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McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Newsmagazine — Volume 9, Issue 3, Fall 2015

Other awards and honours

Dorothy Bakker

Dorothy Bakker

, director of the  Mac-CARE program, was named Regional Family Physician (OCFP) of the Year (Region 3) for 2015 by the Ontario College of Family Physicians. The award recognizes the outstanding contributions of seven OCFP members, one from each region, who provide exemplary care to their patients and are passionately involved in activities that contribute to excellence in family medicine.


Avram Denburg

Avram Denburg

, a McMaster PhD student in health policy, received a prestigious doctoral scholarship from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. Denburg is a graduate of McMaster's medical program and currently a pediatric oncologist at SickKids Hospital in Toronto. His research focus is on constructing a more coherent decision-making framework, informed by public values, for funding new cancer drugs for children in Canada. He will receive $60,000 annually over three years to work with a community of scholars, mentors and fellows to accelerate his professional growth.


Karen Hill

Karen Hill

 received the inaugural Royal College Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award for her dedication to bridging the gap between indigenous health values and the practice of western medicine. The Mohawk Nation family physician graduated from the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine in 2003, and she has been the faculty lead in Aboriginal Peoples health for the Department of Family Medicine since 2007. She also works at Juddah's Place, a clinic she co-founded in 2013 in Ohsweken, Ont., on the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation reserve.

Karyn Kaufman

Karyn Kaufman

, the assistant dean of McMaster's midwifery program from its inception in 1993 to her retirement in 2006, was honoured with a lifetime achievement award from the Association of Ontario Midwives. She worked for more than 20 years to help midwifery become a respected health profession in Ontario.


Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine

The  

Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine

 picked up four awards from the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO), including the top residency program excellence award for the Department of Pediatrics. The program award is given to the one program in the province that consistently provides an exceptionally positive and rewarding experience to the residents, while producing physicians who are expertly trained to care for their patients.

Individual award recipients from McMaster

  • Ally Prebtani, associate professor of medicine, Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award
  • Aarti Rana, medical student, Citizenship Award
  • Heung Kan Ma, anesthesia resident, Resident Teaching Award

Peter Rosenbaum

Peter Rosenbaum

, a professor of pediatrics and co-founder of the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, was awarded the inaugural Medal of Excellence in Childhood Disability from the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. The new medal is the hospital's highest honour, recognizing a current leader who has made significant advances and a global impact in the field of childhood disability. The award is for Rosenbaum's positive influence and lifetime commitment to improving the lives of children with disabilities and their families.