Department of Family and Community Medicine
Sam Leitenberg Award for the Humanitarian Practice of Family and Community Medicine
Dr. Samuel Leitenberg was a man of deep compassion, intellect, and integrity who was known for his brilliant diagnostic skills, his outstanding clinical care, his humanity, and his unparalleled dedication to his patients. A rare amalgam of old-school practice and cutting-edge clinical expertise, Dr. Leitenberg worked tirelessly to ensure that his patients received the best possible care.
Dr. Leitenberg graduated from UofT’s Faculty of Medicine in 1974 and completing his residency in Family Practice. He practiced in midtown Toronto for 37 years, until illness forced him to close. Dr. Leitenberg was a humanitarian in the deepest sense of that word – respected and loved for his clinical expertise, compassion, humility, and unwavering commitment to patient care. This award has been established by his family, friends, and colleagues to honour his life’s work and to inspire future family physicians.