Chair, Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology

Professor Rita Kandel will begin a five-year term as Chair on April 1, 2017. She is a Professor in the department, Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital (Sinai Health System), and Associate Scientist at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health System.  She also serves as Director of the University’s Collaborative Program in Musculoskeletal Sciences, is a core member of the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, and holds a cross-appointment in the Department of Surgery. Professor Avrum Gotlieb’s term as Interim Chair will end on March 31, 2017.


Executive Director of Advancement for the Faculty of Medicine

Darina Landa has been appointed Executive Director of Advancement for the Faculty of Medicine. Darina first joined the University of Toronto in 2010 as Senior Development Officer in the Department of Surgery.


Chair, Decanal Promotions Committee

Professor Mary Jane Esplen has been appointed Chair, Decanal Promotions Committee beginning September 1, 2016.

Prof. Esplen is a Full Professor and Vice-Chair, Basic and Clinical Sciences, Department of Psychiatry. She is a Scientist and Clinician at the University Health Network/Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the inaugural Director of the de Souza Institute at UHN, a national knowledge translation centre.


Director, The Division of Teaching Laboratories

Professor Ahlia Kahn-Trottier has been appointed Director, The Division of Teaching Laboratories for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2016.

Prof. Kahn-Trottier is currently Associate Professor, teaching stream, Department of Biochemistry.  Prof. Kahn-Trottier’s research focus is on the use of technological tools and active learning approaches to enhance student learning and collaboration both in the lecture and laboratory environment.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree specializing in Biochemistry and majoring in Human Biology, followed by a Doctorate in Biochemistry, both at the University of Toronto. 


Director, MD Admissions and Student Finances

Professor David Latter has been appointed Director, MD Admissions and Student Finances in Undergraduate Medical Education for a one-year term beginning July 1, 2016.

Prof. Latter’s responsibilities will include overall academic responsibility for the design, planning, implementation and evaluation of the MD Program admissions processes and the financial aid programs for students enrolled in the MD Program. He will also have shared academic responsibility with the Associate Dean, Health Professions Student Affairs, for the design, development, implementation and evaluation of outreach, pipeline and support programs for priority student populations identified in the Faculty of Medicine’s Diversity statement, as well as with UME programs for student enrolment strategies.

Prof. David Latter graduated from McGill University in 1982. He completed residencies in General Surgery and Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at McGill University (1982-1989) and a clinical fellowship in Thoracic Transplantation at Stanford University in California (1990).  Prof. Latter was a member of the Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill University from 1991 to 1996.  In 1996, Prof. Latter was appointed to a position at the University of Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital Division of Cardiac Surgery where he is currently the Division Head. Prof. Latter specializes in adult cardiac surgery with a special interest in mitral valve surgery.


Chair, Department of Molecular Genetics

Professor Leah Cowen has been appointed as Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2016.

Prof. Cowen is currently Associate Chair, Communications & Alumni Relations, in the Department of Molecular Genetics in the Faculty of Medicine, as well as Canada Research Chair in Microbial Genomics and Infectious Disease.  She received her undergraduate degree from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia, a PhD from the University of Toronto, and pursued postdoctoral studies at the Whitehead Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Prof. Cowen has been recognized with many awards including a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences, Grand Challenges Canada Star in Global Health Award, Merck Irving S. Sigal Memorial Award, and E. W. R. Steacie Award. A passionate teacher, she is the recipient of the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine Graduate Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. She serves on the Editorial Board of PLOS Pathogens, Cell Reports, Virulence, and Fungal Genetics and Biology.

Prof. Cowen’s research is focused on understanding what allows some microbes to exploit the host and cause disease and developing new strategies to thwart drug resistance and treat life-threatening infections. Her laboratory takes an interdisciplinary approach to unravel the biology of fungal pathogens, leveraging chemical genomics, functional genomics, molecular genetics, experimental evolution, models of host-pathogen interaction, microbiome analysis of patient populations, and structure-guided drug design. Her laboratory has published over 60 research articles in high impact journals, which has led to over 80 invited lectures at international conferences and universities worldwide.


Faculty Lead, Simulation Education Integration

Professor Doug Campbell has been appointed Faculty Lead, Simulation Education Integration for a one-year term beginning February 1, 2016.

The Faculty Lead, Simulation Education Integration is a new role in the Faculty of Medicine which will support the consolidation, integration and evaluation of simulation education activities at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals. Prof. Campbell will chair the Simulation Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), with Prof. Salvatore Spadafora, Vice Dean, Post MD Education serving as Associate Chair. The SEAC membership will include representation from hospital simulation centres, TAHSN affiliate hospitals, the Faculty of Medicine, the Centre for Faculty Development, SIM-one, and undergraduate and postgraduate learners, forming a coordinated network of education simulation activity within the Faculty of Medicine’s university and hospital network. SEAC goals include promotion of guidelines for best practices and curriculum education delivery, identification of opportunities for improved collaboration, and increased access to simulation equipment and resources within the academic medicine community.  

