St. Joseph’s physician receives Order of Canada

Jul. 07, 2015

Dr. Stewart Harris is a pioneer in diabetes care for vulnerable populations.

St. Joseph’s Health Care London congratulates Dr. Stewart Harris, who was among 100 new appointments to the Order of Canada announced by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

Dr. Harris, Medical Director of St. Joseph’s Primary Care Diabetes Support Program, has received the distinguished honour for his contributions to the development of strategies to manage and reduce diabetes in Aboriginal communities and other vulnerable populations.

Dr. Harris, a renowned researcher on developing and evaluating strategies to improve clinical outcomes for patients with type 2 diabetes, has published more than 220 peer review papers and is dedicated to addressing the pressing need for new diabetes care delivery systems.

At Western University, Dr. Harris is a professor at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, with cross appointments in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Division of Endocrinology. He also holds the Ian McWhinney Chair of Family Medicine Studies and the Canadian Diabetes Association Chair in Diabetes Management. 

Dr. Harris and his research team are collaborating with 12 First Nations communities in six provinces across Canada in a five-year project called FORGE AHEAD to identify local health challenges and facilitate better care coordination and improved outcomes for diabetes patients in a community-driven, culturally relevant context.

At St. Joseph’s Family Medical and Dental Centre, Dr. Harris leads the innovative Primary Care Diabetes Support Program, which provides diabetes education and support for those without a family doctor or who live with various challenges that make managing diabetes more difficult, such as poverty, language barriers, social isolation, addictions or mental illness. A multidisciplinary team teaches patients how to become diabetes self-managers and helps them access the resources they need to manage their diabetes effectively. The team also assists family physicians in London to build capacity for diabetes care in their own practices.

The Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

“Dr. Harris is a most deserving recipient for his tireless efforts to address a mounting health crisis in Canada and around the world,” says Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s. “He is a pioneer in a critical area of care whose work is challenging us to do things differently and is having a far-reaching impact. We are so fortunate to have someone of Dr. Harris’ calibre at St. Joseph’s and in London.”


For more information:

Dahlia Reich, Communication Consultant
St. Joseph’s Health Care London
519.646.6100 ext. 65294

About St. Joseph’s Health Care London

Renowned for compassionate care, St. Joseph’s Health Care London is a leading academic health care centre in Canada dedicated to helping people live to their fullest by minimizing the effects of injury, disease and disability through excellence in care, teaching and research. Through partnership with Lawson Health Research Institute and our collaborative engagement with other health care and academic partners, St. Joseph’s has become an international leader in the areas of: chronic disease management; medical imaging; specialized mental health care; rehabilitation and specialized geriatrics; and surgery. St. Joseph’s operates through a wide range of hospital, clinic and long-term and community based settings, including: St. Joseph’s Hospital; Parkwood Institute; Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care; and the Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care.

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