Feature Stories

  • Global leaders in optimizing life-long health
    Congratulations to the 2017 Alumni of Distinction Award recipients: Drs. Robert Bourne, MD’71; Zain Kassam, MD’09; Peter Leung, PhD’79; Paul Romanson, DDS’72; Cecil Rorabeck, MD'68, DSc'09; David Spence, BA’65, MD’70; and Shawn Steele, BA’01, DDS’05, JD'13.

  • Homecoming Weekend 2017
    You can register today for the 2017 Homecoming lectures, lunch, cocktail receptions and the Dean's Gala.

  • Humbling honour
    Recognized as one of Canada’s most influential Hispanic Canadians, Dr. Caycedo credits his family and his fellowship in surgery at Schulich Medicine, with Drs. Colquhoun, Taylor and Ott, in part, for his success.

  • A mission to mobilize
    With a keen interest in scientific innovation and commercialization, Helen Petropoulos, BSc'96, PhD'02, has set out on a mission to mobilize genomic research translation.

  • Identity and belonging
    Dr. Tim Maxwell, MD’06, learned of his Indigenous roots as a young teenager. He struggled with this identity at times, but appreciates the opportunities and perspectives it gave him as he pursued his education. In this alumni profile, the anesthesiologist looks back on his experience at Schulich Medicine with sincerity and gratitude.

  • The future of simulation dentistry training
    The new Dentistry Simulation Laboratory is equipped with the latest teaching and dental technology, allowing for enhanced training opportunities. View our photo gallery.

  • The Bridge 2017
    The Bridge brings you the latest news from Dentistry. You can read the most recent edition online.

  • PageMe: New smartphone app may replace iconic doctor pager
    PageMe is a first-of-its-kind app, developed in partnership with Dr. Brian Rotenberg, associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Watch the video.

  • Learn the latest news
    Accreditation, awards and the latest research on admissions were hot topics at the School the past few months.

  • Upcoming events
    Join fellow alumni for the ODA Reception, Niagara-on-the-lake Wine Tour, Golf with the Dean and many others.

  • Alumni announcements
    Announcements and updates from our alumni community.

  • Reunions, Homecoming and alumni celebrations
    The spring and fall months turned out to be the perfect time for many of you to enjoy reunion activities, attend lecture series featuring prominent alumni, and celebrate Homecoming at the Dean’s Gala.

  • Tweeting Influence
    Dr. Lesley Barron, MD'96, is harnessing the power of social media to mobilize her thoughts and reflect on life within the medical community as a female surgeon.

  • Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Alumni Societies and Advisory Council
    You are invited to join us and contribute to the future direction of alumni engagement opportunities for your fellow alumni.

  • The DOCS Difference
    Alumni such as Drs. Penny Thornton, DDS’81, are attempting to fill the huge gap in accessible dental care in London through DOCS. It’s making a difference and providing top quality care to those it serves.

  • Soulful Work
    Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull recently announced that he will be dedicating more time delivering care to some of Ottawa’s most vulnerable populations – its work that has given his life more meaning.

  • Moving forward in reconciliation and healing
    This fall, Schulich Medicine students attended a half-day session, in which they learned about the history of the residential school system in Canada, and the trauma and injustices that continue to shape and impact Indigenous communities.

  • Six questions with the Dean
    Dr. Michael Strong discusses what has been taking place at the School and what’s he has in his sights as he moves through his second term.

  • A multi-angled approach to Multiple Sclerosis research
    Alumna Dr. Sarah Morrow collaborates with Ravi Menon, PhD, and Steven Kerfoot, PhD, in Multiple Sclerosis research.

  • Featured Event: 2018 Alumni of Distinction Awards
    Each year, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry celebrates and honours alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the School, Western University, the community and/or their profession. Nominations for the 2018 Alumni of Distinction Awards are open until Monday, March 5, 2018.

  • Upcoming Events
    Join us for Dinner with the Dean in Halifax, a learning session on Management Principles for Physicians, and more this coming year.

  • Alumni Announcements
    Announcements and updates from our alumni community.

  • Latest News
    Catch up on the latest news including leadership changes, research investments and so much more.

  • 2016 Alumni of Distinction and Dean's Distinguished Lecture Award recipients
    Congratulations to the 2016 Alumni of Distinction Award recipients, Drs. Jeff Blackmer, Gabriele De Luca, Bruce Hill, Les Kalman, Geoffrey Pickering, Brenda Thomson, and to Dr. Michael Myers, the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Award recipient.

