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Congratulations to Dr. Frank L. Silver on being named to the Order of Ontario, which recognizes exceptional leaders from all walks of life and diverse fields of endeavour whose impact and lasting legacy have played an important role in building a stronger province, country and world.
Dr. Silver is a staff stroke neurologist at UHN's Krembil Brain Institute, and former Director of the UHN Stroke Program and the Toronto West Stroke Network. He is also professor in the Department of Medicine in the Division of Neurology at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Silver's academic interests are aimed at improving stroke care through clinical research and improving stroke care delivery. He has participated in and been involved in the implementation of many of the seminal clinical trials in stroke management.
Dr. Silver played a key role in the development of the current system of regional stroke care in Ontario. He was the founding principal investigator of the Registry of the Canadian Stroke Network and co-principal investigator of the Ontario Stroke Registry. He is also Medical Director of the Ontario Telestroke Program, which he founded in 2002.
Congratulations to Katie McNamara and Dr. Hassan Sibai for receiving
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation's 2023 Gerald Kirsh Humanitarian Award.
Both Katie, a nurse practitioner with the Hans Messner Allogeneic Transplant Program, and Dr. Sibai, hematologist with the Leukemia Site Group and the Elizabeth and Tony Comper MPN Program, are being recognized for demonstrating exemplary care guided by the cancer program's humanitarian principles and five core values: compassion, integrity, safety, stewardship and teamwork.
Twenty-three years ago, the Kirsh family, in partnership with
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, established the award as a tribute to the exceptional care Gerald Kirsh received at
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
"I am fortunate to be surrounded by colleagues, patients, and families who constantly inspire and motivate me to deliver quality, compassionate patient care," says Katie, adding that the award means a great deal to her as it celebrates the core values that she aims to embody in her practice.
Dr. Sibai calls the award a tremendous honour.
"Thank you to the Kirsh family and those who nominated me," he says. "I would also like to acknowledge the entire care teams – from the nurses, physicians, administration, and everyone else in between – because your efforts create an easier journey for patients."
Other 2023 nominees include: Dr. John Cho, Dr. Marta Beata Davidson, Kaimraj Dookie, Dr. Alexandra Easson, Fe Lopez, Robin Forbes, Sharmila Haniff, Dr. Lucy Ma, Dr. Michelle Nadler, Dr. Samuel Saibil, Harjot Singh Vohra, and Dr. Anna Spreafico.
UHN Data & Analytics has been named Top 10 Data & Analytics Team in the ONCON Icon Awards 2023.
The OnCon Icon Top 100 Award distinguishes itself through a peer and community voting system, reflecting broad recognition for individuals and teams globally. Winners represent some of the top talents worldwide, making the award a prestigious acknowledgment of the teams' exceptional contributions and leadership. Other winners (in the top 10) this year include IBM, Scotiabank, Indeed.
UHN Data & Analytics supports UHN's growing demand for data, data-driven insights and helps TeamUHN ensure the needs of the patients come first. Their collective goal is to better see, understand and use data to help UHN become a data-driven organization, which will help to achieve UHN's strategic goals and ultimately advance care, research and education.
Congratulations to the entire team!
Dr. Gabor G. Kovacs, Senior Scientist and neuropathologist at UHN's Krembil Brain Institute, is the new Rossy Chair in Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) Research.
In the role, Dr. Kovacs, who is also part of the Movement Disorders Clinic at Toronto Western Hospital and the Laboratory Medicine Program at Toronto General Hospital, will develop and lead research that supports multidisciplinary strategies to prevent, diagnose and treat patients with PSP, and related conditions with atypical Parkinsonism.
Dr. Kovacs, who is also a professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto, specializes in neurology and neuropathology and obtained a PhD in neuroscience. His major research interest is the neuropathology of neurodegenerative diseases.
Dr. Kovacs's aim is to probe the molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative proteinopathies using state-of the-art methodologies and to facilitate collaborative research on neurodegenerative disorders at the Krembil Brain Institute and Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Disease.
Congratulations to Dr. Kovacs!
Congratulations to Dr. Zahi Touma, staff rheumatologist at UHN and Mount Sinai Hospital, Director of the Toronto Lupus Program at Toronto Western Hospital, and a scientist at UHN's Schroeder Arthritis Institute and UHN's Krembil Research Institute, on being named Dr. Murray B. Urowitz Chair in Lupus Research.
Dr. Touma, who is also associate professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, focuses his research on patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and measurement science, with a particular interest in the assessment of disease activity, patient reported outcomes and cognitive function.
Dr. Touma is adjunct scientist with the Institute for Work and Health and a co-chair of the Criteria Subcommittee of the Quality of Care Committee of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) for the development of classification and response criteria for rheumatic diseases. He is also co-chair of the SLE OMERACT (Outcome Measures in Rheumatology) Working Group aiming to update the core domain set and instruments in SLE. He sits on the Advisory Boards of Lupus Ontario and the Lupus Foundation of America.
The Dr. Murray B. Urowitz Chair recognizes the immense contributions and long and distinguished career of Dr. Urowitz, who holds Professor Emeritus status at U of T. Dr. Urowitz first established the Lupus Clinic in 1970 at the former Wellesley Hospital; it was one of the first centres internationally for specialized care in lupus. In 1995, the Lupus Program moved to Toronto Western Hospital and Dr. Urowitz remained Director of the Lupus Program for over 50 years. With more than 2000 patients currently enrolled in the Lupus Program, it is one of the largest centres in the world, for specialized care and research in lupus.
Dr. Touma is adjunct scientist with the Institute for Work and Health a co-chair of the Criteria Subcommittee of the Quality of Care Committee of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) for the development of classification and response criteria for rheumatic diseases. He is is also co-chair of the SLE OMERACT (Outcome Measures in Rheumatology) Working Group aiming to update the core domain set and instruments in SLE. He sits on the Advisory Boards of Lupus Ontario and the Lupus Foundation of America.