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Announcement: Dr. Shelley McKellar has been re-appointed as the Hannah Endowed Chair in the History of Medicine

I am pleased to announce Dr. Shelley McKellar has been re-appointed as the Hannah Endowed Chair in the History of Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, effective July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2022. 

Dr. McKellar graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and French in 1990 from the University of Ottawa. In 1993, she earned a Master’s in History from McMaster University and in 1999, she earned a PhD in History from the University of Toronto. Following work as a Smithsonian Scholar at the National Museum of American History in Washington and teaching at McMaster University, she joined the Department of History at Western University in 2003. Dr. McKellar has held the Hannah Endowed Chair in the History of Medicine in the History of Medicine at the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry since 2012. Currently, she is appointed as a joint tenured Associate Professor in the Department of History and the Department of Surgery.

Dr. McKellar is currently involved as a member of the Council for the American Association for the History of Medicine; the History and Heritage Advisory Committee for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; the Expert Advisory Group for Medical Sensations exhibit of the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa; and the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine.

During the past five years, Dr. McKellar has published seven peer-reviewed publications including a single-authored book, entitled Artificial Hearts (Johns Hopkins University Press), wrote six invited book reviews for academic journals, and delivered 18 research presentations.  Her research focuses on the history of medicine and disease, with a special interest in the history of medical technology, instruments and devices, the history of surgery, and medical biography. A specific goal of the Hannah Endowed Chair in the History of Medicine, is the engagement of undergraduate medical students in the history of medicine toward a better understanding of the profession, changing concepts of disease, medical innovations, the doctor-patient relationship, and more.

Dr. McKellar has been the  curator of the Medical Artifact Collection at Western University, since 2004.  She served as a coordinator for The Joanne Goodman Lectures in the Department of History from 2008 - 2016.  Dr. McKellar received Western’s University Student Council Teaching Honour Roll in 2011 and 2013 and since 2012 serves as a Faculty Reviewer for the History of Medicine submissions of the UWO Medical Journal, since 2012.   

Please join me in congratulating Dr. McKellar on her re-appointment.

Dr. Michael J. Strong
Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Distinguished University Professor
Arthur J Hudson Chair in ALS Research
Scientist, Robarts Research Institute