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Dignitas International Co-Founder wins prestigious Canadian medical award

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has awarded Dignitas International Cofounder Dr. James Orbinski one of Canada’s most prestigious medical awards for his long-term commitment to improving health care, both locally and globally.

Dr. Orbinski received the 2016 Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award late last week for work that ranges from the characterization of the symptoms of HIV and AIDS in children to enabling the delivery of affordable medicines. A Royal College media release notes that his work has made the world a better place for millions of people due to its far-reaching impacts.

“Dr. Orbinski has devoted his career to humanitarian medicine in famine, war and genocide, as well as developing new medicines, creating award-winning research and engaging others through advocacy and policy,” said Royal College CEO Andrew Padmos, MD, FRCPC.


Dr. Orbinski currently works in in Waterloo, ON, where he is a professor at the School of International Policy and Governance at Wilfrid Laurier University and the CIGI Chair in Global Health Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. He is also a professor at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

“In the spirit of the Teasdale-Corti award, Dr. Orbinski’s body of work has made a worldwide impact to the quality of frontline medical care and the sustainability of health systems in developing countries,” Dr. Padmos added.

To learn more about Dr. Orbinski’s vision in establishing Dignitas International, click here.

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