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Understanding the body and disease process
Basic science research (sometimes called bench research) comprises disciplines such as molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, and pharmacology and focuses on determining the causal mechanisms behind the functioning of the human body in health and illness.
Excellence in patient care involves a wide variety of both medical and nonmedical factors including infrastructure, training, competence of personnel, efficiency of operational systems, patient engagement, access to care, clinical trials and collaboration – to name a few.
Health care is a system comprising people, institutions & resources along with the training, policies, structure and organizational leadership that make it all happen.
Six Canadian medical heroes are inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame each year. Their work may be a single outstanding contribution or a lifetime of meritorious achievement. Pioneers in their field, they are role models of excellence in the health field, in Canada and around the world.
Nominate a Health Leader
The CMHF perceives health leadership to be inclusive of many professions and roles including doctors, researchers, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, policy makers - to name only a few. Nominations of Canadians, living or posthumous, who meet the criteria from the many aspects of health are encouraged.
Our Laureates cite qualities such as perseverance, collaboration and entrepreneurial spirit as contributors to their success as national and world health leaders. The CMHF Award recognizes medical students who demonstrate these qualities and show outstanding potential as future leaders and innovators of health care in Canada.
Building our future
Through our educational programs, the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame fosters future generations of medical heroes. We encourage young people to learn more about Canada's rich medical history and to explore the exciting career options that are available to them in medicine and the health sciences.
2024 Induction Ceremony
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Jeanne Mance founded L’Hôtel-Dieu in what is now Montréal
After her death in 1771, The Grey Nuns carried on d’Youville’s legacy
Upon her return from the United States, Dr. Stowe opened her practice on Richmond Street in Toronto
Dr. Stowe founded the Toronto Women’s Literary Club, later renamed the Canadian Women’s Suffrage Association.
Dr. Augusta Stowe-Gullen, the daughter of Dr. Stowe, became the first woman to receive a Canadian medical degree when she graduated from Women’s Medical College.
In an effort to increase women’s access to medical education, Dr. Stowe founded the Women’s Medical College.
Rejected from the Faculty of Medicine at McGill due to her gender, Maude Abbott enrolled at Bishop’s University and earned her degree in medicine in 1894.
Along with another colleague, Maude Abbott took on Acting Editorship of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) during WW1, until 1919
1914 - 1918
During WWI, Maude Abbott worked tirelessly to prepare and catalogue teaching specimens for the Canadian Medical War Museum (CMWM)
Elizabeth Bagshaw became Director of the Planned Parenthood Society
Elizabeth Bagshaw founded Canada’s first birth control clinic
Dr. Maude Abbott published her ATLAS OF CONGENITAL CARDIAC DISEASE in which she outlined a new classification system for congenital heart diseases
Dr. M. Vera Peters published her landmark study that suggested early-stage Hodgkin’s was potentially curable with radiation therapy
World’s first non-commercial cobalt-60 therapy unit went into operation at the University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Bette Stephenson was elected President of the Ontario Medical Association, the first woman to hold the position in its 90-year history
Lucille Teasdale-Corti became a war surgeon in Uganda
1972 - 1982
Dr. Herbert was a pioneer in community-based primary care research, with research questions arising from practice and grounded in patient and community care needs.
Dr. Stephenson was elected President of the Canadian Medical Association, the first woman to hold the position in its 106-year history
Dr. Peters published the first controlled study to demonstrate that lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy had success outcomes equal to or better than more radical procedures
May Cohen led a federal government workshop on women’s health care, as part of the Canadian government’s response to International Women’s Year
Elaine Carty receives Health Canada funding to explore the development of a midwife-led, out of hospital birth centre
1982 - 1987
Dr. Herbert becomes the founding co-director of Sexual Abuse Assessment Pilot Project
1982 - 1988
Dr. Herbert serves as the founding co-director of Vancouver Sexual Assault Assessment Service (still operating in 2023)
Roberta Bondar was chosen from more than 4,000 applicants for Canada’s astronaut program
1987 - 1989
Dr. Herbert serves as the president of North American Primary Care Research Group, most influential primary care research organization in the world.
As a skilled administrator, Dr. Jean Gray became Associate Dean of Post-Graduate Medical Education at Dalhousie University
Dr. Jacalyn Duffin became the Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at Queen’s University
Dr. Herbert is a founding member of UBC Institute of Health Promotion Research
Noralou Roos becomes the Founding Director of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy
1992 - 1994
Co-developed Guidelines for Participatory Action Research in Health Promotion
On the space craft DISCOVERY, Dr. Bondar circled our planet at thirty thousand kilometres per hour, situated three hundred kilometres above Earth
1993 - 1995
Co-Principal Investigator of Haida Gwaii Diabetes Project, one of the first participatory research partnerships with Canadian Indigenous communities.
