*Article obtained from the University of Toronto*
Dear Ob-Gyn Community,
We are pleased to announce the following Ob-Gyn faculty who will be promoted effective July 1, 2022. Each promotion is a reflection of the outstanding work taking place in our Department and our faculty members’ major accomplishments and contributions to the field of obstetrics and gynaecology.
Dr. Tunde-Byass has distinguished herself as a clinician-teacher and community-based researcher. She is an exemplar of clinical-academic medicine at a community-affiliated hospital, with a multi-faceted CPA focusing on promoting better care through better practices and standards, supporting equity and diversity in the health care system, promoting quality improvement through promotion and dissemination of the Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic model of care, all while playing a leadership role locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally. Aside from taking action to decrease trial of labour after caesarean (TOLAC) at her own hospital, Dr. Tunde-Byass also ensured that TOLAC rates, as well as vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC), would be made available to all Ontario hospitals through the dashboard set up by the Better Outcomes Registry & Network (BORN).
One of Dr. Tunde-Byass’s other important initiatives was to co-found Women’s Health Education Made Simple (WHEMS), providing evidence-based infographics and videos across a number of social media platforms to address issues such as pregnancy in the pandemic, pregnancy loss, and mental health and fly myths. In the same vein, she also led the development of an Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic at NYGH, publishing the assessment studies of this program in both the JOGC and SOGC nationally and internationally in abstract form.
In addition to these initiatives, Dr. Tunde-Byass’s leadership is clear from serving as a co-chair of the Expert Panel for Vaginal Birth After Caesarean Section with the Ministry of Health, member of the Expert Panel on Early Pregnancy Complications, and president of the Black Physicians of Canada. Dr. Tunde-Byass is a distinguished teacher, having won a national-level award, the Carl Nimrod Educator Award in 2014, as well as local awards such as the 2021 Teaching Excellence Award, the 2015 Chair’s Award for Excellence in Integrated Postgraduate Teaching, and the 2014 Master Teacher Award, among others.