Congratulations to the 2021 CSIM Award Recipients!

Moira Kapral

Recipient of a CSIM Osler Award
Moira Kapral, MD MSc FRCPC

Dr. Moira Kapral is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is a staff physician at the Toronto General Hospital/University Health Network, where she also holds the Lillian Love Chair in Women’s Health. She is a Career Investigator with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and she performs health services research with a focus on stroke in women and other populations at risk. She is a senior scientist at ICES (formerly the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences) and the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute. She has held over $20 million in grant funding and has over 200 publications in the peer-reviewed literature. She is co-principal investigator of the Ontario Stroke Registry.

She has previously served as internal medicine clerkship coordinator and site director for the Core Internal Medicine Postgraduate Program at the Toronto General Hospital. Her awards for teaching include the Mary Hollington Award and the Aikens Award from the University of Toronto, and the J.G. Scott Teacher of the Year Award and the Scott-Vellend Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching from the University Health Network.


CSIM/Royal College Osler Lecturer 2021
Dr. Amy Hendricks

Dr. Amy Hendricks has been a general internist for 19 years – 14 in the Arctic and 5 in Nova Scotia. Her clinical practice includes mostly cardiology (including pacemaker follow-up and echo), and she has delved into inpatient practice at 32 hospitals in Nova Scotia, as senior medical director for acute medicine in 2017-2018. She has worked in both fee-for-service and salaried environments, and counts rural family physicians and specialized NPs among her closest colleagues and friends. She has a particular interest in physician inpatient coverage models outside of academic hospitals.

Dr. Hendricks enjoys building new services in areas like echo, heart failure, diabetes and tuberculosis; but she also really loves pulling apart her old barn with a crowbar, driving the tractor, and playing classical music with opera singers and chamber musicians.



Dr. David Sackett Senior Investigator Award Recipient 2021
Ahmed Bayoumi, MD MSc FRCPC

Ahmed Bayoumi is a general internist and clinician scientist. He holds the Fondation Baxter and Alma Ricard Chair in Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto, where he is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. He is a Senior Adjunct Scientist at ICES. He has extensive experience in translating research to policy (member of the Canadian Drug Expert Committee, past Scientific Director of Converge3, past president of the Society for Medical Decision Making, and past Director of Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research at the University of Toronto). He has co-led large multi-method studies, including the highly impactful Toronto and Ottawa Supervised Consumption Assessment (TOSCA) and the Marginalization and COVID-19 (MARCO) study. His research interests include the delivery of health services, particularly to people who use drugs, people living with HIV, and other marginalized populations.


Ahmed Bayoumi
Michael Fralick

New Investigator Award Recipient 2021
Michael Fralick, MD, PhD

Michael is a board-certified General Internist in Canada and the US. He completed his undergraduate degree at Queen’s University and his medical degree and internal medicine residency training at the University of Toronto. Thereafter, he completed a Master’s of Science in Clinical Epidemiology at Harvard University, which included a research fellowship at the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His PhD, completed at the University of Toronto, focused on the intersection between supervised machine learning and pharmacoepidemiology. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he shifted his research focus to pragmatic clinical trials. Currently, Michael is Clinician Scientist at Sinai Health in Toronto and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. He also works clinically at the Sault Area Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Michael lives in Toronto with his soon-to-be-wife Brittany, who is a veterinarian.


CSIM Education and Research Fund Recipient 2021
Dr. Oksana Motalo

“The Social Medicine Rotation was established in 2018 by a group of resident physicians at McMaster University as a means of providing residents with a foundational exposure to the theory and practice of social medicine. In the last three years, this rotation supplemented Internal Medicine residents’ training by providing an experiential learning opportunity in an area underrepresented within the curriculum.

This year, with the help of the CSIM Education and Research grant, we will undertake a systematic and comprehensive rotation evaluation with the goal of elucidating the strengths and the growing edges of this initiative. We will seek potential solutions to the identified issues from key stakeholders through online surveys and virtual interviews. The qualitative findings will be used to improve the rotation design with the aid of quality improvement (QI) tools such as Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles. Furthermore, plans for rotation expansion to other residency programs (such as Emergency and Family Medicine) and fellowship training programs (such as General Internal Medicine) will be actively explored.”

