Awards and Recognition
More CIHR Success
Congratulations to Dr. Alexandra King (GIM - Saskatoon) and her team for receiving another significant CIHR grant, which will use Indigenous ways of being and doing to promote wellness by influencing change in the justice system. Dr. King is also co-applicant in another project focussing on delivery of mental health and addiction services. Read more here.
Thanks to all residents and faculty who turned out for the various online events in the spring and summer of 2021.
PGY1 – Case Presentation Winners
Erik Yip-Liang – 1st
Nina Dhillon – 2nd
Joshua Low – 3rd
PGY3 – Podium Presentation Winner
2020 - 2021 Resident Awards
Tari SWAMI – Dr. Ian Holmes Award (faculty voted)
The Senior Resident who best displays the qualities of professionalism, accountability, commitment to excellence, duty, integrity and respect for patients and colleagues.
Samuel HARDER - Dr. David Cotton Award (faculty voted)
The Junior Resident who best displays the qualities of professionalism, accountability, commitment to excellence, duty, integrity and respect for patients and colleagues
Nasim ZAMIR - T.W. Wilson Spirit Award
Awarded by the Internal Medicine Residents to the resident whose outstanding contribution to the program helped to build a rewarding and positive environment, motivating, and inspiring his or her colleagues
Nasim ZAMIR -The Alex Trebek Award
Awarded by the Internal Medicine Residents to the Senior Resident who best demonstrates excellence in bedside teaching, informal teaching, morning report teaching or any other teaching activities.
Karen HO - Professionalism Award
Awarded by the Internal Medicine Residents to the Resident who best displays the qualities of professionalism, accountability, commitment to excellence, duty, integrity and respect for patients and colleagues.
Karen HO – Kloppenburg Award (sponsored by Henry & Cheryl Kloppenburg)
Awarded to the PGY3 Resident who has displayed consistent excellence in resident research throughout three core years of Internal Medicine training.
2020 – 2021 Faculty Awards (as voted by residents)
Dr. Sharon Card (GIM – Saskatoon) Bedside Teacher of the Year Award (tied)
and Dr. Upul Madampage (GIM – Saskatoon)
Dr. Shaqil Peermohamd (Infectious Diseases – Saskatoon) Distinguished Lecturer Award
Dr. Shaqil Peermohamd (Infectious Diseases – Saskatoon) Teacher of the Year Award
Dr. Zenon Belak (Respirology – Regina) Regina Teacher of the Year Award
Congratulations to Dr. Rachel Asiniwasis (Dermatology – Regina) who was awarded the USask College of Medicine's Spirit of the College Award at the recent 2021 Highlights in Medicine Conference and Reunion held virtually on August 27. In her nomination, Asiniwasis was noted for her keen interest in caring for people, demonstrated through remote clinics, private practice, research and inspiring students at all levels. Among her contributions, Asiniwasis and her team have expanded to service several remote and northern Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan.
Three members of the Department of Medicine were recently awarded CIHR Project Grants.
Dr. Alexandra King – GIM – Saskatoon
- “Apihkatatan (Weaving Our Baskets): Intersectional trauma-healing and wisdom”
- “Achieving Healing and Wellness through Cultural Continuity Approaches: Strengthening Promising Practices for Addictions Treatments in an Indigenous Community in Saskatchewan”
Dr. Brett Graham – Neurology – Saskatoon
- “Anticoagulation Therapy Timing in Atrial Fibrillation after Chronic Subdural Hematoma External Drainage”
Dr. Robert Skomro – Division of Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine - Saskatoon
June 2021Congratulations to Dr. Alexandra King, Cameco Chair in Indigenous Health and Wellness, and the other researchers involved in the launch of the waniska Centre for HIV, Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and sexually transmitted blood-borne illness (STBBI).
Read more about community-led research goals for the waniska Centre.
The Department of Medicine Research Day highlighted the intensity and emphasis of research in the department. The topics were varied from biomedical to clinical to population-based to health services research showing the diversity of research in the department. We were also able to include third-year resident projects.
