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St. Boniface Hospital Research is extremely proud to share the news that Dr. Naranjan S. Dhalla will be inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) in recognition of his 50-year career advancing knowledge, resources and collaboration in the realm of cardiovascular sciences.

The CMHF celebrates Canadian heroes whose work advances health in Canada and the world and fosters future generations of health professionals through the delivery of local and national youth education programs, scholarships and awards. Dr. Dhalla is now the seventh Manitoban to join this esteemed group of Laureates and is widely considered one of the most influential leaders in promoting cardiovascular research at both a national and international level.  As the Founding Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, his contributions to the success here at St. Boniface Hospital Research cannot be understated.  He was the first inductee into the St Boniface Hospital Hall of Fame in the Albrechtsen Research Centre in 2011.

“Dr. Dhalla is an innovative leader who created and grew a number of institutions and organizations that have world-class status in cardiovascular research.  To have him as a long-standing member of our faculty here at St. Boniface Hospital Research and now as a Laureate in the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is an honour of the highest degree,” said Dr. Grant Pierce, Executive Director of Research, St. Boniface Hospital, “We send our heartiest congratulations to him.”

“Our research facility here at St. Boniface Hospital is internationally recognized as one of the premier institutes in biomedical cardiovascular sciences, and it wouldn’t have existed at all without Dr. Dhalla’s role as the founding Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences. He is extremely deserving of this award and we are thrilled to celebrate this honour,” said Martine Bouchard, President & CEO, St. Boniface Hospital.

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Laureates are individuals whose contributions to medicine and the health sciences have led to extraordinary improvements in human health. Their work may be a single meritorious contribution or a lifetime of superior accomplishments. Pioneers in their field, they are role models for Canadians and an inspiration to our youth to pursue careers in the health sciences.

“Dr. Dhalla is known for his commitment to developing and advancing the careers of Canadian research trainees and scientists and elevating their profile internationally. His founding of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences and the International Society for Heart Research, with strong Canadian representation at the leadership level, truly established our country’s scientists as internationally influential,” said Dr. Henry Friesen, Distinguished Professor Emeritus University of Manitoba.

Dhalla will be formally inducted with five other Canadians at a ceremony held in association with McGill University Faculty of Medicine on May 2, 2019, in Montreal, Quebec.

This designation makes him the seventh Manitoban in history to be recognized as a Hall of Fame Laureate, joining Dr. Bruce Chown, Dr. Henry Friesen, Dr. Arnold Naimark, Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg, Dr. Allan Ronald, and Dr. F. Estelle R. Simons.