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Innovative thinkers and firsts in their field, they've made
an impact on DalMed and the nation. These are their stories.  

The Faculty of Medicine inspires health care through medical education. We inspire by highlighting the untold stories of 12 pioneers through a signature 150th initiative called the Dal Med Innovators.

Throughout 2018, we will celebrate 150 years of excellence in education, research and service in Maritime Canada. We also recognize our pioneers who’ve accomplished well-known and celebrated medical achievements that have revolutionized medicine to present day.  

This initiative is an opportunity to honour and learn from our past while inspiring our promising future. It is also a chance to say “thank you" to the generations of scholars and leaders  who have inspired and challenged us. 

Visit back each month to view an updated Dal Med Innovator profile, or learn about
Dalhousie Originals, a 200th initiative led by Dal Archives and a team of university volunteers, to introduce and celebrate Dal Originals throughout 2018.

Our Dal Med Innovators

Learn more about our Dal Med Innovators below:

 Dr. Robert Johnson

Dr. Robert Johnson was the first Mi'kmaq person to recieve a medical degree from Dal in 1998. Two years earlier, he recieved a National Aboriginal Achievement Award for his dedication to medicine, the highest First Nations honour in Canada.

Dal Med Innovator Profile | Robert Johnson

Dr. Karen Mann

She held 25 different positions, re-designed the medical school’s approach to training doctors, and helped establish medical education as a field of scholarly endeavour.

Dal Med Innovator Profile | Karen Mann

Dr. Alexander P. Reid

He was the first Dean of Medicine and played a key role in shaping curriculum, faculty, and convincing the powers-that-be of the importance of establishing a Halifax medical school.

Dal Med Innovator Profile | Alexander P. Reid

Dr. Lea Steeves

April is the month that Dalhousie hosts the Canadian Conference on Medical Education. Thanks to his connection to continuing professional development, this month’s Dal Med Innovator is Dr. Lea Steeves. 

Dal Med Innovator Profile | Lea Steeves

Dr. Chester Stewart

He was Dean of Medicine from 1954 to 1971, and transformed the Dalhousie Medical School into the modern institution we know today.

Dal Med Innovator Profile | Chester Stewart

Dr. Chadwick Williams

At just 28 years old, Williams was one of the first African Nova Scotians to graduate from Dalhousie Medical School.

Dal Med Innovator Profile | Chadwick Williams

Dr. Annie Hamilton

In 1894, Annie graduated from Dalhousie Medical School as a Doctor of Medicine and a Master of Surgery—the first female to graduate from the school.

Dal Med Innovator Profile | Annie Hamilton