Six World-Class Medical Pioneers Join the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

Thursday, May 2, 2019 General News
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LONDON, ON, May 2, 2019 /CNW/ - On Thursday, May 2, the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) will induct six new Laureates whose contributions have led to extraordinary improvements in human health. These trailblazers underpin Canada's role as a world-class leader in medicine and health science, and their outstanding

accomplishments range from helping create the World Health Organization, to being known as Canada's 'father of agricultural medicine.' The 2019 Induction Ceremony is presented by the Canadian Medical Association with Medical Student Sponsor, MD Financial Management.

The 2019 CMHF Inductees are:

The late G. Brock Chisholm, CC CBE MD MC & Bar ED (Toronto, ON):  A decorated soldier and Canadian Major-General, psychiatrist and world health pioneer instrumental in the creation of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Naranjan S. Dhalla, CM OM PhD FRSC (Winnipeg, MB): Internationally recognized builder of basic cardiovascular science in Canada whose commitment to ensuring the benefits of scientific knowledge are shared worldwide, strengthening the global community. 

James A. Dosman, OC SOM MA MD FRCPC FRSC FCAHS (Saskatoon, SK): The 'father of agricultural medicine' in Canada devoted to improving and protecting the health of agricultural workers in Canada and the world.

Jacalyn Duffin, MD PhD FRCPC FRSC FCAHS (Kingston, ON): A haematologist and historian, her enduring contributions to medical research and education deepen our understanding of how the humanities inform balanced, effective medical training.

Connie J. Eaves, PhD FRS (Canada), FRS (Edinburgh) (Vancouver, BC): A world authority on stem cells with translational impact on bone marrow transplantation treatments for leukemia and breast cancer.

Rémi Quirion, OC CQ PhD FRSC (Montreal, QC): Quebec's first Chief Scientist and one of the world's most frequently cited neuroscientists recognized for his pivotal role in advancing our knowledge in neuroscience and mental health. 

"The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these six individuals whose remarkable contributions to health have made Canada, and the world, a better place," explains Dr. Bryce Taylor, CMHF Chair. "With the Induction Ceremony we honour excellence, preserve history and connect generations. These Canadian heroes have not only furthered health, but they serve as an inspiration to all Canadians and to our future health leaders, including the 50 medical students who will attend the event."    

The Inductees will be celebrated May 2 at a special ceremony hosted by the CMHF and McGill University Faculty of Medicine, in Montreal, QC. "Each year the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony recognizes luminaries who have had an extraordinary impact on medicine and the health sciences," says Dr. David Eidelman, Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. "McGill University is proud to host the 2019 iteration of this prestigious ceremony, an opportunity to honour yet another cohort of exemplary individuals whose work has improved the lives of people locally, nationally, and around the globe."

Available Resources

  1. Laureate bios and information about the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame available:
  2. Laureate pages and tribute videos available at 8:00 p.m. (ET) May 2:
  3. Laureate portraits and detailed biographies available on request

About the Canadian Medical Hall of FameThe Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) celebrates Canadian heroes whose work advances heath in Canada and the world and fosters future generations of health professionals through the delivery of local and national youth education programs and awards. This enduring tribute to our country's rich medical history is showcased on our virtual hall at and in an exhibit hall in downtown London, ON.

About McGill UniversityFounded in Montreal, Quebec, in 1821, McGill is a leading Canadian post-secondary institution. It has two campuses, 11 faculties, 13 professional schools, 300 programs of study and over 40,000 students, including more than 10,400 graduate students. McGill attracts students from over 150 countries around the world, its 12,500 international students making up 30% per cent of the student body. Over half of McGill students claim a first language other than English, including approximately 20% of our students who say French is their mother tongue.

About the Canadian Medical AssociationSince 1867, the Canadian Medical Association has been the national voice of Canada's medical profession. We work with physicians, residents and medical students on issues that matter to the profession and the health of Canadians. We advocate for policy and programs that drive meaningful change for physicians and their patients.

About MD Financial Management Inc.With 50 years of physician-focused experience, MD has one main goal: to help Canada's physicians achieve financial well-being.

MD has more than $50 billion in assets under administration and is dedicated to serving Canada's physicians and their families. MD provides financial products and services, the MD Family of Funds and investment counselling services through the MD Group of Companies. For a detailed list of these companies, visit


SOURCE The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

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