Prof. Campbell is Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto and the Medical Director, Allan Waters Family Simulation Centre & Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Michael’s Hospital. He graduated in medicine from the University of Calgary and completed his residency and neonatal fellowship at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. Prof. Campbell received simulation training at Stanford University, is a member of the Canadian Paediatric Society National Resuscitation Program executive and research committees and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Pediatric Simulation Society. In 2012, he was awarded the Marvin Gerstein Award, nominated by the paediatric residents of the University of Toronto for outstanding teaching.


Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME)

Professor Glen Bandiera has been reappointed as Associate Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) for a second five year term beginning July 1, 2016.  

Prof. Bandiera is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and Chief of Emergency Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital. As Associate Dean, PGME, he has oversight of all accredited postgraduate programs. He also is the PGME lead for Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME), which is part of the Royal College Competence By Design (CBD) initiative. Nationally, he is past Chair of the Committee on Accreditation and Chair of the Specialty Committee, Emergency Medicine at the Royal College and has served as President of both the Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) and the CAME Foundation. 

Prof. Bandiera has been involved in undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing medical education and has received numerous awards for his work in this area. He has been instrumental in the development of standardized assessment tools for teachers and residents and has recently overseen the development of a national approach to residency selection. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and presented more than 250 invited lectures, workshops or seminars related to education.


Chair, Department of Paediatrics 

Professor Ronald Cohn has been appointed as Chair of the Department of Paediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine and Paediatrician-in-Chief at SickKids, beginning July 1, 2016.  He will also hold the RS McLaughlin Foundation Chair in Paediatrics.

Prof. Cohn is Associate Professor in the Departments of Paediatrics and Molecular Genetics in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. At the Hospital for Sick Children, Prof. Cohn serves as Chief of the Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics, Co-Director of the Centre for Genetic Medicine, Co-Lead of the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, and Senior Scientist.

Prof. Cohn received his medical degree from the University of Essen (Germany). Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute he became the first combined resident in paediatrics and genetics at Johns Hopkins University. He joined the faculty of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and, during his tenure there, received numerous awards including the David M. Kamsler Award for outstanding compassionate and expert care of pediatric patients, the First Annual Harvard-Partners Center for Genetics and Genomics Award in Medical Genetics, and the Young Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Under Prof. Cohn’s leadership at SickKids, the Centre for Genetic Medicine launched the first paediatric-focused genome clinic devoted to discovering new diagnostic and treatment options for paediatric disease. Prof. Cohn has been supported by various funding agencies including the NIH and Muscular Dystrophy Association over the last 10 years and has published over 50 articles in high profile journals such as Cell, Science, Nature Medicine, Science Translational Medicine, EMBO Molecular Medicine, and Journal of Clinical Investigation. More recently, Prof. Cohn’s laboratory has started to investigate the versatility of a new genome editing technology, CRISPR/Cas9. Prof. Cohn serves as the Associated Executive Editor of the journal Neuromuscular Disorders and serves on the editorial boards of several medical journals that cover various medical specialties.


Vice-Dean, MD Program

Professor Patricia Houston has been appointed Vice-Dean, MD Program in the Faculty of Medicine for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2016.

Prof. Houston is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, where she also completed a Master's in Education at OISE. She has distinguished herself as a collaborative leader in health professional education. She has served in a number of leadership roles both at the University and at St. Michael’s Hospital, where she is currently Vice President, Education. She was Vice Chair of Education in the Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesia from 2004 to 2011 and served as Acting Vice-Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education in 2012-13. At St. Michael’s she has served as Medical Director, Perioperative Service Program and Anesthetist-in-Chief, among other roles. In addition, she co-chaired the TAHSN Education Committee from 2011 to 2014.

Professor Houston joined the Department of Anesthesia at the Faculty of Medicine in 1984 as a Lecturer and was appointed full Professor in 2006. Throughout her career she has been recognized with numerous teaching and leadership awards. She is an active member of a number of international and national organizations and associations, including the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society, of which she was President from 2012 to 2014.


Chair, Department of Surgery

Professor James Rutka has been reappointed as Chair of the Department of Surgery for a second five-year term, beginning April 1, 2016.

Prof. Rutka was first appointed in the Department of Surgery in 1990 and has been Chair since 2011. The recent external review of the Department recognized its many accomplishments under his leadership.

Prof. Rutka is on the surgical staff at the Hospital for Sick Children in the Division of Paediatric Neurosurgery and is Director of the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre at the University of Toronto. He also holds the R.S. McLaughlin Chair in Surgery. His primary research and clinical interests relate to the science and surgery of human brain tumours, and he has over 400 peer reviewed publications.

Among Prof. Rutka’s numerous honours, awards and appointments are: the Grass Award from the Society of Neurological Surgeons; Fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences; the Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize from the University of British Columbia; the Order of Ontario; and the Order of Canada. Prof. Rutka has served as the President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the World Academy of Neurological Surgery, and the American Academy of Neurological Surgery. In 2013, he became the 7th Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neurosurgery


Interim Chair, Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology

Professor Avrum I. Gotlieb has been appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology beginning January 1, 2016 for one year or until a new Chair is appointed, whichever is first.

