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Canadian Paediatric Society

Alan Ross Award

Established in 1976, the Alan Ross Award is the most prestigious honour given by the Canadian Paediatric Society. The award recognizes lifelong excellence in the fields of paediatric research, education, healthcare and advocacy.

The award is presented during the CPS Annual Conference. The recipient is awarded a commemorative plaque and a gift of $2,000 and complimentary CPS membership for one year. 

Current recipient(s): Dr. Heather Dean

Dr. Heather Dean

Dr. Heather J Dean (Winnipeg, Man.) receives the Alan Ross Award for lifetime excellence in research, education, health care and advocacy. Dr. Dean spent the early years of her career as the only paediatric endocrinologist in Manitoba.  She recognized that interprofessional care is key to successful chronic disease management and established the DER-CA—the Diabetes Education Resource for Children and Adolescents—in 1985, long before multidisciplinary, full time, co-located healthcare teams became the norm. The DER-CA team, based at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital, provided specialized, evidence-based care and services to children and youth with diabetes in Manitoba, Nunavut, northwestern Ontario and southeastern Saskatchewan. Dr. Dean brought the same multidisciplinary emphasis to her teaching and administrative roles at the University of Manitoba, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, the Canadian Pediatric Endocrine Group, and many other national and international organizations. She founded Maestro, the first formal transition program in Canada to support youth with diabetes moving from pediatrics into adult care. Dr. Dean’s early recognition of type 2 diabetes in First Nations youth inspired a major research program at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba, which in turn inspired an annual lectureship in her name. She challenged everyone to adopt a collaborative intergenerational perspective with families and communities to create innovative programs for research, education, care and advocacy of children with type 2 diabetes.

About Dr. Alan Ross

Alan Ross was a distinguished and recognized leader in Montreal paediatrics for over 40 years. As Physician-in-Chief for 15 years at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and Chair of the Department of Paediatrics at McGill University, Dr. Ross earned an international reputation for his work in child health. His very special qualities along with his many talents made him an outstanding and well-respected physician, leader and teacher.

In 1968, Dr. Ross became the founding Professor of Paediatrics at the University College Medical School in Nairobi, Kenya. There, he encouraged a new approach to medical education, encouraging paediatricians from the western world to come to Africa and share their knowledge. As a result, many African paediatricians have stayed in their homeland to provide desperately needed medical care rather than move to more developed countries. To this day, many paediatricians inspired by Dr. Ross continue his important work the world over. 

Nominations

Nominees should be individuals who have made outstanding lifetime contributions in the field of child and youth health throughout their careers. The recipient must be a Canadian resident but need not be a member of the CPS.

The Awards Committee will evaluate candidates based on:

  • The extent of the candidate’s contribution to child and youth health.
  • The significance of the candidate’s contribution to the welfare of children and youth.
  • The candidate’s local, national and/or international influence on child and youth health matters.
  • The candidate’s sustained contribution to child and youth health through involvement in research, education, clinical care and advocacy (in at least three of the four areas) over a period of time.

Nominations must be formally resubmitted each year to be reconsidered. Current CPS board and Awards Committee members are not eligible for nomination and cannot nominate candidates while serving their terms.

Submissions

Submissions must include:

  • Letters from both the nominator and seconder, both of whom are CPS members, describing the candidate’s contribution to paediatrics and its significance to the welfare of children and youth. Maximum three pages.
  • Updated curriculum vitae for the candidate.

Submit your nominations using the Submit Nomination button. 

Sponsored by an unrestricted grant from Abbott Nutrition.

Past recipients

2016

Dr. Brent Scott

2015

Dr. Marie Gauthier

2014

Dr. Danielle Grenier

2013

Dr. Jacques Lacroix

2012

Dr. Peter Dent

2011

Dr. Noni MacDonald

2010

Dr. Roger Tonkin

2009

Dr. Victor Blanchette

2008

Dr. Harvey Guyda

2007

Dr. David Scheifele

2006

Dr. Robert Usher

2005

Dr. Graham Chance

2004

Dr. Frederick Andermann

2003

Dr. Robert Haslam

2002

Dr. Judith Hall

2001

Dr. Barry Pless

2000

Dr. Peter Rosenbaum

1999

Dr. Dan Offord

1998

Dr. Geoffrey Robinson

1997

Dr. Richard Goldbloom

1996

Dr. John Bowman

1995

Dr. Claude C. Roy

1994

Dr. Ross E. Petty

1993

Dr. Jack Sinclair

1992

Dr. Robert Salter

1991

Dr. André L’Archevêque

1990

Dr. Charles R. Scriver

1989

Drs. Donald & Elizabeth Hillman

1988

Dr. Henry G. Dunn

1987

Dr. Donald Fraser

1986

Dr. Alvin Zipursky

1985

Dr. John Gerrard

1984

Dr. Victor Marchessault

1983

Dr. Harry W. Bain

1982

Dr. Jessie Boyd Scriver

1981

Dr. Albert Royer

1980

Dr. Harry Medovy

1979

Dr. Bruce Chown

1978

Dr. Henri J. Breault

1977

Dr. Alan S. Ross

1976

Dr. John F. McCreary

Last updated: May 25 2017