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Two St. Michael’s physicians appointed to Order of Canada

Toronto, January 13, 2015

By Evelyne Jhung

Drs. Wendy Levinson and Norman Marcon
Drs. Wendy Levinson (l) and Norman Marcon

Drs. Norman Marcon and Wendy Levinson have been appointed Officers of the Order of Canada, one of the country's highest civilian honours.

“It is a great privilege, and I’m humbled to be appointed to the Order of Canada,” said Dr. Marcon, a gastroenterologist and director of the therapeutic endoscopy training program. “I’m honoured to be recognized for our work related to the education of young gastroenterologists in the field of therapeutic endoscopy as well our dedication to broaden the education of established gastroenterologists through our live annual endoscopic meetings.”

The Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy Centre at St. Michael's is one of the largest and most advanced in Canada, treating more than 14,000 patients a year. The therapeutic endoscopy training program, recognized as one of the premier endoscopic centres in the world, includes an international endoscopy conference that Dr. Marcon and his colleagues have been running since 1983 when they were still at the Wellesley Hospital. The annual three-day intensive program includes a live broadcast of cases from the endoscopy unit at St. Michael’s and attracts about 400 international participants.

Dr. Wendy Levinson is a general internist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute researcher, chair of the Choosing Wisely Program and immediate past chair of medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Levinson’s research interests are in the field of physician-patient communication, combining descriptive studies with active training and testing programs to improve standards of patient care.

“Norm has been a leader in therapeutic endoscopy for more than 30 years, and helped establish St. Michael’s as one of the premier centres in the world for treatment and training in advanced therapeutic endoscopy,” said Dr. Robert Howard, president and CEO. “I am also extremely proud of Wendy, an international leader in general medicine whose tremendous contributions include successfully leading the largest academic department in the country for the past 10 years.”

Established in 1967 by Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada is the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. There were 95 new appointments to the Order on Dec. 26 – three companions, 79 members and 13 officers, the latter of which Drs. Marcon and Levinson were among.

Previous St. Michael’s Order of Canada appointees include: Dr. Anthony Graham, a cardiologist and director of the Robert McRae Heart Health Unit, in 2002; Dr. Prabhat Jha, head of the Centre for Global Health Research, in 2012; and Dr. David Jenkins, director of the Clinical Nutrition and Risk Modification Centre, in 2013.

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.