The Ghent Trauma Visiting Speaker Series

Dr. Ghent has a great interest in Trauma and its terrible manifestations, for his whole life as a surgeon.

Early in his practice he took weekend calls for local surgeons, and spent hours repairing patients who had been brought in following road accidents.

He subsequently went on to spend several summers studying the causes and effects of such accidents.

His investigations led to the establishment of an ambulance service in Kingston, staffed by paramedics. The service is now over 35 years old.

Dr. Ghent chaired a committee at the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) which was ultimately responsible for the law enforcing the mandatory use of seat belts in Canada.

About the fund

Established in 2000 in memory of Dr. William R. Ghent, M.D. 1947, former Professor of Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine, a permanent visiting speaker series on the topic “Trauma” in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Surgery at Queen's University. The objectives of this series are to honour Dr. W.R. Ghent, and to position Queen’s students for successful practice in the 21st century by funding a visiting speaker on traumatic injury, surgery, ambulatory services, or such other medical educational topic. Funds may also be used for development of Continuing Health Education online/video programs and delivery of state of the art CE programs.