Academy Director

Dr. Katina Tzanetos, Wightman-Berris Academy Director

Dr. Katina Tzanetos, Wightman-Berris Academy Director

Dr. Katina Tzanetos has been the Wightman-Berris Academy Director since June 2017. Her goal is to foster a learning environment for medical students at WB that is supportive and rich with opportunities, including those focused on exemplary patient-centered clinical care, innovative research, and interprofessional collaboration. She is committed to the students of the WB Academy and she values and respects the efforts of our excellent faculty as teachers and role models. Dr. Tzanetos welcomes student and teacher input on all matters related to medical education.

Dr. Tzanetos obtained her Doctor of Medicine at McMaster University in 1997 and subsequently completed a residency and fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto, finishing in 2001. After graduation, Dr. Tzanetos became the inaugural trainee of the Department of Medicine’s Clinician-Educator Fellowship and completed a Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology, both at the University of Toronto. Dr. Tzanetos is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a staff general internist at the University Health Network.

Given her strong passion for assisting medical students in their learning and experience, Dr. Tzanetos has previously held the position of the Director of Clinical SCORE, a program to support medical students experiencing difficulty with the attainment of clinical skills and she is currently the co-lead of Achieving Academic and Clinical Excellent in Training (AACE-IT), an initiative that connects students with faculty coaches for supplementary individualized teaching. Additionally, Dr. Tzanetos is the Clinical Skills Lead, the Chair of the Test Committee, and a member of the Medical Psychiatry Alliance Undergraduate Education Committee, all under the MD Program. Her interest in assessment has led to her work with the Medical Council of Canada, first as the Secretary (2006-2013) and currently as the Chair (2013-present) of the Medicine Test Committee and is a member of the General Internal Medicine Examination Board at the Royal College of Canada.

Dr. Tzanetos has two daughters, Alexandra (born 2002) and Genna (born 2006), and lives with her children, her husband Nick, and her dog, Oliver. She adopts an “open-door” policy, and encourages “drop-in” visits from students and faculty to her office at any time.