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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. Denis Daneman

Dr. Denis Daneman

Dr. Denis Daneman is a highly accomplished health care leader with a record of achievements that have profoundly shaped the face of paediatrics. Denis was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he completed his medical degree in 1973. In 1975 he immigrated with his family to Canada where he joined SickKids as a resident and in 1981, became a staff endocrinologist. From 1993 to 2006, Denis was the Head of the Division of Endocrinology and in 2006, he was named Paediatrician- in-Chief at SickKids and Chair of the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto.

As a clinician and scientist, Denis has focused his career in the discipline of endocrinology, specifically the care of children with diabetes. He co-chaired the first diabetes clinical practice guidelines in Canada and continues to be involved in guideline development. He has has led work necessary to understanding nephro-protection in high-risk adolescents and to determining risk factors for the development of type 1 diabetes and its complications. He has also been involved in a number of multicenter international trials, published over 250 papers, and co-authored three books.

Among Denis’s many accomplishments include the evolution of the Complex Care program, social paediatrics and global child health research at Sick Kids. These programs have changed the lives of many paediatric patients and their families. He has also been a mentor and supporter of numerous paediatricians that have gone on to have successful careers in both academic and community paediatrics. He has received many awards and honours for his contributions, most recently his investiture as an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Denis is an unapologetic Canada-Phile, a committed bibliophile, and ardent advocate for child health and well-being. He delights in watching the flourishing of his patients, his trainees, his children and grandchildren.

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

2017

Dr. Heather Dean

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 23 2018