Six Canadian Giants in Health Join Canada’s Medical Hall of Fame

OTTAWA, June 17, 2022 – On Friday, June 17, 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 providing equitable health care for Indigenous People everywhere, to being known as a pioneer in the immunology of surgical infections.

Mona Nemer, CM CQ PhD FRSC, Chief Science Advisor of Canada and Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. The 2022 Induction Ceremony is presented by the Canadian Medical Association with Medical Student Sponsor, MD Financial Management inc.

“Medical professionals sacrifice so much of their time and expertise to advancing health care, providing patient care, and helping their communities,” said Dr. Katharine Smart, President of the CMA. “The Canadian Medical Association is pleased to recognize these six deserving medical leaders for their tremendous accomplishments and contributions to the medical profession in Canada.”

“It is a distinct honour to host this prestigious and important ceremony,” said Bernard Jasmin, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. “The Hall’s inductees have made tremendous contributions to the advancement of medicine. Through the celebration of their accomplishments, we hope to inspire future generations of medical professionals and scientists to strive for continued excellence and innovation in the field.”

“What a great opportunity to celebrate the illustrious careers of the 2022 CMHF Laureates who have made significant contributions to improving the health of many. Their work has had a positive impact on multiple fronts,” said Lucie Thibault, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. “Congratulations to all laureates and thank you for your many contributions to health and healthcare!”

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Laureates are individuals whose outstanding contributions to medicine and the health sciences 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 and an inspiration to young Canadians to pursue careers in the health sciences. The new CMHF Laureates are:

Sir John Bell, GBE BMBCh DM FRS FMedSci | Oxford, United Kingdom
Pioneered advances in the era of translation research, bringing ground-breaking laboratory discoveries into the world of practical medicine.

The Late Thomas A. Dignan, CM OOnt MD BScN | Thunder Bay, Ontario
Dedicated his life to improving the health and well-being of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, creating safe spaces for systemic change and mentorship.

Daniel Drucker, OC MD FRS FRCPC | Toronto, Ontario
Revealed the potential for gut hormones to achieve dramatic clinical outcomes in the treatment of life-limiting and life-threatening metabolic and intestinal disorders.

David J.A. Jenkins, OC DM DPhil DSc FRCPC FRSC FCAHS | Toronto, Ontario
Invented the glycemic index to classify carbohydrates and their effects on blood glucose levels, associated with the incidence of diabetes, stroke, and cardiovascular disease mortality.

Jonathan L. Meakins, OC MD DSc FRCSC FACS | Montreal, Quebec
Advanced safe and effective surgical technologies and demonstrated the relationship between weakened immune responses and poor surgical outcomes leading to significant improvements in clinical assessment and nutritional support for surgical patients worldwide.

Noralou P. Roos, OC PhD | Winnipeg, Manitoba
Unlocked the potential of big data systems analysis to clarify the social determinants of health helping inform effective policies in support of universal health care.

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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 and in an exhibit hall in London, ON.

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