  • Save the Date for Homecoming 2016
    We look forward to welcoming you back to campus on September 30 - October 2. Events and activities will be taking place all weekend long offering something for everyone.

  • Bringing lessons home
    Ryan Renn, Medicine Class of 2016, will graduate on May 13 and bring the lessons he's learned at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry back home to make a difference in his First Nations community.

  • Inspired to serve: From medicine to military
    Watching the terrorist attacks unravel on September 11, 2001 inspired Dr. Michael Gutman, MD'88, to contribute his expertise as an emergency physician to the United States Army.

  • Exploring your interests
    In 2015, an alumni engagement survey was distributed to explore your interests. Thank you for your responses. Your feedback will help in the planning of alumni publications and events.

  • An unconventional path through medicine
    Dr. Jennifer Arvanitis, MD'93, always knew she wanted to be a physician. What she didn't know was how many twists and turns her career path would take - from family practice to death investigation.

  • Home team advantage
    A seasoned veteran of the Mighty Dents hockey team, Dr. Derek Tomson has found camaraderie on the ice and in the dental clinic.

  • Latest News and Profiles
    The latest news and profiles on our alumni community.

  • Alumni Announcements
    Announcements and updates from our alumni community.

  • Student and Trainee Profiles
    Profiles on North de Pencier, Dr. Derek Tomson, Lindsay Katchky, Brandon Banaschewski and Dr. Asa Ahimbisibwe.

  • Read the 2015-16 Achievement Report
    Schulich Medicine & Dentistry's Achievement Report features stories on a few of the School's education, research and partnership achievements. Read the Report to learn about these accomplishments.

  • Join us for Reunion Weekend
    We look forward to welcoming you back on September 30 - October 2. Join us for a series of educational and social activities. From lectures to cocktail parties, we've planned a great weekend.

  • Improving health care for women and children in Africa
    David Cechetto, PhD, received $8.9 million from Global Affairs Canada for his program Training, Support and Access Model for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Rwanda and Burundi, which will develop training and access programs for health care providers.

  • Understanding the heartbreak of physician suicide
    Dr. Michael Myers, MD'66, will give a thought-provoking Dean's Distinguished Lecture on physician and medical student suicide - an area of research he specialized in and is known nationally and internationally for.

  • Congratulating the graduating classes of 2016
    Spirit filled the air at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry's Convocation ceremonies that took place in May and June. Students walked across the stage, accepted their hoods and moved on to a new chapter in their lives.

  • Connecting the dots throughout his career
    Dean's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Dr. Anthony Jevnikar, MD'81, reflects on his career highlights so far, including the development of the Matthew Mailing Centre for Translational Transplantation Research.

  • Latest News and Profiles
    The latest news and profiles on our alumni community.

  • Alumni Announcements
    Announcements and updates from our alumni community.

  • Student and Trainee Profiles
    Read student profiles on Katherina Baranova, Jonathan Sanderson, Arend Strikwera, Danielle Soulliere and Lori Lowes.

  • Your behind-the-scenes look at distributed education
    Each year, hundreds of faculty across Southwestern Ontario teach students and residents. Go behind-the-scenes with alumni in St. Thomas, Stratford, Chatham and Sarnia.

  • Reliving Reunion Weekend 2016
    It was a fabulous weekend of celebration. View the gallery and find photos of you and your peers enjoying the events.

  • Launching into unknown territory
    Dr. Kris Lehnhardt, MD’03, has always dreamed of becoming an astronaut. And now, he is closer than ever to achieving that dream.

  • Alumni of Distinction Awards
    Recognize the outstanding accomplishments of a peer or colleague by nominating them for an Alumni of Distinction Award.

  • Six questions with the Dean
    We caught up with the Dean on the School's latest news and achievements, major initiatives, his new breakfast series and what's on his reading list.

  • Learn the latest School news
    Read about the Leaders in Innovation Dinner, Western's new BrainsCAN research initiative, and the latest issue of Rapport Magazine.

  • Show your pride
    Get your Schulich Medicine & Dentistry toque and stay warm all winter long. Order yours today and we’ll pay the postage.

  • Gift secures legacy, provides for next generation
    A new Chair supported by scientist and professor Ting-Yim Lee, PhD, will advance cardiac CT imaging research worldwide.

  • Lung Imaging at Robarts Research Institute
    Alumna Grace Parraga and her team have developed an innovative imaging technique to change the way chronic lung diseases are understood and treated.

  • Alumni Announcements
    Announcements and updates from our alumni community.

  • Celebrating 50 years of Dentistry
    Schulich Dentistry is celebrating a special year long Anniversary. We are marking 50 extraordinary years of exceptional education, innovative research and the development of socially responsible leaders throughout 2015...

