Our Leadership and Structure

How we're structured:

See DFCM faculty & administrative staff organizational charts.

Leadership:

Dr. Danielle Martin, MD, CCFP, FCFP, MPP
Incoming Chair

Dr. Danielle Martin is the incoming Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM), University of Toronto. DFCM is the largest academic department of family medicine in the world and home to the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Family Medicine and Primary Care.

Dr. Martin is grounded in her clinical primary care expertise. She is an active family physician whose clinical work has ranged from comprehensive family medicine in rural and remote communities to maternity care. She is a dedicated educator, mentor and role model to learners aspiring to enter medicine and health care leadership. 

Dr. Martin is a respected leader in Canadian medicine and well-recognized media spokesperson, regularly named on lists such as Medical Post’s Power List. Her 2014 presentation to a United States Senate Subcommittee about the Canadian health care system has been viewed by over 30 million people across the globe.

Dr. Martin spent eight years as a senior hospital executive, most recently as Executive Vice President and Lead Medical Executive at Women’s College Hospital (WCH), where she was also medical lead of the hospital’s COVID-19 pandemic response. At WCH, she led the establishment of Women’s Virtual, Canada’s first virtual hospital.

The recipient of many awards and accolades, in 2019 Dr. Martin became the youngest physician ever to receive the F.N.G. Starr Award, the highest honour available to Canadian Medical Association members.

Vice-Chairs

Dr. Risa Freeman

Dr. Risa Freeman 
Vice-Chair, Education and Scholarship

Dr. Risa Freeman is an Associate Professor and Vice-Chair Education and 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.

 

 
Dr. Tara Kiran

Dr. Tara Kiran
Fidani Chair, Improvement and Innovation and Quality Improvement
Vice-Chair, Quality and Innovation

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. Kiran is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto. She is an Associate Scientist in the Centre for Urban Health Solutions in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

Dr. Kiran led the quality improvement (QI) program at St. Michael's Academic Family Health Team between 2011 and 2018 and was chair of the St. Michael's Academic Family Health Team Board of Directors from 2014 to 2018. Dr. Kiran has also held a number of advisory positions with local and provincial government including as the Provincial Clinical Lead for the Ontario Diabetes Strategy from 2011-2012 and as a Primary Care Advisor for the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network from 2012-2016.

In 2016, Dr. Kiran assumed a new role as an Embedded Clinician Researcher at Health Quality Ontario where she is leading a program of research to understand what matters to patients in the transition from hospital to home.

 

Katherine RouleauDr. Katherine Rouleau
Vice-Chair, Global Health and Social Accountability

Dr. Katherine Rouleau is a family physician at St-Michael's Hospital in Toronto and Vice-Chair of Global Health and Social Accountability 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.

 
Dr. Peter Selby

Dr. Peter Selby
Interim Vice-Chair, Research

Dr. Selby is the Giblon Professor and Interim Vice-Chair Research in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, a Senior Medical Consultant and Clinician Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and a Professor in DFCM, the Department of Psychiatry, and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He is also a Clinician Scientist and the Director of the recently established Mental Health and Addictions Division at DFCM. Additionally, he is completing his term as the Chair of the Medical Education Council for the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Selby is a respected leader and researcher in areas including addictive disorders, motivational interviewing and health behavior change at individual and system levels. His research focuses on innovative methods to understand and treat addictive behaviours and their comorbidities. He uses technology to combine clinical medicine and public health methods to scale up and test health interventions. His most recent program of research utilizes a Learning Health Systems approach to investigate how technology enabled collaborative care can enhance the delivery of evidence-based interventions to the patient while providing a more satisfying experience of care for both patient and provider.

 

David TannenbaumDr. David Tannenbaum
Vice-Chair, Operations

Dr. David Tannenbaum, Interim Chair at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, is an Associate Professor in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and was the Family Physician-in-Chief in the Ray D. Wolfe Department of Family Medicine at Sinai Health System until August 2021. He has an active clinical practice and teaches residents and medical students in the Granovsky Gluskin Family Medicine Centre where he is also the lead physician of the Mount Sinai Academic Family Health Team.

Dr. Tannenbaum is Chair of the University of Toronto Temerty Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Board of Medical Assessors and Chair of the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee at Health Quality Ontario. He served as Interim Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the first part of 2017. Dr. Tannenbaum held the position of president of the Ontario College of Family Physicians in 2012.

Dr. Tannenbaum received his medical degree from McGill University in 1977, and completed residency training in Family Medicine at McGill and at the Medical University of South Carolina. His main academic interests include innovations in curriculum design and implementation in residency. He chaired the Working Group on Curriculum Review at the College of Family Physicians of Canada that led to the implementation of the Triple C Competency-based Curriculum in family medicine residency training. He is the recipient of several awards for teaching and contributions to postgraduate medical education.

