2017 Doctors Manitoba Awards

Dr. Harold Booy

Dr. Booy completed his medical degree at the University of Manitoba in 1977.  He started practicing in Winkler in 1983.

Dr. Booy has been active in providing the broadest level of rural Family Practice including emergency, obstetric and anaesthesia services, as well as inpatient and outpatient care for many years.

Dr. Booy has had a sincere and sustained commitment to work with Medical Missions.  He showed an early interest in this in medical school. With the help of a Readers Digest International Scholarship he did his Third year elective period in the Republic of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo).  As a result of that experience, following his Family Medicine Residency, he added further training in obstetrics and anaesthesia so that he could provide these services in underprivileged countries.

After completing his training and a two month locum in Winkler, he moved to Pakistan with his wife Katie and their oldest daughter Michelle where he served at Bach Christian Hospital from 1980 to 1982.  He then moved back to Winkler, but returned to Pakistan for 3 months in 1985/86.

Dr. Booy wanted his children to experience serving people in the developing world.  He worked on several two week projects with Medical Ministries International accompanied by each of his children. These included the Dominican Republic in 1997 and 1999 and Equador in 2001. This led to other opportunities to serve on projects in Bolivia, Peru, the Dominican Republic and most recently Haiti.

In addition to his medical career, he and his wife worked with youth through their church for 10 years. Their service projects for underprivileged communities included street work, soup kitchens and building with Habitat for Humanity.

On retiring from youth work, they began fostering children. Over time this resulted in the adoption of their two sons.

Dr. Booy has shown a persistent love of providing service to those in underprivileged countries and communities. He models that service to his colleagues, his family and his community.

Dr. Jack Armstrong Humanitarian Award

For outstanding contributions by a member or former member of Doctors Manitoba in the service of humanity either within Canada or abroad.




Dr. Ryan Zarychanski

Dr. Zarychanski is an Assistant Professor and Clinician-Scientist at CancerCare Manitoba and the University of Manitoba in the Department of Medicine, Sections of Critical Care and of Hematology/Medical Oncology. After completing a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Manitoba, followed by subspecialty fellowships in Critical Care Medicine and Hematology, Dr. Zarychanski obtained a Masters degree in Epidemiology and undertook a research fellowship in clinical trials design at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Zarychanski’s research focuses on the hematologic aspects of critical illness. In Winnipeg, he leads an acute-care hematology research team, a team that includes local investigators, trainees and research personnel. Nationally and internationally he develops and participates in clinical trials in collaboration with the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group and the International Forum for Acute Care Trialists (InFACT).

One of his major research programs is studying heparin (an inexpensive and widely available drug) to improve survival for patients with septic shock. This made-in-Manitoba research program will be enrolling patients in several countries as of 2017. Other key research programs include investigating IVIG in patients with septic shock, processes of care in massive transfusion, and the role tranexamic acid to reduce red cell transfusion in major non-cardiac surgery.  In collaboration with the WRHA and  Centre for Healthcare innovation, to reduce costs and increase patient participation in clinical trials, Dr. Zarychanski and his research team are building an integrated network of clinical databases to facilitate electronic randomized trials in Manitoba.

Dr. Zarychanski is the Associate Director of Knowledge Synthesis at the Centre for Healthcare Innovation in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He holds the Lyonel G. Israels Professorship in Hematology from the University of Manitoba and is the recipient of salary and operating grants from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). He is a committed scientist, educator of research methods, and mentor to students and residents interested in developing careers or being involved in research projects.

Scholastic Award

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




Dr. Keevin Bernstein

Dr. Keevin Bernstein was born and raised in Winnipeg.  He completed medical school and an Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Manitoba followed by a Nephrology Fellowship at University of California, San Diego. He returned to Winnipeg and joined the Section of Nephrology in 1984.

Dr. Bernstein became the HSC Central Dialysis Unit Medical Director in 1986. In 1988, he developed a prototype satellite dialysis model known as the Manitoba Local Centres Dialysis Program. This allowed patients to receive the same level of care in their remote home communities as provided at an urban centre. This  program  was the first and is the  largest of its kind in Canada, eventually growing  to 16 centres in rural and northern Manitoba, including four directly in First Nation Communities. He then became the inaugural Medical Director of the WRHA Manitoba Renal Program, in 1998 through 2007, creating a strategic plan which evolved into a cohesive and centralized approach to managing renal disease in Manitoba.  As part of the program, he created the concept of Renal Health Outreach to promote kidney disease prevention and early identification well before any other province or national initiative.

Dr. Bernstein has also been a highly regarded teacher within the medical school where he has been responsible for coordinating undergraduate nephrology education since 1988. The undergraduate Nephrology course he developed, and continues to maintain, perennially wins the MMSA award as the best Med II  course. In addition, he has been awarded many individual MMSA teaching awards as well as receiving the prestigious University of Manitoba, Dr and Mrs. H. H. Saunderson award for excellence in teaching.

Dr. Bernstein has twice led the creation of new UGME curriculum. From 1991 to 2000, he was the Faculty UGME pre-clerkship Med II curriculum coordinator, and co-led the implementation of the new preclerkship curriculum introduced in 1997. As  Director, UGME Curriculum Renewal from 2010 to 2015, he  led the development of  the current  four year UGME curriculum with clerkship introduced in 2013 and preclerkship in 2014.

Health Administration Award

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





Dr. Gigi Osler

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Dr. Osler completed both medical school and residency training here at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Osler’s father was a hard-working GP in solo practice and he was Dr. Osler’s inspiration and role model.

Dr. Osler has been a strong advocate for physician health and is passionate about the health of both patients and doctors. Her other passions include Global Health and CPD, and she is currently working towards her master’s degree in Global Surgical Care.

