Academic Strategic Plan 2018-2021

Medical Sciences Building

The Faculty of Medicine is currently engaged in strategic planning for the period 2018-2021. The Strategy Steering Committee, led by Professor Lynn Wilson, Vice Dean Partnerships, kicked off a consultative process in December 2017.
Through the early months of 2018, internal and external leaders within and adjacent to the Faculty of Medicine will provide guiding input and perspective about the strategy process and the emerging strategy framework. We will also be posting questions – watch upcoming issues of MedEmail – and looking for your feedback. The final document is expected by mid-2018.

2018 Faculty of Medicine Strategy Steering Committee:

Lynn Wilson (Chair) – Vice Dean, Partnerships; Professor, Dept. of Family & Community Medicine
Caroline Abrahams - Director, Policy, Analysis and Systems Management, Post MD Education
Najma Ahmed – Vice Chair, Education, Dept. of Surgery; St. Michael’s Hospital
Sacha Bhatia – Dept. of Medicine; Director, WCH Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care 
Renee Brost – Manager, Finance and Administration, Terrence Donnelly Centre
Meg Connell -    Director, Office of the Dean
Leah Cowen - Chair, Dept. of Molecular Genetics
Justin Hall – PGY3 Emergency Medicine
Julia Hanigsberg - President and CEO, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Gillian Hawker - Chair, Dept. of Medicine
Marcus Law – Dept. of Family & Community Medicine; Director, Foundations (MD Program)
Brian Lawson - CFO, Brookfield Asset Management
Nana Lee – Dept. of Biochemistry; Director, Mentorship and GPD for Graduate Life & Science Education
Barry McLellan – Faculty of Medicine Executive in Residence; former President and CEO, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Stephanie Nixon - Dept. of Physical Therapy; Director, International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation 
Ike Okafor - Senior Officer, Service Learning & Diversity Outreach, Health Professions Student Affairs
Linda Quattrin - Executive Director, Communications
Lisa Robinson - Associate Dean, Inclusion and Diversity; Professor, Dept. of Medicine; Division Head, Nephrology, SIckKids
Sal Spadafora - Vice Dean, Post MD Education; Professor, Dept. of Anesthesia
Raksha Sule -    PhD Candidate, Institute of Medical Science
Pascal van Lieshout - Chair, Dept. of Speech-Language Pathology
Peter Zhang – MD Class of 1T9, Mississauga Academy of Medicine

Strategic Priorities 2015–2018

Vision: Leadership in improving health through education, research and partnerships.

Mission: We develop leaders, contribute to our communities, and improve the health of people and populations through the discovery, application and communication of knowledge.




  • Preparing the next generation of leaders in the health sciences. 
  • Leading research that answers questions of fundamental and societal relevance. Translating discoveries to improve health.
  • An ideal and preferred partner. A gateway to and for the world.
  • Deliver exceptional education programs that prepare students for the future of medicine and to serve their patients and communities.
  • Provide graduate education that prepares students to excel in a constantly evolving global environment and workforce.
  • Ensure that our students, faculty and staff reflect the diversity of our community.
  • Develop new dual degree programs for health professions students and strengthen our clinician scientist programs.
  • Support collaborative research networks involving the Faculty of Medicine and one or more of our partner hospitals.
  • Refresh and renew discovery-based research and enhance its integration with clinical and rehabilitation sciences.
  • Attract and retain the best faculty, staff and graduate students from across Canada and around the world.
  • Promote entrepreneurship and commercialization for students and faculty.
  • Leverage our location to increase collaboration across the entire University and the Greater Toronto Area health care sector.
  • Capitalize on our location to position the Faculty as a leading destination for researchers, educators and learners.
  • Strengthen and sustain national and international partnerships in areas of strategic importance.
  • Advocate for patients, families and the communities we serve by translating knowledge on health, well-being and illness prevention.

Focusing on these priorities will help us to effect positive change. Using our knowledge and expertise, we can make an impact not only within our community, but across the country and around the world.

Strategic Plans

Dean's Reports