Recent Appointments

Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine

Professor Danielle Martin has been appointed Chair of the Department of Family & Community Medicine (DFCM) for a 5-year term beginning October 1, 2021.

Dr. Martin is Associate Professor in the DFCM, with cross-appointments at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She is a consultant to the World Health Organization on primary health care and universal health coverage and has conducted extensive policy advisory work for local, national and international governments and organizations, including for Canada’s Minister and Deputy Minister of Health.

Dr. Martin’s research and creative professional activity centre on improving health care quality, equity and access in universal health care systems, and she has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature on these themes. She has published a best-selling book on health system transformation in Canada ( 

Dr. Martin completed a BSc in Biochemistry at McGill University, an MD at Western University, residency at St. Michael’s Hospital and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto.


Director, Facilities Management and Space Planning 

Paul Martin  will be joining the Temerty Faculty of Medicine as the new Director, Facilities Management and Space Planning, effective August 9, 2021. 

Paul brings to the Faculty significant facilities leadership experience both the post secondary and the healthcare sectors. For just over 4 years, he worked at the University Health Network in the position of Director, Facilities for the Michener Institute and previously as a Facilities Engineer at Ryerson University. Responsibilities at Michener included space planning, construction, security, building operations and more. He had additional responsibility for all the education space across UHN. He played a key role in creating the first COVID-19 Immunization clinic for UHN and has managed the Michener properties under the pandemic.

Paul holds an MBA Real Estate from Ryerson and is a professionally licensed engineer and certified Project Management Professional.


Chair, Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy 

Professor Mary Forhan has been appointed Chair and Graduate Chair of the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, effective September 1, 2021.  

Dr. Mary Forhan is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy, in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. Dr. Forhan completed a BScOT at the University of Toronto before undertaking a MHSc and a PhD in rehabilitation sciences and postdoctoral fellowship in family medicine at McMaster University. She completed a second postdoctoral fellowship in health services research at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (UHN) in collaboration with ICES.

Prof. Forhan is the Scientific Director of Obesity Canada and serves as Vice-President of the Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy University Programs (ACOTUP) Executive Committee. Professor Forhan received an award from the Rehabilitation Medicine Student Association in recognition of her contributions to excellence in teaching and mentorship.   


Senior Advisor on Antisemitism

Professor Ayelet Kuper has been appointed Senior Advisor on Antisemitism in the Office of Inclusion and Diversity for an initial one-year term which began on June 1, 2021.

Prof. Kuper is a Scientist and Associate Director at the Wilson Centre (UHN/U of T) and an Associate Professor in U of T’s Department of Medicine. She practices medicine within the Division of General Internal Medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She is interested in the kinds of knowledge and knowledge production practices we see as legitimate within medical education and medicine more broadly, and in the ideas, individuals, and groups that are included or excluded based on their knowledge claims. A child and grandchild of Holocaust survivors, Prof. Kuper holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford in Holocaust literature in addition to her medical training and is cross-appointed to U of T’s Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers, many of which relate to power, equity, inclusion, and social justice.


Senior Advisor on Islamophobia

Professor Umberin Najeeb has been appointed Senior Advisor on Islamophobia in the Office of Inclusion and Diversity for an initial one-year term which began on June 1, 2021.

Prof. Najeeb is a staff internist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center and an Associate Professor in U of T’s Department of Medicine. She was recently appointed as the Equity Lead for the Department of Medicine and is currently the Co-Director of the Department of Medicine's Master Teacher program and Faculty Lead for the IMG/IFT mentorship program. Her scholarly focus is on the transition and integration of International Medical Graduates and other Internationally Educated Health Professionals into their training and working environments. As an educator, she also studies other aspects of health professions education with a specific focus on curriculum design, faculty development, and mentorship. Born in Pakistan, Prof. Najeeb uses her voice and lived experiences as a Muslim woman to be an ally in her many roles. She has won numerous national and provincial awards for teaching and mentorship, most recently the 2021 PARO Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award.


Director, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute

Professor Angela Colantonio has been reappointed Director of the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute and will begin a second 5-year term effective September 1, 2021.

Dr. Colantonio is also a Professor in the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy at Temerty Medicine, and cross-appointed to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She is a Senior Scientist at KITE-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, UHN, where she held the inaugural Saunderson Family Chair in Acquired Brain Injury Research.

She currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Traumatic Brain Injury in Underserved Populations. Her research program investigates acquired brain injury (ABI), targeting injury prevention and post-acute care with a focus on how ABI impacts the most vulnerable to health service inequities. Her research also examines work-related traumatic brain injury, long-term outcomes for women with ABI, impact of gender on outcomes and innovative interventions. 


Director of the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research

Professor Stephane Angers has been appointed as Director of the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, for a five-year term effective September 1, 2021.

Stephane Angers is Professor and Associate Dean of Research in the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and holds an appointment in the Department of Biochemistry in Temerty Medicine. He completed a BSc in Biochemistry at McGill University and PhD in Biochemistry at the Universite de Montreal before undertaking a postdoctoral fellowship at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Washington in Seattle.

Prof. Angers is a founding co-Director of PRiME at UofT, a multi-disciplinary initiative focused on Precision Medicine that fosters deep collaboration across the University and beyond.


Krembil-Rossy Chair in Molecular Imaging of Neurodegenerative Diseases

Professor Antonio Strafella has been appointed as the inaugural Krembil-Rossy Chair in Molecular Imaging of Neurodegenerative Diseases.

Strafella is a Professor and Chair of Research for the Division of Neurology and a movement disorder neurologist in the Edmond J. Safra Program in Parkinson's Disease and Morton & Gloria Shulman Movement Disorders Clinic at the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network (UHN). He is also a senior scientist at the Krembil Brain Institute at UHN and the Brain Health Imaging Centre at the Centre of Addiction Mental Health.


Associate Dean, MD Program

Professor Marcus Law has been appointed Associate Dean, MD Program effective July 1, 2021.

Prof. Law is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. At the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, he has taken on many leadership roles including Academic Lead in Educational Technology, Director of Preclerkship Renewal, and most recently, Director of Foundations in the MD Program. In this role he has led the successful implementation and ongoing review of a new and innovative pre-clerkship curriculum.

Prof. Law's scholarship focuses on translating an understanding of how learners develop adaptive expertise into theory and evidence informed effective educational design and programs.

In this new role, Prof. Law is responsible for the oversight, strategic leadership and management of the MD Program in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine. As the academic and operational leader, the Associate Dean is responsible for ensuring the integrity and quality of the MD Program, including promotion of and support for the Faculty’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. 


Temerty Chair in Learner Assessment and Program Evaluation

Professor Kulamakan (Mahan) Kulasegaram has been appointed as the inaugural Temerty Chair in Learner Assessment and Program Evaluation, effective July 1, 2021 for a five year term. As the Temerty Chair in Learner Assessment and Program Evaluation, he will continue to grow a theory-driven research program on utilizing assessment "Big Data" as an opportunity to improve our supports for students and faculty, and our education programs across the Temerty Faculty of Medicine.

Prof. Kulasegaram joined the Faculty of Medicine as a Scientist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine (DFCM) in 2014.


Temerty Professorship in Learner Wellness

Professor Heather Flett has been appointed as the inaugural Temerty Professor in Learner Wellness, effective July 1, 2021 for a five year term. In her new role, Prof. Flett will leverage opportunities and resources across the Temerty Faculty of Medicine and its partner institutions to lead the development, implementation, assessment and evaluation of a comprehensive wellness strategy for learners in the Temerty Medicine’s undergraduate and postgraduate medical education programs.

Prof. Flett is a consultant psychiatrist at CAMH and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. She was the Site Director at CAMH for Postgraduate Psychiatry from 2009-2012 and has been an active teacher and educator in Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Continuing Medical Education.


 Interim Chair, Biochemistry

Professor Liliana Attisano has been appointed Interim Chair and Graduate Chair, Department of Biochemistry, effective May 1, 2021. She takes over from Professor Justin Nodwell who becomes Temerty Medicine’s Vice Dean, Research & Graduate Education as of May 1.

A U of T faculty member since 1996, Liliana Attisano is a Full Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and holds cross appointments in the Department of Medical Biophysics and the Donnelly Centre. She obtained her BSc and PhD in Biochemistry from U of T, followed by post doctoral research in cell biology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York City.


