Department News

Dr. Kieran Moore to Lead $4M Lyme Disease Network 

Dr. Kieran Moore and his research team have been awarded $4M to battle Lyme disease across Canada.  

Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Pan-Canadian Research Network on Lyme Disease will bring together scientists, clinicians, and patients to advance the science of Lyme disease prevention and control, diagnosis, and treatment.  

A professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Emergency, Dr. Moore is Queen’s Public Health and Preventive Medicine Director and Medical Officer of Health for KFL&A Public Health.  

Dr. Michael Green is among other Queen’s researchers who will be a part of the research network.  

Read a Queen’s Gazette article about the network here

Read a Kingston Whig-Standard article here

Read a Government of Canada announcement here(Posted October 2018) 

Department Announces Dr. Sarah Funnell as Indigenous Health Director

Queen’s Family Medicine is pleased to announce Dr. Sarah Funnell as Indigenous Health Director.   

Working with Indigenous health leads at each of the program’s four sites, Dr. Funnell will advance the department’s program-wide core curriculum in Indigenous health. She will also provide consultation regarding recruitment, admission, and support of Indigenous residents.  

A family physician in Ottawa, Dr. Funnell is co-chair of the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Indigenous Health Working Group and a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Indigenous Health Advisory Committee. Among her many honours and awards, she earned the Dr. Geoffrey Dunkley Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Ottawa’s School of Epidemiology and Public Health this year, along with the university’s 2018 PARO Resident Teaching Award. (Posted October 2018) 

LGBTQ+ Health Focus of Global Health Publication

The Fall/Winter 2018 issue of Horizons, the department’s twice-annual global health publication, focuses on LGBTQ+ health. (Posted September 2018)

Dr. Michael Green Leads $2M Study of Primary Health Care in Ontario

Dr. Michael Green is Nominated Principal Investigator for a $2 million grant that will enable him to continue to study the state of primary health-care services in Ontario.  

The INSPIRE-PHC-2 (Innovations Strengthening Primary Healthcare through Research-Phase 2) research program has been awarded through the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Health System Research Fund (HSRF).  

The project is a continuation of an earlier three-year HSRF program award that was led by Western University.  

Along with co-lead Rick Glazier at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), Dr. Green and his team of about 30 researchers province-wide will further evaluate Ontario’s primary health-care services and make recommendations to the ministry to bridge identified gaps. A series of studies will provide better-quality information on patient needs and the capacity to deliver care in defined geographic areas, and will provide early feedback on the successes and challenges in introducing primary health-care reforms. This research will help improve access to care, the care experience for patients, and better health outcomes for all Ontarians.  

For more information, read a Queen’s Gazette article published this week, Major Program Grant INSPIREs Better Health Care.  

Learn more about the INSPIRE-PHC program here. (Posted April 2018)


Dr. David Barber Elected to OMA Executive

Dr. David Barber has been elected as the Ontario Medical Association’s (OMA) representative for District 7 of the Section on General and Family Practice (SGFP). The SGFP represents more than 13,000 practising general physicians and family doctors in the province, and is the OMA’s largest clinical section, comprising almost one-half of the total membership. Dr. Barber’s two-year role on the executive commences at the SGFP’s annual general meeting on April 27, while his two-year position as a delegate to the council is effective immediately. District 7 covers Frontenac, Leeds, Lennox and Addington, and Grenville County, excluding the township of Oxford. (Posted March 2018)

Dr. Susan Phillips Appointed Director, Centre for Studies in Primary Care 

Dr. Susan Phillips, Professor, has been appointed director of the department’s Centre for Studies in Primary Care (CSPC) effective November 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020. 

Dr. Phillips, who joined the department as a faculty member in 1994, will be responsible for shaping the vision and direction of the CSPC. She will oversee the centre’s day-to-day administration, and will report on its activities and finances to the department head and the dean of the Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences. 

Dr. Phillips’ research interests include how the external world, including the environment, socioeconomic factors, gender, connectedness or marginalization get "under the skin" to affect individual health. Her areas of expertise include research methodology, epidemiology, gender, equity and health, and women's health. From extensive research on older adults, she became more and more convinced that what happens early in life affects a person's health forever more. She is now studying adverse experiences of childhood, and anxiety and resilience in children and youth. (Posted February 2018) 


Team Visiting Falkland Islands Renews Program Relationships  

Dr. Michael Green, Dr. Geoff Hodgetts, Dr. Brent Wolfrom and Allen McAvoy, Strategic Relations Manager, visited the Falkland Islands in February 2018. Recognizing faculty changes since the 2015 launch of the department’s Falkland Islands-Queen’s Family Medicine rotation, the visit provided an opportunity to oversee the transition of program management. During the visit, the team met with government and hospital staff to discuss the program, renew links, and consider potential expansions between Queen’s and the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital in Stanley, the Falklands Islands.  

