Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

Dr. Gordon Guyatt

Joining McMaster University’s medical faculty in 1983, Dr. Guyatt made groundbreaking contributions over the next 30 years in the measurement of health-related quality of life. While serving as director of the internal medicine residency program from 1990-1997, he led the initial development of the concept of EBM, and then the formation of an international group that further developed these concepts with landmark publications in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Dr. May Cohen

Dr. Cohen has received many accolades, including the Federation of Medical Women of Canada Ortho Award for the Promotion of Women's Health, the Governor General's Award, and the Leadership Development Award from the American Association of Medical Colleges. Dr. Cohen was also honoured with lifetime membership in the Ontario Medical Association and senior membership in the Canadian Medical Association, where she has also been awarded the prestigious CMA Medal of Service. 

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Prof. Michael Bliss

No one did more than Professor Bliss to preserve and commemorate the legacy of Canada’s first Nobel Laureates whose discovery alleviated suffering for millions and brought attention to the intellectual achievements of an emerging nation.  In telling this great story, Dr. Bliss was careful to recognize the contributions of Banting’s collaborators J. J. R. MacLeod, C.H. Best and J.B.

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Dr. Judith G. Hall, OC

Dr. Hall completed medical school at The University of Washington and was also awarded a master’s of science degree in genetics for coursework and research done with Arno Motulsky. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in medical genetics, she trained in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1969 to 1971, and then completed a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology.

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Dr. Duncan Sinclair

Dr. Sinclair graduated from the University of Toronto, Ontario Veterinary College (DVM and VS) in 1958, where continued studies led to a masters of science in agriculture in 1960. Dr. Sinclair completed a PhD in physiology at Queen's University in 1963, followed by a Meres Senior Scholarship in Medical Research at St. John’s College, Cambridge University from 1963 – 1965. He then joined the faculty at Queen’s University in 1966 as a Markle Scholar in Academic Medicine.

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Dr. Julio S.G. Montaner, OC

In 1981, Dr. Montaner joined UBC and completed his postgraduate and residency training.  As a young internist, he treated some of the earliest cases of AIDS in Canada.

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Dr. John McCrae

Dr. McCrae was born in Guelph, Ontario and won a scholarship to the University of Toronto at 16. He did his residency at the Toronto General Hospital and worked for a short period at Johns Hopkins University with Dr. William Osler. He wrote poetry during this time, winning a Saturday Night short story competition in 1894. His poems were published in The Canadian Magazine, The Westminister and Massey's Magazine.  In 1899, he accepted a pathology fellowship at McGill University, but postponed this opportunity to join the second contingent of Canadian soldiers in the South African War.

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Dr. Alan Bernstein, OC

Dr. Bernstein returned to Canada in 1974 to join the faculty of the Ontario Cancer Institute. In 1985, he was appointed to the new Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, was named associate director in 1988 and then director of research (1994‐2000).  He attracted outstanding scientists and expanded the institute’s reputation and impact. 

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Dr. Bernard Langer

Upon completion of his medical degree, Dr. Langer completed postgraduate surgical training in Toronto, Houston and Boston.  He joined the Toronto General Hospital as a staff surgeon in 1963 and was appointed head of the division of general surgery in 1972. During his 17 year tenure, this division evolved from a broad-based clinical and teaching service to one with focused interests in specialty areas, placing equal importance on clinical care, teaching and research.  

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Dr. Salim Yusuf

Medically qualified in Bangalore in 1976, Dr. Yusuf received a Rhodes Scholarship and earned a DPhil from Oxford, during which time he (along with Richard Peto and Peter Sleight) initiated the concepts of large, simple trials, and meta-analysis. He coordinated the ISIS trial which set the structure for future international collaborative work in cardiovascular disease and demonstrated the value of beta-blockers in myocardial infarction.

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