The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences

The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences

June 22, 2011 12:11 ET

Dr. Vivek Goel Receives Honorary Diploma in Health Sciences

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 22, 2011) -

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Dr. Vivek Goel, a dedicated health care researcher and educator, is this year's recipient of The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences Honorary Diploma of Health Science.

Michener Honorary Diplomas of Health Science are awarded to individuals who demonstrate leadership and commitment to the applied health sciences, as well as those dedicated to the advancement of applied health sciences education. Recipients are selected by Michener's Board of Governors and the honorary diploma will be conferred at Michener's annual graduation ceremony on June 25, 2011.

Dr. Vivek Goel is President and CEO of Public Health Ontario (formerly the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion), a government agency dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of Ontarians. Prior to joining Public Health Ontario, he served as vice-president and provost at the University of Toronto and was instrumental in shepherding the 2008 Memorandum of Understanding between Michener and the University of Toronto. Dr. Goel also previously taught at The Michener Institute. He has been engaged in research activities related to public health, with particular focus on chronic disease prevention and control. Dr. Goel holds a medical degree, a Master's degree in biostatistics and a Master's degree in health administration.

Some of Dr. Goel's research activities include the economic evaluation of health care interventions, optimization of the use of laboratory tests in the periodic health examination, and the development of measure for health status assessment.

"Dr. Goel is a leader in health research and education and we are delighted to be associated with such a notable scholar," says Paul Bertin, Chair of Michener's Board of Governors. "His research contributions to the field of medical laboratory sciences, through his work on the optimization of the use of laboratory tests, serve to inform medical laboratory technology practices and education today."

The contributions Dr. Goel has made to health care research and education align with Michener's core values — especially leading by example and transforming lives — and make him an outstanding candidate for this honour.

Past honourees of Michener's Honorary Diploma of Health Science are Dr. Marlene Scardamalia, Dr. C. Joseph Kurian, Dr. Donald Stuss, Mrs. Sonja Bata, Dr. Amitai Ziv, Dr. Robert Byrick, Dr. Daniel Klass, Dr. Sheela Basrur, Dr. David Naylor, and Dr. Diana Schatz, founder of The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences.

About The Michener Institute

The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences is Canada's only post-secondary institution devoted exclusively to applied health science education. Since 1958, Michener has educated applied health professionals who serve a vital role in the country's health care sector in such fields as medical laboratory science, medical radiation sciences, respiratory therapy, chiropody, diagnostic cytology, genetics technology, ultrasound and cardiovascular perfusion.

Interprofessionalism, patient-centred learning and simulation-enhanced education are essentials of the Michener academic experience for over 5,000 full-time, part-time and continuing education students. The Michener Institute is publicly funded by the Province of Ontario, through the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and further enriched through partnerships with universities, private sector companies and leading health care organizations. For more information, visit

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