Canadian Male Physicians

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Frederick Banting
(Co-Discoverer of Insulin)

Frederick Banting
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Birthdate: November 14, 1891
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Alliston, New Tecumseth, Canada
Died: February 21, 1941

Frederick Banting was a Canadian medical scientist and physician. In 1923, Banting and Scottish biochemist John James Rickard Macleod received the Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of insulin and its therapeutic potential. Aged 32 at that time, Banting remains the youngest Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine. He was knighted by King George V in 1934.

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William Osler
(Physician)

William Osler
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Birthdate: July 12, 1849
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bradford West Gwillimbury, Canada
Died: December 29, 1919

Johns Hopkins Hospital co-founder William Osler was also an avid historian. He redefined medical education with his emphasis on clinical experience and his book The Principles and Practice of Medicine. Born to a missionary father in Canada, he was to follow in his father’s footsteps but decided to study medicine instead.

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Norman Bethune
(Physician)

Norman Bethune
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Birthdate: March 4, 1890
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gravenhurst, Canada
Died: November 12, 1939

Canadian thoracic surgeon Norman Bethune served as an army physician for the Canadian Army during World War I. He revolutionized medical science by introducing the concept of mobile blood-transfusion. A Communist Party of Canada member, he later served the Chinese army against Japan, becoming a revered name in China.

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Wilder Penfield
(Surgeon, Neuroscientist, Neurosurgeon, University teacher, Neurologist)

Wilder Penfield
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Birthdate: January 26, 1891
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Spokane
Died: April 5, 1976

Neuroscientist Wilder Penfield redefined medical science with his innovative way of treating epilepsy patients through surgery. He would note down his patients’ responses when they would be conscious under local anesthesia. He also founded the Montreal Neurological Institute, but was unable to cure his sister’s brain cancer.

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John McCrae
(Poet and Soldier Best Known as the Author of War Memorial Poem 'In Flanders Fields')

John McCrae
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Birthdate: November 30, 1872
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Died: January 28, 1918

Best known for his iconic war poems such as In Flanders Fields, Canadian poet John McCrae was also an army physician. He was the first Canadian to serve as a consulting surgeon for the British Army and had earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian Army.

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Rudolf Vrba
(Former biochemist became known for having escaped from the camp in April 1944, at the height of the Holocaust)

Rudolf Vrba
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Birthdate: September 11, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Topoľčany, Slovakia
Died: March 27, 2006

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Hans Selye
(Endocrinologist)

Hans Selye
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Birthdate: January 26, 1907
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: October 16, 1982
Born to a doctor father, Hungarian-Canadian endocrinologist Hans Selye grew up to be nominated for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 17 times but never won it. He is remembered for his ground-breaking work the medical impact of stress on the human body, also known as stress response.
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 8 
Gabor Maté
(Physician, Writer)

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Birthdate: January 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

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Oswald Avery
(Biologist, Physician, Geneticist)

Oswald Avery
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Birthdate: October 21, 1877
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Halifax
Died: February 20, 1955

A pioneer of molecular biology, Oswald Avery revolutionized science with his research on the chemical processes involved in immunology. The Canadian-American bacteriologist initially aspired to be a musician. He later proved that DNA was the basis of heredity. Though nominated for the Nobel Prize multiple times, he never won it.

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Ian Stevenson
(Psychiatrist, Parapsychologist, University teacher)

Ian Stevenson
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Birthdate: October 31, 1918
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montreal
Died: February 8, 2007

Canadian-American psychiatrist and University of Virginia School of Medicine professor Ian Stevenson believed he had developed his love for the paranormal from his mother, who maintained a well-stocked library on theosophy. His studies included unearthing children’s past life memories. He also penned books such as Reincarnation and Biology.

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Ralph M. Steinman
(Canadian physician)

Ralph M. Steinman
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Birthdate: January 14, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montreal
Died: September 30, 2011

Canadian cell biologist and immunologist Ralph M. Steinman is best remembered for his association with the Rockefeller University and for his co-discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in strengthening the immune system. Unfortunately, he died of pancreatic cancer shortly before the announcement of his Nobel Prize win.

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Henry Morgentaler
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Birthdate: March 19, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Łódź
Died: May 29, 2013

Jewish Polish-born-Canadian physician and activist Henekh Morgentaler, CM, is noted for his abortion rights advocacy and commitment to enhance healthcare for women. He is counted among the first Canadian doctors who carried out vasectomies for inserting intrauterine devices to prevent pregnancies and provided birth-control pills to unmarried women. He became the first doctor in North America who used vacuum aspiration.