  • 2015 Alumni of Distinction Recipients
    From the neonatal unit and operating room to the classroom and community, the six 2015 Alumni of Distinction Awards recipients have made a tremendous impact on the lives of people around the world...

  • Gearing up for his second term
    During his first term as Dean, Dr. Michael Strong initiated change on many fronts. Now he’s putting the wheels in motion to continue building on the great work already underway...

  • A century of helping people
    Since graduating from Western University’s medical school in 1940, Dr. Tommy Roos has fought in World War II, started his own family practice, and delivered thousands of babies. He marked his 100th birthday with a visit to the campus where he discovered his love of medicine...

  • A rising star in cancer research
    Vasiliki Economopoulos, BEng'08, PhD'13, received the distinguished Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Commission, which she will use to drive her research to reduce cancer-related deaths...

  • Bringing the history of dentistry to life
    Dr. David Kenny, DDS’70, made history as a member of the first graduating class from Dentistry. Now he’s bringing the School’s history to life with two projects...

  • Excitement is building and preparations are underway for our many Homecoming 2015 events
    Re-connect with fellow alumni and celebrate the proud history of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Western University...

  • Dr. Michael Strong re-appointed to second term as Dean of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry
    Dean Strong’s re-appointment was advanced at the recommendation of the Schulich Decanal Selection Committee, which received the formal endorsement and approval of the President and Board of Governors...

  • Dr. Richard Bohay appointed Interim Director, Schulich Dentistry
    Dr. Bohay will be responsible for the overall management of Schulich Dentistry as it moves through its planned renewal. The position term will run from from January 26, 2015 to December 31, 2016...

  • Dr. Robert Black, MD’89, joins four others as regional academic directors for Distributed Education Network
    Dr. George Kim, assistant dean, Rural, Regional and Community Engagement, has announced five new Regional Academic Directors (RAD) for the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry’s Distributed Education Network...

  • Profiles of Excellence – Dr. Stewart Harris
    Dr. Stewart Harris' national project FORGE AHEAD is changing health care by focusing on managing diabetes in Canada’s First Nations communities...

  • In Memoriam - Dr. Ramsay Gunton
    It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Dr. Ramsay Gunton, distinguished medical scientist, former professor of medicine and academic administrator at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and a long-time supporter of Western University and Robarts Research Institute...

  • Alumni Announcements
    Announcements and updates from our alumni community...

  • Student and Trainee Profiles
    Profiles on Dr. Vlad Diaconita, MD'14, Resident; Kara Ruicci, BMSc Student; Kathryn Manning, MSc'14, CAMPEP Trainee; Yuliya Mulyar and Eduardo Moffa, Dentistry Students; and Charles Yin, MD/PhD Candidate...

  • Homecoming 2015 – Relive your story with us
    There’s no better time to visit Western University than during Homecoming Weekend. With a number of special events on the go from concerts and lectures to the traditional football game and, of course, the annual Dean’s Gala, you will have the opportunity catch up with your classmates and experience the best that the University has to offer, all while you relive your story.

  • Taking science out of the box
    Bonnie Schmidt, PhD'93, founder and president of Let's Talk Science, is committed to making science education accessible — not elitist. Her goal is to inspire futures and share science with people of all ages.

  • Putting heart into a career of transplantation
    Dr. Neil McKenzie, 2015 recipient of the Dean's Lifetime Achievement Award, reflects on his career highlights so far, including the completion of the first successful heart transplant in Canada.

  • Changing the channel on gender identity
    "This is a great media moment," said Ayden Scheim, PhD Candidate in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Scheim's research focuses on factors impacting the transgender community — from HIV risk to the impact of social exclusion.

  • A sense of invention
    After filing his 51st patent, Aaron Fenster, PhD, reflects on the innovation and groundbreaking imaging technology that has come out of his lab at Robarts Research Institute.

  • Congratulating the graduating classes of 2015
    Family, friends and faculty members gathered at Alumni Hall in May and June to celebrate more than 650 students graduating at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry's Convocation ceremonies.

  • Q&A with OMA President Dr. Michael Toth
    Dr. Toth sat down with us to discuss his new role, the goals he would like to accomplish during his term, and why he enjoys his involvement with the Association.

  • Western establishes The Bone and Joint Institute
    Western University has taken another bold step toward positioning itself as a global leader in research and innovation in musculoskeletal (MSK) health by establishing The Bone and Joint Institute.

