CMA's Dr. William Marsden Award in Medical Ethics to be given to Dr. Philip Hébert



    OTTAWA, Aug. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA)
announced today that Dr. Philip Hébert from Toronto, will be the recipient of
its Dr. William Marsden Award in Medical Ethics. It recognizes a member who
has demonstrated exemplary leadership, commitment and dedication to the cause
of advancing and promoting excellence in the field of medical ethics in
Canada.
    "Dr. Hébert has played a pivotal leadership role in the development of an
integrated and practical professional ethics education for medical trainees
and physicians," said Dr. Brian Day, President of the CMA. "He has made a
unique and remarkable contribution to the growing awareness of this important
medical field."
    Dr. Hébert earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at York University and medical
degree at the University of Toronto. Since 1988 he has been a member of
Sunnybrook Health Science Centre's department of family and community
medicine. He has held the position of Associate Professor since 2002. He is
Chair of the Research Ethics Board at that hospital and also a clinical
ethicist at the Joint Centre for Bioethics, where he is a member of the
advisory board.
    "Many, many individuals have contributed to the advancement of medical
ethics and I am just proud to have played a small part in this process," said
Dr. Hébert. "Ethics is indeed a very important aspect of medicine today, not
in terms of armchair philosophizing, but about what should be done in order to
look after our patients compassionately and professionally.
    "Medical ethics can remind us of our primary commitment to the welfare of
our patients."
    While he was coordinator of Toronto's undergraduate medical ethics
program, the RCPSC began to require bioethics as part of medical training. In
creating the program he was responsible for teacher recruitment, teaching
materials, initiating lectures and seminars, and developing a resource
website.
    His textbook, Doing Right: A Practical Guide to Ethics for Medical
Trainees and Physicians is selling briskly in Canada and internationally since
it was published by Oxford University Press in 1996. The second edition, which
will be published in 2009, emphasizes how medical ethics can contribute to
robust professionalism for all clinicians. The principal author of two
articles in CMAJ's "Bioethics for Clinicians" series and a popular media
contact, Dr. Hébert also lectures nationally and internationally.
    He is a founding board member of both the Institute for Safe Medication
Practices and the Canadian Initiative for Patient Safety. His current research
is on adverse medical outcomes in ambulatory patients. Recipient of awards for
his contribution to professionalism and the teaching of ethics at Toronto, in
2001 he was made a fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

    The award is named after the first Chair of the CMA's Committee on
Ethics, Dr. William Marsden, who later served as President of the Association
in 1873/74. It was under Dr. Marsden that the Committee drafted the first
version of today's CMA Code of Ethics which was approved in 1868.

    Dr. Hébert will receive his award on Aug. 20th during the CMA's
141st annual meeting to be held at the Sheraton Centre in Montreal, Quebec.




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