2019 Awards of Excellence recipients to be celebrated
Dean’s Awards of Excellence for Staff
Marin is a Clinical Trials Coordinator at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine. He works directly with patients enrolled in the various ongoing trials, staff on the Diabetes Team, sponsors, pharmaceutical companies and faculty. He is described as an invaluable member of the team and colleague and a true asset to the department. Marin’s warm nature, friendly smile and humour are reflected in everything he does and have been the foundation for building the reputation of the Centre. With core values of humour, holiness, happiness and humanity, Marin positively contributes to the culture and environment within the Department.
Continuous Excellence Team Award
Distributed Education Team - Megan Baxter, Danny Kim, Lily Noel, Julie Stuifbergen
The Distributed Education Team is a cohesive group that works collaboratively and efficiently. They are a great representative of the School to external partners and provide incredible support to all corners of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. Together, they coordinate more than 7,500 weeks of clinical training throughout the academic region. They provide service to regional community partners through Discovery
Continuous Excellence Individual Awards
Estabrooks is the Manager of the BMSc Program. Along with Kathy Boon, she runs and manages an extremely efficient operation that oversees the recruitment, admission and progression of approximately 1,000 students in the undergraduate BMSc and Neuroscience modular programs. Additionally, she serves as an ambassador for current and prospective students, works closely with student clubs and positively contributes to the overall student experience. Passionate about recruitment and students, Estabrooks continuously seeks excellence in all that she does.
O’Flanagan is the Program Coordinator for the Developmental Disabilities Program in the Department of Psychiatry. She is described as having a remarkable work ethic, which when combined with her dedication and creativity, has significantly enhanced the reputation and visibility of the Program at Western and with the larger developmental disabilities community. O’Flanagan has been instrumental in the development of novel education opportunities for undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development learners. She has undertaken research projects examining the dearth of opportunities for psychiatry residents in developmental disabilities and presented these nationally. She has drafted a strategic plan for the Program, is an excellent communicator and a generous and thoughtful colleague.
Sutherland is being recognized for her continuous excellence in her work with the Department of Surgery. In her role, she supports the MSc in Surgery Program and serves as the Department’s Research Committee Administrator. Sutherland has been dedicated to her work and her perseverance has been critical to achievements in research and graduate education. She is responsible for creating and managing all administrative aspects of the MSc Program, supervising
As the Senior Media Relations Officer at the School, Mackay is responsible for all proactive and reactive media, issues management and video production. She also supports photography and feature writing. To achieve strategic plan metrics and operational goals, Mackay has had to be innovative in her approach to media and story-telling. A few of her innovations include producing broadcast-ready video and photography to be used by media outlets; annually meeting with nationally focused reporters to share news and information and build relationships
Inspirational Leadership Award
Hayward worked with the Diabetes Alliance for more than 12 years as a Project and Program Manager and more recently as the Research and Knowledge Translation Manager for the research team at the Alliance with the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine. She is recognized for strengthening the team culture and promoting overall team unity, revamping and reorganizing the structure and organization of the research program and establishing strong linkages with Indigenous organizations. She is highly respected by her peers locally and across Canada and is recognized for her creativity, leadership and innovation.
Schulich Award of Excellence for Faculty in Community/Distributed Sites
Described as a thoughtful mentor and teacher who models a type of
A passionate advocate for rural medicine,
Schulich Continuing Dental Education Educator Award
Schulich Continuing Medical Education Educator Award
Schulich Faculty Development Award
Schulich Excellence in Education Awards for Graduate/Postgraduate
Kelly Anderson, PhD
Anderson has been described as a true role model for her trainees and an inspirational instructor. Her commitment and effectiveness as an educator are underlined by the enthusiasm she projects to her trainees and students as a mentor, instructor and researcher. Anderson is being recognized for her development of courses and overhaul of curriculum, her leadership role on the Curriculum Committee and Comprehensive Exam Committee and her role as the co-lead of the IQAP external review process, as well as outstanding evaluations and mentorship.
