Appointment of Professor Heather Boon as Interim Dean of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

PDAD&C#68, 2012-13

To:  Faculty, staff, and students of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
PDAD&C 
From:      Cheryl Misak, Vice-President & Provost 
Date:  June 26, 2013
Re:  Appointment of Professor Heather Boon as Interim Dean of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy 
cc:  President David Naylor
The Bulletin

I am extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Heather Boon as Interim Dean of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, or until the appointment of a new Dean, whichever comes first.

I received an extraordinary number of thoughtful responses to the call for nominations on June 5, 2013. Professor Boon's appointment as Interim Dean is a result of those responses as well as further consultation. I am grateful that Professor Boon has agreed to serve in this important role. In her current role as Associate Dean, Graduate Education, Professor Boon is familiar with the exciting new curriculum at the Faculty, and its community of students, faculty, and practitioners.

Professor Boon received her BScPhm and PhD from the University of Toronto, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Western University. Dr. Boon is one of the Founding Directors and Principal Investigators of the Canadian Interdisciplinary Network for CAM Research (IN-CAM) and was Chair of Health Canada's Expert Advisory Committee for Natural Health Products until it finished its work in 2009.

Professor Boon has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on complementary/alternative medicine and is co-author of the textbook, A Complete Natural Medicine Guide to the 55 Most Common Herbs (2nd Edition). She is a health services researcher focused on exploring why and how patients use complementary and alternative medicine; the safety and efficacy of natural health products; as well as policy and regulatory issues related to complementary and integrative medicine products and practitioners.

Please join me in welcoming Professor Boon as Interim Dean of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy.