2020 Honour Award Recipients

Dr Patricia Houston

Gold Medal

Dr Patricia Houston

Toronto, ON

Dr Patricia Houston is recognized as an outstanding clinician and has distinguished herself as a dynamic mentor and educator who has had an enormous impact on the careers of countless young medical professionals. During her impressive career in academic medicine, Dr. Houston has made significant contributions to the University of Toronto and to the broader academic and health care communities in Ontario and Canada.
She has received honours and awards for her clinical work, research, mentorship, and teaching, among them the CAS Clinical Teacher Award, the Jeffrey Lozon Physician Leadership Award from St. Michael’s Hospital, the FitzGerald Academy Friends of the Academy Award and numerous other awards for clinical and interprofessional teaching. She is also an active member of a number of international and national organizations and associations, including the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society, of which she was President from 2012 to 2014.

The Gold Medal is the highest award of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society. It is an inscribed medal given in recognition of excellence in a career in service to anesthesiology.
Dr Patricia Livingston

CAS Humanitarian Award

Dr Patricia Livingston

Halifax, NS

Together with her counterparts in Rwanda, Dr Patricia Livingston has had a tremendous impact on the development of a residency training program and continuing professional development activities. With her support, the program has grown to more than 45 residents across 4 years and is now one of the most competitive medical residencies in Rwanda, attracting the best and brightest doctors wishing to pursue a career in anesthesiology.
By working hard to recruit international volunteers and providing training locally, Dr Livingston has ensured that the bulk of these academic activities are innovative simulation and problem-based learning, rather than traditional didactic teaching. In 2017, together with Dr. Adam Mossenson, a Global Health Fellow at Dalhousie University, and Dr. Christian Mukwesi, a Rwandan anesthesiologist, Dr Livingston co-created the Vital Anesthesia Simulation Training (VAST) course. This 3-day course teaches essential practices and important non-technical skills for the most common perioperative situations and emergencies managed by health care providers in rural district hospitals.
Dr Livingston has taken the VAST course on the road and has now run seminars across Africa, Canada, Australia and India. Dr Livingston's devotion to her trainees both here in Canada and globally is inspiring.

Given in recognition of excellence in global anesthesiology

Dr Achal Dhir

CAS Humanitarian Award

Dr Achal Dhir

London, ON

Dr Achal Dhir has been exemplary in promoting human welfare by advancing anesthesia education across Canada and abroad. As an educator of anesthesia trainees (residents and fellows) and medical students at Western University, he has made lasting and meaningful contributions to the anesthesia community at large. He has received many Fellow Teacher of the Year and Undergraduate Teacher of the Year awards for his service. His lectures and visiting professorships on liver transplantation, echocardiography and coagulation have led to increased knowledge and improved patient care around the world, including in patient care facilities in India, Mexico, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Thailand, China and the Philippines. 
Dr Dhir has also participated in medical missions worldwide, proving excellent care for patients in China, the UAE, and India. In fact, Dr Dhir led the anesthesia team which performed India's first successful heart transplant in New Delhi on August 3, 1994, an accomplishment recognized nationally by the Prime Minister of India.
His impact on the anesthesia specialty is also notable in his work on the editorial board of the International Journal of Anaesthesia & Critical Care, and as a reviewer for the Journal of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesia, the India Heart Journal, and the European Journal of Surgical Oncology.  

Given in recognition of excellence in global anesthesiology
Dr Gianni Lorello

John Bradley Young Educator Award

Dr Gianni Lorello

Toronto, ON

Dr Gianni Lorello has clearly demonstrated his commitment to medical education through his extra training and non-clinical roles at the University of Toronto Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society. He has developed an expertise and skillset in this area by undertaking formal training, completing a Master of Education at the University of Toronto and remains affiliated with the Wilson Centre, Toronto General Hospital. He was awarded the best paper in Education and Simulation in Anesthesia at the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society in 2014, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Fellowship for Research in Medical Education in 2014. He received the Resident Teacher Award in 2014 by the undergraduate medical students at the University of Toronto. Most recently, he was given the SHS-UHN Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Postgraduate Teaching Award, a notable distinction given to recognize faculty members for their teaching excellence. Through his research and advocacy, by serving on Diversity and Equity committees at both the CAS and locally, Dr Lorello has been a leader in changing culture to be welcoming to all trainees. He has led the Department of Anesthesia LGBTQ+ Interest Group and contributed to the Wellness Group at the Toronto Western Hospital. Most recently, he was selected to be the Chief Diversity Officer in the Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto and has enrolled in a PhD program in gender diversity.

The John Bradley Young Educator Award recognizes excellence and effectiveness in education in anesthesia.

Dr Jason Taam

John Bradley Young Educator Award

Dr Jason Taam

Toronto, ON

Dr Jason Taam is a current Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto, specializing in Cardiac Anesthesia, Perioperative Echocardiography, and Structural Heart Disease a Management. Before his current role, he was the Program Director at the University of Alberta.  A very popular teacher amongst his peers, he has been described as a professional, approachable, and affable Program Director. He is always willing to meet to discuss resident issues, helps build connections between residents and the greater anesthesia community, makes sure that deserving residents and staff are nominated for awards and recognition, and is always willing to help with career planning.

The John Bradley Young Educator Award recognizes excellence and effectiveness in education in anesthesia.

Dr Anne Lui

Clinical Practitioner Award

Dr Anne Lui

Nepean, ON

Dr Anne Lui was one of the first in her department to obtain formal fellowship training in Regional Anesthesiology. Upon her return, she began to revolutionize the practice of regional anesthesia in Ottawa. Neuraxial techniques for orthopedic and general surgery became the norm due to her persistent advocacy for improved perioperative analgesia. Dr Lui embraced the advent of perineural catheters and established an ambulatory perineural catheter program, which, due to superior perioperative anesthesia and analgesia, converted many inpatient surgical procedures to day-stay cases. With the advent of ERAS protocols, she developed and implemented the Hysterectomy Enhanced Recovery (HER) protocol at The Ottawa Hospital, which resulted not only in improved patient recovery following open hysterectomy, but resulted in a decreased length of hospital stay from 3-5 days to an overnight stay in hospital.
She coordinated (between the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology and Nursing) the development of a fascia iliaca block (FIB) protocol for patients awaiting surgery for hip fractures, to try to minimize pain and opioid use in this fragile patient population. To improve pain control and facilitate better ventilation in trauma patients with multiple rib fractures, she initiated a serratus anterior plane (SAP) catheter protocol. All of these programs are a testament to her ability to effect positive change in patient care. Her many efforts led to her receiving The Ottawa Hospital Physician Clinician Recognition Award in 2018.

Given in recognition of excellence in clinical anesthesia practice.
Dr Stéphane Moffett

Clinical Teacher Award

Dr Stéphane Moffett

Gatineau, QC

Dr Stéphane Moffett is a gifted educator, praised by residents and colleagues. His passion and dedication for teaching, for doing the “right thing” for residents, is evident to the residents and infectious for the attending staff, and even inspires others to be better teachers. His passion for teaching is evident in the amount of time he has spent developing teaching modules for the competency by design thoracic anesthesia rotation, the depth of preparation for the core program respiratory lectures, weekly resident rounds, and daily case learning.
In the clinical environment Dr Moffett has achieved the difficult balance elusive to many clinician educators. He is able to ensure that learners have the right amount of support in order to practice safely while at the same time challenging learners with the right amount of independence to grow as clinicians. He has the gift of being able to distill difficult concepts leaving residents with a sense of clarity while at the same time posing questions in such a way to lead to discovery.

Given in recognition of excellence in the teaching of clinical anesthesia​.