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Robert Thirsk
(Astronaut)

Robert Thirsk
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Birthdate: August 17, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Westminster, Canada

Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk made history when he became the first person to receive a degree from space when he was awarded an honorary degree while on a space mission. He also boasts of an MIT Sloan MBA. A mechanical engineer, he had initially also studied medicine.

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John Hamm
(Politician)

John Hamm
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Birthdate: April 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia

Canadian physician and politician John Frederick Hamm, OC, served as the 25th Premier of Nova Scotia from August 16, 1999 to February 24, 2006. He remained MLA for Pictou Centre from May 25, 1993 to June 13, 2006. He negotiated with the federal government for implementing the Atlantic Accord leading to a payment of $830 million by federal government in 2005.

 15 
Charles Best
(Co-discoverer of Insulin)

Charles Best
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Birthdate: February 27, 1899
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: West Pembroke, Pembroke, Maine, United States
Died: March 31, 1978

Charles Best made history with his discovery of insulin, along with Sir Frederick Banting, thus paving the path for its use as a treatment for diabetes. He, however, failed to get the 1923 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, like Banting, as he didn’t receive his medical degree till 1925.

 16 
Eric Hoskins
(Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care from 2014 to 2018)

Eric Hoskins
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Birthdate: November 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Simcoe, Canada

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Wilfred Grenfell
(Missionary)

Wilfred Grenfell
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Birthdate: February 28, 1865
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Parkgate, England
Died: October 9, 1940

English medical missionary to Newfoundland Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell KCMG, is noted for his years of service to the people of the colony. His relentless efforts in such pursuit led him to form the philanthropic organization Grenfell Mission and the International Grenfell Association to provide different services, including medical, social, educational, religious, and rehabilitation to the people there.

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Anderson Ruffin Abbott
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Birthdate: April 7, 1837
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: December 29, 1913

Anderson Ruffin Abbott was the first Canadian-born Black doctor. He had been a surgeon for the Union Army and was also in charge of treating President Abraham Lincoln in his final moments. He had also headed the Provident Hospital, which was the first American training hospital for Black nurses.

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Charles Brenton Huggins
(Physician & Physiologist)

Charles Brenton Huggins
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Birthdate: September 22, 1901
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada
Died: January 12, 1997

Canadian-American surgeon and urologist Charles Brenton Huggins is remembered for his pathbreaking research on how some hormones are related to cancer, which eventually won him the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. His studies paved the way for the cure of cancer, specifically prostate cancer and breast cancer.

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Tak Wah Mak
(Oncologist, University teacher)

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Birthdate: October 4, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: China

 21 
David Sackett
(Physician)

David Sackett
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Birthdate: November 17, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 13, 2015

 22 
John Rolph
(Physician)

John Rolph
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Birthdate: March 4, 1793
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Thornbury
Died: October 19, 1870

 23 
Camille Laurin
(Psychiatrist)

Camille Laurin
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Birthdate: May 6, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Charlemagne, Canada
Died: March 11, 1999

 24 
George Astaphan
(Former physician who became infamous for giving steroids to the sprinter Ben Johnson)

George Astaphan
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Birthdate: May 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Kitts, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Died: August 18, 2006

William Henry Drummond
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Birthdate: April 13, 1854
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mohill, Ireland
Died: April 6, 1907

William Henry Drummond was a Canadian poet whose works established him as one of the most famous writers in the West. He is also counted among the most loved and widely-read Canadian poets. The Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest, which was established in 1970, is conducted in his honor.

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Armand Frappier
(Physician, Microbiologist)

Armand Frappier
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Birthdate: November 26, 1904
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada
Died: December 17, 1991

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J. Donald M. Gass
(American ophthalmologist)

J. Donald M. Gass
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Birthdate: August 2, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Prince Edward Island, Canada
Died: February 26, 2005

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Hugh Chamberlen
(Physician)

Hugh Chamberlen
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Birthdate: 1632 AD
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1720 AD

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Arthur Vineberg
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Birthdate: May 24, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: March 26, 1988

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Philippe Panneton
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Birthdate: April 30, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trois-Rivières, Canada
Died: December 28, 1960

Philippe Panneton was a Canadian physician, academic, writer, and diplomat. He earned a degree in medicine from Université Laval and began his medical practice. He later became a professor at the Université de Montréal and co-founded L'Académie Canadienne-française, serving as its president from 1947 until 1953.  He was awarded the Lorne Pierce Medal in 1959. 

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Jim Henderson
(Politician)

Jim Henderson
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Birthdate: August 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Greater Sudbury, Canada
Died: May 2, 2020

 32 
Alexander Shulman
(Surgeon)

Alexander Shulman
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Birthdate: June 22, 1915
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Canada
Died: July 7, 1996

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Cecil George Sheps
(Physician)

Cecil George Sheps
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Birthdate: July 24, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Died: February 8, 2004