The Rowntree Prize in Medical History (EST. 1929)


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

Dr. 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

2020 Jelena Poleksic and Jacob Wihlidal
2019 Adrina Zhong and Timothy Varghese
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


2020 Winners: Jelena Poleksic and Jacob Wihlidal


2019 Winners Adrina Zhong and Timothy Varghese


2018 Winners Daniel Stojanovic and Michael Chen with Dr Vivian McAlister and Dr John Sangster.

2017 prize winners

2017 Winners Katharina Baranova and Ariel Gershon

2016 prize winners

2016  Winner Vanessa DeMelo with Dr. Gord Dickie

2015 Prize Winners

2015  Winner Daniel Stojanovic with Dr. Gord Dickie

2014 prize winner

2014 Winner Hannah MacKenzie with Prof. Michael Rieder

2013 Prize Winners

2013  Winner Alexandra Istl with Prof. Shelley McKellar