2014 Recipients of the Ontario's Anesthesiologists Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award is given by Ontario’s Anesthesiologists to recognize the significant contributions that an anesthesiologist has provided to the care of patients and the promotion of our specialty. This year we have two recipients, who epitomize not only all of those characteristics and attributes but also much more.
Our first recipient, Dr. David Boyle, currently practices at Health Sciences North in Sudbury. He was Chief of Staff from 1997 to 2003. During this time, he developed the hospitalist service, oversaw, the “closing” of the critical care unit, and was involved in the amalgamation of the three hospital system in Sudbury to a single site. These were all monumental tasks.
Dr. Boyle was also a significant contributor to the development of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. He served as a key member on the Northern Ontario Rural Medical School Initiative Steering Group. Dr. Boyle continues to lecture at the postgraduate level and is the Research Coordinator for the new Royal College Anesthesia Program. In the area of Critical Care, David has also made significant contributions. He served on the Provincial Critical Care Steering Committee and was responsible for drafting the NELHIN Life and Limb Policy, a no refusal policy to facilitate care of critically ill patients in our region.
Dr. Boyle’s colleagues emphasized great respect for Dr. Boyle’s positive influence in the medical community. He continues to make significant contributions to patient care in Sudbury both directly as a physician and as a medical leader. And it is for that reason we are very pleased to name him one of the recipients of the 2014 Ontario’s Anesthesiologists Distinguished Service Award.
Our second recipient, Dr. Hook, currently practices at the Timmins and District General Hospital. Dr. Hook has been the clinical chief of anesthesia for many years, has fulfilled the role of president of the medical staff, has since moved into the role of surgical program director and is a respected member of the Medical Advisory committee. Through CME experience and workshops, Dr. Hook has brought a thoracic epidural service, postoperative pain service, regional nerve blocks and many other clinical skill upgrades to his hospital.
Dr. Hook has always been active in continuing medical education and has been teaching students and residents for quite some time. He currently has a position with NOSM as an Assistant Professor, primarily teaching third year medical students, as well as paramedic and physician assistant students. Even with all his commitments, Dr. Hook has found time to lend his expertise in missionary work in South American and Africa. He is also active in his church, an avid biker, cross country skier and the occasional hero- rescuing a senior from drowning a couple years back.
Dr. Hook’s colleagues spoke very highly of him in their letters, calling Dr. Hook the backbone of their Anesthesia department. He is an important role model to his students and staff, a highly skilled clinician, a humanitarian and a dedicated leader. He embodies all that we should celebrate in a colleague, and it is for that reason we are proud to declare him as the recipient of the 2014 Ontario’s Anesthesiologists Distinguished Service Award.