50 Appointment of Professor Catharine Whiteside Dean Faculty of Medicine

PDAD&C #50, 2005-06


FROM: Professor Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
DATE: December 8, 2005
RE: Appointment of Professor Catharine Whiteside, Dean, Faculty of Medicine

I am pleased to announce that the Academic Board has approved the appointment of Professor Catharine Whiteside as Dean, Faculty of Medicine, effective January 1, 2006 and ending June 30, 2011.

Dr. Whiteside is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. She completed Royal College postgraduate training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. Following clinical training she obtained her PhD from the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto. Dr. Whiteside joined the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1985 as a Clinician-Scientist and has engaged in basic research in the field of cellular mechanisms of kidney disease with a particular interest in the study of diabetic nephropathy.

Throughout her career as a nephrologist at the University Health Network and researcher, she has engaged in education at all levels in the Faculty of Medicine. She is a 2-time winner of the W. T. Aikens Award for contributions to teaching in the undergraduate medical education curriculum. From 1993 to 1999, she was the Graduate Coordinator of the Institute of Medical Sciences, which is the largest graduate unit in the Faculty of Medicine and serves the Clinical Departments. During this time, she organized the Certificate Program in Higher Education in the Institute of Medical Science for senior PhD students in health sciences.

This program was designed to help doctoral students develop teaching skills in preparation for a future academic career. Dr. Whiteside has particular interest in promoting research training for MDs and directed the Clinician-Scientist training program in the Department of Medicine from 1997 to 2002.

In 2000, Dr. Whiteside assumed the position of Associate Dean Graduate and Inter-Faculty Affairs, Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto with responsibility for graduate and 2nd entry allied health academic programs, as well as the MD/PhD program. This decanal portfolio has enabled Dr. Whiteside to integrate her expertise in research and education. She has worked closely with The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences to oversee a joint BSc/Diploma in Medical Radiation Sciences program with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. On behalf of the Council of Health Science and Social Work Deans she has chaired the Inter-Professional Education Curriculum Planning Committee.

Professor Whiteside has served as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Interim Vice Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions since June 16, 2005.

Professor Whiteside has an outstanding record as a teacher, scholar, clinician and administrator. She has a background that will serve the faculty well in the years ahead.