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Physicians receive lifetime honours

Published: August 11, 2014
Lawrence Kobetz
Lawrence Kobetz, clinical professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Ophthalmology, has received a Life Membership Award from the Ontario Medical Association.

For their efforts to improve healthcare in Ontario, four McMaster physicians and a medical resident have been honoured by the Ontario Medical Association (OMA).

Frank Baillie, associate professor of surgery, and Lawrence Kobetz, clinical professor of ophthalmology, received the Ontario Medical Association Life Membership Awards, which recognizes members who have made an outstanding contribution to the works of the Association, the medical profession and medical science, or common good at the provincial level, and have reached the age of 65.

They were also honoured with the same award by the Hamilton Academy of Medicine at their Annual Meeting.

The OMA also presented a Resident Achievement Award to McMaster medical oncology resident Lacey Pitre, to recognize her contributions to the advancement of postgraduate training.

Also honoured were Wes Oczkowski, alumnus and associate clinical professor, Division of Neurology, and Mark Walton, the assistant dean of McMaster's Postgraduate Medical Education.

Oczkowski received The Glenn Sawyer Service Award, established in 1972 in honour of Dr. Glenn Sawyer, the longest-serving General Secretary of the OMA. The Glenn Sawyer Service Award is awarded in recognition of significant service to the OMA, medical profession, or public at the community level.

Walton received the Advocate for Students and Residents Award, which is presented to a physician or non-physician in recognition of outstanding contributions that have significantly benefited the medical students or residents of the province of Ontario.

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