Serving as an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Disease,
Stan Leung, PhD
A professor with the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Leung was the founding member of the Neuroscience Graduate Program and participated in formulating its policies and constitution. He has also served as the graduate chair for the graduate program in Physiology and Pharmacology and the Director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program. He is recognized for making extensive contributions to that program including the development and redevelopment of courses. Many of the practices that he instituted remain common practice for all graduate programs at the School. He has supervised seven PhD, 21 MSc, and one Master’s trainee, as well as providing mentorship to 13 post-doctoral fellows. His trainees describe him as a strong mentor.
Described as an excellent role model for residents who takes a personal interest in the success of her learners,
Matthew Teeter, PhD
An Assistant Professor in Medical Biophysics, Teeter is being recognized for his development of programs and courses and his support of students. He is known as the creator of the Innovation Fellows Program and the Knowledge Translation for Clinical Scientist course, which recognizes the specialized needs of young clinicians in finding
Schulich Excellence in Education Awards for Undergraduate Education
Schulich Educator Awards
Nica Borradaile, PhD
Borradaile is being recognized for her
David Rodenhiser, PhD
Rodenhiser has demonstrated exceptional commitment and dedication to enhancing the
Walter Rushlow, PhD
A member of the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology and the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program, Rushlow is being recognized for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. He has served as the undergraduate course coordinator for both programs, took the lead in conceptualizing and developing a new Anatomy course focused on the neurobiology of mental illness and played a key role in developing a strong new five-year strategic vision for the department related to undergraduate education. His course evaluations note his energetic, passionate teaching style. “Easily my favourite professor in all four years,” noted one of his students. He is caring, engaging and works to mentor his students to success.
Schulich Faculty Mentorship Awards
An Associate Professor in Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine,
Aaron Fenster, PhD
Fenster is described as a true visionary leader, a consummate professional and an archetypal mentor for faculty. He is an exemplary role model and excellent communicator who shares his more than 50 years of experience with and in support of junior faculty. His nominators noted that they owe a significant amount of their career development to Professor Fenster’s mentorship and to the opportunities he has created for them and many others.
Dean’s Awards of Excellence for Faculty
Mansour Haeryfar, PhD
Haeryfar is being recognized for his contributions to research. He is described as an outstanding scientist, mentor and teacher who has made enormous contributions to the School’s research mission. He is a productive and innovative scientist who has developed an important area of research and is internationally recognized for his work in immunology and cancer research.
Marlys Koschinsky, PhD
Koschinsky is being recognized for her contributions to research and administration. She is an internationally recognized researcher in the field of cardiovascular disease with expertise in the field of lipoprotein(a) and its roles as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. She has demonstrated deft skills as an administrative
Junior Faculty - Clinical
Dr. Nicholas Power
Dr. Power is described as a rising star in the subspecialty of urology. He is an exemplary researcher, clinician, educator and leader. He is highly engaged in clinical research, supporting clinical trials in genitourinary cancers, including serving as the provincial co-lead on a randomized trial. He has more than 55 publications and three patents with one additional patent in the works. He is actively engaged in medical education and trainee and fellow teaching. He has assumed the Directorship of the Urological Oncology Fellowship Program and is the undergraduate education coordinator for the Division of Urology.
Junior Faculty – Basic Science
Jimmy Dikeakos, PhD
Dikeakos has developed a reputation
Art Poon, PhD
Since his appointment in 2016 as an Assistant Professor, Poon has established an independent research program for developing and applying new and innovative computational methods for the study of virus evolution. His enthusiasm, insightful thoughts and willingness to help is appreciated by all faculty members.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Bhagi Singh, PhD
Singh represents the highest level of achievement in administration, service, research and training. He has had a profound effect on the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, the School, in Canada and internationally. He has had a long and distinguished academic career, including vast contributions to basic research in autoimmunity. He is recognized for his unmatched leadership, for enhancing research excellence at the Multi-Organ Transplant Program at London Health Sciences Centre and addressing the educational needs of the Canadian Society of Immunology and the Canadian Society of Transplantation. Singh served as the inaugural Director of the CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunology, a program that critically supports all federally-funded microbiology and immunology research in Canada. His career has been nothing short of outstanding. Singh’s personal charm, respect of others, unquestionable integrity in science, academic achievements and contributions have enhanced every tier of research to positively impact the health of many Canadians. He has helped place Western University and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry on the global map.