The presentations were excellent and we would like to thank all of the presenters and attendees. We would also like to congratulate Dr. Michael Prystajecky for receiving the award for the top presentation in the Clinical, population health, and health services research category and Dr. Michael Levin for receiving the award for the top presentation in the biomedical research category.
June 2021Congratulations to Dr. Ali Rajput and Dr. Alex Rajput for their 2019 paper Parkinsonism in essential tremor cases: A clinicopathological study, published in Movement Disorder, for receiving a supporting citation.
Of the over 6-million paper published in 2019, only 4% received a supporting citation. You can see how the paper was cited here.
Congratulations to Dr. Alex Wong – Infectious Diseases (Regina), for winning a 2021 CAHR-CANFAR Excellence in Research Award.
The award is from the Canadian Association for HIV Research and is meant to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of Canadian researchers in HIV/AIDS research.
Congratulations to the five Department of Medicine faculty members who will receive promotions effective July 1, 2021.
- Rahul Mainra, Division of Nephrology – promoted to Professor.
- Sharyle Fowler, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology – promoted to Associate Professor
- Gary Hunter, Division of Neurology – Promoted to Associate Professor
- Shaqil Peermohamed, Division of Infectious Diseases – Promoted to Associate Professor
- Alexander Wong, Division of Infectious Diseases (Regina) – Promoted to Associate Professor
Your contributions to the University community are greatly appreciated.
Congratulations to Dr. Rachel Asiniwasis – Dermatology, and Dr. Stephen Lee – Infectious Diseases, for being selected for the 2021-23 Clinical Research Support Program (CRSP).
The CRSP is a partnership between the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the College of Medicine – Regina campus, intended to assist new clinician researchers in establishing a track record that can strengthen their future funding applications.
Congratulations to three members of the Department of Medicine for receiving Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) Grants.
Eric Sy and Stephen Lee along with their co-principal investigators were awarded an Impact Grant for their project Evaluation of the effect of a virtual intensive care unit follow-up clinic on patient outcomes among ICU survivors that have been discharged home (Vi-DISH).
Sabira Valiani and co-principal investigators received an Innovation Grant for their project Connect-ICU: Using technology to facilitate patient and family-centred care, enhance communication, and build relationships between patients, their loved ones, and the healthcare team in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The SHRF grants are meant to support interdisciplinary research teams to develop, implement and evaluate virtual care approaches to many of the health challenges our province faces.
February 2001 - Well done!
Congratulations to Dr. Terra Arnason from the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism for her participation in Research Canada’s national celebration of 100 years of insulin.
Dr. Arnason was one of twenty invited speakers from across Canada who provided an update on the current state of diabetes research for Parliamentarians and heads of Diabetes Canada and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The online event was called Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Discovery of Insulin: Diabetes Research and Innovation in the Making.
Thank you Dr. Arnason for representing the USask Department of Medicine on a national stage.
December 2020 - SRHF Excellence Award
Congratulations to Dr. Bhanu Prasad for being honoured with an Excellent Award from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF)
Dr. Prasad (Nephrology – Regina) was recognized for his work to determine whether catheter-based renal denervation is a meaningful addition to the treatment options for Loing Pain Hematuria Syndrome, a rare and poorly understood pain syndrome.
Excellence Awards are presented to the six top-ranked researchers and teams that received SHRF funding for their projects in the past years.
December 2020 - Future 40 Recognition
Congratulations to Dr. Hassan Masri for being named one of CBC’s Future 40.
Dr. Masri’s (GIM) social media efforts to educate the public about COVID have reached more than a million views on Facebook. He is also frequently interviewed in the mainstream media. In his messages, he combats misinformation and encourage Saskatchewan people to look out for each other.
Thank you Dr Masri for all you do.
October 2020 - Congratulations
Congratulations to Dr. Darcy Marciniuk (Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine) on receiving special recognition for his achievement at the recent CHEST Annual Meeting.
Dr. Marciniuk delivered the Presidential Honor Lecture titled COPD Management: We’ve Come So Far.
This honor is awarded by the CHEST President to an outstanding CHEST faculty member based upon their exceptional expertise in a given field.
September 2020 - Helping colleagues
Big thanks go out to Dr. Shaqil Peermohamed for working with a local manufacturing firm to produce more than 7,000 ear savers for use with surgical masks. Thanks also to the COVID-19 Hospital Fund for supporting the project. The ear savers were distributed to healthcare workers at Saskatoon’s four hospitals this summer.
Read the full story in the Autumn 2020 issue of the DOM newsletter - Internal Insights.
August 2020 - Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Dr. Hassan Masri (GIM, Intensive Care) for being chosen as one of two teachers of the year by the Resident Doctors of Saskatchewan.
Residents nominate individuals who have demonstrated exceptional skill in delivering resident education. Nominees are then judged on several criteria including the quality of their teaching, their positive role modelling, their rapport with residents and their overall enthusiasm and commitment.
Thank you Dr. Masri for your dedication to the future.
July and August 2020 - Welcome
Welcome to new faculty who recently joined the Department of Medicine.
Dr. Michael Cenkowski – Cardiology
Dr. Chris Pekrul - Cardiology
Dr. Steve Pylypchuk – Cardiology
Dr. Devon Houdek – Endocrinology & Metabolism
Dr. Krista Lagimodiere – Geriatric Medicine
Dr. Megan Surkan – Geriatric Medicine
Dr. Fahd Al-Dhalaan – General Internal Medicine
Dr. Arthur Ling – General Internal Medicine
Dr. Regan Cooley – Neurology
Dr. Sanchea Wasyliw – Neurology
Dr. Colin Ellis – Respirology, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Dr. Anmol Cheema - GIM (Regina)
Dr. Priya Figurdo - Neurology (Regina)
Dr. Michelle Lund - GIM (Swift Current)
June 2020 - Check out the RUH Foundation Annual Report
Several Department of Medicine faculty members are highlighted in this year’s RUH Foundation annual report including Dr. Stephan Wardell (Cardiology), Dr. Veronica Marcoux, (Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine), Dr. Haissam Haddad (Provincial Head of Medicine), and Dr. Janine Eckstein (Cardiology).
You can read their stories and about the care they provide to patients on pages 5, 7 and 9 of the RUH Foundation Annual Report.
May 2020 - Lifetime Achievement Award
Congratulations to Dr. Brian L. Graham for a lifetime achievement award from the American Thoracic Society. Dr. Graham is being recognized for his use of pulmonary function testing, diagnostics, standardization and application that has impacted diagnostic approaches and pulmonary function testing on a global scale.
The award is known as the Dr. Robert Crapo Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award in Pulmonary Diagnostics and is awarded to a senior investigator with recognized and distinguished scientific achievement in the field of pulmonary function testing or exercise physiology. Dr. Graham is the fifth recipient of this award.
May 2020 - Promotions
Congratulations to Dr. Bonnie Richardson (Regina Area Lead, Division of Nephrology - Regina) and Dr. Erika Penz (Division of Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine - Saskatoon) for your promotion to Associate Professors at the University of Saskatchewan effective July 1, 2020.
Your contributions to the University community are greatly appreciated.
April 2020 - Community-based Indigenous model of care program focus of international film prize win
Congratulations to Dr. Stuart Skinner and the rest of the Wellness Wheel team for international recognition of your HIV and Hepatitis C program at Ahtahkakpoop Cree Nation. The award winning video, Connecting with Care Ahtahkakoop, focusses on the Ahtahkakoop Health Centre’s Know Your Status program.
The film took home the grand prize in the first annual Hepatitis Elimination Video Content sponsored by the Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination. It highlights the work being done in Saskatchewan and in First Nation communities to address Hepatitis C.
March 2020 - SHRF Grant Success
Congratulations to three Department of Medicine researchers who recently received grants from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF). Dr. Bhanu Prasad (MD) and Dr. Donna Goodridge (PhD) received 2019-20 Collaborative Innovation Development Grants, which are designed to address health challenges particularly relevant to Saskatchewan. Dr. Sheyl Fowler (MD) received a 2019-20 Sprout Grant for patient-oriented research.
