LONDON, ON, Oct. 11, 2016 /CNW/ - Dr. Bryce Taylor, Chair of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) announced today that Dr. Michel G. Bergeron, Dr. Michel Chrétien, Dr. Richard B. Goldbloom, the late Justice Emmett Hall, Dr. Michael R. Hayden and Dr. F. Estelle R. Simons have been selected for induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

"The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these six individuals whose outstanding contributions to health have made Canada, and the world, a better place," said Dr. Taylor. "Their impact is well documented and they have earned their place alongside the current 119 Laureates of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame."

These Canadian and international leaders will celebrate this important recognition at a ceremony held in association with Université Laval, Faculty of Medicine on May 4, 2017 at Centre des congrès de Québec in Québec City.

It is a tremendous honour for Université Laval and our Faculty of Medicine to be hosting such a prestigious ceremony in Québec City," said Dr. Rénald Bergeron, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Université Laval. "We look forward to paying a lively tribute to these health science heroes, who have made outstanding contributions to the improvement of health care in Canada and the world, and who are an inspiration to our future health leaders."

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Laureates are individuals whose contributions to medicine and the health sciences have led to extraordinary improvements in human health. Their work may be a single meritorious contribution or a lifetime of superior accomplishments. Pioneers in their field, they are role models for Canadians and an inspiration to our youth to pursue careers in the health sciences.    

Dr. Michel G. Bergeron, CM OQ MD FRCPC FCAHS FIDSA (Québec, QC)

Dr. Michel Chrétien, OC OQ OLH MD FRS (Montréal, QC)

Dr. Richard B. Goldbloom, OC MDCM FRCPC(Halifax, NS)

The late Justice Emmett Hall, CC QC LLB (Saskatoon, SK)

Dr. Michael R. Hayden, CM OBC MB ChB PhD FRCP(C) FRSC (Vancouver, BC)



Established in 1994, the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) is a national charitable organization that fosters future generations of health professionals through the celebration of our country's rich medical history, scholarship program, award program for medical students and the delivery of both local and nationwide education programs for youth.  Each year, up to six individuals are recognized for their extraordinary contribution to improving the health of Canadians and people world-wide. The stories of the laureates are showcased on the web and in a portrait gallery, exhibit hall and media theatre located in downtown London, ON.

Laval University, located in the world heritage city of Québec, is the first French-language university in North America. It is one of Canada's top research universities, ranking 6th among the country's institutions of higher learning with a research budget of $325 million last year. Laval University boasts more than 42,500 students, more than a quarter of whom are enrolled in graduate studies. In 2015 Laval University became Canada's first voluntarily carbon neutral university. The university currently has more than 277,000 alumni. The Faculty of Medicine of Laval University graduates more than 900 health professionals annually and offers nearly 100 training programs, including 47 specialized medicine programs. It has the largest clinical teaching network in Québec and, built on an interprofessional forward thinking approach, it is focused on social responsibility and sustainable health.

SOURCE Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

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