Annual Awards

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Ontario Rheumatologist
of the Year Award

Each year the ORA Nominations & Awards Committee issues a request to its membership to nominate candidates for this prestigious award. The Rheumatologist of the Year award was established in order to recognize oustanding contributions in the field of rheumatology.

A sample of the official ORA nomination form may be accessed via this link: ORA Nomination Form – Rheumatologist of the Year

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Early Career Rheumatologist Award

In 2021, the ORA Nominations Committee established the Early Career Rheumatologist Award. To be considered for this award, the ideal candidate is between 1-10 years of experience in their practice or academic career, has engaged with passion in an ORA project that has made an impact on the rheumatology community, has demonstrated longevity and commitment to the priorities of the ORA, and is a role model for early career members within the ORA.

Rheumatologist of the Year Roll Call

  • 2021 Dr. Henry Averns
  • 2020 Dr. Jane Purvis
  • 2019 Dr. Arthur Bookman
  • 2018 Dr. Deborah Levy
  • 2017 Dr. William Bensen (Posthumous Award)
  • 2016 Dr. Vandana Ahluwalia
  • 2015 Dr. Mary Bell
  • 2014 Dr. Ed Keystone
  • 2013 Dr. Janet Pope
  • 2012 Dr. Philip Baer
  • 2011 Dr. Claire Bombardier
  • 2010 Dr. Carter Thorne
  • 2009 Dr. Rachel Shupak
  • 2008 Dr. Peter Lee

Early Career Rheumatologist Award Roll Call

  • 2021 Dr. Thanu Ruban