2018 Recipient of the Ontario's Anesthesiologists' Distinguished Service Award: 

Dr. Doreen Yee from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

The Ontario’s Anesthesiologists Distinguished Service Award is awarded to an anesthesiologist in recognition of outstanding contributions in patient care and the promotion of our specialty over the course of their career.  It is the highest honour our organization can bestow.  We are very proud to award the 2018 Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Doreen Yee from Toronto. Dr. Yee has made significant, long-lasting contributions to the practice of Anesthesiology both provincially and at the national level. She is well known among our membership as she has distinguish herself as a leader in areas of administration, clinical service, as well as education and teaching. 

Dr. Yee has a long history of involvement in the practice and development of Anesthesia across the country. She has been involved at the Hospital, University, and National levels and is well known to many Anesthesia groups. She very much functions as an ambassador for the profession and is highly respected for her keen insight and non-biased views. Locally, she acted as the president of the Medical Staff Association at Sunnybrook Health Sciences, as well as Director of Fellowship Programs in the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto. Nationally, she was the Chair of the Canadian Anesthesia Research Foundation through the Canadian Anesthesia Society. Provincially, she has made significant contributions on the executive of Ontario's Anesthesiologists as the section Treasurer. Role models like Dr. Yee provide the inspirational foundation for future Anesthesiologist administrators and leaders. 

Dr. Yee's colleagues spoke very highly of her character, "I have worked with Doreen both in the operating room and in the trauma bay through her other role as Trauma Team Leader. She is a kind, collaborative and passionate clinician who provides an excellent model to other health care professionals of the value and skill sets Anesthesiologists bring to a team. She advocates fiercely for the education and well-being of residents and fellows through her university appointments and works tirelessly for the benefit of her patients."

Dr. Yee's contribution to our specialty has truly been unique and inspiring. Dr. Yee is most deserving of recognition by our section. We congratulate Dr. Yee for all her wonderful achievements and we’re thrilled to honour her work with our 2018 Distinguished Service Award.