The Rowntree Prize in Medical History (EST. 1929)


2019 Rowntree Prize winners (left to right): Adrina Zhong, Meds2021 (Windsor campus) for her project "Venereal Villians: The Portrayal of Women in Public Health Campaigns Against STIs during World War II" and Timothy Varghese, Meds2021 for his project "Breaking the Cardinal Rule: Factors Allowing Doctors to Do Harm"

This prize is awarded annually in memory of Dr. L.G. Rowntree for work in medical history completed by a Schulich Medicine & Dentistry medical student.  This prize winner receives a monetary award.

Dr. Leonard G. RowntreeDr. Leonard G. Rowntree (1883-1959) was born and raised in London, Ontario, graduating from Western in 1905 as Gold Medalist. As a physician, researcher, teacher and administrator, he worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the University of Minnesota, the Mayo Clinic and later the University of Miami. He is most well known for the Rowntree Test for kidney function – the phenol-sulphophthalein test. He was a loyal alumnus of Western, serving as Medical Alumni President during the 1930s and attending numerous Western events over the years.

Past Award Recipients:
2018 Daniel Stojanovic and Michael Chen
2017 Katharina Baranova and Ariel Gershon
2016 Vanessa DeMelo
2015 Daniel Stojanovic
2014 Hannah MacKenzie
2013 Alexandra Istl
2012 Benjamin Strauss
2011 Jacqueline Swan
2010 Kathleen Mackeracher
2009 Emily Claydon
2008 Pencilla Lang

2017 prize winners

2017 Prize Winners Katharina Baranova (Center Left)  and Ariel Gershon (Centre Right)

2015 Prize Winners

2015 Prize Winner Daniel Stojanovic (Right) with Dr. Gord Dickie

2013 Prize Winners

2013 Prize Winner Alexandra Istl (Left) with Prof. Shelley McKellar

2018 Rowntree Prize winners Daniel Stojanovic (2nd from left) and Michael Chen (3rd from left) with Dr Vivian McAlister (far left) and Dr John Sangster.
2016 prize winners

2016 Prize Winner Vanessa DeMelo (right) with Dr. Gord Dickie

2014 prize winner

2014 Prize Winner Hannah MacKenzie (right) with Prof. Michael Rieder

A full list of past award winners