Queen's University

For the Record: July 19, 2012

Thu, 07/19/2012


Faculty of Health Sciences

Michael D. Kawaja — Associate Dean, Life Sciences and Biochemistry

Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Kawaja as Associate Dean, Life Sciences and Biochemistry, in the Faculty of Health Sciences. This appointment is for an initial five-year period from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2017.

Dr. Kawaja completed his undergraduate studies in biology at Acadia University and his doctoral degree in anatomy at the University of Western Ontario in 1989. He subsequently undertook two post-doctoral positions funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), the first at the University of California in San Diego and the second at the Samuel Lunenfeld Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. In 1993, Dr. Kawaja began his MRC-funded scholarship position as an assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Queen's. He was promoted to associate professor in 1999, and to professor in 2004.

Dr. Kawaja has held numerous operating grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) (formerly MRC), the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, and the Ontario Mental Health Foundation. He has also held a Premier’s Research Excellence Award. He has served as a panel member of CIHR Scholarships, CIHR Neuroscience, the Alzheimer Society of Canada, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, the Ontario Mental Health Foundation, and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation Early Researcher Awards. His research focuses on gaining a greater understanding of the reparative mechanisms in the mammalian central and peripheral nervous systems, as a consequence of injury and disease.

Dr. Kawaja is a highly regarded educator, having twice (2008, 2010) won the “Most Engaging Lecturer” from Queen’s Life Science students.

In making this announcement, Dr. Harrison expresses sincere gratitude to Dr. Kenneth Rose, who held the position of Associate Dean, Life Sciences and Biochemistry, from 2007 to 2012, for his outstanding service to the faculty and the university.

Anthony J. Sanfilippo — Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education, School of Medicine

Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), is pleased to announce Anthony J. Sanfilippo has been reappointed Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education, within the School of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2017.

After graduating from Queen’s with a BSc (Honours) degree in Life Sciences in 1976 and an MD in 1981, Dr. Sanfilippo undertook his residency training in internal medicine at Kingston General Hospital and his clinical fellowship training in cardiology at Queen’s. He subsequently completed two years of postgraduate research fellowship training at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Sanfilippo returned to Queen’s in 1989 as an assistant professor in the Division of Cardiology within the Department of Medicine and as a clinical cardiologist at Hotel Dieu and Kingston General hospitals. He was promoted to associate professor in 1994 and to professor in 2005.

A three-time recipient of the Faculty of Medicine Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award, Dr. Sanfilippo has also received an Aesculapian Society Teaching Award for undergraduate teaching and a Department of Medicine Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Teaching. He has developed numerous educational sessions at the Academic Health Sciences Centre and throughout Canada.

Dr. Sanfilippo has headed the Echocardiography Laboratories at both teaching hospitals, and under his direction the laboratory expanded its activities considerably. His research interests have involved echocardiography, valvular heart disease and manifestations of cardiac disease in women. He serves on several national and provincial committees and is past president of the Canadian Society of Echocardiography. He was the recipient of the Society’s Achievement Award in 2007. He has held numerous administrative positions in the Department of Medicine, the hospitals and the faculty. Dr. Sanfilippo has also served as deputy head of the Department of Medicine, and as program medical director for the Medicine Program at Kingston General.

Dr. Sanfilippo led the creation of the new “Foundations” curriculum for the School of Medicine. This involved a complete redesign and conversion of the Queen’s undergraduate medical education curriculum into a leading edge, competency-based program.

More Faculty of Health Sciences appointments:

• Gurmohan (Rob) Dhillon, Diagnostic Radiology (July 1, 2012)
• James Boseovski, Medicine-General Internal Medicine (July 1, 2012)
• David J. Good, Pathology & Molecular Medicine (July 1, 2012)


Janet Brooke — Director, Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), wishes to announce that Ms Janet Brooke has accepted reappointment as Director of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (AEAC) effective July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2015.

Ms Brooke received her BA in Art History from Carleton University (1972) and a master’s degree in Art History from the University of Toronto (1975). She joined Queen’s as director of the AEAC in 2002, prior to which she was curator of European art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, senior curator and interim chief curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and a freelance curator and museologist for numerous private and public clients across Canada, in Europe and in the United Kingdom.

The following individuals served as members of the Advisory Committee:

- Jan Allen, Chief Curator/Curator of Contemporary Art, AEAC
- Bernard Burkom, President, AEAC Gallery Association
- Susan Cole, Deputy Provost (Chair)
- Sarah Jane Dumbrille, Queen’s University Board of Trustees
- Janice Helland, Head, Department of Art, Queen’s University
- Kathleen Sellars, Director, BFA Programme, Queen’s University
- Colin Wiginton, Manager, Cultural Services Department, City of Kingston

Dr. Harrison wishes to place on record his thanks to all these individuals for their willingness to undertake this responsibility.


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