The Department of Family Medicine invites you to the annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series held on September 20, 2023, in Room 1150 of the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. 

The event will begin at 1:00 p.m. with a Research Poster Session presented by the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine.

Opening remarks for the Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture will follow at 2:30 p.m.

We are pleased to announce Dr. Iona Heath as the 2023 Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series speaker.

The title of Dr. Heath's lecture is Quality of Mind.

Iona-Heath.pngIona Heath worked as an inner city general practitioner at the Caversham Group Practice in Kentish Town in London from 1975 until 2010, caring for a mostly disadvantaged and hugely ethnically diverse population. She was a nationally elected member of the Council of the UK Royal College of General Practitioners from 1989 to 2010 and chaired the College’s Committee on Medical Ethics from 1998 to 2004 and the International Committee from 2006 to 2009. She was elected President of the Royal College of General Practitioners for a three year term from 2009 to 2012.

From 1993 to 2001, she was an editorial adviser for the British Medical Journal and chaired the journal’s Ethics Committee from 2004 to 2009. She was a member of the world executive of the World Organisation of Family Doctors from 2007 to 2012. 

She gave the Harveian Oration for the UK Royal College of Physicians in 2011.

She wrote a regular Op Ed column for the British Medical Journal for eight years and has contributed essays to many other medical journals across the world. She has been particularly interested to explore the nature of general practice, the importance of medical generalism, issues of justice and liberty in relation to health care, the corrosive influence of the medical industrial complex and the commercialisation of medicine, and the challenges posed by disease-mongering, the care of the dying, and violence within families. Her book Matters of Life and Death was published in 2007 and has been translated into Italian as Modi di Morire and Spanish as Ayudar a morir. Her book Contra il Mercato della Salute was published in Italian in 2016.

The lecture series has been established in memory of Dr. Ian McWhinney, the founding chair of the Department of Family Medicine and one of the leading thinkers in the discipline of Family Medicine.  


McWhinney Research Poster Session (in-person) – 1:00-2:00 p.m.

As part of the annual McWhinney Lecture Day – this year on Wednesday, September 20, we reserve 1:00-2:00 p.m. to highlight our Department’s research endeavours. 

The organizing committee encourages all those in the Department who have research they would like to share to consider presenting a poster – clinical, adjunct and research faculty, and students or residents.

Opening Remarks and Annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture – 2:30-4:00 p.m.

  • Dr. Iona Heath – Quality of Mind.