Dr. Prasad is in the Nephrology Division in Regina. He was awarded support for a Feasibility study of a randomized controlled trial investigating renal denervation as a possible treatment option in patients with Loin Pain Hematuria Syndrome.
Dr. Goodridge is a member of the Respirology Division in Saskatoon. She was awarded funding for her work looking at the influence of health literacy and self-efficacy on treatment acceptance and adherence in patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The Lung Association, Saskatchewan is a funding partner with SHRF on this project.
Dr. Fowler is a member of the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Division in Saskatoon. She was awarded funding support for her work on Medicinal Cannabis in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: The experience of patients in Saskatchewan.
February 2020 - Book Chapter Award Winners
Congratulations to Dr. Regina Taylor-Gjevre from the Division of Rheumatology and Dr. John Gjevre from the Division of Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.
They co-authored a chapter in Handbook of Sleep Disorder in Medical Conditions which was awarded the 2020 PROSE Award in the Text-book – Medicine and Clinical Science category. The award is from the Association of American Publishers.
Drs. Taylor-Gjevre and Gjevre’s chapter is entitled Sleep Disorders in Inflammatory Arthropathies.
February 2020 - CCPE credential for Dr Haddad
Congratulations to Dr. Haissam Haddad, Provincial Head, for being awarded the Canadian Certified Physician Executive (CCPE) credential.
The certification from the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders recognizes Dr. Haddad’s leadership capabilities described in the “LEADS in a Caring Environment Framework.”
This is a significant accomplishment and indicates a high level of professional leadership competence.
February 2020 - Dr Goodridge and Dr Skomro public outreach
Dr. Donna Goodridge and Dr. Robet Skomro, both with the Department of Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, spoke with several local media outlets to explain their research into sleep apnea.
U of S researchers look for new ways to treat sleep apnea – CBC Radio
Sleep apnea research – CKOM Radio
Life-changing local sleep apnea research – CTV Saskatoon Morning Live
July 2020 - Dept. of Medicine Provincial Head Award Winners
Congratulations to the Department of Medicine Provincial Head Award Winners for 2019 – 2020
- Clinician of the Year Dr. Erika Penz
- Teacher of the Year Dr. Michael Prystajecky
- Administrator of the Year Dr. Anne PausJenssen
- Researcher of the Year Dr. Jay Shavadia
- Clinician of the Year Dr. Andrea Lavoie
- Teacher of the Year Dr. Liz Gibbings
- Administrator of the Year Dr. Dorothy Thomas
- Researcher of the Year Dr. Alex Wong
2020 - Resident Awards
Thanks to all residents and faculty who turned out for the virtual presentations for the PGY1 case presentations in June and the PGY2 Poster Presentations in October. Congratulations to the winners.
PGY2 - Poster Presentation Winners
- Karen Ho - 1st
- Zack Singer - 2nd
- Vanessa Wheeler - 3rd
PGY1 - Case Presentation Winners
- Tim He - 1st
- Sam Harder - 2nd
- Nikki Holdgins - 3rd
2019 - 2020 Resident Awards
Racheal Head - Dr. David Cotton Award
Dr. David Cotton Award (PGY1 or 2): The junior resident who best displays the qualities of professionalism, accountability, commitment to excellence, duty, integrity and respect for patients and colleagues. (Voted on by Faculty)
Victoria Tian - Dr. Ian Holmes Award
Dr. Ian Holmes Award (Senior PGY3 resident): The Senior Resident who best displays the qualities of professionalism, accountability, commitment to excellence, duty, integrity and respect patients and colleagues. (Voted on by Faculty)
Karen Ho - Regina Resident of the Year
Regina Resident of the Year: Awarded to the Regina Resident who best displays the qualities of professionalism, accountability, commitment to excellence, duty, integrity and respect for patients and colleagues. (Voted on by Faculty)
(TIED) Erik Vantomme & Benjamin Arenson - T.W. Wilson Spirit Award
T.W. Wilson Spirit Award: Awarded by the Internal Medicine Residents to the resident whose outstanding contribution to the program helped to build a rewarding and positive environment, motivating and inspiring his or her colleagues.
