The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame will induct 6 new members in 2023. Among those honoured this year is Dr. (Maj Ret’d) Stephen Blizzard (1928-2020). A veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, Dr. Blizzard’s accomplishments while a member of the Canadian Forces Medical Services in the 1960s, 70s and 80s as a leader in aviation medicine are among the factors cited in his nomination. This is something for the RCMS family to celebrate!


Dr. Blizzard was nominated by his alma mater, the University of Western Ontario (Schulich School of Medicine) with support from the Canadian Forces Health Services. Dr. Blizzard’s induction into the CMHF is based on his leadership in Aerospace Medicine and his unique achievements as a CAF physician-pilot. “A first-generation Black Canadian… Dr. Blizzard overcame systemic racism to become a pilot, physician, and decorated peacekeeper.”


The Laureate Induction Ceremony will be held on 22 June 2023 in Halifax. Details of the event and Dr. Blizzard’s biography can be found at:


Read more about Dr. Blizzard’s accomplishments via the University of Western Ontario’s Alumni of Distinction, Trinidad and Tobago’s Icon Awards site, and the Ottawa Citizen


You can also explore previous Canadian Medical Hall of Fame laureates, including previous inductees with roots in military medical service: Maj Frederick Banting (1994), W/C Murray Barr (1998), Maj Michel Bergeron (2017), Capt(N) Charles Best (1994), Surg-Lt Norman Bethune (1998), F/L John Bradley (2001), Maj G. Malcolm Brown (2000), MGen Brock Chisholm (2019), W/C Ray Farquharson (1998), Surg-Lt Miller Fisher (1998), Maj Gustave Gingras (1998), Surg-Cdr Walter MacKenzie (2014), LCol John McCrae (2015), BGen Jonathan Meakins (2011), Maj William Mustard (1995) and Col Wilder Penfield (1994).


The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is a charitable and educational organization. Visit their website to learn more or to send a donation.


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