New Goals

We know what you’re thinking: New Year’s resolutions are so 1999. Not the case. In this ever-evolving era of self-improvement, we’re seeing a resolution-resurgence. Whether minor or mammoth, making moves to live a healthier life has never been more popular.    

Even St. Michael’s world-leading physicians, scientists and surgeons are stepping up their games this year. 

Here are just a few ways our relentless staff resolves to live smarter in 2019. 

Dr. Najma Ahmed, Trauma Surgeon

1. Meditate
2. Pilates and ballet classes
3. Eat less sugar
4. Recycle more
5. Practice patience
6. Know gratitude 

Dr. Stephen Hwang, Director, Centre for Urban Health Solutions 

Take one minute every day to be thankful for something good – big or small – in my life.

Dr. Paul Dorian, Department Director, Division of Cardiology 

1. Improve my tennis backhand
2. Wash the dishes more often
3. Go easy on the Twizzlers when I take my granddaughter to the movies. 

Dr. Timothy Daniels, Chief of the Division of Orthopedic Surgery 

Smile more. 

Dr. Muhammad Mamdani, Director, Li Ka Shing Centre for Healthcare Analytics Research & Training (LKS-CHART) 

1. Make as many people as possible laugh at my very, very bad jokes.
2. Make research fun and impactful for my research team and everyone with whom we work.
3. Make a real difference to our patients, clinicians, and management teams through our research.

Dr. Aaron Nauth, Orthopedic Surgeon and Scientist, Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science 

Be healthier with eating, exercise and limiting screen time. My son is only four years old, but he watches every little thing I do, and I can’t tell him “no junk food”, “get outside and run around”, and “too much TV” without leading by example.

Dr. Adena Scheer, Surgical Oncologist, CIBC Breast Centre

Work on being a great mom. We are expecting our first baby on February 8!

Dr. Daniel Werb, Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Centre for Urban Health Solutions

Find a way to teach my baby daughter how to play piano so she can play us both lullabies.

Dr. Carolyn Snider, New Chief of Emergency Medicine

My husband and I love inviting friends over to cook a big multi-dish meal together – often inspired by places we have travelled. In the final minutes it always becomes busy and stressful trying to have all the dishes ready at the same time. I usually revert to using my resuscitation team leader skills and everyone pitches in to bring it all together. 

However we’ve only done it a few times in the past few years – life is busy! My resolution is to plan for a monthly event because it brings us a lot of joy and is a great way to spend time with friends.

Dr. Jeffrey Zaltzman, Director, Kidney Transplant Program 

Eat less junk food!

BONUS:  Lili Litwin, President, St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation 

Re-learn the guitar so I can play songs for my grandchildren!

So, what’s your New Year’s resolution? Email us at

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