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Mentoring and Outreach

​ The High School Outreach Initiative   

The High School Outreach Initiative aims to raise awareness about organ donation throughout secondary schools in the Toronto area. The project is a joint effort of the University of Toronto Transplant Institute and the Trillium Gift of Life Network, and includes members from UHN, St. Michael's Hospital and Sick Children's Hospital. The initiative brings together staff, patients and donor families to share their first-person transplant stories with high school students.

Download the Letter to Teachers here.

To book a presentation at your high school, please complete the booking form.

To inquire about high school visits to the Soham & Shaila Ajmera Family Transplant Centre, please contact Anna Cocco, Education Coordinator at anna.cocco(at) or 416 340 4800 ext. 6315


Mentors & Trainees

Learn more about one of our mentors and one of our trainees in our Soham & Shaila Ajmera Family Transplant Centre.

Mentor: Dr. Michael McDonald Dr. Michael McDonald

Following his cardiology training, Dr. Michael McDonald completed fellowships in advanced heart failure/transplantation and implantable device therapy at the University of Toronto. He joined the Division of Cardiology and Transplant at UHN and Mount Sinai Hospital as a clinician teacher in July 2010, and is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at University of Toronto.  

Dr. McDonald is the director of the Advanced Heart Failure/Transplantation Fellowship Program at UHN, and has been actively involved in teaching and curriculum design at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.  He chairs the education committee for the Canadian Cardiac Transplant Network, and is the director of the Principles in Immunology Course, a primer in immunology for clinical transplant fellows across Canada.

In 2011, he was honoured to receive a Wightman Berris Academy Individual Teaching Award, and the University of Toronto Department of Medicine's Excellence in Teaching Award for new faculty.


Trainee: Heebah Sultan Heebeh Sultan

Heebah Sultan graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours bachelor degree in Health Sciences, and is completing her master's degree in public health in Epidemiology (with a Global Health focus) at the University of Toronto.

She became part of the Multi-Organ Transplant Student Research Training Program (MOTSRTP) in May 2012 as part of her practicum placement for her master's degree. Her primary project looks at the implications of kidney transplant tourism, from a single centre perspective at Toronto General Hospital, through a retrospective matched cohort study. She is also integrally involved in the research activities of the Centre for Renal Research: Information Technology, Innovation, Quality and Education (CR2ITIQuE). 

Her mentorship to other undergraduate trainees has been invaluable, an attribute that will surely be missed when she completes her term at the end of the summer.