Dialogue Volume 15 Issue 1 2019 - Page 15

COUNCIL AWARD Pediatric Rheumatologist Honoured with Council Award Dr. Rayfel Schneider A t its most recent meeting, the College presented its Council Award to Dr. Rayfel Schneider, an international leader in pediatric rheumatology. He has been at the forefront in the development of new treatments and standards of care in juvenile arthritis and associated inflammatory diseases. Dr. Schneider is a staff physician at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and is currently a Professor of Pediatrics and the Associate Chair in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto. He previously served as the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Rheu- matology at SickKids and as the university’s Pediatric Rheumatology Program Director. Over the course of his 30-year career, Dr. Schneider has built a solid reputation as a devoted and talented physi- cian and is, viewed by peers, co-workers patients and families as being extremely knowledgeable and caring. He is a key contributor to ground-breaking pediatric rheu- matology research and his scientific contributions have led to new biologic therapies to manage juvenile arthri- tis – changing the trajectory and prognosis for young patients through more effective, less toxic treatments. In his roles as academic and a clinician, Dr. Schneider has trained and mentored hundreds of medical students, residents and interns. Former trainees, many of whom are now also respected leaders in pediatric rheumatology, acknowledge him as a major influence on their careers. We recently spoke to Dr. Schneider about his life and career: What made you choose to leave South Africa for Canada? After my internship, I started training in general pediat- rics in South Africa, which was excellent. However, sub- specialty training to care for children with less common or chronic conditions was not as well developed. When the opportunity arose to join one of the best training programs in the world at SickKids, where I knew I would be able to get this specialized training, I jumped at this chance of a lifetime. And SickKids was a wonderful place to train. Throughout my fellowship, training, and faculty ISSUE 1, 2019 DIALOGUE 15