CMA's Dr. William Marsden Award in Medical Ethics to be given to Dr. Nuala Kenny

    OTTAWA, Aug. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA)
announced today that Dr. Nuala Kenny, will be the recipient of its 2009 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. Kenny's passion has clearly ignited a movement to keep bioethics at
the forefront in Canadian medical policy and practice," said Dr. Robert
Ouellet, President of the CMA. Her leadership and important work in Canadian
and international bioethics circles has made a unique and remarkable
contribution to the growing awareness of this important medical field."
    "My work has not been focused on ethical problem-solving, important as
that is, but on the moral/ethical core of the doctor-patient encounter and the
practice of just and compassionate medicine," said Dr. Kenny. "In light of the
de-moralization of modern medicine, it has been a joy to awaken colleagues to
the reasons they chose-and continue to choose-medicine as a way of life."
    In her many careers - as a Sister of Charity, pediatrician and medical
educator at the University of Toronto, Queens University and Dalhousie
University, head of pediatrics at the IWK Hospital for Children, and even
deputy health minister of Nova Scotia - she has been a constant advocate for
ethical reflection.
    "In the face of technological advances, patient expectations and the
commercialization and commodification of medicine, recognition and reflection
on the moral core of medicine are crucial," added Dr. Kenny.
    In 1996 she was the founding head of Dalhousie's Department of Bioethics.
Among others, she has served on the committees on biomedical ethics of the
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Canadian Paediatric
Society, the National Council for Bioethics in Human Research, the National
Science Advisory Board and the National Forum on Health. Past president of
both the Canadian Paediatric Society and the Canadian Bioethics Society, she
was a founding member of the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of
Health Research (CIHR), the Health Council of Canada and Canadian Doctors for
    Author of more than 100 publications, Dr. Kenny is an Officer of the
Order of Canada and holds numerous honours from universities and medical
organizations, including the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian
Health Association. She is the only person to have received both the
Distinguished Service Award and Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian
Bioethics Society.
    Since retirement from Dalhousie she serves as ethics and health policy
advisor to the Catholic Health Association 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. Kenny will receive her award on Aug. 19th during the CMA's 142nd
annual meeting to be held at the TCU Place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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