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Regional Prix d’excellence — Specialist of the Year: Biographies


Dr. Ernest P. Janzen, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Ernest P. Janzen, MD, FRCPC
Winner of the Prix d’Excellence-Specialist of the Year award for Royal College Region 1
Associate Clinical Professor, University of Calgary
Active Staff, Chinook Regional Hospital, Lethbridge, Alta.

Thirty-one years ago, Dr. Janzen returned to his roots in southern Alberta to begin a fulfilling career in General Internal Medicine, with an emphasis in Cardiology and Critical Care. After graduating from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta, he completed an internship and second year pre-licensure studies at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Alta., followed by an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Alberta. He entered practice grateful to all who trained and nurtured him. The learning has continued unabated as medical knowledge and therapies have evolved. Also invigorating and valued has been the daily collaboration and interaction with countless colleagues, residents, nurses and students. They have offered insights, encouragement and comradery, which eased the inevitable rigors of a demanding career. The biggest reward, however, has been the daily interaction with patients whose well-being, in the end, is the ultimate aim of this most gratifying vocation.

Dr. John M. Embil, MD, FRCPC, FACP

Dr. John M. Embil, MD, FRCPC, FACP
Winner of the Prix d’Excellence-Specialist of the Year award for Royal College Region 2
Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Man.

Dr. John Embil is a professor of medicine, and a specialist in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Man. He is the medical director of the Infection Prevention and Control Program for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and he sits on several infection control committees of the Public Health Agency of Canada. Dr. Embil is a member of working groups for the management of the diabetic foot for the Canadian Diabetes Association, International Working Group for the Diabetic Foot and the Infectious Disease Society of America. He has been involved in the drafting of guidelines for all of these organizations.

Dr. Embil has published nearly 200 scientific articles in the fields of infectious diseases, infection control, antimicrobial utilization, and infections in persons with diabetes. His research interests include the diabetic foot, blastomycosis, hospital infection control and clinical trials for new anti-infective agents and wound care therapies. Dr. Embil is a busy clinician who also provides care to the residents of Manitoba and northwestern Manitoba.

Dr. Dilkhush D. Panjwani, MBBS, DPM, MD, MRCPsych, FRCPC

Dr. Dilkhush D. Panjwani, MBBS, DPM, MD, MRCPsych, FRCPC
Winner of the 2016 Prix d’Excellence-Specialist of the Year for Royal College Region 3
Consultant Staff Psychiatrist, Trillium Health Partners, Toronto/Mississauga, Ont.
Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

Dr. Dilkhush Panjwani is a consultant psychiatrist at Trillium Health Partners and a lecturer in psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Over the past 40 years, he has not only served persons suffering from mental health problems in three different continents, but also tirelessly advocated to eradicate the stigma of mental illness through public awareness and education. He has provided voluntary community service to many bereaved families and newcomers to Ontario.

Dr. Panjwani has generously donated his time, knowledge and resources to community and non-profit organisations such as Aga Khan Foundation Canada, BAPS Charities, and Focus Humanitarian Assistance, among many others. In addition, he is a founding member of the annual Lions Community Walk/Run for Happiness in support of mental health. He has raised large amount of funds for Markham Stouffville Hospital, Canadian Mental Health Association and Ontario Shores Foundation & Centre for Mental Health Sciences. He served as board member of Canadian Mental Health Association and Children Aid Society.

Dr. Panjwani’s professional work and exemplary community services in both northern Ontario's rural communities and Greater Toronto Area have positively impacted the physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing of several thousand Ontarians, as well as benefited the workplace and economy of Ontario. His community contributions have earned him the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and recognitions/awards from many organizations.

Dr. Jacques E. Leclerc, MD, FRCSC

Dr. Jacques E. Leclerc, MD, FRCSC
Recipient of the 2016 Regional Prix d'excellence-Specialist of the Year for Royal College Region 4
Associate Clinical Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Université Laval, Quebec City, Quebec

Dr. Jacques Leclerc completed his medical studies and specialty training in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Université Laval, followed by fellowships in pediatric otolaryngology at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and at Hôpital Necker in Paris. Dr. Leclerc began his practice at the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université Laval in 1985, where he was instrumental in establishing the Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology. He was a member and subsequently chair of the CHUQ oral-facial malformations committee. Dr. Leclerc is very active in teaching and holds an appointment as Associate Clinical Professor. He has served as an examiner and examination board chair for the Collège des Médecins du Québec and for the Royal College.

In terms of research, Dr. Leclerc has published numerous articles in more than 10 different journals on a variety of subjects, including nasal physiology, choanal atresia, cleft lip/cleft palate, velopharyngeal insufficiency and 3D navigation in pediatric endoscopic sinus surgery. He serves as review board member for three scientific journals in the speciality. He was Invited Faculty at the World Congress of the International Federation of Oto-rhino-laryngological Societies in Seoul in 2013. From 1995 to 2000, he was administrative head of the CHUQ Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and head of the Université Laval Department of Otolaryngology. Dr. Leclerc served as secretary (1999–2004) and president (2004–2005) of the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Ian R. Morris, BEng, MD, FRCPC, DABA, FACEP

Dr. Ian R. Morris, BEng, MD, FRCPC, DABA, FACEP
Winner of the Prix d’Excellence-Specialist of the Year award for Royal College Region 5
Professor, Department of Anaesthesia, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S.

Dr. Morris spent his early years in Trinity, N.L. Prior to medical school, he earned a Diploma in Engineering from Memorial University and completed a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at Nova Scotia Technical College. He completed his medical degree at the Dalhousie School of Medicine in 1976 and a rotating internship in 1977. Dr. Morris did general practice before working as an emergency room physician at the Victoria General Hospital and then started specialty training two years later. After one year of General Surgery, he switched into Anesthesia, completing specialty training in Anesthesia in 1984, and obtaining specialist certification by the Royal College and the American Board of Anesthesiology.

He then completed a residency in Emergency Medicine in Denver, Colorado. He obtained specialist certification in Emergency Medicine from the Royal College in 1987 and the American Board of Emergency Medicine in 1988. He returned to Halifax to work at the Victoria General in emergency medicine and anesthesia in 1987, and then switched to full-time anesthesia practice in 1991. Dr. Morris has served as associate clinical chief of anesthesia at the Victoria General, as well as subspecialty chief of liver transplantation anesthesia and subspecialty chief of thoracic anesthesia. He was appointed professor in the Department of Anesthesia in 2004. His major teaching interest has been airway management.