Aug. 29, 2011
An illustrious career of achievement and health care advocacy has led St. Joseph's orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert McMurtry to become one of the newest members of The Order of Canada.
A specialist in assessing and treating conditions of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand at the Hand and Upper Limb Centre (HULC) at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Dr. McMurtry is receiving the honour for his leadership and vision in helping to strengthen health care delivery in Canada.
The Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian award, was established in 1967 during Canada’s centennial year to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation. Over the last 40 years, more than 5,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.
David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, recently announced 50 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The new appointees, including 15 officers and 35 members, will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held later this year.
Dr. McMurtry has influenced health care delivery provincially and across the country as an advisor to many key provincial and federal groups. To name just a few, he is the founding assistant deputy minister of the Population and Public Health Branch of Health Canada, was appointed to the Romanow Commission as a special advisor, was a special advisor to the deputy minister of Nunavut for the purpose of reviewing the health care system of the territory, was appointed to the Health Council of Canada, and chaired the Wait Times and Accessibility Work Group.
From 1992 to 1999, Dr. McMurtry was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at The University of Western, and is a Professor Emeritus.
“Dr. McMurtry is an extremely valued member of the HULC team and we're all very proud of his accomplishments,” says St. Joseph’s president and CEO Dr. Gillian Kernaghan. “We congratulate Dr. McMurtry on this most prestigious honour.”
For more information, contact:
Dahlia Reich, Communication and Public Affairs
St. Joseph’s Health Care London
Phone: 519 646-6100 ext. 65294