DoM 2SLGBTQ+ Think Tank

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 2SLGBTQ+ 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 2SLGBTQ+ 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.

Read our Statement to Support 2SLGBTQ+ Faculty Members and Trainees on Transgender Day of Remembrance 

2SLGBTQ+ Think Tank

The Department of Medicine 2SLGBTQ+ 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 2SLGBTQ+ 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:

2SLGBTQ+ Think Tank Co-Chairs:

Tehmina Ahmad:

Laura Targownik:

Andriy Katyukha:

2SLGBTQ+ Ambassadors

Click here for profiles of all of the DoM's 2SLGBTQ+ 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 (2SLGBTQ+) faculty, learners, interprofessional colleagues and patients, the Mentorship, Equity, and Diversity (MED) committee of the DOM formed an 2SLGBTQ+ 'think thank' to advise on matters relating to and promote initiatives to support its 2SLGBTQ+ community.


  • To serve as a resource and liaison representative for 2SLGBTQ+ faculty, learners within the DOM training sites in order to promote a workplace which fosters equity and collegiality, and,
  • To serve 2SLGBTQ+ 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 2SLGBTQ+ faculty, learners and interprofessional colleagues
  • To lead and develop 2SLGBTQ+ mentorship opportunities both between peers and residents
  • To advise the DOM 2SLGBTQ+ ‘think tank’ and MED committee on issues impacting 2SLGBTQ+ members
  • To be aware of, and where relevant, disseminate information on initiatives of the MED committee and LGBTQ2S ‘think tank’
  • To support 2SLGBTQ+ 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 2SLGBTQ+ 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 2SLGBTQ+ 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




Peter Broadhurst


Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Caroline Chessex



Jeremy Cygler

UHN/Mt. Sinai Hospital

General Internal Medicine

Thomas Dashwood

St. Michaels Hospital

Infectious Diseases

Phil Doiron

Women's College Hospital


Mitchell Elliott


Medical Oncology

Claire Heslop


Emergency Medicine

Anthony Lott


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



Thomas Kiebalo


General Internal Medicine


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: