2018 Award Recipients

The Meridith Marks Award for Excellence in Education Recipient – Dr. Nancy Dudek

The Meridith Marks Award for Excellence in Education was developed by the Canadian Physiatrists Research and Development Foundation (CPRDF) and Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (CAPM&R) to recognize excellence in education among physiatrists.

The Award is named in honour of Dr. Meridith Marks to acknowledge her significant contributions to medical education in Canada.

The recipient of this award will be a CAPM&R member in good standing who has contributed to education within the CAPM&R, as well as to medical education at a local and national level.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Nancy Dudek is the 2018 award recipient. Join us in Whitehorse and offer Nancy your congratulations and support.

Nancy DudekDr. Nancy Dudek is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She received her MD from The University of Western Ontario in 1999. She became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2004 in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In 2005 she completed a Master of Education program at the University of Toronto.

She has a diverse clinical practice and works at The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. She focuses on Amputee Rehabilitation, Prosthetics and Orthotics. Dr. Dudek’s academic interests are in Medical Education. Her focus is the assessment of medical students and residents with a particular interest in work based assessment. She holds several grants related to research in this area. Dr. Dudek has served as the University of Ottawa’s undergraduate coordinator for Musculoskeletal Medicine and as the Director for the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program. She is the recipient of an Ottawa Hospital Compass Award, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Young Educators Award and the Dr. Meridith Marks Educator Award for Innovation & Scholarship in Medical Education. She currently works as a Clinician Educator for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Prior winners:

  • 2016 – Dr. Jennifer Yao
  • 2015 – Dr. Lalith Satkunam
  • 2014 – Dr. Denyse Richardson
  • 2013 – Dr. Suzan Dojeiji

Award of Merit Recipient – Dr. Timothy Doherty

In a spirit of recognition for achievement, character and contribution to the field of Physiatry; through research, education, advocacy, medical care, humanitarianism, mentorship, and/or the advancement of the field, the CAPM&R introduces the 2018 Award of Merit recipient, Dr. Timothy Doherty!

In past years, members with outstanding and exemplary contributions to the field of physiatry were recognized by an Honorary Lecture, held during the Association’s Annual Scientific Meeting. In 2008, CAPM&R Executive Committee elected to resurrect the award, renaming it the CAPM&R Award of Merit. Our Association members are no ordinary citizens; with valuable contributions to both the art and science of medicine, mentoring, advocacy, humanitarianism, research, and education.

Timothy DohertyDr. Timothy John Doherty, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Dr. Doherty is Professor and Chair/Chief of the Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation within the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University.  He is a consultant physiatrist at St. Joseph’s Health Care London (Parkwood Institute) and clinical electromyographer and physiatrist within the Neuromuscular Program at London Health Sciences Centre. He is an Associate Scientist at Parkwood Institute Research, Lawson Research Institute.

Prior to completion of clinical training Dr. Doherty completed a BEd (Physical Education) at UNB, an MSc at Dalhousie University, and a PhD in Kinesiology at Western University under the supervision of Dr. William F. Brown – the focus of this work was aging and the peripheral motor system. He then completed medical school and residency training in PM&R at McMaster University.  He has continued to study the influence of the physiological effects of aging on the human motor system as well as the impact of neuromuscular disease on human performance.  Dr. Doherty has pioneered the development of quantitative EMG techniques that have been employed to study aging, motor neuron disease and peripheral neuropathies. More recently, in collaboration with colleagues from Pediatrics, Fowler-Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic and Robart’s Research Institute, Dr. Doherty is also involved with research on concussion in young athletes.

Dr. Doherty has published over 110 peer-reviewed papers, 16 book chapters and presents frequently at National and International Meetings.  He has held over 4 million dollars in research funding.  Dr. Doherty has served on the editorial boards of Muscles and Nerve, American Journal of PM&R and The Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease.  He served as president of CAPM&R from 2005 to 2007.  Dr. Doherty held the Canada Research Chair in Neuromuscular Function in Health Aging and Disease (2005-10) and was selected as The Distinguished Reseacher Award recipient in 2014 by the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

He and Alison are the very proud parents of Erin (21) and Calum (18).

Past winners:

  • 2017 – Dr. B. Catharine Craven
  • 2016 – Dr. Gaetan Tardif
  • 2015 – Dr. Colleen O’Connell
  • 2014 – Dr. Mark Bayley
  • 2013 – Dr. Thomas A. Miller
  • 2012 – No awardee
  • 2011 – Dr. Meridith Marks
  • 2010 – Dr. Robert W. Teasell
  • 2009 – Dr. John Latter 2008 – Dr. Lalith Satkunam

Honorary Lectureship

  • 2003 Dr. Lorna Bellamy
  • 2002 Dr. Ron Bowie
  • 2001 Dr. Ronald Kirby