Professor Sharona Kanofsky
Sharona Kanofsky has been a national leader in the development of the physician assistant (PA) profession in Canada. She is currently an associate professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Family & Community Medicine, the Consortium of Physician Assistant Education Program, at the U of T. Kanofsky has also worked as a PA in a variety of clinical settings and served as the founding academic coordinator of the PA program, currently serving as Research & Scholarship Lead for the program. PAs help provide medical care in collaboration with physicians and improve access to healthcare for rural, remote and otherwise underserved communities. A natural leader, Kanofsky’s outstanding work as an advocate has helped make PAs increasingly common across Canada, significantly improving health care for Canadians. Her pioneering work has led to several awards, including the Tom Ashman Physician Assistant of the Year award from the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants (2013).