Excellence in Science: Dr. Rosemary G. Moodie

Dr Rosemary Moodie -- newDr. Rosemary G. Moodie has the credentials, awards and achievements to underscore her significant contributions to improving social inequities and health disparities of communities, by advocating for public policy through organizational leadership, mentoring, and community volunteerism.

The graduate of the University of the West Indies completed postgraduate training in paediatric medicine and neonatology at Sick Kids Hospital/University of Toronto and was appointed senior neonatologist, clinical teacher, and assistant professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto.

Her research focuses on social determinants of breastfeeding practice and her professional work extends from regional health services to human resource planning.

She obtained a Master of Business Administration (Rotman 2001) and a Master of Public Administration – with a focus on health policy (Queens 2011).

In 2012, Sick Kids Hospital recognized her for 25 years of outstanding service. Her vibrant community paediatric practice incorporates designated priority neighbourhoods with poverty, social housing and school drop-out – providing care to complex patients with high needs.

Throughout her career, Dr. Moodie has mentored and coached young people, helping to influence and shape the lives of high school students from high priority neighbourhoods of Toronto, young professionals in medicine, and youth in volunteer leadership roles.

Her medical recognitions include the Harry Jerome Health Sciences Award for leadership and health contribution to Afro-Canadian communities; the College of Physicians and Surgeons Ontario Council Award for demonstrating excellence and coming closest to meeting society’s vision of an “ideal physician”; and the Ontario Medical Association’s Presidential Award for exceptional humanitarian service to Ontario communities, among others.

A dedicated advocate, volunteer and philanthropist, Dr. Moodie’s work targets organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life and well-being of vulnerable members of society.

She is past three-term President and Board Chair of the Young Women’s Christian Association Toronto (YWCA).

She holds many positions on volunteer boards such as Board Director, St. Joseph Health Centre Toronto; Board Director and Chair of Governance, ScotiaBank Jamaica Foundation; and Advisory Board member of Food for the Poor Canada, helping to break the cycle of poverty in developing countries.

She is also a past Board Director, of the Project for Advancement of Childhood Education Canada (PACE).

Dr. Moodie is the recipient of several awards, including the City of Toronto Equity Access and Human Rights for Status of Women; Jamaican Canadian Association honouree on International Woman’s Day; Top 25 Canadian Women of Influence; Women in Management Award, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto to recognize outstanding career achievements that inspire the women’s network at Rotman; and University of Toronto Alumni Award for Community Engagement, recognizing outstanding contributions to community that has enriched the lives of others.

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