McMaster University

McMaster University

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Mac alumnus named to Order of Ontario

Published: January 12 , 2007

A McMaster medical school graduate renowned for his advocacy of aboriginal health care has been named to the Order of Ontario.

Dr. Thomas Dignan, ’81, was among the 29 people named to the Order during a ceremony held recently at Queen’s Park.

Dignan, who lives in Thunder Bay, has mentored hundreds of health care professionals. He is a co-founder of the Native Physicians Association of Canada and a founding member and first president of the Native Nurses Association of Canada.

Prior to being accepted into McMaster’s medical school, he earned an RN diploma from the former St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Hamilton, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Alberta.

After graduating form medical school, he served as Thunder Bay’s first emergency physician, and later worked at the South Muskoka Hospital in emergency medicine and anesthesia. He is also a licensed pilot, enabling him to work as a fly-in physician serving the northern and western regions of Ontario.

He continues to serve those regions of Ontario, as a primary care physician for Anishinawbe Muskiki Native Health Access Centre in Thunder Bay, and a medical officer for the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada.

The Order of Ontario recognizes the highest level of individual excellence and achievement in any field.

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