Canadian Dr. Dana Hanson named President of World Medical Association

    SEOUL, South Korea, Oct. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - CMA Past-President Dr. Dana
Hanson has become the first Canadian in four decades to be elected to the
presidency of the World Medical Association.
    Dr. Hanson was elected for 2009/10 at the WMA's annual General Assembly
in Seoul, South Korea. He takes office in a year's time.
    Dr. Hanson, a dermatologist in Fredericton, served as CMA president in
2002. A highlight of his presidency was the CMA's "100-Day Challenge", which
helped spur government action following the release of the report from the
Romanow commission on the Sustainability of Canada's Health Care System.
    "I strongly believe that physicians have the responsibility to speak out
and advocate for improvements, not just for health care, but for the broader
common good," said Dr. Hanson. "I am deeply honoured to have been given the
opportunity to work with my colleagues from around the world to make a
    Health and the environment will be the topic of the WMA's scientific
session when it holds its annual General Assembly in Vancouver, Canada in
    "As physicians, we know that health and the environment are inextricably
linked," said Dr. Hanson. "This is the only world we have, and I look forward
to working with my colleagues to help make it the best we can make it."
    In 1946, longtime CMA Secretary General, Dr. T.C. Routley served on the
original organizing committee that helped form the WMA. Dr. Routley went on to
serve as the first WMA Chairman, when it had 27 members. The WMA now consists
of 85 member countries.
    Dr. Yoram Blachar, President of the Israel Medical Association, took over
this week as WMA President for 2008/09. The last Canadian to serve as WMA
president was Dr A.F.W. Peart in 1971.

         (A full biography of Dr. Hanson is available from the CMA)

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