Arnold Aberman

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Arnold Aberman, Dean of Medicine 1992-1999

Arnold Aberman was born in 1943 at Montreal, Quebec.  He received his MD from McGill University in 1967, then trained in Internal Medicine at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York.  Aberman then completed pulmonary disease subspecialty training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Cardiovascular Research Institute of the University of California, San Francisco.  Subsequently, Aberman was a senior research fellow in the Shock Research Unit of the University of Southern California.

In 1973, Aberman came to Mount Sinai Hospital and serving until 1989 as Director of the Intensive Care Unit.  Concurrently in 1977, Aberman became Physician-in-Chief at Mount Sinai at age 34 - the youngest Physician-in-Chief among the Toronto teaching hospitals.  In 1989 he became Physician-in-Chief of the newly created Toronto Hospital, as well as presided over the merging of the twelve divisions of the Department of Medicine.  In that same year, Aberman received the Eaton Professorship and, during his tenure, merged the six hospital-based departments of medicine into a single integrated university-based Department of Medicine with a single central budget.  A professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto since 1980, Aberman was Chairman of the Department of Medicine from 1989 to 1992.  

In 1992 Aberman became Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.  When speaking of Aberman's tenure as Dean in 1999, Dr. David Naylor stated he "dealt effectively with unprecedented fiscal pressures by reducing layers of administration, streamlining overheads, selectively allocating budget cuts, and restructuring departments.  The departmentalized organization of the Faculty was strengthened" (Shorter, 735).  Aberman was not only a researcher but an stong administrator and leader.  

From 1994 to 1999, Aberman assumed the position of Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions.  Aberman has written over 60 publications on the management of shock and other problems of critically ill patients.  He has lectured widely throughout the United States, Canada, and the rest of the world.  As well, Aberman has been a visiting professor in many medical schools, and has held leadership positions in many academic organizations.

In recent years, Aberman contributed to the founding of Northern Ontario School of Medicine.  In 2011, Aberman was appointed a member of the Order of Canada. In 2015, The University of Toronto is recognizing renowned physician and medical scholar Arnold Aberman with an honorary degree.

Awards and Honours

Order of Canada

Honourary Doctor of Science, Lakehead University

Career Acheivements

Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions

Member of the Board of Governors of the American Board of Internal Medicine (1990-1994)

Member of the American Board of Medicine's Pulmonary Disease Subspecialty Board (1986-1990)

Chairman of the American Board of Internal Medicine's Pulmonary Disease Subspecialty Board (1990-1994)

Governor for Ontario for the American College of Physicians (1989- 1993)

Member of the Academic Board of the University of Toronto (1990-1992)

Governing Council of the University of Toronto and member of its Executive Committee (1992-1995)

President of the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges (1996-97)

Member of the Board of Mount Sinai Hospital

Member of the Board of Princess Margaret Hospital

Member of the Board of Sunnybrook Health Science Centre

Member of the Board of The Toronto Hospital

Member of the Board of St. Michael's Hospital

Member of the Board of Wellesley Central Hospital

Member of the Board of Women's College Hospital

Member of the Board of University Health Network

Member of the Board of North York General Hospital

References

Anorld Aberman biography, Canadian Medical Association Journal

Icemen 2008 Keynote Speakers: Arnold Aberman http://www.nosm.ca/icemen/keynote_speakers.aspx

Shorter, Edward. Partnership for Excellence: Medicine at the University of Toronto and Academic Hospitals.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013.

U of T News: Convocation 2015: Dr. Arnold Aberman receives honorary degree from U of T. https://www.utoronto.ca/news/convocation-2015-dr-arnold-aberman-receives-honorary-degree-u-t

 

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