Ronald Worton

2014 CMHF Laureate

Dr. Ronald Worton is retired after a 37-year career as a medical research scientist.  After 25 years at SickKids Hospital (11 year as Geneticist‑ in‑Chief) Dr. Worton moved to Ottawa as Scientific Director of a new Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. During his tenure the Institute grew to become one of Canada’s premiere health research institutes with $85 million in annual research funding.

As a scientist his PhD research involved properties of newly discovered stem cells, while at SickKids his lab discovered the gene defective in boys with muscular dystrophy.  Later in Ottawa he created a major new stem cell research facility and spearheaded the formation of the cross-Canada Stem Cell Network.  Honours include a prestigious Gairdner Award, two honorary degrees, the Order of Canada and induction in the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

About the CMHF

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) celebrates Canadian heroes whose work advances health in Canada and the world, fostering future generations of health professionals through the delivery of local and national youth education programs and awards.

This enduring tribute to our country’s rich medical history is showcased here and in our physical exhibit hall in London, ON.