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December 18, 2020 | Volunteer & Awards

Five U of T alumnae named to Best Health 2020’s Women of the Year

Onya Nnorom looks thoughtful as she leans on the arm of a sofa.

Five University of Toronto alumnae - several of whom are also faculty members - are among those named to Best Health Magazine’s list of Women of the Year 2020!

Dr. Onye Nnorom (MPH 2011), an assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and president of the Black Physicians’ Association of Ontario. Nnorom, who leads the Black health curriculum at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, was recognized for “leading education on systemic racism.”

Clarice Shen wears nursing scrubs and looks determined.
Clarice Shen volunteered to nurse Canada's first COVID-19 patient.

Nurse Clarice Shen (BA 2017 NEW, BScN 2019), a recent graduate of the University of Toronto’s Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, was recognized for “nursing Canada’s first positive COVID-19 patient,” a job she volunteered for when she was just three months into her new career as a member of Sunnybrook’s Acute Care Nursing Resource. Also named were:

Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa (MD 2020, MSc 2020), valedictorian of the Temerty Faculty of Medicine Class of 2020, writer, poet and advocate for equity, inclusion and diversity. Oriuwa was recognized for “setting the stage for better representation in medicine.”

Dr. Juveria Zaheer (PGMT 2013, MSc 2015), an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine and clinician scientist with the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at CAMH. Zaheer was recognized for “transforming the way we understand suicide.”

Portrait of Suzy Hota smiling.
Susy Hota helped prevent outbreaks in health-care facilities.

Dr. Susy Hota (MD 2002, PGMT 2007, MSc 2011), an associate professor of infectious diseases in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine and medical director of infection prevention and control at the University Health Network. Hota, whose team expanded its mandate to work with long-term care and retirement homes, was recognized for “preventing outbreaks in health-care settings.”

Read the Best Health Magazine article