Appointment of Professor Lisa Richardson as Associate Dean, Inclusion & Diversity

Apr 22, 2021


Members of the Department of Medicine 
From:L. Trevor Young, MD, PhD 
Dean, Temerty Faculty of Medicine 
Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions
Re: Appointment of Professor Lisa Richardson as Associate Dean, Inclusion & Diversity

I am pleased to announce that the Agenda Committee of the Academic Board has approved the appointment of Professor Lisa Richardson as Associate Dean, Inclusion & Diversity.  Beginning May 1, as Associate Dean Dr. Richardson will work collaboratively across Temerty Medicine to build alliances, develop strategic partnerships, and engage internal and external partners to enhance and promote the diversity of our faculty, learners and staff.

Dr. Lisa Richardson is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine, and practices general internal medicine at the University Health Network where she is also an Education Researcher at the Wilson Centre.  She received her bachelor’s degree from McGill University with majors in both Biology and English Literature followed by her MD from the University of Calgary. She subsequently completed her residency in internal medicine at U of T and MA from York University.

Professor Richardson’s academic interests lie in the integration of critical, Indigenous, and feminist perspectives in medical education. At Temerty Medicine she is Vice-Chair, Culture and Inclusion for the Department of Medicine, and Strategic Advisor on Indigenous Health.  She also serves as Indigenous Health Strategy Lead for Women’s College Hospital and chairs several national committees to advance Indigenous medical education.

Dr. Richardson has been widely recognized for her work as an advocate.  She is the recipient of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award for teaching and education scholarship in Indigenous Health, the Temerty Faculty of Medicine’s Miriam Rossi Award for Health Equity in Undergraduate Medical, and the AMS Phoenix Fellowship, among many other honours and awards. She is a founding member of the National Consortium on Indigenous Medical Education and has provided expert guidance to numerous standing committees of the federal government.  She founded the Centre for Wise Practices in Indigenous Health at Women’s College Hospital, a centre which is a model for transformative change within healthcare institutions. Her scholarship is focused on innovative models for health equity education and includes diverse approaches such as a course at the Art Gallery of Ontario.  Her commitment to learners and to communities is the basis of much of her work as a mentor, advocate and leader in medical education.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Richardson on her appointment.