Canadian Medical Assocation

Mr. Mike Gormley

Owen Adams Award of Honour

Being nominated for an award — and having every Alberta Medical Association (AMA) president since 2001 support you — is surely an accolade in itself. Mr. Mike Gormley, the AMA’s executive director, now also has the honour of being the second recipient of the newly named Owen Adams Award of Honour.

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Dr. John Dossetor

Medal of Service

As a pioneer in nephrology and bioethics, Dr. John Dossetor has helped establish Canada as a world leader in both fields. In 1958, he organized the first kidney transplant from a living donor, and he subsequently established the first kidney transplant program at McGill University in 1964 — the same year he co-founded the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

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Dr. Andreas Laupacis

F. N. G. Starr Award

As a leading academic and clinician, Dr. Andreas Laupacis’ career is full of noteworthy achievements — from developing the NNT (the ”number needed to treat”) as a standard measure of efficacy for health interventions, to helping establish the importance of patient engagement in health care delivery.

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Dr. Janice Willett

May Cohen Award for Women Mentors

Dr. Janice Willett’s leadership spans local, regional, provincial and national jurisdictions. But her biggest impact has arguably been at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), where she’s worked to amplify the voices of northern physicians within Canada’s health care and education systems.

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Dr. Albert Schumacher

Sir Charles Tupper Award for Political Action

Dr. Albert Schumacher was still early in his career when he was encouraged by his obstetrician uncle to get involved with their local medical society. Then the Ontario doctors’ strike of 1986 happened, and in his role as the Essex County Medical Society’s secretary, Dr. Schumacher quickly moved from being simply involved in physician advocacy to being truly committed to the cause.

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Aline Demirdjian Khatchikian

Award for Young Leaders (Student)

Described as a citizen of the world, Dr. Aline D. Khatchikian — now a radiology resident — has put leadership at the forefront of her medical career right from the start. As a medical student at Université Laval, Dr. Khatchikian was the youngest member elected to the board of the Québec Medical Association (QMA).

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Lerly Luo

Award for Young Leaders (Student)

For Ms. Lerly Luo, medical issues are global issues. In her first year of medical school, Ms. Luo co-founded the first Global Health Conference at the University of British Columbia, which brought together 150 students from diverse backgrounds, building partnerships between health care professionals, engineers and entrepreneurs.

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Dr. Blair Bigham

Award for Young Leaders (Resident)

Few residents would be better qualified to write a news story about their own career than Dr. Blair Bigham. In addition to being an emergency medicine resident at McMaster University in Hamilton and a qualified helicopter paramedic, Dr. Bigham is also a medical journalist.

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Dr. Christopher Charles

Award for Young Leaders (Resident)

It’s no overstatement to say that Dr. Christopher Charles’ Lucky Iron Fish project has revolutionized the treatment of iron deficiency in Cambodia. If you’re curious about the project name, the explanation is simple: Dr. Charles created a small piece of iron shaped as a fish — a symbol of good luck in Cambodia — for families to use in their cooking pots.

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Dr. Cara Bablitz

Award for Young Leaders (Early Career)

With her backpack on her shoulders, Dr. Cara Bablitz is always ready to respond to a call to care for a person who is homeless, on the street and dying. In her role with the Palliative Care Outreach and Advocacy Team in Edmonton, Dr. Bablitz helps provide care to socially vulnerable patients across the city.

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Dr. William Cherniak

Award for Young Leaders (Early Career)

Although he currently practises emergency medicine on the outskirts of Toronto, Dr. William Cherniak may be having the greatest impact on health care a world away, in Uganda. He is co-founder and chairman of the board at Bridge to Health Medical and Dental, a Canadian charity working in southwestern Uganda.

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Dr. Ritika Goel

Dr. William Marsden Award in Medical Ethics

“Beyond simply being frontline providers and having a good understanding of health and the social determinants of health, we have an added responsibility, because of our status in society, to act in a socially accountable manner,” says Dr. Ritika Goel.

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About CMA Awards


Owen Adams Award of Honour

The Owen Adams Award of Honour is the highest CMA award available to a non-physician.

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Medal of Service

The Medal of Service is awarded to a CMA member who has made exceptional contributions to the advancement of health care in Canada.

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F.N.G. Starr Award

The F.N.G. Starr Award is the highest CMA award available to one of its members and recognizes outstanding and inspiring lifetime achievement.

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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.

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Sir Charles Tupper Award for Political Action

The Sir Charles Tupper Award for Political Action 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.

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Awards for Young Leaders

The Awards for Young Leaders are given out to up to six CMA members each year: two students, two residents and two early-career physicians (five years post-residency).

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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.

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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.

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Important notes:

  • Nominations must include the online nomination form containing two letters of support and the nominee’s biography or CV (three-page maximum).
  • Only electronic submissions will be considered.
  • Should fewer than three nominations be received for an award, that award will not be given out and the nomination(s) will be held on file for the following year.
  • Previous F.N.G. Starr Award winners are ineligible to receive the Medal of Service and vice versa.