Associate Dean, Inclusion & Diversity

Professor Lisa Richardson has been appointed Associate Dean, Inclusion & Diversity. Beginning May 1, as Associate Dean Dr. Richardson will work collaboratively across Temerty Medicine to build alliances, develop strategic partnerships, and engage internal and external partners to enhance and promote the diversity of our faculty, learners and staff.

Dr. Lisa Richardson is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine, and practices general internal medicine at the University Health Network where she is also an Education Researcher at the Wilson Centre. She received her bachelor’s degree from McGill University with majors in both Biology and English Literature followed by her MD from the University of Calgary. She subsequently completed her residency in internal medicine at U of T and MA from York University.

Professor Richardson’s academic interests lie in the integration of critical, Indigenous, and feminist perspectives in medical education. At Temerty Medicine she is Vice-Chair, Culture and Inclusion for the Department of Medicine, and Strategic Advisor on Indigenous Health. She also serves as Indigenous Health Strategy Lead for Women’s College Hospital and chairs several national committees to advance Indigenous medical education.


Theme Lead, MD-PGME Social Justice, Anti-Oppression and Advocacy

Dr. Ritika Goel has been appointed MD-PGME Social Justice, Anti-Oppression and Advocacy Theme Lead for a three-year term beginning May 17, 2021. Dr. Goel is a lecturer and faculty lead in social accountability in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She is also a family physician with the St. Michael's Hospital Academic Family Health Team and Inner City Health Associates.  


Acting Vice-President and Provost; Acting Dean of the Temerty Faculty of Medicine

Dean Trevor Young has been appointed Acting Vice-President and Provost for a six-month term, effective July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021, while Provost Cheryl Regehr is on approved administrative leave. Professor Young currently serves as Dean of the Temerty Faculty of Medicine and as Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions.

Professor Patricia Houston has been appointed Acting Dean of the Temerty Faculty of Medicine for a nine-month term, effective July 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. Professor Houston will serve in this acting role during Professor Young’s acting term and subsequent three-month leave. [Professor Young will continue to hold the position of Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions while Acting Provost.]

Prof. Patricia Houston is currently Vice-Dean, Medical Education in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine and is a Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine. Prof. Houston has served in a number of leadership roles in the University and at St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto.


Director, Centre for Interprofessional Education

Professor Stella Ng has been appointed Director of the Centre for Interprofessional Education.  Prof Ng previously served as Director of Research Centre for Faculty Development for eight years. Her work in health professions education has been recognized nationally, with the Meridith Marks New Educator Award and the Early Career Medical Educators Champion Award. Prof. Ng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and a Wilson Centre Scientist. She is also an AMS Phoenix Fellow in Compassion and AI/Digital Technology.


Executive Director, Major Projects and Facilities Management

Heather Taylor has been appointed Executive Director, Major Projects and Facilities Management for the Temerty Faculty of Medicine. Ms. Taylor will help lead the Faculty’s redevelopment of the west wing of the Medical Sciences Building, and the construction of the new James and Louise Temerty building. She will also continue to have broad oversight of the Office of the Facilities Management and Space Planning.


President-Elect, American Pediatric Society

Professor Lisa Robinson is the President-Elect, American Pediatric Society. Dr. Robinson has been an APS member since 2013 and has served on many committees devoted to child health, particularly in nephrology. She has also served on Council in the Society for Pediatric Research, as President of the Canadian Association of Paediatric Nephrologists, and on the American Society of Nephrology’s Innovation and Discovery Task Force.

Dr. Robinson is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, and Vice Dean, Strategy and Operations in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at U of T. She is former Division Chief of Nephrology at The Hospital for Sick Children, and a Senior Scientist at SickKids Research Institute.


Vice Dean, Research and Graduate Education

Professor Justin Nodwell has been appointed Vice Dean, Research and Graduate Education for a five-year term effective May 1, 2021. In this new combined portfolio Prof. Nodwell will provide leadership and oversight of Temerty Medicine’s research enterprise and two key education activities — graduate education and undergraduate life sciences education. 

Dr. Nodwell is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry, a role he has held since 2013. As Chair he coordinated the department’s move to MaRS, and oversaw the department’s expansion through several faculty recruits and the cross-appointment of 12 faculty members from Sunnybrook, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and Sick Kids. Since becoming Chair, he has also undertaken renewals of the undergraduate and graduate programs, and successfully implemented laboratory rotations for incoming graduate students.


