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

 
PDAD&C#74, 2013-14

To:  Faculty, Students and Staff of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From:  Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost
Date:      June 11, 2014
cc: President Meric Gertler
The Bulletin 
Re:  Appointment of Professor Heather Boon as Dean of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

I am delighted to announce that the Agenda Committee of Academic Board has approved the appointment of Professor Heather Boon as Dean of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto for a five-year term, beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2019.

Professor Boon is Professor and Interim Dean in the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. She is cross-appointed to the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation in the Faculty of Medicine.

Professor Boon is a CIHR-funded researcher known for her work on patients’ use of complementary/alternative medicine (CAM), the safety and efficacy of natural health products, and related regulatory and policy issues. She has published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles and is co-author of the textbook, A Complete Natural Medicine Guide to the 55 Most Common Herbs (2nd Edition). Her teaching record includes contributions to undergraduate and graduate education, including the supervision of dozens of undergraduate, resident, master’s, doctoral and post-doctoral students.

Professor Boon is one of the Founding Directors and Principal Investigators of the Canadian Interdisciplinary Network for CAM Research (IN-CAM), which received start-up funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health and the Natural Health Products Directorate (Health Canada). She is President of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR) and former Chair of Health Canada’s Expert Advisory Committee for Natural Health Products.

Professor Boon received her BScPhm and PhD from Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. She practiced as a pharmacist and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine at Western University before returning to the University of Toronto.

Prior to serving as Interim Dean in 2013-14, Professor Boon served as Associate Dean, Graduate Education. She brings to the position strong operational skills and a highly collaborative leadership style. Please join me in congratulating Professor Boon on her appointment.