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CHEPA co-founder Jonathan Lomas enshrined in FHS Community of Distinction

11 Nov 2014

CHEPA co-founder Jonathan Lomas , known as “the father of knowledge translation” has been inducted into McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Science’s Community of Distinction, the faculty’s highest honour. 

The citation added to the wall of the Ewart Angus centre reads: Jonathan Lomas is known as the "father of knowledge translation" for his groundbreaking research and his championing of the use of evidence to guide clinical practice and health system decision making. His tireless advocacy broadened and enhanced the impact of McMaster-spawned evidence-based medicine. A professor of health policy for the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics from 1982 to 1997, he was co-founder and a leader of the influential Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis. Lomas has consulted for international organizations and governments at all levels around the world. Among other honours, he is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

John Lavis, current Associate Director of CHEPA and Director of the McMaster Health Forum, spoke at the induction, describing Lomas in his introductory remarks as a “trailblazer, boundary spanner, innovator and dynamo.” 

The Community of Distinction recognizes those Faculty of Health Science alumni, faculty and staff who have brought distinction and recognition to McMaster University and the Faculty of Health Sciences through outstanding scholarship and innovative research. 

John Bienenstock, former McMaster vice-president and Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences (1989-1997) and Raelene Rathbone, a pathologist and former McMaster administrator who played a key role in establishing the unified city-wide Research Ethics Board, were also inducted. For more information, click here.

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