By: Christina Torrealba (she/her), Graduate Student in Community Health and Epidemiology
Dr. Ronald Stewart Award for Student Leadership in Global Health
The Dr. Ronald Stewart Award recognizes a student of Dalhousie Medical School or in the faculties of Health or Dentistry, who has demonstrated leadership in global health and a commitment to improving the health of marginalized communities during their time at Dalhousie. This award honours Dr. Stewart’s dedication to global health and the advancement of social capital worldwide. Dr. Stewart is also a former provincial Minister of Health, Order of Canada recipient, accomplished educator, former director of the Medical Humanities program, and champion for global health education.
2022 recipient: Kathleen MacMillan
Kathleen MacMillan is a member of the Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick Class of 2023, Service Learning Representative, and co-president of the Dalhousie Medicine Class of 2023, among many other engagements. Kathleen is a leader in global health with a commitment to equity in her academic, research, clinical, and community-oriented initiatives. In her roles as member of the Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine Admissions Committee, member of Interprofessional Research.Global, co-coordinator of the interprofessional course Introduction to Cultural Safety in Healthcare for Indigenous Peoples, and Atlantic Regional Director and Government Affairs and Advocacy Dyad for the Canadian Federation of Medical Students, Kathleen is committed to enhancing equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility in medicine and advocating for members of marginalized communities.
Dr Jock Murray Award for Resident Leadership in Global Health
The Dr. Jock Murray Award recognizes a resident who demonstrates outstanding commitment to global health as they advocate for marginalized populations and explore new ways to engage in clinical service, education, and research. The award is in honour of Dr. Murray, a world-renowned expert in multiple sclerosis, medical humanities, and medical history, and is a past Dean of Dalhousie Medical School and Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University. Dr. Murray is also an Officer of the Order of Canada, and member of the Order of Nova Scotia.
2022 recipient: Dr. Bernard Burgesson
Dr. Bernard Burgesson is the Chief Resident for the Orthopedic Surgery Department at the QEII. He is a tireless leader in healthcare with a strong dedication to global health. He is a mentor for the Sophia B Jones Mentorship program, member of the Health Association of African Canadians, and member of the steering committee for Black Physicians of Nova Scotia. Dr. Burgesson is dedicated to advancing the involvement and leadership of Black Nova Scotians in healthcare. In addition to his clinical work as a resident, Dr. Burgesson is engaged in ground-breaking research on quantifying disparities for the BIPOC community in accessing orthopedic surgical care. His clinical practice, scholarly endeavors, and community engagement, make him the perfect recipient for the Dr. Jock Murray Resident Award in Global Health.
Dr. John Savage Memorial Award for Faculty Leadership in Global Health
The Dr. John Savage Memorial Award for faculty leadership in global health was started in 2003 in memory of Dr. John Savage, a friend and colleague of the Dalhousie Medical School and ambassador of the need to promote healthy communities worldwide. Dr. Savage served as a physician, Premier of Nova Scotia, and Mayor of Dartmouth. He had a long-standing commitment to global health, particularly in West Africa with the Nova Scotia Gambia Association. This award is given to a faculty member who exhibits outstanding leadership and humanitarian contributions to global health.
2022 recipient: Dr. David Hasse
Dr. David Hasse is the Co-Chair of PLANS and a retired physician and faculty member, with a commitment to equitable health care and increasing diversity of health professionals. Dr. Hasse has been a mentor to many students and faculty members in the Faculty of Medicine, is one of the original members of the Health Association of African Canadians, and has played a crucial role in supporting the African Nova Scotian community through the COVID-19 pandemic. As a physician, mentor, and educator, Dr. Hasse has had a significant positive impact on the African Nova Scotian community, Dalhousie University, and the province of Nova Scotia as a whole, making him the perfect recipient for the Dr. John Savage Memorial Award.
For more information on these awards please visit the Global Health Awards section of our website.