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Urologist surprised to receive Sibley award

Published: June 25, 2013
Alan Neville and Michael Greenspan, receipient of 2013 John C. Sibley Award
Alan Neville (left), associate dean, education for the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Michael Greenspan, an assistant professor of urology and the receipient of the 2013 John C. Sibley Award

For more than three decades, urologist Dr. Michael Greenspan's contributions to undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine have been well-known and appreciated.

For his long history of contributions to medical education, Greenspan has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the John C. Sibley Award for part-time faculty. The award is presented annually to a part-time faculty member in the Faculty of Health Sciences who has made outstanding contributions to the education of health professionals.

"It was a surprise," said Greenspan. "I consider it a great honour to be nominated for such an award, and hope that I shall continue to do all the things that the award is meant to signify."

Nomination letters attest to his "countless educational contributions serving as a tutor, a supervisor to clinical clerks and also to postgraduate surgical residents," said Alan Neville, associate dean, education for the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The nominators also speak of Greenspan's extensive involvement teaching community urologists and family physicians within the area of andrology and erectile dysfunction, Neville said, adding that in his clinical area Greenspan is "clearly recognized as one of the leading figures in Canada and certainly a recognized expert in our community."

Besides his work as an assistant professor of urology in the Department of Surgery, Greenspan also serves as kidney retrieval surgeon for South Central Ontario for the Trillium Gift of Life.

Greenspan travels all over Ontario — days, nights and week-ends — retrieving kidneys and getting them back to Hamilton for transplantation. Over the years, he has conducted 560 retrievals which resulted in more than 1,000 kidneys for critically ill patients.

He feels strongly about the need to change legal requirement for organ donation in Canada to improve Canada's lagging donation record which falls well behind that of many European countries. "I am a big believer in enabling legislation where you are given the opportunity on a census to be a donor or not," he said.

Greenspan is director of the sexual medicine clinic at Hamilton Health Sciences. He has served as a consultant for Pfizer Canada, Eli Lilly Canada, Bayer Inc., Abbott Pharmaceuticals, American Medical Systems and Watson Pharmaceuticals.

A retired goaltender, he was a charter inductee into the Ontario Doctor's Hockey Hall of Fame.

The John C. Sibley award is named for a former associate dean at McMaster who was known for his interdisciplinary approach to community health locally and internationally.

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