Nominations are now open for the 2020 inductees to the Community of Distinction of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

This is the Faculty of Health Sciences' highest honour, in tribute to those who have brought worldwide renown to McMaster University.

The Community was founded in 2003 and has since inducted 60 members. Their portraits, and a description of their work, are in a gallery in the lobby of the Ewart Angus Centre of McMaster's Health Sciences Centre.

Paul O'Byrne, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences, said those inducted have made a tremendous impact on the advancement of health sciences and education in Canada and around the world.

The 2019 inductees were Gina Browne of the School of Nursing, Malcolm Sears of the Department of Medicine, and the late Del Harnish, who had been vice-dean, undergraduate health sciences education.

The criterion is distinguished contribution in scholarship or conspicuous contribution in the science or delivery of health care or demonstrated outstanding leadership that is recognized by peers.

Those eligible include former full-time and part-time faculty, staff and alumni of the Faculty of Health Sciences. Candidates cannot be currently employed by or hold a contract with the Faculty of Health Sciences. 

An outline of requirements may be found at the Community of Distinction Nomination Criteria.  

The deadline for nominations is Friday, June 5, 2020. The inductees are chosen by the Faculty’s Nominations and Awards Committee of senior academics.

An event to honour the new inductees will be held in November.

For more information, contact Betty Chung by email at or by phone at 905-525-9140, ext. 20914.