Thomas M. S. Wolever, PhD

Thomas M.S. WoleverGraduate Teaching Award – Senior Sustained Excellence in Graduate Teaching

Nutritional Sciences

Context(s) for Award:
In recognition of sustained excellence in teaching in the graduate department program

Dr. Thomas M.S. Wolever obtained his BM, BCh from Oxford University, UK in 1980, a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from University of Toronto in 1986 and a Doctorate in Medicine from Oxford University in 1993. His primary appointment is as Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. Dr. Wolever is also a Scientist at the Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital; a Member of Active Medical Staff at St. Michael’s Hospital, and a Consultant Physician at CAMH. Dr. Wolever’s research interests are the effects of dietary carbohydrates on human physiology and metabolism and is, perhaps, best known for his work on the glycemic index (GI). Dr. Wolever has over 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals which have been cited over 15,000 times. To translate GI knowledge into practice, in 1997 Dr. Wolever founded a company to provide confidential GI testing services to industry. The success of this venture lead him and 3 partners to start a larger contract research organization, GI Labs, which has been in operation since 2004. More important than anything else, Dr. Wolever is married with 3 children aged 25, 23 and 16 years. He enjoys orienteering, cycling and recorder playing.

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