On Thursday, May 4th, six renowned medical pioneers will be recognized as the 2017 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Inductees at a special ceremony in Québec City, hosted by Université Laval and its Faculty of Medicine and sponsored by the Canadian Medical Association and MD Financial Management.
“The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these six individuals as honoured members,” says Dr. Bryce Taylor, chair of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF). “Their passion and visionary leadership has improved health in this country, with global impact. Each of these Canadian heroes has earned their place alongside the current 119 Laureates of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.”
“We thank the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame for having chosen our University and our Faculty as hosts of this prestigious ceremony, which highlights the remarkable accomplishments of men and women whose work has brought lasting improvement to the health of individuals and populations”, adds Dr. Rénald Bergeron, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval.
CMHF Inductees are individuals whose contributions to medicine have led to extraordinary improvements in human health. Their work may be a single outstanding contribution or a career of notable achievements. As trailblazers in their respective fields, these experts underpin Canada’s role as a world-class leader in medicine and health sciences. The 2017 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Inductees are:
Dr. Michel G. Bergeron (Québec City, QC): Visionary, leading figure in the struggle against infectious disease and superbugs resistant to antimicrobials. An inspiration to thousands of students and researchers, Dr. Bergeron’s innovative achievements have enhanced health, saved lives, and he established in Québec, one of the largest infectious disease centres in North America.
Dr. Michel Chrétien (Montréal, QC): Internationally recognized physician-endocrinologist and fierce defender of scientific freedom, Dr. Chrétien has built a unified career around his own pro-hormone theory, bridging basic and clinical sciences to secure immediate medical benefits.
Dr. Richard B. Goldbloom (Halifax, NS): One of Canada’s foremost pediatricians, recognized globally as a pioneer of family participation in the care of hospitalized children. Known for his compassion for humanity, Dr. Goldbloom is highly acclaimed for his contributions to clinical excellence, pediatric research, education, administration and community service.
The late Justice Emmett Hall (Saskatoon, SK): Tasked with leading the Royal Commission on Health Services in 1961, Justice Hall had a profound and enduring impact on the organization and funding of health care in Canada. Considered a founding father of Canadian Medicare, he worked tirelessly throughout his law career for Indigenous rights, equal access to health care, and the rights of the disabled.
Dr. Michael R. Hayden (Vancouver, BC): Pre-eminent biomedical scientist, innovator and entrepreneur, Dr. Hayden has made substantial contributions to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of major neurodegenerative disorders, most notably the genetic basis of Huntington disease (HD).
Dr. F. Estelle R. Simons (Winnipeg, MB): Internationally renowned physician-scientist focused on pharmacologic management of allergic diseases, including anaphylaxis and asthma. A widely respected mentor, Dr. Simons played an important role in building the specialty of Allergy & Clinical Immunology nationally and worldwide through leadership in her field.
ABOUT THE CANADIAN MEDICAL HALL OF FAME
Established in 1994, the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) is a national charitable organization that fosters future generations of health professionals through the celebration of the country’s rich medical history, a scholarship program, an award program for medical students, and the delivery of both local and nationwide education programs for youth. Each year, up to six individuals are recognized for their extraordinary contribution to improving the health of Canadians and people worldwide.