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A Fond Farewell


kaplan It has been an honor and privilege to have served as Director of IMS for the past 3 years. These have been the best three years of my career. At the end of the day, for me, it’s all about the people. The experience of working closely with creative, dedicated and incredibly bright colleagues and students has enriched me personally and professionally. At my son’s graduation from MIT, the plenary speaker, Drew Houston, said that the keys to professional success are to be passionate about one’s work, to make each day count and to surround oneself with those who inspire you and who share your values. This has certainly been the case for me at IMS. I leave the Directorship knowing that IMS it will be in very capable hands under the interim leadership of Professor Mingyao Liu.  I deeply thank the IMS Leadership Team for their support: MIngyao Liu, Howard Mount, Cindi Morsehead, Brenda Toner, Vasu Venkateswaran, and Joseph Ferenbok. Many thanks as well to the incredible administrative team: Kamila Lear, Hazel Pollard, Kaki Narh Blackwood, Michelle Rosen, Marika Galadza, and Elena Gessas. I will very much miss working with all of you. Finally thanks to the membership of IMSSA and its leadership over the past three years. Together, I feel we have all accomplished a lot in these three years.

Dr. Allan Kaplan
Director, Institute of Medical Science


The Road Ahead


mingyao-directors-messageOn behalf of the Institute of Medical Science, it is with great fondness that we say farewell to Dr. Allan Kaplan, who has accepted the position of Vice-Dean, Graduate & Life Sciences Education in the Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Kaplan has served as Director of the IMS for 3 years and during this time has displayed leadership and grace guiding academic and research excellence. In his role as Director, he was integral in the creation and implementation of the Strategic Plan, From Cell to Society: A Vision and Strategy for the Institute of Medical Science which has set the Institute apart, making it a hub for collaboration in the areas of basic, clinical and translational research.

As Interim Director of the IMS I am honored and privileged to continue the work that Dr. Kaplan has begun. We will continue to prioritize engagement with our faculty and students, recognizing excellence in student and faculty achievement, developing meaningful and rich curriculum and recruiting a diverse and distinguished student body. As we prepare to welcome a new Director to the IMS it is important that we stay on course with the unique vision that Dr. Kaplan has provided us. Please join me in wishing Dr. Kaplan the best in all his endeavors and success in his new role in the Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Mingyao Liu
Interim Director, Institute of Medical Science
Professor, Department of Surgery
Senior Scientist Toronto General Research Institute,
University Health Network