Along with being a busy Otolaryngology-Head and Neck (ENT) surgeon in Winnipeg for the last 18 years, Dr. Osler is an Assistant Professor at the U of M and has helped train numerous medical students and residents. She is the nominee for the President-Elect of the Canadian Medical Association.

Dr. Osler’s involvement in physician health includes the following work and committees:

  • Chair, Physician Health and Wellness Committee, Doctors Manitoba, 2013 to present
  • Co-chair, Executive and Planning Committees, 2015 Canadian Conference on Physician Health
  • Wellness Committee, College of Medicine, University of Manitoba, 2014 to present
  • Leadership Development Curriculum Committee, College of Medicine, University of Manitoba, 2016 to present
  • Advisory Committee, Canadian Physician Health Institute, 2014-2016
  • Chair of the Continuing Professional Development and Global Health Committees for the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Dr. Osler volunteers annually on surgical missions to Uganda. She has been involved with Canadians Helping Kids in Vietnam (CHKV), a Winnipeg-based charity, and volunteered on the 2011 CHKV medical mission to Vietnam.

Health or Safety Promotion Award

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




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Dr. Maria Bronson

Dr. Maria Bronson is currently a PGY-4 Resident in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba.  She has active professional interests in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and plans to complete her subspecialty training in this area in 2019. Dr. Bronson obtained her medical degree from the University of Ottawa in 2013. She is a member of the Canadian Medical Association, Doctors Manitoba, the Canadian Psychiatric Association, the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and sits on the executive of the Manitoba Psychiatric Association.

In addition to her active clinical work in residency, Dr. Bronson is a tireless contributor to educational and scholarly activities within the Department of Psychiatry and the Max Rady College of Medicine. She has been recognized by medical students through the MMSA for both teaching and mentorship and previously won the MMSA award for patient advocacy. With her collaborators/supervisors Dr. P. Anang and Ms. E. Gordon she received the Indigenous Initiatives Fund Grant 2017 to support their project entitled “Learning from Naujaat – Training from Naujaat” which champions both education and community engagement in one of Canada’s most northern communities. Most recently she has served as the senior resident for HSC. In the larger professional community, she is the chair of the Manitoba Psychiatry Association’s Social Advocacy Section where she has organized events advocating for optimal care for vulnerable populations including new-comers to Canada.

Before coming into medicine Dr. Bronson received a four-year honours degree in Physical Sciences with a Minor in Theatre Studies from the University of Guelph.  She continues to pursue her passion for music playing second violin in the Mennonite Community Orchestra.  She was recipient of the 2015 PARIM Resident Talent Scholarship for her musical abilities.  She is bilingual in French and English, speaks conversational German and aspires to learn Inuktitut in the coming years.

Resident of the Year

For excellence in academic and clinical training and noteworthy contributions to the resident’s home program/specialty or residency program.




Dr. Alewyn Vorster

It has been two and a half decades since Dr. Vorster moved from Johannesburg to Manitoba. He earned his medical degree in South Africa following in the footsteps of his grandfather, father and sister. He then emigrated to the tiny rural communities of Treherne and Holland where he has practiced for the past 25 years.

Throughout these years he has shown unwavering commitment to the highest standard of patient care and advocates for this tirelessly. He has played a pivotal role in his local medical community in establishing systems, like a shared on-call system, that have led to long-term stability of medical services. He has participated for many years on the regional Area Standards Committee (CPSM), the South Area Medical Leadership Council (Prairie Mountain Health) and the Regional Medical Advisory Committee (Prairie Mountain Health), where he has demonstrated his vision for quality patient care, collegial collaboration and health system effectiveness and sustainability.

Dr. Vorster’s contributions extended beyond the local and regional, when he was elected in 2010 to Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (CPSM), where he is currently serving in his second year as President. He also serves on the Finance and Audit Committee of the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FMRAC).  In these roles he has been instrumental in addressing many of the key issues surrounding the evolving regulation of the medical profession both provincially and nationally.

While actively engaged in these provincial and national forums, he has maintained a full-time rural family practice. In his medical practice he not only provides care to individual patients and their families, but also to the entire community and surrounding area.

Dr. Vorster is a caring compassionate physician and a natural leader with vision, who builds through collaboration and respect.

Physician of the Year

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




Dr. Molly Seshia

Dr. Molly Seshia was born in Scotland and attended the Edinburgh University for her medical degree.  Dr. Seshia first came to Manitoba in 1973 to complete a Neonatology fellowship at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Seshia has practiced neonatology in Winnipeg for over 40 years.  She was the Section Head for Neonatology for over 20 years and led the group through many struggles and successes.  As well, Dr. Seshia was the Director of the Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Program for two periods (1989-95 and 1998-2002) spanning 13 years. She became a Professor at the University of Manitoba in 1993.

Dr. Seshia is an original member of the Canadian Neonatal Network (CNN) which was created in 1995 by Dr. Shoo Kim Lee.  The CNN is group of Canadian researchers who conduct leading multi-disciplinary, collaborative research dedicated to the improvement of neonatal-perinatal health and health care in Canada and internationally.  As well, Dr. Seshia was the site principal investigator of 6 large research studies, a co-investigator on 10 research projects and has been part of over 75 peer reviewed publications. She pioneered the use of telehealth in Neonatology in Canada.

Dr. Seshia’s dedication to neonatology was recognized nationally when she was the recipient of the Distinguished Neonatologist Award in 2009, bestowed by the Canadian Paediatric Society, in recognition of her dedication and role in the development of neonatology as a specialty in Canada.

Distinguished Service Award

Given in 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.