Canadian Medical Association

Canadian Medical Association

October 20, 2008 12:35 ET

Canadian Dr. Dana Hanson Named President of World Medical Association

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA--(Marketwire - Oct. 20, 2008) - 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 difference."

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 2010.

"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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