Awards & Recognition

Frank Rutledge Award for Excellence in Critical Care Teaching

This is a unique award open to any adult or pediatric critical care clinical teacher in Canada. It has been developed in partnership between the Critical Care Western at The University of Western Ontario, the Canadian Critical Care Society (CCCS) and the Critical Care Canada Forum. 

Critical Care Western has undertaken to raise funds to support the prize. The CCCS and the Critical Care Canada Forum will provide the venue for presenting the award and support for the winner as a Forum speaker.

Any staff physician involved in full or part-time clinical teaching of residents in a Canadian academic critical care training program (adult or pediatric) is eligible. The nominee must be a member in good standing of the Canadian Critical Care Society at the time the nomination is reviewed. Any critical care resident can make a nomination. Alternatively, a group of critical care residents may submit a joint nomination. Several letters signed by different residents but part of one academic training program may better convey the strengths of the nominee than a single letter signed by multiple residents.  The letter(s) should be detailed outlining the qualities of the candidate. Specific examples illustrating these qualities are helpful. It must provide the name and contact information for the nominee.

2019 Frank Rutledge Award Winner


Dr. Alberto Goffi

Alberto Goffi, MD, is a Staff Physician at St. Michael’s Hospital – Unity Health Toronto and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Medicine and Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine (IDCCM). Alberto obtained his MD from the University of Turin, Italy, where he also completed his General Internal Medicine Residency. He then completed a Fellowship in the Adult Critical Care Medicine Program at the University of Toronto and the Master Teacher Program at the University of Toronto. His clinical and academic interests include neurocritical care and point-of-care ultrasound in acute care medicine, with a focus on the clinical utility of ultrasound in critical care medicine and optimal teaching strategies for its competency achievement. He is the co-director of the IDCCM BASIC (Bedside Assessment by Sonography in Critical Care Medicine) Critical Care Ultrasound Curriculum (https://basiccriticalcareultrasound.org) and, together with Dr. Neill Adhikari, the co-lead of the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (TAAAC) Adult Critical Care Medicine fellowship.

Alberto loves travelling for teaching; he has already taught ultrasound and neurocritical care in five different continents. In 2015, he won the Young Lecturer Award at the ESICM annual meeting. In 2019, he was selected as the recipient of the Frank S. Rutledge Award of Excellence in Critical Care Teaching. Outside of work, Alberto has a passion for creating logos and drawings digitally; the IDCCM logo is one of his creations.

2020 CIHR-ICRH/CCCS Distinguished Lecturer Award - CLOSED

The CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH) and the Canadian Critical Care Society (CCCS) have established an annual Distinguished Lecturer in Critical Care Sciences Award in recognition of an individual's outstanding contribution to the advancement of critical care sciences in Canada. The selected candidate will be an outstanding scientist who has conducted the majority of his/her research in Canada and who has contributed to the advancement of critical care sciences.

2019 CIHR-ICRH/CCCS Award Winner

Dr. Jacques Lacroix

Dr. Jacques Lacroix is professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal. He is working at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sainte-Justine and its Research Centre. He is teaching pediatric critical care medicine, general pediatrics and epidemiology. He co-founded the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators (PALISI) Network in 2002. He received the PALISI Leadership Award in 2014 and the “Deborah J. Cook Mentorship Award” (Canadian Critical Care Trials Group) in 2016. His main topics of research are transfusion medicine, trauma, and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome in critically ill children. He wrote 267 papers, 95 chapters, 294 abstracts, posters and free papers, and a textbook (Lacroix J, Gauthier M, Hubert P, Leclerc F, Gaudreault P, éds. Urgences et soins intensifs pédiatriques. 2e édition, Paris & Montreal: Massonn & Les Éditions de l’Hôpital Sainte-Justine, 2007:1368p). He gave 307 invited lectures, including 158 outside Canada. He completed three large randomized controlled trials, the TRIPICU study (N Engl J Med 2007;356:1609-19), the ABLE study (N Engl J Med 2015;372:110-8), and, with Marisa Tucci and Phil Spinella, the ABC-PICU trial (NCT01977547). Many international organizations have sought his expertise (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; Société de réanimation de langue française; Society of Critical Care Medicine). He was an Associate Editor of the journals Trials and Jornal de Pediatria, and is a Senior Editor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.



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About the Association

The Canadian Critical Care Society (CCCS) is the National Specialty Society, representing Adult and Paediatric Critical Care Medicine physicians in Canada. The practice of Critical Care Medicine in Canada is multidisciplinary and CCCS members hold base specialty certification in anaesthesia, medicine, paediatrics, emergency medicine or surgery and some surgical subspecialties such as cardiac surgery and neurosurgery.

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