Alberta Medical Association

Alberta Medical Association

September 29, 2005 17:00 ET

Alberta Medical Association Recognizes Three Albertans for Their Dedication to Health Care and the Community

BANFF, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 29, 2005) - The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) will honor three outstanding Albertans this Friday, September 30, during their annual general meeting and Representative Forum in Banff. The AMA's Medal of Honor and Medal for Distinguished Service represent the highest honors bestowed by the AMA and its members.

The AMA Medal of Honor is presented to non-physicians who have made a significant contribution to ensuring quality health care for the people of Alberta. This year's Medal of Honor winner is a pharmacist and teacher, Dr. John A. Bachynsky.

Dr. John A. Bachynsky began his career as a pharmaceutical economist with the Department of National Health and Welfare before going on to become a policy-planning consultant, director general of long-range planning and special advisor within the department. In 1981 he entered the world of academia, becoming dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta. As dean, he introduced innovative new curriculum and strengthened links with industry. In 1989 he took on the role of director of the University of Alberta's Health Economics Research Centre. Since his retirement, he has spearheaded many international learning initiatives, including developing pharmacy curriculum for students in Japan and the Caribbean.

The AMA's Medal for Distinguished Service is given to physicians who have made an outstanding personal contribution to medicine and to the people of Alberta, and in the process have contributed to the art and science of medicine while raising the standards of medical practice. This year there are two Medal for Distinguished Service winners - Edmonton urologist and renal transplant pioneer, Dr. William H. Lakey, and Calgary neurosurgeon and pediatric neurologist, Dr. S. Terence Myles.

Dr. William H. Lakey pioneered the development of the University of Alberta's renal dialysis and transplant programs and was part of the team that completed Alberta's first kidney transplant in 1967. In 1971 he became a professor at the University of Alberta and from 1976-86 was head of the university's Division of Urology. Following his 1993 retirement as chief of urology at the University of Alberta Hospital, he became a professor emeritus of surgery at the University of Alberta. He is renowned by fellow physicians and patients for his tireless work to improve care for those facing renal failure and for his gifted teaching of innovative surgical techniques for patients with cancer of the prostate.

Dr. S. Terence Myles joined the neurosurgical staff at the Foothills Medical Centre in 1973 and has held clinical roles at the Foothills, Rockyview and Alberta Children's hospitals as well as at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. A passion for pediatrics led him to become both a diagnostician and surgeon for children with neurological disease. In addition to his surgical expertise, he has helped to train untold numbers of medical students and has lectured and taught the essentials of neurological assessment to every medical school class at the University of Calgary since 1975. Today, he is a professor in the departments of Clinical Neurosciences and Surgery at the University of Calgary and remains on active staff at the Foothills Medical Centre, the Alberta Children's Hospital and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.

The awards, along with several awards for long-service, will be presented this Friday, September 30, during a luncheon presentation at the AMA's annual general meeting and Representative Forum to be held at the Rimrock Hotel in Banff, Alberta.



To arrange an interview with award recipients, please contact:

Shannon Rupnarain
Manager, Public Affairs
Alberta Medical Association
Cell: 780.499.8285


Contact Information

  • Alberta Medical Association
    Shannon Rupnarain
    Manager, Public Affairs
    Cell: (780) 499-8285