Three professors, whose distinguished contributions in scholarship and research have raised the profile and reputation of McMaster University and its Faculty of Health Sciences, are being inducted into the Community of Distinction. This is the Faculty’s most prestigious honour.
This year’s inductees include Alba DiCenso, an international pioneer in advanced practice nursing; Richard Hunt, a world-renowned gastroenterologist, and Mary Law, co-founder of CanChild and former associate dean of health sciences (rehabilitation).
The three new members will be honoured at a 4 p.m. presentation and reception on Friday, Nov. 4, and each will have a citation and their picture added to the wall in the Ewart Angus Centre lobby of the Health Sciences Centre.
2016 Community of Distinction inductees
Alba DiCenso, PhD
Alba DiCenso was a national and international trailblazer in fostering the integration of nurse practitioners into the health care system, as well as advancing evidence-based nursing and health service and policy research. A McMaster nursing alumna, she joined the School of Nursing faculty in 1978. Known for her dedication and compassion, she spent a decade as the Chair in Advanced Practice Nursing increasing Canada’s capacity of nurse researchers, and for 10 years headed a consortium of six universities as the Director of the Ontario Training Centre in Health Services and Policy Research. She became a professor emeritus in 2013, and was inducted into the Order of Canada.
Richard H. Hunt, MB ChB
Richard Hunt joined McMaster in 1982 after a distinguished career as a medical officer in the Royal Navy. He quickly built the Division of Gastroenterology (GI) to become the premiere Canadian and one of the top academic GI divisions internationally. He became one of the most productive and highly cited gastroenterologists, and attracted exceptional trainees and visiting professors from around the world. Hunt provided leadership for Canadian, U.S. and international gastroenterology associations. Before retiring in 2013 as a professor emeritus, he endowed the Richard Hunt/AstraZeneca Chair in Gastroenterology. His many significant honours include becoming Master of both the American College of Gastroenterology and of the World Gastroenterology Organization.
Mary Law, PhD
Mary Law has been pivotal in the advancement of academic rehabilitation science in Canada. While at McMaster from 1987 to 2015, she was co-founder of CanChild, a national, multi-disciplinary research centre which changed the approach to child disability research to include their families. From 2000 to 2010, as the associate dean, health sciences (rehabilitation), she established the School of Rehabilitation Science as a premier school, quintupling the research mandate while adding innovative programs including McMaster’s first online master’s degree. Called ‘an icon of her profession’ and noted for her determination, she received a lifetime award from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy and joined the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.