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Dr. John D. Brown Award

Award Criteria

Please consider nominating one of your residents for the Dr. John D. Brown Award. Established by the family of the late Dr. John Brown in 2012, this award recognizes “a postgraduate trainee in any area of medicine who displays excellence in patient-centred care and reflects the values and practices of Dr. John Brown, who always put his patients first." At $4000, this award represents a substantial commitment to promoting excellence among our residents in the foundational area of patient care.

To nominate a resident, a letter of support from their Program Director is required. Additional letters of support would strengthen the nomination, and might come from any of the following:

The deadline for nominations to be received is April 13, 2018.

Nomination packages will be considered by the Postgraduate Awards Committee in April, and a recipient selected for presentation at the annual Schulich Awards of Excellence event in May.
All applications should be e-mailed in electronic format to the PGME office to

2015 Recipient - Dr. Heather Emmerton-Coughlin, General Surgery

2015 Recipient - Dr. Heather Emmerton-Coughlin

Congratulations to Dr. Emmerton-Coughlin who has been described as a mentor and role model for future surgeons. In her work, she has influenced numerous medical students, her peers, patients and even mentors to strive to be exceptional patient advocates with compassion and skill.

She cares deeply about her patients, and is often the first to go above and beyond to ensure the highest degree of professionalism for each patient. In doing so, she epitomizes the values that Dr. Brown held in such high esteem.

In a letter supporting her award nomination, the Allens, the family of one of Dr. Emmerton-Coughlin’s patients said “We would describe Heather’s patient-centred care or more accurately patient/family-centred care as ‘Epic’ in the true historical meaning of heroic. For many years to come, when we talk of our extended hospital experience and Heather’s devotion to medicine and her patients, the conversations will be peppered with thoughts of genuine human affection, respect, admiration, and unimaginable gratitude.”

Dr. Emmerton-Coughlin was presented with the award at the School’s Celebration of Excellence event on May 20, 2015.

2014 Recipient - Dr. Adam Maruscak, General Surgery

Dr. Adam Maruscak

Dr. Adam Maruscak honoured with the  2014 Dr. John D. Brown Memorial Resident Award

Dr. Adam Maruscak has a talent that many doctors-in-training strive for. While he is a gifted surgeon, it is his dedication to holistic care and his compassion toward his patients and their families that makes him an exceptional doctor.

These characteristics earned Dr. Maruscak the 2014 the John D. Brown Memorial Resident Award presented at this year’s Celebration of Excellence on May 21. This award recognizes a postgraduate trainee who displays excellence in patient-centred care and reflects the values and practices of the late Dr. John Brown, who always put his patients first.

As a fourth year resident in General Surgery, Dr. Maruscak has proven himself to be a gifted surgeon, a compassionate doctor, and an inspiration to those around him. His colleagues attest to the fact that on countless occasions he has gone above and beyond what is expected of him to put his patient’s needs at the forefront.

“It is not uncommon for Adam to stay well beyond his scheduled duties in order to participate in surgical intervention on patients he has been involved with or admitted,” said Dr. Michael Ott, program director of the Division of General Surgery. “Adam is also able to establish a trusting relationship with patients, and his presence is often calming to patients who are undergoing extreme stress.”

2013 Recipient - Dr. Ana Igric, General Surgery

Image of Dr. Ana Igric and Dr. Mike Strong

Dr. Ana Igric honoured with the Dr. John D. Brown Memorial Resident Award

Given to a postgraduate trainee in any area of medicine who displays excellence in patient-centred care and reflects the values and practices of Dr. John Brown, known for always putting his patients first, Dr. Ana Igric was honured as this year’s Dr. John D. Brown Memorial Resident Award recipient.

Dr. Igric graduated from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry in 2008 and is currently finishing a combined General Surgery & Critical Care Residency. During her time in residency, she has become known for her compassionate, calm and comforting approach to patient care. She always takes the time to answer any questions her patients and their families may have regarding their care.

Dr. Igric often goes above and beyond to help her patients and their loved ones feel more comfortable during a stressful time. Her easy-going and open manner allows her patients to easily trust and confide in her.

She is an exceptional resident and a wonderful role model for not only students and junior residents, but all her colleagues across the health care spectrum.