Dr. Emily Rimmer was awarded 1st Prize for the Best Masters in the Bold Idea Student Graduate student competition in the Department of Community Health Sciences. The title of her thesis is White Blood Cell Count Trajectory and Mortality in Septic Shock: A Retrospective Cohort Study
To overcome limitations of static baseline characteristics Emily is applying group-based trajectory analysis to identify disease phenotypes, patient prognosis or response to treatment. These statistical methods are unique to health research will likely have broad implications when analyzing repeated data measures in multiple clinical settings or patient populations.
Emily is will be completing a Masters of Epidemiology. Her primary supervisor is Ryan Zarychanski. She is closely supported by Drs. Allan Garland, Donald Houston, Anand Kumar and the members of the Acute Care Hematology Research Cluster.
Congratulations are extended to Dr. Neeloffer Mookerjee and Dr. Ashish Shah!
Dr Neeloffer Mookherjee, PhD – Section of Proteomics and Systems Biology received another CIHR Grant:
Project title: Molecular adaptations to allergen exposure: sex-related differences in asthma.
Grant Competition: CIHR Catalyst Grant: Sex as a Variable in Biomedical Research.
Total amount for two years: $148,000
Dr. Mookherjee’s Application Ranked # 1 out of 166 applications.
Congratulations Dr. Mookherjee!
Dr. Ashish Shah – Section of Cardiology
Dr. Shah received the International Society of Adult Congenital Heart Disease’s (ISACHD) Young Investigator Award for his abstract: “Feasibility and Efficacy Of Negative Pressure Ventilation in The Ambulatory Fontan populatioN- (FONTAN-CMR) – A Pilot Study”.
Additionally he was also appointed honorary faculty at the CRF annual meeting 2018 in Washington DC.
Congratulations Dr. Shah!
Dr. Peter Nickerson has been awarded the 2018 Kidney Foundation of Canada’s National Medal for Research Excellence.
The award highlights the enduring impact Dr. Nickerson has made to kidney research and the field of transplantation medicine, and acknowledges his record of exceptional accomplishments and contributions at a national and international level.
Dr. Nickerson is a Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Departments of Internal Medicine (Section of Nephrology) and Immunology, Vice Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, and holds several other senior positions including the Flynn Family Chair in Renal Transplant at the U of M.
“As part of a team of renown transplant researchers at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Nickerson is working to unravel the complex factors that influence the success or rejection of a transplanted donor organ. His research focuses on mechanisms of acute and chronic kidney transplant rejection, immunogenetics, non-invasive diagnostics monitoring immune activation, and health policy and system design.”
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Peter Nickerson on this well-deserved acknowledgment from the Kidney Foundation of Canada for his record of outstanding accomplishments in the field of renal transplantation.
The strength of any department lies in its’ members and their achievements and awards. Congratulations are extended to:
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted a patent to Dr. Suresh Mishra’s team in the Section of Endocrinology & Metabolism on novel “preclinical models for obesity and obesity-linked cancer (Mito-Ob)”. These preclinical models are developed using an innovative approach by simultaneously manipulating adipose and immune functions in the body. Consequently, they spontaneously develop obesity and obesity-linked cancer in a well-defined timely manner, and have created new research opportunities. Their various uses include: 1) Discovery and development of new therapeutic targets for obesity and obesity-linked cancer, 2) Various types of intervention studies and 3) Preclinical drug screening.
Dr. Daniel Sitar, Professor Emeritus Section of Clinical Pharmacology, has been granted an Honorary Life Membership Award by the College of Pharmacy of Manitoba for meritorious service and professional contributions to Pharmacy.
The Aubie Angel Young Investigator Award for Clinical Research Committee selected Dr. Chris Wiebe (Section of Nephrology) as the 2018 recipient of the Aubie Angel Young Investigator Award. The awards ceremony will take place Tuesday, June 12 at 10am in Theatre B in the Basic Medical Sciences Building.
