2019 winners

The Teaching Excellence Award was set up as a way to celebrate and reward exceptional educational scholarship, particularly amongst research intensive universities, across the U21 HSG network.  The Award is our way to recognise leaders in this area and share their areas of good practice across the network.

The Award also helps us to nurture international cooperation, one of U21’s key objectives, by offering faculty from different universities, and regions, to work together on exciting, interdisciplinary projects.   

We have great pleasure in announcing that this year’s award goes to Dr César Alberto Lucio Ramirez, Paediatrics and Global Health Professor from Tecnológico de Monterrey and Dr Lawrence Grierson from McMaster University.

Congratulations and we look forward to César and Lawrence’s joint workshop that they will present at the next U21 HSG Annual Meeting in Dublin!


Dr César Alberto Lucio Ramirez
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Paediatrics and Global Health Professor

Dr César Lucio is a paediatrician and full-time Paediatrics and Global Health Professor at Tecnológico de Monterrey. He is a Fellow of the Foundation for Advancement in International Medical Education and Research and is currently enrolled in the Health Professions Education postgraduate programme at Keele University. He has presented conferences and research projects in national and international settings like the Association for Medical Education in Europe and Reimagine Education. He enjoys being a TEDx speaker with his Talk “Global Health: Personal attitude” and being part of local media counseling groups for TV and printed press. Among his teaching and research interests are Global Health initiatives, clinical skills assessment and learning communities. He is currently National Director of Learning Communities at Tecnológico de Monterrey. He has designed, coordinated and co-facilitated Faculty Development Workshops with international experts, the University of Florida, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the National Board of Medical Examiners, and the International Association of Medical Science Educators. In partnership with the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, he helped design a program called “Healthcare in the Holy Land: Multiculturalism, medicine in conflict zones, innovation and humanitarian Aid” with the aim of studying conflict and its relationship with health and aiding in the development of multiculturalism competencies in students. He also led the design and implementation of a clinical assessment system using a mobile tool which has been presented and awarded on local, national and international levels.


Dr Lawrence Grierson
McMaster University
Assosciate Professor, Department of Family Medicine

Dr. Lawrence Grierson is an Associate Professor with the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University and an Education Scientist with the McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences’s Program for Educational Research, Innovation, and Theory, the Program for Community and Rural Education, and the Undergraduate MD Program at McMaster University. He received his PhD from the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University in 2008 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick Children in the field of health professions education from 2008-2010.

Lawrence serves currently as the Assistant Dean of McMaster's Health Sciences Education graduate program and is a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada's Section of Researchers and Program Evaluation Advisory Group for the Triple-C Curriculum. Through this multi-faceted position, Lawrence develops lines of inquiry that aim to tie educational research into the greater health care community’s mandates around patient safety and quality improvement so as to foster a better understanding of the downstream impacts of educational and curricular reform on patient, hospital, and health system outcomes. He does this within the context of a translational (theory-to-applied) environment that engages and supports graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, clinician-educators, and clinician-researchers.