University of Toronto Medicine alumni have always been renowned for their contributions to their communities. Today, with the global COVID-19 pandemic shining a spotlight on health and healthcare providers, we are prouder than ever to announce the recipients of the 2020 Dean’s Alumni Awards.
This year’s honoured awardees include a Parkinson’s disease research pioneer, a paediatric social justice advocate, a champion of the homeless, a leading suicide prevention researcher and a home hemodialysis innovator. While their work may be diverse, each shares an important attribute: a commitment to making a difference.
Dr. Naheed Dosani, PGME ’13 (Family & Community Medicine) recipient of Humanitarian Award
Dr. Dosani founded Palliative Education and Care for the Homeless (PEACH) — Canada’s first community-based Palliative Care outreach program, aimed at supporting the needs of Toronto’s most vulnerable and marginalized citizens. The street and shelter-based community outreach program aims to meld evidence-based practices from the field of Palliative Care with best practices from inner-city health research, using a supportive and empathic approach. Since its founding in 2014, PEACH has become nationally and internationally recognized with over 350 patients receiving PEACH-style care. As a result of his leadership and advocacy, Dr. Dosani inspired the development of Journey Home Hospice (JHH), a residential hospice that provides high-quality end-of-life care to individuals who have lived along the homeless continuum.