PEPP Physician Team

2019 Recipient

President's Award for Physician Leadership

The Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychoses (PEPP) Physician Team is the recipient of the 2019 President’s Award for Physician Leadership. This team includes Drs. Lena Palaniyappan, Julie Richard, Priya Subramanian, Hooman Ganjavi, and Laura Powe. 

PEPP Physicians


The PEPP Physician Team works with individuals who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis, a population of people who are most vulnerable in our community. This past year, their team suffered the loss of their colleague Dr. Raj Harricharan who devoted over 25 years to PEPP. The PEPP Physician Team came together in their grief to support over 300 patients who were suddenly without a psychiatrist. 

The PEPP Physician Team make a difference in helping to destigmatize mental illness and are passionate in their pursuit of helping those they work with. They treat patients, peers, and coworkers with respect, and accommodate patients with what they need in their treatment, whether it’s making a house call appointment if a patient is afraid to visit the hospital or whether it’s going for a walk as an intake appointment if the patient was hesitant to step into an office. Their passion for helping patients was on display as they worked to ensure Dr. Harricharan’s patients had ongoing care by connecting them with their family physicians, community supports, or taking them onto their own caseload.

The PEPP Physician Team is highly regarded within LHSC, and that is evident in letters that exemplify their dedication to patients by working evenings and weekends, seeking opportunities for frontline staff to stay informed on issues, and advocating their patients’ needs within the community by creating partnerships throughout the city.
As they themselves grieved the loss of their beloved colleague, the PEPP Team showed their dedication to their patients and for those experiencing a crisis in mental health by working together to ensure every person continued to receive care.

2019 Nominees

  • Dr. Craig Campbell
  • Dr. Geoff Bellingham
  • Dr. James Calvin
  • Dr. Paul Dulay
  • PEPP Physician Team*
  • Dr. Ram Singh
  • Dr. Sachin Pandey
  • Dr. Sameer Elsayed
  • Dr. Sami Omer
  • Dr. Stephen Pautler
  • Dr. Subrata Chakrabarti
  • Dr. Wael Haddara