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Two inducted into Hamilton Gallery of Distinction

Published: November 5, 2008
Peter Dent
Dr. Peter Dent, an immunologist and rheumatologist, is the associate vice-president of clinical services for the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The Hamilton Gallery of Distinction celebrates its 25th Anniversary on Wednesday, Nov. 5, as it honours the achievements of citizens who have made an indelible mark on the community.

Included in this tribute are two members of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr. Peter Dent and Professor Leila Ryan.

Dr. Peter Dent was responsible for bringing the Ronald McDonald House to Hamilton. He also initiated the move to designate children’s services at the then Chedoke–McMaster Hospitals as the city’s official children’s hospital.

Dent is an immunologist and rheumatologist who specializes in the diagnosis and management of children with recurrent infections, pediatric immune deficiency disorders and pediatric musculoskeletal disorders including all types of arthritis, vasculitis and musculoskeletal pain syndromes. 

Dent was appointed to the post of associate vice-president, clinical services, Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University in 2003 and re-appointed for a three-year term on July 1, 2006.

Dent joined the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster in 1968, served as chair of the Department of Pediatrics from 1980 - 1990 and as acting chair in 1999.  He is currently professor emeritus in the Department of Pediatrics. 

As associate vice-president, clinical services, Dr. Dent has been instrumental in activities involving the alternate funding plan, the clinical practice plan and hospital relations with the Faculty.  

The second person honoured is professor and McMaster alumna Leila Ryan ’90, an active volunteer in the Hamilton community. She has had a varied career as a nurse, director of a family-owned engineering business, and a professor in McMaster’s School of Nursing. She became an assistant clinical professor in 1994 and a faculty member of the Clinical Health Sciences (Nursing) Graduate Program in 1995.  She has served as a mentor, educator and a leader in her areas of specialty of feminism, health and human rights.

For over 40 years, Ryan has made a significant contribution to the Hamilton community, and through her many volunteer roles she has positively affected the health and well being of her community. 

As chair of the Hamilton-Wentworth District Health Council she led the council through challenging times as they defined their role. She has been on the board and has been board chair of St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation and a board member and chair of the Hillfield-Strathallan College Foundation and several other community groups.

Also being inducted into the Hamilton Gallery of Distinction is alumnus Martin Short ’72, who received an honorary degree at McMaster in 2001.  Short is an actor best know for his performances on Saturday Night Live and SCTV, who grew up in the city’s west end and has maintained his connection with Hamilton and lent his support to local charities.

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