Our 2018 Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award recipient is…

Andrew Padmos
August 13, 2018 | Author: Andrew Padmos

Dear colleagues,

World Humanitarian Day falls on August 19. What better time to announce this year’s recipient of the Royal College Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award?

Without fail, I am impressed by the selflessness, unwavering commitment and heart for service that recipients of this award share. I hope you will take a few moments to learn more about this year’s awardee: an epidemiologist and surgeon whose vision and leadership have helped train more than 35,000 local health professionals in lifesaving surgical skills, improving standards of care in several African countries.

As you will see in the video, below, Dr. Ronald Lett’s humanitarian service is a testament to the power of education and of networks of care. What he and his colleagues have built with the Canadian Network for International Surgery is impressive, to say the least, and the ripple effect has been global. Even now, he is exploring ways to innovate educational delivery methods so that more people can have access to lifesaving education.

In his words: “Canadians have a global responsibility to share our skills and our good fortune with those that need it most.”

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Lett.


Andrew Padmos, BA, MD, FRCPC, FACP
Chief Executive Officer

Royal College Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award recipient for 2018


Ronald Lett, BMSc, MSc, MD, FRCSC, FCS (ECSA)

      • Injury epidemiologist and general surgeon
      • CEO & Director of Curriculum Development, Canadian Network for International Surgery
      • Adjunct Professor of Surgery, McGill University and the University of British Columbia

“I really cannot think of another individual in Canada who is more deserving of this award than Dr. Ron Lett.” – Jan Christilaw, MD, MHSc, FRCSC, Clinical professor, Division of General Gynaecology & Obstetrics, BC Women’s Hospital, Vancouver

How did Dr. Lett influence the training of more than 35,000 health professionals?

When he started out in the late 1970s in Africa, Dr. Lett was first a student, then a general practitioner who performed surgery and subsequently a qualified surgeon. Over this period, he recognized that the contributions of individual physicians like himself would have only limited and local impact. What was needed was a workforce of well-trained local health care providers…

Continue Dr. Lett’s story »

The Royal College Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award honours Canadian physicians who go above-and-beyond the norms of routine practice in their provision of health care or emergency medical services. Their actions exemplify altruism and integrity, courage and perseverance in the alleviation of human suffering. This award was named after Dr. Lucille Teasdale and Dr. Piero Corti, a physician couple who saved thousands of lives in the poverty-stricken Gulu region of Uganda. Learn more about this award »




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