Christopher Olivier - Alex Trebek Award
Alex Trebek Award: Awarded to the senior resident who best demonstrates excellence in bedside teaching, informal teaching, morning report teaching or any other teaching activities as voted on by the PGY1 residents.
Idris Bare - Kloppenburg Award
Kloppenburg Award: Awarded to the PGY 3 resident who has shown consistent excellence in research throughout their core years.
2019-2020 Faculty Awards
(as voted on by the residents)
- Dr. Jay Shavadia - Bedside Teacher of the Year Award
- Dr. Joshua Lawson - Distinguished Lecturer Award
- Dr. Joshua Lawson - Teacher of the Year Award
- Dr. Alex Wong - Regina Teacher of the Year Award
November 22, 2019 - SHRF Excellence Award
Congratulations to Dr David Kingston, post-doctoral fellow, CCHSA ergonomics research group, for being presented with an Excellence Award from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation. Dr. Kingston was awarded the Top Research Fellowship: Socio-Health.
November 2019 - Lung Association, Saskatchewan, honours Dr. Rob Skomro
Congratulations to Dr. Robert Skomro for receiving an Honoured Supporter Award from the Lung Association, Saskatchewan at the recent 2019 National Philanthropy Day celebrations.
Dr. Skomro was recognized for his many years of service as a volunteer and member of the Board of Directors. He continues to serve as a member of the organization’s Medical Advisory Committee and contribute to many Lung Association Professional Education events.
Well done Rob, and congratulations on the well-deserved recognition.
November 2019 - Dr Shaqil Peermohamed public outreach
Dr. Shaqil Peermohamed, Division of Infectious Diseases helped kick off World Antibiotic Awareness Week on November 18, 2019 by appearing on CTV’s morning show in Saskatoon where he promoted Antimicrobial Stewardship and Choosing Wisely. You can view the clip here.
This type of public outreach is greatly appreciated and speaks to your dedication.
Thank you Shaqil for all you do.
November 2019 - Dr. Jose Tellez-Zenteno honoured by AES
Congratulations to Dr Jose Tellez-Zenteno, Department of Neurology, on being named a fellow of the American Epilepsy Society. This honor recognizes Dr Tellez-Zenteno’s accomplishments in the field of epilepsy and his contribution to the society.
The official announcement will be made at the American Epilepsy Society annual meeting in early December.
October 2019 - 3rd Place - Quality Improvement Poster at CSIM
Congratulations to the USask team led by Dr. Victoria Tian for a 3rd place award in the Quality Improvement poster session at the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine (CSIM) Annual Meeting in Halifax in early October.
PGY3 residents Dr. Victoria Tan and Dr. Ben Arenson worked with Dr Tom Guzowski from the Division of Gastroenterology and Dr. Paul Olszynski from the Dept. of Emergency Medicine to produce their poster entitled A Needs Assessment Survey for Point of Care Ultrasound Training in the Core Internal Medicine program.
September 2019 - Dr. John Gordon inducted into CAHS
Congratulations to Dr. John Gordon, Department of Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, who was inducted as a Fellow into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
Dr. Gordon was recognized for his 30 plus years of research on immunotherapeutics in allergic and other inflammatory diseases. His cutting edge work to eliminate asthma and food allergy-induced anaphylaxis is internationally recognized, and he has published landmark, highly-cited studies on mast cells.
The ceremony in Ottawa on September 19, 2019 welcomed 49 new Fellows to the Academy.
Thank you John for your ongoing work and congratulations on this well-deserved honour!
September 2019 - Dr. Jose Tellez-Zenteno honoured by CLAE
Dr Tellez-Zenteno is a winner of the 2019 Clinical Practice / Advocacy Award from the Canadian League Against Epilepsy (CLAE).