 

 

Dr. David WhiteDr. David White
Vice-Chair, Family Doctor Leadership

Dr. David White is Professor and Vice-Chair of Family Doctor Leadership in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. White has 40 years’ experience as a clinician, teacher and researcher. He has practiced in Northwestern Ontario, teaching hospital family practice units and currently is in a community-based teaching practice affiliated with North York General Hospital.

Dr. White’s academic leadership has included serving as Chief of Family Medicine at NYGH, and roles in undergraduate and postgraduate education. He helped to establish the first practice-based research network at the University of Toronto, which has grown into the DFCM-wide UTOPIAN.

Dr. White is the former President and Board Chair of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, representing 35,000 family physicians across the country.

 

Program Directors

Julia AlleyneDr. Julia M. K. Alleyne
Associate Program Director, Academic FellowshipCRC, 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 7,500 athletes.

 
Dr. Viola Antao

Dr. Viola Antao
Program Director, Faculty Development

Dr. Antao received her medical degree at the University of Toronto in 1999. She completed her Family Medicine residency training at St. Michael's Hospital in 2001, and a Women's Health Fellowship at Women's College Hospital in 2002. She is an Associate Professor and Director of Faculty Development in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University Of Toronto.

Dr. Antao practices Family Medicine in the Women's College Family Practice Health Centre. She participates in teaching clerks, residents, elective students and fellows. She is a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada's Working Group on Faculty Development. Her research interests are in inter-professional education, education scholarship, leadership and faculty development.

Dr. Antao completed the NEAL Program in 2015. She is the recipient of the Education Innovation Award, Faculty of Medicine, Women's College Hospital and the Jamie Meuser Award for Excellence in Leadership and Professional Development, Department of Family and Community Medicine.

 

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

Dr. 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.

 
Kulamakan (Mahan) Kulasegaram

    
Kulamakan (Mahan) Kulasegaram (PhD)
Program Director, Office of Education Scholarship

Dr. Kulasegaram's research examines educational assessment from both a psychometric and cognitive perspective. His work aims to advance assessment theory and practice by conceptualizing assessment as an instructional and advancement opportunity. This involves re-examining the entire context of assessment - the objectives, process, tools, learners, and raters - from theoretical perspectives informed by cognitive theory and best evidence on measurement. His other interest is in how assessment data can be used to inform and assist learners, teachers, and program leaders. In this area, he studies the social and scientific value of 'Big Data' in medical education.

He is currently Director of DFCM’s Office of Education Scholarship, an Associate Professor in the DFCM at the University of Toronto and is the Assessment Scientist in the MD Program.

 
Dr. Azi Moaveni

Dr. Azadeh Moaveni
Program Director, Undergraduate Education Program and Clerkship

Dr. 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.

 

 
Dr. Stuart Murdoch

Dr. Stuart Murdoch
Program Director, Postgraduate Education

Dr. Stuart Murdoch is the Postgraduate Education Program Director for the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Murdoch is an experienced family physician, teacher and educational leader, and has been a key individual in the development and implementation of the Barrie residency program at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH). He has served in dual leadership roles as Chief, Department of Family Medicine, and the Family Medicine Residency Program Site Director at RVH for the past nine years.

A graduate of McMaster, Dr. Murdoch completed his family medicine residency training in our department in 1990, at North York General. Since that time, he is committed to teaching while providing comprehensive family medicine including inpatient and palliative care.  He is highly-regarded for his leadership and innovation in postgraduate education.

Dr. Murdoch has received a number of DFCM awards in recognition of his educational achievement and leadership, including the 2016 Award of Excellence (Leadership) and the 2012 Program Leadership in Educational Achievement. He has also contributed to many committees pertaining to education, leadership and scholarship in the DFCM. Dr. Murdoch has completed the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine’s New and Evolving Academic Leaders (NEAL) program at the Centre for Faculty Development.

 
Photograph of Dr. Leslie Nickell

Dr. Leslie Nickell
Medical Director, Physician Assistant Program

Dr. Nickell is an Associate Professor at DFCM and has been a faculty member since 1993. She was a full-time family physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre for over 20 years before joining Bridgepoint Hospital in 2013. She is the Medical Lead for Caregiver Support Services at the Bridgepoint site of Sinai Health System. She has served in many medical education roles throughout her career, most recently as the Associate Dean, Health Professions Student Affairs, at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. 

Dr. Nickell’s priorities include continuing to support the excellent education delivered to students, as well as undertaking scholarship activities to further identify and validate the  benefits of the program and the profession; with the ultimate aim to strengthen the role of the physician assistant within the Canadian healthcare system, both provincially and nationally. She believes we can learn from studying our own experiences to date and those of  Canadian and global colleagues.

