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Canadian Medical Hall of Fame to induct Dr. Duncan Sinclair

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame to induct Dr. Duncan Sinclair

As dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, I have the good fortune of meeting many remarkable people. Dr. Duncan Sinclair is one of those remarkable people who I am proud to know. And so, it is my pleasure to announce that this past week, Duncan was named a 2015 inductee to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame1. Duncan will be formally inducted at ceremony in Winnipeg on April 23, 2015.

Duncan began his career at Queen’s in 1966 as an Assistant Professor of Physiology. He served as Dean of Arts and Science from 1974 until 1983, and was then appointed to three Vice Principalships – Institutional Relations, Services, and Health Sciences. The latter appointment included a second deanship leading the Faculty of Medicine. As dean he redefined health care education in our region, expanded and strengthened ties with our partner hospitals, and set the foundation for the amalgamation of our three Schools into the Faculty of Health Sciences. In 1989, Duncan Sinclair received an Honorary Fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in recognition of his contributions to medical scholarship and education. Throughout his career he has been a trusted advisor and counselor to students, faculty, alumni, Chancellors and Principals, all of who hold him in the highest of esteem. He retired in 1996.

Duncan has had a profound influence on health care policy and system development and medical education. To quote the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF), “Duncan Sinclair, of Queen’s University… has probably led more change in health services than anyone in the country [Canada].” Duncan has advised Prime Ministers and Premiers. He has chaired or guided scores of boards, groups, agencies, and committees – of regional, provincial, and national scope.

Internationally recognized as a leader in health care reform, Dr. Sinclair led the creation of Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization (SEAMO), which is North America’s first alternative funding program for academic medicine. SEAMO is viewed as a gold standard model in Ontario and Canada for an effective, efficient model of physician compensation, and it is without question, the lifeblood of the clinical/academic enterprise here at Queen’s and our teaching hospitals.

Duncan and his wife Leona live here in Kingston, and Duncan teaches in the Queen’s School of Policy Studies where a lectureship has been established in his name to recognize his contributions to the University and the Medical Research Council of Canada.

If you would like to extend your congratulations to Duncan, please comment on the blog, or better yet, please drop by the Macklem House, my door is always open.


  1. http://cdnmedhall.org/canadian-medical-hall-fame-announces-2015-inducte…

Colin McIver B.Sc., MD (Queens '75/79)

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 14:34

I have very fond memories of Dr Sinclair as a Physiology student at Queen’s in the early ’70’s. He was one of the principles in the Department at the time, others being Dr hatcher and Dr Jennings, who sparked my interest in Physiology and Medicine. His quiet confidence and leadership were inspirational to me.
Please extend my congratulations and best wishes to Dr. Sinclair for this well deserved honor.

Colin McIver B.Sc., MD (Queens '75/79)

Bill Moore (Meds ' 62, Columbus, Ohio, USA)

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 14:35


Thanks so much for sharing all the accomplishments and the tribute for Dr. Sinclair. He continued the legacy that inspired my father (Meds ’28) and me (Meds ’62, MPH ’66), and now you, to carry on the Queen’s Meds tradition,

Today, the threat of Ebola that seems so easily spread and doesn’t have much more than temporary symptomic relief, even when available, makes me wonder if Queen’s Health Sciences has the best current protocols — recently reviewed/updated/ implimented — for potential Ebola contacts and how they might be cared for in the Emergency Room/elsewhere if admitted.

Pleasd don’t post my public-health background query until you want to address what I think is the most threating epidemic in our lifetime.


Bill Moore (Meds ' 62, Columbus, Ohio, USA)

Ken Axmith

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 14:36

We met thru Bob Maudsley during your Toronto rah rah sweep many years ago and several times thereafter.

My sincerest congrats for a most deserving honour.

Kenneth Trafalgar Axmith (AX) Meds `62

Ken Axmith

Bruce Trotter

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 14:36

Bruce Trotter B.Sc (Queen’s), BA, MA (Oxon), Queen’s University Rector
I too have great memories of Dr. Sinclair.
I too studied Physiology under him in the early 70’s and can remember him encouraging me to think of graduate work, specifically on the sphincter muscle.
I have always assumed his suggestion was not a private joke at my expense, but one never knows.
Mercifully, economics attracted me more than the sphincter muscle.

Bruce Trotter

Dear Dr. Trotter,

Thanks so much for your memories of Duncan. Innumerable graduate students beenefited from his teaching. We at Queen’s are just thrilled by his upcoming induction.



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