Two senior health scientists of McMaster University have been announced today as members of the Order of Canada by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.
Dr. Mark Levine is professor and chair of the Department of Oncology for the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. He was cited for his contributions as an oncologist, researcher and clinician, and particularly for his development of a number of new treatments that have become the Canadian standard in clinical practice.
Dr. Harriet MacMillan is a professor of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and the Department of Pediatrics at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. She is a psychiatrist and pediatrician who is being honoured for her leading research in the prevention of, and response to, family violence.
Dr. Cheryl Wagner (MD '82) was a fly-in doctor to First Nations communities when she got the call to take over the practice of a Toronto physician recently diagnosed with AIDS.
At that time 30 years ago, people with HIV/AIDS were often ostracized and many health professionals were hesitant to treat those infected. Few support programs existed and even fewer were available to women, but Wagner became one of the first — and few — physicians in Toronto to treat women with AIDS.
In the epidemic's early days, it became clear that clinical, social and legal problems facing women differed from those facing men living and dying with HIV. Cheryl began to research the variations and advocate for the services that women with HIV/AIDS and their children needed.
Brent MacLellan and Josh Peachey, fourth-year residents of anesthesia, have been awarded the inaugural Dr. Fred Baxter Award for Excellence in Nephrology and Patient Care, created by the Division of Nephrology and named after the former anesthesia program director.
The award is given to anesthesia residents who demonstrate excellence in integrating CanMEDS roles in the provision of optimal patient-centre care. The award honours Baxter, who made major contributions in patient advocacy, patient safety and patient care.
Baxter, a clinical professor of anesthesia working in critical care at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, has held numerous administrative and academic positions since joining the Department of Anesthesia in 1987.