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Six Health Care Pioneers Inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

Dr. B. Brett Finlay
April 12, 2018
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Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
Press Release

LONDON, ON, April 12, 2018 /CNW/ - On Thursday, April 12th, six renowned medical pioneers will be recognized as the 2018 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Inductees at a special ceremony, hosted in partnership with the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, including London's own Dr. Vladimir Hachinski, one of the world's leading neurologists who has changed survival odds for stroke sufferers everywhere.

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) Inductees are individuals whose contributions have led to extraordinary improvements in human health. Their work may be a single outstanding contribution or a career of notable achievements. As trailblazers in their respective fields, these experts underpin Canada's role as a world-class leader in medicine and health sciences. The 2018 CMHF Inductees are:

Dr. Philip B. Berger (Toronto, ON): At the forefront of many battles for humane health care, Dr. Berger is a 40-year veteran of medicine and a tireless advocate for all people. Notably, in 2012 Dr. Berger co-founded Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, coordinating nationwide protests on cuts to refugee health, eventually leading to the restoration of health coverage to 100,000 refugees.

Dr. B. Brett Finlay (Vancouver, BC): A Peter Wall Distinguished Professor at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Finlay's research in cellular microbiology has led to vaccines and treatments for drug-resistant infections. He is also known as the co-author of the provocative bestseller, Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child from An Oversanitized World, which presents scientific evidence about the dangers of excessive cleanliness.

Dr. Vladimir Hachinski (London, ON): He has transformed our understanding, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the two greatest threats to the brain: stroke and dementia. Prior to the 1970s, stroke was untreatable. His eponymic Hachinski Ischemic Score (HIS) is now a standard for identifying the treatable components of dementia.

Dr. Balfour M. Mount (Montreal, QC): Credited with coining the term "palliative care," Dr. Mount recognized the need for special care to alleviate suffering and enhance dignity for dying patients. Dr. Mount is known for achieving the integration of palliative care as integral to humane health care. Future patients and their families will experience dignity and compassion facing some of their greatest challenges because of his vision.

Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg (Winnipeg, MB): Dr. Rockman-Greenberg has devoted her career to bringing advanced medical knowledge and care to isolated and often vulnerable Indigenous populations. Working closely with the communities themselves, she developed diagnostic tests, screening programs, and treatments for disorders once poorly understood, improving the lives of generations of children and their families.

The late Dr. Emily Stowe (Toronto, ON): As the first female physician to practice medicine in Canada, Dr. Stowe was eventually granted her license by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario in the 1880s, after being denied entry into medical school in Canada. In 1883, she spearheaded the creation of the Woman's Medical College and later helped found the Toronto Women's Literary Guild, Canada's first suffragette group.

"The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these six individuals as honoured members," says Dr. Bryce Taylor, national chair of the CMHF. "Their passion and visionary leadership has improved health in this country, with global impact. Each of these exceptional people has earned their place alongside the current 125 Laureates of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame."

"The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is delighted to be a partner host for the 2018 Induction Ceremony in London, Ontario – the home of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame," says Dr. Michael Strong, Dean of Western University's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. "We are pleased to honour these exemplary health care leaders for their extraordinary contributions to medicine and health sciences around the globe."

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) celebrates Canadian heroes whose work has advanced heath in Canada and the world and fosters future generations of health professionals through the delivery of local and national youth education programs, scholarships and awards. This enduring tribute to our country's rich medical history is showcased on our virtual hall at and in an exhibit hall in downtown London, ON.

Western University delivers an academic experience second to none. Since 1878, The Western Experience has combined academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth in order to better serve our communities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western attracts individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community.

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University is one of Canada's preeminent medical and dental schools. Established in 1881, it was one of the founding schools of Western University and is known for being the birthplace of family medicine in Canada. For more than 130 years, the School has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and a passion for scientific discovery.

For further information: Katrina Fortner, Media Relations, Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, cell: 519.902.8209,