Canadian Cardiovascular Society

The CCS wishes to extend our sincere congratulations to Dr. John Cairns and Dr. Lee Errett, who were appointed as Members of the Order of Canada in late June for their contributions to cardiology and cardiac research and care. Both are life members of the CCS.  

The Order of Canada honours people who make extraordinary contributions to the nation. To be appointed as a Member recognizes distinguished service in or to a particular community, group or field of activity. 

Dr. Cairns has made major international contributions to cardiology, notably demonstrating the benefits of aspirin for patients with unstable angina, helping millions worldwide. As dean of medicine at the University of British Columbia, he led efforts toward its two-fold expansion. He also served with several academic societies and holds many elected fellowships, including with Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, for which he served as president. 

Dr. Errett is a global leader in cardiac research and care. He transformed St. Michael’s Hospital into a world-class centre for cardiac surgery, teaching and research. A long-standing professor at the University of Toronto, he is committed to educating the next generation of medical leaders. As founding president of the Bethune Medical Development Association, he volunteers his time and expertise to providing care in underserved areas worldwide. 

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