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Dr. Richard Birtwhistle appointed inaugural Walter Rosser Chair in Family Medicine Research

  • Published Fri Mar 24th 2017

    Dean Richard Reznick is pleased to announce that Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s University, has appointed Dr. Richard Birtwhistle as the Walter Rosser Chair in Family Medicine Research. 

    A graduate of McMaster University (BSc and MD), Dr. Birtwhistle completed his residency at McMaster University and University of Alberta. He went on to part-time family practice while completing an MSc in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster in 1983. He joined Queen’s Department of Family Medicine as an Assistant Professor in 1981, and was jointly appointed to the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology in 1983. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1989, and to full Professor in 1995, with a joint appointment to the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology in 1996.

    His previous roles include Director of Undergraduate Clinical Skills Program in the Faculty of Medicine, Phase II Director of the MD Program at Queen’s, and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education in the Faculty of Medicine. He is the Chair and Principal Investigator of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN), and is Director of the Centre for Studies in Primary Care, a position he has held since 2005.

    Dr. Birtwhistle has published and presented extensively in the area of primary care research. He consults widely, and has served on numerous committees, in the areas of health policy and medical education. From 1997 to 2007, he was consultant to the Queen’s University Family Medicine Development program in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

    Dr. Birtwhistle is an award-winning researcher who is charting new territory in primary care through the use of big data. In 2015 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Family Medicine Research from the College of Family Physicians of Canada, which also named him one of the Top 20 Pioneers of Family Medicine Research in Canada.