Six Canadian medical heroes inducted into the only Medical Hall of Fame in the world

Monday, May 2, 2011

On April 28, six of Canada's most distinguished medical leaders were inducted into the world's only national Medical Hall of Fame, which is located in London, Ontario and is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of Canadian medical heroes.
The 2011 Laureates are:

Dr. Albert Aguayo, OC
Dr. John Bienenstock, CM
Dr. Jonathan C. Meakins, CBE (1882-1959)
Dr. Paul David, CC, GOQ (1919-1999)
Dr. Allan Ronald, OC
Dr. D. Lorne Tyrrell, OC

"Being inducted into The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is both a tremendous honour and a humbling experience. When I think of the 82 Laureates who have preceded me in receiving this recognition, it is truly overwhelming to be ranked alongside them. I am grateful for this special tribute, unique to Canada, and know that it also carries the responsibility of being a role model for students - such an important mandate of The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame," said 2011 Laureate, Dr. Lorne Tyrrell of Edmonton, Alberta.

Over 450 business and health leaders from across Canada, along with Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, the Honourable Deb Matthews, London Mayor Joe Fontana, and Canadian Medical Association President Dr. Jeff Turnbull, gathered at the London Convention Centre for this momentous occasion. Dozens of medical students and residents also had the opportunity to be inspired by the laureates' stories.

"As a board member of The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and chair of this year's Induction Committee, I am extremely proud of both Canada and the London community for recognizing the importance of celebrating our medical accomplishments. Congratulations to the 2011 Laureates whose brilliance and dedication has contributed to Canada's vibrant health care system and our position as a global leader of medical science and research," said Dr. Michael Strong, Dean of Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame's 13th Induction Ceremony is proudly presented by BMO Harris Private Banking. Other major sponsors include CN, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Montreal Heart Institute, BobFM and the Canadian Medical Association.

Established in 1994, The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is dedicated to creating an enduring tribute to Canada's medical heroes who through discovery and innovation have contributed to better health in Canada and the world. Through their laureate and educational programs, the Hall of Fame encourages students to pursue careers in the health sciences and dream of becoming Canada's future medical heroes.