Queen's Health Sciences gets new dean
Richard Reznick is Queen’s new dean of Health Sciences and director of the School of Medicine. His five-year term commences July 1, 2010.
He will be appointed full professor with tenure in the Department of Surgery and will serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization (SEAMO).
Dr. Reznick is currently the R.S. McLaughlin Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto and Vice-President, Education, at University Health Network.
He is considered one of the pre-eminent surgical educators in North America and abroad. An accomplished general and colorectal surgeon, his principal academic focus is research in medical education,
“Dr. Reznick’s appointment as dean is a reaffirmation of the vital importance accorded to the Faculty of Health Sciences both within Queen’s University and in the health care community of Kingston and Southeastern Ontario,” says Vice-Principal (Academic) Patrick Deane. “I know that he will be an able and successful champion of the highest standards in research and education, and will work with our partner hospitals to realize the full potential of existing and future partnerships.”
In addition to chairing the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto, he currently serves as head of its fellowship program in surgical education and is a founding director of the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine Centre for Research in Education (CRE), now known as The Wilson Centre. He also serves on the board of directors for the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation and is the Vice President, Education of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Dr. Reznick is the son of a Queen’s alumnus. Having worked with many Queen’s grads over the years, he is very excited about his appointment to Queen’s.
“My dad was a Queen’s alumnus and many of my colleagues have fond memories of their Queen’s days,” he says. “I have also trained many Queen's grads, so to join this university, with its proud 170 year-old tradition, is both a privilege and a responsibility.”
Dr. Reznick completed his medical degree at McGill University and later graduated from the general-surgery training program at the University of Toronto. He completed a Master of Education degree at Southern Illinois University and then did a fellowship in colorectal surgery at University of Texas in Houston.