DoM LGBTQ2S Think Tank

DoM LGBTQ2S"There will not be a magic day when we wake up and it’s now okay to express ourselves publicly. We make that day by doing things publicly until it’s simply the way things are." - Tammy Baldwin, first openly LGBT woman elected to United States Congress

It is a central mandate of the University of Toronto’s Department of Medicine to be committed to promoting and advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion within the workplace. This page is designed to serve as a resource for current and prospective faculty, learners, and patients on LGBTQ2S+ equity, diversity, and inclusion in our Department. We recognize and value the lived experience of people and are committed to being allies with our racialize colleagues and to recognizing the many intersections of LGBTQ2S people with other equity seeking identities in medicine. Our intent is to share our initiatives, our plans for the future, and highlight some of our resources and links to others within the hospitals, University and our local communities.

LGBTQ2S Think Tank

The Department of Medicine LGBTQ2S Think Tank is a grass roots group of Queer identifying group of faculty and learners who are passionate about Diversity, Inclusion and visibility within the department. We advise the Chair of the Department of Medicine and Vice-Chair, Culture & Inclusion on issues of importance to the LGBTQQ2S communities and organize initiatives to advance the visibility, advocacy and inclusion of our communities within the Department. We welcome your input and suggestions. Please contact us:

LGBTQ2S Think Tank Co-Chairs:

Caroline Chessex:

Kevin Imrie:

LGBTQ2S Ambassadors

Click here for profiles of all of the DoM's LGBTQ2S Ambassadors

"Be the ambassador for what you stand for" - Nisha Moodley


It is a central mandate for the University of Toronto’s Department of Medicine (DOM) to be committed to promoting and advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion within the workplace. In an effort to better support and increase the visibility of our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and 2 Spirit (LGBTQ2S) faculty, learners, interprofessional colleagues and patients, the Mentorship, Equity, and Diversity (MED) committee of the DOM formed an LGBTQ2S 'think thank' to advise on matters relating to and promote initiatives to support its LGBTQ2S community.


  • To serve as a resource and liaison representative for LGBTQ2S faculty, learners within the DOM training sites in order to promote a workplace which fosters equity and collegiality, and,
  • To serve LGBTQ2S patients by advocating for workplace policies within our training sites that reduce institutionalized stigma


  • To be identified on DOM and hospital web pages and be available as a resource for LGBTQ2S faculty, learners and interprofessional colleagues
  • To lead and develop LGBTQ2S mentorship opportunities both between peers and residents
  • To advise the DOM LGBTQ2S ‘think tank’ and MED committee on issues impacting LGBTQ2S members
  • To be aware of, and where relevant, disseminate information on initiatives of the MED committee and LGBTQ2S ‘think tank’
  • To support LGBTQ2S initiatives, including but not limited to:
    • Providing resources, ideas and information;
    • Guidance on project/initiative implementation;
    • Help with recruitment of presenters/speakers to generate improved LGBTQ2S house staff experiences
  • To be aware of and liaise with Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives among our hospital and clinical sites
  • Seek opportunities for collaboration with DOM provincially and nationally to engage in advocacy, foster networking experiences and leadership development for staff and residents


  • We will aim to identify one or (preferably) more faculty ambassador from each of our training sites as well as a number of residents across our programs and training years.
  • The position of LGBTQ2S ambassador is unpaid
  • There is no fixed term limit on the position. The interest in continuing to serve in this role will be assessed annually

Last revised: May 26, 2020

DOM LGBTQ2S Ambassadors

Name Hospital Division
Tehmina Ahmad PGY4

Endocrinology & Metabolism

Peter Broadhurst Sunnybrook Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Caroline Chessex UHN Cardiology

Jeremy Cygler

CMR Toronto Western General Internal Medicine
Thomas Dashwood PGY4 Infectious Diseases
Phil Doiron Women's College Hospital Dermatology
Mitchell Elliott PGY2 Internal Medicine
Claire Heslop UHN Emergency Medicine
Kevin Imrie Sunnybrook Hematology
Anthony Lott Sunnybrook Medical Oncology
Jared Rosenberg Michael Garron Hospital Geriatric Medicine
Samir Sinha Mount Sinai Hospital Geriatric Medicine
Darrell Tan St. Michael's Hospital Infectious Diseases
Jill Tinmouth Sunnybrook Gastroenterology


2019-2020 Intitiatives

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2020-2021 Plans

As with so many things, our plans for 2020-21 have had to adapt to the tremendous disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working on a number of 'low key' virtual initiatives but look forward to being able to get together again for in-person networking events which circumstances allow. Some of the things we are working on: