Dr. Rupert Kaul has been appointed as the new Division Head of Infectious Diseases
Mount Sinai Hospital and University Health Network.
We congratulate him on this very well-deserved honour.
September 19, 2013
I am writing to let you know that Dr. Don Low died last night and that we have all lost a friend and colleague who contributed much to University Health Network, Mount Sinai Hospital, the health of all Ontarians – indeed, through his work, the health of people around the world.
I know that many of you will remember Don for the role he played in the SARS crisis as he advised the government on the provincial and federal response to a disease that arrived on our doorstep with little warning and with lethal consequences. He was always calm, measured and responsive to advice from many people. It was a difficult time and Don was one of the people whose leadership saw us through.
Don was always been an integral part of our Laboratory Medicine Program, serving as Chief of Microbiology for many years in a joint service with Mount Sinai and teaching generations of students. He will be missed by his friends and family most of all and my thoughts are with them.
Rupert Kaul MD, PhD
Director, Division of Infectious Disease
University of Toronto &
University Health Network
Professor, Departments of Medicine
Toronto General Hospital
200 Elizabeth Street, Eaton North 13 - Room 220
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2C4
Hospital: 416-340-4800 extention 3624 (office)
Fax: 416-340-3357 (office) or 416-340-3890 (hospital clinic)
Administrative Assistant: Michele Knight: 416-340-3183
Congratulations to our colleagues who will be honored with awards at
the upcomming AMMI Canada / CACMID Conference in Victoria:
Don Low (Posthumously)
2013 Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Anita Rachlis is presented this award in recognition of her many years of service to AMMI Canada
as Chair and member of the Education/ Continuing Professional Development Committee and for her
contributions to HIV care and research in Canada since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Dr. Rachlis is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, the Medical Director of the Sunnybrook
HIV Ambulatory Clinic, and for many years was Infectious Diseases Division Chief at
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. Dr. Rachlis’ pursuits in medical education have
demonstrated dedication to developing knowledge and clinical skills in new physicians, supporting the
continuing education of her colleagues, and advancing the role of AMMI Canada as an association that
promotes quality education for infectious diseases physicians and medical microbiologists.
2013 AMMI Canada Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Donald Low is presented this award posthumously in recognition of his
outstanding and distinguished career as a medical microbiologist who was nationally and
internationally acknowledged as an exemplary researcher, teacher, mentor, and leader.
Dr. Low served as Microbiologist-in-Chief at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto from 1985 until 2013,
a role that later expanded to include the University Health Network. During those years, his research
interests focused on antimicrobial resistant bacteria and invasive group A streptococcal infections
and led to the publication of more than 380 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He was one of the
public faces of medicine during the SARS epidemic. The leadership he demonstrated during that
difficult time was recognized by his receiving several awards and being named Medical Director
of the Ontario Public Health Laboratory, which he helped transform into the Ontario Agency for
Health Protection and Promotion. Over the course of his career, Dr. Low trained, supervised,
and mentored countless students, residents, and fellows in infectious diseases and clinical
and medical microbiology.
Canadian Foundation for Infectious Diseases (CFID) Dr. Juan A. Embil Award for Excellence
in Infectious Disease Research
Dr. Jerome Leis is the recipient of this award. This award celebrates the commitment of a member
of the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (AMMI) Canada to inspiring
interest and excitement in the field of infectious diseases. The award recognizes clinical specialists
in infectious diseases who have performed extraordinary service as role models and mentors to junior
clinicians, faculty, fellows, and students involved in the field of infectious diseases.
Congratulations to Dr. Adrienne Showler, recipient of the Gorgas Medal - awarded to the top performer each year in the Gorgas Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Gorgas Memorial Institute
HIGHLIGHTS - 2013
Dr. Rupert Kaul - Promoted to Professor
Dr. Rupert Kaul - Elected to American Society of Clinical Investigation
Dr. Atul Humar - Awarded R. Fraser Elliott Chair in Transplantation
Dr. Andrea Page - Awarded UHN/Mount Sinai Hospital Department of Medicine Award for Excellence
in Clinical Teaching
Infectious Diseases Program - Nominated - 2013 PAIRO Residency Program Excellence Award
Dr. Paul Bunce - Awarded Wightman-Berris Academy Individual Teaching Excellence Award