OTTAWA, Aug. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA)
announced today that Dr. Anne Fanning of Edmonton, Alberta, will receive the
2007 May Cohen Award for Women Mentors at the Association's annual meeting on
"This award is presented annually to a female physician who has
demonstrated outstanding mentoring abilities," said CMA President Dr. Colin
McMillan. "Whether in her role as a world leader in the care and control of
tuberculosis, or as a mother with a life outside medicine, Anne Fanning's
strong desire to share her insight and knowledge with younger physicians is
"I am enormously honored by the award and feel that I will have to work
hard to earn it. I have gained much more than I have given, from all around
me, especially the young", said Dr. Fanning. "I was motivated by a wish to
connect with others in a personal way. When I started my career in medicine,
my small piece of scientific knowledge of TB opened the door to people and
communities I would never otherwise have known, first Nations people,
immigrants, homeless people. It was a privilege to be allowed in."
Graduating from the University of Western Ontario in 1963, Dr. Fanning
pursued postgraduate training in internal medicine in Montreal and Alberta.
After subspecialty training in infectious diseases, in 1972 she joined the
University of Alberta's Department of Medicine where she became responsible
for the care of tuberculosis patients - a clinical responsibility she would
hold for more than 30 years.
During the next 2 decades she held several clinical appointments,
including consultant at the Edmonton TB Clinic that she proposed and designed.
She also was director of tuberculosis services for Alberta Health from 1987
until 1996, when her contract was terminated in the provincial government's
thrust to "downsize, divest and decentralize."
In 1998 she took a leave of absence from the university to work as
medical officer for the World Health Organization's global TB program. On her
return she became coordinator of the International/Global Health initiative of
U of A's Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry (1999-2005), advocating for a
curriculum that included global health issues, opportunities for overseas
electives, and global health rounds.
"I was able to learn the real meaning of public health in seeing the
delivery of TB treatment in the poorest health posts of low income countries,
mostly by women, with limited training and enormous wisdom. Who knew that TB
would be such a fascinating clinical spectrum of disease and social
commentaries. It suited me perfectly, gave me a cause both locally and
globally," added Dr. Fanning.
Throughout her career Dr. Anne Fanning held teaching appointments in the
Department of Medicine, and in 2005 she was appointed Emeritus Professor in
the Division of Infectious Diseases. In 2005 the Alberta Medical Association
named her one of the "100 physicians of the century," adding to a number of
awards she has received for teaching excellence and public health advocacy.
Dr. Anne Fanning is the 7th recipient of the Canadian Medical
Association's May Cohen Award for Women Mentors. She will receive this award
at a special ceremony at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, BC as part of the
CMA's 140th annual meeting.
(Visit the CMA website at cma.ca for full biographical notes on Dr. Anne
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