Dr. Shelley McKellar appointed holder of the Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine

Monday, September 24, 2012

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Shelley McKellar has been appointed as the holder of the Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, effective July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2017. In addition, Dr. McKellar's academic appointment in the Department of History, Faculty of Social Science, has been converted into a joint appointment with the Department of Surgery, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry effective July 1, 2012.

Dr. McKellar graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and French in 1990 from the University of Ottawa and Master in History in 1993 from McMaster University. She received her PhD in History in 1999 from the University of Toronto. In 2002, following training as a Smithsonian Scholar at National Museum of American History in Washington she joined the Department of History at McMaster University. She was recruited as Assistant Professor to the Department of History with a cross-appointment in the Department of History of Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry in 2003. Dr. McKellar is currently involved as a member of the American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM), Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), Canadian Society for Medical History (CSMH) and the Women Historians of Medicine (WHOM).

Dr. McKellar has trained more than 20 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and has published more than 10 publications, including 3 books. 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. Her current book project traces the history of artificial hearts and our ambiguity with the rebuilt body. Dr. McKellar served as a co-organizer for Western's History Department Seminar Series until 2008 and currently organizes The Joanne Goodman Lectures. Dr. McKellar received Western's University Student Council Teaching Honour Roll (2011) and has been curator of Western's Medical Artifact Collection since 2003.

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

Dr. Michael J. Strong, Dean
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry