Our Leadership and Structure

How we're structured:

DFCM Faculty Organizational Chart 

DFCM Administrative Organizational Chart


Dr. Michael Kidd

Dr. Michael Kidd is professor and chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. He has over 30 years’ experience as a family doctor, primary care researcher and medical educator, with special interests in the primary care management of HIV and viral hepatitis, mental health and Indigenous health. His academic experience includes eight years as the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University in Australia. Dr. Kidd recently completed a three-year term as president of the World Organization of Family Doctors, a global professional organization in formal collaboration with the World Health Organization and representing over 500,000 family doctors in over 150 countries.

Dr. Philip Ellison
Fidani Chair, Improvement and Innovation and Quality Improvement
Vice-Chair, Quality Improvement Program

When the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto received a generous gift to establish the Fidani Chair, Improvement and Innovation in Family Medicine, we achieved a major milestone, bringing us closer to our vision of excellence in research, education and innovative clinical practice.

Dr. Ellison is a distinguished and experienced leader in academic family medicine and health system consultation and an Associate Professor with the Department. He has spent years in leadership roles at the University Health Network’s Toronto Western Hospital in family medicine, inpatient service and as a medical director. In his role as Fidani Chair, Dr. Ellison continues the improvement and innovation work that is already leading a culture change in the delivery of primary and community health care in Ontario.

Risa Freeman

Dr. Risa Freeman 
Vice-Chair Education

Dr. Risa Freeman is an Associate Professor, Vice-Chair Education, and Director of the Office of Education Scholarship in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and a Clinician Educator Researcher at The Wilson Centre.  She is a staff physician at North York General Hospital.  Her clinical practice is based in the community and she has been a member of the active staff at North York General Hospital since 1990.

Dr. Freeman teaches at the undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development levels in her clinical office and at the University of Toronto. Dr. Freeman's academic and scholarly work has focused on four main areas: medical education curricula and planning, student and faculty learning strategies, evaluation and assessment, and faculty development.


Eva Grunfeld

Dr. Eva Grunfeld
Giblon Professor, Vice-Chair Research
Research Program

Dr. Grunfeld is Giblon Professor and Vice-Chair Research in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, a Clinician Scientist at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, and a Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Dr. Grunfeld is also the inaugural Chair of the new Institute Advisory Board (IAB) on Chronic Conditions.

Dr. Grunfeld is a leader in cancer health services and outcomes research. Her research focuses on evaluation and knowledge translation of cancer health services, covering the entire spectrum of cancer control activities. She is internationally recognized for research on integration of care and on cancer outcomes.

Dr. Grunfeld holds many peer-review grants as Principal Investigator and has served on many committees to further the goals of cancer control in Canada and internationally. From 2004 to 2008 she founded and directed the Cancer Outcomes Research Program at Cancer Care Nova Scotia and Dalhousie University. She obtained her medical degree from McMaster University and doctoral degree in cancer epidemiology from Oxford University.


Dr. Abbas Ghavam-Rassoul
Director Medical Education Fellowship and Clinical Teacher Certificate, MScCH (HPTE)

Abbas Ghavam-Rassoul is a family physician at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. His diverse clinical practice includes the care of patients with serious persistent mental illness and HIV. He is actively involved in several projects aimed at increasing collaboration between family medicine and psychiatry in service delivery and trainee education. His teaching has been recognized by awards at the clerkship, residency and faculty development levels. He has held multiple educational leadership roles from organizing clerkship electives to being postgraduate education program site director at St. Michael's from 2007-2013. He is currently Program Director for the MScCH in Health Practitioner Teacher Education, Medical Education Fellowship and Clinical Teacher Certificate programs in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Julia M.K. Alleyne
Associate Program Director, Academic Fellowship CRC, MScCH, (FCM) MPH(FCM)

Dr. Julia Alleyne is a family physician practising sport and exercise medicine at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network. In addition, she trained as a physiotherapist and maintained an active license for 30 years. She is appointed at the University of Toronto, Department of Family and Community Medicine as Associate Program Director, Academic Fellowship. 

Dr. Alleyne has been active as an educational curriculum consultant including the clinical lead for Ontario’s Low Back Pain Strategy and the development of the CORE Back Tool and the CORE Neck Tool. She has served on the medical staff for 5 Canadian Olympic teams including Chief Medical Officer for the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team in London, England. In the summer of 2015, Dr. Alleyne acted as the Chief Medical Officer for Pan/Parapan American Games in Toronto which welcomed 41 countries and over 7500 athletes.



Karl Iglar
Director, Postgraduate Education

Dr. Karl Iglar is Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) at the University of Toronto. He is the Director, Postgraduate Education in the DFCM and staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto. He has been involved in resident education for over 23 years.

Dr. Iglar is responsible for one of the largest family medicine training program in Canada, with 350 family medicine residents and fourteen hospital-based family medicine teaching units.  He has led the development of a number of innovative educational tools being used in postgraduate family medicine education.  These include:  1) competency-based curriculum; 2) progress testing; and  3) resident practice profile tracking tool.

Dr. Iglar has also been involved in the development of a pharmacotherapeutics curriculum, which has been adapted by the Ontario consortium of nurse practitioners to teach rational prescribing to nurse practitioner students.

Dr. Iglar has been honoured for his contributions to postgraduate education through numerous teaching awards at both the hospital and departmental levels.


Azadeh Maoveni
Undergraduate Education Program and Clerkship Director

Azadeh (Azi) Moaveni is an academic family physician at the University Health Network-Toronto Western Hospital. She has a busy family practice and is part of the interprofessional obstetrical care program at the Toronto Western Family Health Team which delivers at Mount Sinai hospital. She is the Director of the Undergraduate Medical Program and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Moaveni’s interests include using technology in teaching and creating educational tools for Faculty and students in a digitized world. One of her proud accomplishment includes the creation a website for clinical clerks called the Hub for use during family medicine clerkship. Dr.Moaveni’s scholarship is in the domain of Interprofessional Education. Most recently, she has published two papers on core competencies in the realm of family practice nursing and developed an on-line video to highlight these competencies. This tool has been used across the country to promote and educate professionals and students on the role of family practice nurses in family practice team environments.

Katherine Rouleau

Dr. Katherine Rouleau
Director, Global Health Program

Dr. Katherine Rouleau is a family physician at St-Michael's Hospital in Toronto and Director of the Global Health Program in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Her clinical and academic interests include primary care in the global health context, global health education, the scholarship-leadership continuum, the care of marginalized populations and HIV primary care.



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