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Dr. Jenny Heathcote received the 2015 UHN Global Impact Award at Wednesday’s Annual General Meeting. (Photo: UHN)​

Dr. Jenny Heathcote, former Senior Scientist at Toronto Western Research Institute, is the recipient of the 2015 UHN Global Impact Award.

The award, which honours UHN staff who have changed the world of health and healthcare, recognizes Dr. Heathcote for her contributions to our understanding of hepatitis and other liver diseases.

Dr. Heathcote joins 18 other recipients who have been recognized since the award was first given in 2004, including Dr. Frederick Banting, Mary Agnes Snively and Dr. Charles Tator.

On staff at the University of Toronto for more than 30 years, Dr. Heathcote delivered hundreds of lectures around the world, published more than 350 papers covering all topics in hepatology, mentored dozens of medical residents in their research and trained many fellows.

"Jenny has built up a world renowned liver unit and fostered many new initiatives," says a biography of Dr. Heathcote by the Canadian Liver Foundation for a farewell symposium held in her honour in October 2013. "Good scientists are not only credited for their achievements but more importantly for the legacy they leave behind."

The names, photos and citations of UHN Global Impact Award recipients are posted in our hospital lobbies. Previous winners are:

2004  Fredrick Banting, Vera Peters, Harold Johns

2005  William Bigelow, Ernest McCulloch, Jim Till

2006  William Gallie

2007  Joel Cooper, Griff Pearson

2008  Charles Hollenberg, Bernard Langer

2009  Mary Agnes Snively

2010  Robert Jackson

2011  Charles Tator

2012  Dimitrios Oreopoulos, Robert Uldall

2013  Victor Ling

2014 Alan Hudson​

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