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Duncan Sinclair enters Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

[CMHF Inductees 2015]
Dr. Richard Reznick, right, accepting on behalf of Dr. Duncan G. Sinclair, attended the induction ceremony of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in Winnipeg on April 23. From left are: John McCrae Kilgour, accepting on behalf of his great uncle, the late Dr. John McCrae; Dr. Bernard Langer; Dr. Judith G. Hall; Dr. Julio Montaner; and Dr. Alan Bernstein. (Photo by Andrew Sikorsky)
 

Long recognized as a leader in health-care reform, Queen’s University Professor Emeritus Duncan Sinclair was officially inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) on April 23.

Dr. Sinclair was one of six “health care luminaries” honoured for their significant contributions to the improvement of health and health care in Canada and worldwide at the ceremony in Winnipeg.

At Queen’s he has held a number of administrative positions including Dean of Medicine and Vice-Principal (Health Sciences) – the first non-medical doctor to serve in these positions in Canada – as well as Vice-Principal (Institutional Relations), Vice-Principal (Services), and Dean of Arts and Science.

“Dr. Duncan G. Sinclair is widely admired and he has had a transformational influence on the health-care landscape in Canada,” says Richard Reznick, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences. “An outstanding academic administrator and scholar, Dr. Sinclair has made extraordinary contributions to the life and work of Queen’s University. He has been a trusted advisor and counsellor to students, faculty, alumni, Chancellors and Principals, all of who hold him in the highest of esteem.”

Away from Queen’s, Dr. Sinclair headed the governance subcommittee of the Steering Committee for Review of the Public Hospitals Act in Ontario and achieved national recognition as a member of the National Forum on Health. He was the founding chair and acting CEO of Canada Health Infoway/Inforoute Santé du Canada – an organization designed to foster the development of Canada’s health information management.

Dr. Sinclair continues to teach at the Queen’s School of Policy Studies and a lectureship has been established in his name to recognize his contributions to the university and the Medical Research Council of Canada.

Fellow inductees Dr. Bernard Langer and Dr. Alan Bernstein both hold honorary degrees from Queen's.

The CMHF is a national charitable organization that has honoured the accomplishments of Canadian medical professionals since 1994.