Dr. Hugh E. Scully awarded 2010 CMA Medal of Service

OTTAWA, Aug. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - On August 25, Dr. Hugh E. Scully, will receive the 2010 Canadian Medical Association's (CMA) Medal of Service. This medal is being presented in recognition of Dr. Scully's outstanding and exceptional contribution to the advancement of health care in Canada.

Dr. Scully is professor of surgery and professor of health policy management and evaluation at the University of Toronto, as well as honorary consultant surgeon at University Health Network (UHN) - Toronto General Hospital's division of cardiac surgery.

"Thanks to Dr. Scully's noteworthy contributions to medicine, the health of Canadians is greatly improved. In addition to his surgical skill and dedication, he has committed to addressing the issue of wait times, has shared his academic knowledge with the medical community and has represented Canada on the council of the World Medical Association," says CMA President Dr. Anne Doig. "Dr. Scully is truly a physician to admire."

"I am honoured to receive the CMA's 2010 Medal of Service. I am fortunate to have been supported by family and friends and stimulated by mentors and other leaders in a Canadian environment that provided unique opportunities," says Dr. Scully. "Excellence has been a great motivator in my career in trying to assure quality in the care we give to patients, education of students, residents and fellows, service to ours and other healthcare professions, governments and the people of Canada," he says.

Dr. Scully was educated at Queen's, Toronto and Harvard universities, and is currently professor of surgery and of health policy management and evaluation at the University of Toronto, as well as honorary consultant surgeon at University Health Network - Toronto General Hospital.

At UHT-Toronto General, he was active as chair of medical education and surgical education, for which he received the W. Anderson Award for Excellence in Education Administration in 1986. Chief of staff and a member of the board of trustees, he has also been deputy surgeon-in-chief and deputy head of cardiac surgery. He represented the hospital as a founding member of the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario.

In the academic world Dr. Scully has produced more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, book chapters and invited presentations on cardiac surgery, health policy and leadership. In 2001 he received the Medal of Merit from the International Society for Heart Research, and in 2002, the Commemorative Medal for the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

In Ontario, he worked effectively in a non-partisan way with the governments of premiers Bill Davis, David Peterson, Bob Rae and Mike Harris. He was the founding president of the Professional Association of Interns and Residents of Ontario (PAIRO), establishing standards that are still honored today for the balance between work, study and personal time for men and women in postgraduate medical/surgical training and education.

At the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) he served as the university representative and member of the board of directors, chief negotiator, member of the executive, and president. With Dr. John Evans and the Ontario Health Review Panel, he worked with then-premier Peterson to create the Premier's Council on Health, then served on that council under premiers Peterson and Rae. This broad-based council was replicated in Alberta and ultimately led to the formation of the Canada Health Council. He also was the physician lead with the Connell Commission on the Future of Health Funding in Ontario.

Lately he has been a leading member of the Joint OMA-government committee addressing the issue of health human resources. At the national level, he has been a leader in health policy discussions with all political parties and all other health professions/groups, as well as with leaders and organizations from First Nations, labour, business, banking and various religions.

With the Canadian Medical Association, he served on the Board of Directors as chair of the Council on Health Policy and Economics, as President (1999-2000) and as chair of the Past Officers Committee. At the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, which represents all cardiac specialists in Canada, he served as president. He was a leader in establishing the "Heart on the Hill" program for all political parties in the Commons and the Senate in partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. He served on the council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, representing the surgeons of Ontario and as chair of the specialty physician workforce committee; he remains a member of its committees on health and public policy, and international initiatives.

Between 1999 and 2008 he was co-chair of two national task forces studying and making recommendations about physician human resources in Canada. These task forces had representation from all national medical organizations as well as from nursing, dentistry, other health professions/occupations, the Canadian Healthcare Association, federal and provincial-territorial governments and non-medical leaders.

On the international stage, he has represented Canada on the council of the World Medical Association, where he chaired the committee that developed a policy on ethical international recruitment of physicians, later adopted by the WMA, the World Health Organization (WHO), and many countries.

Dr. Scully has represented Canada at the American College of Cardiology, the American Association of Thoracic Surgery, and the Society for Thoracic Surgery. Currently he represents the Royal College and Canada as a governor of the American College of Surgeons, and is the first non-American to serve on the ACS Health Policy and Advocacy Group.

Dr. Scully demonstrates his leadership capabilities not only in the health sphere, but also in the intense and competitive world of motorsport. He has played many leading roles, including being a founding member and president of the Ontario Race Physicians. He served as the chief medical advisor, provincial and national, to the Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs and was elected an honorary life member of the Canadian Racing Drivers Association. He was medical director for the Formula One races at Mosport and Montreal until 1992. He has been medical director for all INDY races in Toronto, and initiated that event in Edmonton. He chairs and is the only Canadian on the Board of the 22-country International Council of Motorsport Science, based in Indianapolis.

Dr. Scully is a founding Fellow (only Canadian) of the FIA (World) Institute for Motor Sport Safety, based in Paris, and a member of its steering committee that is developing a medical curriculum for race physicians worldwide. He also serves on the FIA Medical Commission. In 1990 he received the John F. Bassett Award from the Molson Indy Toronto board of trustees for commitment to the promotion of Canadian motorsports. From CASC, he received the John Reid Trophy for outstanding contribution to motorsport in 1991. He was elected to the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2000.

Dr. Scully is the 40th recipient of the CMA Medal of Service. The medal will be presented at a special ceremony, which will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario during the 143rd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Medical Association.

SOURCE Canadian Medical Association

For further information: For further information: Lucie Boileau, Manager, Media Relations, Canadian Medical Association, Tel: (613) 731-8610 or 1-800-663-7336, ext. 1266, Cell: (613) 447-0866, lucie.boileau@cma.ca

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