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NOSM University Achievement Celebration Honours Excellence in Medical Education

Posted on May 10, 2023
NOSM University is proud to announce the accomplishments of faculty, learners and alumni at the inaugural NOSM University Achievement Celebration, held on Friday, May 5, 2023.

The awards ceremony, part of the annual Northern Constellations faculty development conference, drew physicians from across Northern Ontario to Thunder Bay. The ceremony recognized eight faculty, four learners, two alumni and one honorary alumnus who have each demonstrated exemplary service and commitment to health care, medical education, and research in Northern Ontario. Nominations were made by faculty, learners, alumni, staff, and community members.

In addition, NOSM University celebrates this year’s promotions, which are at the full and associate professor levels. NOSM University is also proud to announce our first Professor Emeritus: Dr. Catherine Cervin.

“NOSM University’s faculty, learners, and alumni are the brightest in Canada. From among our exemplary community of scholars and learners, we are proud to acknowledge these recipients with the most extraordinary accomplishments this year,” says Dr. Sarita Verma, President, Vice-Chancellor, Dean, and CEO of NOSM University.

“We do incredible things at NOSM University. These leaders make our medical university—the only one in Canada—truly soar.”

NOSM University congratulates faculty, learners and alumni on their awards and promotions. Please see the complete list for 2022- 2023 here.

Faculty awards

  • Physician Clinical Teachers’ Association Leadership Award: Dr. James Goertzen
  • Academic Leader Award: Dr. Birubi Biman
  • Clinical Scholar Award: Dr. Hazem Elmansy
  • Clinical Teacher Award: Dr. Lacey Pitre
  • Community Champion Award: Dr. Chris Meilleur, Dr. Julie Boucher
  • Scholar Award: Dr. Lorrilee McGregor
  • Faculty Mentorship: Dr. Darryl Vance
Learner awards
  • Learner Advocate/Leader: Kaitlyn Zugic
  • Learner Scholarly Activity: Kathryn Culliton
  • Learner Peer Teaching: Taylor Wilkins
  • Learner-Nominated Teacher Award: Dr. Florence Morriello
Alumni awards
  • Rising Star Award: Dr. John Tuinema (2016)
  • Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award: Dr. Laura Noack (2009)
  • Honourary Alumni Award: Dr. Mike Kirlew
  • Dr. Rony Atoui, Full Professor
  • Dr. Lee Toner, Full Professor
  • Dr. Barbara Zelek, Full Professor
  • Dr. Dominique Ansell, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Lakyntiew Aulakh, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Linda Bakovic, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Ghazala Basir, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Pankaj Bhatia, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Rya Boscariol Associate Professor
  • Dr. Teresa Bruni, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Scott Cassie, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Cheryl Clayton, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Mike Franklyn, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Meghan Garnett, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Mohammad Reza Golrokhian Sani, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Emily Groot, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Mohammed Fawsi Khalil Ibrahim, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Justin Jagger, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Ahmed Kotb, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Sarah McIsaac, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Sean Moore, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Diana Noseworthy, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Robert Ohle, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Elrasheed Osman, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Atoosheh Rohani, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Hadi Shojaei, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Mohammed Shurrab, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Sean Sullivan, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Jason Sutherland, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Petros Zezos, Associate Professor
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NOSM University is Canada’s first independent medical university and one of the greatest education and physician workforce strategy success stories of Northern Ontario. More than just a medical university, it was purpose-built to address the health needs of the region. While advocating for equitable access to care, the university contributes to the economic development of Northern Ontario. NOSM University relies on the commitment and expertise of the peoples of Northern Ontario to educate health-care professionals to practise in Indigenous, Francophone, rural, remote and underserved communities. With a focus on diversity, inclusion and advocacy, NOSM University is an award-winning, socially accountable organization renowned for its innovative model of distributed, community-engaged education and research. 

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