London Physician is the first Longwoods Scholar



For Immediate Release:
December 17, 2010

(LONDON, Ontario) – London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London (St. Joseph’s) congratulate Dr. Davy Cheng, Chair/Chief of the Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, for becoming the first Longwoods Scholar, offered by the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business.

“I am honoured to have been chosen. This will provide me with a forum to promote best practices with colleagues and some funding for my projects on health care policy and evidence-based decision making research,” said Cheng.

The scholarship program honours leaders in Canada’s health care sector who are at the forefront of research, practice and policy. Besides funding support for projects, Cheng will have opportunities such as the “Breakfast of Chiefs” in 2011 to share his ideas with and make recommendations to Canadian health care administrators and policy makers.

“We are immensely proud that Davy Cheng accepted our invitation,” says Longwoods publisher Anton Hart. “With his research expertise and administrative prowess, Dr. Cheng fully embodies the knowledge, skills and values the Longwoods Scholar program was designed to honour and support.”

Dr. Cheng's research has led to over 124 peer-reviewed scientific papers and more than 44 chapters/books and online educational modules. Cheng has also shared his expertise as a visiting professor in over 80 universities and cardiac centres across Canada and the globe.

Under Dr. Cheng's leadership, the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine has risen to become one of the top academic anesthesiology departments not only in Canada but around the world. In 2007, Cheng was awarded the Joint Medical Advisory Committee Award at LHSC and St. Joseph’s for his outstanding leadership and contributions to London's teaching hospitals.

“This is a great achievement for Dr. Cheng and I cannot think of a colleague more deserving,” said Dr. Dr. John Denstedt, Chair/Chief of Surgery, LHSC and St. Joseph’s. “Dr. Cheng is a leader in both clinical research and hospital administration. His contribution to patient care is immense.”


About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for 135 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children’s Hospital, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children’s Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute, a joint research initiative with St. Joseph’s Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 50 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit

About St. Joseph’s Health Care London
St. Joseph’s Health Care, London is a major patient care, teaching and research centre with a distinguished legacy of service to London, Southwestern Ontario and the veterans of Canada, dating back more than 130 years. St. Joseph’s five key role areas include acute/ambulatory care, complex care and veterans care, long-term care, rehabilitation and specialized geriatrics and specialized mental health care. Facilities and services including St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkwood Hospital, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care and Regional Mental Health Care London and St. Thomas are part of the St. Joseph’s family. Our research arm, the Lawson Health Research Institute, continues to direct their research to the development of new knowledge that is continually being applied directly to patient care. More than 400,000 patients annually receive care from close to 6,000 physicians and staff at St. Joseph’s. St. Joseph’s is affiliated with the University of Western Ontario.

For more information, please contact:

Stephan Beckhoff

Corporate Communications and Public Relations

London Health Sciences Centre

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Betty Dann

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St. Joseph's Health Care, London

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