The award honours a CLAE member in recognition for their excellence in clinical practice or engagement in representing and supporting patients with epilepsy. Dr Tellez-Zentero is being recognized for his work in establishing an adult epilepsy program which is linked to clinical research. This is the first time a Saskatchewan member of CLAE has received this national award.
Well done and thank you for your contribution.
July 2019 - Dr. Heather Ward named a CBD Innovator
Dr. Heather Ward, previous Program Director for General Internal Medicine training, has been recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as a 2019 Competence By Design (CBD) Innovator.
The Certificate of Excellence was presented to approximately 50 program directors and faculty from across the country who are implementing CBD in innovative ways. The award was based on recommendations from CBD workshop facilitators.
Award recipients are sharing their successes and lessons learned with the goal of assisting others who are launching or preparing to launch their own CBD journey.
View Dr. Ward’s profile on the Royal College Newsroom.
June 2019 - Dr. Terra Arnason CIHR Grant
Congratulations to Dr. Terra Arnason, Division of Endocrinology, Dr. Troy Harkness, College of Medicine and Dr. Christopher Eskiew, College of Agriculture and BioResources!
This cross departmental team was awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Award over five years for their work on the Biological and Clinical Aspects of Aging.
Their application was ranked second overall of 54 reviewed applications.
Read the lay abstract How to Increase Longevity One Cell at a Time.
Department of Medicine Unified Head Award Winners 2018 - 2019
Clinician of the Year: Dr. Gudrun Caspar-Bell
Despite a very heavy clinical and teaching load, she is able to maintain great clinical care for her patients. She goes above and beyond for her patients often spending extra time educating her patients about their diseases.
Teacher of the Year: Dr. Heather Ward
Heather is stepping down as Program Director of the GIM Residency Program at the end of June after 6.5 years. She consistently receives outstanding evaluations from residents. A few comments:
“Excellent week with Dr. Ward. Very kind and knowledgable. Allowed sufficient autonomy.”
“Created a positive, practical learning environment centered around patient care.”
“Great teacher, stimulated evidence-based discussion around cases.”
“Dr. Ward is fantastic to work with. She is a great role model.”
“Dr. Ward has a unique perspective that really pushes me to learn. She has a knack of taking a step back, looking at the big picture, and pulling out a learning point.”
Researcher of the Year: Dr. Catherine Trask
Associate Professor, Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture (CCHSA).
Received a Tier II Canada Research Chair in 2012. This chair supports ongoing work in the CCHSA Ergonomics Lab focusing on work-related musculoskeletal disorders in agriculture. She was recently awarded a renewal of this Chair until 2022.
Has also been awarded CFI Infrastructure Operating Funds and a research contract with Merck Animal Health for this year. Published in over 60 peer-reviewed publications.
Administrator of the Year: Dr. Robert Skomro
Has been Division Head of Respirology, Sleep Medicine and Critical Care since September 2015. Rob is a leader of a very strong and comprehensive division with high performance in clinical care and significant contribution to the CTU/ACU, teaching and research.
Resident Research Day Awards
PGY1 - Case Presentations
- Dwip Parekh
- Yasaman Torabi
- Tara Swami
PGY2 - Poster/ Podium Presentation
- (tie) Tony Haddad and Idris Bare
- Christopher Olvier
- Brandon Suen
PGY3 - Podium Presentations
- Brianne Philipenko
- Yuncong (Andy) Zhang
- Prateek Kundapur - Dr. David Cotton Jr. Professionalism Award
- Brendon Macknak - Alex Trebek Senior Teaching Award
- Yuncong (Andy) Zhang - Kloppenburg Award
- Brianne Philipenko - Dr. Ian Homles Senior Professionalism Award
- Brendon Macknak - Dr. T.W. Wilson Spirit Award
Faculty Teaching Awards
(as voted by Residents)
- Dr. Michael Prystajecky - Clinical Teacher of the Year Award
- Dr. Shaqil Peermohamed - Distinguished Lecturer Award
- Dr. Upul Madampage - IPPA Bedside Teaching Award
- Dr. Liz Gibbings - Outstanding Regina Teaching Award (Regina Faculty)