Volume 9, Number 9 January 11, 2002

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Former dean of Medicine gets honor

Former U of S head of Psychiatry and dean of Medicine Dr. Ian M. McDonald, was honored with a prestigious national award in November.

At its annual meeting in Montreal Nov. 15-18 celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Canadian Psychiatric Association presented McDonald with the “CPA Special 50th Anniversary Advocacy Award”.

Dr. Ian McDonald (in 1970s)

The award recognizes McDonald, 73, for his significant contribution to advocacy in the area of mental health and mental illness, and for being “an exceptional advocate for individuals with mental illness and their families.”

McDonald spent 10 years as dean of Medicine, 1983-93.  Prior to that he was head of the Dept. of Psychiatry since 1971.  He was in charge of teaching and research programs in both Saskatoon and Regina, and was also medical officer-in-charge of the psychiatric wards of University Hospital, City Hospital and the Regional Psychiatric Centre.

McDonald joined U of S faculty as an instructor in 1958, being promoted rapidly to assistant, associate and then full professor.

Throughout his career he published major papers on psychiatry and the law, as well as issues in general psychiatry and treatment of depression.

McDonald was a member of many professional bodies including the CPA, American Psychiatric Assn. and others.

He was born in Regina, studied at the U of S, and received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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