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(Class of '82) Astrid Guttmann - Medical Doctor, Teacher, Researcher

The Winner of the 2016 Judy Elder Alumna Award is Astrid Guttmann '82

Astrid Guttmann attended The Study from grade three to eleven, graduating with a class of 18 Studyites in 1982. At The Study, she was a senior prefect, House head of Beta Lambda, and Student Council Treasurer. After a year of “Gymnasium" in her mother's home town of Wuppertal, Germany, Astrid studied French and German History and Literature with a minor in pre-medical studies at Harvard University. She attended Oxford University from 1987-1990 as a Canadian Rhodes Scholar studying Philosophy and Theology, with a focus on medical ethics. Astrid returned to Montreal to study medicine at McGill University and was awarded the Elizabeth Ann Munro Gordon Prize for overall excellence by a female medical school graduate in 1994. She left Montreal to pursue residency training in Paediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. After training in epidemiology and health policy, Astrid came on faculty as a staff physician at SickKids and a scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), one of the world's leading health services and policy research institutes.

Currently, Astrid continues to practice medicine at SickKids, teaches at the University of Toronto and is a Senior Scientist and the Chief Science Officer at ICES. Her program of research is focused on health system performance and policy evaluation related to the care of children and youth, in particular those with higher healthcare needs.  She has worked closely with the Ontario Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, co-leading a long-term evaluation of Ontario's Mental Health Strategy. Her research team developed the first system-wide scorecard in Canada for child and youth mental healthcare, and they continue to build a meaningful data repository from multiple government sectors for use in health research and policy. Astrid is also presently leading a number of projects relating to the integration of new immigrants and refugees to Canada. She sits on the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health, an advisory body to the Ontario Ministry of Health.  

Astrid lives in Toronto with her husband Jeff and their two teenaged children, Max and Freddie. Apart from being a hockey chauffeur and trying to coax the roses in her garden to bloom after every winter, she has tried to keep involved with her various communities. She was the Secretary of the Ontario Rhodes Scholars Selection committee for six years, a local interviewer for Harvard University applicants, and an active member of her neighbourhood residents' association, ably led by Cindy Caron Thorburn (class of '80) and which also included Martha Dingle Reeve (class of '81.)  The Study clearly instilled a sense of civic duty! Astrid is grateful to The Study for excellent teachers and her headmistress Mrs. Jean Scott, who set high expectations, for enabling a small group of students to start a soccer team, and for a dynamic and fun group of classmates.