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Pediatrics founder awarded Order of Canada

Published: May 28, 2012
Alvin Zipursky awarded Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston
Dr. Alvin Zupirsky (left) was awarded the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston on Friday, May 25, 2012.
— Photo Credit: MCpl Dany Veillette, Rideau Hal, 2012 Office of the Secretary to the Governor General of Canada

Dr. Alvin Zipursky, founding chair of pediatrics of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University, has been invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada at a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

He was awarded the honour by Governor General David Johnston on Friday, May 25.

The Order of Canada recognizes Zipursky’s contributions to pediatrics in Canada and in developing countries.

He served as chairman of pediatrics at McMaster from 1966 to 1972 and from 1978 to 1981. While in this position, he created the pediatrics department, planned the pediatric wards and clinics of the then new McMaster University Medical Centre and developed a regional program for pediatrics. He is currently chair and scientific director of the Programme for Global Pediatric Research based at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

In 2009, he was made a member of the Community of Distinction of McMaster University's Faculty of Health Sciences.

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