Family medicine professor wins prestigious international award
Ruth Wilson, a family physician with the Queen’s Family Health Team, recently received a prestigious international medical award.
The family medicine professor is one of only two recipients of the Wonca 5-Star Doctor Award – the highest award for doctors from the World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians (Wonca).
“This is a tremendous honour. I’ve had a lot of people come up to me jokingly asking how it feels to be one of the best doctors in the world,’” says Dr. Wilson, who is past president of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
The 5-Star Doctor honour is given to doctors who have made a significant impact on the health of individuals and communities through personal contributions to health care and the profession.
Dr. Wilson was chair of the Department of Family Medicine from 1991-2001. During her tenure the department established a program to send faculty to help train family doctors in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the war there, and created the Centre for Studies in Primary Care at Queen’s.
“I’m proud to say the primary care centre continues to thrive today,” says Dr. Wilson.
She has a long list of achievements including serving as chair of the Ontario Family Health Network, a provincial government agency created to implement primary care reform in Ontario. Dr. Wilson also conducts research in the areas of women’s and aboriginal health.
Wonca comprises organizations concerned with the academic aspects of general family practice. There are 120 member organizations in 99 countries, with a total membership of over 250,000 general practitioners/family physicians.