Canadian Medical Association

Canadian Medical Association

August 10, 2005 17:00 ET

Dr. Eldon R. Smith to receive the CMA Medal of Service

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 10, 2005) - On August 17, Dr. Eldon Smith from Calgary, will receive the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) 2005 Medal of Service in recognition of his outstanding contributions in many facets of medicine as a clinician, researcher, educator, administrator and ambassador.

The CMA Medal of Service is awarded to a person who has made an exceptional and outstanding contribution to the advancement of health care in Canada.

"I feel deeply honoured to be selected to receive this prestigious award," said Dr. Eldon Smith. "I am conscious of the achievements of previous recipients and am extremely proud to be included in their ranks."

A graduate of Dalhousie University, Dr. Smith undertook research fellowships at the University of London, UK and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda Maryland, before returning to Halifax in 1973. He served on the faculty at Dalhousie University and the staff of the Victoria General Hospital until 1980, when he was appointed professor and founding Head of the Division of Cardiology at the University of Calgary and Foothills Hospital. He retired from medical practice in 2003 and became Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary the following year.

One of his most important contributions to medical organization is associated with the downsizing and restructuring of Alberta's health care system that occurred while he was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine (1992-97). Subsequently he was appointed to the Premier's Advisory Council on Health for Alberta, which was tasked with providing strategic advice on the preservation and enhancement of quality health services for Albertans. In 2002, Dr. Smith and the other council members presented 44 recommendations for putting Alberta's health care system on a sustainable foundation, all of which were accepted and incorporated into a government action plan.

He has also promoted the need for more medical research in Canada. At the University of Calgary, he worked to establish and fund six endowed research chairs. And as founder and president of the Peter Lougheed Medical Research Foundation, Dr. Smith oversees a national initiative that, in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, strives to attract and retain the best and brightest researchers in Canada.

He is widely published, and for many years served as an editorial consultant or editorial board member for international journals. Currently he is Editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.

Dr. Eldon Smith is the 35th recipient of the Canadian Medical Association's 2005 Medal of Service. He will receive this award at a special ceremony at the Francis Winspear Centre of Music in Edmonton during the CMA's 138th annual meeting.

(Visit the CMA website at for full biographical notes on Dr. Eldon Smith)

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