The Queen’s Gazette published an article about the program, Queen’s Family Medicine Residents Participate in Unique Falkland Islands Rotation, featuring photos Allen took during their visit. The Gazette article was one piece of the British High Commission’s larger media strategy to profile Queen’s relationship with the Falkland Islands. It engaged a freelance journalist to join the Queen's team in the Falklands and to write a variety of articles intended for local, national and international audiences. (Posted February 2018)

Dr. Ian Casson Receives Steve Cutway Accessibility Award

The Human Rights and Equity Offices at Queen’s University announced Dr. Ian Casson as the 2017 recipient of the Steve Cutway Accessibility Award. Established in 2008, the award acknowledges the efforts of faculty, staff and students who demonstrate creativity, enthusiasm, innovation and commitment to creating a learning and work environment in which persons with disabilities at Queen’s enjoy full participation.  

Over the years, Dr. Casson has taken the Department of Family Medicine's longstanding commitment to the health of patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and helped to formalize it as the department's current IDD program.  He is a leader in the department's research, education and clinical work with adults with IDD.    

In 2016, Dr. Casson co-authored a report about the need for individuals with IDD to receive regular health checks, and played a lead role in developing a Health Checks toolkit to help primary health-care providers in caring for this patient population. The Health Checks program, developed by the Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (H-CARDD) program, is part of a larger research study Dr. Casson led in conjunction with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.  The Health Checks program was piloted at the Queen’s Family Health Team and Toronto’s St. Michael’s Academic Family Health Team.  (Posted January 2018)

Drs. Karen Schultz and Eva Purkey Receive CFPC Awards

Dr. Karen Schultz, Program Director, Postgraduate Education, and Dr. Eva Purkey, Program Director, Global Health, received Canadian Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) recognition at Family Medicine Forum on November 11, 2017. 

Dr. Schultz was named recipient of the CFPC's Jim Ruderman Academic Family Medicine Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding family physician academics who embody qualities including wisdom, equanimity, compassion, and the capacity to attract and mentor talented individuals and forge them into a dynamic and productive team.  The award is named in honour of Dr. Jim Ruderman, Chief of Family Medicine at Toronto’s Women’s College Hospital from 1992 to 2014.  

Dr. Purkey was named a recipient of a Sadok Besrour Grant for Global Health Projects, supported by the CFPC’s Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine and the Sadok Besrour Foundation. The College bestows two such grants of $2,500 each year to support activities engaging in global health-care projects either in Canada or abroad, and in promoting family medicine abroad. The grant will support Dr. Purkey's work developing research capacity among health workers on the Thai-Burmese border. (Posted November 2017)

Dr. José Pereira Inaugural Gilchrist Chair in Palliative Care Research

Dr. José Pereira has joined the department's Bowmanville-Oshawa-Lakeridge site as inaugural Gilchrist Chair in Palliative Care Research, Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences. Dr. Pereira is recognized for his outstanding achievements and dedication to his work in family medicine and palliative care. Read Dean Richard Reznick’s announcement about this appointment here. (Posted August 2017)

Dr. Karen Schultz Earns CFPC Leadership Award 

Dr. Karen Schultz has earned this year's College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Jim Ruderman Academic Family Medicine Leadership Award. Named in honour of Dr. Jim Ruderman, Chief of Family Medicine at Toronto’s Women’s College Hospital (WCH) from 1992 to 2014, this award recognizes outstanding family physician academics who embody qualities including wisdom, equanimity, compassion, and the capacity to attract and mentor talented individuals and forge them into a dynamic and productive team. (Posted July 2017)


Dr. Michael Green Authors Study on Uneven Distribution of Ontario's Family Doctors

Department Head Dr. Michael Green has authored a geographic analysis through the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) that demonstrates an uneven distribution of family doctors across the province that is impacting Ontarians’ access to health care. Geographic Variation in the Supply and Distribution of Comprehensive Primary Care Physicians in Ontario, released July 11, provides valuable insight into the availability of and access to primary care physicians relative to population numbers and needs in Ontario. (Posted July 2017)

Dr. Michael Green Appointed Department Head

Dr. Richard Reznick, Dean, Queen's Faculty of Health Sciences, has announced the appointment of Dr. Michael Green as Head, Department of Family Medicine, effective July 1, 2017. (Posted July 2017)

Dr. Ruth Wilson Co-Chairs National Taskforce to Advance Rural Family Medicine

Dr. Ruth Wilson is co-chair of a national physician taskforce that has designed a road map for improving health care equity and accessibility for Canada’s underserviced rural population. The Rural Road Map for Action: Directions is a six-page report released by Advancing Rural Family Medicine: The Canadian Collaborative Taskforce – a joint initiative of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada. Dr. Wilson was re-elected president, North American Region, World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians (WONCA), also known as the World Organization of Family Doctors. (Posted March 2017)

Dr. Glenn Brown Appointed OCFP President 

Dr. Glenn Brown (Department Head 2007-2017), has been appointed President of the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP). Read the OCFFP's announcement about Dr. Brown's presidency here(Posted November 2016)

Residency Program First to Win PARO Award Twice 

The Queen's Department of Family Medicine's Postgraduate Education program has earned the 2016 PARO (Professional Association of Residents of Ontario) Residency Program Excellence Award, making it the first program to win twice. The program won this award in 2012, and was nominated in 2013 and 2015. (The department’s Belleville-Quinte Site was nominated in 2014.) This award is given each year to one Ontario program that has consistently provided an exceptionally positive and rewarding experience to its residents, while producing physicians who are expertly trained to care for their patients. Any individual resident or group of residents enrolled in an accredited residency program in the province can make a nomination. (Posted 2016)