Dr. Margaret Steele takes on new role at Memorial University

Dr. Margaret Steele, MD’87, Vice Dean, Hospital and Interfaculty Relations, has accepted a new role as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University. effective August 15, 2016.

Dr. Steele has served as a decanal leader at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry since 2008. She is also a professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Paediatrics and Family Medicine; affiliated scientist at the Children’s Health Research Institute and scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute; and an affiliated member of the Centre of Education Research & Innovation. She is an experienced academic administrator, scholar, researcher and psychiatrist who has held several senior leadership roles throughout the course of her extensive career in medicine and academia.

Dr. Steele’s clinical and administrative expertise is complimented by her extensive research experience working with other researchers in child and adolescent mental health at local, provincial and national levels in the areas of psychiatric education, psychopharmacology and mentorship. Her research interests have focused on educating family physicians about child and adolescent mental health.

Nationally, Dr. Steele has served as a member of the Test Committee on Psychiatry for the Medical Council of Canada and an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). She also led the successful application for child and adolescent psychiatry subspecialization at the RCPSC.

Dr. Steele has been recognized on many occasions for her outstanding contributions to teaching and learning. She is the recipient of the Schulich Undergraduate Award of Excellence in Education, the Schulich Postgraduate Award of Excellence in Education, the Association of Chairs of Psychiatry in Canada Award of Excellence in Education and the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Excellence in Education Award. She holds the Canadian Certified Physician Executive designation from the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders, and is past president of the Ontario Psychiatric Association, the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Association of Professors in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of Canada.

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry wishes Dr. Steele the very best in her new role. A farewell celebration is being planned to take place in July for her. More details will be available soon.

Leadership at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry will be reviewing the Vice Dean Hospital and Interfaculty Relations role and a search will commence once that review is complete. In the interim, the responsibilities related to the role will be managed by Dr. Bertha Garcia, Vice Dean, Education, who will oversee academic and clinical related matters and Mr. Dwayne Martins, Chief Operating Officer, who will oversee contractual and affiliation activities.