Fellows among 2022 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame laureates

November 16, 2021 | Author: Royal College Staff

Photo: (top, left to right): Sir John Bell, Dr. Thomas Dignan, Dr. Daniel Drucker; (bottom, left to right): Dr. David Jenkins, Dr. Jonathan Meakins, Noralou Roos, PhD (Canadian Medical Hall of Fame)

Earlier this fall, the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) announced the names of its 2022 laureates. Among them are three Fellows and one Honorary Fellow. This continues a longstanding tradition of specialist recognition through the CMHF.

The laureates will be celebrated at an event in June 2022.

In the meantime, keep reading to find out who will be receiving this great honour.

Introducing the 2022 CMHF laureates

“The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these six individuals whose outstanding contributions to health have made Canada, and the world, a better place,” says William L. Orovan, MD, FRCSC, chair of the CMHF. “Their impact is well documented, and they have earned their place alongside our 143 Laureates.

Fellow laureates

The Late Thomas A. Dignan, CM, MD, FRCPSC (Hon)

Dedicated his life to improving the health and well-being of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, creating safe spaces for systemic change and mentorship.

Daniel Drucker, OC, MD, FRCPC

Revealed the potential for gut hormones to achieve dramatic clinical outcomes in the treatment of life-limiting and life-threatening metabolic and intestinal disorders.

David J.A. Jenkins, OC, FRCPC

Invented the glycemic index to classify carbohydrates and their effects on blood glucose levels, associated with the incidence of diabetes, stroke, and cardiovascular disease mortality.

Jonathan L. Meakins, OC, MD, FRCSC

Advanced safe and effective surgical technologies and demonstrated the relationship between weakened immune responses and poor surgical outcomes leading to significant improvements in clinical assessment and nutritional support for surgical patients worldwide.

Other honorees

Sir John Bell, GBE, BMBCh

Pioneered advances in the era of translation research, bringing ground-breaking laboratory discoveries into the world of practical medicine.

Noralou P. Roos, OC, PhD

Unlocked the potential of big data systems analysis to clarify the social determinants of health helping inform effective policies in support of universal health care.


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Amir Hanna | December 1, 2021
Well deserved for the colleagues above Lucky to have worked with some of them
Myint (Chris) Oung | November 17, 2021
Dr. Jonathan Meakins was my boss when I was at the McGill University. I am delighted to see him as one of the 2022 CMHF laureates I was very lucky to have worked and trained under so many talented surgeons and professors and one of them also a general surgeon, happened to be my boss, mentor, research supervisor and a surgical giant who stood on the shoulders of giants such as Dr. S. J Martin, Dr. Charles Robb and Dr. Stanley M. Goldberg. He had also worked very closely with Dr. Meakins. He is the "Father of Modern Age Complicated Diverticulitis of the Colon", and as of 2016, the "Hinchey Classification", the famous four tier sorting of acute complicated colonic diverticulitis which was named after him, and is still the staging system most frequently adopted worldwide for the study and management of this disease. Dr. Hinchey was also one of the first surgeons in North America to adopt, perform, and promote laparoscopic cholecystectomy before minimally invasive surgery was popular and prior to the advent of specialized lap instruments, disposable trocars, and energy devices. Dr. Hinchey said "‘‘In April of 1990, Prof. Hans Troidl of Cologne, Germany, invited Dr. Gerald Fried, our present chairman, to visit him and learn the technique of laparoscopic cholecystectomy. I was Chief of General Surgery at the time and thought I should go as well, but to be truthful I was very skeptical. I soon became a convert and on our return to Montreal did one of the first laparoscopic cholecystectomies at McGill and one of the first in Canada. We trained a number of our own surgeons in the procedure and Dr. Meakins, our chairman at the time, soon arranged for surgeons from the various McGill hospitals to present a numbers of two day courses both animal and human to train 200–300 surgeons from all over North America’’ I hope I would one day see Dr. EJ Hinchey who is 87 years old now, become one of the CMHF laureates, in the near future, while he is still alive. SURGICAL HISTORY Edward John Hinchey (1934 to Present): Father of Modern Age of Acute Complicated Diverticulitis of the Colon Edoardo Virgilio Genoveffa Balducci World J Surg (2016) 40:2546–2549 DOI 10.1007/s00268-016-3546-6