Dr. Merrilee Brown, Port Perry
Dr. Merrilee Brown has spent nearly 20 years in Port Perry, providing care to patients in office and urgent care, obstetrics, palliative care, ER, OR assist and inpatient settings. A graduate of the Arts and Science program at McMaster University, she completed medical school at the University of Western Ontario in 1995 and residency in Ottawa in 1997. She holds faculty appointments at both Queen’s University and the University of Toronto and is an enthusiastic teacher of rural medicine and faculty development to rural preceptors.
Dr. Brown is the proud mother of two teens, Alastair, 14, and Sophie, 12. Her husband of 17 years, Steve Gray, is the director of the clinic and Family Health Team in Port Perry. When not cooking for large numbers of people or baking for her students, Merrilee is an avid skier and runner, plays French horn in two local bands and sings in the New Song Chancel choir.
Dr. Brown is also the winner of the Family Physician of the Year Award for Region 6.
Dr. Jeffrey Weissberger, Markham
Dr. Jeff Weissberger has practised in Markham for over 16 years. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and completed his residency at Queen’s University. He is a lecturer in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, where he teaches clinical skills to first-year medical students, hosts electives for both medical students and residents, and supervises family medicine residents at the Markham Family Medicine Teaching Unit.
Dr. Weissberger feels that it is a privilege to watch the journey of learners from their first days of medical school to the final days of residency. To participate in their growth, to impart knowledge and experience and to ultimately call these learners colleagues is truly a thrill.
Dr. Jocelyn Howard, Ottawa
Dr. Jocelyn Howard is a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa Family Medicine program, where she is currently pursuing an enhanced skills PGY-3 with a focus on addiction medicine. She completed her undergraduate medical training at the University of Western Ontario, where she was valedictorian of the Schulich Medical School Class of 2014 and received the Benjamin Weidenbaum and Cecelia Rotstein Scholarship, the J.B. Campbell Memorial Scholarship in medicine, the Dr. Henri Breault award for pediatrics, an Honour Society Award and the Kingswood Scholarship, awarded to the graduating student in medicine considered the most proficient by the authorities of the university.
In her residency, Dr. Howard took great interest in leadership, global health and promoting resident wellness. She was a chief resident, a co-resident representative of the Global Health Training Stream, and creator of the Resident Coffee House Open Mic series, and was selected to represent the Department of Family Medicine in the Residents as Leaders program. She received the Award in Education for the Health Advocate Competency and awards from the Department of Family Medicine for her scholarly project on teaching primary care providers an approach to the patient with suspected opioid use disorder.
Dr. Howard is an enthusiastic musician and singer, having completed her Bachelor of Music degree in classical voice performance at the University of Toronto. She and her husband, Adrian, enjoy playing in a band as well as running, cycling, swimming and cross-country skiing.
Greenboro Family Medicine Centre, Ottawa
Providing accessible, holistic, patient-centred care for the past 31 years, the Greenboro Family Medicine Centre (GFMC) has contributed substantially to the health and well-being of the Greenboro community. Started in 1985 by two physicians as a small clinic, GFMC has grown into a cohesive family health organization of 10 physicians, four nurses and nine administrative staff.
A culture of comprehensive primary care, including prenatal, obstetric, hospital inpatient, evening and weekend call, home visits, long-term and palliative care, existed at Greenboro long before incentive models were the norm. As the clinic has grown, the staff have continued in this tradition and have also branched out into academic pursuits: educating and training medical students, residents and other healthcare practitioners and taking leadership roles in education as well as in healthcare transformation.
Dr. Shazia Ambreen, Alliston, is recognized for her unyielding commitment and outstanding leadership as Chief of Family Practice at Stevenson Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Firas Al-Dhaher, Petrolia, is recognized for his dedication, excellence and innovation in supervising and recruiting learners to his small community of Petrolia.
Dr. Ragini Gina Agarwal, Burlington, is recognized for her substantial leadership and outstanding achievement in developing the Community Health Awareness Program through Emergency Medical Services (CHAP-EMS).
Dr. Sean Blaine, Stratford, is recognized for his exceptional ongoing dedication to providing high-quality primary care to the community of Stratford.
Dr. Andre Bedard, Innisfil, is recognized for his exceptional work as a skilled clinician, community-based advocate in the Barrie area and dedicated mentor to both residents and students.
Dr. Allan Grill, North York, is recognized for his ongoing dedication and excellence in his role as Lead Physician at the Markham Family Health Team, as well as in tool development and resident mentorship.
Dr. Doug Gruner, Ottawa, is recognized for his extraordinary contribution, leadership and innovation in providing primary care to refugees.
Dr. Sandra Kane-Corriveau, Hamilton, is recognized for her exceptional clinical care, dedication to her patients and administrative leadership in both hospital settings and the Hamilton community.
Dr. Linda Lee, Kitchener, is recognized for her longstanding clinical leadership and innovations in dementia management in primary care through her work with the Memory Clinic.
Dr. Melanie Mar, Huntsville, is recognized for her commitment to the community of Huntsville and her ongoing innovation and forward thinking in primary care delivery and leadership.
Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Oakville, is recognized for her ongoing excellence in her role as Medical Officer of Health for Halton Region and her dedication to teaching.
Dr. Upender Mehan, Kitchener, is recognized for his continuing exceptional dedication to providing comprehensive care to the community of Kitchener-Waterloo.
Dr. Paul Pageau, Ottawa, is recognized for his longstanding dedication to developing and delivering emergency medicine education in Ontario, as well as in Rwanda and Ethiopia.
Dr. Pauline Pariser, Toronto, is recognized for her exemplary leadership in championing health system integration in her roles as Primary Care Lead for the University Health Network and Lead for the Mid-West Toronto Health Link.
Dr. Kevin Pottie, Ottawa, is recognized for his extraordinary contribution, leadership and innovation in providing primary care to refugees.
Dr. Michael Roberts, Toronto, is recognized for his ongoing vital contributions to medical education at the University of Toronto in the areas of teaching, educational scholarship and curriculum development.
Dr. Daniel Soong, Toronto, is recognized for his exceptional contribution to building resources for Ontario’s family medicine residents through the OCFP Residents Survival Guide Website.