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Professor Emeritus inducted to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

Dr. May Cohen, a professor emeritus in the Department of Family Medicine, has been inducted to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in recognition of a remarkable career that touched the lives of countless students, colleagues and patients.

The induction ceremony and symposium, held on April 14 in Hamilton, celebrated Cohen and five other pioneers in the medical community. The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, which was established in 1994, holds annual induction ceremonies to recognize those whose work has advanced health care in Canada and across the world.

Cohen made a lasting impact at McMaster University, where she joined the Department of Family Medicine in 1977. Both a research chair in women’s health and an annual lecture now bear her name at McMaster.

“It is impossible to calculate the clinicians, researchers and educators that she has guided, supported and advised over her long career” says Dr. Allyn Walsh, a professor in the Department of Family Medicine, who was a resident when she first met Cohen. “As with all true mentors, her interest has been less in seeing her own work grow and spread, and more in seeing others succeed.”

A talented and dedicated professional, Cohen is particularly known for her pioneering work, both clinically and through research, in the area of women’s health.

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame highlights “her success in drawing the medical community’s attention to the multiple issues of gender, sexuality and women’s health, along with the ensuing research in women’s health and the careers of women physicians, has substantively impacted patient care and experience.”

Staff, faculty and learners in the Department of Family Medicine congratulate Dr. May Cohen on this much deserved honour.

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