WCH CONNECTJune 24, 2019

WCH physicians receive prestigious promotions at U of T

  • June 24, 2019
  • BY Sarah Warr

Congratulations to five of our Women’s College Hospital (WCH) physicians who received senior promotions at the University of Toronto (U of T)! These promotions recognize the many outstanding accomplishments that each individual has achieved in their area of expertise. Please join us in congratulating all of them on their great success. 

Dr. Christine Lay
Medical Director, Centre for Headache and Division Head, Neurology, Women’s College Hospital

Dr. Christine Lay
Dr. Christine Lay Dr. Lay was promoted to Full Professor in the Department of Medicine on the basis of Creative Professional Activity. Dr Lay’s focus is on the advancement of the diagnosis and treatment of headaches. She has developed innovative multidisciplinary models for pre-assessment, assessment and care for patients with headaches including the Headache Education Active-waiting Directive (HEAD) and specialized programs including the Concussion Clinic and Adverse Childhood Experience Program. Her important innovative work has had national and international impact with the HEAD program being adopted and in the process of being adopted at seven Canadian and American academic sites.

 

Dr. Tara O’Brien
Dr. Tara O’Brien

Dr. Tara O’Brien
Acting Division Head, General Internal Medicine, Women’s College Hospital

Dr. O’Brien was promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine on the basis of Teaching. Dr. O’Brien is a leader in ambulatory clinical care and education at WCH and education at U of T. She is faculty lead for the Quality Improvement (QI) curriculum for the General Internal Medicine (GIM) program and is the current program director, GIM. She has also received teaching awards for both undergraduate and post-graduate teaching. Dr. O’Brien was noted as one of the top 10 teachers in the Department of Medicine, U of T (2012/13) and was the recipient of the Goldie Teaching Award in 2016.

 

Dr. Jacob Udell
Dr. Jacob Udell

Dr. Jacob Udell
Cardiologist, Women’s College Hospital
Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute

Dr. Udell was promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine on the basis of Research. Dr. Udell has built a successful research program centred on his expertise in multiple clinical trial methodologies while developing multiple effective partnerships and collaborations nationally and internationally. He is also involved in knowledge translation activities to raise awareness of heart disease, particularly in the context of diabetes as a co-morbidity and diabetes-related therapies.

 

Dr. Sacha Bhatia
Dr. Sacha Bhatia

Dr. Sacha Bhatia
Director, Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care
Cardiologist, Women’s College Hospital
Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute

Dr. Bhatia was promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine on the basis of Research and Creative Professional Activity. He has unique expertise that intersects quality improvement (QI), health services and health policy research. The fundamental goal of Dr. Bhatia’s research has been to produce academically important work while also effectively influencing health policy and system design to effect “real world” impact. He has been highly successful in both his personal research endeavors and in his leadership of WIHV, such that the institute is now recognized as one of the leading applied research centres in the country.

 

Dr. Amanda Selk
Dr. Amanda Selk

Dr. Amanda Selk
Obstetrician-gynecologist, Women’s College Hospital

Dr. Selk was promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Dr. Selk works extensively in continuing medical education and patient education regarding lower genital tract disorders. She is the President Elect of the North American branch of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal disease and President of the Society of Canadian Colposcopists. Dr. Selk has been working on a clinical severity score for lichen sclerosus and is collaborating internationally in this work. She also conducts research regarding patient understanding and knowledge of various obstetrical issues. 

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