  • Bone and Joint initiative gets 'leg up' from NSERC funding
    Led by Lauren Flynn, PhD, the research team at Western University's Bone and Joint Institute received a major financial boost from NSERC through its CREATE initiative.

  • Recognizing dental success: Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s LDDS Awards recipients
    Congratulations to several Schulich Medicine & Dentistry faculty and alumni who are the recipients of 2015 London & District Dental Society (LDDS) Awards, which were announced on April 16 at the LDDS Awards Dinner.

  • Celebrating our alumni: The 2015 Awards of Excellence recipients
    We are pleased to announce the 2015 Awards of Excellence award recipients and the recipient of the Dr. John D. Brown Memorial Resident Award.

  • Revealing barriers: Kelly Anderson, PhD, awarded Ontario Mental Health Foundation's New Investigator Fellowship
    Kelly Anderson, an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Psychiatry, received the fellowship for her population-based study on access to care for people with first-episode psychosis in Ontario.

  • London Health Science Centre launches major overhaul for emergency
    Emergency departments at London Health Sciences Centre are getting a makeover so the hospital can roll out a new way of providing treatment in the fall, changes that officials promise will mean every patient will be seen by a team that includes a doctor within 30 minutes.

  • The art of remembrance: Francis Chan Humanitarian Award
    The black lab’s deep brown eyes stare out at Dani Cadieux as she moves her paintbrush gently across the canvas. The animal, Jet, is her painting’s heart and soul, capturing the loyal companion of Dr. Francis Chan. Commissioned for the Francis Chan Humanitarian Award, Cadieux’s painting honours the memory and legacy of Dr. Chan.

  • Transplant patients could benefit from unexpected source
    Patrick Luke, a professor in the Department of Surgery, and his team have found that a colourless, odourless and toxic gas to humans may hold a rather counter-intuitive key to extending the lives of kidney transplant recipients.

  • Alumni Announcements
    Announcements and updates from our alumni community.

  • The beginning of the end for HIV
    Eric Arts, HBSc’90, PhD, is leading the only North American site collaborating with the European AIDS Vaccine Initiative (EAVI2020) to accelerate the development of an HIV vaccine.

  • Young scientist receives provincial research honour
    With a focus on personalized surgical treatment and development of wearable sensors, Matthew Teeter, PhD, has received a 2015 John Charles Polanyi Prize for his research in joint replacement.

  • UME program receives full accreditation status for eight years
    After two years of preparation and an intensive four-day review led by CACMS in collaboration with the LCME, Schulich Medicine’s UME program received full accreditation status.

  • Investing in people
    Marlys Koschinsky, PhD, has a plan ready as she begins a career-defining role as the new Scientific and Executive Director at Robarts Research Institute. Her approach focuses on what she considers to be the most integral factor for success: people.

  • Celebrating 50 years and so much more
    During the fall, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry celebrated 50 years of Dentistry, its alumni of distinction recipients and more than a century of education and research in medicine, dentistry and the sciences.

  • Homecoming 2016: Save the date and nominate an alumnus of distinction
    We look forward to welcoming you September 30 - October 2 for Homecoming 2016, where an exciting array of events will take place. Nominations are now being accepted for our 2016 Alumni of Distinction Awards.

  • Schulich Medicine’s UME program receives international recognition with an ASPIRE award
    Schulich Medicine’s UME program was honoured with an ASPIRE award presented by the Association for Medical Education in Europe a worldwide organization promoting international excellence in education in the health care professions.

  • Siblings Eric and Dora Habib made history at the School's first combined White Coat Ceremony
    Siblings Eric and Dora Habib made history at the 2015 White Coat Ceremony. Along with 258 of their classmates, the pair entered their respective programs at the School’s first combined ceremony.

  • NHLPA supports concussion research
    The National Hockey League Players’ Association has made a challenge gift of $500,000 to support concussion research led by Arthur Brown, PhD, and Greg Dekaban, PhD.

  • Bringing new life into research on the placenta
    Charles McKenzie, PhD, and Timothy Regnault, PhD, have received $3.7 million CAD in funding over four years from the National Institute of Health’s Human Placenta Project.

  • The next generation of cancer care
    Dr. Sanjiv S. Gambhir receives J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine.

  • Alumni Engagement Survey
    Share your thoughts on Schulich Medicine & Dentistry communications and events and enter to win a new Apple TV.

  • DOCS founder recognized for forty years of community service
    Dr. Kenneth Wright received a Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award for his work in establishing the Dental Outreach Community Service and his commitment to many social service agencies.

  • Commitment to the Community
    Schulich Medicine & Dentistry alumni around the world give their time through volunteer pursuits to enrich their communities. Share your story with us about how you are living the value of social responsibility and giving back.

