Dr. Shoo Lee, neonatologist and former Paediatrician-in-Chief at Mount Sinai Hospital was named as an Officer of the Order of Canada for “his contributions to the field of neonatal medicine in Canada, which have helped improve outcomes for ailing infants and their families.”

The Order of Canada was developed by the Governor General of Canada to recognize Canadians who have made extraordinary contributions to the country. This year’s appointees were announced on December 28, 2019.

During his two terms as Mount Sinai’s Paediatrician-in-Chief, Dr. Lee oversaw transformative change including a new NICU and the introduction of the first human milk bank ensuring fragile babies province-wide would benefit from donated breast milk. Dr. Lee also established the Maternal-Infant Care Research Centre to support neonatal research at Sinai Health, which is now recognized as a global centre for the coordination of research in more than 500 hospitals in 25 countries.

“Shoo’s commitment to improving quality of care, patient outcomes and health care services delivery makes him a true visionary in the neonatal space. We are proud to have him as a mentor and colleague,” said Dr. Prakesh Shah, Sinai Health’s Interim Chief of Paediatrics.

Dr. Bernard Zinman, former Director of the Leadership Sinai Centre for Diabetes and a clinician-scientist at Mount Sinai, received a promotion to Officer of the Order. He was first appointed as Member of the Order of Canada in 2012 for “his contributions to diabetes research and for his development of advanced preventative therapies”.

Congratulations to both Dr. Shoo Lee and Dr. Bernard Zinman on these outstanding achievements!

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