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First indigenous med grad receives honorary fellowship

Published: May 27, 2016

The first indigenous student to graduate from McMaster’s medical school has received honorary fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Thomas Dignan ’81, of Thunder Bay, has received the fellowship for his outstanding contributions to medicine and patient care in Canada and abroad. A Seneca from Six Nations Territory of the Grand River, Dignan is a medical officer with Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch and an advocate for improving the health status of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples.

He now becomes the first Indigenous recipient of Royal College Honorary Fellowship.

For more on Dignan’s accomplishments, read his biography on the Royal College Honorary Fellowship page.

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