Celebrating our Achievements: The Department of Family Medicine celebrates Dr. Stewart Harris’ 25 years of service at Western and Schulich

Congratulations to Dr. Stewart Harris on 25 years of service at Western and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Dr. Harris is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, with cross appointments in the Departments of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism, and a Research Scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute. Dr. Harris joined the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine in 2000.

He was reappointed to a third term as the Diabetes Canada Chair in Diabetes Management in 2019, and he has held the Ian McWhinney Chair of Family Medicine Studies since 2001. He is the lead physician and Medical Director at the Primary Care Diabetes Support Program (PCDSP) at St. Joseph’s Health Care, which is an integrated team-based diabetes clinic for disenfranchised and marginalized populations, which he founded in 2007. 

Dr. Harris has received many awards and honours including Member of the Order of Canada (C.M.), for the contributions to the development of strategies to manage and reduce diabetes in Indigenous communities and other vulnerable populations in 2015. He was honored by Western for his achievements in Research with the Hellmuth Prize in 2014. He has also been a recipient of an Ontario Ministry of Health Career Scientist award, and received the Dr. Gerald S. Wong Service Award of the Canadian Diabetes Association in 2007. He was a co-recipient of Dean’s Award of Excellence Team award in 2010 and the Dean’s Award of Excellence winner for Team Innovation in 2018.

Dr. Harris’ research interests include (1) diabetes research with Indigenous Peoples; (2) hypoglycemia research; and (3) clinical trials.  He has published over 270 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Harris has been a champion for diabetes and Family Practice both nationally and internationally and has participated extensively in clinical practice guideline development, including serving as Chair of the Canadian Diabetes Association clinical practice guidelines committee from 2001-2004.

Collectively, his colleagues and team members congratulate Dr. Harris on his 25 years of service and many career achievements.