Who to Contact

Designated MD Program Leaders

We encourage you to reach out to a designated MD Program leader by using the MD Program’s Disclosure Form, but we can also be contacted by email. We will strive to contact you within 3 business days of receipt of the submission to initiate a discussion (if you provided their identity on submission).

Email communications should be clearly dated and labelled “Confidential report for the attention of Dr. ” to ensure priority review.
 

Reena Pattani

Dr. Reena Pattani
Director of Learner Experience, Faculty of Medicine

reena.pattani@utoronto.ca

I am a clinician-teacher in the Department of Medicine and a staff physician in Internal Medicine at St Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto. I have worked with learners at all levels on the frontlines and also served as the Internal Medicine clerkship site co-director and the General Internal Medicine Fellowship site director at my hospital. In these roles, my goal has been to help learners thrive, and not just survive, through their training. Training to become a physician is challenging in so many ways, and we have a responsibility to ensure that you have support and guidance to become the best versions of yourselves.  If you feel unsettled by something that you have experienced or witnessed, I am here for you to unpack it and determine next best steps. I will earn your trust and work hard to be your advocate. Please feel free to contact me anytime!

Dr. Tony Pignatiello
Associate Dean, Health Professions Student Affairs

tony.pignatiello@utoronto.ca

I am currently the Associate Dean, Health Professions Student Affairs, the former Associate Psychiatrist-in-Chief at the Hospital for Sick Children, and have served in a number of other leadership and administrative roles. I work clinically as a child and adolescent psychiatrist after completing a fellowship in youth justice. I have worked in a variety of community and academic centres including hospitals, school boards, youth justice institutions, child protection services, and children’s mental health agencies. I have experience in psychosocial development, mental health, traumatized and at risk populations, systems of care, administration, independent assessments, reporting, and escalation mechanisms, including leading in the development of medical learner mistreatment management pathways in our Faculty of Medicine. I have taught, supervised, and mentored learners throughout these various capacities and I am always ready to offer a listening ear and guidance.

Dr. Sarah McClennan 
Academy Director, Mississauga Academy of Medicine

sarah.mcclennan@thp.ca

I am a Trillium Health Partners (THP) emergency physician who has worked at the Mississauga Hospital site for the past ten years and have been the Academy Director (AD) at MAM for the past three years. Prior to being the Academy Director, I was the emergency medicine clerkship site lead, taught CBL/PBL and porYolio, and did Faculty Development for the emergency program. My favourite part of being an AD is advoca[ng for our Mississauga students, crea[ng local solu[ons, and ensuring the best clinical environment for learners. I also love my clinical work and hope to impart the love of clinical medicine to learners through my teaching and engaging the best clinical teachers throughout our medical programs at THP and in the Mississauga community.

Dr. Gena Piliotis,
Academy Director, Peters-Boyd Academy

eugenia.piliotis@sunnybrook.ca

I have been an Academy Director for 5 years, and in the past I have also been a program director in the post graduate world, so I have helped learners at all levels work through a variety of challenges through their training. I know that if you have been the subject of mistreatment you are in a very heavy place. We are all here to help you through this process. We want to support you and let you know your options, but also we want to help make our learning environment better for you and learners to come​.

Katina Tzanetos

Dr. Katina Tzanetos,
Academy Director, Wightman-Berris Academy 

katina.tzanetos@uhn.ca

Supporting students is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. I chose to become the Academy Director 3 years ago for the opportunities it would provide me to work directly with learners, helping them navigate the complex clinical environment we learn and work in.  Having had the privilege of remediating students as the lead for the SCORE and AACE-IT Programs, I am familiar with the variety of stressors that our training can cause both professionally and personally. I have confidence in  the systems SMART is building to address mistreatment and look forward to being an advocate and advisor for students.

Dr. Molly Zirkle,
Academy Director, FitzGerald Academy

molly.zirkle@unityhealth.to

I have been an Academy Director for over ten years. As Academy Director I have worked closely with many students who have experienced difficulty during their time in the MD Program. The challenges may come from working with peers, preceptors or patients. My experience helping students informed the Students Matter program that was developed at St Michaels hospital to clearly outline a process for helping students facing complex interpersonal situations. I enjoy working through these situations and helping students understand and navigate a response that strives to be constructive for all parties.