Dean's Alumni Awards

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Our Temerty Medicine alumni network consists of more than 63,000 graduates of our life sciences, rehabilitation sciences, MD and MD/PhD programs, as well as more than 20,000 former residents and clinical fellows. Together, they are contributing to better health and health care throughout Toronto, across Canada and around the world. 

Every year we celebrate our Temerty Medicine alumni community's impact with the Dean’s Alumni Awards. We highlight the contributions of our alumni as they advance clinical care, health research, medical education and more.

Recipients of the 2022 Dean's Alumni Awards

Dr. Herbert Dele Davies (MD ’85)

Lifetime Achievement – International Impact Award

Dr. Herbert Dele Davies (MD ’85)

Born and raised in Nigeria, Dr. Herbert Dele Davies is recognized around the world as an expert and advocate in the field of paediatric infectious diseases. Through his research, Dr. Davies has contributed substantially to the prevention and diagnosis of neonatal sepsis in both North America and Africa, and through the identification of virulence factors important for the development of group B streptococcal vaccines. He has traveled to more than two dozen countries where he has served on medical missions, promoted the health of children, given presentations on infectious diseases and built partnerships, all while maintaining an active clinical service. He served on the American Academy of Pediatrics “Red Book” (the major reference for communicable disease practice worldwide) as well as many US national expert advisory committees, including the US Secretary of Health and Human Services’ National Biodefense Safety Board, and has received numerous prestigious awards for his leadership, research, teaching and mentorship.

Bonnie Kirsh (BSc OT ’77)

Lifetime Achievement – National Impact Award

Bonnie Kirsh (BSc OT ’77, MEd OISE ’83, PhD OISE ’99)

Professor Bonnie Kirsh’s contributions throughout her career have had a major impact on our knowledge and understanding of mental health from an occupational perspective. Her research on workplace mental health, student mental health and the elimination of stigma has had an important impact on policy and practice. Through her work, she has demonstrated new employment possibilities for people with mental health disorders and promoted the creation of working and learning environments that address stigma and support mental health. Prof. Kirsh was an invited member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Workforce Advisory Committee, as well as the Mental Health Commission’s Opening Minds team. She was also an invited member of the International Advisory Group on Mental Health to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, an appointed member of the Institute of Work and Health’s Educationally Influential Network, and president of the board of Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto from 2003 to 2005.

Dr. Meb Rashid (MD ’92)

Humanitarian Award

Dr. Meb Rashid (MD ’92)

Dr. Meb Rashid is a family physician who has dedicated his career to improving the health and well-being of newly arrived refugees in the Greater Toronto Area and across the country. Through his direct clinical care, teaching and renowned advocacy efforts, he has impacted the lives of countless refugees and refugee claimants arriving to Canada, as well as colleagues and learners in both the settlement and health-care sectors. Responding to the needs of this community locally, Dr. Rashid helped create two refugee clinics in the city of Toronto: the Crossroads Clinic (an academic primary care clinic at Women's College Hospital) as well as Christie Refugee Welcome Centre, an outreach clinic co-located directly within a large refugee shelter.

Dr. Monica Farcas (MD ’10, PGME ’15)

Emerging Leader Award

Dr. Monica Farcas (MD ’10, PGME ’15)

Dr. Monica Farcas is the sole female urologist in the Division of Urology at the University of Toronto (among 32 staff members) and plays a key mentorship role for female residents, fellows and medical students. She is the first female academic kidney transplant surgeon in Canada and performed the first Canadian kidney transplant with an all-female surgeon team at St. Michael’s Hospital. Her prior training and graduate degree in engineering have helped her develop a unique skill set — she is a talented robotic/transplant surgeon, problem-solver and innovator in her field. Dr. Farcas holds patents in surgical innovation and has started two corporations, and she is also the founder and current chair of the Society of Canadian Women in Urology.

Nominate Outstanding Alumni

Help us recognize exceptional alumni and share their achievements with the Temerty Faculty of Medicine community. Nominations for the 2023 Dean's Alumni Awards will open in winter 2023.

Individual alumni (including former residents and clinical fellows) can be recognized for one of the following awards:

Lifetime Achievement Awards 

These awards recognize alumni who have demonstrated a lifetime of exceptional professionalism through leadership, research, teaching, clinical care, administration or public service. Two recipients will be honoured each year, one for career accomplishments with international/global impact and one for career achievements with national/community impact.

Humanitarian Award

This award honours alumni who have provided extraordinary volunteer service, demonstrating leadership through local or global work. Recipients have enriched the lives of others through their volunteerism in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine or through their work with civic, charitable and social causes beyond the scope of their clinical or academic responsibilities.

Emerging Leader Award

This award is presented to alumni early in their career who have completed their training in the past 15 years. Recipients will have demonstrated outstanding service to Temerty Medicine, their local medical/healthcare community, or a scientific or academic achievement. The recipient can receive this award for a specific achievement or for a body of work.

Nominee Eligibility and Criteria

  • Individuals who hold a degree or certificate from — or completed their training at — U of T's Faculty of Medicine (now Temerty Faculty of Medicine) are eligible for consideration (including graduates of our life sciences, rehabilitation sciences, MD/PhD programs, and former residents and clinical fellows). Individuals who only completed post-doctoral research fellowships are not eligible for nomination.
  • Nominations may be submitted by any individual, independently or on behalf of a group or institution. Self-nominations will not be accepted. 
  • Nominees can only be nominated in one category per year.
  • Nominees should exemplify professionalism in keeping with Temerty Medicine's core values.

Please be sure to include with your submission:

  • A letter of nomination highlighting the nominee's achievements and explaining why the nominee should receive the award. Maximum 250 words.
  • One letter of support from an individual familiar with the nominee's work (who is not the nominator nor the nominee’s spouse or relative). 
  • A current copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae.
  • Optional: Supplementary documents (maximum two) that convey the importance of the nominee’s work. These can include notices and reviews, media coverage, abstracts, etc.

Please note, nominations will be kept on file for three years for future  consideration.

Selection Committee Eligibility

Each award has its own committee of three to seven alumni who review the nominations and select the award recipient. If space allows, members may choose to serve on more than one award selection committee. If you would like to participate on an awards selection committee, please email Katrina Heisz at katrina.heisz@utoronto.ca.

All committee members:

  • Must be part of the U of T Temerty Faculty of Medicine community of alumni, students, faculty or staff.
  • Cannot be nominated in the current award year.
  • Cannot nominate or provide letters of support for current award candidates.
  • Be available to attend virtual committee meeting(s).

Previous Award Winners

Lifetime Achievement Award

Humanitarian Award (formerly Volunteerism)

Emerging Leader Award (formerly Rising Star)

MD 25th Anniversary Award

Insulin 100 Emerging Leader Award (2021)

For more information about the Dean's Alumni Awards program, please contact Katrina Heisz at katrina.heisz@utoronto.ca.