Annual Day

The Department of Medicine's Annual Day celebration is a special event for DoM Faculty, and our opportunity to acknowledge faculty members and trainees who have generated and translated new knowledge, and demonstrated innovation in scholarship, research, teaching or clinical care.

The 2020 Annual Day webcase will take place on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

2019 Award Winners


David Tang-Wai, Neurology, Toronto General Hospital

Maureen Trudeau, Medical Oncology, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

David Wong, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Toronto Western Hospital

Scott Walsh, Dermatology, Sunnybook Health Sciences Centre

Joel Yaphe, Emergency Medicine, Toronto Western Hospital


Robert Rottapel

Dr. Robert Ruttapel



Dr. Robert Rottapel is a rheumatologist at St. Michael’s Hospital and a
senior scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre where he holds
the Amgen Chair for Cancer Research. He is Professor of Medicine,
Immunology and Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto. He
serves on the national executive of the Terry Fox Research Institute and
is a program director at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research.
Dr. Rottapel obtained his MD at the George Washington University with
clinical training in medicine at UCLA and rheumatology fellowship
training at the University of Toronto. He did his post doctoral studies
with Alan Bernstein at the Lunenfeld Research Institute in Toronto
Dr. Rottapel’s laboratory focuses on signalling pathways regulating
immune networks in arthritis and cancer. He is a founding member of
Northern Biologics, a Toronto-based biotechnology company developing
novel antibody-based therapeutics in fibrosis and oncology.


Margaret Herridge

Dr. Margaret HerridgeDr. Margaret Herridge

Dr. Margaret Herridge is a Professor in the Department of Medicine,
a Senior Scientist at the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute
and Director of the RECOVER Program, a novel continuum of care
model for patient and family-centred rehabilitation and follow-up
after critical illness. Critical illness is a traumatic life event and
Dr. Herridge is privileged to advocate for patients and families
to improve functional outcomes and address acquired medical
complexity, cognitive and mood disorders. She has been the lead or
co-lead on five publications in the New England Journal of Medicine
and has published almost 160 original articles and book chapters
on patient and caregiver outcomes after critical illness. She has
been the co-editor of the first two international textbooks on patient
and family outcomes after critical illness.
She has received several international research distinctions
including the Dr. F. Marguerite Hill Lecturer (2015), Honorary
Member of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (2016)
and most recently, the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award in Critical
Care from the American Thoracic Society.


Peter Seidelin

Dr. Peter SeidelinDr. Peter Seidelin




Dr. Peter Seidelin is an interventional cardiologist at University
Health Network and Professor of Medicine at the University of
His clinical and academic interests are in cardiac invasive
procedures, coronary intervention and intensive cardiac care.
Dr. Seidelin focuses on the education of postgraduate general
internal medicine and cardiology trainees, and of interventional
cardiology fellows. In doing so, he places great emphasis on
patient safety and also individual and team safety.
Dr. Seidelin has developed a series of novel simulations,
simulators and device workshops at the hospital, university
and national levels. These have involved trainees in practical
procedures to further their understanding and technique.


Rob Fowler

Dr. Robert Fowler




“Dr. Fowler is one of the best teachers I have seen, and he is a role
model not only to trainees, but to his peers and colleagues too. His
rapport with his peers, students, residents and other health personnel
is excellent.” - Abhijit Duggal

“He is a humble master of encouraging the pursuit of self-learning,
exploring unanswered, impactful clinical practice-changing questions,
and promoting healthcare to all socioeconomic strata and ages around
the world.” - Aleksandra Leligdowicz

“I leave our mentee-mentor conversations feeling buoyed by his
enthusiasm and encouragement of my work, and less burdened by the
weight of challenging choices and decisions we face in our careers.”
- Sharmistha Mishra

“Rob is more than a role model to emulate as a player. It is his active
coaching that truly sets him apart as a mentor. Rob makes everyone
around him better.” - Nick Daneman


Irfan Dhalla

Dr. Irfan Dhalla






Dr. Irfan Dhalla is a vice-president at Health Quality Ontario,
a general internist at St. Michael’s Hospital, and an associate
professor in the Department of Medicine and the Institute of Health
Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. His
work, largely focused on using evidence to inform improvements to
health care policy and practice, has been recognized with awards
from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Ontario
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Canadian Society of
Internal Medicine, the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies
in Health, the Toronto Star and the Medical Post. He gets his best
advice from Tara Kiran and their three children, Anousha, Nikhil and


Nora Cullen

Dr. Nora Cullen



Dr. Nora Cullen is a specialist in Physical Medicine and
Rehabilitation and Chief of Staff at West Park Healthcare Centre.
She completed medical school at U of T, followed by residency in
1998 and a research fellowship at the Rehabilitation Institute
of Michigan in 1999. Since then, she has worked clinically with
adults who have sustained a brain injury, assisting them with
re-integration into the community. She is an Associate Professor at
U of T where she teaches medical students, residents and fellows.
Her research interests involve long-term outcome measurement
in patients following brain injury as well as the interventions
and systems of care that optimize those outcomes. She is the
founding chair of NepalAbility, a charity that provides teaching,
mentoring and financial support to clinicians in rural Nepal who
are caring for patients with significant disabilities.


Luke Devine

Dr. Luke Devine



Dr. Luke Devine is an assistant professor and clinician
educator in the Department of Medicine. His current
appointments include Director of Undergraduate Medical
Education in the DoM, Site Lead and CTU Director in
the Division of GIM at Mount Sinai Hospital and Faculty
Supervisor of the Internal Medicine Interest Group. Dr.
Devine has won multiple teaching and education awards,
including the Ted Freedman Award for Innovation in
Education, awarded for the development of innovations
that advocate, inspire and enable education in Canada.
Internationally, Dr. Devine is recognized as a leader in
simulation based medical education.


Andrea Page

Dr. Andra Page



Dr. Andrea Page is an Assistant Professor in the
Department of Medicine and an attending physician on
the GIM CTU at MSH and the ID rotation at MSH/UHN.
Her interest in medical education was fostered during
her year as Chief Medical Resident at MSH/UHN, and she
currently holds several roles in educational leadership,
including MSH Site Director for the Internal Medicine
program and MSH/UHN Education Coordinator for the
ID rotation. More recently, she was appointed as one of
the interim co-directors of the Mentorship, Equity, and
Diversity Committee for the Department of Medicine.


An-Wen Chan

Dr. An-Wen Chan




Dr. Chan is a clinical epidemiologist and Mohs
micrographic skin cancer surgeon at Women’s College
Hospital. He is the Phelan Scientist at Women’s College
Research Institute and Associate Professor of Medicine U
of T. His research focuses on developing ways to improve
the quality and transparency of clinical trials, as well
as preventing and managing high-risk skin cancer,
particularly in solid organ transplant recipients. Dr. Chan
leads the international SPIRIT initiative to improve the
quality of clinical trial protocols and chairs the Advisory
Panel of the World Health Organization’s International
Clinical Trials Registry Platform.


Camilla Wong

Dr. Camilla Wong





Dr. Camilla Wong is a geriatrician at St. Michael’s
Hospital, associate professor at the University of Toronto
and project investigator at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge
Institute. Her clinical and research interests include
‘interface geriatrics,’ the intersection between proactive
comprehensive geriatric assessment and a health event
that results in a significant change in the health status
of an older adult. The geriatric trauma model developed
and evaluated at St. Michael’s Hospital has been
adopted at other national and international trauma care

Annual Day is comprised of:

Oral presentations: From the Education Research & Scholarship Day  and the Dr. Charles Hollenberg Clinician-Scientist Presentations from the Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Scientist Training Program. 

Poster presentations: From our clinician-educator, clinician-scientist, quality improvement and residents.

Awards ceremony: The awards for Eaton Scholar Researcher of the Year, Department of Medicine Teacher and Quality Innovator of the Year, Robert Hyland Award for Excellence in Mentorship, Department of Medicine Award for Humanism in Medicine and the William Goldie Travel Prize and Awards in Education, Teaching, Research and Quality & Innovation are presented.

Please note: the nomination and selection process of award winners are reviewed by the Research, Education, Quality and Mentorship commitees.




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