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Renowned cardiovascular scientist Dr. Lorrie Kirshenbaum, Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences at St. Boniface Hospital Research and University of Manitoba Rady Faculty of Health Sciences professor, will be invested into the Order of Manitoba (OM) on July 20, 2023. The OM is the highest honour bestowed by the province, recognizing Manitobans who have made significant contributions to the social, cultural, or economic well-being of the province.

Dr. Kirshenbaum has gained international recognition for his groundbreaking research on cardiac cell death and its impact on cardiovascular care and cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. His research has led to a better understanding of the genetic and molecular processes underlying heart disease, resulting in new approaches to diagnosis and treatment that have been adopted worldwide.

His contributions to the field extend beyond Manitoba, with his work being covered by prominent national and international media outlets and invitations to speak at scientific conferences globally. Under Dr. Kirshenbaum’s leadership, the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences is home to a diverse group of researchers, including cardiovascular scientists, clinical cardiologists, graduate students, medical students, post-doctoral fellows, research associates, technicians, and visiting scientists. He is a champion for equity, diversity, and inclusion, and has spearheaded the creation of a dedicated women’s heart health program at St. Boniface Hospital Research.

This year’s appointments to the Order also include Frantic Films CEO Jamie Brown, 103.1 Virgin Radio host Ace Burpee, rock music historian and former Free Press freelance writer John Einarson, former judge and Manitoba Liberal leader Charles Huband, former senator Janis Johnson, retired social worker and community volunteer Terumi Kuwada, Price Industries Ltd. CEO and philanthropist Gerry Price, community advocate Alvina Rundle, family physician Dr. Richard Smith, Alyssa Stevenson Eating Disorder Memorial Trust co-founder Elaine Stevenson and community leader and advocate Amarjeet Warraich.

“It is both gratifying and humbling to reflect on the exceptional accomplishments of the 12 outstanding men and women being invested into the Order of Manitoba this year, “ said Lt.–Gov. Neville. “They are leaders, visionaries and mentors, whose efforts have enriched lives across the province, the country and around the world. Their efforts inspire commitment to community that makes Manitoba, and Manitobans, so special.”

Dr. Kirshenbaum’s investiture into the Order of Manitoba is a testament to his commitment and contributions to the community, and we extend our heartfelt congratulations to him on this well-deserved honour.