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McMaster professor named Canada’s top health scientist

Dr. Gordon Guyatt takes CIHR Health Researcher of the Year Award

Published: December 2, 2013
Gordon Guyatt and David Johnston
Dr. Gordon H. Guyatt, recipient of Canada’s Health Researcher of the Year Award and David Johnston, Governor General of Canada

McMaster University professor Gordon Guyatt has been announced as the 2013 Canada Health Researcher of the Year.

The top national award, in recognition of Guyatt’s instrumental role in changing how doctors practice medicine, is from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) which oversees the federal research grant program in health.

Guyatt will receive the honour at the Canadian Health Research Awards 2013 being hosted this evening by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

Before Guyatt and a team of doctors at McMaster championed evidence-based medicine, physicians often misunderstood or disregarded the available evidence in their clinical decisions. Guyatt, professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics and medicine of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, coined the term "evidence based medicine" in 1990, and he has actively promoted the concept as a central part of the practice of medicine today.

"Dr. Guyatt’s leadership in developing evidence-based health care significantly improves patient care for all," said John Kelton, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster. "His career is a true reflection of McMaster’s values of excellence, interdisciplinary collaboration and a commitment to our communities."

About Guyatt, Dr. Alain Beaudet, president of CIHR, said: "His work is helping to ensure that patients across the country, and around the world, benefit from the knowledge generated through health research."

Guyatt graduated from McMaster’s medical school in 1977, and returned as a faculty member in 1983. Among his other honours, he is a Distinguished University Professor of McMaster; a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an officer of the Order of Canada. He has also won awards for teaching and mentoring. He is an active clinician in general internal medicine for both Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

Guyatt has led the way in developing the methodology for randomized trials and systematic reviews, and taken a leading role in more than 20 randomized trials, and published over 70 systematic reviews.

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