Dr. Judith G. Hall’s medical expertise and capacity for leadership was well-respected internationally
The Ottawa Health Decision Center was founded by Annette O'Connor and her team
BC legislated midwifery as part of the health care system
1999 - 2010
Dr. Herbert serves as Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University.
Connie Eaves became the first researcher in Vancouver to commence investigations of human embryonic stem cells (ES) and human induced pluripotent Stem Cells (iPS)
When the Canadian Institutes of Health Research was formed, Dr. Jean Gray was asked to chair the Institute of Gender and Health Advisory Board
2003 - 2007
Dr. Herberts chairs the National Expert Committee, Health Canada Interprofessional Education (IPE) for Patient-Centred Collaborative Care which funded many innovative IPE projects.
Elaine Carty began work on integrating the humanities, specifically art and poetry, throughout the midwifery curriculum
2009 - 2019
Founding Fellow of Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
Co-author of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences major assessment report: “Transforming Care for Canadians with Chronic Health Conditions: Put People First, Expect the Best, Manage for Results”.
Dr. Rockman-Greenberg was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women for her work supporting vulnerable communities
Elaine Carty is called out of retirement to resume the Directorship of UBC program to oversee the first expansion of the program.
2013 - 2016
Noralou Roos co-authors several e-books on health policy in Canada
Nora Lou Roos founds 'GetYourBenefits!' effort in Manitoba
When Jeanne Mance arrived at Ville-Marie in 1642, she immediately began her tireless work to establish the community’s…
As a young widow at the age of 26, Marguerite d’Youville became a “Mother of Universal Charity”, dedicating her life to…
Dr. Emily Stowe ranks as a true pioneer. She was the first female public school principal in Ontario, the first female…
Dr. Maude Elizabeth Seymour Abbott was a pioneer in cardiology and helped lay the foundation for many more women to enter…
Dr. Elizabeth Bagshaw’s devotion to women’s health is a treasured part of our nation’s medical heritage. As one of the…
Dr. Mildred Vera Peters is most notably recognized as an outstanding clinical investigator who changed the management of…
Sylvia Fedoruk was the only woman conducting medical-physics research in Canada in the 1950's. Her ground-breaking…
A pioneer and role model for women, Dr. Bette Stephenson had an outstanding career in the field of Canadian medicine,…
Dr. Lucille Teasdale-Corti devoted 35 years of her life to serving the health needs of the people of Uganda
Innovative health care educator and mentor promoting equitable and accessible health care for all.
May Cohen has championed the unique concerns of women in medicine and pioneered the inclusion of women’s health in…
Helped to promote legalization and professional recognition of midwifery throughout Canada
When Dr. Roberta Bondar reached for the stars, she broke a glass ceiling for women in Canada. As the first Canadian woman…
Praised and admired for her wide-ranging knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics, Dr. Jean Gray’s…
A hematologist and historian, Dr. Duffin has made enduring contributions to medical research and education that deepen…
Unlocked the potential of big data systems analysis to clarify the social determinants of health helping inform effective…
For over four decades, Dr. Judith Hall has been at the international forefront of genetic and pediatric research.
One of the great challenges of our time is finding ways to combine expanding medical knowledge with respect for…
Dr. Connie Eaves, a world authority on stem cells of the blood-forming system and their regulation in normal and…
By developing diagnostic tests, screening programs, and treatments for disorders once untreatable…
The Early Days - Health Care Pioneers
, Health and Medical Education & Training
, Women in Medicine
Dr. Emily Stowe ranks as a true pioneer. She was the first female public school principal in Ontario, the first female physician to practise medicine in Canada and a lifelong champion of women's rights, who helped to found the Canadian Women’s…
Infectious Disease, Allergy & Immunity
, Leadership in Organizational Development
Dr. D. Lorne Tyrrell spent his youth helping on the family farm before pursuing a career in medicine where he has saved the lives of thousands of patients infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV).
Induction Ceremony 2023
Learn more June 13, 2023
CMHF Laureates are Canadian citizens whose outstanding leadership and contributions to medicine and the health sciences, in Canada or abroad, have led to extraordinary improvements in human healt…
Learn more April 01, 2021
Recognizing and celebrating Canadian heroes whose work has advanced health, thereby inspiring the pursuit of careers in the health sciences.