Daniel Drucker 

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Drucker, member of the joint Sinai Health UHN Division of Endocrinology and Department of Medicine, for being nominated for induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

The recognition is for Dr. Drucker's research, which revealed the potential for gut hormones to achieve dramatic clinical outcomes in the treatment of life-limiting and life-threatening metabolic and intestinal disorders.

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) celebrates Canadian heroes whose work advances health in Canada and the world, and fosters future generations of health professionals through the delivery of local and national youth education programs and awards. CMHF Laureates are Canadian citizens whose outstanding leadership and contributions to medicine and the health sciences, in Canada or abroad, have led to extraordinary improvements in human health.

Dr. Daniel Drucker's lab is internationally renowned not only for his research, but as an environment where the clinical relevance of scientific breakthroughs is pursued. His lab has carried out basic science supporting the development of two new classes of therapies for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and a new therapy for patients with short bowel syndrome requiring parenteral nutrition. His research also shows tremendous promise for the treatment of obesity.

Grissel Crasto 

Congratulations to Grissel Crasto, registered nurse in Neurology and Neurosurgery at Toronto Western Hospital, for being awarded the Eleanor Jean Martin Award and a CNF scholar by the Canadian Nurses Foundation in August, 2021.

Since 1962, the Canadian Nurses Foundation has helped nurses learn, investigate and advance nursing best practices, improving the delivery of healthcare by awarding scholarships to promising nursing students and nurses at all educational levels, and by funding nurse-led research that enhances the quality and efficacy of patient care.

Grissel is a nursing graduate of the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto (U of T). She has worked in inpatient Neurology, Epilepsy and Neurosurgery at Toronto Western for more than five years.

Grissel is the recipient of the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network's Fellowship Awards and has been actively involved in research and quality improvement initiatives at UHN. She has presented her work in countries across North America, Europe and Australia. She has completed her Master's of Nursing degree at Charles Sturt University in Australia.

Grissel teaches neuroscience nursing for the Faculty of Nursing at the U of T in the inpatient setting. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society of Nursing and serves as the Councillor for the Ontario Central Chapter for the Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses.

Michael Caesar 

Congratulations to Michael Caesar, Chief Data & Analytics Officer at UHN for being recognized as a Top 50 Data Analytics Professional.

This award was presented in July at the Senior Data & Analytics Summit to data and analytics professionals across industries and across North America who have had considerable impact on their organization, made strong contributions to their professional community, and displayed innovation and exceptional leadership in their role.

Michael is also adjunct faculty with the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), University of Toronto.

Fellows in CAHS
Top (L to R): Drs. Margaret Herridge, Mansoor Husain, Sharon Walmsley, Aaron Schimmer; Bottom (L to R): Drs. Ming-Sound Tsao, Alex Mihailidis, Amit Oza, Cathy Craven. (Image: UHN StRIDe Team)

This year, eight UHN researchers were inducted as Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). The prestigious honour is bestowed on outstanding leaders who have been recognized by their peers for their contributions and dedication to advancing academic health sciences.

Congratulations to the following UHN scientists who were named among the 74 health and biomedical experts elected this year:

  • Dr. Margaret Herridge, Senior Scientist at Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, a world-renowned researcher focused on patient and caregiver outcomes following critical illness;
  • Dr. Mansoor Husain, Senior Scientist at Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, a world leading expert in research into the underlying mechanisms of human cardiovascular disease;
  • Dr. Sharon Walmsely, Senior Scientist at Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, a pioneer in HIV and AIDS research and treatment;
  • Dr. Aaron Schimmer, Research Director and Senior Scientist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, an expert in studying new ways to treat blood cancers known as leukemia;
  • Dr. Ming-Sound Tsao, Senior Scientist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, a renowned expert in lung cancer pathology and biomarker development;
  • Dr. Alex Mihailidis, Senior Scientist at the KITE Research Institute at UHN, an innovator in developing technologies to support older adults;
  • Dr. Amit Oza, Senior Scientist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, a world leader in clinical trials for the treatment of gynaecological cancer;
  • Dr. Cathy Craven, Senior Scientist at the KITE Research Institute at UHN, a leader in spinal cord injuries whose work has improved the quality and monitoring of spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

Mark Berstein 

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Bernstein, neurosurgeon, UHN's Krembil Brain Institute, a member of the Sprott Department of Surgery at UHN, and palliative care physician at the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care at Sinai Health, for being honoured with a 2021 Dean's Alumni Humanitarian Award from the University of Toronto's (U of T) Temerty Faculty of Medicine.

Temerty Medicine alumni from across the clinical, fundamental science and rehab sectors have always worked tirelessly to meet the needs of their communities. The 2021 Dean's Alumni Awards recognize six individuals whose achievements and contributions to the advancement of health and healthcare stand out as truly extraordinary.

Dr. Bernstein, who is also a member of UHN's Division of Neurosurgery, UHN's Division of Surgical Oncology and Professor, Department of Surgery, U of T, received the award for the two decades of work he has done around the world and especially in low and middle-income countries, where he has led more than 30 missions to help patients and build capacity in neurosurgery and, more recently, in palliative care.

A neurosurgeon at Toronto Western Hospital, Dr. Bernstein holds the Greg Wilkins-Barrick Chair in International Surgery to help his global outreach work mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. His clinical neurosurgery practice focuses on malignant brain tumours and novel resource utilization including awake brain tumour surgery and outpatient brain tumour surgery.

Dr. Bernstein also practices home-based palliative care as a member of the staff of the Temmy Latner Centre, has a Master's of Health Science in Bioethics and is interested in qualitative and outcomes research. He has published more than 400 scientific papers and book chapters, and two books – one on neuro-oncology (in its third edition) and one on surgical ethics.

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