Dr. Robert Primavesi an Assistant Professor at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine jointly appointed to the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics has been selected by the College of Family Physicians of Canada as the 2018 recipient of the Jim Ruderman Academic Family Medicine Leadership Award.  The award is named in honour of Dr. Jim Ruderman, who was Chief of Family Medicine at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, from 1992 to 2014. It recognizes an outstanding Canadian family physician academic who embodies those qualities that made its namesake such an outstanding leaderwisdom, equanimity, compassion, and the capacity to attract and mentor talented individuals and forge them into a dynamic and productive team.

“It is a huge honour to be recognized for my leadership at McGill on a national level,” says Dr. Primavesi. “I do not know Jim Ruderman but he is a legend in Toronto, which makes the award so much more special, to be recognized for the qualities that made him such a great and popular leader.  I am very appreciative of the opportunities offered to me by McGill, including leading the implementation of a new UGME curriculum that, among other things, integrated Family Medicine throughout the four years of medical school, starting with the Longitudinal Family Medicine Experience (LFME) – one of the things that made this award possible.  But most of all, the nomination for this award came from my peers – having peer support, knowing that I have had a positive impact on others’ academic careers and that my leadership has left some kind of a legacy at McGill is very rewarding.”

The former Associate Dean, Medical Education and Student Affairs, Dr. Primavesi is an Emergency Physician at the Montreal General and Montreal Children’s hospitals of the McGill University Health Centre. He was recognized on the Faculty Honour List for Educational Excellence in 2010, and is an avid contributor to faculty development and continuing medical education. Dr. Primavesi was Site Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Montreal General Hospital from 2000 to 2007 and Chair of Continuing Medical Education for the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians from 2010 to 2014. In 2016 he received the Osler Teaching Award, presented to a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine who, in the opinion of the senior medical students, has made the most outstanding contribution to their medical education.

Congratulations Dr. Primavesi!

September 13, 2018