Meet our Laureates

Six Canadian medical heroes are inducted annually into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Their work may be a single meritorious contribution or a lifetime of superior accomplishments.  Pioneers in their field, they are role models of excellence in health in Canada and the world.

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    David J.A. Jenkins, DM DPhil DSc

    Diabetes, Diabetes, Digestion

    Inventor of the glycemic index to classify carbohydrates and their effects on blood glucose levels

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    Jacalyn Duffin, MD PhD

    Health & Humanities, Health and Medical Education & Training, Public Health, Health Promotion & Advocacy, Women in Medicine, Blood, Blood

    A hematologist and historian, Dr. Duffin has made enduring contributions to medical research and education that deepen our historical…

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    J. Fraser Mustard, MD PhD

    Blood, Leadership in Organizational Development, Health and Medical Education & Training

    A leader in educational and research innovation, Dr. J. Fraser Mustard played a key role in the development of problem-based learning in medicine…

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    Jack Hirsh, MD


    Born in Melbourne, Australia, Dr. Jack Hirsh moved to Canada to join McMaster’s new school of medicine in the 1970s. At McMaster, he made…

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    Maud L. Menten, MD

    Blood, The Early Days - Health Care Pioneers, Women in Medicine

    Dr. Maud L. Menten graduated medical school at a time when women were not legally considered persons in Canada. Despite the discrimination she…

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    Bruce Chown, MD


    As one of the first pediatricians in Canada, Dr. Bruce Chown made significant contributions to Canadian medicine. In particular, he is credited…

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    Charles H. Best, MD DSc

    Blood, Diabetes, Heart & Vessels, Leadership in Organizational Development, Hormones, Diabetes

    Dr. Charles Best had not even graduated medical school when he became involved in one of the most important medical breakthroughs of the 20th…

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