The CMA Awards recognize the dedication, successes and talents of individuals who are making significant contributions to health, health care and the medical profession.
Call for nominations is now open until Nov. 30.
2021 Award Recipients
Dr. Shaf Keshavjee
A global leader in the field of lung transplantation, Dr. Shaf Keshavjee broke new ground with his research on using stem cells and genetic modification to treat and repair injured donor lungs. This innovative work led to the development of the Toronto Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion System, an incubator-like device that keeps lungs alive while outside the body.about Dr. Shaf Keshavjee
Dr. Karen Breeck
After a 20-year career in the Canadian Armed Forces, Major (Retired) Dr. Karen Breeck is leveraging political and public discourse to raise awareness of the health inequities faced by military women in and out of uniform, by volunteering at the municipal, provincial and federal political levels.about Dr. Karen Breeck
Dr. Antoine Payot
As director of the Clinical Ethics Unit at Centre hospitalier universitaire (CHU) Sainte-Justine, pediatrician and neonatologist Dr. Antoine Payot ensures physicians receive proper training in ethical decision-making and that patients and families have a say in difficult ethical situations involving prenatal diagnosis, the care of premature infants, pediatric complex care and mortality.about Dr. Antoine Payot
For more than two decades, Rosemary Conliffe has been a central figure in the success of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students. As general manager, she helped coordinate large projects and was influential in helping transform medical students into effective advocates and leaders.about Rosemary Conliffe
Major Trevor Jain, MD
He has served as a medical director in war zones such as Bosnia, Kuwait and Iraq, but it was a disaster right at home, off the coast of Nova Scotia, that shaped Major Trevor Jain’s military and medical career. In 1998, he was called upon to help with the recovery of Swissair Flight 111 and its 229 passengers.about Major Trevor Jain, MD
Dr. Sofia Ahmed
While she is known as one of Canada’s top researchers in kidney and cardiovascular disease, Dr. Sofia Ahmed has committed her career to passing on that knowledge to the next generation. She has been recognized with four distinguished mentorship awards for her efforts to develop future medical leaders in her field.about Dr. Sofia Ahmed
Dr. Vera Krejcik
In 2011, Dr. Vera Krejcik faced a major health setback that changed her life and the trajectory of her medical career. In embracing her new reality, however difficult, she became an advocate and mentor for physicians with disabilities.about Dr. Vera Krejcik
Dr. Monty Ghosh
During the first wave of the pandemic, internist and addictions specialist Dr. Monty Ghosh spearheaded a plan to establish COVID-19 screening programs, isolations spaces and strategies to contain outbreaks at shelters in downtown Calgary. Within weeks, he became a lead in Alberta’s efforts to minimize the spread of the virus among people experiencing homelessness.about Dr. Monty Ghosh
Dr. Ashley Miller
Halifax general internist Dr. Ashley Miller is passionate about transforming the health care system through technology. When the pandemic struck, she used her expertise in virtual care to establish the province’s first remote monitoring program to support patients with COVID-19 at home.about Dr. Ashley Miller
Dr. Brandon Tang
While some resident physicians were concerned about the loss of hands-on learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Brandon Tang saw it as an opportunity to re-envision the future of medical education. In 2020, he helped bring together more than 1,500 virtual participants at the International Conference on Residency Education – the world’s largest conference on postgraduate medical education.about Dr. Brandon Tang
Dr. Thomas Brothers
As a medical resident, Dr. Thomas Brothers is already a key player in transforming addictions services in Nova Scotia hospitals. He helped build an inpatient addiction medicine consultation service for patients admitted to hospital with medical complications of addiction and developed a protocol for emergency departments to initiate treatment for opioid use disorder.about Dr. Thomas Brothers
Dr. Meghan Kerr
Before starting medical school, it was Dr. Meghan Kerr’s work as an outdoor educator — including a 12-day whitewater rafting trip in northern Ontario — that sparked her commitment to fight climate change. Since then, she has become a planetary health advocate within her own medical school and at international climate summits.about Dr. Meghan Kerr
Dr. Dax Bourcier
It was while studying at Université de Sherbrooke that Dr. Dax Bourcier began his work to empower medical students. Through the Canadian Federation of Medical Students, he co-chaired a task force to build a national wellness framework for medical schools.about Dr. Dax Bourcier
A third-year medical student, Kay Wu is already becoming a leader in using technology to transform health care. During the pandemic, she helped launch an organization that used 3D-printing technology to create more than 22,000 face shields for health care workers in Ontario.about Kay Wu
Owen Adams Award of Honour
The Owen Adams Award of Honour is the highest CMA award available to a non-physician.
Dr. Léo-Paul Landry Medal of Service
Dr. Léo-Paul Landry Medal of Service is awarded to a CMA member who has made exceptional contributions to the advancement of health care in Canada.
May Cohen Award for Women Mentors
The May Cohen Award for Women Mentors is presented to a female physician and CMA member who has demonstrated outstanding mentoring.
Sir Charles Tupper Award for Political Advocacy
The Sir Charles Tupper Award for Political Advocacy is named in honour of the CMA's first president (1867‑70), who was also a Father of Confederation, premier of Nova Scotia and Prime Minister of Canada.
Dr. William Marsden Award in Medical Ethics and Professionalism
The Dr. William Marsden Award in Medical Ethics and Professionalism honours the CMA's first chair of its Committee on Ethics, who presided over the original draft of the CMA Code of Ethics.
John McCrae Memorial Medal
The John McCrae Memorial Medal recognizes current or former clinical health services personnel of the Canadian Armed Forces for exemplary service.
Dr. Ashok Muzumdar Memorial Award for Physicians with Disabilities
The Dr. Ashok Muzumdar Memorial Award for Physicians with Disabilities (including medical learners) honours the founder of the Canadian Association of Physicians with Disabilities, an advocate and supporter for physicians and learners with disabilities.
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