Prof. Gotlieb has been deeply engaged in senior administrative leadership at the University for many years, and from 1997 to 2008 served as founding Chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology.  He has provided leadership in other roles in the Faculty of Medicine including as Acting Vice Dean, Graduate and Life Sciences Education, Interim Vice Dean, Research & International Relations, and chair of the Faculty of Medicine Decanal Promotions Committee.  He currently serves as a member of the University’s Governing Council and has provided leadership to numerous national and international scientific associations and committees.


Interim Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Professor David White has been appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine beginning January 1, 2016 for one year or until a new Chair is appointed, whichever is first.

Prof. White is Professor and Deputy Chair in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and is a member and former Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at North York General Hospital.

Prof. White completed his medical degree and residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. He joined the Faculty in 1977 when he began practice and clinical teaching with the University of Toronto’s Sioux Lookout Project, providing care to First Nations communities in the Sioux Lookout Zone Hospital and by flying into remote villages in northwestern Ontario. He helped to establish the first practice-based research network (PBRN) at the University of Toronto, which grew to become UTOPIAN, incorporating all UofT-affiliated family medicine teaching sites.

He served on the Board of the Ontario College of Family Physicians from 2011 to 2013 and was elected to the Executive of the Board of the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2013. He maintains a busy community practice including obstetrics. His academic activities include clinical teaching, research in health care delivery and medical leadership, and professional development of junior faculty. He has received numerous awards and honours for teaching, leadership and research.


Vice Dean, Research and Innovation

Professor Richard Hegele has been appointed Vice Dean, Research and Innovation for a five-year term beginning January 1, 2016.

In his new role, Prof. Hegele will be responsible for oversight of the strategic direction and management of health and biomedical research in the Faculty of Medicine.  He will collaborate closely with our University and affiliated Hospital partners to advance excellence, innovation and interdisciplinary health and biomedical research.

Prof. Hegele has been Chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology (LMP) at the University of Toronto since January 2009 and, following a very positive external review of the Department, he was reappointed for a second term beginning in January 2014.

Prof. Hegele received his MD degree from the University of Toronto (where also he completed his internship and residency training in Anatomical Pathology) and his PhD from the University of British Columbia.  He is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of Pathology.  From 2005-2008, Richard served as Department Head in the UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.  Since February 2011 he has served as Chief of the Department of Paediatric Laboratory Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children.


Vice Dean, Partnerships

Professor Lynn Wilson has been appointed Vice Dean, Partnerships for a five-year term beginning January 1, 2016.

The Vice Dean, Partnerships, a new position on the academic leadership team, will be responsible for helping our Faculty work more closely with government, the Toronto Academic Health Science Network, community partners and key international partners. Prof. Wilson will serve as the inaugural Vice Dean and brings tremendous leadership and experience in building relationships across institutions and communities.

Prof. Wilson has served as Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) since 2007 and under her leadership the Department has flourished.  In their September 2012 report the external reviewers noted “the University of Toronto DCFM is one of the world’s leading departments of Family Medicine both in terms of size and importance of impact.”  Prior to her term as Chair of DFCM, Lynn served as Chief of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at St. Joseph’s Health Centre for 9 years.  She received her undergraduate medical training and family medicine certification at the University of Toronto and has been a comprehensive family physician for 29 years. 

Prof. Wilson has extensive experience working with government, having served for six years on the Physician Services Committee and on many task forces and committees focused on issues such as primary care renewal.  She has been a leader in community and global health initiatives including as a co-director of BRIDGES, a co-primary care lead for Choosing Wisely Canada, and building relationships in Shanghai, Brazil, Chile and Ethiopia.


Chief Diversity Officer

Professor Lisa Robinson has been appointed Chief Diversity Officer for a one-year term beginning January 1, 2016.

The Chief Diversity Officer, a new role in the Faculty of Medicine, will provide leadership on matters of diversity and inclusion. The Chief Diversity Officer will work collaboratively to build alliances, develop strategic partnerships, and engage internal and external partners to enhance and promote the diversity of faculty, learners and staff across the Faculty of Medicine. 

Prof. Robinson is a Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto, Head of the Division of Nephrology at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and a Senior Scientist in the Cell Biology program at the SickKids Research Institute.   She received her MD degree from the University of Toronto and trained in Internal Medicine at The Toronto Hospital.  She completed her residency in Paediatrics at the University of Western Ontario and received her Paediatric Nephrology training at Duke University. 

In addition to her accomplishments as a clinician scientist Lisa brings a wealth of experience in diversity-related issues to this role.  She is the founder and director of Kids Science, a SickKids Research Institute program which provides opportunities for “at-risk” middle- and high-school students to improve their understanding of science and technology, and to make positive educational and career choices.   Lisa also founded the Student Advancement Research (StAR) Program at SickKids, a program that offers high school students from Black and Aboriginal backgrounds a six-week paid internship to participate in hands-on research and clinical shadowing.

In 2010 she was honoured by the Black Business & Professional Association with the Harry Jerome Health Sciences Award.  At the Faculty of Medicine, Prof. Robinson is a Faculty Mentor in the Diversity Mentorship Program and a member of the Black Canadians Admissions Subcommittee.

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