2011 INDUCTEE Allan Ronald, MD Infectious Disease, Allergy & Immunity, Service Abroad, Leadership in Organizational Development, Patient Care, Health and Medical Education & Training
August 24, 1938
(Portage la Prairie, Manitoba)
MD, University of Manitoba (1961)
2013: Member of the Order of Manitoba
2006: Gairdner Foundation Wightman AwardSee All Awards
Awards & Honours:
2013: Member of the Order of Manitoba
2006: Gairdner Foundation Wightman Award
2006: Honorary DSc, University of Winnipeg
2003: F.N.G. Starr Award, Canadian Medical Association
2002: Master of the American College of Physicians
2000: J.C. Graham Award, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons
2000: Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
1994: Officer of the Order of Canada
1986: Distinguished Professor, University of Manitoba
Played a pivotal role in defining infectious diseases and medical microbiology as specialties in Canada
An internationally respected expert in infectious disease and a pioneer in HIV/AIDS research and control
After international training, Dr. Ronald returned to Winnipeg in 1968 to set in motion the creation of the Manitoba Infectious Disease Program. It became internationally recognized, and has been acknowledged as Canada's centre of excellence in the research and training of infectious diseases. As part of his commitment to global infectious disease research and treatment, Dr. Ronald assisted the University of Nairobi in creating one of the premiere initiatives in health collaborations between northern and southern institutions: The University of Manitoba/University of Nairobi WHO Research and Training Program in Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
Assisted in providing thousands of Africans with antiretroviral therapy and training in HIV care
Attracted over 80 individuals to Winnipeg for fellowships in infectious disease from 1970-2000
Spent a year in Hong Kong assisting the Infectious Diseases Program that would later oversee that region's SARS epidemic
Served on Medical Research Council/CIHR committees for more than 35 years
Authored more than 500 original articles, book chapters, and reviews
Impact on lives today
As a mentor of young physicians, Allan Ronald’s limitless enthusiasm and dedication has ensured the advancement of Infectious Disease as a discipline. In particular, as a result of his collaborative efforts with the WHO and the University of Nairobi, his lasting impact can be felt in the over fifty Africans who have earned Masters of PhD programs in sexually transmitted diseases. Through his training of health care workers, countless lives continue to be saved. Back in Canada, his efforts made the University of Winnipeg a premier site for infectious disease education, which has created centres of excellence from which clinician-scientists continue to enhance our knowledge of sexually transmitted infections and treatment.
Allan Ronald inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
The Ugandan-based Academic Alliance for AIDS Care and Prevention in Africa was establishedInfectious Disease, Allergy & Immunity, Service Abroad
Dr. Ronald served as a founding member and assisted with the creation of a HIV care program in Kampala. The project now trains more than 5,000 health care workers from 27 African countries.
Dr. Ronald began a two-year term as President of the International Society for Infectious Disease
Through his leadership, he raised the profile of infectious disease research in Canada.
Dr. Ronald made many contributions to Winnipeg’s Health Sciences CentreHealth and Medical Education & Training
He served as Director of the Department of Clinical Microbiology, Head of Infectious Diseases and Infection Control, and Physician-in-Chief.
A trailblazer with exceptional leadership skills, Dr. Ronald became chair of the University of Manitoba's Department of Infectious Diseases
For five years, he led the Department during which time the research dollars in the Department doubled and a substantial number of new investigators were recruited.
Dr. Allan Ronald travelled to Kenya to establish a research program for sexually transmitted infections in collaboration with the University of NairobiInfectious Disease, Allergy & Immunity, Service Abroad
This collaboration played an important role in improving patient care as well as promoting research.
After receiving his doctorate in medicine from the University of Manitoba in 1961, Dr. Ronald pursued post-graduate training
He travelled to Maryland, Washington and Pakistan for training in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Clinical Microbiology.
He exemplifies what it means to be a world citizen.