Vice Dean, Clinical and Faculty Affairs

Professor Lynn Wilson has been re-appointed as Vice Dean, Clinical and Faculty Affairs, effective April 1, 2021. Appointed as Vice Dean, Partnerships in 2016, with responsibility for external partnerships including international, hospital, and university-wide relations, Professor Wilson has added responsibility (in 2020) for clinical faculty appointments and related matters, such as professional values and faculty wellness. She continues to have responsibility for oversight of the Rehabilitation Sciences sector, and the Medical Radiation Sciences and Physician Assistant programs.


Vice Dean, Medical Education

Professor Patricia Houston has been re-appointed as Vice Dean, Medical Education, effective July 1, 2021. In 2020 Professor Houston assumed responsibility for Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD), in addition to her leadership of the MD Program (since 2016). Professor Houston continues to work closely with leaders and staff in the MD Program, PGME and CPD to better support our learners across the continuum of their education.


Director, Faculty Wellness

Professor Julie Maggi has been appointed Director, Faculty Wellness, for a five-year term beginning February 1, 2021. Dr. Maggi was Director of the Postgraduate Wellness Office until this appointment, and she will continue to assist with the transition to an Interim Director in that role over the next two months.

Prof. Maggi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at U of T, and a staff psychiatrist at Unity Health (St. Michael’s Hospital), as a consultant to the obstetrics and trauma services. She also served as Co-Chair of the Dean’s Faculty Wellness Working Group in 2018-19 and, since May 2020, has acted as the COVID Faculty Wellness Coordinator.


Associate Dean, Mississauga Campus

Professor Alison Freeland has been re-appointed for a second five-year term, effective February 1. The role was previously Associate Dean, Medical Education (Regional), and is now a joint position with the role of Vice President, Education, Academic Affairs and Patient Experience at Trillium Health Partners.

Dr. Freeland is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at U of T, and she has served as Chair, Distributed Medical Education committee of the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine since 2018. 


Director, Information Technology

Dimitris Keramidas will join Temerty Medicine as the new Director, Information Technology, effective February 8. He has worked at York University for most of the last eight years, first as the Director, Information Technology for the Faculty of Science, after which he assumed the role of Director of Information and Learning Technology for the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Both positions included responsibility for the planning and implementation of technology strategies, services and solutions aimed at positively impacting the student experience and addressing the technology needs of faculty and staff. 

Prior to joining York University, Dimitris led a technology-consulting firm’s expansion into Athens, Greece, where he was responsible for business development, talent management and stakeholder relationship management.


Vice Dean, Strategy and Operations

Professor Lisa Robinson, Associate Dean, Inclusion and Diversity will become Vice Dean, Strategy and Operations, effective January 1, 2021. Prof. Robinson was first appointed as the Faculty’s Chief Diversity Officer in 2016 and then Associate Dean, Inclusion & Diversity in 2018. She has provided leadership on issues of equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the Faculty, the University, and affiliated hospitals.

As Vice Dean, Strategy and Operations, Dr. Robinson will lead the Faculty’s academic strategic planning, oversee academic affairs (including all UTQAP and non-UTQAP reviews) and department chair searches, and will continue as academic lead for the Faculty’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity. Dr. Robinson is a Professor in the Faculty's Department of Paediatrics and Institute of Medical Science, Head of the Division of Nephrology at SickKids, and a Senior Scientist in the Cell Biology program at the SickKids Research Institute. 


Senior Advisor to the Dean

Professor Sal Spadafora, Vice Dean, Strategy and Operations will become Senior Advisor to the Dean, effective January 1, 2021. Dr. Spadafora, whose second and final term as Vice Dean ends on December 31, will continue in the leadership role of Senior Advisor to the Dean, in addition to his recently announced role as Special Advisor to the President and Provost on COVID-19. 

Prof. Spadafora will continue to lead the recovery of academic operations for the Faculty during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to work closely with the Faculty of Arts & Science on undergraduate life sciences teaching.  He will also continue his role as decanal sponsor for the Faculty’s initiatives in Indigenous health.