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K.J.R. Wightman Award for Scholarship in Ethics

2019

Dr. Aravind Ganesh

Aravind Ganesh is a neurology resident at the University of Calgary’s Department of Clinical Neurosciences, having graduated from the MD program in 2012. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 2014 to pursue a DPhil in Clinical Neurosciences under Professor Peter Rothwell at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Prevention of Stroke and Dementia. His thesis was on long-term stroke outcomes – including dementia, mortality, and healthcare costs – in the Oxford Vascular Study, and how they can be used to optimize the design/interpretation of stroke trials. With Professor Gordon Wilcock, he also co-led a collaboration with McGill University to study blood-based biomarkers in Alzheimer’s disease. While at Oxford, he earned an Associate Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy via his contributions as a Clinical Teaching Associate at St John’s College, providing hospital-based teaching for medical students. Since returning to Calgary, he has continued working on clinical research projects in dementia and stroke, guided by mentors like Dr. Eric Smith, Dr. Bijoy Menon, Dr. Michael Hill, Dr. Andrew Demchuk, and Dr. Mayank Goyal. He has also served on the Neurology journal’s editorial board for the past five years and is a section editor for the “Practice Current” initiative through Neurology: Clinical Practice, to understand how neurologists navigate complex topics. Upon completing his residency, he will pursue a fellowship in cognitive and vascular neurology in Calgary, and hopes to work as a clinician-scientist to improve therapies and outcomes for patients with stroke and vascular cognitive impairment or dementia.
For his ethics paper, he was guided by Dr. Anand Viswanathan (Harvard Medical School) and inspired by his medical teacher Dr. Keith Brownell (University of Calgary).

2018

Dr. Benjamin Chin-Yee

Between Data and Dialogue: Clinical Judgment Revisited
Benjamin Chin-Yee is an internal medicine resident at the University of Toronto, where he also completed his MD and MA in the history and philosophy of science. His research spans a range of disciplines, from bioethics to the history and philosophy of medicine. He is particularly interested in the ethics of the patient-physician relationship and how to integrate evidence-based and precision medicine to provide individualized, person-centered care. His current work explores the philosophical implications of big data and genomic medicine in clinical practice.

2017

Dr. Malika Sharma

Knowledge as power: the aims of medical education
Dr Malika Sharma is an infectious disease and HIV physician at Maple Leaf Medical Clinic and Clinical Associate at St. Michael's Hospital. She is also an HIV consultant at Regent Park Community Health Centre, serving noninsured people living with HIV. Malika has a Masters in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her clinical and research interests center around the HIV care, the care of marginalized communities, and advocacy.

2016

Dr. Ryan Snelgrove - Edmonton, Alta.

The unintended effects from prioritizing health care efficiency over equity

Ryan Snelgrove obtained his MD from Memorial University, general surgery Residency at the University of Calgary and Colorectal Surgery Fellowship at the University of Toronto. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta. Ryan was previously a fellow at the Wilson Centre for Research in Medical Education and is completing a Collaborative Masters in Science and bioethics. His research interest is in patient decision making and how patients and different medical specialties comprehend diseases and construct different understandings of best practice.

2014

Dr. Simon Oczkowski, Hamilton, Ont.

Family Presence During Resuscitation: An Ethical Analysis

Simon Oczkowski is a critical-care resident at McMaster University, and is completing his master’s in bioethics at the University of Toronto. He plans to continue training at McMaster University’s Health Research Methodology program as a clinical scholar in the division of critical care.

2013

Dr. Chris Hahn, Calgary, Alta.

Prescribing Drugs for Cognitive Enhancement