Oksana Motalo

Oksana Motalo is a third-year Internal Medicine resident at McMaster University. She completed her undergraduate degree in Nursing at Laurentian University, and her medical training at the Sudbury campus of Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2021, she will be pursuing subspecialty training in Hematology at Queen’s University.
Oksana’s research interests include knowledge translation and quality improvement (QI) with a specific focus on delivering high-value patient care to vulnerable populations. She has significant experience working with diverse populations in Canada and in the developing nations. Since 2019, she has worked with a team of residents at McMaster on the administration and sustainability of the Social Medicine Rotation, which offers an opportunity to expand one’s knowledge and skills across a spectrum of social determinants of health to better serve patients with unique healthcare needs. Oksana plans to undertake additional training in QI though a Master’s degree to be able to make ongoing contributions to the quality of healthcare services in Canada and internationally.


CSIM Education and Research Fund Recipient 2021
Michael Ke Wang MD FRCPC

“The assessment of volume status is an essential component of care for critically ill patients. General internists are often asked to make accurate real-time determinations of a patient’s intravascular volume in order to implement appropriate therapeutic measures. The diagnostic utility of internal jugular vein point of-care-ultrasound (IJV POCUS) is not well established. We plan to conduct a systematic review and diagnostic test meta-analysis on the utility of IJV POCUS for the determination of hypervolemia and hypovolemia in medically unwell patients.”

Dr. Wang is a general internist and perioperative care specialist with a special interest in point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS). Dr. Wang obtained his MD at the University of Ottawa. After medical school, he completed his Internal Medicine and General Internal Medicine residency training at McMaster University. He also completed the Perioperative Vascular Fellowship Program at McMaster University and obtained training in POCUS at Western University and the University of Calgary.

Dr. Wang is currently a Clinical Scholar in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University. He is undertaking a Masters degree in Health Research Methodology and is enrolled in the Clinician Investigator Program. The primary focus of his research is the diagnosis and management of perioperative atrial fibrillation.


Dr. Mahesh Raju Award for Mentorship 2021
A. Ross Morton MD FRCP FRCPC

Dr Ross Morton graduated from Saint Andrews University and the University of Manchester, received training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology in Manchester and Toronto and completed a doctorate thesis in Mineral Metabolism at the University of Manchester.

He was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine at Queen’s University in 1990, promoted to Associate Professor in 1994, and to Professor in 2002. He retired from Queen’s University in 2016 and moved to New Brunswick where he works as a Clinical Assistant in Internal Medicine on the Internal Medicine Teaching Unit at the Saint John Regional Hospital.

Dr Morton is primarily a Clinician Scholar who has a major interest in Education and served as Coordinator of the Clinical Clerkship in Internal Medicine and Program Director in Internal Medicine at Queen’s University. He is currently the Director of the Clinical Skills Program for MED1 & 2 at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick.

Dr Morton has been honoured with a number of Teaching and Clinical Awards at the Provincial, Faculty, and Departmental levels. He remains active in the ongoing developments within the clinical domain of Internal Medicine. He continues to foster high quality medical education, specifically in Clinical Skills.


Daniele Valentini

Dr. Mahesh Raju Award for Mentorship 2021
Daniele Valentini, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Valentini is originally from Stoney Creek, Ontario and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at Brock University. He then obtained his medical degree at St. Matthew’s University in 2016, before heading to Saint Louis University Hospital to complete Internal Medicine residency training.

He began his GIM Fellowship training at Dalhousie University in 2020, and currently serves as Chief Resident for the Yarmouth Regional Stream. His areas of interest include critical care, teaching and mentorship. Teaching learners at the bedside and integrating medical education with his clinical duties will continue to be important aspects of his training and career.


Medical Education Award 2021
Leonardo Martin Calderon, MD

Dr. Martin Calderon is a second-year internal medicine resident at Western University. He completed his medical training at the University of Ottawa where he developed a leadership program for pre-clerkship students. His interests include medical education, clinical research, and rheumatology.

Leonardo Martin Calderon
Avinash Pandey

Hui Lee Health Promotion Scholarship Recipient 2021
Avinash Pandey, MD

Dr. Avinash Pandey is a PGY1 internal medicine resident at the University of Ottawa. His interests include the application of mobile technology on the delivery of healthcare, especially in the areas of secondary cardiac prevention. He has developed applications for improving medication adherence and secondary risk assessment in coronary artery disease. He helps to organize the annual Healthy Heart Day in Cambridge, ON. Currently, Dr. Pandey is working on the application of telemonitoring of patients with hypertension.