Charles Peter W. Warren History of Medicine Essay Prize: Recipients


Dr. Barbara Marzario

Dr. Barbara Marzario is a Dermatology resident at the University of Ottawa. She is the 2021 recipient of the Charles Peter W. Warren History of Medicine Essay Prize for her paper entitled “Visual Representations of Dermatology Classification Schemes and their Enduring Relevance to the Training of Canadian Dermatology Residents.” Barbara holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Master of Arts in Art History from the University of Toronto. This project combines her academic and professional interests to explore connections between botany and dermatology, visual representations of dermatology classification schemes, and modern dermatology education.


Dr. Jasmine Mah

Jasmine Mah, M.D., is a medical resident at Dalhousie University. Jasmine is the 2020 recipient of the Charles Peter W. Warren History of Medicine Essay Prize, for her paper entitled “A Short History of Long Term Care in Nova Scotia”. The essay delves into the origins of long-term care in Nova Scotia and its evolution into the current model that stands today. Her presentation of insight offers readers a better understanding of contemporary problems for Nova Scotia’s aging population, and solutions to address the prevailing issues.

Dr. Hannah Burton, Psychiatry Resident at the University of British Columbia, is the runner-up for the 2020 Charles Peter W. Warren History of Medicine Essay Prize. Her essay entitled “The Introduction and Influence of Shock Therapies in Canadian Psychiatry” received notable praise from the Royal College History and Heritage Advisory Committee.


Dr. Roy Kazan

Winning paper: “The Evolution of Surgical Simulation: The Current State and Future Avenues for Plastic Surgery Education.” Dr. Kazan was lead author on this paper, which was published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (February 2017).

Dr. Kazan is a resident in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at McGill University. He completed his doctoral studies in Experimental Surgery at the Montreal General Hospital. During this time, he obtained the Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation grant. He also received a Canadian Institutes of Health Research award. His research led to the development of the first breast augmentation simulator, under the supervision of Dr. Mirko Gilardino and Dr. Thomas Hemmerling. Dr. Kazan has presented his work to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons. His long-term goals are to practise in a university hospital and maintain a research academic career.


Dr. Malika Ladha

Dr. Malika Ladha is a Dermatology resident-physician at the University of Calgary. Malika is the 2018 recipient of the Charles Peter W. Warren History of Medicine Essay Prize, for her paper entitled “Pioneers in the Development of Canadian Plastic Surgery as a Specialty and Field of Education: Fulton Risdon, Stuart Gordon and Alfred Farmer.”

Dr. Ladha is currently working toward publication of her paper. We wish her all the best.


Dr. Alexander Dyck

Winning paper: “Patients, Politics and Psychiatric Classification at Weyburn Mental Hospital: 1921-1948.” [link to PDF of paper – available in English only]

Dr. Dyck is a resident in Psychiatry at the University of Alberta. He was awarded a Hannah Studentship from the Associated Medical Services to work with historian Erika Dyck while attending medical school at the University of Saskatchewan. He has presented on this project to the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine and the Alberta Psychiatric Association. As a medical student, he also co-founded the Health Innovation & Public Policy Initiative (HIPPI), which continues to host a popular annual conference on the future of health care in Canada. Originally from Regina, Sask., Alexander holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano from McGill University, where he was a Schulich Scholar.


Dr. Sarah Levitt

Winning paper: Separate, but equal? An examination of physician identities in the era of competency-based medical education

Dr. Sarah Levitt is a psychiatry resident at the University of Toronto. In 2016, Sarah received funding through the Royal College’s Peter Warren History of Medicine Scholarship to conduct research using the Royal College archives and History of Medicine collection. The resulting paper is entitled “Separate, but equal? An examination of physician identities in the era of competency-based medical education”. In a brief interview, Sarah discusses her paper and the research she conducted.