Walter Rosser, a semi-retired professor and former head of Queen’s University’s Family Medicine department, has been named to the Order of Canada.
Rosser, who stepped down as head of the department three years ago, was acclaimed his leadership in the discipline of family medicine and primary care research, and for his contributions to the establishment of practice-based research networks in Canada.
In 1994, Dr. Rosser promoted the concept of creating family health teams, which now serve two million patients. He also helped create practice-based research networks across the country. While most illnesses are diagnosed and dealt with at family practices, data about those ailments wasn’t being recorded or shared until four years ago.
In a release by the University, Dr. Rosser stated he was honoured to be named a member of the Order of Canada.
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“I don’t think there is a higher award you can get in the country,” he said.
RBC chief executive officer and alumnus Gordon Nixon (B.Comm ’79) was also named a member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to banking in Canada, voluntarism and philanthropy.
Astronaut Julie Payette and TD Bank CEO W. Edmund Clark, both recipients of honorary degrees from Queen’s, were also named to the Order of Canada.
Established in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes Canadians for outstanding lifetime achievements. New appointments are made twice yearly with award ceremonies taking place three times a year. Over the last 40 years, more than 5,000 people have been invested into the order.
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