The 2018 Internal Medicine Residents’ Educator of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Aditya Sharma (Section of General Internal Medicine) in recognition of his dedication and teaching excellence.
Congratulations are extended to Dr. Justin Cloutier who was selected by the 2018 Max Rady College of Medicine and Presidents Council Residents Appreciation Reception planning committee as this year’s recipient of the Resident of the Year Award.
The Dale Iwanoczko Award was awarded to Dr. Jeffrey Wheeler in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Core Internal Medicine Residency Program demonstrating commitment, compassion, caring and integrity.
The Internal Medicine Subspecialty Resident Teaching Award, recognizing a subspecialty resident who exemplifies excellence in teaching and supervision, was awarded to Dr. Rachel Fainstein.
We are delighted to announce the first recipient of the Hector Ma Award in Research in the Department of Internal Medicine – Dr. Brett Houston from the Section of Hematology for her research project: “Evaluating the use, efficacy and safety of tranexamic acid to reduce red blood cell transfusion in major non-cardiac surgery.”
Dr. Houston is a PGY5 resident, and is concurrently completing a PhD in the Department of Pharmacy. Her ultimate goal is to practice hematology and function as an independent clinician-scientist at the University of Manitoba where she hopes to be engaged in patient oriented, practice-changing research in the fields of hematology, transfusion medicine and blood conservation.
With a generous gift from Dr. Hector T. G. Ma to the University of Manitoba in 2015 – an endowment fund to enhance resident research in Internal Medicine was established. Dr. Ma, a graduate of the University of Manitoba (M.D./59) is currently the Director and Senior Consultant Radiologist in the Scanning Department at St. Theresa’s Hospital in Hong Kong. In addition, the Department of Internal Medicine provides matching funds to the award.
To be eligible, residents must be: enrolled full time in the Department of Internal Medicine and be in good standing, demonstrated outstanding interest and commitment to research and performing a supervised research project.
Congratulations to Dr. B. Houston on being chosen the inaugural winner of the award.
We are pleased to announce that the following Department of Internal Medicine Faculty members are recipients of the 2018 Doctors Manitoba Awards.
Dr. Amarjit Arneja – Distinguished Service Award – in recognition of service provided to patients and the community which has enhanced the image of the physician through devotion to the highest ideals of the medical profession and in the promotion of the art and science of medicine through teaching, writing and administration.
Dr. John Embil – Scholastic Award – for scholarly activity in the health professions.
Dr. Arneja and Dr. Embil will be recognized at the Friday, May 4, 2018 Doctors Manitoba Awards and Presidential Installation Dinner at the Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg.
Congratulations are extended to Dr. Amarjit Arneja and Dr. John Embil.
- Dr. Richard Warrington was recently honoured for his long and continued service to the Royal College. Without volunteers like Richard Warrington – the Royal College could not fulfill their mandate.
When asked about a time while volunteering for the Royal College when he felt that his contribution had made a tangible impact Dr Warrington recalled that “During an oral examination, a candidate became ill. There were apparently no regulations as to what to do, so we sent the candidate to Emergency to be assessed. When the candidate was considered recovered by the ER physician, with the candidate’s permission, we continued the examination successfully.” He stated that it is important to the College, to the medical profession, to the trainees and to the public to give back to the medical profession through work with the Royal College.
Thank you Dr. Warrington for your over 30 years of dedication and service to the Royal College.
At the 2018 Max Rady College of Medicine Teacher Recognition and Manitoba Medical Students Association (MMSA) Awards Dinner, the following Internal Medicine faculty members, were recipients of the following teaching awards:
Innovation Award: Dr. Clarence Khoo (Section of Cardiology)
Innovation Award: Dr. Donald Houston (Section of Hematology/Oncology)
Best Med 2 Teaching in Small Group: Dr. Pam Katz (Section of Endocrinology)
Best Med 2 Course: Urinary Tract 2 (Dr. Keevin Bernstein – Section of Nephrology)
Med 3 Award for Attending Professionalism: Dr. Jillian Horton
Med 3 Award for Attending Clinical Teaching: Dr. Michael Semus
Med 3 Award for Attending Mentorship: Dr. Aditya Sharma
Drs. Horton, Semus and Sharma – Section of General Internal Medicine
The Nick Anthonisen Award of Excellence was created in 2015 thanks to a very generous sponsorship from Astra Zeneca.
