Toronto doctors appointed to Order of Ontario
January 6, 2021
TORONTO – In January, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Chancellor of the Order of Ontario, announced 22 new appointments to the 2019 Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour. The appointees include Dr. Geoff Fernie (pictured on left), an expert in rehab medicine, and Dr. Allan Fox (pictured on right), a leading neuroradiologist and innovator.
Geoff Fernie – Toronto
Professor Geoff Fernie is the Creaghan Family Chair in Prevention and Healthcare Technologies, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto and at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. He is a bioengineer who applies engineering to solve problems in medicine and healthcare.
During his tenure as Director of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute from 2003 to 2018, he grew the research institute to be the top rehabilitation research centre in the world. Dr. Fernie’s passion is the search for practical solutions to common problems of daily living for an aging population, people with disabilities and their caregivers. His emphasis is on preventing accidents, injuries and illnesses.
Dr. Fernie has a track record of taking inventions from the laboratory to market and has helped to launch several companies. He has over 150 peer-reviewed journal papers/book chapters and has been awarded nearly 50 patents. Dr. Fernie is a member of the Order of Canada.
Allan Fox – Toronto
Dr. Allan Fox has shaped the science of neuroradiology in Canada and around the world, including how diseases of the brain are diagnosed and treated. Founder of the National Neuroradiology Society, he was among the first doctors in Canada to treat a brain aneurysm with detachable aneurysm coils, now a standard-of-care procedure.
Dr. Fox is a neuroradiologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, an associate scientist at the Sunnybrook Research Institute and a professor of radiology at the University of Toronto.