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April 26, 2018
Congratulations to London Health Sciences Centre Neurologist Dr. Vladimir Hachinski who was among the six renowned medical pioneers recognized as the 2018 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Inductees during a special ceremony, hosted in partnership with the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University on Thurs., April 12.
Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) inductees are individuals whose contributions have led to extraordinary improvements in human health. Their work may be a single outstanding contribution or a career of notable achievements. As trailblazers in their respective fields, these experts underpin Canada’s role as a world-class leader in medicine and health sciences.
The official citation reads, “He has transformed our understanding, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the two greatest threats to the brain: stroke and dementia. Prior to the 1970s, stroke was untreatable. His eponymic Hachinski Ischemic Score (HIS) is now a standard for identifying the treatable components of dementia.”
“The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these six individuals as honoured members,” says Dr. Bryce Taylor, National Chair of the CMHF. “Their passion and visionary leadership has improved health in this country, with global impact. Each of these exceptional people has earned their place alongside the current 125 Laureates of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. “
Dr. Hachinksi is a Distinguished University Professor of Neurology and past Richard and Beryl Ivey Chair of the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences at Western University. He has served as the first Canadian President of the World Federation of Neurology and Founding Chair of the International Society of Behavioral and Cognitive Disorders and of the World Brain Alliance.
He also has a rich history of recognition for his exemplary contributions to the field of medicine. In 2013, Dr. Hachinski was named as a recipient of the Order of Ontario in 2013. The appointees to Ontario’s highest honour are chosen each year for their contributions to the arts, law, science, medicine, history, politics, philanthropy and the environment. At the same 2013 ceremony, he also received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, which recognizes outstanding Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life – people who have built and continue to build our caring society and country through their service, contributions and achievements.