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Professor appointed to the Order of Canada

November 18, 2015 — 

A professor at the U of M has received one of Canada’s highest honours.

Distinguished Professor and leader in the area of palliative cancer care Harvey Max Chochinov was one of two Manitobans in the 86 Canadians named to the Order of Canada.

Chochinov was officially invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in a ceremony at Rideau Hall on November 18, 2015.

The Distinguished Professor is director of the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit, CancerCare Manitoba, and received his undergraduate degree and PhD from the U of M. Previously he was awarded the province’s Order of Manitoba as well as the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his work in palliative care.


Harvey Max Chochinov, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Distinguished Professor Harvey Max Chochinov

Distinguished Professor Harvey Max Chochinov

Dr. Chochinov is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, and Director of the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit, CancerCare Manitoba.

His seminal publications addressing psychosocial dimensions of palliation have helped define core-competencies and standards of end-of-life care. He holds the only Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care and is a member of the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He also chairs the CIHR’s Standing Committee on Ethics. He did his undergraduate medical training and Psychiatric Residency at the University of Manitoba and completed a Fellowship in Psychiatric Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York. In 1998, he completed a PhD in the Faculty of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba.Dr. Chochinov has been doing palliative care research since 1990 with funding support from local, provincial and national granting agencies. He is a grantee of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the National Cancer Institute of Canada and the National Institute of Health. His work has explored various psychiatric dimensions of palliative medicine, such as depression, desire for death, will to live and dignity at the end of life.

Dr. Chochinov has been a guest lecturer in most major academic institutions throughout Canada and United States; he has also lectured in South America, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, Cuba, Israel, China, Singapore, Taiwan and Japan. He is the only psychiatrist in Canada to be designated as a Soros Faculty Scholar, Project on Death in America. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and his provinces’ highest honour, the Order of Manitoba, for his work in palliative care. He is the Chair for the Canadian Virtual Hospice, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He is the 2008 recipient of the National Cancer Institute and Canadian Cancer Society O. Harold Warwick Prize. In 2009, the University of Manitoba bestowed its highest research honor, the Dr. John M. Bowman Rh Institute Foundation Award. Dr. Chochinov is the 2010 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology and has also received the 2010 International Psycho-Oncology Society’s Bernard Fox Memorial Award, which recognizes an individual’s outstanding contribution in education, research or leadership to the field of psycho-oncology. In addition to over 200 publications, he is the Co- Editor of the Handbook of Psychiatry in Palliative Medicine, published by Oxford University Press, and the Journal Palliative and Support Care, published by Cambridge University Press.

Also invested during the November 18 ceremony are U of M alumni Guy G. Kay [BA/1975] and Mark Carney [LLD/2013].

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One comment on “Professor appointed to the Order of Canada

  1. Kim

    I was really pleased to read of Dr. Chochinov receiving this honour. We are so very fortunate to have this humantarian as one of our “distinguished professors”.

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