Celebrating DFCM's Senior Promotions: Full and Associate Professors

May 3, 2017

Nine faculty members from the Department of Family and Community Medicine have been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and one to the rank of full Professor.

This reflects the exceptional contributions these individuals have made to our Department. Thank you to each faculty member for your hard work in promoting education and scholarship within our University, as well as nationally and internationally. I look forward to learning more about this great work. 

Below are highlights of just some of their many accomplishments.

Thank you,

Dr. Michael Kidd

Chair, Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto


Dr. Mike Evans

Dr. Mike Evans has taken a truly innovative path, focused on developing evidence-based health media that is engaging and infectious for the public. Throughout, he has endeavoured to find the best evidence to improve health and then used progressively more interesting media to communicate with his expanding audiences. His work is pioneering: he has extended the use of social media for health information in such a way that other researchers are following suit in using the techniques he has developed, such as his YouTube videos and other modalities. 

Dr. Evans has led the way as an innovator and entrepreneur who has devoted himself to developing and implementing novel approaches to patient education and systems transformation.

Associate Professor



Dr. Gary Bloch

Dr. Bloch's work focuses on developing novel ways for physicians and other health providers to have an impact on their patients' social vulnerability. Dr. Bloch’s major contribution has been the development of the Clinical Tool on Poverty for Primary Care: a simple three-step approach to addressing poverty in a typical family medicine office setting. Dr. Bloch is also recognized for exemplary professional practice in developing approaches for addressing the social determinants of health. Dr. Bloch’s work lies at the intersection of family medical practice, public health and social policy, and his dedication to improving the health of the most marginalized citizens.


Dr. Sharon Domb

Dr. Domb focuses on enhancing the integration of technology into practice with the twin goals of improving patient care and educating current and future physicians. In the clinical realm, she has contributed significantly to obstetrical care and education. She has gained national and international stature in bridging the gap between Information Technology (IT) systems and patient care, with a focus on its application in primary care. Her scholarly activities address topics of critical importance to family physicians and include education with an emphasis on maternity care and the use of health information technology. 


Dr. Curtis Handford

Dr. Handford's focus - supported by his research and expressed by his teaching and education - is on the exploration of generalism and its expression in 21st century clinical practice. He has embedded the theory and principles of generalism in developing standards of practice in specific areas such as management of people with HIV and addictions. Dr. Handford is recognized as a leader in education. He was appointed the inaugural program director for the Masters in Community Health, Family Medicine in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, in 2010. 


Dr. Fok-Han Leung

Dr. Leung's work has focused on developing innovative educational programs, materials and tools. As the Associate Course Director of Community, Population and Public Health (CPPH), a course in the first two years of the MD Program, Dr. Leung introduced innovations for both students and faculty and has developed resident assessment and evaluation tools. 


Dr. Danielle Martin

Dr. Martin is well-known for her research and policy work on publicly-funded health care, with particular emphasis on access for vulnerable populations. An important aspect of her expertise is evidence-based knowledge translation to policy makers and the general public. Dr. Martin’s work in this area has been sustained, impactful, and recognized at U of T, nationally and internationally. Dr. Martin has emerged as a powerful national leader in healthcare policy and health system improvement.


Dr. John Maxted

Dr. Maxted’s focus is on improving patient safety in the primary care setting, a realm that until recently was neglected in comparison to hospital-based and specialist care. Dr. Maxted has been a champion of developing and introducing practical, applicable approaches to the primary care setting. His approach has been a collaborative one, working with organizations to develop standards and promote their uptake in practice. 


Dr. Alan Monavvari

In 2014, Dr. Monavvari was selected as Chief of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital, a community-affiliated academic site. Dr. Monavvari has made a significant impact through excellence in CPA and teaching, especially on the continuing education of physicians with the development and dissemination of a wide variety of high quality programs nationally. Dr. Monavvari has shown a strong commitment to education and teaching of students throughout the continuum of medical education and has been very involved in recruitment, selection and education of IMGs since 2008. 


Dr. Susan Glover Takahashi

Dr. Glover Takahashi focuses on two broad areas in postgraduate medical education: curricular innovations and competency-based medical education practices. She has made significant contributions to evolutionary changes in CanMEDS. Dr. Glover Takahashi is an internationally recognized leader in medical education in several fields, including competency-based medical education, postgraduate medical education program accreditation, assisting residents in difficulty, and curriculum development related to health professional field education. 

Dr. Karen Weyman

Dr. Weyman's clinical work is in the Family and Community Medicine Academic Unit at St. Michael’s Hospital, where she became Department Chief in 2015.Building on her work with homeless youth and youth at risk, Dr. Weyman developed an advocacy experience and elective which is now mandatory for all third-year students. Dr. Weyman has also been extensively involved as curriculum development lead in the innovative Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship for third year medical students at the University of Toronto.