Leadership & Committees

Executive Committee 

The Executive Committee, chaired by the IMS Director, Dr. Lucy Osborne, provides guidance and direction in all aspects of the Strategic Plan implementation and decision-making. It helps set out the vision and overall strategic direction, goals and objectives of the IMS, and is the approval body for proposals, policies and initiatives developed by the other IMS committees.

For more information about this committee, please contact Alicia Sam.

2021-2022 Members:

Drs. Samantha Anthony, Isabella Caniggia, Sunit Das, Karen Gordon, Nicole Harnett, Lucy Osborne (Chair) and John Vincent.

Leadership Group

The Leadership Group, run by the IMS Director, Dr. Lucy Osborne, provides operational support in all aspects of IMS day-to-day administration. It works to ensure the excellent quality of academic programs by considering proposals for new initiatives and monitoring reviews of existing programs. The group works collectively to action aspects of the Strategic Plan.

For more information about the Leadership Group, please contact Sarah Topa.

2021-2022 Members:

Kayvan Aflaki, Dr. Samantha Anthony, Dr. Ted Brown, Dr. Isabella Caniggia, Dr. Chung-Wai Chow, Dr. Sunit Das, Dr. Zhong-Ping Feng, Dr. Karen Gordon, Dr. Eyal Grunebaum, Prof. Nicole Harnett, Dr. Jodie Jenkinson, Dr. Marianne Koritzinsky, Kamila Lear, Dr. Lucy Osborne (Chair), Serena Peck, Dr. Reinhart Reithmeier, Sarah Topa, Dr. John Vincent and Dr. Catharine Walsh.

Admissions Committee 

The Admissions Committee, chaired by Dr. Eyal Grunebaum, reports to the Executive Committee. It provides thorough review of IMS graduate student applications, makes recommendations for admission, and oversees admission policies. 

For more information about the Admissions Committee, or to inquire about participation, please contact Hazel Pollard.

2021-2022 Members:

Dr. Moumita Barou, Dr. Isabella Caniggia, Dr. Vinod Chandran, Dr. Nomazulu Dlamini, Michelle Dubinsky, Dr. Peter Giacobbe, Dr. Eyal Grunebaum (Chair), Dr. Katarzyna Jerzak, Dr. Yaping Jin, Dr. Jennifer Jones, Dr. Lucy Osborne, Dr. Markus Selzner, Dr. Mike Tymianski, Dr. John Vincent, Dr. Jerry Warsh and Dr. Ann Yeh.

Appointments Committee

The Appointments Committee, chaired by Dr. Karen Gordon, reviews and processes all applications for graduate faculty appointments and reappointments.  Further details about the application process including forms and deadlines can be found here

For more information about the Appointments Committee, or to inquire about participation, please contact Alicia Sam.

2021-2022 Members:

Drs. Cathy Barr, Ted Brown, Karen Gordon (Chair), Mojgan Hodaie, Warren Lee and Derek Ng.

Awards Committee 

The Awards Committee, chaired by Dr. Chung-Wai Chow, establishes policies, reviews and processes applications for student financial awards administered by the IMS. 

For more information about the Awards Committee, or to inquire about participation, please contact Alicia Sam.

2021-2022 Members:

Dr. Chung-Wai Chow (Chair), Joanne Lee and Alicia Sam.

IMS Representatives at SGS Awards Review Committee: Drs. Urban Emmenneger and Steven Narod.

Curriculum Committee

The Curriculum Committee, chaired by Prof. Nicole Harnett, reports to the Executive Committee. It reviews and monitors all course offerings by the IMS and recommends and implements changes to the curriculum. 

For more information about the Curriculum Committee, or to inquire about participation, please contact Sobiga Vyravanathan.

2021-2022 Members:

Dr. Danielle Bentley, Anna Cocco, Dr. Michael Corrin, Lisa Eunyoung Lee, Caitlin Gillan, Dr. John Griffiths, Prof. Nicole Harnett (Chair), Nairy Khodabakhshian, Dr. Marianne Koritzinsky, Tulip Marawi, Dr. Lucy Osborne, Sobiga Vyravanathan and Dr. Alaa Youssef.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Committee 

The Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Committee, chaired by Dr. Sunit Das, identifies and recommends opportunities and initiatives to improve diverse representation and inclusion of historically marginalized and underrepresented groups in the IMS, and ensures equitable pathways to education, teaching and research.  This Committee reports to the Executive Committee.

For more information about the EDI Committee, or to inquire about participation, please contact Alicia Sam.

2021-2022 Members:

Dr. Mahavir Agarwal, Dr. Andrea Boggild, Amy Chan, Dr. Sunit Das (Chair), Ankita Das, Dr. Karen Davis, Layan Elfaki, Dr. Dan Felsky, Tuana Kant, Segan Kidane, Sam Motamed, Dr. Farooq Naeem, Anisa Nazir, Mohsen Poorganji, Alicia Sam, Thiviya Selvanathan, Dr. Pascal Tyrrell, Giorge Voutsas and Dr. Gwyneth Zai.

Student, Staff, Alumni and Faculty Engagement (SAFE) Committee 

The Student, Staff, Alumni, and Faculty Engagement (SAFE) Committee, is Chaired by Dr. Samantha Anthony and Co-Chaired by Sarah Topa. The committee aims to create engagement and connectivity in a community that is often working in isolation amongst siloed research areas and hospital sites. The SAFE Committee supports the IMS student groups and associations, oversees a variety of student-led initiatives and activities, and implements new tools and resources to support increased faculty and alumni engagement.

For more information about the SAFE Committee, please contact Sarah Topa.

2021-2022 Members:

Kayvan Aflaki, Noor Al Kaabi, Dr. Samantha Anthony (Chair), Dr. Gabriella Chan, Dr. Nabilah Chowdhury, Dr. Sunit Das, Shaghayegh Foroozan Boorjeni, Dr. Anna Gagliardi, Nairy Khodabakshian, Jesse Knight, Kyla Lee, Jason Lo Hog Tian, Dr. Helen Miliotis, Fernando Montano Rendon, Serena Peck, Mohsen Poorgani, Nayaab Punjani, Sarah Topa (Co-Chair) and Mikaeel Valli.

International Development Committee 

The International Development Committee is Chaired by Dr. Zhong-Ping Feng, IMS Director for International Development, and Co-Chaired by Sarah Topa, IMS International Program & Partnerships Officer. With an increased focus on international development at the University of Toronto, and following Presidential Priority #2 (Strengthen and deepen key international partnerships by means of a well-defined strategic focus), the Committee’s purpose is to forge partnerships and develop initiatives that create unique opportunities for the IMS community and that better establish IMS’ global footprin

For more information about the International Development Committee, please email Sarah Topa.

2021-2022 Members: 

Vanessa Costa Menezes, Dr. Michael Fehlings, Dr. Zhong-Ping Feng (Chair), Dr. Stefan Kloiber, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, Dr. Michael Kutryk, Dr. Bernard Le Foll, Anna Mandel, Dr. Roger McIntyre, Dr. Lucy Osborne, Mohsen Poorgani, Patrick Salwierz, Sarah Topa (Co-Chair) and Dr. Pascal Tyrell.