Retirees and Long Term Service 2022
At our Celebration of Excellence 2022, we celebrated those who have provided many years of service to LMP, as well as those who retired this year. We thank them for their dedication and for everything they have contributed to LMP’s academic mission.
Long term service
- Andrea Blumenthal
- Pak-Cheung Chan
- Cynthia Hawkins
- Eleanor Latta
- Jeremy Mogridge
- Mary Shago
- Catherine Streutker
- Jim Hu
- Colin McKerlie
- Wilma Sirkin
- Chen Wang
- Paul Hamel
- Rita Kandel
- Marc Grynpas
Dr. Bharati Bapat, Professor Emerita, was appointed as Staff Scientist at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute. Her research focused on understanding the role of genetic and epigenetic factors associated with risk and progression of common malignancies. Her recent investigations involved exploring circular RNAs in liquid biopsies for improved prognostication of renal cell carcinoma among patients presenting with small renal masses. Dr. Bapat has served for 30 years in LMP and was an active participant in our departmental committees and served as the Course Coordinator for LMP363H1 for six years.
Dr. Dwayne Barber, Professor Emeritus, has served in LMP for 25 years. As a Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Research Institute, he investigated novel therapeutic targets in adult T-cell acute lymphoid leukemia, the role of GADS in BCR-ABL induced leukemogenesis, inhibitor-resistance in myeloproliferative neoplasms, and signal transduction mediated by the erythropoietin receptor. In recognition of his extensive involvement in graduate student education, he received the 2007 University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine Graduate Mentorship Award.
Mary Ann George
Dr. Mary Ann George was the Clinical Laboratory Director of the Cytogenetics in the Division of Genome Diagnostics at SickKids. Her research focused on understanding how changes in structure and organization of chromosomes and the genome contribute to genomic disease. Since her appointment 10 years ago in LMP, Dr. George shared her expertise in cytogenetics by teaching graduate students and supervising fellows and residents.
Dr. Linda Sugar, Professor Emerita, is a Staff Pathologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and has been appointed for 41 years in LMP. During her years of service in LMP Dr. Sugar was involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and course development. She served as Director of Continuing Education and as Program Director of Anatomic Pathology. In recognition of her outstanding contributions to course design and development for undergraduate trainees, Dr. Sugar received the 1997 LMP J.B. Walter Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2011, the Canadian Association for Medical Education recognized her commitment to continuing education with the Certificate of Merit Award.
Prior to her retirement, Dr. Joan Sweet, Associate Professor Emerita, was appointed as Staff Pathologist at the University Health Network. In her 37 years of affiliation with LMP, Dr. Joan Sweet, not only supervised numerous LMP trainees at all levels of education, but also received the LMP Teaching Award (1988-1991) for her excellent administration of LMP’s Nursing Pathology course. She participated in LMP’s Education Committee, as the Coordinator for the Pathology Update Course, and as a member of the Promotions and Appointments Committee.
Dr. Bruce Youngson was a Staff Pathologist at the University Health Network (UHN) and served in LMP for 30 years. He was one of the first to describe the phenomenon of displaced tumor cells and his influential papers on this topic are still being cited. Numerous breast pathology fellows and residents on breast pathology rotation have benefited from his expertise and teaching and his commitment to teaching was recognized with the 1996 UHN W.H. Anderson Award for Individual Teaching Excellence. In 2019, he was awarded with the UHN J.B. Cullen Award for Clinical Excellence and Professionalism.