Six Outstanding Canadian Leaders in Health, among them GCI Professor Nahum Sonenberg, Join Canada's Medical Hall of Fame

On Thursday, June 22, the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) will induct six new Laureates whose leadership, integrity and contributions to medicine and health leadership have led to extraordinary improvements in human health. These trailblazers underpin Canada’s role as a world-class leader in medicine and health science, and their outstanding accomplishments range from advancing standards and practices in aviation and aerospace medicine, to professionalizing midwifery throughout Canada.

Heather Hiscox, Host of Morning Live on CBC News Network, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. The 2023 Induction Ceremony is presented by the Canadian Medical Association with Medical Student Sponsor, MD Financial Management inc.

“We are pleased to recognize the countless accomplishments of these dedicated physician leaders,” said Dr. Alika Lafontaine, CMA president. “The impact that they have had on their patients, their communities and the medical profession at large is considerable. Congratulations to these Laureates on their induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.”

“It is a privilege to host this important ceremony here at Dalhousie,” said Dr. David Anderson, Dean, Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine. “We are proud to celebrate the inductees for their unwavering dedication to medicine and the health sciences, and for their tireless efforts to improve the lives of others. Their hard work and commitment is making the world a healthier and happier place for all.”

Pioneers in their respective fields, Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Laureates are role models and an inspiration to young Canadians to pursue careers in the health sciences. The new CMHF Laureates are:

The Late Stephen Blizzard, MD | Ottawa, Ontario

  • Pilot, physician, decorated peacekeeper, who overcame systemic racism to become a much-honoured authority on aviation medicine.

Elaine Carty, CM OBC MSN CNM | Vancouver, British Columbia

  • Helped to promote legalization and professional recognition of midwifery throughout Canada.

Carol P. Herbert, CM MD CCFP FCFP FCAHS | Vancouver, British Columbia and London, Ontario

  • Innovative health care educator and mentor promoting equitable and accessible health care for all.

Jean-Lucien Rouleau, CM MD FRCPC FACC | Montréal, Quebec

  • Renown cardiologist instrumental in developing life-saving medication sacubitril/valsartan for treatment of chronic heart failure.

Nahum Sonenberg, OC PhD FRS FRSC | Montréal, Quebec

  • Discoverer of elF4E protein helping to establish the field of translational control and unlocking the potential of genetic research for medical advances.

Samuel Weiss, PhD FRSC FCAHS | Calgary, Alberta

  • Trailblazer in establishing neurogenesis research as a pathway to treatments for wasting diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, stroke, ALS, and multiple sclerosis.

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The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) celebrates Canadian heroes whose work advances health in Canada and the world, and fosters 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 on our virtual hall online at and in an exhibit hall in London, ON.


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Daria Destanli
Communications Coordinator, CMHF
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Jason Bremner
Director, Communications, Faculty of Medicine, Dean’s Office, Dalhousie University
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