2016 Doctors Manitoba Awards

Dr. David Rush

Dr. David Rush

Dr. Rush has had a long, rich and varied career. He graduated from the National University of Tucuman in Argentina in 1972. After moving to Canada to further his medical education he spent 7 years in London at the University of Western Ontario. It was here Dr. Rush completed his training in internal medicine and nephrology.

In 1982, Dr. Rush moved to Winnipeg as an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Rush is currently a Professor of Medicine and the Medical Director of Transplant Manitoba ‘s- Adult Kidney Program. Dr. Rush was the Head of the Section of Nephrology for 15 years, during which time the Section grew from 10 to 23 nephrologists. Dr. Rush was also instrumental in creating the Flynn Family Chair in Renal Transplantation held by Dr. Peter Nickerson.

In his distinguished career, David Rush has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for his research work including the 2003 Kidney Foundation of Canada – Manitoba Branch’s Nadine Jenkins Distinguished Service Award, and the 2008 Canadian Society of Transplantation Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed on individuals who contribute to advancements in the field on a national and international level. Most recently, Dr. Rush was awarded the Kidney Foundation of Canada’s 2015 Medal for Research Excellence in Kidney Research.

During the past 30 years Dr. Rush has been nominated almost annually for awards in teaching excellence by his students. His passion for kidney health continues to live on and impacts Manitobans positively through the up-and-coming nephrologists whom he has mentored.

Distinguished Service Award

For recognition of services rendered to patients and the community which have enhanced the image of the physician through devotion to the highest ideals of the medical profession and in the promotion of the art and science of medicine through teaching, writing and administration.



Dr. Davinder Jassal

Dr. Davinder Jassal

Dr. Davinder S. Jassal was born in Thompson, Manitoba, obtained an International Baccalaureate Degree at Sisler High School in Winnipeg, and graduated from the University of Manitoba with an MD in 1998. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Manitoba from 1998-2001 and then a residency in Cardiology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from 2001-2004. Subsequently, he completed a clinical and research fellowship in multimodality cardiac imaging from 2004-2006, specializing in echocardiography, computed tomography, and MRI at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Dr. Jassal joined the University of Manitoba in 2006 as an Academic Clinician Scientist, where half of his time is devoted to patient care in the Coronary Care Unit and cardiac imaging and the other half devoted to translational research. Currently, as a distinguished contributer to the field of noninvasive cardiovascular imaging, he holds numerous academic and administrative positions at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Jassal is Associate Professor of Medicine, Radiology and Physiology; Principal Investigator of the Cardiovascular Imaging Laboratory in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences at the St. Boniface Hospital and Research Centre; Program Director of the Adult Cardiology Residency Training Program; Medical Director of the WRHA Coronary Care Unit; Co-director of the WRHA Cardiac CT and MRI programs; and Postgraduate Cardiology Research Director.

Dr. Jassal held the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada New Investigator. He was recently awarded the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Mentor of the Year Award, Canadian Cardiovascular Society Young Investigator Award, the Liam Murphy Young Invesigator Award from the Department of Internal Medicine, and the University of Manitoba Rh Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship and Research in the Health Sciences Category. Dr. Jassal has secured grant support from a total of 35 local, provincial and federal agencies amounting to 3 million dollars in funding. With over 400 peer reviewed publications consisting of original research, editorials, chapters, and abstracts, he has published in high impact journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation, Journal American College of Cardiology, and the European Heart Journal.

Scholastic Award

For Scholarly activity in the health professions (examples of scholarly activity are research, teaching and writing)




Dr. Murray Enns

Dr. Murray Enns

Dr. Enns received his Medical Degree from the University of Manitoba in 1987 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1991.

Dr. Enns, an adult psychiatrist, is an expert in mood disorders and suicide. He has published 150 peer reviewed papers and book chapters in the areas of depression, anxiety, and suicide. Dr. Enns is the Head of the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Manitoba, a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Community Health Sciences and the Medical Director of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Adult Mental Health Program.

In 2006, when Dr. Enns became Head of the Department of Psychiatry and the Medical Director of the WRHA Mental Health Program, he championed numerous WRHA initiatives that improved access for patients and families with mental health difficulties. Included in the initiatives Dr. Enns initiated was the Centralized Intake System for psychiatric consultations to primary care providers which both improved access for patients with mental illness as well as reducing the wait times for consultations.

Dr. Enns also oversaw the WRHA development of a new alternative to Emergency Departments for those experiencing a mental health crisis – the Crisis Response Centre (CRC). The CRC is a unique facility in North America, providing 24/7 access to mental health crisis services in an environment that is welcoming and conducive to better mental health care. Dr. Enns spearheaded revisions to Child and Adolescent Emergency Psychiatry including a new funding model and an urgent access clinic (the Child and Adolescent Rapid Access Clinic – CARAC). Dr. Enns has also led significant enhancements in the undergraduate and postgraduate medical education in psychiatry. Under his leadership, the residency program received full accreditation from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2014.

Dr. Enns has received numerous academic awards including the Educator of the Year at the Health Sciences Centre in 2001 and 2006 as well as being name a Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Assocation in 2012.

Health Administration Award

For contribution to policy and/or in administration of health care.





Dr. Mark Prober

Dr. Mark Prober

Dr. Mark Prober graduated from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine in 1967. He initially was a resident in Internal Medicine, but changed to Psychiatry, receiving his fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1973. Dr. Prober received his first appointment as Assistant professor to the University of Manitoba in 1973 and is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Prober was a founding member of the Physician at Risk Program. He was also the founding Director and champion of an on-site confidential counseling service for medical students. Dr. Prober has been the medical director of the Faculty Counseling service since 1974. Dr. Prober is the founding Directors of MD Care since 2005. For almost 40 years he has been “on call” and available for rapid assessments and crisis interventions to Manitoba physicians, medical students and residents, their spouses and dependent children.

Recently Dr. Prober was selected to be the Chair of the Health and Wellness Committee at the University of Manitoba. This committee collaborates with the Doctors Manitoba Health and Wellness Committee.

Dr. Mark Prober was selected as the recipient of the 2003 Mentor of the Year Award for Region 2 (Manitoba/Saskatchewan), by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).
Dr. Prober’s contributions in the world of psychiatry have been acknowledged in many forums including receiving a life-time achievement award from the American Psychiatric Association with a designation of Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (FAPA) in 2009.

Health or Safety Award

For contribution toward improving or promoting the health or safety of Manitobans or humanity generally




Dr. Fred Zeiler

Dr. Fred Zeiler

Dr. Zeiler graduated from the University of Manitoba school of medicine in 1981. For over 30 years, Dr. Zeiler has been providing dedicated service to the rural community of Beausejour as a Family Physician, Emergency on-call physician and even as district Coroner for a time.

Dr. Zeiler completed a year of Endoscopy training in 2009 and was instrumental in establishing an endoscopy program in the Beausejour Hospital which now serves residents of Beausejour and North Eastern Manitoba. The program has become so successful that he now performs endoscopy full-time.

Dr. Zeiler has been a valuable asset to his colleagues in the neighbouring communities providing insightful consults thanks to his years of experience. Dr. Zeiler’s experience includes 10 years as a Medical Examiner (1985 to 95). Dr. Zeiler’s extraordinary work habits are well known by his colleagues and friends and includes being available after hour calls to both patients and his colleagues in neighbouring communities.

Physician of the Year

For significant contribution to the practice of medicine and/or to the community by a member of Doctors Manitoba.