This is one of five awards that Astra Zeneca funds across Western Canada with the goal of creating a network among Respirologists in Western Canada.
The award consists of a plaque as well as a one thousand dollar monetary award to be used towards an academic pursuit of the recipient.
Dr. M. Ainslie, Dr. N. Porhownik
Each year a member of the adult respiratory division who contributes significantly to the academic mission of the division is selected by the selection committee. This year the selection committee has chosen a member who contributes to the adult respiratory division’s educational mandate and is the current Program Director – Dr. Nancy Porhownik.
Dr. Porhownik has a busy clinical load with areas of expertise in sleep medicine, cystic fibrosis, and lung transplant. She is currently the Medical Director of the Lung Transplant Program, and under her guidance our program has become affiliated with the Edmonton Transplant program. This affiliation has resulted in a significant increase in lung transplant recipients in Manitoba. She is the current Program Director and is currently overseeing and guiding the program towards implementation of CBD – which will be the biggest change in post grad education since the introduction of CANmeds. Thanks to Nancy’s leadership the program will be able to smoothly introduce CBD.
Nancy Porhownik works tirelessly for her trainees and for the program and is a role model not only with respect to clinical care, but also to her work/ life balance.
Please join us in congratulating Nancy Porhownik on being this year’s recipient of the Nick Anthonisen Award of Excellence.
At the November 30, 2017 Department of internal Medicine Annual Faculty Dinner – two faculty members were recognized for excellence in teaching and honored for their significant roles and exceptional dedication to educating the next generation of physicians. Our Chief Residents, Dr. Kiran Jhinger and Dr. Kevin Brown, introduced this year’s awardees and handed out the awards:
- to Joel Nkosi, MD, Section of GIM, the Barry J Kaufman Award for exceptional performance in the role of CTU attending physician, teacher and mentor.
- to Colette Seifer, MD, Section of Cardiology, the Morley Lertzman Award for exceptional performance in the role of specialist consultant, teacher and mentor.
Another highlight of the evening was the announcement by Dr. Eberhard Renner of a new award, the Long-term Achievement Pin of the Department of Internal Medicine, created to recognize the long-term achievements of an outstanding senior faculty member. As stated by Dr. Renner, candidates for this award must hold a GFT or UMFA appointment in the Department and have a proven, exceptional track record as an outstanding academic role model in at least three of the following domains: clinical service, research, teaching/education, mentoring, and administration. While the inaugural awardee was selected by Dr. Renner, from now on each awardee’s task will be to select their own successor within a minimum of one and a maximum of three years, and to give Grand Rounds on a topic of his/her choice illustrating, in particular to junior faculty and residents, what the awardee thinks has been pivotal for them to become an academic role model.
The announcement of Dr. Ken Van Ameyde as the inaugural awardee of the Long-term Achievement Pin of the Department of Internal Medicine was followed by a long standing ovation of all attending the faculty dinner. Dr. Renner complimented Dr. Van Ameyde for his thirty years of dedicated service as a GFT in the Section of General Internal Medicine, during which he has made significant contributions to our Department in many different roles. Dr Van Ameyde was recognized, in particular, for the training and mentoring of physicians capable of practicing both, the art and the science of medicine. In fact, Ken Van Ameyde has shaped and continues to shape an entire generation of Internists in Winnipeg, throughout the province and beyond. Dr. Van Ameyde has won many teaching awards, has held numerous leadership and administrative positions, has made significant contributions to medical care, and has inspired and mentored a long list of physicians and trainees.
Please join us in congratulating Drs. Ken Van Ameyde, Joel Nkosi and Colette Seifer.