Leadership

Dr. Patricia Houston, MD, MEd, FRCPC
Vice Dean, Medical Education

Dr. Patricia Houston began her term as Vice Dean of the MD Program in 2016. Dr. Houston was appointed Vice Dean, Medical Education starting July 1, 2020. In her expanded role as Vice Dean, Medical Education, Dr. Houston retains responsibiity for the MD Program and MD/PhD Program with additional oversight of Postgraduate Medical Education and Continuing Development programs.

A graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, where she also completed a Masters in Education at OISE, Dr. Houston has distinguished herself as a collaborative leader in health professional education. She has served in a number of leadership roles both at the University and at St. Michael’s Hospital, where she served as Vice President, Education. She was Vice Chair of Education in the Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesia from 2004 to 2011 and served as Acting Vice-Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education in 2012-2013. At St. Michael’s she has served as Medical Director, Perioperative Service Program and Anesthetist-in-Chief, among other roles.  In addition, she co-chaired the TAHSN Education Committee from 2011 to 2014.  

Dr. Houston joined the Department of Anesthesia at the Faculty of Medicine in 1984 as a Lecturer and was appointed full Professor in 2006. Throughout her career she has been recognized with numerous teaching and leadership awards. She is an active member of a number of international and national organizations and associations, including the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society, of which she was President from 2012 to 2014.  

 

Stacey Bernstein

Dr. Stacey Bernstein, MD, FRCPC
Clerkship Director

Dr. Stacey Bernstein is an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics and a hospitalist at The Hospital for Sick Children. She is currently the Clerkship Director at the University of Toronto and previously served as the Undergraduate Director for Paediatrics, Deputy Clerkship Director and the Interim Associate Academy Director for the Mississauga Academy of Medicine. She has received teaching awards including the Canadian Association for Medical Education Certificate of Merit and the W.T. Aikins Award awarded by U of T’s Faculty of Medicine for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Dr. Bernstein did her medical school and residency training at the University of Toronto. She is a graduate of the Education Scholars Program in 2006 and has a strong interest in faculty development and small group teaching.

Dr. Alison Freeland

Dr. Alison Freeland, BSc MD FRCPC
Associate Dean, Medical Education (Regional) 

Dr. Alison Freeland joined the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in June 2015. Prior to this role, she held academic positions at the University of Ottawa and served as the Associate Chief of Psychiatry for the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. Dr. Freeland currently holds the position of Vice President of Education at Trillium Health Partners, a large community hospital that offers acute care and specialized regional services to people living in Mississauga. As Associate Dean, Medical Education (Regional), she works with the medical education team at the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, where 216 medical students from U of T are based. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto.

 

Gina John

Gina John, MBA
Director of Operations

Gina John is the Director of Operations in the MD Program and oversees the management and administration of human resources, financial resources, and operational infrastructure.

Gina has been with the University of Toronto since 2005 and her career has included leadership roles in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, and at the Rotman Commerce Career Centre.

During her time at U of T, Gina has engaged in a number of professional development activities, including the Business Manager Leadership program and the Rose Patten Mentoring Leadership Partnership.

Gina holds a Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences) and a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education), both from the University of Alberta, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Windsor. 

Dr. Nicola Jones, MD, PhD, FRCP(C)
Director, Integrated Physician Scientist Training Program

Dr. Nicola Jones is a Professor of Pediatrics and Physiology, Senior Scientist in the Cell Biology Program in the SickKids Research Institute and a staff gastroenterologist in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, SickKids. Dr. Jones completed her MD, pediatric subspecialty training and PhD at the University of Toronto. She has been recognized with several national awards for both education and research excellence.  Dr. Jones is passionate about promoting the development of the next generation of clinician researchers. She has served in a number of leadership roles in research education, most recently serving as the Director and Principal Investigator for the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program.

Dr. David Latter

Dr. David Latter MD, CM, FRCSC, FACS
Director, MD Admissions and Student Finances 

Dr. David Latter graduated from McGill University in 1982. He completed residencies in General Surgery and Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at McGill University (1982-1989) and a clinical fellowship in Thoracic Transplantation at Stanford University in California (1990).  Dr. Latter was a member of the Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill University from 1991 to 1996.  In 1996, Dr. Latter was appointed to a position at the University of Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital Division of Cardiac Surgery where he is currently the Division Head. During his 19 years at the University of Toronto, Dr. Latter has held various positions, including Chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Examination Board (2001-2004), Program Director of the Cardiac Surgery Residency Program (2003-2009), Acting Chair of the Department of Surgery (May 2010-April 2011). Currently, Dr. Latter is the Director of Clinical Fellows (2006-present) and Vice Chair of Education (2008-present) for the Department of Surgery. Dr. Latter specializes in adult cardiac surgery with a special interest in mitral valve surgery. 

 

Dr. Marcus Law, MD, MBA, MEd, CCFP, FCFP
Director of Foundations 

Dr. Marcus Law is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Director, Foundations in the MD Program of the Temerty Faculty of Medicine. He was previosly the Director of Medical Education and Family Medicine site program director at Michael Garron Hospital.

After completing his MD degree and Family Medicine residency at the University of Toronto, he obtained an MBA from the W. P. Carey School of Business and a Master of Education from U of T. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Leading Innovation in Healthcare Education, and the Rotman School of Management Advanced Health Leadership Program.

His academic work and research program focus on the translation of our understanding of the development of expertise by medical students into effective educational design, and the implementation of theory informed large-scale curricular redevelopment in medical schools. 

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Hana Lee, MEd
Director, Enrolment Services and Faculty Registrar

Hana Lee is the Director, Enrolment Services and Faculty Registrar at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Hana oversees a wide range of functions that support the MD student life cycle from initial applicant contact through convocation. Hana is committed to keeping MD students informed about important dates, requirements and process related to admissions, registration, student finances and transition to medical school.

Hana joined the MD Program in May 2014 as the Coordinator, Admissions and Academic Awards, and was then appointed as the Associate Registrar, Admissions and Registration from 2015 to 2019. Hana's previous experiences at the University include undergraduate admissions and counseling in the Department of Computer Science and Division of Engineering Science.

 

Dr. Reena Pattani, MDCM, MPH, FRCPC
Director, Learner Experience

Reena Pattani is a staff physician and clinician educator in the Division of General Internal Medicine at St Michael’s Hospital and an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She obtained her medical degree from McGill University and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto, where she was Chief Medical Resident in her final year of training. She completed a Master of Public Health at Harvard University as a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow. One of her scholarly focuses has been organizational effectiveness and workplace culture within healthcare. She currently serves as the Director of Learner Experience in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Antonio Pignatiello, MD, FRCP (C)
Associate Dean, Health Professions Student Affairs (HPSA)

Dr. Pignatiello is a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist whose professional career has spanned a variety of community and academic settings, including hospitals, schools, and children’s mental health agencies in the Toronto, Peel, and Halton regions. As Medical Director of the Telepsychiatry/TeleLink Mental Health Program, Dr. Pignatiello oversaw the evolution of the program into one of the largest, most comprehensive, and integrated programs of its kind globally. His work in Telepsychiatry has garnered him numerous awards and recognition for his innovative work advancing the field.

In 2013, Dr. Pignatiello was appointed Associate Psychiatrist-in-Chief at The Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Pignatiello is also the Director of Child, Youth & Family in the Medical Psychiatry Alliance (MPA) and the inaugural Chair in Child & Youth Medical Psychiatry at SickKids. The Medical Psychiatry Alliance (MPA) is a unique partnership between the University of Toronto, The Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, Trillium Health Partners, and The Hospital for Sick Children, with a mandate to effect broad, system-level change to management, learning, and teaching related to patients with combined medical-mental health needs across the lifespan.

Glendon Tait

 

Dr. Glendon Tait, MD, MSc, FRCP, FCPA
Director, Student Assessment

Dr. Glendon Tait is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.  He is Director of Student Assessment for the University of Toronto MD Program, where he has led the renewal of the student assessment framework for the new Foundations Curriculum. Dr. Tait practices Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry with Sinai Health System.

Dr. Tait completed a B.A. (Hons) from the University of New Brunswick, an M.Sc. from the University of Alberta, and M.D. from the University of Calgary.  He subsequently completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Toronto and a Fellowship in Health Professions Education Research at the Wilson Centre for Research in Education at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Tait’s current academic foci are in two main areas: programmatic assessment as an approach for assessing and guiding learning of medical students including policy, technology, coaching, and holistic academic decision making; and understanding patient and health system complexity using qualitative and complex adaptive system lenses. 

Having served in several national leadership capacities, he is currently the President of the Canadian Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association.

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