Dennis Smith

2019 Recipient

President’s Award for Living Our Core Values – How We Serve Our Patients

Dennis Smith is this year’s recipient of the President’s Award for Living Our Core Values – How We Serve Our Patients. Dennis is a Nurse Practitioner in the Renal Program at University Hospital.


Dennis’ work on the Dialysis Unit is multidisciplinary as he cares for the needs of both acute and chronically ill patients. He is able to effectively monitor patients while working with hospital colleagues and community partners. Dennis has also been involved in a variety of research initiatives to explore new ways to meets the needs of patients and their caregivers. Along with educating himself and the renal staff he works with, Dennis teaches students in the Nursing Program at Western University. He has been the renal program quality lead on the Ontario Renal Network Access to Living Kidney Transplantation (AKT) project since 2017 which aims to increase the annual rate of living kidney transplants in Ontario.

The letters of support for Dennis illustrate how he lives LHSC’s core values through his passion for quality patient care. Dennis takes the time to speak with patients and families, and he will not settle on a care plan without first including the patient, listening to their perspective and making a plan with the patient and family, not for them. Dennis works with high ethical standards while delivering compassionate care. Dennis transitions from team member to team leader seamlessly when appropriate for the situation, and is accountable for his actions and choices while never afraid to question processes in an effort to improve quality of care, patient outcomes and patient experience. He is found not only to be inquisitive, but to actively work to advance his knowledge through reading, questioning, practicing, and working on quality improvement and research initiatives.

2019 Nominees

  • Dr. Adam Power
  • Dennis Smith*
  • Idan Nemirovsky
  • Suzanne Ratko
  • Wesley Larente