Today, Dr. Salim Yusuf received a prestigious award for medical research – the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award. This award is presented annually to a Canadian who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in medicine and medical science throughout his or her career.
Dr. Yusuf is Vice President of Research at Hamilton Health Sciences, Founder and Director of the Population Health Research Institute, and Professor of Medicine at McMaster University. He has been honoured by the Gairdner Foundation for his exceptional leadership in conducting global clinical trials and population studies on the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease and related conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.
This is just one of numerous honours Dr. Yusuf has received over the years including the Order of Canada in 2013. Next month, he will be inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. He is also President Elect of the World Heart Federation.
Dr. Yusuf’s epidemiological work has benefitted millions of people by producing substantial changes in guidelines for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The large trials he has conducted with colleagues around the world have led to more effective treatments for acute heart attacks, congestive heart failure, heart rhythm abnormalities and chronic heart disorders. These studies have also informed our understanding of the role of societal changes on behaviours and risk factors, and how they lead to cardiovascular disease.
“We are pleased and proud to see Dr. Yusuf’s remarkable career and contributions recognized with a Gairdner Award,” says Rob MacIsaac, President and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences. “At our hospitals, we witness first hand the great impact he has had on patient care, and the tremendous leadership he has provided for other researchers and aspiring researchers.”
As covered in the Globe and Mail