Honouring the Newest Icons in Canadian Health Leadership: The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Announces the 2023 Inductees

OTTAWA, September 28, 2022 – Cynthia Forbes, MD, chair of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF), announced today that the following have been selected for induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame:

The Late Stephen Blizzard, MD | Ottawa, ON
Pilot, physician, decorated peacekeeper, who overcame systemic racism to become a much-honoured authority on aviation medicine.

Elaine Carty, CM OBC MSN CNM | Vancouver, BC
Helped to promote legalization and professional recognition of midwifery throughout Canada.

Carol Herbert, MD CCFP FCFP FCAHS FRCPS (Glasg) | Vancouver, BC and London, ON
Innovative health care educator and mentor promoting equitable and accessible health care for all.

Jean-Lucien Rouleau, CM MD FRCPC FACC | Montréal, QC
Renown cardiologist instrumental in developing life saving medication sacubitril/valsartan for treatment of chronic heart failure.

Nahum Sonenberg, OC PhD FRS FRSC | Montréal, QC
Discoverer of elF4E protein helping to establish the field of translational control and unlocking the potential of genetic research for medical advances.

Samuel Weiss, PhD FRSC FCAHS | Calgary, AB
Trailblazer in establishing neurogenesis research as a pathway to treatments for wasting diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, stroke, ALS, and multiple sclerosis.

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Laureates are Canadian citizens whose outstanding leadership and contributions to medicine and the health sciences, in Canada or abroad, have led to extraordinary improvements in human health. Their work may be a single meritorious contribution or a lifetime of superior accomplishments. Pioneers in their field, they are role models who inspire young Canadians to pursue careers in the health sciences. “The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these six individuals whose outstanding contributions to health have made Canada, and the world, a better place,” said Dr. Forbes. “Their impact is well documented, and they have earned their place alongside our 149 Laureates.”

These Canadian and international leaders will be celebrated at a ceremony held in association with the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University on June 22, 2023, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. “Dalhousie University is honoured to host the 2023 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame induction ceremony,” says Dr. David Anderson, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University. “We look forward to recognizing and celebrating the incredible achievements and legacies of these six remarkable individuals, all of whom have made an indelible mark on the lives of Canadians and people around the world.”

The 2023 Induction Ceremony is presented by the Canadian Medical Association with medical student sponsor MD Financial Management Inc. Locally, up to 40 medical students are invited to attend the ceremony.

“The CMA is honoured to recognize these deserving physicians for their many contributions to their patients, their communities, and their profession,” said Dr. Alika Lafontaine, president, CMA. “Congratulations to these physician leaders for their many accomplishments and for their induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.”

For more detailed bios and photos: https://cdnmedhall.ca/laureate-induction-ceremony

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) celebrates Canadian heroes whose work advances health 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 online at www.cdnmedhall.ca and in an exhibit hall in London, ON.

Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our 19,000 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.

An integral part of Maritime Canada since 1868, Dalhousie Medical School teaches scientific excellence and humanity in medicine, facilitates leading health research, influences social and health policy, and helps drive the regional economy.

The Canadian Medical Association leads a national movement with physicians who believe in a better future of health. Our ambition is a sustainable, accessible health system where patients are partners, a culture of medicine that elevates equity, diversity and wellbeing, and supportive communities where everyone has the chance to be healthy. We drive change through advocacy, giving and knowledge sharing – guided by values of collaboration and inclusion.

Laura Neil, Director of Communications
Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
Cell: 519-221-0094 | lneil@cdnmedhall.ca

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