Toronto hematologist and award-winning educator named Royal College President-Elect

OTTAWA, Oct. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - A Toronto hematologist and award-winning educator has been chosen as the new President-Elect of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Kevin Imrie, MD, FRCPC, brings a lifelong passion for not only advancing specialty medicine but working with all health care professionals and health organizations to improve Canadian health care.

"We need to not only enable our future physicians to meet the evolving and increasingly complex health needs of Canadians, but also ensure that our health system provides the support specialists need to deliver timely, high-quality care," says Dr. Imrie. "The Royal College will work with all health care stakeholders to provide leadership in medical education and health systems innovation."

Dr. Imrie currently serves as the physician-in-chief and professor of medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. A clinical hematologist, Dr. Imrie is also the Vice-Chair, Education for the University of Toronto's Department of Medicine, overseeing the continuum of medical education. He will assume the President-Elect position immediately.

A dedicated physician and medical educator, Dr. Imrie has served in a number of leadership capacities, including Vice-President of Education with the Royal College and Director of Postgraduate Programs and Associate Dean, Admission and Evaluation in Postgraduate Medicine for the University of Toronto. He is also a "peer surveyor" with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and has helped lead a wide variety of other health care organizations across Canada.

Dr. Imrie is a highly regarded teacher and past recipient of a wide variety of teaching awards, including the University of Toronto's prestigious Faculty of Medicine Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Medicine Education and the Department of Medicine's Teacher of the Year.

"Dr. Imrie is respected and recognized across Canada and abroad as a true leader in medical education," said Royal College CEO Andrew Padmos, MD, FRCPC. "We are immensely proud to have him serve as our President-Elect."

For more details about Dr. Imrie, please see his biography on the Royal College website.

About the Royal College

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada ( is the home of specialty care in Canada, setting the setting the standards for postgraduate medical education, supporting the continuing professional development of 44,000 members, and shaping health system innovations nationwide.

SOURCE: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

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