 

Photograph of Dr. Giovanna Sirianni

Dr. Giovanna Sirianni
Program Director, Enhanced Skills Program

Dr. Giovanna Sirianni is the Enhanced Skills Program Director. She is an assistant professor at DFCM, a family physician with a focused practice in palliative care at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and a Master’s degree candidate at both the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and DFCM, where she is working toward her MScCH in Health Practitioner Teacher Education. She is also a former Program Director for DFCM’s Palliative Medicine Enhanced Skills Program.

Dr. Sirianni's academic interests include curriculum development and assessment methods in postgraduate medical education. Dr. Sirianni is actively involved in faculty development for competency-based medical education (CBME) at the postgraduate level. She is currently the lead author of an education scholarship grant focusing on the development of a pilot podcast focusing on the stories of patients, caregivers and health care professionals in the setting of serious, life-limiting illness. She is a dedicated teacher in the undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development areas of medicine.

 

 

Division Heads

Dr. Sid FeldmanDr. Sid Feldman
Head, Division of Care of the Elderly

Dr. Sid Feldman is an Associate Professor at DFCM, a family physician with the North York Family Health Team, and Chief of Family and Community Medicine at Baycrest Health Sciences. He is currently the Chair of the Members’ Interest Group in Care of the Elderly at the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Dr. Feldman brings a wealth of experience in caring for older adults in community and long-term care.

 

Dr. Eric LetovskyDr. Eric Letovsky
Head, Division of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Eric Letovsky is a graduate of Yale University and completed medicine at McGill. He completed postgraduate work at the University of Toronto and has been an emergency physician since 1980. He was the EM residency program director for 17 years and is now the Director of the Division of Emergency Medicine in the DFCM. He is the Chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Trillium Health Partners, and is a Full Professor in the Faculty.

 

 

Dr. Peter SelbyDr. Peter Selby
Head, Division of Mental Health and Addiction

Dr. Selby is the Giblon Professor and Interim Vice-Chair Research in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, a Senior Medical Consultant and Clinician Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and a Professor in DFCM, the Department of Psychiatry, and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He is also a Clinician Scientist and the Director of the recently established Mental Health and Addictions Division at DFCM. Additionally, he is completing his term as the Chair of the Medical Education Council for the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Selby is a respected leader and researcher in areas including addictive disorders, motivational interviewing and health behavior change at individual and system levels. His research focuses on innovative methods to understand and treat addictive behaviours and their comorbidities. He uses technology to combine clinical medicine and public health methods to scale up and test health interventions. His most recent program of research utilizes a Learning Health Systems approach to investigate how technology enabled collaborative care can enhance the delivery of evidence-based interventions to the patient while providing a more satisfying experience of care for both patient and provider.

 

Dr. Christine SoongDr. Christine Soong
Head, Division of Hospital Medicine

Dr. Soong is an academic hospitalist and an Associate Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.  She completed her medical degree at Western University, family medicine residency at the University of Toronto, and a Master’s degree in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.  Dr. Soong is the Division Head of the Division of Hospital Medicine at Sinai Health and the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She is the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at Sinai Health and the Implementation Lead at Choosing Wisely Canada. Her research and QI interests include patient safety, high-value care, novel models of inpatient care, and transitions of care.

 

Dr. Ross UpshurDr. Ross Upshur
Head, Division of Public Health

Dr. Ross Upshur is currently the Dalla Lana Chair in Clinical Public Health and Head of the Division of Clinical Public Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Scientific Director, Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation and Associate Director of the Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health. At the University of Toronto, he is a Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Department of Family and Community Medicine, affiliate member of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Member of the Centre for Environment and Adjunct Senior Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. He is a Staff Physician at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, Sinai Health.

 
Dr. Kirsten Wentlandt

Dr. Kirsten Wentlandt
Head, Division of Palliative Care

Dr. Kirsten Wentlandt is the W. Gifford-Jones Professor in Pain Control and Palliative Care, and the Head of the Division of Palliative Care at the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM). As the W. Gifford-Jones Professor, she will lead a community of learners, teachers, innovators, researchers, and practitioners to improve the quality of palliative and end-of-life care for patients and their families through education, research, quality improvement, and knowledge translation.

Dr. Wentlandt is also an Associate Professor at DFCM and a family physician practicing as part of UHN’s palliative care team. She was also recently the Research Lead for the Division of Palliative Care at DFCM and a Regional Palliative Care Lead at the Toronto Central LHIN and Cancer Care Ontario.

 

 

Business Administration Director

Photograph of Caroline Turenko

Caroline Turenko
Director, Business Administration

Caroline Turenko is the Business Administration Director at DFCM since 2003 and an employee at the University of Toronto for over 30 years.

Throughout her career at the University of Toronto, Caroline has held several positions at the Dean's Office Faculty of Medicine, department positions and also the President's office.

During the DFCM's residency expansion, Caroline oversaw all aspects of the department's capital expansion, the financial funding increase of the residency program and managed the administrative growth of the department—increasing a small staff of nine administrative members to 40. 

She looks forward to continuing in her role and managing the departments.