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The Medico-Legal Society of Toronto is pleased to announce that Dr. Shawn Whatley is the 2019 recipient of the Medico-Legal Society Award. This award is the highest expression of esteem which the Society can convey and is intended to honour those members of the Medical, Legal or Scientific community who have made a significant contribution to their profession, as well as to the Society or the community at large, and whose contributions are consistent with the values of the Society.
Dr. Whatley obtained his Medical degree in 1996 Cum Laude, completed his residency in Emergency Medicine, and moved into full time Emergency Medicine. He went into Rural Family Practice and has held increasing levels of leadership as Chief of Emergency Medicine at SouthLake Hospital. He combines this with a passion for teaching; lecturing at McGill and the University of Toronto.
A prolific writer, blogger and lecturer, his articles in the Huffington Post, Medical Post, as well as his personal blog, are must reads for any physician who wants to understand what’s going on in medicine, how they will need to adapt to changes coming to the profession, and what patients can expect in future healthcare. He’s the author of the critically acclaimed best-seller, “No More Lethal Waits, 10 steps to Transform Canada’s Emergency Departments”, and a Munk Senior Fellow in Health Care at the MacDonald Laurier Institute.
Amongst his peers, Dr. Whatley is viewed as a thoughtful, engaging speaker and thought-leader who can incorporate lessons from Churchill to Dickens to the Greek philosophers when trying to steer the profession in improving and transforming healthcare. He has been a pivotal figure in the world of Ontario medical politics and physician-government relations, becoming the OMA’s first elected President in 2017, at a time of unprecedented conflict and turmoil within the profession and with the Provincial Government.
Under his leadership, the OMA began enormous governance changes, obtained a Binding Arbitration Framework with the Provincial Government, and ultimately reached the first Arbitrated Physicians Services Agreement, though not without a great deal of unprecedented twists and turns along the way. The agreement has allowed the profession and the government to start back on the road of working together to solve the endless ongoing healthcare challenges here in Ontario.
As OMA President, he worked hand in hand with the small business leaders of Canada to raise awareness about the crippling effects of the proposed 2017 Canadian Small Business Tax Changes. His testimony before the Senate Finance Committee was one of the keys in this important success story of advocacy against legislation that had far reaching, adverse effects which were not initially understood by those in power.
From small-town doctor, to prolific writer, to healthcare thought-leader, to staunch advocate, Dr. Whatley has been at the forefront of advocating for his profession and working towards solutions during some of the most turbulent and challenging times in Ontario healthcare history.
Please join us Wednesday, May 29th as we honour Dr. Whatley and present him with the 2019 Medico-Legal Society of Toronto Award. Click HERE for more information and event tickets.
MLST Young Practitioners Evening
Anatomy of a CPSO complaint: Perspectives from MDs and Counsel
Thursday, June 13, 2019 | Vantage Venues, 150 King Street West, Toronto
5:30 - 8:00pm | Light refreshments will be served
In carrying out their mandate to protect and serve the public interest, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario's (CPSO) investigates complaints made against physicians and conducts disciplinary hearings when physicians may have committed an act of professional misconduct – a process that can be challenging for physicians, and features complexities of which that counsel should be aware.
This event will feature a panel discussion between experienced lawyers and physicians who are experts in medicolegal issues. An interactive discussion will provide young physicians and young lawyers with information about how CPSO proceedings work, what to expect, and strategies to successfully navigate the process.
Carolyn Silver, Senior Legal Counsel, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
Carolyn provides legal advice, prosecutes before the College’s Discipline Committee, and represents the College before other administrative tribunals and the Ontario Courts. She acted as counsel for the College at the Goudge Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario. She represented Ontario on Canada’s national medical regulatory authority’s (FMRAC’s) working group on telemedicine, and assisted in developing the telemedicine policy for Ontario. Prior to her position at the College, Carolyn was a civil litigator with Goodmans LLP, and served as counsel to the Honorable Mr. Sydney L. Robins on the Robins Review. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto and the Advocates Society.