  • New rapid test for E. coli improves food safety
    Dr. Michael Rieder and his team have created a new rapid-test system to detect E. coli 0157, which may prevent contaminated food from reaching grocery store shelves.

  • Alumni Announcements
    Announcements and updates from our alumni community.

  • Student and Trainee Profiles
    Profiles on Jessamyn Little, Celina Dharamshi, Alex Moszczynski and Dr. Shane Smith

  • Dr. Anthony Tang leads Canadian Arrhythmia Network at Western University
    Researchers at Western University’s Schulich Medicine & Dentistry have been awarded $26.3 million in funding from the Government of Canada to host and establish the Canadian Arrhythmia Network as a Networks of Centres of Excellence...

  • Dr. George Kim leads distributed education development at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry
    Dr. George Kim, MD’03, has always believed in the value of relationships. This belief will guide him as he leads the redevelopment of the School’s distributed education program...

  • Creating ImPaKt for HIV/AIDS research
    Eric Arts, HBSc’90, PhD, unveiled plans for a new research facility combining sophisticated imaging technology with a world-class biocontainment facility — a first in Canada...

  • Western positions itself among world leaders in bone and joint research
    The new Musculoskeletal Health Cluster includes researchers from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Robarts Research Institute...

  • 2014 J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine awarded to world leaders
    Virginia M.-Y. Lee, PhD and Dr. John Q. Trojanowski are a collaborative force to be reckoned with. They are also Robarts Research Institute's 2014 J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine co-recipients...

  • Homecoming 2015 and Alumni of Distinction Awards
    Homecoming 2015 is on the horizon. Plan to join us for an exciting weekend that includes the annual Alumni of Distinction Awards Ceremony...

  • Commitment to the community — Harpreet Singh Chahal and Mei Wen
    Harpreet Singh Chahal, BMSc'13, and Mei Wen, BMSc'14, share their commitment to the community...

  • Ted Osmun receives Canada's 2014 Family Physicians of the Year Award
    Dr. Osmun's dedication to rural family medicine earned him the prestigious honour of being named one of the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s 2014 Family Physicians of the Year...

  • Scholar offers sage advise on life and career
    Dr. Jacob Van Dyk’s 40-year distinguished career was celebrated recently at the Schulich Medicine convocation, when he received an honorary degree. Through a combination of humour and wisdom, he inspired the young graduates to consider the social responsibility they have to help diminish health care disparities that exist around the world...

  • Homecoming 2014 - Celebrating a Mosaic of memories, experiences and achievements
    Excitement is building and plans are underway for Homecoming 2014. An exciting new lineup of events, including the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture and History of Medicine walking tour, are being developed...

  • Game-changing HIV/AIDS researcher coming home to Western University
    One of the most important researchers studying the deadly disease in the world today, Eric Arts, PhD, is coming to Western University as the new chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology...

  • The silent epidemic
    Concussions have a devastating impact on the lives of those affected and this invisible injury is now reaching epidemic proportions. Join us for See the Line, featuring Dr. Robert Cantu as the keynote speaker...

  • Vaccine tracking goes digital
    Patient frustration with yellow immunization cards prompted Dr. Kumanan Wilson, MD'93, to develop a vaccine-tracking app for smart devices. The app went national in March and now has more than 35,000 users...

  • Envisioning accessible eye care
    Recognizing a need for accessible and affordable eye care during his medical studies at Dartmouth Medical School, Edmund Tsui, BMSc'10, started a vision screening program for uninsured patients in Vermont and New Hampshire, U.S.A...

  • Introducing the General Anesthetic Suite
    Schulich Medicine & Dentistry celebrated the opening of the new General Anesthetic Suite in January. The $2 million facility puts the School at the forefront of dental education, offering students more hands-on clinical experience and more specialized support for patients.

  • Reflecting on a notable career
    Almost 70 years since he arrived on the scene, Dr. Robert Murray is helping celebrate the Department of Microbiology and Immunology's diamond anniversary.

  • Spotlight on our residents
    The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is a top institutional choice for outstanding residents. Meet Drs. Taryn Taylor, MD'10, and Ram Anantha, two of the School’s best and brightest.

  • A field of possibilities
    CEO and biotechnology entrepreneur Brad Thompson, PhD'81, credits the education he received at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry with igniting the passion for research and discovery he depends on for success.

  • Powerful lessons from abroad
    In a Filipino field hospital only a month after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, Dr. Gavin Greenfield, MD'98, discovered the power of the human spirit.