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Dr. Michael D. Kawaja appointed Associate Dean (Academic), School of Medicine

  • Published Tue Sep 6th 2016

    Dean Richard Reznick is pleased to announce that Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s University, has appointed Dr. Michael Kawaja as Associate Dean (Academic), School of Medicine. This appointment is for a five-year period beginning September 1, 2016.

    Dr. Kawaja completed his undergraduate studies in biology at Acadia University and his doctoral degree in anatomy at the University of Western Ontario in 1989. He subsequently undertook two post-doctoral positions funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC); the first at the University of California in San Diego and the second at the Samuel Lunenfeld Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. In 1993, Dr. Kawaja began his MRC-funded scholarship position as an assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Queen's. He declined his Queen’s National Scholarship. He was promoted to associate professor in 1999, and to professor in 2004.

    Dr. Kawaja currently serves as Associate Dean of Life Sciences and Biochemistry, and is the inaugural Co-Director of the Queen’s University Accelerated Route to Medical School. In these roles he has developed innovative programming and implemented strategic plans for recruitment and program expansion. He is a highly regarded educator, having twice earned the Most Engaging Lecturer Award from Queen’s Life Science students.

    Dr. Kawaja was recently appointed Chair of the Large Infrastructure Request Panel for the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation and Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. From 2010 to 2013, Dr. Kawaja chaired the Biomedical Peer Review Committee for the Ontario Mental Health Foundation. He currently serves as President of the Canadian Association of Anatomy, Neurobiology and Cell Biology, playing a leadership role in shaping graduate education in Canada.

    Dr. Kawaja’s research over the last two decades has focused on gaining a greater understanding of the reparative mechanisms in the mammalian central and peripheral nervous systems, as a consequence of injury and disease. He has held numerous operating grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, and the Ontario Mental Health Foundation. He has published 59 peer-reviewed papers and served as primary supervisor to over 80 undergraduate and graduate trainees.

    With this announcement, Dr. Reznick would like to acknowledge the significant contributions of Dr. Iain Young who served as Executive Vice-Dean for over seven years, and to thank him for his outstanding service to the faculty.