Announcement: Dr. Stewart Harris reappointed as the Ian McWhinney Chair of Family Medicine Studies

I am pleased to announce the reappointment of Dr. Stewart Harris as the Ian McWhinney Chair of Family Medicine Studies for the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2021.

Dr. Harris graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Cellular and Microbial Biology from the University of Calgary. He earned a medical degree at the University of Calgary in 1982, and completed his residency in Family Medicine in Calgary. He earned a Master’s in Public Health in Epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland followed by the completion his Fellowship in Preventative Medicine in 1987.

Dr. Harris’ research focuses on developing and evaluating strategies to improve clinical outcomes for patients with type 2 diabetes. Dr. Harris has published 240 peer review papers. His current and previous research, as well as clinical involvement in diabetes care provides a strong base to fulfill a research agenda focused on health services, primary care, population health and First Nations.

Dr. Harris joined the Departments of Family Medicine, Epidemiology & Biostatistics and the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry as an Assistant Professor in 1995. In 2000, he became an Associate Professor and Professor in 2006. He also currently holds the Canadian Diabetes Association Chair in Diabetes Management and is an actively practicing diabetologist at St. Joseph’s Heath Care London.

Dr. Harris was the recipient of the Dr. Gerald S. Wong Service Award in 2007, the co-recipient of the Dean’s Award of Excellence, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry in 2010, and the Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research, Western University in 2014. He was appointed as a member to the Order of Canada, which is one of Canada’s highest civilian honours in 2015, recognizing his outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Harris on his reappointment.

Michael J Strong, Dean
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry