Toronto, ON May 6, 2015 – The Ontario Medical Association congratulates two of its members on their induction into The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
“On behalf of all of the members of the OMA I would like to offer my congratulations to these outstanding physicians,” said Dr. Mike Toth, OMA President. “It is wonderful to see these innovators be recognized for their hard work and dedication to patients.”
The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is a charitable organization devoted to recognizing the contributions of medical innovators who work to improve the health of Canadians and citizens of the world. Each year, up to six individuals are celebrated for their outstanding achievements in learning, research, discovery, and community service. In 2015, two of Ontario doctors were recognized for their global influence.
Dr. Bernard Langer, the previous chair of the division of surgery at the Toronto General Hospital, was acknowledged for his clinical excellence and academic leadership. The Toronto-trained surgeon pioneered the liver transplant program in Toronto and preformed the city’s first liver transplant in 1985. Dr. Langer also developed the Surgeon Scientist Program for the department of surgery at the University of Toronto, which is used today as a training model for academic surgeons globally.
Also recognized was the late Dr. John McCrae. Dr. McCrae obtained his medical degree from the University of Toronto before completing a fellowship in pathology at McGill University. His focus was on clinical advancement for maladies such as tuberculosis, scarlet fever, nephritus and lobar pneumonia. As medical officer in the First World War, Dr. McCrae wrote the internationally recognized poem titled In Flanders Fields in memory of friends and fellow soldiers who had fallen during the war. The poem inspired the symbol of the poppy which fosters remembrance worldwide.
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