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McMaster health professors join Order of Canada

Published: June 30, 2016
Mark Levine
Dr. Mark Levine, professor and chair, Department of Oncology; Buffett Taylor Chair in Breast Cancer Research
Harriet MacMillan
Dr. Harriet MacMillan, professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and the Department of Pediatrics

Two senior health scientists of McMaster University have been announced today as members of the Order of Canada by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

Dr. Mark Levine is professor and chair of the Department of Oncology for the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. He was cited for his contributions as an oncologist, researcher and clinician, and particularly for his development of a number of new treatments that have become the Canadian standard in clinical practice.

Dr. Harriet MacMillan is a professor of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and the Department of Pediatrics at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. She is a psychiatrist and pediatrician who is being honoured for her leading research in the prevention of, and response to, family violence.

They are two of 113 Canadians who were appointed today to one of Canada's highest civilian honours. Members of the Order of Canada are noted for their outstanding contributions at the local or regional level or in a special field of activity.

"I am thrilled to receive this important honour. I have been very fortunate in my career. I was given so many opportunities at a young age, and I've had so much fun over the last 35 years," said Levine.

He credits Hamilton and McMaster as contributing to his success, adding, "I was encouraged and given opportunities by the giants of innovation at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine — Jack Hirsh, David Sackett and Mike Gent. Coming to Hamilton and McMaster made a real difference for my career."

"I am deeply honoured and humbled to be appointed as a member of the Order of Canada," said MacMillan. "I am indebted to my colleagues — both research and clinical — whose dedication and talent have made this work possible, and to my family, especially my husband Tom, whose support has sustained me throughout my career.

"It has been such a privilege to work in an academic environment that recognizes family violence as a major public health problem deserving of evidence-based solutions."

Dr. John Kelton, dean and vice-president of McMaster's Faculty of Health Sciences said both professors are highly deserving of the honour.

"Dr. Levine is an outstanding clinician, an innovative researcher and an exceptional educator. This honour is very appropriate," he said.

"Dr. MacMillan's research has had a profound effect on the emotional and physical health of disadvantaged children, and her leadership has been instrumental in developing the next generation of passionate, devoted physicians."

The Order of Canada was established in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. It recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society for their varied contributions which have enriched the lives of others and made a difference to the country.

The awards ceremony will be held at Rideau Hall in Ottawa later in the year.

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