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Dr. Lorrie Kirshenbaum, Ph.D., was recently awarded an honorary Doctor of Science (D.Sc. Hon) degree in a ceremony held at the University of Kragujevac, Kragujevac, Serbia in late March.

Kirshenbaum, who serves as the Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences (ICS) at St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre and also holds positions as the Director of the Center for Research Development and Head of the Cardiovascular Section of the Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology at Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, was recognized for his significant contributions to medical science and research including authoring numerous publications and books, reviewing for prestigious international journals, mentoring doctoral theses, and delivering over 130 invited lectures at symposia.

“This indeed is a great honour not only for Dr. Lorrie Kirshenbaum but also for the St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre as well as for the University of Manitoba Faculty of Health Sciences,” said Dr. Naranjan Dhalla, Director, Cardiovascular Development, ICS and Distinguished Professor, University of Manitoba. “Such distinct honors bestowed upon Canadian scientists by international organizations are very rare and reflect the high calibre of research being carried out in Winnipeg. Unquestionably, this recognition highlights the global impact of leadership in cardiovascular medicine at our institution.”

The announcement was led by the University of Kragujevac’s Rector, Prof. Dr. Nenad Filipović. Attendees included members of the rector’s collegium, deans, vice-deans, professors, media representatives, and admirers of Dr. Lorrie Kirshenbaum’s scientific work.

“Receiving this award from the top medical school in Serbia is a tremendous honor, not just for me personally, but it also reaffirms the collective effort of my lab as well as the importance of the contributions the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences is making on the world stage,” said Dr. Kirshenbaum, adding, “I am humbled and grateful to be recognized this way.” 

The DSc (Doctor of Science) degree is typically awarded in scientific and technical disciplines such as natural sciences, engineering, and sometimes in social sciences. It recognizes original research as for a PhD, but often holds a stronger emphasis on applied research, innovation, and contribution to the advancement of a specific scientific or technical field.

A celebration* to honour Dr. Kirshenbaum for this achievement is set for Friday, May 10, 2024, 3 – 5 pm at the Albrechtsen Research Centre Atrium.