About Honorary Fellowship
About Honorary Fellowship
About Honorary Fellowship
The Royal College Council may bestow Honorary Fellowship on exceptional physicians, surgeons and lay persons who are not eligible for Fellowship. These individuals have demonstrated outstanding performance in a particular vocation or a specific area of professional activity directly or indirectly related to the field of medicine. Honorary Fellows may use the designation FRCPSC (Hon).
Nominations for Honorary Fellowships can be submitted by any Fellow of the Royal College, as well as by Council members, specialty committees, specialty societies, senior academics and others. The call for nominations is issued in the fall, with Honorary Fellows selected by Council at its February meeting.
Up to four Honorary Fellows can be appointed per year by the Royal College Council. There is a long-standing tradition of offering Honorary Fellowship to the governor general of Canada, the patron of the Royal College, at the commencement of the term of office.
Honorary Fellows typically receive their Fellowship diploma at Convocation, at a meeting of Council or at another appropriate Royal College event.
Meet our 2016 Honorary Fellows
Thomas A. Dignan, OOnt., MD, BScN
Medical Officer, Health Canada – First Nations and Inuit Health Branch
Former primary care physician, Wabano Health Access Centre, Ottawa, Ont.
Former primary care physician, Anishnawbe-Mushkiki, Thunder Bay, Ont.
“Dr. Dignan’s quiet leadership and wise counsel in Indigenous health is consistently sought by physicians, governments and organizations, not only for his vast expertise and experience, but also for his ability to create bridges and coalesce disparate views into positive action. The demands on his time are persistent, yet he allocates it generously and unselfishly.” — nominator quote
A Seneca from Six Nations Territory of the Grand River, Dr. Dignan is a tireless advocate for improving the health status of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples and a trailblazer of many “firsts”. He was the first Indigenous student to graduate from McMaster University’s medical school, the first president of the Native Nurses Association of Canada, and now the first Indigenous recipient of Royal College Honorary Fellowship. Dr. Dignan is a co-founder of the Native Physicians Association of Canada and a recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award from the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation in Canada.
As a medical officer for Health Canada, Dr. Dignan regularly advises leaders on issues of public health and cultural safety. He is currently co-leading the Indigenous Health Alliance to address the continuing fallout of residential schools, among other issues. Dr. Dignan also has a long history of dedicated volunteering at the Royal College; he recently served on Council and is currently chairing the Indigenous Health Advisory Committee.
Yucun Liu, MD
President, Peking University First Hospital, Beijing, China
Professor, Peking University First Hospital, Beijing, China
“In recent years, he presided over the cooperation of post-medical education between PUFH and the Royal College, making the first large-scale practice of competency-based residency training in mainland China. He has achieved remarkable results, which captured the attention of the government and medical education experts.” — nominator quote
Since 2006, Dr. Yucun Liu has served as president of the Peking University First Hospital (PUFH), a 1500-bed hospital in Beijing, China, where he is an advocate for medical education reform. He obtained his medical degree in general surgery from the Beijing Medical University in China and became a colorectal surgeon with expertise in the treatment of surgical infections. He is a leader in national government and in hospital administration, championing tighter infection control and better patient communication. Prior to his role as president, he was on the executive team of the Peking University Health Science Centre, where he incorporated problem-based learning into the undergraduate curriculum and began transforming the culture of his organization to one that values education. He continues to expand the frontier of medical education by promoting it as an integral part of hospital development at PUFH. Thanks to his efforts, PUFH’s vision and model for medical education is well known, both regionally among its affiliated hospitals and countrywide. Dr. Liu is currently collaborating with the Royal College to lead the first large-scale implementation of competency-based medical education in China.
Brigadier-General H.C. MacKay, OMM, CD, QHP, MD
Surgeon General, Commander Canadian Forces Health Services Group
Head of the Royal Canadian Medical Service
“Based on both the lengthy and important relationship between the Royal College and the Canadian Armed Forces, as well as the personal characteristics and accomplishments exhibited by Brigadier-General MacKay in his roles as physician and member of the Armed Forces, I am honoured to recommend him as an excellent candidate for Honorary Fellowship in the Royal College.” — nominator quote
Brigadier-General MacKay joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1983. He completed his medical degree at the University of Toronto and a family medicine residency at Queen’s University. Additionally, he completed a Master in Health Science focused on Public Health and Occupational Medicine at the University of British Columbia. His career in the Canadian Armed Forces’ medical service has included work in Canada, Turkey and Afghanistan where he led the NATO Multinational Medical Hospital in Kandahar in 2007. After a progression of more senior roles, Brigadier-General MacKay was appointed Surgeon General, Commander Canadian Forces Health Services Group and the Head of the Royal Canadian Medical Service in 2015. He is an officer of the Order of Military Merit.
Professor Sir Nicholas Wright, MBBS, MD, PhD, DSc
Centre Lead, Centre for Tumour Biology, Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom.
“Sir Nicholas is known for his energy, blistering pace, perseverance, organizational skills, fairness, honesty, and ability to successfully complete tasks however difficult they may be. He embodies determination, application, and a desire to succeed in all undertakings.” — nominator quote
Professor Sir Nicholas Wright is one of the United Kingdom’s most distinguished physicians and was knighted in 2005 for his “services to medicine.” In parallel with his career as a pathologist, he has also succeeded as an academic researcher, mentor and administrator. He is at the forefront of cancer and stem cell research at the Barts Cancer Institute and is leaving a legacy of innovative findings related to tumour biology and the use of stem cells as a potential treatment for gut disease. Sir Nicholas has also trained many of the next generation of specialists and clinical scientists at medical schools throughout the United Kingdom. Most of his PhD students have gone on to hold professorships, mainly in pathology. After successive roles in medical education, he became Warden (Dean) at Barts and the London, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2001, where he has significantly increased research income by reorganizing the school into a collection of research institutes. He has served on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals in experimental pathology and gastroenterology, and continues to be in demand as an invited lecturer in his home country and abroad.
Dr. George Alberti, FRCPC (Hon)
Mme Louise Arbour, FRCPSC
Dr. Lorne A. Babiuk, FRCPSC
Prof. Carol M. Black, FRCPC (Hon)
Dr. Michael Bliss, FRCPSC
Dr. Alain Beaudet, FRCPSC (Hon)
Dr. Philip B. Berger, FRCPC (Hon)
Brigadier-General J. Jean-Robert S. Bernier, FRCPC (Hon)
The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, FRCPSC
Lieutenant-General The Honourable Roméo Dallaire (Ret), FRCPSC
Dr. David A. Davis, FRCPC (Hon)
Soeur Elizabeth Davis, FRCPSC
Dr. Thomas A. Dignan, FRCPSC (Hon)
Dr. Alexander Dougall, FRCPC (Hon)
Dr. A Brent Eastman, FRCPSC (Hon)
Prof. Muhammad Sultan Farooqui, FRCPC (Hon)
Dr. Bernard Fisher, FRCSC (Hon)
Dr. Olivier James Garden, FRCPSC
Dr. Paul Grand’Maison, FRCPSC (Hon)
Dr. John Hamm, FRCPC (Hon)
Dr. Mary M. Horowitz, FRCPC (Hon)
Dr. Barry Trevor Jackson, FRCSC (Hon)
Dr. Ian Thomas Jackson, FRCSC (Hon)
The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, FRCPSC
His Excellency the Right Honourable David L. Johnston, FRCPSC
Dr. Lucian L. Leape, FRCSC (Hon)
Mr. Stephen Lewis, FRCPSC
Dr. Yucun Liu, FRCPSC (Hon)
Dr. Ann Macaulay, FRCPC (Hon)
Brigadier-General H.C. MacKay, FRCPSC (Hon)
Dr. Ernest Mastromatteo, FRCPC (Hon)
Dr. Lizo Ebden Mazwai, FRCSC (Hon)
Dr. Bernard Morrey, FRCSC (Hon)
Sir Peter Morris, FRCSC (Hon)
Dr. Louise Nasmith, FRCPC (Hon)
Ms. Eva Olsson, FRCPSC
Dr. Raymond Victor Rajotte, FRCPSC
Dr. Bernard Shapiro, FRCPSC
Dr. Louis Siminovitch, FRCPSC
Dr. John Allan Raymond Smith, FRCSC (Hon)
Dr. Barrie I. Strafford, FRCPSC
Dr. Professor Geoffrey Ian Taylor, FRCSC (Hon)
Dr. Mark A. Wainberg, FRCPSC
Dr. Ronald G. Worton, FRCPSC
Professor Sir Nicholas Wright, FRCPSC (Hon)
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