2004 – Ontario

A graduate of the University of Toronto, Dr Lynn Wilson has been practicing family medicine for 20 years. Currently, she is chief of the Department of Family & Community Medicine at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto and associate professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is also a member of the Physician Services Committee and a consultant on the Drug Quality and Therapeutics Committee, both part of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Until last year, she was a staff physician at the Addiction Research Foundation, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Growing up, Dr Wilson had a number of female physicians in her family, including a great grand-aunt who was the first woman in India to receive a medical degree. A particular area of interest for her is addiction medicine. She is an original founder of the Toronto Centre for Substance Use and Pregnancy at St. Joseph’s, which is directed by one of her practice partners, Dr Alice Ordean. She also co-edited two medical textbooks on substance abuse. One of her achievements is Project Create, where, along with Drs Meldon Kahan and Deana Midmer, she developed undergraduate material on addiction medicine for Ontario’s five medical schools, in collaboration with 100 faculty members. The end result was a program consisting of 17 online modules that were disseminated nationally.

She also finds time to conduct numerous presentations and to produce many publications on family medicine. She has also taught medicine in Australia and Japan. As well, she went to Tanzania with a group of high school students and teachers to work in HIV/AIDS clinics, orphanages and schools.

A mother of two, she was a basketball and volleyball coach for her daughter’s high school teams. She also assists her husband Chris, a retired Staff Sergeant and now a high school teacher, in fundraising for Stay in School, Keep the Peace, a Toronto basketball program for at-risk youth.

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