Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) is a constituent of the Council of Canadian Academies, which was established in 2005. Fellows elected to the CAHS have a demonstrated history of outstanding performance in the academic health sciences in Canada. They are recognized nationally and internationally for their contributions to the health sciences. Our inductees are listed alphabetically below.
2018 Distinguished Fellow
In 2018, Dorothy Pringle, OC, RN, PhD, FCAHS, was honored by the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences by being named a Distinguished Fellow. Distinguished Fellow is the highest recognition the Academy can give; only one can be elected each year, and there can be no more than 10 Distinguished Fellows at any time. Professor Pringle joins the august company of the Hon. Monique Begin, Steven Lewis, and Jean Rochon.
Cindy-Lee Dennis, RN, PhD, has the distinction of holding two research chairs. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Perinatal Community Health at the University of Toronto and the Women’s Health Research Chair at the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. Dennis’ maxim, “Healthy babies start with healthy moms.” has led her to focus her overall program of research on the rigorous evaluation of interventions to directly improve maternal health, which indirectly enhances infant outcomes. She was inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2018.
Kelly Metcalfe, RN, PhD, FAAN, FCAHS, is the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing Limited-Term Professor (Cancer Genetics) 2015-2020. Professor Metcalfe is a distinguished researcher in the field of breast cancer, particularly focusing on the role of genetic mutations – e.g., BRCA1, BRCA2, and PALB2 – in the risk of developing the disease. Her research has made a difference to the lives of women and their families affected by the disease through advances in decision-making and risk reduction options. She was inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2017.
Linda McGillis Hall, RN, PhD, FAAN, FCAHS, is the Kathleen Russell Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean, Research & External Relations at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. Dr. McGillis Hall is an internationally recognized leader in nursing health services reserach. Her research focuses on health human resources, the nursing work environment, and how these influence patient, nurse and system outcomes. Her research has been recognized with awards such as a CIHR New Investigator Award and a Premier’s Research Excellence Award. Dr. McGillis Hall is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurses and received the inaugural Award of Merit for Research from the Canadian Nurses Association.
Sioban Nelson, RN, PhD, FAAN, FCAHS, is the former Dean of the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing (2005-2013); she is currently the Vice-Provost, Academic, at the University of Toronto. Dr. Nelson has contributed important scholarship to the field of nursing history, in particular demonstrating how nursing emerged as a prototype of the female profession. Dr. Nelson is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
Bonnie Stevens, RN, PhD, FCAHS, is a Professor in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and the inaugural holder of the Signy Hildur Eaton Chair in Paediatric Nursing Research. Her research focuses on the assessment and management of pain in infants and children and the effectiveness of knowledge translation. Her leading edge research has led to important changes in how children in hospital are treated for pain. Her expertise in knowledge translation garnered her the prestigious Canadian Institutes of Health Research Knowledge Translation Prize for 2014.
Diane Doran, RN, PhD, FCAHS, is Professor Emerita at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. Over her distinguished research career, Dr. Doran has become a renowned expert on health services research, and has been particularly interested in the safety of home care clients. At Bloomberg Nursing, she has contributed to the building of research skills among nursing students, ensuring the future quality of nursing research. Read more in a 2011 profile by Canadian Nurse.
Ellen Hodnett, RN, PhD, FCAHS, is Professor Emerita at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. Dr. Hodnett’s research evaluating care for childbearing women has changed women’s lives around the world by identifying best practices and the evidence supporting those practices. She has also been Editor for the Pregnancy and CHildbirth Group of the Cochrane Collaboration, a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of the World Health Organization Maternal and Reproductive Health Research Program, and one of the inaugural Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
Linda-Lee O’Brien-Pallas, RN, PhD, FCAHS, is Professor Emerita of the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. Her research career encompassed many honours, including the Canadian Nurses Association Jeanne Mance Award, and the inaugural CHSRF/CIHR Chair in Nursing/Health Human Resources. Dr. O’Brien-Pallas’s research has made important contributions in the areas of nursing health, human resources and the quality of nursing worklife.
Dorothy Pringle, RN, PhD, FCAHS, Professor Emerita and former Dean of the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing (1988-1999), has had an outstanding research career. Her research into the quality of daily life of older people who are cognitively impaired, those who live in long-term care facilities and their family caregivers, has led to important changes in care of the elderly and nurse-patient relationships. Dr. Pringle is also an Officer of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Jeanne Mance Award from the Canadian Nurses Association, and has also received several honorary doctorates (from Laval University, the University of Lethbridge, Laurentian University and McMaster University).