Glynnis P. Burt, Counsel, Toronto Litigation Group, McCarthy Tétrault
Glynnis has had a broad range of litigation experience in the areas of health law, professional negligence, class actions, product liability, pharmaceutical patents and commercial litigation. Her practice currently focusses heavily on health law, principally in the area of administrative and regulatory proceedings. She has had extensive experience in the Superior Court of Ontario, as well as the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Federal Court. She also has considerable experience before various administrative tribunals. She has acted as a prosecutor before the Ontario College of Nurses and the Ontario College of Psychologists, as well as defence counsel to physicians before The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Glynnis is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association and the Advocates’ Society.
Dr. Amir Khoshbin, MD, MSc, FRCSC, Orthopaedic Surgeon, St. Michael’s Hospital; Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Amir specializes in adult reconstructive surgery of the hip and knee, including minimally invasive Direct Anterior Hip Arthroplasty (DAA), primary & revision joint replacements, and complex lower extremity trauma.
He attended the University of Toronto for his undergraduate and medical education, and completed his residency at the UofT, where he was part of the Surgeon Scientist Program and received his Master of Science in clinical epidemiology. After residency, Amir completed an Orthopedic Trauma Association (OTA) fellowship in Trauma at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. Thereafter, he completed a second fellowship in Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Amir joined St. Michael’s Hospital as an attending Orthopaedic Surgeon and as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and is currently accepting new patients.
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MLST Young Practitioners Event Committee / Co-Chairs
Rozmin Mediratta, Wise Health Law
Valérie Lord, Howie, Sacks and Henry
Dr. Vincent Spilchuk, Occupational & Environmental Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital
The Medico-Legal Society of Toronto is pleased to announce that William Carter is to be the recipient of the 2018 Medico-Legal Society Award. This award is the highest expression of esteem which the Society can convey and is intended to honour those members of the Medical, Legal or Scientific community who have made a significant contribution to their profession as well as either to the Society or the community at large, and whose contributions are consistent with the values of the Society.
William (Bill) Carter graduated from Queen’s University in 1971 with a BA (Hons) in International Politics & Economics. In 1975 he received his LL.B from the University of Toronto and, in 1977 was called to the Bar of Ontario and commenced the practice of civil litigation and administrative law with Borden & Elliot, the Toronto constituent of the national firm later known as Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) formed in 1999.
While Bill spent his early practice years engaged across the spectrum of civil cases, he and colleagues Rino Stradiotto, Dan Ferguson, Mike McKelvey, John Morris and Daphne Jarvis (all MLST stalwarts) began to concentrate in hospital-based medical negligence litigation leading to the formation of the Health Law Group (HLG) which, in the ensuing 30 years has grown to national prominence in the field. Bill’s leadership, collegiality and mentoring have been hugely enjoyed by health leaders and legal colleagues both within and beyond BLG.
In addition to numerous high-exposure civil trials and appeals, Bill has been counsel for parties with standing at the Commission of Inquiry into Health Information (the Krever Inquiry) and the Commission of Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology (the Goudge Inquiry). In 1987, the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) certified Bill as a Specialist in Civil Litigation. In 2007, he became a Certified Specialist in Health Law.
Bill’s contribution to the medico-legal community includes: teaching ‘Trial Practice’ at Osgoode Hall Law School for many years; serving as an elected Bencher of the LSUC; membership on the Mt. Sinai Hospital Ethics Committee and extensive lecturing and pubic-speaking about civil and professional accountability in the health sector. Bill has also served on Council of the MLST for a number of terms.
Community service has extended to: board membership and Chair of Safe Kids Canada; board member & a Governor of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and, membership on the Ontario Judicial Council.
Following his retirement from BLG at the end of 2017, Bill joined the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC) as Legal Counsel.
The Medico-Legal Society of Toronto is pleased to announce that Dr. Laura Hawryluck is to be the recipient of the 2017 Medico-Legal Society Award.
The Medico-Legal Society of Toronto is pleased to announce that Philippa G. Samworth is to be the recipient of the 2016 Medico-Legal Society Award.