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Internal medicine specialist named acting chair of Department of Medicine

Published: June 22, 2016
Akbar Panju
Akbar Panju

Dr. Akbar Panju, a professor of internal medicine, has been appointed the acting chair for the Department of Medicine, beginning July 1, 2016.

Dr. Paul O'Byrne, outgoing chair of the department, said: "Dr. Panju holds a stellar reputation clinically, academically and as a leader by his colleagues, coworkers and students of the department and the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care."

Panju graduated from the University of Liverpool Medical School in 1974. After work as a family doctor in Northern Ontario, he came to McMaster in 1981 for a residency in internal medicine. In 1986, he joined the faculty of the Department of Medicine, and in 2002 he became professor. He is presently associate chair, clinical for the Department.

For the past 15 years, Panju has been the division director of internal medicine and the medical director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care. From 1998 to 2008, he was Chief of Medicine at Hamilton Health Sciences, and he has served in many administrative positions in the Faculty and Hamilton Health Sciences.

"I am honoured that Dr. Panju joins us in this new role," said John Kelton, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

"He has continually proven his excellent leadership skills in his roles with the Department of Medicine and the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research. The Department is in good hands with Dr. Panju as chair."

Recognition of Panju's excellent work has included a Resident Teaching Award; the Department's Jack Hirsh Award for outstanding academic achievement; the Faculty's Jack Sibley Award for teaching; the Physician's Distinguished Award from the Hamilton Academy of Medicine; the Sir William Osler Award from the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine; and the Mentor of the Year Award from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Panju has held the William Walsh Professorship and the Medard DeGroote Chair of Medicine, and he currently holds the Boris Family Chair in Education and Internal Medicine.

"I am honoured to be named the new acting chair of the Department," said Panju. "I look forward to the exciting opportunities the role will bring."

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