Kevin Imrie MD FRCPC, FACP FRCPI (hon) FRACP (hon) Bio-sketch
Dr. Imrie is the Physician-in-Chief of the Department of Medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and is a Professor of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a Clinical Hematologist at the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Dr. Imrie is actively engaged in Medical Education leadership at the National and International levels, having served as President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) from 2015-2017. He is currently the Immediate Past-President of the College. During his presidency, he served as champion for the implementation of competency-based medical education in specialty medicine as well as for workplace based assessment. Other important priorities during his tenure included: advancing the needs of Francophone and early career fellows as well as advocating for diversity within the medical workplace, in particular for LGBTQ+ and First Nation, Inuit and Metis providers and patients. Other priorities he has advanced include reform of the pathways to certification for specialists in Canada in order to remove barriers to certification for reasons other than competence, Promoting Generalism, as well as international outreach. In 2014, Dr Imrie conducted a comprehensive review of the residency training programs of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and he has presented frequently at international forums and maintains active collaborations with colleagues in Ireland, Australia as well China, Latin America and the Gulf states.
Dr Imrie maintains a strong interest in resident Duty Hours and Fatigue Risk Management. He co-Chaired the Pan-Canadian Consensus report on resident duty hours in 2013 and continues to co-Chair the successor Fatigue Risk Management task force. He is co-Chair of the Strategic Plan working group of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, which is developing is strategic plan for 2018-2020.
Dr Imrie has previously served in important leadership roles with the University of Toronto as Associate Dean for admissions and evaluation in postgraduate medicine, Vice-Chair Education for the Department of Medicine as well as being Residency Program Director for both Hematology and Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto. He has also served as Network Lead for Hematology and Oncology for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Peer Assessment Program and previously Co-Chaired the Hematology Disease Site Group for the Cancer Care Ontario Program in Evidence-Based Care, where he authored or supervised the development of numerous practice guidelines in Hematology. Dr Imrie has led other initiatives in Cancer Care including chairing an advisory panel on stem cell transplantation as well as serving as clinical lead for a provincial initiative to improve stage capture. He has been a member of the Hematology Executive of the National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group as well as the Clinical Trials Committee. Dr. Imrie has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and over 150 abstracts.
Dr. Imrie is a highly regarded teacher whose contributions have been formally recognized through the receipt of teaching awards in Internal Medicine, Clinical Hematology and Medical Oncology. In 2005, he received the Faculty of Medicine Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Medicine Education for outstanding contributions made to program development and innovation and in 2008 he was awarded the Department of Medicine Teacher of the Year Award. In 2015, Dr Imrie was awarded the Ian Hart award of distinction from the Canadian Association of Medical Education in recognition of his lifetime contribution to Medical Education. He has been awarded honorary fellowships from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians