Dr. William J. Sibbald Annual Lecture

WJS HeadshotWilliam (Bill) Sibbald was a pioneer and a leader in caring for critically ill patients.  He received his undergraduate and post-graduate training at the University of Western Ontario, Wayne State University, and the University of Wisconsin.  Between 1977 and 2000, he created and developed the Richard and Jean Ivey Critical Care and Trauma Unit of Victoria Hospital at the University of Western Ontario.  In 2000, he became the Physician-in-Chief at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre at the University of Toronto.  Bill’s energy, breadth of knowledge, and influence in critical care, research, teaching, mentorship, and administration was legendary.  Although his initial research focused upon cardiovascular function, sepsis and trauma, Bill was a leader in all aspects of acute care - from the bench to the bedside to the boardroom.  He touched the lives of generations of clinicians and academic leaders in critical care around the world.  

The William J. Sibbald Lectureship was established in 2007 to honour his memory and his legacy of excellence. The Sibbald Lecturer is invited to address the members of the faculties of Western University and the University of Toronto each year in London and Toronto 

Dr. William J. Sibbald Lectureship 2023
Monday, June 5, 2023  1200-1300

 From Polio to COVID-19; An Origin Story


Hannah Wunsch, MD, MSc

WunschHannah Wunsch is an Intensive Care Physician in the Department of Critical CareAutumn Ghost book cover Medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and the Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is the Associate Director of Critical Care Research at the University of Toronto and holds a Canada Research Chair in Critical Care Organization and Outcomes. She is the author of the book, The Autumn Ghost: How the Battle against a Polio Epidemic Revolutionized Modern Medical Care.


List of Distinguished Speakers - Dr. William J. Sibbald Lectureship

Year Lecturer Country
2008 Charles Sprung Jerusalem, Isreal
2009 Deborah Cook Hamilton, Canada
2010 Mervyn Singer London, England
2011 Paul Hébert Ottawa, Canada
2012 Arthur Slutsky Toronto, Canada
2013 Daren Heyland Kingston, Canada
2014 Deferred
2015 James Downar
Robert Sibbald
Toronto, Canada
London, Canada
2016 David Menon Cambridge, UK
2017 Gordon Rubenfeld Toronto, Canada
2018 Robert Fowler Toronto, Canada
2019 Lorelei Lingard London, Canada
2020 Marlies Ostermann (virtual lecture) London, UK
2021 & 2022 Deferred - COVID
2023 Hannah Wunsch Toronto, Canada