The Dr. William Hutchinson Award was established in 1982 to recognize distinguished contributions to health services in Sault Ste Marie and the District of Algoma.  Dr. Hutchinson was an esteemed local surgeon at Sault Area Hospital and a founding member of the Algoma District Health Council. The award is the responsibility of the Governance Committee of the Sault Area Hospital Board of Directors.

To nominate a deserving individual, complete and submit the Dr. William Hutchinson Nomination Form:

2023 Award Recipient

Dr. Mohammadi

2023 Dr. William Hutchinson Award Recipient – Dr. Ehsan Mohammadi

Dr. Ehsan Mohammadi is a valued, highly respected and long-standing Emergency Department physician at SAH. He has been described as kind, generous, trustworthy, genuine and compassionate.

He completed his undergraduate degree and medical school at the university of British Columbia. He then completed his residency in Thunder Bay and after working in the Barrie area for years, he moved to Sault Ste. Marie. He began his career at SAH as a locum in June 2001, moved to active staff in August 2002, and became the Medical Director of the Emergency Department from 2003-2008. A member of the Medical Advisory Committee, he has worked tirelessly at creating policies and protocols to advance emergency medicine care, with the goal of patient safety and a focus on compassion and excellence.

Dr. Mohammadi is a wealth of knowledge and communicates clearly and calmly with his colleagues, often in chaotic situations. He is supportive, yet is always able to take control of a situation when required. He consistently has the patient’s best interests at heart and strives to provide the highest quality of care. According to his colleagues, he is a pleasure to work with, leading by example with enthusiasm and positivity on every shift.


Dr. Mohammadi has been a NOSM University Professor since its inception and for the last 15 years, he has been the Clinical Preceptor and Medical Education leader in the Emergency Department. Prior to teaching with NOSM University, Dr. Mohammadi was involved in teaching students and residents from other educational institutions. He is passionate about mentoring learners and has customized Emergency Department shifts to create a supportive and learner-focused environment. In his personal time, he has acted as a mentor to all medical learners, often hosting medical learner wellness events at his own home.

Dr. Mohammadi also supports the Summer Studentship Program and NOSM University’s Comprehensive Clinical Clerkship (CCC) program. He hosts group learning sessions, facilitates Clinical Academic Rounds (CAR), and provides transitional education in the Emergency Room. He has also been a champion in developing a PGY3 EM residency position in Sault Ste. Marie, which is still under development.

Additionally, Dr. Mohammadi has been the driving force in implementing a SIMulation lab at SAH. He developed the Sault Emergency Medicine Conference hosted annually in September from 2011 until 2019. For many years, Dr. Mohammadi volunteered as a Tactical Emergency Medical Officer with Sault Ste. Marie Police Services.  

In 2019, he was awarded the Sault Ste. Marie Academic Medical Association’s Excellence in Medical Education. In 2018 he was nominated for the NOSM University’s Medical Educator Award. He was also nominated for a PAIRO preceptor award in 2022 by our local family medicine residents.

Past Dr. William Hutchinson Award Recipients

Nomination Information

  • The Nominee must have made a significant or distinguished contribution to health services in Sault Ste Marie or the District of Algoma through:
    • Innovation in Health Care Services
    • Volunteer Service
    • Community Involvement
    • Demonstrated Leadership Ability
    • Fostering of Teamwork and Partnerships
    • Work-related Excellence
  • Be a resident of Sault Ste. Marie or the District of Algoma

  • No member of the Board of Directors can either nominate or be nominated for either award

The deadline for submission is Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 4:00 pm.

The Sault Area Hospital’s Governance Committee will review all nominations to make the selection.  All nominators and the recipient(s) will be notified of the Committee’s selection via letter after the May Board of Director’s meeting.

The award will be presented in the spring. Stay tuned for more information. 

For more information or to obtain a paper application form:

For more information on the Dr. William Hutchinson Award, contact Jennifer Doyle at ext. 3601 or email