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Current Award Recipients

2021 Award Recipients

CLF-CASL Gold Medal Award (awarded to an exceptional individual in hepatology, who has made outstanding contributions to liver research:

Dr. Samuel Lee (University of Calgary) was born in Korea, but moved to Canada as a young boy. He graduated from Memorial University, and completed residency training at the University of Toronto in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is a past-president of CASL and the International Ascites Club, and was editor-in-chief of Liver International from 2008-2013. Currently, Dr. Lee is also chair of the steering committee for the Canadian HCV database registry CANUHC (Canadian Undertaking Against Hepatitis C). 

Distinguished Service Award (awarded to a CASL member in recognition of their outstanding contributions to CASL and to the field of liver disease in Canada):

Dr. Richard Schreiber (BC Children’s Hospital) exemplifies the ideal of distinguished service to CASL and Canadian hepatology. Under his leadership, CASL established the Canadian Liver Meeting as the premier forum for hepatology education in Canada; the Canadian Liver Journal, CASL’s official publication was founded, and; CASL reignited the annual tradition of a Single Topic Conference. Join us in congratulating Dr. Schreiber on receiving the 2021 Distinguished Service Award and Medal! 

Education Excellence Award (recognizes a CASL member who demonstrates exceptional scholarly activities, leadership in medical education, significant involvement in the development and/or implementation of educational programs and innovations, excellence in teaching, and a commitment to administrative duties relating to medical education):

Dr. Mang Ma is a Hepatologist and Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta, where he received his medical degree and completed his Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology training. Dr. Ma has won numerous undergraduate teaching awards and 7 Gastroenterology Teacher of the Year awards at the University of Alberta. Dr. Ma was also the recipient of the Excellence in Humanism Award from the Faculty of Medicine in 2012.

Humanitarian Award Recipients (The CASL Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee is proud to establish the CASL Humanitarian Medal.  This medal will serve to recognize CASL members and others who have conscientiously dedicated themselves towards improving society at large in a way that both transcends and elevates the profession of Medicine and the practice of Hepatology):

Dr. E. Jenny Heathcote has been a tireless advocate for women’s rights and was the recipient of multiple awards. In the early years of the AIDS crisis, she was one of the few physicians who would see and treat these patients even if their clinical problems were outside of Hepatology / Gastroenterology.  Dr. Heathcote strongly encouraged her students at the University of Toronto to take a stand against nuclear arms during the height of the Cold War rhetoric of the 1980s and she herself participated in protest marches against nuclear war.
Dr. S. Victor Feinman  and his family were forced to live under Nazi rule when their country was invaded during the Second World War. In his later years, Dr. Feinman gave testimony to the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust with the Shoah Foundation of the University of Southern California and has also spoken about his experiences to the Canadian media in the hopes that the Holocaust and the ideological philosophy that led to its development never happen again.


It was the unanimous consensus of the CASL Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the CASL Board of Directors that the medal be named in perpetuity after its inaugural recipients, Dr. E. Jenny Heathcote and Dr. S. Victor Feinman. 

CASL-CLF Visiting Professorship (presented to a CASL member who is an outstanding individual and an excellent communicator in the field of hepatology, and who has an interest in clinical, basic science or translation liver research): 

This year’s winner, Dr. Puneeta Tandon, is a leader in cirrhosis research and care within the Canadian hepatology community, and a pioneer in the implementation of measures to improve the quality of care and patient outcomes, while reducing acute care utilization. 

Dr. Puneeta Tandon is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Co-Director of the Cirrhosis Care Clinic and Transplant Hepatologist at the University of Alberta. 

Research Excellence Award (presented to a CASL member in recognition of exceptional research in the past year, selected on the basis of the significance and impact of a specific publication from the past calendar year): 

Dr. Jennifer Flemming is a Clinician Scientist with 70% of her time protected for research activity.  She is a member of the Cancer Care and Epidemiology (CCE) group at the Cancer Research Institute at Queen’s University with a cross appointment to the Department of Public Health Sciences. Her research program focuses on the epidemiology and natural history of cirrhosis, hepatitis C and primary liver cancers.

In addition to her robust research, Dr. Flemming serves CASL as a member of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and is Chair of the CASL Guidelines Committee.

CASL PSC Partners Seeking a Cure Award (This award recognizes the best abstract on primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) presented at the Canadian Liver Meeting, and is made possible by a generous donation from PSC Partners Seeking a Cure Canada):

The 2021 recipient, Dr. Bellal Jubran, is currently a gastroenterology fellow at the University of Toronto who completed his internal medicine at the University of Calgary, and prior to that, attended McGill for medical school. He is engaged in several research projects, including those centered on improving our understanding of primary sclerosing cholangitis.