Mentoring and Outreach

The High School Outreach Initiative

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The High School Outreach Initiative aims to raise awareness about organ donation and transplantation throughout high 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 (Ontario Health), and includes health professionals from UHN, St. Michael's Hospital (Unity Health Toronto) and Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). The initiative brings together staff, patients, and donor families to share their first-person transplant stories with high school students.

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

Celebrating 10 years!

It's our 10-year anniversary in April 2022! We will be celebrating ten successful years of delivering presentations to over 40,000 students since 2011, connecting students with a variety of health care professionals and organ donor advocates, and spreading awareness about organ donation to our youth through 700 total presentations thus far.

Mentors & Trainees

Learn more about one of our mentors and one of our trainees in our Ajmera Transplant Centre.

Michael McDonald  

Mentor: 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.

Heebeh Sultan  

Trainee: Heebah Sultan

Heebah Sultan graduated from the University of Ottawa with an honours bachelor's 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.